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-  Aurolab
Part of the systematic Aravind Hospital approach is manufacturing its own supplied through its Aurolab social enterprise affiliate. I was able to visit the new manufacturing facility just outside Madurai. David Green calls the approach forensic accounting: if you truly want to serve as many people as possible, analyze the most expensive item involved and then figure out how much it really costs to make. Start making it more affordably. Repeat.
-  Tamil Nadu Temples
Virginia and Kate, my wife and daughter, volunteered to come along with me on my one-week trip to South India. So, I extended it to two weeks and added a trip to Madurai as part of that. After visiting Aravind Eye Hospital and Aurolab, we started on our vacation time. South India is famous for its temples. People are quite religious, and have a great deal of pride in their religious heritage and temples.
-  The Seminar in Chennai
The main reason for my visit to South India was the National Seminar on Print Access For All, which was organized by the dynamic Mr. Krishnaswamy. He has taken on delivering print access as his personal project after his retirement from a senior police force role. He also has learned how to build electronics and program in assembly language, as well as being the sort of person who manages to convince anybody who's anybody to join his effort to bring equity to access to print.
-  Worth Trust: Scanning in Tamil Nadu
My first social enterprise visit in Chennai was to one of the offices of Worth Trust, our social enterprise partner in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to funding from the Lavelle Fund, we've been able to set up a scanning facility to produce books there. Worth Trust is a social enterprise with the goal of employing people with disabilities. It has a great symmetry: people with non-print disabilities are scanning in books for people with visual disabilities.
-  Worth Trust, Part II
After visiting the Chennai operation of Worth Trust, Viji and I journeyed to Katpadi, the town where Worth Trust is headquartered. Around the town are quite a number of Worth Trust enterprises. One of the enterprises we stopped by made the hand-tricycles I saw all over the region. For a person without high functioning legs, a wheelchair is not that practical in the community. Instead, there were a lot of tricycles with the crank mounted where it can be turned by hand.
-  Literacy for a billion: PlanetRead
One of the most exciting literacy social enterprises that I've run into is PlanetRead. Founded by Indian Institute of Management professor Brij Kothari, the first concept was same language subtitling. When Brij heard I was going to South India, he insisted I visit his team in Pondicherry. Planet Read added subtitles to Bollywood music videos. Hundreds of millions of people now see these videos, eager to learn the words of their favorite videos and becoming literate along the way.
-  Remembering Peter Scialli
I know that the Bookshare.org community will be sad to hear of the passing of one of our original staff members, Peter Scialli. Peter started working with me over twenty years ago, with his access tech company ShrinkWrap Computing. The name was a play on Peter's Ph.D. in psychology, which was his other career path beyond technology, which he loved so well. Peter became one of the top dealers of the Arkenstone reading machines, Benetech's founding social enterprise.
-  Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (Again)
As part of the large national award we received from the Department of Education, we are spending a lot more time in Washington. I talk to lots of folks: congressional staff, members of Congress, folks at the Department of Education, the publishers, disability activists and so on. I hope to provide a little flavor of what this is like, since as an engineer and not-very-political-guy, this is new to me.
-  Miradi
There's so many cool things going on at Benetech. One of the coolest has been the reaction to our brand new environmental project management software, Miradi. Miradi is a great example of how technology can be used to more fully benefit humanity: now in the field of improving the environment! Miradi just launched and we're busy signing up users! I'm excited because it's another example of top-quality software created by our technical team in partnership with the conservation movement.
-  NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility
Last year, the National Federation of the Blind took on Amazon.com about the accessibility of their website, which NFB felt at one time had been quite accessible, but which had declined in accessibility. My impression was that this advocacy was linked to the Target department store lawsuit, because Amazon does the technical work behind the Target website, which has been inaccessible. NFB got them to commit to work on accessibility.
-  AxsJAX at Google
John Crossman (Benetech's Director of Engineering) and I attended an interesting and exciting Google Open Source talk on AxsJAX at Google this week, by Charles Chen (the developer of FireVox) and T.V. Raman (the developer of EMACSpeaks). They are tackling the challenge of making the richer Web more accessible. Since the web is now used for much more complicated things than simple static web pages, there have been many accessibility problems.
-  Social Enterprise in Scotland: the World Forum
I'm here in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the first-ever Social Enterprise World Forum. There are over 400 attendees from twenty-five countries, all here to talk about how to use business to accomplish social outcomes. And Scotland is a logical place for such an event. â€œSocial enterprise is a key part of the Scottish government's social strategy,â€ says Ruth Parsons, Director of the Public Sector (Scottish government).
-  First trip to China
I'm now on my first-ever trip to mainland China, thanks to the Hadley School for the Blind twentieth anniversary of their China school. It's unusual for a U.S. nonprofit to have a China branch, but truly amazing that it's been there for twenty years. Hadley's brand of distance education for the blind (and people who care about blind people) has been adapted to focus on teaching of English in China.
-  Fuzhou
My first stop in mainland China is Fuzhou - ç¦å·ž , the capital of Fujian Province. I had heard of the province, but was flabbergasted to not know the name of Fuzhou. Imagine overlooking a city of over 6 million people (described by a Fuzhou native as a "medium-sized Chinese city!"). That's the size of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. I was also surprised by the wealth of this city. My first afternoon in town, I wandered the central shopping district.
-  Celebrating 20 Years of Hadley China!
We came to Fuzhou for a celebration. Celebrating 20 years is a big deal in China. As you might imagine, it's unusual for a U.S. nonprofit to have been in China for this length of time. The big celebration was held in our hotel, which I think is the nicest hotel in Fuzhou. Many top folks from around the country came for an all-morning event with more than a dozen speakers. They included representatives from different schools from around the country, the U.S.
-  Fuzhou School for the Blind
After celebrating the big Hadley birthday, we got down to visiting several nonprofit organizations that assist the blind. Our first stop was the Fuzhou School for the Blind. When we arrived the students were gathered to greet us. We started with musical numbers. We arrived in China just at the end of the Paralympics. So, paralympic athletes were a big deal.
-  Fuzhou to Beijing
After a wonderful final banquet with our Hadley China hosts, we got up early to head to Beijing. I was impressed in the airport by a Starbuck's knockoff (check out the color scheme and typefont of SPR Coffee). I ordered a latte and was surprised to find I had just bought a US $12 cup of coffee. Our flight from Fuzhou to Beijing was thankfully uneventful! In Beijing, we planned on combining visiting disability organizations along with a little bit of regular sightseeing.
-  China Braille Press
The China Braille Press was another impressive visit. Not only do they produce Braille in quantity, but the Press is also developing affordable technology for blind people such as screenreaders and talking ebook players. It's always a thrill to meet a new group that could be solely a traditional nonprofit, but is clearly thinking like a social enterprise! The facility was several buildings in a compound on the outskirts of Beijing. The Wanping area it is in is being preserved.
-  Beijing School for the Blind
The Beijing School for the Blind dates back to the 19th century, back in the days where the colonial presence was strong. The facilities are impressive, more or less brand new. The principal of the school, proudly showed off plans to expand the campus over the next few years, with high quality architectural site drawings that would have looked perfectly in place in Chicago. Our team toured the school.
-  Miradi and Conservation
I was just able to attend an exciting conference in Vancouver, ConEx, the Conservation Learning Exchange. It was organized by The Nature Conservancy, but had folks from many of the other leading groups. For me, it was a chance to meet practitioners using our Miradi conservation project management software. Right before I went to the conference I received a copy of the Proceedings of the Appalachian Salamander Conservation Workshop, held this past May.
-  Print Access for All: Anna Reid in Chennai
This is a guest blog from Anna Reid, an Amherst student who interned with Bookshare.org International this past summer. I received a copy of her reflections and asked if I could share it with more people. Thanks to Anna for saying yes, and for sharing her experiences!
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Leadership Ladders Leadership Ladders Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 06:57 Written by Steve Wednesday, 30 January 2008 06:57 Jon Stahl wrote a nice piece on Leadership Ladders and how we’re doing them in Salesforce. This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 6:57 pm and is filed under CRM , Technology. 1 Comment Luigi Montanez | Thursday, 31 January 2008 at 8:42 am Great idea.
FROGLOOP  Who Will Be the Next $100,000 Purpose Prize Winner? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008
60) Search « Join WVU for Integrated Marketing Degree Information Session | Main | So Easy, a Chicken Could Do It: frogloop 2008 Reader Survey » Wednesday Jan 23 2008 Who Will Be the Next $100,000 Purpose Prize Winner? Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 02:08PM | by James OMalley Civic Ventures is seeking nominations for the 2008 Purpose Prize. Start your nomination today for the 2008 Purpose Prize. Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.
FROGLOOP  M+R and NTEN CMS, Email, Fundraising Benchmarks Study - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop
| THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008
60) Search « ePhilanthropy: 10 Valuable Tips for Shooting Web Video | Main | EENs Avatars Campaign Brings Online Marketing to Life » Thursday Apr 24 2008 M+R and NTEN CMS, Email, Fundraising Benchmarks Study Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 11:33AM | by Justin Perkins NTEN and M+R Strategic Services have released their 2008 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study at [link]. Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home My first Cross-Object formula My first Cross-Object formula Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 May 2008 03:30 Written by Steve Wednesday, 7 May 2008 03:30 In my brand new Summer ’08 pre-release dev environment I created a formula field on Opportunity that looks up to the related Campaign: IF(NOT(ISNULL(CampaignId)),HYPERLINK("/" & CampaignId, Campaign.Name ),"") Which is a hyperlink to the Campaign to which an Opp is related.
-  News from NTC ‘08
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News from NTC ‘08 March 20, 2008 I’ve been having a great time here at NTC – running into lots of folks I’m happy to see again, and meet, learning about new things, being involved. In 2008?
SEE WHAT'S OUT THERE  See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The 2nd Annual DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2008
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home New Build of Mac Data Loader New Build of Mac Data Loader Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2008 08:39 Written by Steve Tuesday, 22 January 2008 08:39 Salesforce dean and Mac enthusiast Simon Fell was so kind as to do an updated build of the Salesforce Data Loader for Mac. This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 8:39 am and is filed under CRM , Technology.
-  The search for good web conferencing, take 2
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The search for good web conferencing, take 2 January 31, 2008 Back in August, I did a review of web conferencing tools, with a decidedly unusual slant – as a presenter, I had to be able to share my Linux desktop.
-  No more custom CMS!
February 18, 2008 This is a rant. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology No more custom CMS! And it is a rant on behalf of the hundreds (thousands?) of nonprofit organizations whose website is stuck behind a custom CMS – one that was written by some web development shop or another, and migration off of that custom CMS is going to be a nightmare.
-  Why sometimes eating your own dogfood makes you want to throw up!
February 29, 2008 OK, so we all know that I have been eating my own dogfood (that is, using Linux on the desktop) for a while now. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Why sometimes eating your own dogfood makes you want to throw up! I even decided not to buy Leopard for my Mac Mini. And, for the most part, I’ve been happy.
-  Frustrations
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frustrations March 9, 2008 As some of you who follow me on Twitter know, I ran into frustrations a few days ago with WPA.
-  Michelle, the consultant
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Michelle, the consultant March 27, 2008 Someone mentioned to me that from what I write on my blog, she wouldn’t know what it is that I actually do in my consulting work.
-  Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM April 14, 2008 I am so far behind, it’s not funny. I’ve got to catch up. My goal is to catch up by the end of this month, so that I’ll still be on track to make it to 100 free and open source tools by December.
-  What software freedom means to me
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What software freedom means to me June 25, 2008 I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops.
-  MPower Open keeps moving forward
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology MPower Open keeps moving forward July 6, 2008 This is old news, but I’ve been busy. What’s kind of funny is that I was quoted on the press release , which was out 3 weeks ago or so, but it’s taken me this long to blog it. Bad Blogger! (I I think my clients thank me for being a bad blogger.) So what’s the news?
-  How do you keep up?
August 5, 2008 I have been thinking for the last few days about what it means to “keep up with the technology field, particularly ‘net technology. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How do you keep up? I’ve been helping a client hire a temporary project manager, and so in the interview process one of the questions I ask is how people keep up with change in the field.
-  How’s that donor database of yours?
December 2, 2008 In general, although I am sometimes asked, I tend to avoid assisting clients with choosing a donor database package. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How’s that donor database of yours? Mostly because, although I actually know the field pretty well, it’s at the 10,000 foot level, rather than the 50 ft level that clients really need.
FROGLOOP  ePhilanthropy: 10 Valuable Tips for Shooting Web Video - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop
| THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
60) Search « The Essentials of Online Advocacy Begin With Email | Main | M+R and NTEN CMS, Email, Fundraising Benchmarks Study » Thursday May 01 2008 ePhilanthropy: 10 Valuable Tips for Shooting Web Video Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 01:10PM | by Hatef Yamini If youd like to learn how to make the best use of video for nonprofits, RSVP to join us on May 20th for the NetSquared DC Video for Nonprofits event. Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Contagious Causes: Is Social Networking the Next Big Thing?
| MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008
June 2, 2008) Social networking presents tremendous opportunities for charitable fundraising, but much of its potential remains yet to be. This article appeared first in the AFP Ewire. The article is written by John Skendall. AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Contagious Causes: Is Social Networking the Next Big Thing?: Contagious Causes: Is Social Networking the Next Big Thing?(June
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Charities See Potential for ‘Causes’ on MySpace, Facebook
| MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008
An article by John Skendall from AFP ewire.AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Charities See Potential for ‘Causes’ on MySpace, Facebook: "Charities See Potential for ‘Causes’ on MySpace, Facebook(June 9, 2008) A year after its release, the company that created the web application “Causes” (used by social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace) reports that the program has raised.
-  Cake vs. Symfony
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Cake vs. Symfony November 6, 2008 In my new explorations of PHP web application development, it seemed a good idea to get a look at both CakePHP and Symfony. at 6:56 pm Top 10 blog posts of 2008 :: Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology 12.26.08
-  SaaS vs. Open Source
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. at 4:31 pm Cloud Feed » Blog Archive » Daily Cloud Feed - Sep 25, 2008 09.25.08
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| THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home VLOOKUP(), new to me VLOOKUP(), new to me Last Updated on Thursday, 1 May 2008 10:46 Written by Steve Thursday, 1 May 2008 10:46 Some days it seems like I live in Excel. This entry was posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 10:46 am and is filed under CRM , Technology. 11 Comments Pete Fifedog Fife | Thursday, 01 May 2008 at 11:41 am I would suggest anyone and everyone how has every worked with Excel know this one function!
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Apex to Auto Convert Leads Apex to Auto Convert Leads Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2008 02:41 Written by Steve Thursday, 24 April 2008 02:41 I’ve got a client who gets a lot of leads and cases through the web. I’ve created some auto-conversion apex to simplify the amount of dupe checking they need to do: This entry was posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2008 at 2:41 pm and is filed under CRM , Technology.
-  So where is open source in the nptech ecosystem?
January 16, 2008 I’ve had a few interesting things happen lately which is making me wonder about what’s happening with open source, and the perceptions of open source in the nonprofit sector. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology So where is open source in the nptech ecosystem?
-  Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!
January 29, 2008 I don’t exactly know where the exclamation point came from, but if you want a scarily easy CMS to install, Joomla is a place to start. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #6: Joomla! Like any powerful CMS, though, there is quite the learning curve in order to get a site up and running.
-  Twitter and Nonprofits
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Twitter and Nonprofits April 10, 2008 This actually was a post to the Progressive Exchange discussion list. I love twitter, which in some ways surprises me, and in some ways doesn’t.
-  The “Open Source Software is Free” myth
Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The “Open Source Software is Free myth July 14, 2008 I had a startling realization a few days ago.
AFP BLOG  Finextra: Qualcomm backs SMS charity donation service
| THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008
Finextra: Qualcomm backs SMS charity donation service: "21 May 2008 - 13:33Qualcomm backs SMS charity donation serviceUS wireless technology developer Qualcomm has become the founding patron of the Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF), a new service that enables people to make charity donations via SMS text message.MGM says the founding donation from Qualcomm has been made through the telco's Wireless.
AFP BLOG  Analysts: 1 Billion PCs in use by end of 2008 | Tech news blog - CNET News.com
| MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007
Analysts: 1 Billion PCs in use by end of 2008 | Tech news blog - CNET News.com: "Analysts: 1 Billion PCs in use by end of 2008Posted by Erica OggIt's taken 27 years to reach 1 billion PCs in use, and market researchers say it will take only five to reach the next billion.Forrester Research is set to release a report Monday titled, 'Worldwide PC Adoption Forecast to 2015,' saying that many of
AFP BLOG  New Haven Nonprofit Needs 150 Monitors - washingtonpost.com
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2008
New Haven Nonprofit Needs 150 Monitors - washingtonpost.com: "Phil ShapiroPC WorldSunday, December 7, 2008; 7:19 PMIn this season of giving, one of the best ways to compound your giving is to assist organizations providing community support year round.
AFP BLOG  Blackbaud, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Kintera
| FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008
May 29, 2008 – Blackbaud, Inc. PRESS RELEASEPress Releases: "Blackbaud, Inc. Announces Acquisition of KinteraCharleston, S.C. – NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and related services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, announced today that it is acquiring Kintera, Inc. NASDAQ: KNTA), a pioneer and leading provider of a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to the.
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Website Features User Feedback on U.S. Charities
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008
3, 2008) A new website called GreatNonprofits allows donors to post reviews and ratings of charities. AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Website Features User Feedback on U.S. Charities: "Website Features User Feedback on U.S. Charities(Nov. Charities, in turn, are able to customize their page and ask for donations.The goal of the new service, begun November 2007, is to offer a similar.
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Last Updated on Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:36 Written by Steve Thursday, 7 August 2008 07:35 Earlier I faked a drip email campaign , but here’s the real deal. This entry was posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 7:35 am and is filed under CRM , Technology. Alex | Friday, 08 August 2008 at 7:40 pm Very nice!
-  2008 SXSW Panel Picker: You can Vote
I've never been to South by Southwest Interactive Festival or SXSW. Only read about it online wishing I could attend. I wasn't as lucky as Amy Gahran who won the free pass to attend at BlogHer. So when Ed Schipul invited me to be on a panel with him, Rachel Weidinger, Seth Mazow, and Erin Denny about using social media for fundraising, I decided go for it. The panel selection process is done by vote and anyone can vote. Here's the link.
-  Tidbits
One of the underlying stories of the 2008 election victory of Barack Obama is the really intelligent use of technology , in a way that will permanently change how campaigns are run in the future. Open Source Hardware: can it be done ? I hope so, and I’m looking forward to see its progress. There have been a number of possible “Exchange Killers. Open-Xchange just got a bunch of $. Perhaps it’s the one?
AFP BLOG  WebCPA - Blackbaud to Acquire Kintera for $46 Million
| TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008
WebCPA - Blackbaud to Acquire Kintera for $46 Million: "Blackbaud to Acquire Kintera for $46 MillionSan Diego (June 2, 2008)By WebCPA staff|Nonprofit accounting software vendor Blackbaud has struck a deal to acquire rival Kintera for $1.12 per share, or approximately $46 million.Kintera, which specializes in on-demand software for nonprofits, had been facing financial pressures lately, including
AFP BLOG  Nonprofit Communications » Blog Archive » Going from a Print Newsletter to Email: What to Leave Behind
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2008
From Kivi Leroux Miller's BlogNonprofit Communications » Blog Archive » Going from a Print Newsletter to Email: What to Leave Behind: "Going from a Print Newsletter to Email: What to Leave BehindPosted by Kivi Leroux Miller on Dec 16, 2008 in E-Newsletters, Nonprofit Communications, Print Newsletters |SubscribeGoing from a Print Newsletter to an Email Newsletter - Webinar This Thursday - Get the
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 Written by Steve Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 I wrote the other day that VisualForce was the real deal. This entry was posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 7:58 am and is filed under CRM , Technology. Steve | Thursday, 31 July 2008 at 3:17 pm I’m not planning on updating my old Household code.
AFP BLOG  So farewell then, OLPC CTO (and dm.ca) | Computerworld Blogs
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008
So farewell then, OLPC CTO (and dm.ca) | Computerworld Blogs: "It's the first IT Blogwatch of 2008: in which The One Laptop Per Child project loses its CTO. Not to mention a (Canadian) copyright carol.Agam Shah reports:The One Laptop Per Child project suffered a blow this week, with Chief Technology Officer Mary Lou Jepsen quitting the nonprofit to start a for-profit company to commercialize.
AFP BLOG  Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of Kintera - FOXBusiness.com
| THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008
Jul 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -Blackbaud(R: 68.99, +1.48, +2.19%), Inc. Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of Kintera - FOXBusiness.com: "CHARLESTON, S.C., NASDAQ: BLKB: 21.06, +0.12, +0.57%), the leading provider of software and related services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Kintera(R: 68.99, +1.48, +2.19%), Inc.,
AFP BLOG  The Long Tail of Social Networks « CauseWired
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2008
Tom Watson's blogThe Long Tail of Social Networks « CauseWired: "The Long Tail of Social NetworksJanuary 20, 2008 · No CommentsI’ve been quiet here for a very good reason: I’ve been writing! Found via Twitter. But I wanted to point out a recent post over at GigaOM that shows the long history of online social networks. Lots of folks believe they kind of sprung from the Internet ether sometime.
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
29, 2008) They have been down the road you’re on, and their expertise is just a hop, skip and a blog away.Some seasoned fundraisers and nonprofit leaders are finding self-published online columns and articles (a.k.a. From the AFP ewireAFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community: "Resources: Fundraising Blogs from the AFP Community(Sept.
AFP BLOG  Volunteermatch Debuts Fresh Look And New Features To Make It Easier To Volunteer
| TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008
PRESS RELEASEVolunteermatch Debuts Fresh Look And New Features To Make It Easier To Volunteer: "Volunteermatch Debuts Fresh Look And New Features To Make It Easier To VolunteerChanges mean faster, smarter searches and new social networking tools(CSRwire) ATLANTA, GA, - June 1, 2008 - Today, at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, VolunteerMatch showed off upgrades to its Web
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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home VisualForce is the real deal VisualForce is the real deal Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2008 02:20 Written by Steve Monday, 23 June 2008 02:20 Back in February, I wrote that VisualForce was going to be a “game changer. This entry was posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 2:20 pm and is filed under CRM , Technology.
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Are Tech-Savvy Millenials the New Voice of Philanthropy?
| MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008
March 24, 2008) It’s a pretty good assumption, at least from the people eWire talked to this week, that Millennials, also known as Generation Y—born in 1982 and after—show strong promise to be the next great civic-minded generation.". AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Are Tech-Savvy Millenials the New Voice of Philanthropy?: "Are Are Tech-Savvy Millenials the New Voice of Philanthropy?(March
AFP BLOG  Digital Web Magazine - Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web
| MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008
It’s a familiar process, but in 2008 we have the tools to break that trend Digital Web Magazine - Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web: "Social networks as we know them—MySpace, Facebook, Twitter—each keep identity and personal relationships separate from one another. Every time you join a network, that information has to be duplicated, by hand, by you.
AFP BLOG  Take control of your online image
| MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008
Take control of your online image: "July 14, 2008 (Computerworld) The rise of online networking sites has made it easier to connect with colleagues and learn about job openings. It's also part of a much larger trend in which more information about you may be available to anyone who's interested — including hiring managers, who often perform Internet searches on job candidate
NTEN  On a Personal Note: Looking Back on 2008 and Thinking About 2009
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008
Last week, I sent an email to our current members, thanking them for being part of NTEN in 2008 and reminding them about early renewal. It made me think back on 2008 and how much NTEN has grown -- in community and activity -- over the past year. Without you, none of this would be possible, and without the enthusiasm and generosity of our members, NTEN wouldn't have been as effective -- or, let's face it, as fun -- as it has been in 2008.
NTEN  Welcome to Our New Board Members!
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
The best part of working at NTEN is you: the great people in our community. I love working with really smart and talented people. That's no exception when it comes to our Board of Directors. I learn a lot from these people every day and am really excited that the board just got more amazing. Please join me in welcoming Rusty, Tom, Steve, and Nancy to the NTEN Board! . Rusty Burwell, American Lung Association.
NTEN  Day 7: Member Appreciation Month Continues With Contests and Programming
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Each morning when I get ready to blog about that day's Member Appreciation winner and activities, I first think, "They're probably going to get tired of this." " Then I remember, "Hey, I'm giving away free stuff here. How can folks get tired of that?" " So, I'm giving away more free stuff today! To start things off, I'm happy to announce today's member receiving an NTEN give-away, a free NTEN Webinar: Thank you, Don Montesi !
NTEN  First Winner: Member Appreciation Month Give-aways Start Now
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008
It's the first Monday in November, which means the first of many daily give-aways. Today's prize is a free webinar coupon. The lucky NTEN member can apply it to an NTEN webinar of his/her choice. Hint: don't pick a webinar that's already free for members.). Drum roll please. Today's winner -- picture me reaching into the hopper -- is: Meredith Maier , from iMentor ! Congratulations Meredith, and thank you for being an NTEN member! Check your email inbox for your coupon :).
-  China Social Entrepreneurs
In April 2008, 1KG More registered as a company and aimed to operate as a social enterprise model. On my recent visit to Hong Kong, I was able to see the amount of excitement and interest in social entrepreneurism. One had to assume there's a lot going on in China, too, but it's hard to connect with.
-  Going to South India
The Seminar to be held on Saturday, the 19th April, 2008 at the Auditorium, ICSR Building, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. In April I'll be heading for Chennai , the capital of Tamil Nadu state in India. The main reason is to attend the National Seminar on Print Access for All, being held at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Madras is the old name of Chennai. The seminar has been organized by a steering committee led by N. Krishnaswamy, the Chairman of Vidya Vrikshah.
ROBERT WEINER  Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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. It''s been a while since I got a spam message that rose to the level of true lameness (maybe because I''ve improved my anti-spam tools), but this one hit the target.
AFP BLOG  Can the Internet have a heart?
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008
October 1, 2008 (Computerworld) What if there were a way for you to directly help the neediest families in your community and the world — or for help to find you, after a fire, flood or some personal tragedy — without the involvement of a government agency, nonprofit organization or church? Can the Internet have a heart?:
AFP BLOG  Behind the Intel/OLPC Breakup
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008
Behind the Intel/OLPC Breakup: "n mid-December, in the hip, Frank Gehry-designed IAC (IACI) building in New York, Intel (INTC) held a small gathering for a dozen or so journalists to preview the corporation's planned showcase at this week's 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
-  Linux desktops?
June 24, 2008 I’m doing a webinar on Linux Desktops next month, and it’s making me think a lot about my own experience using Linux on the desktop, and where I think things are going. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Linux desktops?
AFP BLOG  AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > 'Isn’t Email Just Like Regular Direct Mail—But on Steroids?'
| MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008
By Harry Lynch(July 21, 2008) It’s been a while since a nonprofit executive asked me that question, but it still makes me smile. AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > 'Isn’t Email Just Like Regular Direct Mail—But on Steroids?': "Isn’t Email Just Like Regular Direct Mail—But on Steroids?' And groan a little too.The myths and confusion engulfing email only seem to proliferate with each
AMY SAMPLE WARD  Predictions for 2009
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008
Tools for individuals are great, but what we’ve seen in 2008 is that the tools that individuals like the most and use the most are the ones that create the most dynamic communities. What was your favorite innovation from 2008? It’s the time of year when people start placing their bets on where we’re going next.
-  Colombiaâ€™s â€œFalse Positivesâ€?
According to human rights NGOs, between January 2007 and July 30 2008, there have been 535 persons reported to have been summarily executed and then exhibited as fallen guerrilleros â€“ what has come to be known as "false positives." Guest blog from Beatriz, one of Benetech's human rights team members in Colombia. We Colombians are a resilient breed, accustomed to waking up to all kinds of distressing news and still somehow managing to go about our daily business.
AFP BLOG  Acronym: Items to Note
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008
Acronym: Items to Note: "This week is the 2008 Association Technology Conference and Expo. As a guest blogger for the conference, I thought it might be nice to share one of my tips for getting the most out of conferences such as this upcoming one. It’s probably not much of a surprising tip, but it’s one I don’t see people doing as much as you’d think
-  Zerodivide seeks new board members
I am on the board of the Zerodivide Foundation, which is an extremely cool foundation serving the underserved of California with technology. We're seeking new board members. ZeroDivideâ„¢ Board of Directors Position Description ZeroDivide is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors to serve for a three-year term commencing on February 1, 2009.
NETWITS  Living Between the Tides
| FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008
And the 2008 U.S. (Originally appeared on Connections ) Each day the certainty of the changing tides is the one constant. I suppose it's more obvious when you live in a coastal city and less apparent if you're landlocked. Low tide gives way to high tide and back again. Get caught out at low tide and you might end up stuck. Get too comfortable at high tide and you might lose sight of the dangers below. We live our lives between the tides.
AFP BLOG  Summit Collaborative - Building Nonprofit Power:
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008
Via Marc Osten's blogSummit Collaborative - Building Nonprofit Power:: "I was recently interviewed by the Philanthropy Journal for their 2008 Nonprofit Technology Special issue. The article, Finding the Money for Technology addresses topics such as return on investment (ROI) and technology budgeting
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  Beijing 2008 Olympics Potential Catalyst for Human Rights
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing is providing leverage for Tibetan, Darfurian, Burmese and Chinese human rights campaigns: The International Campaign for Tibet created the Race for Tibet. According to their site: "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded Beijing the 2008 Olympic Games in 2001, disregarding international criticism of China's human rights record. We are calling on people of conscience throughout the world to boycott the 2008 Chinese Olympics."
SOCIALFISH  This makes me want to tear my hair out
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
No offense to Lee Aase, who is awesome and whose Social Media University is exactly the kind of place to discuss this type of thing - I guess. Reviewing 7 ways to shorten urls? Really? If you are not in his class, and you are trying to figure out what is important in all the stuff you are seeing about social media, and someone sends you something like this about some tool or several, please. Just say no. Don't over think it. Just pick one. As long as it does the job, it does not matter.
GOKUBI.COM  gokubi.com
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008
Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Appexchange on Hold in February Appexchange on Hold in February Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2008 08:57 Written by Steve Friday, 25 January 2008 08:57 We always get caught off guard by these Appexchange listing suspensions: …there will be a regularly scheduled temporary suspension of AppExchange registration for new applications from February 8th to February 16th, 2008.
NETWITS  RSS: Best thing since sliced bread
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
Learn how to use RSS in Kinteras CMS Are you actively using an RSS reader in your daily life - for work and play? To be quite honest, I didnt begin regularly using RSS until recently, but it's changed my life. Seriously! Why is RSS so important for your supporters? First , it makes it easy to know when you've published new content. They don't have to come to your site to check all the time. Their RSS reader will update them!
NETWITS  Using Twitter for the First Time
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008
My first few weeks on Twitter Let's begin by saying everyone should at least give Twitter a shot - It can be a valuable tool in your social networking tool belt. Now on to my humble beginnings – When I first heard about Twitter I was quick to get an account at twitter.com. Once my account was set up I began ‘tweeting’ for the first time! The first few months were relatively uneventful and purposeless. I would ‘tweet’ very infrequently with no real reason except to use a cool new tool.
NETWITS  Don’t Dump – Learn to Listen
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
The key to being successful with Social Media & some tools to get you started Remember the saying “You have two (2) ears and one (1) mouth?" Dumping” on people is not what you want to be known for in the world of Social Media (see definition on Wikipedia) or any other world for that matter. It doesn’t benefit you or the people you're dumping on. Maybe it’s better understood like this – We shouldn’t be yelling at others (at least not in normal situations).
NETWITS  Welcome to NetWits!
| MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008
Welcome to NetWits, brought to you by your friends at Blackbaud. For many years, we’ve shared our opinions and advice on Internet marketing, online fundraising, and web-deployed solutions in a variety of other Blackbaud and industry publications. But with the recent creation of our Blackbaud Interactive division, we decided that creating a new publication focused on these topics would be a great way to serve our customers, share ideas, and simply show our enthusiasm for all things Internet!
NETWITS  Bread for the City
| TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008
The Organization: Founded in 1974, Bread for the City (BFC) provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to the poor of Washington, DC. The Challenge: Bread for the City wanted a new website that would create a more professional image, drive more support for the mission, and allow the organization to better integrate its online and offline marketing activities.
NETWITS  Using Social Networks to Recruit Employees
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008
Thanks to technological advances, advertising for open positions using online job boards is an easy and economical way to recruit. Check out any online job board and you’ll see that it’s saturated with thousands of job postings — looking for everything from hourly workers to CEOs. With thousands of jobs posted on the Internet, many organizations are asking how they can attract highly qualified candidates. One creative solution is social networking.
NETWITS  The Surge of "Software as a Service" and OnDemand technologies
| FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008
The technology world is full of buzz words that make up a language all their own. With the turn of the 21st century, software as a service (“SaaS”) took its place in the dictionary of technology terms that are redefining the way many organizations plan for the future. With the web as the virtual foundation, SaaS providers can offer solutions that remove many of the obstacles created by traditional software.
NETWITS  Customer Service 2.0
| THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008
You have probably heard lots about Web 2.0, but increasingly companies are using Web 2.0 to drive what is now being called “Customer Service 2.0”. Customer Service 2.0 is about using blogs, discussion boards, and all the latest social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. to monitor and stay in touch with customers to help uncover and resolve their issues.
AMY SAMPLE WARD  Great reads from December 12th through December 13th
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008
These are my links for December 12th through December 13th: Have Fun • Do Good: 2009 Career Coaching Discount for Have Fun * Do Good Readers - If you are looking for some career coaching, Britt is an excellent coach! Check out the discount! Roundup: 50 suggestions for how President-elect Obama can use the Internet to govern | Social Signal - Interesting ideas, some more doable than others of course, for how social media could be put to use under the Obama presidency.
AMY SAMPLE WARD  NTEN Webinar: Social Media Building Blocks
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008
NTEN & TechSoup have teamed up to deliver a series of webinars on storytelling and social media - and I’m the presenter for the first one! First, what’s a web-inar? Wikipedia says: A webinar is a neologism to describe a specific type of web conference. It is typically one-way, [ 1 ] from the speaker to the audience with limited audience interaction, such as in a webcast.
-  Can open source software save organizations money?
Next year, given what is likely to be a grim funding year, nonprofit organizations are going to be hunting for ways to save money on technology. There are, of course, arguments that IT budgets should be, at least, level funded during slim times, but the reality is that organizations are going to reduce budgets across the board. One question that will inevitably be asked: can free and open source software save organizations money? The answer, of course, is a solid maybe, but also a resounding yes.