September, 2010

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NTC 2011 is Upon Us!


2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#11ntc) is ramping up by kicking off the community voting website for over 400 nonprofit focused sessions! We have until September 30 th to vote for those we think will be the most valuable to the overall NPTech community. If you’re not familiar with the Nonprofit Tech.

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Is Social Media Right for Your Organization?

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Guest post from John Chen, @ johnYSchen , DC-based nptechie and nonprofiteer. It's evident that social media has become ingrained into our daily lives. Organizations are hearing: “You need to be on social media.” ” “You need to be where your customers and potential customers are.”

WomenWhoTech: Social Media ROI Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Media Roi Slidesbk. How do you put a monetary value on branding? Notes and Resources. Return on Investment. How much time will it take?

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How Useful is Social Media to Nonprofits?


No matter where you look, social media is on everyone’s radar. The big question nonprofits ask is, how useful is social media? In an attempt to help nonprofits answer that question, Idealware , in partnership with NOI , recently released " The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide.". But only about 10% to 20% could confirm it.

7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies


Ben Rigby, The Extraordinaires. If you’re like most people working at a nonprofit, you probably had a “Holy Mobile!” moment in January, 2010, when an outpouring of donations followed the devastating Haiti quake. This, you expected. The Red Cross received 4.1 million messages valued at ten dollars each, 95% of which were from first-time donors.

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Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Actionable Measurement. You also need to think through your content and engagement strategy. 

Ten Fundraising Strategies to Test Right Now


Are you stuck in a fundraising rut and looking to try some creative fundraising tactics to engage your supporters? Overdo it. Be too dramatic.

Effective Uses of Social Media for Fundraising


Philip King, Artez Interactive. There may come a day when your Facebook fan page has more traffic than your actual website. Hard to believe? Just talk to the people at Coca-Cola. recent Advertising Age article notes that Coke has one of the largest brand pages on Facebook with 10.7 million fans (placing them in second, after Starbucks' 12.7

I will be offering pro bono strategic technology consultations at.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Curate Your Own Membership: An Interview with the Whitney's Director of Membership

Museum 2.0

How did this project start? It started over a year ago, with a couple of moments of insight. And we confirmed that hypothesis. Several, but not all.

Four reasons why would actually be a better choice than WordPress.Org

John Haydon

WordPress is the planet’s most popular blogging platform. Over 25 million WordPress blogs dot the internet landscape. And he’s right.

How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Introduction. Content. Here’s some examples and tips. 

Twitter: this time it’s personal

Steve Bridger

It works for me (at least for the moment). But I recognise that others – particularly decision makers – need to hear more than that.

It's Already September? (Or: Two Thirds of a Year's Worth of Fundraising Resources)


Flickr: visit~ fingerlakes Where I come from , there's a lake , and every year on the Saturday before Labor day when the sun goes down, everyone who lives on that lake turns off their house lights, lines their waterfront with lit red flares, and builds a bonfire. thought I'd do my part with a few of 2010's best resources (so far). Oh, you don't?

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Can Happiness Impact Philanthropy?


Happiness is a better indicator of philanthropy than wealth is. And we shouldn't be surprised. So what do these results mean?

"Know Your Sector" - using social media to shed light on mission.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Definitions Of Key Business Terms

Eric Jacobsen Blog

like Peter F. Drucker's definitions

The Ladder of Love: Growing Facebook Fans

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The big mistake that many organizations make is that they stop at the “attention&# phase of the ladder of love.   The very first [.].

A Better Approach to Monthly Giving

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Recently, some colleagues and I started an email exchange about best practices for monthly giving.

Empowering Your Board to Fundraise: Treating Your Board Members as Major Donors


Barbara Talisman, Pursuant. According to  BoardSource , one of the  ten basic responsibilities of non-profit boards  is to, “Ensure adequate resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.” Sometimes we get off track with Board members and them with us. Good news?

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60 Minutes

NCE Social Media

A new report by Sysomos has found that when you send a tweet it will mostly likely be retweeted within the first hour of posting.

Great 2-1-1 Reporting


Kudos to the United Way of Denver and their Colorado 2-1-1 partners. Here''s to powerful reporting! Dr. W.

Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base

Amy Sample Ward

Tools and Apps to Energize Your Base. Want to build a powerful movement online? SLIDES. WWT 2010: Apps and Tools to Energize Your Base. NOTES.

Social Media: Who Will Do The Work?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Three Models. Who in our organization is going to do the work? How are ever going to find the time to do social media?

Convio Summit? There's an app for that.

Connection Cafe

Author: Bruce Keilin. Prior to the end of the summer and sending my kids back to school, my family went on a short vacation to Truckee, CA.

Build Communities to Enhance Your Fundraising Campaigns


Adrienne D. Capps, U. C. Davis. Much has changed with regard to fundraising and “friendraising” during the 12 years I have been a professional fundraiser, the most obvious being the use of technology. We are all online these days whereas in 1998 it was a much more mixed bag. One thing remains and will continue to, however: making sense of it all.

There’s an app for that

NCE Social Media

Ever wonder if you should create an application, i.e. an app, related to your organization for people to use on their phones?

Five Reasons Why Titles Are King

John Haydon

You’re reading this because on some level you’re interested in writing better blog post tiles or better YouTube video titles. But why?

HOW TO: Launch a Broadcast “TV” Channel for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Websites like and allow individuals and brands to launch their own Web-based “TV&# channels. Think about that for a second.

Fun with Drupal Commons, a Powerful Solution for Online Community Building


For years, we have been advising clients on how to build, manage, and grow successful online communities. This hasn't changed. However, the tools continue to get better and better, and we are excited to begin working with Acquia's Drupal Commons , a recent entrant into the enterprise collaboration fray. Stay tuned!

10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Social Media Plan

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Debbie helped wrap up the dicussion with some of the phenomenonal results the ASPCA has experienced.

Brandraising: Using Technology to Grow Nonprofit Peaches


Sarah Durham, Big Duck. We're all nerds when it comes to new media. No matter how many studies tell us that that the gadgets we're hooked on aren't good for us , most of us technology nerds still can't get enough. After all, I was that kid who stayed up late playing video games. (Ah, Joust. how I miss thee.) sure do. That means you.)   .


NCE Social Media

Facebook recently added a feature called Places. These programs use the GPS in your phone to pinpoint your location to within 300 meters.

How to target wall posts to specific fans

John Haydon

A little known feature within your Facebook Page gives you the ability to target wall updates to a specific group of connections. Publish update.