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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?

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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.

Meet the People We Work With

Vertex Systems

Case Management Software from Vertex Systems Every day, we talk with people who work at human services agencies that serve those with disabilities.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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The Story of Stuff: An Inspiring Example of A Network in Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Colbert Report. The Story of Electronics is part of a series of short films created and released by the Story of Stuff project since 2007. 

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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.”

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

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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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?

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.

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.

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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.

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Thank You Amy Sample Ward!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Online Community #ThanksAmy

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 ).

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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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.

Conservation Planners Use Benetech's Miradi Software to Help Save Reefs in Guam

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Miradi, is used by nature conservation practitioners around the world to design, manage, monitor and learn from their projects.

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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.

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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.

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.

Twitter Co-Founder Pushes New Effort to Use Technology for Social Good - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | LinkedIn

AFP Blog

Twitter Co-Founder Pushes New Effort to Use Technology for Social Good - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | LinkedIn

Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This is an issue I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I’m an unrepentant, unabashed technophile. OK, well, not so unrepentant or unabashed since I’m writing this post on the varied factors around technology and the environment, and have been thinking about this issue for myself for a long time. Cloud computing. Green Hosting.