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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

Citizen-Powered Response. Social media, like all technology, is developed by people. Direct Content. What’s so important or interesting about this?

Lessons from Red Cross: Twitter Mistakes and How To Handle Them

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Back over the summer,  I wrote a post called “ What was your worst social media mistake?  What did you learn?

Open Source vs. Proprietary. Who won?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This epic battle between Open Source software (or Free software) and proprietary software is coming to a close. Some might argue that FOSS won the battle. Others would argue that proprietary software won. I’m going to argue that both won, and both lost. The Desktop. It never will come. Er, well. Android is based on a modified Linux kernel.

Behind the Convio Admin Curtain

Connection Cafe

Author: Emily Goodstein. Ever wonder who the man (or woman) behind the curtain is on your favorite Convio powered site (sort of like the Wizard of Oz but in a less ruby slippers are more online strategy kind of way)? The elevator pitch for Canadian Wildlife is “CWF helps protect wildlife through conservation education, awareness and outreach.”

The Evolution of NPTech: Keynote and slides

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday, I had the huge honor and pleasure to present the keynote at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits ‘ NPTech Conference, eStrategy in an iWorld. It was a terrific conference, with people from all areas of the state and all areas of the sector. If you have other questions, or other ideas, please share them! So let’s dive in! Roles.

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February 2011 Community Builder Chat Wrap-Up #CommBuild

Amy Sample Ward

Get the chat archive! The conversation in this month’s chat focused on these questions: How to best stay motivated and motivate your community team.

What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That’s social capital and it does have value.   The impact,  longer term, is innovation or the result of the network in action.

Four Great Resources For Creating Custom Facebook Tabs With iFrames

John Haydon

But don’t despair, nothing is wasted in the land of Facebook Custom Tabs. Why iFrames is better than Static FBML. What if I hate templates?

Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

At one point, he commented that there's a difference between the "framework" and the "sensibility" for engagement. participatory museum

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Who Says Email’s Dead?


The worst kind of expert doesn’t share the whole story or truth. Since the rise of social media many “experts&# have claimed that email is dying and won’t exist in 10 years. In fact, email is not fading, it’s evolving. According to a new comScore study on U.S. In 2010 mobile email grew by 36% in the US.

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Bringing a Network Mindset To Nonprofit Boards

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Guest Post: Bringing a Network Mindset to Our Nonprofit Board by Deborah Meehan. And, what would it look like?”. Do we have the right board?

Giveaway: 29 Gifts by Cami Walker

Have Fun - Do Good

I just received a review copy of the paperback edition of my friend Cami Walker's book, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. Share

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Defining Your IT Roles: Project Management as a Process


Julian Egelstaff, Technical Architect, Freeform Solutions Who are our IT role models? Where do our ideas about IT come from? In the nonprofit sector, we have some big challenges in this area. The IT industry is overwhelmed with companies and courses and products aimed at the commercial world. Defining the different roles helps avoid this.

Best Strategies to Mobilize Supporters and Donors


What are the secret ingredients to mobilizing a base of supporters and donors? 1. Be where your people are and engage them on their terms. 2. Always remember that your supporters and donors are real people (not ATM machines). They have different preferences in how they like organizations to communicate with them. Some prefer email. The results?

Two Ways To Use Crowdsourcing for Face-to-Face Conferences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Pierre-Alain Dorange. Does crowdsourcing enhance or bring value to face-to-face conferences?   Where is it most useful?  crowdsourcin

HOW TO: Spend an Entire Year Giving to Charity - Yahoo! News

AFP Blog

HOW TO: Spend an Entire Year Giving to Charity - Yahoo! News: "Every day, Garcia chooses a new charity and donates a small sum of money -- usually around $10, but never less than $5. He then documents that day's charity in a blog post on his Tumblr, where he describes the cause and provides some insights or personal stories to highlight its mission.

HOW TO: Claim Your Nonprofit’s “Company Page” on LinkedIn

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Odds are your nonprofit has a “Company Page” on LinkedIn. If not, then you can easily create one. Company Page :: Taproot Foundation Services.

Book Giveaway: Mazarine Treyz, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising

Amy Sample Ward

My friend, Mazarine Treyz , is an accomplished woman: She is passionate about life and supporting nonprofit organizations. All from water. Example?

Thank You Amy Sample Ward!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Online Community #ThanksAmy

You don't want to be MacGyver with your donor data

Connection Cafe

Author: Jennifer Darrouzet. Let’s face it, spreadsheets are great at lots of things. They’re an easy tool built to satisfy the MacGyver in all of us as we battle through our daily tasks. But when it comes to storing precious supporter data—user beware. The right people, the right approach, the right ask. And one of them is SAFETY.

Quick Hit: How Do You Follow Up with Participants?

Museum 2.0

When someone leaves a comment, makes a sculpture, or writes a poem at your institution, is that the end of their participation?

The Tao Of Wow

John Haydon

In a recent 501 Mission Place post, Estrella Rosenberg talked about creating “Wow&# moments with donors. No ask, no link, no call-to-action.

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E-Mediat: Beirut Bound – Guess What’s In My Suitcase?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, here’s a sneak peak of some of the items in my suitcase. Thank you! Now, gotta figure out the right plug converter to bring. Mediat emediat

Dad, Girl Scouts and Thank You Letters

Connection Cafe

Author: Cheryl Black. In most parts of the United States, it’s Girl Scout Cookie sale time. know it is here in Austin and that sparked a memory for me: my first lesson in customer appreciation. ” Despite my whining about it, he had me write a thank you note which he stapled my school picture to and made a million photocopies of.

Apply for the Technology Leadership Academy by March 1st


Your instructors during the weekly core sessions will be top nonprofit leaders like Beth Kanter, Katya Andresen, and Edward Granger-Happ.

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Data and Storytelling: 6 Ways to Use Data to Move Your Mission


Data is the new black. These days everyone is releasing it, visualizing it, aggregating it, and mashing it up. And for good reason. Speak With Numbers.

Free Non-profit Webinars for March 2011

Wild Apricot Blog

Here is our round-up of free webinars for non-profits and other membership organizations that we've gathered for the month of March. We found over 24 webinars on topics such as: building capacity with Boomer volunteers; social media metrics and benchmarking; project management for non-profits; and numerous leadership and fundraising sessions.

LibreOffice vs.

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I hope that everyone reading this blog has heard of is a free and open source cross-platform office suite, which can read and write MS Office.doc,xls, and.ppt files. It actually has more to it than that, there is a drawing program, a database, a math equation editor and more. Sorry, clippy not included.

Recipe for Your Big Vision on the Wishstudio

Have Fun - Do Good

The lovely Mindy Tsonas was kind enough to ask me to write a guest post for her blog, wishstudio. We hunger for them. Here’s how: 1. Give it a name.

5 Favorite Features, Tips, and Shortcuts for Microsoft Excel

Tech Soup Blog

My co-worker Becky Wiegand already gave you some tips for working more efficiently in Word and PowerPoint , so I've been given the honor of doling out advice for perhaps the most powerful and complex application in the Office suite: Excel. But most users don't realize how much functionality the software includes. Inserting Sparklines. read more.

Association Jam - Top Links for February 2011

Wild Apricot Blog

In February, blog posts and articles on Social Media, Membership, Volunteers, Leadership and non-profit communications (listed under "Other") were the top rated links on Here's a look at some of the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in February, 2011 by category: ( read more ).

Latest Facebook Changes a Mixed Bag for Nonprofit Page Admins


I finally watched the Oscar-nominated film “The Social Network” this past weekend. It was an entertaining movie, but it definitely took real events and twisted them for dramatic effect. One thing that did ring true is that Facebook is constantly changing, and not every change is award-winning. Two notes before we dive in. tend to agree.

How To Be A Better Listener

Eric Jacobsen Blog

But, there are times when interrupting makes sense. Strategic interrupting can be both clarifying and productive for both parties.

Mobile Computing and Telework: Can't Stop, Won't Stop!

Tech Soup Blog

Thanks, Jim. My first reaction is "cool!" Teleworking is so much greener as Citrix's white paper amply demonstrates.

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