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New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”

Robert Weiner

CASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services. I'm honored to have written two chapters.

Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

Idealware’s Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems reviewed 30 systems, the majority of which don’t come from Convio or Blackbaud. I’ve also been compiling a list of every donor database I come across at I’m more concerned about the top end of the market. Here my perspective.

Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems. The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. The guide is available for free here. read more.

Texting for $$: The Definitive Guide

Robert Weiner

In the wake of the huge number of donations given to Haiti earthquake relief via text mesage, MobileActive has published Texting for Charitable Dollars: The Definitive Guide. The guide is available for free at [link]. read more.

Idealware’s Field Guide to Nonprofit Software: Fundraising, Communications and Outreach

Robert Weiner

Unlike their earlier guides (to inexpensive donor databases, content management systems, online donation tools, etc.) read more.

Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Robert Weiner

After that comes what looks like an email header, then some spam text, then a bunch of blank lines, and finally, to cap the effort, random text from travel guides. Another newbie spammer playing with a toy? This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics. Nothing unusual there. with ServerM 2.7.3 MIME-Version: 1.0. 64810.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

Money and freedom {is the best|is the greatest} way to change, may you be rich and continue to {help|guide} {other people|others}.| Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. found it fascinating. Do {you have|you’ve} any?

First impressions of the HTC Rezound smartphone

Robert Weiner

haven't found a description of what gets changed in each power mode -- the user guide has no details. Since HP abandoned the Palm Pre I decided to do the same. I'm sad about it -- I've been a Palm user since the Pilot days and loved Palm's WebOS. The reviews of Windows phones were intriguing, but the OS doesn't sound mature yet. Thin case.

NY Times says text donations system is flawed

Robert Weiner

If you want to learn more, Mobile Active published a great overview of the mobile giving landscape last year called Texting for Charitable Dollars: The Definitive Guide. But those are big “ifs” and most nonprofits don’t meet those criteria. I do expect this to change over time. But we’re not there yet.

Chosing a donor database

Robert Weiner

You said you've read the Idealware/NTEN Consumer's Guide, so you know that (system x) got a strong rating there. And here's one by Eric Leland, the main author of their Low Cost Database guide: As you said, there are a lot of considerations.

Resources from the Compasspoint Panel

Robert Weiner

Idealware's "Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems" [link]. Yesterday I spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum and mentioned a variety of resources. Here they are, with links: Donor Retention. AFP's Fundraising Effectiveness Project: [link]. Attracting New Donors.

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

Resources : My article Finding the Perfect Fundraising Database in an Imperfect World includes a section called "To RFP or not to RFP" Idealware article: The Perfect Fit: A Guide to Evaluating and Purchasing Major Software Systems. What’s the thought behind requiring quick responses from the vendors? What do you think?

Green IT for Dummies

Robert Weiner

Hewlett Packard has published a free guide to greening your IT. The guide, produced independently by research and analysis firm Freeform Dynamics, provides guidance for where to start in greening an organization and maps out a pragmatic, yet comprehensive course of action ranked according to expense and difficulty of implementation.

How To Search the Social Web: The Ultimate Toolkit

Robert Weiner

She calls it a "comprehensive guide to a wide range of resources, Web sites, services, and advice that will help you find, filter, and monitor the information you need more effectively." The categories include: read more.

Nonprofit Technology Resolutions for 2009

Robert Weiner

Subsequently, they reviewed the resolutions, identified the main topic areas, and created a Resolutions Guide. The guide is now available for free here (registration is required). In addition, they asked people to post resolutions on Convio’s Connection Café blog.

Vindigo: The App That Wouldn’t Die

Robert Weiner

It provided a restaurant guide with reviews, maps, and walking directions; movie reviews and show times for theaters; museum listings; a guide to bars and clubs; locations and contact info for local businesses; and even bathroom locations for cities around the U.S. I’ve been using Vindigo for at least a decade.

Advice for Consultants - Part 3

Robert Weiner

This will guide your business planning. This is the third in a series of posts aimed at new consultants in the nonprofit sector. The previous posts are at Part 1 and Part 2. Make sure you have enough savings, loans, or other income to tide you over while you build your business. Figure out where you will work and what equipment you will need.

Security in-a-Box

Robert Weiner

It also provides a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool, as well as instructions on how you can use that tool to secure your computer, protect your information or maintain the privacy of your Internet communication.

Early-Bird Discount on the Nonprofit Technology Conference Ends 1/31

Robert Weiner

Author Stephen Johnson says, "Clay Shirky may be the finest thinker we have on the Internet revolution, but Here Comes Everybody is more than just a technology book; it’s an absorbing guide to the future of society itself. The early-bird registration period for NTEN’s 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference ends January 31.

The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising

Robert Weiner

I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Some of Kevin’s points: Comparisons to the Great Depression are inaccurate and dramatic.

Best Practice Guide to Purposeful Website Wireframes

Connection Cafe

It’s where the information architect or designer takes pen to paper and starts sketching out actual pages of the website.

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

Microsoft Support offers how-to guides and tutorials on merge template creation. This is especially true for community foundations. 

7 Step Policy Guide for Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

This week, let’s walk through seven steps to developing a policy to manage the use and replenishment of reserve funds.

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The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


We created this guide to help you build just that. fundraising strategy

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A Guide to Evaluating Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks. captured it in this blog post. Real network examples.

The Social Media Pocket Guide


If you’re looking for a general primer or quick tactical reference, The Social Media Pocket Guide is made for you. More like this.

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Guarantee Success for Your Year-End Campaign with Donor Data as Your Guide

Connection Cafe

With 17.4% of overall giving happening in December , there’s no higher-stakes season for fundraising than end-of-year.

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New Guide: How To Engage Your Supporters with Social Listening

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

New Guide: How To Engage Your Supporters with Social Listening Guest Post By Roz Lemieux. Download the Guide –

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Your Nonprofit’s Guide To Promoting Events Via Social Media


The post Your Nonprofit’s Guide To Promoting Events Via Social Media appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You will notice that there is a trash can on the cover of her book with the tagline, “Because Nonprofits Are Messy.” Books

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A Strategic Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits


GET THEIR COOL STRATEGIC GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NONPROFITS here. Reposted from Sprout Social with permission.  By Alicia Johnston.  .

A Step-By-Step Guide to Nonprofit Inbound Marketing

NonProfit Hub

The post A Step-By-Step Guide to Nonprofit Inbound Marketing appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. This approach brings donors to your organization.

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A Complete Guide to Strategic Web Design for Nonprofits


Web Design and Branding Guide creative Nonprofit web design web designThat’s a great question. Audience Analysis. Engaging Visual Design.

The Essential Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits


This week’s free resource for you:  The Essential Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits from Salsa. Two words: social media. Get it here.

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The Ultimate Guide to Social Marketing for an Ecommerce Business


This study uncovers various eye opening truths about social media, which assists in guiding your decisions on the social media front.

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A short guide to businesses who are paying volunteers


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Your Nonprofit’s Complete Guide To The Cloud


Click here. A 4 step guide to a successful tech implementation. Image courtesy of IT Business Edge. Migration and implementation matters.

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Free E-Book: NetworkforGood Giving Day Planning Guide

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The guide offers a few examples, and a reminder that  you don’t have to use them all: Dollars to be raised. Click to Download. Number of donors.

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The Ultimate 2015 Nonprofit Social Media Scheduling Guide

NonProfit Hub

The post The Ultimate 2015 Nonprofit Social Media Scheduling Guide appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Jan. 1 - Post if you have something to say.

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It’s Not Magic. It’s Your Complete Guide to the Donor Experience.

Connection Cafe

Well, we’ve composed a guide to help you understand just that. The Constituent Lifecycle: A Complete Guide to the Donor Experience from Blackbaud. The Constituent Lifecycle : Your Guide to the Donor Experience. People have evolved. So have their fundraising preferences and expectations. Supporters want to feel appreciated.

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