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My Three Words for 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I used Chris Brogan's "Three Words" to set some professional/personal goals for the year. The process is simple: Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on.

Is Wikipedia Loves Art Getting "Better"?

Museum 2.0

It's rare that a participatory museum project is more than a one-shot affair. hope you'll share your thoughts in the comments. So is it better?

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Facebook Currency?


Think your friends spend too much time on Facebook? They're not alone. That's a lot of time. What does this new marketplace mean for nonprofits?

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

I've been thinking about what it takes to run a great Advancement Services operation (aka Development Services, Development Operations, Development Systems, the fundraising infrastructure, the back office). They are the curators of the institution's memory about who gave, when, how much, and for what. Understand and use automation appropriately.

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An Interview with Robert Chatwani on Giving Works Trends 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

According to the report, the eBay community gave $50 million to nonprofits, a 17% jump over 2008 despite the ongoing recession. What gives?

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How I'm Celebrating My 53rd Birthday: Cambodia, Chocolate, and Class

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What was my birthday Wish At Age 6 ? Monday, January 11th is my 53rd Birthday!  After all, what's more fun than a birthday party? Beth 5.0 2007).

GIS Mapping: What Discrimination Looks Like

Tech Soup Blog

One organization used GIS to correct a decades-old disparity in water services. So why were they successful where others had failed? read more.

Ring in 2010 with New Resolutions to Revitalize Your Nonprofit in the New Year

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Increase fundraising for participant-led events. Use social media to reach the next generation of supporters. Happy New Year

What’s ahead in 2010?

Amy Sample Ward

I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 My Focus for 2010. There are some great examples out there that need to be highlighted and examined. 

The American Cancer Society Wants Your Birthday!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

charity:water was one of the first to create it's own social network for fundraising. They want to create a world with more birthdays! 

New Year's Technology Resolution #1: This Year, I Will Upgrade My Hardware!

Tech Soup Blog

You may be getting your donated and discounted software from TechSoup, but did you know we have computers, networking equipment, and other hardware in stock? Below are five sources of upgrading your hardware through TechSoup: read more.

Is Your Nonprofit Website Mobile-Friendly?

Wild Apricot Blog

Have you noticed there's one prediction that turns up consistently at the top of every list of "Top 10 Trends for 2010"? Welcome to the decade of the Mobile Internet. Is your nonprofit blog or website ready for readers who do their web surfing by phone? read more ).


More On Online Giving in 2009 | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

AFP Blog

More On Online Giving in 2009 | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog: "Network for Good has now weighed in with 2009 numbers;".

Meeting @hardlynormal: Homeless Activist on Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo with Mark Horvath, @hardlynormal We did three things while we were in Santa Monica - visited the Getty, road the Ferris Wheel on the Pier, and had coffee with Mark Horvath, an advocate for homeless who uses social media.

Global Social Benefit Incubator Green Tech Scholarships

Tech Soup Blog

This year the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), a joint project of the Skoll Foundation and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society , will focus on green technology. Now in its eighth year, the Global Social Benefit Incubator is a year-long capacity-building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises.

The Power of One


I recently read that the average facebook user has roughly 130 friends (See Facebook Stats ). That's pretty amazing. Dunbar's number doesn't give an exact, but many think that people, on average, can sustain roughly 150 relationships

New on SSIR: Organizations and Individuals Fundraising in Social Media

Amy Sample Ward

I have a new post up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog and I’d love to hear your thoughts!  You can read the full post and comment on the SSIR blog or be part of the conversation below. Social media is a space where the individual reigns, relationships are required, and conversations are public. So, how do you respond? online?

Beth's Blog: The Iphone App Version

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm making my way back from vacation, slowly. wanted to quickly share a new service called AppMakr that allows anyone - even me - to easily create an iPhone app - for less than $200. With just a few.

One of Many: Vibha Reaches Out to India's Neediest Children

Tech Soup Blog

This post is part of a series spotlighting TechSoup member organization's achievements. Americans think it takes a lot of money to make a difference," according to Rajesh Haridas, chief operating officer of Vibha , an almost entirely volunteer-run organization that aims to improve the lives of underprivileged youth in India and elsewhere. read more.

Fund Raiser Seeks -- and Shares -- Advice on Social-Media Tools -

AFP Blog

Fund Raiser Seeks -- and Shares -- Advice on Social-Media Tools - "Fund Raiser Seeks -- and Shares -- Advice on Social-Media ToolsSix months ago Jason Dick, a college development officer in Redmond, Wash.,

The Science Behind the Art - Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS - Part II


In my previous post , I talked about the goals for Broadway Cares’ new web presence and a brief introduction on our strategic approach. Let's continue our case study with a look into our Information Architecture sessions

Crowdsourcing As Planning Tool

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

View California Coast Trip in a larger map This holiday rather than working, we decided to take a brief vacation and travel down the beautiful California coast. Only problem was by Christmas night we realized that we hadn't even opened.

Free Webinar: An Overview of Website Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

Please join us next Thursday, January 14 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for our next free TechSoup Talks! webinar. We will be discussing website accessibility with Jane Vincent from the Center for Accessible Technology. Implementation of web accessibility can seem excessively complicated. Space is limited so register today! read more.

Social Monitoring, the Basics | eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C)

AFP Blog

Social Monitoring, the Basics | eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C): "Being able to monitor the perception of your brand or service is a great benefit of online collaboration. Here are six basics to keep in mind when using or embarking on this type of measurement

Email Communication in 2010


Email is still a powerful way to communicate with your constituents. report by technology market research firm The Radicati Group estimates that there are 1.4 billion email users in 2009, expected to rise to 1.9 billion by 2013. The same source suggests that some 247 billion emails are sent each day in 2009

The Number of Twitter Followers Is Meaningless Without Context

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Pieter Musterd Anil Dash just made the same discovery that I made a couple a months ago about the impact of being added to the Twitter Suggested List. Being on Twitter's suggested user list makes no appreciable difference.

Photoshop Elements 8 vs Photoshop CS4

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup has Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 , the newest in Adobe's line of image-editing software, as a downloadable donation for both Windows and Mac available for eligible nonprofits. We also offer Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended (a souped-up version of Photoshop CS4) for both Windows and Mac. So which one is right for your organization? read more.

Facebook Turns to the Crowd to Monitor the Crowdies | Technomix | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Facebook Turns to the Crowd to Monitor the Crowdies | Technomix | Fast Company: "It's called the 'Facebook Community Council' and according to the group's motto it exists to 'harness the power and intelligence of Facebook users to support us in keeping Facebook a trusted and vibrant community.'

Foursquare: 8 Ideas for Nonprofits


What’s Foursquare you ask? Our very own Margo Anderson recently asked Are Nonprofits Ready to Play Foursquare. You can check that post out to get more detail, but for now let’s just say it’s a web application that people use to let their friends know where they are

The Art of Retweet Birthday Party: Enlist the Help of Your Top Retweeters

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What could be more fun? I've set a modest goal this year because small actions add up.  Thank you for donating! 

Great reads from around the web on January 5th

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 5th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. More Startups. More Jobs.

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Happy New Year (to the Benetech team)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

[On New Year's Day, I wrote this to the Benetech team after literally waking up thinking about this, and thought it was worth sharing here.] I awoke this morning a little later than normal, with NPR on the radio. The first news item was about the latest suicide bomber killing dozens of people: kind of a depressing start to the new year. Thank you!

Using Social Media to Improve Your Nonprofit's Efforts


This is a guest post by Chris Brogan. He does incredible things with businesses in the new media space. Make sure to visit Many thanks to Chris for stopping by [link] and sharing his insight with our readers. Over the past few years, I've experimented a lot with nonprofits. You know lots more than I do about how to run a nonprofit.

Conversation Agent: How To Fail Your Way To Social Media Success

AFP Blog

Guest post by Beth Kanter on Conversation AgentConversation Agent: How To Fail Your Way To Social Media Success: "two years ago, I made a screencast about Web Analytics for Nonprofits that covered the basics of using google analytics, web metrics, and some nonprofit case studies featuring Laura White and the Idealist.