President's Update: Summer 2008

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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. Our newest human rights project is looking closely at the human rights challenges in Darfur.

The Save Darfur Coalition’s "Be A Voice For Darfur" - A Stellar Example of A Multi-Channel Campaign

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Be A Voice for Darfur is an excellent example of multi-channel campaign designed to bring attention to the appalling genocide in Darfur. The genocide in Darfur continues - now in its sixth year and at the price of nearly half a million lives. Darfur Voices. Team Darfur.

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Reading & Blogging for Darfur with Maw Books Blog

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In a time when the conditions in Darfur are worsening , Maw Books Blog is leveraging her more than 20,000 monthly visitors to raise awareness about Darfur. For the month of September, blogger Natasha Maw will be Reading & Blogging for Darfur. book blog fundraiswer Darfur

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. Read Darfur Diaries by Aisha Bain, Jen Marlowe and Adam Shapiro. Watched Darfur Now. Challenge for rest of 2008: I only have 6 more interviews for 2008.

Do What You Can: National Week of Action for Darfur April 6-13

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I just have to do what I can. " -- Jerry Fowler, Executive Director of the Save Darfur Coalition , during an interview on the Voices on Genocide Prevention Podcast. One of the reasons I think the issue of genocide in Darfur, and in other places, hasn't reached the mainstream consciousness, is that it is hard to find actions that make concerned citizens feel like they are having an impact. Tell China to, "Extinguish the Flames of Genocide in Darfur."

November 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

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Below are the most popular search terms for November 2008. darfur (17). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on flows of philanthropic activity. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times. I have removed search terms that do not relate to causes, or contain the name of one of our platform partners. (x) x) = number of times the term was searched.

November 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

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Below are the most popular search terms for November 2008. darfur (17). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on flows of philanthropic activity. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times. I have removed search terms that do not relate to causes, or contain the name of one of our platform partners. (x) x) = number of times the term was searched.

Beijing 2008 Olympics Potential Catalyst for Human Rights

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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. As a result, the UN is making the same mistakes it made on Darfur and Rwanda.

What’s the Secret to Social Media Success? Cute Animal Theory

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Several years ago I created the Cute Dog Theory, a node to a Nicolas Kristof quote about how puppies get more attention than dry statistics about Darfur. What will it take to get the climate some attention? Cute Dog Photos! That’s Sam, grist.org’s office puppy.

How Can Changebloggers Make a Greater Impact Online and Offline?

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Here are a few examples of some month-long and two-week long online events: Maw Books Blog ran a Blogging and Reading for Darfur campaign last month. For the month of September, Natasha Maw read and blogged in an effort to create awareness, and raise funds for Darfur.

What Can I Do About Genocide? An Interview with Janessa Goldbeck

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On April 15, 2008 I talked with Janessa Goldbeck, the Director of Membership at the Genocide Intervention Network, about what we can all do about genocide. this past Sunday was the Global Day for Darfur. Darfur. One of the world's challenges that disturbs me the most is genocide.

What is a "Nonprofit Blog"?

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I hope you'll add to the list: Change/Wire Dining for Women Ella Baker Center Echoing Green Genocide Intervention Network Global Fund for Women Global Voices' Rising Voices Google.org Idealist NetSquared NTEN People's Grocery Save Darfur Social Actions Spot.us

The Drumbeat of Bad News in the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Sector and A Couple of Glimmers of Hope

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Network for Good has recently released a new e-book called " The 2008 Online Fundraising Survival Guide: 12 Winning Strategies to survive and Thrive in a Down Economy " (a terrific reframing of best practices advice for online fundraising and perhaps fear-driven adoption of these practices will be in the works.) Be A Voice for Darfur is a petition and awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the appalling genocide in Darfur.

Join the 29-Day Giving Challenge: Change Lives One Gift at a Time

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On March 19th, 2008, after spending 8 days in the hospital related to her multiple sclerosis, Cami Walker decided to give away one thing each day for 29 days : "I decided to do the 29-Day Giving Challenge as an experiment. Visit 29-Day Giving Challenge.

Olympic Protest Campaigns: Which is More Effective?

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To protest China's financial support of the genocide in Darfur, actress Mia Farrow is hosting a daily webcast report from a Darfurian refugee camp during the first week of the Olympics (August 8-15). They are asking people to Switch Over to Darfur , and watch the webcasts when sponsors' commercials air.

Today is World Refugee Day: Give Refugees a Hand

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Amnesty International has a World Refugee Day Tool Kit that you can download, and provides recommendations for small events that you can organize at your home like a letter writing meeting, or a film screening of Chasing Freedom , Darfur Diaries , or Well-Founded Fear.

December 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

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Below are the most popular search terms for December 2008. darfur (31). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on the flows of philanthropic activity. One indicator of popular action areas is the search terms that people use to find opportunities to make a difference. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times.

December 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

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Below are the most popular search terms for December 2008. darfur (31). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on the flows of philanthropic activity. One indicator of popular action areas is the search terms that people use to find opportunities to make a difference. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times.

Social Networks for Social Change: Ivan Boothe Knows What He Is Talking About!

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For instance, when we first started organizing on Facebook in 2005, we found many existing groups on campuses working to end the genocide in Darfur. Using Social Networks for Social Change: Facebook, MySpace and More View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: fundraising advocacy ) I was lucky enough to meet Ivan Boothe at the first (or maybe second) Netsquared Conference back in 2005 and have been following his work for years.

Insiders Guide to Video and YouTube for Nonprofits - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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One example is 24HoursforDarfur who has collected over 800 videos from celebrities, elected officials, and citizens urging Congress to do more about the genocide in Darfur. Good work February 25, 2009 | Mario Erazo Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Why do people give charity?

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Hollywood celebrities have become central players on deeply political issues like development aid, refugees and government-sponsored violence in Darfur.

Notes from The Seven Things Everyone Wants: What Freud and Buddha Understood (and We're Forgetting) about Online Outreach

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Two of their staff members recently returned from Darfur and are putting together a video to raise awareness about it. They are collecting questions from supporters about Darfur to include in the video. * Think about the last time you did something for a cause.

Insiders Guide to Video and YouTube for Nonprofits - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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One example is 24HoursforDarfur who has collected over 800 videos from celebrities, elected officials, and citizens urging Congress to do more about the genocide in Darfur. Good work February 25, 2009 | Mario Erazo Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Pros and Cons of Facebook Activism

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moving from Darfur to Burma to whatever cause is next. Several months ago my colleague Mary Joyce (who I met at the Global Voices Summit in London in 2005 ) and who is now at the Berkman Center pinged me and asked if I knew any digital activists in Southeast Asia. I joined the various Burma Facebook groups early on because my colleagues in Cambodia were involved from the beginning and documented some of the activism. taking place across various social media sites, including Facebook.

Change.org is Hiring Bloggers for Social Action Blog Network

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Hey all you do-good bloggers! Ben Rattray of Change.org wanted me to let you know that they are hiring bloggers. Positions are part-time, paid and start in June. To apply, go to [link]. I've pasted the blurb below: Hiring Bloggers for Change.org! Want to blog on an issue you are passionate about for an audience of hundreds of thousands of activists and nonprofit leaders? Want to create the premier online space for your issue and become a leading voice for social action?

A Means to an End

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Nevertheless, at this meeting, these folks were busy patting themselves on the back about their successes with Darfur. The failure statistic is often cited, usually with a moan and a wail. It goes like this: 30, 40, or 50 percent of all IT projects go bad.

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

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A Means to an End

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Nevertheless, at this meeting, these folks were busy patting themselves on the back about their successes with Darfur. The failure statistic is often cited, usually with a moan and a wail. It goes like this: 30, 40, or 50 percent of all IT projects go bad. The rest — the ones that actually succeed — well, they go “slightly bad too.&# At least some of them do. In the end, nobody’s happy. Jobs are lost, heads roll, teeth gnash.

A Means to an End

Gavin's Digital Diner

Nevertheless, at this meeting, these folks were busy patting themselves on the back about their successes with Darfur. The failure statistic is often cited, usually with a moan and a wail. It goes like this: 30, 40, or 50 percent of all IT projects go bad. The rest — the ones that actually succeed — well, they go “slightly bad too.&# At least some of them do. In the end, nobody’s happy. Jobs are lost, heads roll, teeth gnash.

A Means to an End

Gavin's Digital Diner

Nevertheless, at this meeting, these folks were busy patting themselves on the back about their successes with Darfur. The failure statistic is often cited, usually with a moan and a wail. It goes like this: 30, 40, or 50 percent of all IT projects go bad. The rest — the ones that actually succeed — well, they go “slightly bad too.&# At least some of them do. In the end, nobody’s happy. Jobs are lost, heads roll, teeth gnash.

The Philanthropic Web, Questions and Answers

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Jacob Colker, The Extraordinaries: It’s about creating new tools and breaking the total thinking of just – call your congressman and sign a petition and that’s going to save Darfur. On October 20, Social Actions hosted a lunch for partners in the Bay Area. Below is the video and transcription of the question and answer session that followed Peter Deitz's presentation.

Making Stories Work for Your Org: What the Data Says

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Before coming to M+R, Steve served as the Managing Director for Internet Communications at Amnesty International USA, where he developed an email strategy that nearly tripled Amnesty’s list in less than three years and helped grow Amnesty’s online fundraising program, even in the midst of the September 2008 stock market crash. Steve has also been a consultant and strategist for the Save Darfur Coalition, American Cancer Society, U.S.

"Google Was Our First Office": Managing a Worldwide Staff

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Imagine a Jewish girl, selling Challah bread on a college campus in America to help support black Muslims in Darfur. PT started using Salesforce.com in 2008, taking advantage of its free licenses for nonprofits. Efrat Ben-Dor Erez, NPTech Israel.

Serious Games | Beaconfire Wire

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Darfur is Dying ([link] is probably the most well known game created to raise awareness about a specific topic, in this case the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. A contest entry by MTVU and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation, the game puts the player in Darfur as a villager who must perform real-life tasks like foraging for water without being captured by the Janjaweed.

What Are Your 2009 Have Fun Do Good Resolutions?

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My six 2008 Activist Resolutions went so-so: I did. Continue learning about why genocide happens and how I can take action by following blogs like the Genocide Intervention Network , ENOUGH , Stop Genocide on Change.org , Darfur: An Unforgivable Hell on Earth , and Human Rights Now.

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YouTube Launches Nonprofit Program

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Starting today, nonprofits who offer Google Checkout for Non-Profits as a donation option -- whether through YouTube or on their own sites -- will receive 100 percent of donated funds, as Google has committed to processing all donations for free through at least the end of 2008. • Just got a press release this morning announcing the launch of the YouTube Nonprofit Program ! YouTube’s 2007/2008 Clinton Global Initiative commitment enables nonprofit organizations (in the U.S.

A Second Life for nonprofits? | Beaconfire Wire

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Commonwealth Island in Second Life consists of a “rugged, coniferous island housing several nonprofits, including Greenpeace and ACLU&# There’s an education campaign to help end the genocide in Darfur in “Camp Darfur&#. Since the Camp Darfur and ManorMeta projects in 2006 our nonprofit organization has built a team of Second Life developers who specialize in creating new spaces for NGOs, educational groups and other conscious media teams.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » YouTube for Nonprofits – Donations are Nice, but What About List Building?

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Here’s an example in the channel page: 24 Hours for Darfur Channel Here’s an example on the standard video page: 24 Hours for Darfur standard view If you are a 501(c)3 it’s a no-brainer to sign up.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » YouTube for Nonprofits – Donations are Nice, but What About List Building?

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Here’s an example in the channel page: 24 Hours for Darfur Channel Here’s an example on the standard video page: 24 Hours for Darfur standard view If you are a 501(c)3 it’s a no-brainer to sign up.

Facebook Causes and Effects | Beaconfire Wire

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Some of the most popular causes, like the ONE campaign and Save Darfur , have grown exponentially, with 9,203 and 44,506 members respectively.