An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome
JANUARY 13, 2016
NTEN just published of mine called " An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome " (technically, they reprinted an article that AFP will publish this summer). My co-conspirators were Dahna Goldstein , Marc Baizman , and Tracy Kronzak. Best Practices IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology NTEN
Robert in the news(paper)
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
I was interviewed for two articles that were published recently. The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online. And the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran 'But It's Free!'
Pinterest and privacy
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
The author of this article says "when I used my Facebook account to create my profile, Pinterest used my personal information to automatically have me start following common connections." I have to agree wholeheartedly with her when she says "Pinterest broke a basic tenet of online privacy: To not invasively use my online information.".
Going from Accidental Techie to Technology Leader
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
My article is meant for those who want to stop being accidental and move into a technology leadership role. I just wrote a guest blog post for NTEN on the topic of moving from an accidental techie role to a leadership role. Last July, Holly Ross wrote that it was time to retire the phrase "accidental techie". agreed, but only to an extent.
New article: Take Control of your Organization’s Data
DECEMBER 12, 2011
NTEN just published a short piece of mine on data management in their Change magazine. It's in their DIY series -- short tips for implementing something for your organization without extensive tech know-how or extra budget. The topic they gave me was managing decentralized data entry.
Finding a replacement for Tungle.me
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
found this article listing possible replacements for Tungle (ScheduleOnce, TimeBridge, Meetifyr, Bookeo, Acuity Scheduling, TimeTrade, and Book’d). But I found several articles like this saying that, like Tungle, TimeBridge had been acquired, service had degraded, and its future was uncertain. Hence I've been looking for alternatives.
Lame spam of the day: Same Day Transfer sent successfully
OCTOBER 16, 2012
This article says the links deliver malware. I got 7 emails today claiming to come from the Federal Reserve Bank. Plain text, no logo, and the From address is obviously not from the Federal Reserve (plus, why would the Federal Reserve Bank be contacting me about anything?). Senders: Federal Reserve Bank Auto-Informer [email@example.com].
Lame spam of the day: fake Verizon notifications
OCTOBER 5, 2012
This article (which includes a screenshot) says the links lead to malware. I got 14 of these over the past 2 days. I'd hope that anyone who gets emails from Verizon would see immediately that these are fake. The senders have been: Account Notify [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Account Notify [email@example.com]. Our Valued Customer.
Lame spam of the day: Money
MAY 31, 2012
Text: Click Here Shared Online News Article. This is about as lame as it gets. hope no one would click on a message like this. Even Outlook recognizes it as phishing. Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (no attempt to make it look real). To: email@example.com (not me). Subject: FW: Money. That's the entire text. The link leads to [link].
Tales of faux donors scamming charities
AUGUST 8, 2012
Tale #4: Most recently we had one alumnus promise us his art collection and then went to post an article online about how he strung us along – he actually posted our email exchanges online through a local newspaper where he was a freelancer…. In most cases it’s not clear what the scammers are trying to achieve. They researched online.
Lame spam of the day: Facebook notifications
JUNE 4, 2012
According to this article , they're phishing messages. Similar to the notifications from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare I got a few weeks ago, I'm getting lots of fake Facebook notifications. Here are a few examples: Sender : Facebook (firstname.lastname@example.org). Subject: Reminder: Reset your password. link leads to [link].
More lame spam as blog comments
DECEMBER 15, 2011
At their best, these are way more entertaining than email spam -- lots of creative English, garbled syntax, and mixed metaphors ("gladsome to mature this website," "earmarks of the army has recruited on boob tube," "Lossing albatross is benificial," "your current article causes me completely happy"). Thanks For Share Robert L. Robert L.
Creating Strong Passwords
JULY 29, 2009
You can also look at TechSoup's Security Corner for more tips, articles, blog posts, and resources on securing your information. . . read more.
Lame spam of the day: BBB service Re: Case # (various numbers)
DECEMBER 7, 2011
Here's an article about a similar batch in 2007. I got 7 versions of this today, at 2 different email addresses. They included an attachment called bbb_logo.jpg but no graphics in the message body. friend posted about them on a listserve and said that clicking the link downloads a virus. This scam has been around for a while.
Taking Advantage of a Crisis
AUGUST 17, 2009
Although some recent news stories have reported postive economic signs, the outlook for the nonprofit sector still looks bleak. He says: read more.
Optimize Your Web Pages
JULY 8, 2009
Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ? It's a free tool that allows you to test how different versions of the same web page perform. read more.
Resources from the Compasspoint Panel
JUNE 3, 2010
My own resources page: [link] It includes links to articles like: Should Your Organization Use Social Networking Sites? Yesterday I spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum and mentioned a variety of resources. Here they are, with links: Donor Retention. Attracting New Donors. Ebook: [link].
Thoughts on Software RFPs
MAY 4, 2010
Resources : My article Finding the Perfect Fundraising Database in an Imperfect World includes a section called "To RFP or not to RFP" Idealware article: The Perfect Fit: A Guide to Evaluating and Purchasing Major Software Systems. Techsoup article: The RFP Process: An Overview. What do you think?
Back Away From That Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database
AUGUST 18, 2009
Idealware published a new article of mine today, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?" The article is at [link].
Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media
APRIL 30, 2010
In his blog post Separating Personal and Professional Networks Online , Andy Shandlain lamented that "separating personal and professional networks can be a desirable, but elusive goal." His article and the comments provide some suggestions about how to separate the two. What about LinkedIn? His basic advice: "Be Prepared.
Back Away from that Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database
AUGUST 19, 2009
Idealware just published a new article of mine, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?".
Making the Case for Advancement Services
JANUARY 22, 2010
I got a call last week from the Advancement Services manager at a small college asking for help. She's trying to make the case for investing in Advancement Services at a college that seems to only want to invest in fundraisers. Advancement Services should be the foundation supporting the rest of Advancement. Efficiency. Support for Advancement.
Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence. The article is also included in a special report on business intelligence and a vendor list that, unfortunately, says little about how vendors are addressing this area.
Online Alumni Communities in the Age of Social Media
NOVEMBER 17, 2009
FYI, here's an article on using LinkedIn for alumni groups: [link]. I received the following email from a listerve. The topic of closed alumni communities versus social media is on the minds of a lot of university staff, so I'm posting this along with my response. We are on Linked In and hardly any of the alums use it.
TechSoup’s New Site Design
AUGUST 24, 2009
For example, while the home page and the search results page have been redesigned, the articles and forums have not yet been updated. TechSoup , the nonprofit tech web site where I host a discussion forum, went live with a redesigned home page over the weekend. love the new look, although it's only skin-deep. single sign-on for our U.S.
Using Prospect Research to Raise $1 Million
FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Margaret King, President of the InfoRich Group, has published an article on how prospect research yielded $1 million in foundation funding for one of her clients. You can read the article at [link]. The results: a 75% success rate, resulting in nearly $1 million.
TechSoup Featured in The San Francisco Chronicle
MARCH 23, 2009
Check out the article about TechSoup in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. TechSoup might be shy about blowing its own horn but since I’m a volunteer, I have no such reservations. TechSoup CEO’s are interviewed as well as some local Bay Area organizations who’ve benefited from TechSoup’s programs.
Analysis of Convio’s Online Fundraising Study
MARCH 26, 2009
She interviewed me, so of course I think the article is good. Care2’s Allyson Kapin just published an analysis of Convio’s online fundraising study (which I mentioned earlier this week ). The analysis is posted at [link].
Advice for Consultants - Part 3
JULY 17, 2009
writing articles. This is the third in a series of posts aimed at new consultants in the nonprofit sector. The previous posts are at Part 1 and Part 2. Make sure you have enough savings, loans, or other income to tide you over while you build your business. Figure out where you will work and what equipment you will need. get a Federal Tax ID.
Twitter Best Practices
FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Today’s entry comes from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which published When Characters Count: Advice for Charities on Making the Most of Twitter. Be professional. Engage with users.
Do You Need New Donor Management Software?
FEBRUARY 23, 2009
Idealware just published an article by Keith Heller called Do You Need New Donor Management Software?
Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009
JANUARY 21, 2009
You can read the full article at philanthropy.com/news/prospecting/index.php?id=6835. The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009.
Everywun Wants Your Clicks
DECEMBER 5, 2008
The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about everywun.com , a new click-to-give site. The article makes this sound like a new idea, but The Hunger Site (and their later projects for breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rain forest protection, and animal rescue) has been doing this since 1999.
Fundraising in a Bad Economy
FEBRUARY 5, 2009
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has posted A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy , which includes links to dozens of articles. read more.
So You Want to Be a Consultant?
APRIL 28, 2009
Build a presence: Public speaking, a lot of writing of books and articles, blogging, volunteering, client referral, meet fundraising consultants if you’re a product consultant and product consultants should meet fundraising consultants, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, apply for open jobs. The list of links she mentions is at [link].
Coping with a Troubled Economy
DECEMBER 15, 2008
Some of the articles are free and some require a subscription (in most cases, you can tell because the URL contains the either the word “free or “premium ). Topics include getting creative in tough times, the job market for fundraisers, and experimenting with new ways to ensure that donations flow over the holidays. read more.
Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems
DECEMBER 15, 2008
In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students , Jeffrey Young says. You can (and should) read the whole article at [link]. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money.
The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising
JANUARY 7, 2009
The full article, including footnotes, is at [link]. I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
The Top Five Nonprofit Articles from 2014
DECEMBER 29, 2014
Last week, we shared some of our favorite nonprofit articles that we had written in 2014. Plus, this article comes with a case study.
112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.
DECEMBER 22, 2013
How to Make Your Website Awesome in Seven Weeks. It’s not a blog or an article- it’s better. Mark Hrywnda and Patrick Sullivan’s article - #GivingTuesday Trending and Cashing In - on The Nonprofit Times is one of the best impact summaries I’ve seen. It’s been quite the year. With 1.5 Checklists.