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. As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech.

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

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

AFP Blog

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008: "Blogs are Pervasive and Part of Our Daily LivesThere have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership.

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.

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Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives

AFP Blog

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives: "Twin Cities Rise! is one of the Minnesota nonprofits that has applied to participate in the F1 Overnight Website Challenge - set to begin on March 1. The event will pair ten teams of Web developers with 10 Minnesota nonprofit organizations. Together, they'll work for about 24 hours to design brand new Websites.The Overnight Website challenge is sponsored.

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.

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.

ASAE 2008 Twitterfountain


Bookmark this page! To be filed under "How cool is THIS"!!! And fyi you can click the little arrow bottom left to make it full screen.

Muhammed Yunus on tech, profit, and the poor - Apr. 3, 2008

AFP Blog

3, 2008: "NEW YORK (Fortune) -- 'Technology is making more changes in our way of life than ever in human history,' says Muhammad Yunus. Muhammed Yunus on tech, profit, and the poor - Apr. The way the Internet and the mobile phone are spreading, you cannot compare with any technology of the past.' Yunus is known for his visionary leadership in microfinance and helping the poor. He and the Grameen.

Thinking Differently in 2008


Everyone is posting New Year's resolutions, and learnings from 2007, but I have decided to be true to myself (hehehe) and do something different for my first post of 2008. Which is actually the whole theme of this post. Jnott tagged me, a while back, to take part in the Think Different challenge. I wasn't really ready to tackle this then, I was crazy busy (aren't we all) and trying to find my feet in a lot of areas, including this blog.

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from

AFP Blog

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from "Founder Gregory McHale came up with the idea for Good2Gether while looking up information on Hurricane Katrina. He thought that the newspaper reports detailing the chaos would be more useful if they included links to appropriate nonprofits who were working to solve the crisis. He created a widget which.

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

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards


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 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.

For ASAE members: Countdown to ASAE 2008


MADDIE'S TOP TEN THINGS TO PLAN TO DO AT ASAE 2008 (sort of in date order): - Ummmm.

2008's most popular posts


I realized this might be a useful roundup of the hottest topics of 2008 from this blog. What a year this has turned out to be, huh! I hope to find time to post a personal note about it all in a couple of days (the holidays are a good time to step back and take stock, aren't they!) but in the meantime I started making a list for myself of all the posts that people keep asking me for the links to, because these themes seem to come up again and again, and then (doh!)

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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 nonprofit

ASAE 2008 Here I come!


As I am tearing my hair out trying to get all my [stuff] together and finish all my association work and get everything ready for our YAP party and get my nails done and launch my own business and pack and everything else before I head off to San Diego, I thought I would pause for a moment and, as promised, give you another wee round up of things you need to know as you get ready to head west (or south, if you are already west). Here's my original schedule post.

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.

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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Convio 2008 Innovator Awards - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


November 20, 2008 | Tad Druart Justin - thanks for shedding light on our 2008 Innovators, its really great to have an organization Like Care2 working to create a true community that recognizes the successes of other nonprofits!

Care2 and NOAA Promote International Year of the Reef 2008 - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


The idea was that thefederal agency would work with Care2 to build support for the International Year of the Reef 2008. October 7, 2008 | Paul Greenberg Copyright © 2008, , Inc.

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Round up of New Year's Reflections, Best Ofs, and Predictions for 2008. 1. Best of Social Media, Nonprofits, and Social Actions for 2008: You'll find a couple of " best of social media 2008 " lists around from social media gurus. Flickr Photo from Bearman 2007.

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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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2008 donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarking Analysis


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.

So Easy, a Chicken Could Do It: frogloop 2008 Reader Survey - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Main | Passes 8 Million Member Mark » Wednesday Jan 16 2008 So Easy, a Chicken Could Do It: frogloop 2008 Reader Survey Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 03:57PM | by James OMalley Help us help you by taking the frogloop 2008 Reader Survey !

Digital Citizen 2008

Beaconfire Wire

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend ForeSee Results ‘ Digital Citizen 2008 Summit. I was only able to attend the first half of the event due to client meetings in the afternoon. One morning session was fairly sales-oriented. One was a fun case study about the National Park Service web site (which I particularly enjoyed because the National Parks Conservation Association is a BF client ).

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.

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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.

Catch us at the 2008 Bridge Conference | Beaconfire Wire

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Guest Blogger for Museums and the Web 2008?

Museum 2.0

Are you going to Museums and the Web in Montreal in April? You lucky person! I won't see you there. Fortunately/unfortunately, I'm speaking at both Creating Exhibitions the first weekend of April and AAM the last weekend of April, so I couldn't swing a third conference in the middle of the month.

My Top 10 Social Action Platforms of 2008

Social Actions

I've been working for Social Actions throughout the second half of 2008 - and I've been amazed and inspired by the various networks where you can make a difference online. In 2008, took off with the launch of lending teams and partial loan repayments.

Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter

Robert Weiner

But the real clincher is that the subject line says it''s a newsletter from March, 2008. Subject: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women in Business March 2008 Newsletter.

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Authenticity is the new Cool and other lessons from my Pecha Kucha Session at ASAE 2008


ASAE & The Center 2008 San Diego) view presentation tags: discovery insights ideas story Jeff De Cagna and I conducted a session at ASAE using the Japanese presentation format Pecha Kucha , where the entire presentation is done using 20 slides (images only, minimal or no text) for a maximum of 20 seconds each (totaling 6 minutes and 40 seconds). What's Your Learning Story?

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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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.

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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Care2 and NOAA Promote International Year of the Reef 2008


The idea was that the federal agency would work with Care2 to build support for the International Year of the Reef 2008. Just added to our ever-growing Care2 in the News section is a great piece by Inside CRM highlighting Care2's partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) as an effective way for government and social media to team up for a cause.

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 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. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 501c3.

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.

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.

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


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.

Comparison of Email Newsletter Tools - Updated for 2008


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.