Sat.Jan 10, 2009 - Fri.Jan 16, 2009

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Does Immersion In Social Media Change Our Brain Functions? This Is Your Brain On Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The memorable tagline :  This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions? Maybe there's some grain of truth in that? That's impressive.

Brain 12

10 Fast Tips to Boost E-newsletter Performance - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Share the NTC


Despite the tough economic times, it seems the community is really excited about the 2009 NTC. You're registering at a break-neck pace, and our sponsors have provided more support than ever before. I'm proud of the team here at NTEN for putting together an event that is so valued by the community. Donate Airline Miles.

Lovin’ on Ravelry

Judi Sohn

As a recently-returned-to-the-fold knitting geek , I’ve been amazed by Ravelry. It’s incredible. TechCrunch didn’t take it seriously. Condescending attitude aside, they should. As of right now, the site has 258,711 users and counting, with thousands online at the same time. These aren’t geeks trying out the new online toy.

Thank you for the best birthday ever! We raised $6,158 for the Sharing Foundation to send 615 Cambodian youngsters to school!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Cambodian youngster in the Sharing Foundation 's Education program practices her alphabet. We raised $6,158 from 157 donors! Alicia C. Staley.

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Birthday Campaign Reflection: Will Your Nonprofit Embrace Free Agent Fundraisers?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This was my 7th campaign since November, 2006, bringing the grand total raised for Cambodian kids to approximately $215,000 using social media tools.

The Mobile Web and Your Organization |

AFP Blog

The Mobile Web and Your Organization | "The Mobile Web and Your OrganizationJanuary 15, 2009 | KatrinVerclasData from Informa indicates that by 2010 half of the planet's population will have access to the Internet through a mobile device. Should you make your website mobile?

Great reads from January 14th through January 15th

Amy Sample Ward

These are my links for January 14th through January 15th: Justgiving now accepts PayPal - "As of today, anyone visiting the Justgiving website can now use PayPal, to make a donation. New Marketing Summit 2008 - Events in San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, USA & Milan, Italy. Could This Be Your All-in-One Social Network?

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it's these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management – and I'm making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System

Bora Vuth and Samphy Y for your birthday donation - 1 day till my birthday!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Thankyou to everyone who has donated so far and I'll be sharing a reflection about this campaign in the coming days for sure.

Writing Nonprofit IT Policies and Procedures

AFP Blog

Writing Nonprofit IT Policies and Procedures: "As with any operation, your IT department becomes more difficult to manage the more it grows. If you’re the part-time techie at your nonprofit, you don’t need a lot of elaborate policies and procedures.

Convio puts the money where their mouth is for 09NTC

Amy Sample Ward

As Jordan Viator explains on the Connection Café blog: It’s no surprise that every other blog post you read these days talks about how to raise money, stretch funds and build supporters in the current economic climate. In That’s right. Give to the Scholarship Fund.  NTEN Donate Airline Miles.  Check out the widget!

Looking forward to NTC 2009

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I love NTC (NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference). would be dishonest if I said I didn’t have a sweet reminiscence for the Circiut Rider Roundups of old. But they are long gone. As fields often do, ours grew up and professionalized. And what has taken it’s place is valuable to a much wider audience (and a much larger one!)

Using Metrics To Harvest Insights About Your Social Media Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Dwinton. For blogging, you have to use a couple of different tools to get the different metrics you need.  Feedburner doesn't provide those. 

Free Webinar Today: Building Your Email List

Robert Weiner

Firstgiving is holding a free webinar TODAY designed to help nonprofits build their email lists, What: Advanced Email Fundraising: Building Your List. When: Tuesday, January 13, at 3:30pm Eastern time. Cost: Free. Description: Email marketing isn’t the wave of the future; it’s the wave of right now. read more.

Great reads from January 12th through January 14th

Amy Sample Ward

These are my links for January 12th through January 14th: Network For Good - The audience for this 45-page guide is small nonprofits who need help launching a great online fundraising or marketing campaign in quick order. Check it out at [link]. WorldChanging - the Book! Nominations and entries can be received until January 21, 2009, so act fast!

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management - and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System). And because of this, it makes sense that integration of these two is something that is a need to be filled.

I'll Text for Food

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Joi No, I'm not talking about texting in your take out order.  Hunger is a serious issue in America, especially in these hard times. 

Defunct Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The flip side to my list of donor databases would be a list of systems that no longer exist. This does not mean that these systems are no longer in use, just that they’re no longer being sold or supported (I recently met someone who still uses FundMaster, which hasn’t been sold since at least 1999). VENDOR. Alchemy. Campagne Associates.

Free Agent Fundrarsing

Connection Cafe

This is simply too good of a post, and I thought it was really important that as many people as possible see it. So, on the off chance that you don't read Beth Kanter, please read this post by Beth on Free Agent Fundraising

The New Bookshare has Launched!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Over the weekend just ended we successfully launched the completely rebuilt Bookshare website. The original Bookshare website and service was created over seven years ago, and has served us well. But, our new Bookshare for Education project with its likely prospect of increasing our student users one hundredfold meant we needed a rebuild.

New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

I have a new post up on the Standford Social Innovation Review Opinion blog and hope you’ll check it out! But that’s it.  The work, the thinking, the strategy building, and even the engaging stops mostly after the set-up. Why is this our pattern?  Because we’ve learned that by creating these kinds of spaces, we can get our work done together. 

NTEN Conference Early-Bird Registration Discount

Robert Weiner

I’m a member of NTEN and a huge fan.  I’m thrilled that their 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held at the San Francisco Hilton this year, April 26-28.  The Early Bird rate expires after January 31st, so it’s time to stop procrastinating. And we’ll have a good time doing it. When: April 26-28, 2009.

Present with me at the NTC!

Connection Cafe

I've been asked to lead a session at this year's NTC conference in San Francisco (April 26-28). I'm honored to contribute because the NTC ( NTEN's annual get together) is the conference to attend for anyone working in the technology field for nonprofits. Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend.

How To Embed A Social Or Fundraising Widget Into Your Facebook Page

John Haydon

O ne of the most effective social media tools available to small non-profits are embeddable widgets. Youtube videos, fundraising widgets and social networking widgets can empower your fans to take action for your non-profit. Microactions are key. word of advice. Again, small, doable and specific actions. Tips Power Your Fans facebook page Facebook

The Death of Email (is being prematurely reported)


Friends of mine who are active on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are fond of proclaiming that email is dead. And, certainly, those of us who are active on these networks send less email to each other than we used to. This hasn't stopped a good 90% of the people online from using email as their primary information aggregator.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). SYSTEM. VENDOR. Batsch Group. ActiveGiving.

Empower Your Event

Connection Cafe

This afternoon I attended a Webinar about developing a PR strategy for an event, put on by Barkley Public Relations. The presentation was highly informative and it really got the wheels in my head spinning. They brought up some interesting points on the challenges of keeping an event fresh and exciting, year after year. Relationship development.

More Nonprofits Adopting Convio’s Common Ground

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Convio crows about the quick adoption of Common Ground today : AUSTIN, TEXAS  (January 15, 2009) — . Convio, Inc. today announced the signing of more than 30 new clients for Common Ground™  since it became generally available in late September of 2008. Also, I asked Tad Druart, if I could say one thing in response to this release.

Help for the Helpers


If you're in a job that involves supporting technology in any fashion, from web designer to CIO, then the odds are that you do help desk. Formally or not, people come to you with the questions, the "how do I attach a file to my email?", the "what can I do? My screen is frozen", the "I saved my document but I don't know where". This is critical.

Exactly when did Facebook get mainstream?

Judi Sohn

Those of us who live in tech and read all the blogs have been speaking the language for years. We switched to Firefox back at version 1something, had addresses since when they were hard to get, and have forgotten more userIDs than most folks will ever have. But from time to time something in tech clicks in the real world in a good way.

How to make a difference in a touch economy: get creative and share the wealth!

Connection Cafe

It's no surprise that every other blog post you read these days talks about how to raise money, stretch funds and build supporters in the current economic climate. That's right. Just take a glimpse at the excitement Beth Kanter and Amy Sample Ward are already buzzing about around this year's NTC.). Give to the Scholarship Fund. Donate Airline Miles.


Yay Blogwell!


Another conference teaser vid from Andy Sernovitz. Register.

Should you use a volunteer or intern to do your social media?


Lately I have been doing some research about options for communications for Idealware and its become apparent that most organizations are hedging their bets with social media and cautiously dipping toes (sometimes more) into outreach on sites like My Space and Facebook. And it was a good thing. really don't know. What do you think?