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Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Robert Weiner

I've been in numerous discussions recently where senior Blackbaud staff have said that clients will be given 5 - 7 years to migrate off any discontinued products. Yesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. don't know whether any data will disappear at that point.

Training on your new database

Robert Weiner

discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE's Handbook of Institutional Advancement. A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. Not everyone can train. It's an art. Train them again just before going live. Train end users just before going live.

Important changes for GiftWorks users

Robert Weiner

There have been extensive discussions of this on TechSoup ( here and here ), and I hope that by now all GiftWorks clients know about this impending change. This change is in-line with our transition to a subscription-based service. Retiring older versions allows us to invest our time and resources into the continuous improvement of CRM.

Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

During the NTEN call we discussed Tessitura , the performing arts fundraising and ticketing system as an example of a successful effort. Lots of people have already weighed in on Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio (two of my favorites: [link] and [link] ). Here my perspective. have no inside knowledge about what the merged company will look like.

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

Robert Weiner

Come join us for a collaborative, interactive, therapeutic discussion at the NTC. Copyright P. S. Mueller [link]. She’ll figure this out!”.

LinkedIn Discussions Are Spam Magnets

Robert Weiner

I'm a member of several LinkedIn discussion groups, but my participation is lukewarm at best. One of the biggest problems is spam--the noise is drowning out the signal. There doesn't seem to be a way for moderators to review messages before they're posted or for participants to flag spam for review by moderators. Please vote for me.

Online Discussion Tomorrow: Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has another online discussion coming up that may be useful for many nonprofit fundraisers and marketing pros. It’s a free discussion so if you’ve got the time, it could be a valuable session. Here are the details from their announcement: When: Wednesday, January 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Live Discussion Promoting Causes on Social Networks on June 2

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on Tuesday, June 2 (tomorrow). The discussion will be archived, so even if you can’t attend, you can at least read the transcript. Here are the details: What: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks. When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m.

Online Discussion on June 23: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

This Tuesday The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host another free online discussion about how nonprofits can use social media. Wendy Harman , the social-media manager at the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC. Previously she worked for the Future of Music Coalition and was a law clerk at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

Come on over and {talk over with|discuss with|seek advice from|visit|consult with} my {site|web site|website}. Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. found it fascinating. Do {you have|you’ve} any? Way cool! Greetings!

Lame spam of the day: Fake BBC news stories

Robert Weiner

Clues that it's fake: I don't know the sender; the sender shows as Wendy Kauffman but the text says it came from Rich Webb; it went to an account that I only use for newsletters and discussion lists; and hovering over the URLs shows that they don't lead to a BBC site. Like most lame spam, this one lacks any formatting or graphics.

Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?

Robert Weiner

One of the discussions during NTEN’s community call about Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio was whether the nonprofit community should band together and build its own donor management system rather than being dependent on for-profit vendors. That discussion continued on my blog. million nonprofits in the U.S. nonprofits.

Tales of faux donors scamming charities

Robert Weiner

The following is a compilation of online discussions of faux donors trying to scam colleges, schools, and nonprofits. In most cases it’s not clear what the scammers are trying to achieve. Maybe they’re just practical jokes. Paul's School, Lori Redfearn at the California State University Chancellor’s Office, Stephen M. They researched online.

Lame spam of the day: You are highly needed

Robert Weiner

Also, could you get back to me having visited the above website to enable us discuss in a more clarifying manner to the best of your understanding. Most of these 419 scam emails aren't worth glancing at, but the language in this one was too good to pass up. Including links to real news stories is a nice touch. Sender: Capt. To: blank. link].

What’s a good donor database?

Robert Weiner

I've been enjoying the discussion in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's LinkedIn group in response to the question, " What's a good, affordable donor database program for a small non profit? " (you'll probably need to join the group to read the responses). My unofficial tally is that Raiser's Edge and Salesforce have been mentioned the most.

Lame spam of the day: Gaddafi’s money

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You will take 40%, 60% will be for me and my partner.This business is confidential, and it should not be discussed with anyone. I loved the movie Three Kings , so I got a kick out of being asked to help smuggle Gaddafi's money out of Libya. Sender: SGT CHRIS BRAND (chrisbrrand@yahoo.com.ph). Subject: WAITING FOR YOU RESPONSE. Can I trust you?

Lame spams of the day: Robospam promoting Liberty Reserve investments

Robert Weiner

An gripping discussion is couturier account. The following blog comment spams were left on my site on 12/21 - 23 in response to my posts " Lame spam as blog comments " and " More lame spam as blog comments." All are promoting an investment called a "Liberty Reserve" account. An riveting communication is worth reporting. To the next.

Creating Strong Passwords

Robert Weiner

NTEN's blog discusses the details of the break-in and lessons we should learn from it. Photo: Paul Linton. read more.

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Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Robert Weiner

Although some recent news stories have reported postive economic signs, the outlook for the nonprofit sector still looks bleak. He says: read more.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

Robert Weiner

The good news from the annual GivingUSA report (PDF) on U.S. billion. But, unfortunately, most of the news was bad. billion. giving was down 5.7

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Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?

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Sarah granted me permission to share her findings with the world. The information below was current as of December 15, 2008.

Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media

Robert Weiner

Andrew Heller discussed the risks of oversharing in his NTEN blog post Social Media and Privacy: Best Practices for Managing Your Personal and Professional Identities. Do you "friend" your co-workers, clients, or service recipients on Facebook? What about LinkedIn? Are your tweets appropriate for all audiences?

SF Fundraising Day 2010

Robert Weiner

We've programmed sessions on online fundraising with Madeline Stanionis, social media with Jeff Patrick, database selection with Eric Leland, and an open discussion session with me and Michael on whatever tech topics the attendees bring. San Francisco's Fundraising Day will be happening June 16 at the downtown Marriott.

Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online

Robert Weiner

What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group. When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time. Where: [link]. How Much: Free. Description: read more.

Making the Case for Advancement Services

Robert Weiner

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.

Podcast: How to Use Facebook to Attract Supporters and More

Robert Weiner

As we've noted previously, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been running a series of online discussions on how nonprofits can use social media tools. In addition to these open discussions, the Chronicle has been conducting a series of recorded interviews. These podcasts are available at [link]. Topics to date include: read more.

Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

Robert Weiner

From September 30 to October 21, TechSoup will host a free Digital Storytelling online event including expert roundtable discussions, nonprofit case studies, online discussions, live chat, and a community challenge with a final screening awards ceremony in the virtual world of Second Life. Follow the action on Twitter #tsdigs.

Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

If you missed The Chronicle of Philanthropy's June 23 online discussion Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes , the transcript is now available. Wendy Harman , the social-media manager at the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC. read more.

Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence

Robert Weiner

It discusses what Laura Quinn calls the "movement from merely tracking data to an emphasis on using it strategically to make business decisions." This vision of donor management software is nothing new. The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence.

July 21: How Can You Measure the Value of Social Networking?

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on social networking. This time their guest will be social media guru Beth Kanter (you may know Beth from her eponymous Beth's Blog — and if you don't, you should). . What: What's the Payoff? When: Tuesday, July 21, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time.

TechSoup’s New Site Design

Robert Weiner

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. This is Phase 1 and only affects the home page--most links take you to pages on the old site, with a the old design and the old navigation. single sign-on for our U.S.

Transcript: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks

Robert Weiner

As I mentioned last week , the Chronicle of Philanthropy held a live online discussion about how nonprofits can use social networks to promote their organizations. On the panel, was Danielle Brigida, social-media-outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation; marketing and communications consultant Nancy E.

Advice for Consultants - Part 3

Robert Weiner

participation in online discussion groups. 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. Do you need a rented office or home office? Options include.

Using Prospect Research to Raise $1 Million

Robert Weiner

She discusses the strategy behind the research, the tools she used, how the list was narrowed to a group of top prospects, and the general approach to cultivating the foundations. 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.

So You Want to Be a Consultant? Part II

Robert Weiner

Jana Byington-Smith blogged it again, and here’s what she recorded.  We started by listing everyone’s burning issues, then discussed as many as we could in-depth. Discussion: Ideas about telling the story about “what do I do as a consultant?&#. Presenters: Robert L. Weiner. Michael Stein, Michael Stein, Inc. link].

So You Want to Be a Consultant?

Robert Weiner

Jana Byington-Smith did a great job of capturing the discussion for the conference’s live blog. I’m reposting her summary below. I moderated a panel with the above title yesterday at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. The list of links she mentions is at [link]. You can read all of the conference blogs at [link].

The Quick ‘n Easy Guide to Online Advocacy

Robert Weiner

Case studies, security concerns as well as the advantages and disadvantages of various web services are discussed, with the aim of improving advocates ability to conduct online advocacy campaigns. The guide also offers advice on where and when to use these services. read more.

Inside the Mind of a Top Donor

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently conducted an online discussion with Lorry I. Lokey, who has appeared on The Chronicle’s list of America’s top donors every year since 2000. Mr. Lokey responded to questions such as. What is the biggest mistake development officers make when first meeting a new prospect?

Favorite Free Software

Robert Weiner

Other products mentioned by participants in the discussion: John Elbare recommended: Wink -– Free program for creating flash movies out of screen shots: [link]. Joe Medina of Colby College asked members of the FUNDSVCS listserve about their favorite free software programs. Ad-Aware — Anti-spyware and malware tool for PCs: [link]. Avast!

Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy held an online discussion on January 21, 2009 about how nonprofits can publicize their work. What can your organization do to make sure these efforts are meaningful? Whom should you try to reach? And how can you stretch your resources to make sure your messages gets to as many people as possible. read more.