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Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

Tags: TechSoup 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. Full disclosure — I contributed to the report and am one of the consultants listed.). read more.

Lame spams of the day: confirmation from [insert social network name]

Robert Weiner

In the past 2 days I've received spams in the form of confirmations from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare. Is it a trend or just me?

Phishing scam of the day: U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change lottery

Robert Weiner

Here's what it looks like: Tags: Phishing Spam But this scam is more creative than most. And it's signed by Desmond Tutu. Full name. 2. Sex. 9.

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ROI for a donor database

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Many other important issues are hard to put a price tag, like. My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. Stewarding current donors.

Lame spam of the day: Facebook notifications

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Similar to the notifications from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare I got a few weeks ago, I'm getting lots of fake Facebook notifications. According to this article , they're phishing messages. Here are a few examples: Sender : Facebook (confirm+robert@ig.com.br). Subject: Reminder: Reset your password. link leads to [link].

What’s in Your Data Ecosystem?

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Tags: TechSoup Our friends at NTEN have launched a survey to examine nonprofits' data ecosystems. read more.

Email Bounce Codes Decoded

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Tags: Email Marketing TechSoup So what the heck does bounce code "550 SC-004" mean? Photo: Balakov. read more.

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

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Tags: Fundraising Nonprofit Management TechSoup He says: read more.

Creating Strong Passwords

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Tags: TechSoup The recent theft of confidential documents from Twitter's Google Docs account points out the dangers of insecure passwords.

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Anatomy of My Web Site

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Tags: Web Add new tag wordpress Several friends who have decided to explore WordPress have asked how I built my site. Here are the steps I went through: 1) I hired a designer, Robyn Smith ( [link] ). Robyn installed WP on my existing web host ( dotable.com ). Fortunately, they offered support for WP, since I was paid up for the year.

Twitter Hacking and Cloud Security

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Tags: TechSoup This could happen to any nonprofit or company storing data this way. They can't do that for cloud apps. read more.

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Nonprofit Technology 601

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Tags: TechSoup We’re happy that TechSoup is listed right at the top of the list. Photo: Neil T.  . read more.

Optimize Your Web Pages

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Tags: TechSoup Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ? Go forth and test! read more.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

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Tags: TechSoup The good news from the annual GivingUSA report (PDF) on U.S. billion. But, unfortunately, most of the news was bad. billion.

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Do New Online Donors Give Again?

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Tags: TechSoup wonder whether other factors might be at work here. read more.

Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?

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Tags: TechSoup Sarah granted me permission to share her findings with the world. The information below was current as of December 15, 2008.

Downadup Worm on the Rampage

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Tags: TechSoup Internet security firm F-Secure has estimated that more than 3.5 Infected computers become members of a worldwide botnet.

NY Times says text donations system is flawed

Robert Weiner

Tags: Fundraising Mobile Communications Online Fundraising One of the presentations at last month’s Association of Advancement Services Professionals conference dealt with mobile giving. I’m still skeptical about its suitability for most nonprofits, and the NY Times said the same yesterday. But we’re not there yet.

Jay Love leaving Blackbaud

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Tags: Donor Databases Jay Love, the founder and CEO of eTapestry (and before that, of Master Software), is leaving Blackbaud to become CEO of Social Solutions: [link]. spoke with Jay yesterday and he says that Blackbaud is committed to etapestry and will continue to invest in the product. Time will tell.

Cities Acting Like Nonprofits

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Tags: Fundraising I just spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum. One takeaway: some California cities are finding that they need to raise private funds to make up for cuts in State and local funding. This means thinking and acting like nonprofits.

Prizes for Paperless Fundraising

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Tags: TechSoup Have you successfully moved from paper-based direct mail fundraising to digital tools (email, websites, video, social media, widgets, and/or mobile)? Want to gloat about your successes and possibly make some (more) money as well? Entries can be submitted between June 15 and September 15, 2010. For more information go to [link].

Chosing a donor database

Robert Weiner

Tags: Advancement Services Donor Databases Nonprofit Technology Software I get a lot of emails like the following from small nonprofits: We desperately need to get a new donor database and most of them are totally unaffordable!! Here's how I respond to questions like this: I can't say whether (system x) would be a good fit for you. etc.).

The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green: Book Release Parties!

Robert Weiner

Tags: TechSoup The website for the new book, The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green describes it as "a comprehensive learning tool to guide nonprofits and NGOs towards becoming greener. The definitive, practical, go-to resource guide on helping all charities become more green.". read more.

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The Limits of “Free” Software

Robert Weiner

Tags: Cloud Computing Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology How much would you pay for such a system? Would you believe me if I told you.you can get it for free? Yup, free. When talking about "free" software I think it's important to define the limits of free.

Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media

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like the advice passed along by the Red Cross's Wendy Harman at the recent NTEN conference: "If I wouldn’t go out for a beer with you and pay for a round, then I probably won’t friend you in Facebook." Tags: Social Media Do you "friend" your co-workers, clients, or service recipients on Facebook?

Getting RSS Feeds Via Email

Robert Weiner

Tags: Email Web There are a few RSS feeds I don't want to miss. have an RSS feed reader but I often go for days without looking at it. The surest way for me to be sure see new items is to have them delivered as email messages. Some RSS feeds offer email subscriptions, but most don't. Click Next. 4) You should see a page saying Welcome!

Texting for $$: The Definitive Guide

Robert Weiner

Tags: TechSoup 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. It describes the process of raising funds via SMS from the donors' and the nonprofits' perspectives, including costs and tips for getting started.

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

Tags: Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit Technology Software I received the following email from Keith Heller , a database consultant who works with Raiser's Edge and Common Ground clients: We’ve been involved with responding to many RFPs over the years and I have a general inquiry that is in your bailiwick.

Keeping appointment times from moving around

Robert Weiner

Tags: Consulting Mobile Communications I've been trying to find a way to keep my appointment times from moving around on my calendar as I change time zones. For example, imagine you are in New York and have a breakfast meeting at 8:00 A.M., then fly to Chicago for a 1:00 P.M. the Chicago meeting is at 1:00 P.M., and the dinner is at 7:00 P.M.

Nominations Closing Soon for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

Robert Weiner

Tags: TechSoup The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the annual Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The prize will award $10,000 to an open-source software developer whose work is helping nonprofits succeed. Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2010. From the announcement: read more.

C3 Announces 2010 In-Kind Donation and Grant Program for Nonprofits

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Tags: TechSoup Applications are being accepted for $2,500 in-kind donations of audio, video, and web conferencing services from C3 Conferencing. C3 will also provide complimentary training as needed. In addition to the in-kind donation, C3 will provide a $2,500 cash grant to be used for the purposes of enhancing communication. read more.

Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

Tags: Phishing Spam I received the following phishing email today. It's a variation on the "your email inbox is too large" scam I posted in June. It plays Habitat's name, Haiti relief, and pure greed -- it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. There are so many things wrong with this pitch. Registered No.

A Month with the Palm Pre

Robert Weiner

Tags: Mobile Communications I've had my Palm Pre Plus for a little over a month now. wrote up my initial impressions after having it for a week. Overall, I love it except for Outlook sync. My major problem with the Pre is due to its lack of a built-in sync with a standalone/desktop copy of Outlook. Tasks: gSyncIt, via Google. Notes: Evernote.

Digital Wallet Helps Prevent Phishing

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Tags: Security Spam I've use a digital wallet for years to keep track of my passwords (I use. Roboform. ). Recently I found that it serves a purpose that hadn't occured to me: phishing prevention. Here's the deal: I got a message from a friend with a link. Roboform knew this wasn't a real Twitter page, and so wouldn't log me in.

The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Tags: TechSoup Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). read more.

Win $5K for Charity Through Creative Pitching

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Tags: TechSoup The Chronicle of Philanthropy isn't known for giving away money, but for talking about how to get it. They've come up with a contest to benefit a few lucky nonprofits. Here's the deal: read more.

Setting up my new Thinkpad T400S

Robert Weiner

Tags: Hardware IT Management Personal I recently received my new Lenovo Thinkpad T400S -- thinner, faster, and lighter than my current T400. But getting it set up has been a bear. A few of the lowlights, after 6 days of work: 1) I used Laplink to transfer my data, apps, and settings. This time, not so good. anti-virus.

The continuing saga of the new T400S

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Tags: Hardware Software The continuing story of my new Thinkpad T400S laptop. finally feel like it's starting to come together, particularly the upgrade to Windows 7. Here's the story so far. Maybe my experience will help someone else. couldn't access my files or apps from my account or the Administrator account. That did it. exe from Adobe.

Editable List of Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

Once I posted the list I started getting requests to add links to vendor websites, tags, and comments. Tags: TechSoup Over the past few years I've been compiling what turned out to be a huge list of donor databases. Now the good folks at Aspiration have taken my list and put it into the Social Source Commons wiki. read more.

Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online

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Tags: TechSoup What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group. When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time. Where: [link]. How Much: Free. Description: read more.