President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! Benetech Update: Summer 2008 I'm thrilled to be writing you this update, because this year is unusually exciting even by Benetech standards. You can imagine the impact of Bookshare.org going from a $1 million per year enterprise in 2006 to over $7 million in 2008. As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech.

Top 10 blog posts of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Here’s the top 10 list for 2008: 1) Remember when 1 MB was alot ? I wrote this post back in 2005, and it is the most popular in 2008! It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.). 2) Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants on July 27th. Don’t know why this rose to the top, but the carnivals are fun to do. 3) No More Custom CMS.

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My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

So what tools did you come to depend on in 2008? These span the range from tools I use every day or every week, to tools use more occasionally, but depend on. They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. They are on this list because I think they are great, because they have undergone a lot of change or development this year, or because they are game-changing. Open Source Tools. WordPress.

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Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 - Part Two

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 was great for gaining a perspective on an island with a great deal of innovative social enterprise. I placed a more extensive upload of photos from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 on my Flickr pages My guess is that roughly 80% of the attendees were from Scotland and the rest of the UK. Even though the legal regime is somewhat different, I found many parallels with social enterprisers here in the United States and around the world.

2008 Tech Museum Awards Global Call for Nominations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here's the blurb from the nice people at the Tech Museum: Nomination Deadline: March 24, 2008 Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Tech Museum Awards, an international Awards Program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. 25 Laureates will be honored at a Gala event on November 12, 2008 and five Laureates will share a cash prize of $250,000. I wanted to put in a plug for the Tech Museum Awards.

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Dreamforce 2008 post-mortem - back to the cheap seats

Judi Sohn

I had never been to a large, high-priced business conference like Dreamforce before, much less spoken at one. Oh, the details! From the sturdy high-quality conference bag, to the folks standing outside the Moscone Center dressed in white carrying cloud balloons, to the video walls and careful lighting…and the Foo Fighters! No expense was spared, and lots of open bars. Frankly, it was almost ostentatious in this economy.

Virtual World Tour 2008

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you think that virtual worlds means Second Life, there are many others. I just discovered this introduction on YouTube and thought I'd share it here. One thing I learned is that WhyVille is a virtual world that will run on low bandwidth (dial-up) and lower end computers. To learn more about virtual worlds in education, check out the Horizon Project Wikispace

Catch us at the 2008 Bridge Conference | Beaconfire Wire

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Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Wild Apricot Updates October 2008

Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot non-profit technology blog is sponsored by Bonasource, creators of Wild Apricot software. Our blog provides ideas and advice to small non-profits — charitable organizations, professional and business associations, social and recreational clubs, student and alumni organizations, churches, online activists, communities, and many others. Among the subscribers there are many people using Wild Apricot software, so we also do occasional posts about new features and development plans.

2008 Online Giving Trends

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. Consistent with prior years, December online giving in the last month of 2008 quadrupled in size compared to prior months. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools. They’ve found: Steady growth throughout the year. There was a slight decrease in online giving during the third quarter but online giving rebounded in the fourth quarter.

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Wild Apricot Updates September 2008

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As you may know, the Wild Apricot blog about non-profit technology is hosted and sponsored by Wild Apricot software. The main focus of our blog is technology help and advice to millions of small non-profits. Among the subscribers to this blog are many people using Wild Apricot software, so we also do occasional posts about Wild Apricot software updates. Even if you are not interested in Wild Apricot software yourself, we hope you can take a quick look.

Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

Have Fun - Do Good

PhilanTopic included the book on its list of Best Philanthropy-Related Books of 2008. This was probably the book that moved me the most in 2008. What are some your favorite do-good books from 2008? books 2008 activist nonprofitBelow is my 4th annual list of Favorite Do-Good Books (in alphabetical order). You can also check out my lists from past years: Favorite Do-Good Books of 2007 Favorite Do-Good Books of 2006 Favorite Do-Good Books of 2005 1.

Developing a Social Media Plan: Lessons from Election 2008

NTEN

Election 2008 is remarkable for so many reasons. As agents of social change, there is a great deal the nonprofit sector can learn from Election 2008. Go Mobile: Mobile applications have surged in this 2008 and some predict it will make the difference in the election's outcome. Election 2008 searches the endless stream of "tweets" for key electon words (McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc.) We can learn a great deal from the best practices of Election 2008.

Things We Like (November 2008)

NTEN

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Economy got you down? You need the live puppy cam ! Ushahidi gathers crisis reports from mobile sources, then maps the data. After you look at the sobering visualization of incidents in the Congo (DRC), you may need another dose of puppies. Wired stakeholders. IBM's going to bring broadband to rural areas over power lines. NTEN Member Beth J. Bates has a primer for nonprofits interested in Second Life.

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Things We Like (October 2008)

NTEN

A monthly roundup of our favorite (zombie-related) nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Zombie Harmony : For all your zombie dating needs. Wait, there's an election going on? Don't know how we missed that. Good thing the Twitter Vote Report didn't: tweet your voting experience to help others avoid problems. If you watch Colbert , you've probably already been to FiveThirtyEight , an in-depth poll aggregation site.

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Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Robert Weiner

overall in 2008. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's 2008 assessment of corporate gving (PDF) reports that corporate giving was down nearly 8% overall ($30.78 Last month we mentioned GivingUSA's annual assessment of individual giving which showed that donations from individuals had dropped 5.7% Things were even worse on the corporate side.

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Wild Apricot - final updates for 2008

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About Wild Apricot Our blog provides technology advice for small non-profits. Many subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients, so we do monthly blog posts about our software. Wild Apricot simplifies non-profit management for thousands of professional and business associations, clubs, charitable organizations, churches, activist groups and communities.

Wild Apricot updates November-December 2008

Wild Apricot

Our blog provides technology-related ideas and advice for small non-profits - professional and business associations, clubs, charitable organizations, churches, activist groups and communities. Many subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients, so we do occasional blog posts about our software updates. Wild Apricot smart software simplifies life for people in associations and non-profits.

8 reactions to NTC 2008 | Beaconfire Wire

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» 8 reactions to NTC 2008 Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 9:44 am by Ali Cherry (11 posts) Last week, a whopping 10 Beaconfire employees headed down to New Orleans to learn about how nonprofits are using and can use online technology, and also to connect with others doing work like ours. One Response to “8 reactions to NTC 2008&# Jordan Viator Says: March 26th, 2008 at 11:44 am Thanks for the Convio call-out!

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2008 donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarking Analysis

NetWits

Target Analytics , a Blackbaud Company, has released the 2008 donorCentrics™ Internet Giving Benchmarking Analysis. The report is featured in today's edition of The New York Times and covers some of its many findings. This is a follow-up to the groundbreaking 2006 report and provides insights into the online and offline trends of donors.

How Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions Going?

Have Fun - Do Good

We're half way through 2008, so I thought I'd share how mine are going, and check in on yours. Challenge for the rest of 2008: I'm feeling a bit discouraged about what feels like a lack of progress in the situation. Challenge for rest of 2008: I only have 6 more interviews for 2008. Challenge for 2008: I've gotten paper bags a few times because otherwise we don't have anything to put our recycling in (ironic). Challenge for rest of 2008 She hasn't written back.

American Express "Members Project" - 2008 Experiences - Interview with Belinda Lang

Forum One

I had the chance to interview Belinda Lang, American Express Vice President, Consumer Marketing Strategy, and who was involved with their very inspiring 2008 Members Project. I interviewed her Nov 5, 2008 at our Marketing and Online Communities Conference. It's a great example of cause marketing, of online collaboration, of social entrepreneurship, and online innovation. Project description: American Express is looking for projects that will make a difference.

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits June 11, 2008 The Tides Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Antonio Pizzigati prize , a $10,000 annual award for outstanding contributions to software in the public interest. The application deadline for this year’s prize: September 1, 2008.

Going out on a limb

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Going out on a limb November 6, 2008 I’m going to go out on a really thin limb here, and feel free to saw it off in the comments. :-) If you haven’t been to change.gov yet, you need to go.

Wild Apricot Blog : Recruit New Volunteers Online and Celebrate Volunteer Week 2008

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A Roundup of New Year's Predictions, Resolutions, and Best Of 2008

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I couldn't decide and ended up writing the look back as a lessons learned, a personal New Year's resolution post, and a round up of what nonprofit folks had on their minds as they entered 2008: Four Lessons Learned: Social Media and Nonprofits Meme: I listed four lessons learned and tagged four other people. Round up of New Year's Reflections, Best Ofs, and Predictions for 2008. Lucy Bernholz takes a look at buzzwords in philanthropy in 2008.

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What is Your Favorite Social Action of 2008?

Have Fun - Do Good

The short, dark, last days of the year are a great time to reflect on your 2008 Activist Resolutions , and your favorite "social actions" of 2008. What was your favorite social action of 2008? What did you do this year that you feel made a real impact? My favorite social action was being a sponsor for Jacinta Onoro, a Nigerian woman participating in Women for Women International.

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Choose the Winners -- 2008 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards: Polls Close on Friday

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nancy Schwartz wants you to help her select the winners of the 2008 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards, to be announced in July. The tagline finalists you see here have been carefully culled from the more than 1,050 taglines submitted to Getting Attention Tagline Awards. Hurry, the voting closing on Friday, June 20th

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Tech Quick Take: MS Search Server 2008 vs Google Mini

Allegiance Group

Microsoft quietly launched their free Microsoft Search Server 2008 product earlier this year as a product that heavily leverages the same Enterprise Search technology found in their Sharepoint 2007 product. That is, until MS Search Server 2008 arrived, immediately becoming the Mini's foremost competitor in the low and mid-tier market and presenting a compelling case for those clients already heavily invested in Microsoft technology.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Top 25 List - December 2008

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I compiled this list using the same methodology I used for my October 2007 list. Unfortunately, I still can’t compile a list of nonprofits outside the US. Quantcast and compete.com don’t do a good job of checking out international sites so I’m still limited by their inability to go outside US borders. Check out the list after the jump… Site URL. Monthly Traffic (in millions). Change (if available). Organization. Status. wikipedia.org. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 501c3.

Best of Beth's Blog 2008: Finding The Top Ten Posts In Less Than Five MInutes!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the things I've been wanting to do for a while is review my blog content for the year and select the "Top 10" posts or the "best of" posts. Once a year in June, I do an overall benchmarking and ROI analysis of my blog using particular metrics. But, a top ten post would focus on the content itself - and also jump start some thinking that I need to do for a redesign of this blog.

Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Tech Soup Blog

overall in 2008. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's 2008 assessment of corporate gving (PDF) reports that corporate giving was down nearly 8% overall ($30.78 Last month we mentioned GivingUSA's annual assessment of individual giving which showed that donations from individuals had dropped 5.7% Things were even worse on the corporate side.

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Arts Summit 2008: The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations - Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just got back from doing a plenary session at the Arts Summit organized by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. It's gathering of arts leader from throughout New York State. I spoke about social media and future leadership in the arts - and also did a workshop. I had the pleasure of sharing the podium with Susan Chun who spoke about the Steve project. Since we shared my laptop, she kindly gave me permission to upload her slides).

Comparison of Email Newsletter Tools - Updated for 2008

GroundWire

I recently updated the document for 2008 - not much has changed it turns out, but Vertical Response has become even more attractive now that they offer 10,000 free email sends per month for registered 501(c)3 organziations. Last year I wrote a paper comparing email service providers (ESPs) for email newsletter blasting.

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards

Care2

Here are the results for the 2008 Innovator Awards: Advocacy campaign or program. Each year, at the annual Convio Summit, Convio honors a few of their clients who have pushed the envelope with their online campaigns. Honorable Mention: National Parks Conservation Association. Winner: Freepress for their StopBigMedia.com campaign. Over 200,000 comments sent to the FCC and Senate and overturned and FCC ruling to block monopolies in media companies. Created a wall of 5,000 signers' photos.

Blackbaud Report: 2008 Online Giving Trends

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools. They’ve found: Steady growth throughout the year. There was a slight decrease in online giving during the third quarter but online giving rebounded in the fourth quarter. read more.

An Example of How To Pitch a Blogger: Global Giving UK and Philanthropy Predictions for 4th Quarter 2008

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For more on what's happening with different giving platforms, see Social Actions 9/12/08 roundup and Lucy Bernholz's philathanthropy predictions for Nov/Dec 2008. Will personable intermediaries and funding local issues be on the horizon for trends in 2008 year end or beyond David Wilcox does an impromptu video of the GlobalGiving UK crew which launched yesterday. The interview is with Sharath Jeevan and his colleagues Rachel Smith and Svetlana Gitman.

How To: Put Technology to Use (November 2008)

NTEN

Your guide to the resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause. Write for the Web. First, you need to understand how people read on the web. Hint: they don't.) Eventually, higher resolution screens and devices like Amazon.com's Kindle will make it easier for human eyes to scan e-text, but for now, make the bullet point and the tag your best friends.

How To: Put Technology to Use (October 2008)

NTEN

Your guide to the resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause. This month, all of the links are courtesy of We Are Media. Add your voice to the discussion today! Share Your Story. And by "your", we mean your supporters, because with Social Media, they're the ones extending your brand. You just need to give them a little shove in the right direction sometimes. If you haven't read Seth Godin's seminal " Flipping the Funnel ", yet, you should start there.

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GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

Robert Weiner

philanthropy is that total giving for 2008 was estimated to have exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row, for a total of $307.65 The good news from the annual GivingUSA report (PDF) on U.S. billion. But, unfortunately, most of the news was bad. This was a two percent drop in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation) compared to 2007’s $314.07 billion. Taking inflation into account, U.S. giving was down 5.7

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Beaconfire Survey: What online innovactions do you predict in 2008? | Beaconfire Wire

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5 ways to make improve your publishing volume » Beaconfire Survey: What online innovactions do you predict in 2008? Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 1:42 pm by Beaconfire Bloggers (25 posts) Editor’s note: each week, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. This week’s question: What online innovations do you predict in 2008 ?

Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Hatch Introduce Serve America Act of 2008 at Service Nation Summit

Have Fun - Do Good

This morning at the Service Nation Summit , Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), represented by his niece, Caroline Kennedy, announced that they are introducing the Serve America Act of 2008. Barack Obama and John McCain have both agreed to co-sponsor the bill. They will be joined by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Hilary Clinton (D-NY) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).