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Twitter Is A Network Weaver's Best Friend

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past week, June Holley did a brown bag lunch at the Packard Foundation on network weaving and I was lucky enough to learn from her for a few hours! How would I describe June Holley? She's the guru of network weaving and walks on water. She covered some techniques of network weaving, sharing her check list of network weaving. Have a story?

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Jim Craner, MapTogether. Collecting and Disseminating Information - Ushahidi. In 2008, post-election violence erupted in Kenya.

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Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “ Static Web ”, “ Dynamic Content ”, “ User-Generated ”, “ Cloud Computing ”, and “ Semantic Web ”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. and Web 3.0 as follows: Web 1.0 = Websites, e-mail newsletters and “Donate Now” buttons.

ResourceMatcher.Org - what are we waiting for?

Deborah Elizabeth Finn


Browser Security and Choices


Browsers have been in the news again lately. It turns out that it was not just Google. Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco and others feel pressure to follow suit.

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Top 5 Lessons Learned in 2009: Multi-Channel Engagement

Connection Cafe

Author: Emma Zolbrod. I’m connected in different ways to numerous nonprofit organizations. Coordinate your efforts. Both asking me for money?

Leading Tech Change When You're Not the Boss


Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech. If the words "executive" or "chief" do not appear in your job title, you may think you're not in the right position to lead a successful technology change. Here are a few things you can do to challenge that assumption and become a technology change leader. Leadership is cultivated and demonstrated.

Wilder Launches Statewide Data Hub « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog – Philanthropy Potluck

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Minnesota Compass

Interview: Scott Anderson of ClientTrack

Amy Sample Ward

—– Scott Anderson is the Director of Communications for DSI, the developer of ClientTrack. Thanks, Amy, for all you do!). ABCD) ( [link] ).

My Gadget Fix of the Week: WooRank Website Analysis Tool

Connection Cafe

Author: Ken Cantu. The current free version compares 50 fields but the soon-to-be-released version will have 120, according to the TechCrunch article.

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity


Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication. At a time when you probably can't hire additional staff, that means making the staff you have as efficient and effective as possible. How do you do that? Jargon anyone.?

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

AFP Blog

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Great reads from around the web on January 29th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of January 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

Three Fabulous Conversations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The WEF is all about having a critical mass of incredible people. This enables great conversations: the serendipity effect is huge. just wanted to highlight three conversations I had today, each of which shows why this is such a great opportunity for Benetech to attend. What a great kick-off for a day! veritable intellectual and social smorgasbord!

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake


Steve MacLoughlin, Blackbaud. The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. Online Giving Continues to Grow.

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets |

AFP Blog

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets | "Social media can be a compulsive beast. It’s easy to feel a ‘need’ to keep putting out content through your various channels; no-where is this more true right now than on Twitter. I’ve written about that topic before, and I’ve also discovered the importance of unplugging occasionally

Wordpress Extras: My Favorites

Amy Sample Ward

A recent comment from Ichi (working on social media for good in Japan w/ ) asked after the tools I was using on this blog to bring in comments via Twitter. He suggested I post about the plugins I use so others could check them out – and that’s just what I’m doing! Twitoaster ( Get this plugin ).

Needs & Offers for Haitian Relief


VisionLink has launched a web-based Needs & Offers management solution for PQMD, the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, to help with their relief efforts in Haiti. As the earthquake struck Haiti, members of the partnership have been quick to respond--a response which has been complicated by the lack of basic infrastructure in Haiti.

Who's Knocking at My Firewall Door? Simple Security for the Nonprofit IT Professional


Bruce M. Wolfe , Marin Institute. Security is always changing and evolving. It morphs this way and transmogrifies that way and reveals new cracks in the systems we use each and every day -- from our cellphones to ATMs to voting machines -- providing fertile ground for those with malicious intentions to infiltrate our data and productivity. Spock.

BBC News - How online sponsorship changes the way we give

AFP Blog

BBC News - How online sponsorship changes the way we give: "It wasn't long ago that every person running a race or attempting some feat would send around a sponsorship form at their - or their parents' - office. But now, anyone looking to raise any significant amount of cash has migrated online

Interview: John Brennan of OpenAction

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to connect with John Brennan , the driving force behind , which empowers individuals and organizations by helping them tell the world about the positive impact their actions have. You can learn more about John and OpenAction in the interview below. Where did the idea for OpenAction begin?

Widgets, snippets and badges, oh my!

Connection Cafe

Author: Taylor Shanklin. Last night while pondering what I would write today’s blog post on, I read through other recent posts on Connection Café Emma Zolbrod’s post on participant fundraising hit a personal chord. My first event was a century bike ride in Lake Tahoe in 2009 and I’m now training for a triathlon.

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First day in Davos

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m joining many other social entrepreneurs on our journey to Davos, home of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. Although this is my sixth time to Davos for the WEF, the train trip never fails to enchant me. And then we're in a small ski village in Switzerland! We then joined the social entrepreneurship dinner.

Top 10 Social Media Countries | Penn Olson

AFP Blog

Top 10 Social Media Countries | Penn Olson: "While the list is pretty comprehensive, one might argue that the comparison is according to absolute terms rather than population proportion (like how we compared Facebook users in Singapore and the U.S), it still works as a good indicator of the top social media countries

Independent Fundraising Event Trends


Blackbaud and Event 360 have released a new white paper based on a joint research project to better understand the common denominators of a successful programmatic approach to third-party fundraising. Independent fundraising events (IFE) are activities designed and run by volunteers to raise money on behalf of a specific nonprofit organization.

Pre-preparing for a Redesign

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Today I wanted to share some preliminary steps to take when your organization begins thinking about a web site redesign. Decide what outcomes you’re expecting with the redesign so you can share those goals with your designer. Also, major content contributors or owners will want to have a say in what stays and what goes.

Nonprofit Marketing Report: Organizations Failing to Connect

Amy Sample Ward

Nancy Schwartz, president of Nancy Schwartz & Company and blogger at Getting Attention , has just finished analyzing data from a nonprofit marketing survey of more than 900 nonprofit leaders, revealing that they are doing a poor job connecting with their audience and community.  Our messages aren’t hard-hitting or targeted enough.

PHILANTHROPY 2173: What kind of Apps would your foundation build?

AFP Blog

PHILANTHROPY 2173: What kind of Apps would your foundation build?: "As my plane landed I sent out this Tweet 'What could a community foundation App do?Whoa. The smarties of Twitter responded. flood of ideas came along - tweeted, DM'd and on and on. Here are some of them

Connecting Advocacy to Fundraising: Free Nonprofit Webinar


Did you know that activists on your nonprofit’s email list are seven times more likely to donate money to your organization than non-activists are? Make sure you start 2010 off right by adopting the latest best practices for online advocacy as a proven strategy to recruit and retain donors, while advancing your mission

Using Social Media to Advocate for Change

Connection Cafe

Author: Noah Cooper. Like all of my colleagues here at Convio, I've been humbled by the many organizations who have rushed to the aid of the Haitian people over the past two weeks, raising record-breaking funds for relief efforts and showing how technology can be used to save lives. With a little help from a friend, I created

Great reads from around the web on January 25th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of January 25th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. Why limit yourself?

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Social Media Guide? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

AFP Blog

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Social Media Guide? Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "Guess what one of the biggest challenges nonprofits face today when adding a blog to their website or diving into social media? Giving up control.Does this sound familiar? Should blog comments be moderated?

It’s Kind to Give In Kind


I’m sure the earthquake in Haiti is on all of our minds. How to make a donation, who to give to & of course how much. None of us can prepare for a tragedy of this magnitude but it’s inspiring to see how we rally around the people of Haiti to help ease their pain. We have other charities, however, that we can’t forget about.

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Judi Sohn

I had a therapeutic ERCP this morning to finally deal with biliary tract issues that have been bothering me since 2003. know better. But check again.