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.

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives

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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.

2008 Tech Museum Awards Global Call for Nominations

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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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ASAE 2008 Twitterfountain

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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

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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.

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

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Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from Wired.com: "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.

Thinking Differently in 2008

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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.

2008's most popular posts

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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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ASAE 2008 Here I come!

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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.

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 October 2008

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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.

For ASAE members: Countdown to ASAE 2008

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MADDIE'S TOP TEN THINGS TO PLAN TO DO AT ASAE 2008 (sort of in date order): - Ummmm. I'll post about this again later, I am sure, but just a quick head's up about ASAE's Annual Meeting in San Diego, August 16-19, since I had a few minutes to look through my pile of stuff about it and try to work out a little bit of a schedule for myself. haven't registered yet? tsk tsk! Check it out here. Flight? Check. Hotel? Check.

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.

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

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Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

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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.

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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Virtual World Tour 2008

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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

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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.

2008 donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarking Analysis

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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.

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.

How Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions Going?

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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.

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.

Digital Citizen 2008

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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 ).

Catch us at the 2008 Bridge Conference | Beaconfire Wire

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Going out on a limb

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

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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?

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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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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.

Comparison of Email Newsletter Tools - Updated for 2008

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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.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

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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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2008 Charitable Giving Exceeds $300 Billion

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While an estimated $307 billion dollars was given to charitable causes in 2008; total fundraising declined an inflation adjusted of 5.7% With an estimated two-thirds of charities experiencing a decrease in 2008 overall giving, I decided to take a look at how things are shaping up so far in 2009. Fundraisers in the worst economic era since the Great Depression continue to struggle according to a study out this week from the Giving USA Foundation.

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Things We Like (November 2008)

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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)

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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.

My Top 10 Social Action Platforms of 2008

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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. I wanted to share my favorite networks of 2008 - innovative sites which either launched, re-launched, or took off in unexpected ways in the past year. In 2008, Kiva.org took off with the launch of lending teams and partial loan repayments.

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

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60) Search « Replay: Growing Your Online Communities and Getting Them to Give Online (and Off) | Main | New Convio Study Projects Donations in the Face of Tough Economic Times » Wednesday Nov 19 2008 Convio 2008 Innovator Awards Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 10:26AM | by Justin Perkins Each year, at the annual Convio Summit , Convio honors a few of their clients who have pushed the envelope with their online campaigns.

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

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The idea was that thefederal agency would work with Care2 to build support for the International Year of the Reef 2008. My self-congratulatory pat aside, what you guys are doing to promote the Care2/NOAA IYOR 2008 partnership is not only tremendous for its actual purpose but as a paradigm toward how advocacy can work with government successfully. October 7, 2008 | Paul Greenberg Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.