November, 2009

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The 10 Commandments of Effective Homepage Design

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Just coming out of the Homepage Design Slam session at the Summit, I wanted to provide a brief recap for those who couldn’t make it. Don Roach, our Art Director, and I led the session and got some great (and brave) volunteers to project their homepages and subject them to constructive critiques from their peers.

Is your Nonprofit too Social Media Dependent?

Frogloop

What would happen to your nonprofit’s outreach work if Facebook or Twitter shut down? Since you don’t own the data, you wouldn’t be able to salvage it. With all the buzz of the Web 2.0 You can do this via petitions, fundraising appeals, polls, etc. Currently I don’t know of any append companies that provide this service.

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Here’s how: 1) Create a “Favorite Nonprofits&# List. What issues are important to you? Please RT! Global Warming.

Ideablob says “Goodbye”

Amy Sample Ward

The most important parts of the conversation around Causes do not actually focus on Causes, specifically. So, what do you think this means?

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Borman818. This year's Tweetsgiving hopes to raise more than $100,000 in donations.   Platform for Self-Organizing. Click at the Heartstrings.

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11 Holiday Gift Programs that Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place

Nonprofit Tech for Good

If you are reading this now, then of the world’s 6.8 billion people , you are likely one of the lucky ones. You have Internet access, a computer, a roof over your head, and likely planning some holiday shopping this year. By spending consciously, your consumer power can change the world. Is that a legacy we want to leave behind? View Gifts. 3.

Ideablob says “Goodbye”

Amy Sample Ward

The most important parts of the conversation around Causes do not actually focus on Causes, specifically. So, what do you think this means?

GiveMN Raises $14 Million Online in 24 Hours!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I think I want to change Garrison Keillor's well known descriptor of Lake Wobegone.    The goal is to grow the giving pie.

Lovely Daily Show Interview with Jane Goodall

Have Fun - Do Good

The hubs and I have been catching up on our Tivo'd shows after our awesome vacation in Maine last week. On Sunday night, we watched a lovely interview on The Daily Show with Dr. Jane Goodall , who has a new book out, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink. You were OK with that.

Impact of Social Media on the Nonprofit Sector

NTEN

Flickr Photo: clevercupcakes I recently got an email from an NYU graduate student in Public Relations, Paola Christina Lamarca. She's working on her Capstone and wanted to hear a few of my opinions about the impact of social media on the nonprofit sector. answered a few questions for her, but I told her your two cents would be even more valuable.

Grantmakers, Grantees, and Tweeters for the Common Good

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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13 Twitter Search Examples for Nonprofits

NetWits

Twitter search is a pretty amazing resource that most have yet to tap into. Why do I think it’s amazing you ask? Well, because it’s nearly real time and driven completely by humans. Twitter search isn’t searching web pages and it doesn’t take days/weeks for your tweets to show up in the results.

Introducing Idealware's Social Media Resource Library

Idealware

There are a ton of resources on social media for nonprofits, but they are scattered all over the web (though, We Are Media has done an excellent job at compiling a lot of them). And, we’ve incorporated an easy-to-use tagging scheme so that you can find the resources most helpful to you. Directions for accessing Idealware’s Delicious repository 1.

Ways To Use Twitter Lists for Your Nonprofit Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gopher Screen Capture. Twitter Lists: A Natural Evolution of Internet List Culture. volunteered to be the Dance Librarian.  Your lists can be public.

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Record Your Grandma's Stories: StoryCorps' National Day of Listening is Nov. 27

Have Fun - Do Good

Why not record their story in honor of StoryCorps' National Day of Listening the day after Thanksgiving (November 27th). What was your childhood like?

Give your #NTENThanks Today!

NTEN

if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget('8c0e03fb-448b-42b3-a3ca-14a84817146f');Get the Holly Ross (ntenhross) on Twitter widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox ! Not seeing a widget? More info ). Just in case you hadn't heard, it's NTEN Member Appreciation Month , also known as November! So today, let's cause a thankful ruckus !  .

Museums, Church, and Doable Evangelism

Museum 2.0

I often think museums are like church--passionately loved by staff and devout audiences, irrelevant or off-putting to lapsed or uninterested adults, alien and overwhelming to newcomers. What is the appropriate way to evangelize cultural institution use to the unconverted? couple ideas: Welcome new visitors with genuine affection and interest.

Great reads from around the web on November 18th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources across the web ever day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of November 18th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. What is your conversation strategy?

Now Nonprofits Outside the U.S. and Canada Can Fundraise on Facebook Too

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Since the popular Facebook fundraising App Causes was built using GuideStar’s database of nonprofits in the United States and Canada, only nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada can utilize Causes’ fundraising tools. Not any anymore… thanks to Ammado.com. As the world goes global, so does charitable giving. made a donation. No problems.

This Twitter Fundraisers, Next Year FourSquare Fundraisers.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today, Pete Cashmore had a piece on CNN " Next Year's Twitter? Foursquare " predicting that FourSquare will be the darling of 2010.

Have Fun Do Good Day: Make a Laugh List

Have Fun - Do Good

To balance out the tough times, you need to have a Laugh List to turn to on a regular basis. Below are some items from My Laugh List. What's on yours?

Love is in the Air: A Wrap-Up of the First NTEN Thanks Day

NTEN

The NTEN staff is consistently amazed at how fabulous our members are. As a part-time poet, I have a thing for words. Awesome. Cause. Community. Share.

Points-Based Rewards Drive Donor Engagement

Frogloop

Too often, organizations make the mistake of creating an artificial distinction between online and offline supporters. What about two years?

Creating a Network to Nurture Social Entrepreneurs and 3BL Businesses: Notes from 2009 Net Impact Conference session

Social Actions

What would happen if ordinary people could seamlessly contribute to the work of social entrepreneurs? It was a fantastically rich presentation. Notes.

Five Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Measure Social Media ROI (Return on Investment)

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last week a study came out that said small to medium sized nonprofits were not gaining much from using social media. believe it, and here’s why: 1) Most nonprofits are still at the dabbling stage. Wrong. So wrong. 3) The vast majority of nonprofits don’t know how to monitor or measure ROI [Return on Investment]. During the Era of Web 1.0,

The Right Way to use Social Media for Fundraising: Wildlife Direct

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paula Kahumbu, Wildlife Direct and PopTech Fellow 09. Last week I wrote about a pair of surveys that looked at social media and nonprofits. 

TechSoup Closed for Thanksgiving: Will Reopen Monday!

Tech Soup Blog

In honor of the U.S. celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday , TechSoup's San Francisco offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. Our U.S. read more.

Social Media Charades at the Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. And after three hours of discussions and brainstorming. There is no silver bullet. Integration is going to be key in 2010.

Are Nonprofits Flunking Email Marketing 101?

Frogloop

A new survey of 38 top nonprofits by Care2 reveals that many of these well known organizations are essentially flunking “Email Marketing 101.&# Perhaps the most damning statistic is that, on average, nonprofits are taking eight whole days to email a response to someone who signs up for their email list. Nada, Zip.

GIS Put to Use in Myanmar

NTEN

It had been awhile since I'd played with Google Earth, but Jim Prosser at Direct Relief International gave me a good reason this morning: DRI has used GE to map the official health clinics and hospitals in Myanmar. Direct Relief International's COO, Annie Maxwell, has written about the project on the Google Earth blog.

Midlife Food Crisis: What Is Your Food Story?

Have Fun - Do Good

I've been having a little bit of a midlife food crisis. You can see why I'm feeling a little confused. I'd love to hear your stories.

Measure the Impact, Not the Influence

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tara presented the ideas in her book, The Whuffie Factor and I got to share a few ideas about how to use Whuffie for good. We get caught up in our ego.

TweetsGiving 2009: What Nonprofit Tech Are You Thankful For?

Tech Soup Blog

Last year, Elliot penned a post about TweetsGiving. What, pray tell is that, you might be asking? recordings. read more.

Social bookmarking: keeping me organized one tag at a time

Idealware

I love Delicious. As indicated in my post earlier this week announcing Idealware's Social Media Resource Library , for the past couple of months, I have been conducting an audit on available social media resources for nonprofits. Delicious was an obvious answer, even though I had never used the tool before. Lesson learned?