Robert Weiner

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Microsoft Issues Critical IE Patch

Robert Weiner

Microsoft issued a critical patch for Internet Explorer today, described as protection against a “remote code execution&# vulnerability. If your computer is set up for automatic updates, you should get the patch, well, automatically. You should also be able to run Windows Update (under Tools in IE). Or you can get the patch from [link]. Microsoft usually issues security patches on the 2nd Tuesday of the month ( Patch Tuesday ), so this must be serious.

Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems

Robert Weiner

In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students ,&# Jeffrey Young says. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money. They don’t just want to post an embarrassing note on your college’s home page. They want to nab the identities of students and professors to go on shopping sprees with forged credit cards.

Coping with a Troubled Economy

Robert Weiner

Here are two new resources for surviving in tough times: The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a collection of recent stories , discussions, and statistics about how charities deal with turbulent economic times. Topics include getting creative in tough times, the job market for fundraisers, and experimenting with new ways to ensure that donations flow over the holidays.

Are greyhounds allergic to amoxicillin?

Robert Weiner

Not quite as clever as “ commit suicide on xanax ,&# but this spam comment caught my eye. This one has been posted 3,600 times. Is this the product of a random word generator or does someone actually write this stuff?

Commit Suicide on Xanax?

Robert Weiner

Managing a blog, I wind up reviewing and deleting lots of spam comments. One of the most unusual had the text “commit suicide on Xanax.&# Googling that phrase yields 353,000 hits. Is this a selling point?

Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. link]. link]. link].

Everywun Wants Your Clicks

Robert Weiner

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about , a new click-to-give site. The article makes this sound like a new idea, but The Hunger Site (and their later projects for breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rain forest protection, and animal rescue) has been doing this since 1999.

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

Robert Weiner

69% of the organizations they looked at raised more online in 2009 than in 2008, while 31% raised less. Its findings included: The 151 nonprofits that provided data for both 2008 and 2009 reported that overall donations fell by a median of 9% while online gifts grew by 5%.

Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

Robert Weiner

The survey is based on responses from about 200 mid-sized nonprofits (defined as having revenues between $1 and $5 million annually) between July 2008 and March 2009.

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Robert Weiner

All key metrics declined for the index as a whole for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the first quarter of 2008. Although some recent news stories have reported postive economic signs, the outlook for the nonprofit sector still looks bleak.

Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?

Robert Weiner

The information below was current as of December 15, 2008. Following up on Elliot’s blog post, How Important Is Mobile Giving? ,

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. in 2007 and 2008. The study reports: Positive year-over-year growth in all of the key areas of online success. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent.

Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

Robert Weiner

The findings included: 96% of respondents accept matching gifts (down from 99% in 2008), but only 60% actively ask individual donors to request matching gifts. has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. The responses came primarily from academic institutions, but also included significant numbers from healthcare, religious, and social service organizations.

The Economy May Be Down, but Online Giving Is Up

Robert Weiner

M+R Strategic Services says that although the economy is down, online giving is up (as of November 2008). They looked at online giving for five nonprofit clients during September and October (Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society) and compared those results to the same two months in 2007. Their analysis showed: read more.

MarketingProfs Free Virtual Conference

Robert Weiner

The keynote presentation by David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign Manager, is titled The Art of the Possible: Online Branding Strategies and Tactics. MarketingProfs , an online marketing resource center, is presenting a free virtual conference on online marketing. Many of their offerings require a paid membership, but this one is gratis.

Matching Gifts Best Practices

Robert Weiner has published the results of their 2008 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts. 29% of respondents reported raising over $250,000 in matching gift income in 2008. The responses came primarily from post-secondary schools, but also included elementary schools, healthcare, museums, gardens, performing arts, and service organizations.

Social Media and College Admissions

Robert Weiner

The study compares adoption of social media between 2007 and 2008 by the admissions offices of all four-year accredited institutions in the United States. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has just published Social Media and College Admissions: The First Longitudinal Study by Eric Mattson and Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D. The findings include: 41% of US college and university admissions departments have blogs, compared to 13% of Fortune 500 companies.

Is It Worth It? An ROI Calculator for Social Network Campaigns - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


April 25, 2008 | Lisa Neal I need help getting training on how to calculate ROI -- more for our client services and training programs. December 17, 2008 | social networking software Thanks for creating this.

Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I was a kid, Lucy the Elephant , was in a state of disrepair. A community group worked hard to get her placed on the historic register and raise money to restore her to her mid-century glory. Bake sales organized by my third grade teacher, Josephine Harron or was known as "Cupcake."

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.

An Open Letter to Museums on Twitter

Museum 2.0

Note: this is a geeky post that assumes familiarity with Twitter. If you are new to Twitter, please check out this post for more context. Dear Museums on Twitter, Thanks for experimenting in a new and largely uncharted online environment.

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.

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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

Adventures in vlogging with Third Sector New England: The online.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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Anticipate - Personalize - Integrate


When I have the pleasure of talking with leaders in nonprofit organizations, two things come up again and again as critical to building a sustainable future: the need to achieve a broader and better view of their constituents; and the need to reach them in new and more meaningful ways. Anticipate. There is a generational shift underway, and this year could possibly mark the third year that the actual volume of donors declines in the US.

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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.

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.

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.

Testing Best Practices

I’ve said it before–I’m not a software developer. I’m a hacker who got into this line of work via a circuitous route that never went through a comp sci class room. OK, that’s not true. I took one C class at the UW and quit midway through. So now I’m writing lots of Salesforce code and as our complexity has increased I’ve had to get systematic about it. Part of the puzzle I had to learn from scratch was Testing.

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Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our flight from Hong Kong to Fuzhou on Dragonair was made much more interesting when we had a ringside seat on a disability rights demonstration! Rami Rabby is famous in the American blind community as the first blind foreign service officer working for the US State Department.

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Wild Apricot Blog : An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags

Wild Apricot Blog

Webinar Presentation Tips for Nonprofits and Other Folks

Have Fun - Do Good

I'm teaching my first webinar for a client in a couple weeks. Wahoo! I've been doing some research on how to present a successful webinar, and thought I'd share what I've learned.