How to Influence People in Online Communities


I would argue, and many others have too, that Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great primer for social communities and, more importantly, for defining your Code of Conduct. Social Networking – Relating it to Six Ways to Make People Like You.

PCs for People Brings More Great Refurbished Computers to Nonprofits through TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

Meet our newest Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) partner, PCs for People! PCs for People, as a leader in U.S. PCs for People is a large nonprofit refurbishment program headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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


If you dont measure results strictly by fundraising -- maybe your results are based on advocacy or branding only -- you can just look at the "cost per friend" or "cost per email name" to compare with the costs of recruiting people elsewhere.

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Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The organizations listed are profiled by other young people. 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.

ASAE 2008 Here I come!


But really, I think the most important part of a conference like this is what happens in the unscheduled times, in random hallway meetings, in conversations with the people you sit next to at lunch that you find some unexpected connection with.

2008 Tech Museum Awards Global Call for Nominations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

And, no, we're not looking for people to nominate a Benetech project this year: spread the wealth]. 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.

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! Where I rail against web shops that continue to suggest that people use their CMS, when it’s just not possible for one shop to replicate the robustness, features, security and upgradeability of the Open Source CMS offerings. It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.).

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I love discovering new music, seeing what people I know are listening to, and learning more about what I listen to over time. 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.

Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Apparently, they have a little manual that says blind people have to sit in a window seat. So, they asked Rami to move, claiming this was standard operating procedure (which it isn't, since we'd all travelled around the world as blind people or with blind people and this was a new one).

Webinar Presentation Tips for Nonprofits and Other Folks

Have Fun - Do Good

Your first slide should let people know that the meeting will be starting shortly. Review guidelines, like how people can participate (i.e. If it is a small group, encourage people to make short introductions. Pause frequently to allow people time to absorb the information.

Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

There were people working and eating and chatting and reading. People are always saying “Where are the…?” In my dreams, there’s a visitor lounge where people can face each other and just talk—like business lounges in airports, with beverages and coffee.

2008's most popular posts


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!) I realized this might be a useful roundup of the hottest topics of 2008 from this blog. Three ways associations can use Twitter Twitter Primer Redux - 9 ways to find people to follow on Twitter. What a year this has turned out to be, huh!

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

Where's the bottom-up option for people who are motivated to do something new within sprawling, bogged-down places? It also lets people propose things that are outside of their own departments. And they put some of their best people, not their interns, onto these projects.

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards


Here are the results for the 2008 Innovator Awards: Advocacy campaign or program. 58,000 people voted (12% of total file) and acquired 9000 new donors, waising $50k usinge "soft" asks within two emails. They created a creative online check-in process that allowed people to check in for the event online and pledge to complet fundraising post-event.

Dreamforce 2008 post-mortem - back to the cheap seats

Judi Sohn

I finally got to meet folks from the Nonprofit Salesforce NPSF Google group that I had gotten to know online, reconnected with friends from the Philadelphia and New York user group communities and with people I met at NTEN’s NTC last year. 200 people maybe? I had never been to a large, high-priced business conference like Dreamforce before, much less spoken at one. Oh, the details!

How Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions Going?

Have Fun - Do Good

We're half way through 2008, so I thought I'd share how mine are going, and check in on yours. Challenge for the rest of 2008: I'm feeling a bit discouraged about what feels like a lack of progress in the situation. Challenge for rest of 2008: I only have 6 more interviews for 2008.

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


58,000 people voted (12% of total file) and Defenders acquired 9000 new donors, raising $50k using "soft" asks within two emails. They created a creative online check-in process that allowed people to check in for the event online and pledge to complet fundraising post-event.

Got Your Ears On? How to Listen to Your Audience Using Social Media


Set up Twitter searches and see if people are "tweeting" about your organization or industry. You can also find people you know on Facebook simply by importing your email list from Outlook. If you do this on a regular basis, you are likely to find that every few weeks, more people have signed up. People are talking about you and your industry so much that you need a more robust tool for making sense of it all. Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer, SocialFish, LLC.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

Blog Action Day: Can One Person Make A Difference? Challenging Poverty With Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

   His goal was to inspire other people, just like him, to be the generation that helps end extreme poverty.  m just a guy who - like a lot of people - was always concerned about important issues like global poverty but wasn???t

How Much Time Does It Take To Do Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

By making a human connection with people online, you can influence their perception of your brand and help them find meaningful, relevant ways to support your mission. People don't understand that -- you have to give it time.

People To People Fundraising Book Give-away

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Steve MacLaughlin and Claudia from Convio were kind enough to each send me a review copy of this new book on fundraising and social networks called People To People Fundraising. I also read the chapter by Katya Andresen and Bill Strathmann from Network for Good about People-to-People Fundraising.

Working Wikily: Establishing A Giving or Gifting Culture in Wiki Community

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" He said that policy gives people a sense of freedom. How to engage people more deeply and deepen some of the community learning literacies? If you have kids, you probably also read bedtime stories to them.

Managing Technology Change: Imagine All the People


That missing piece is the people -- those individuals affected by the technology that is being implemented. It's important not to forget that your organization is made up of people and, therefore, consideration for the effects of the technology change on these people is important to the success of the project. The effects of a technology change on people are not new either. These people need to be actively involved in the project from the very beginning to the end.

Refresh your projects often when multiple people are involved In Eclipse you are working with local text files. Because of this, what you’re looking at might not reflect what is really in at that instant, especially if you have multiple people working in the same instance.

Digital Citizen 2008

Beaconfire Wire

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend ForeSee Results ‘ Digital Citizen 2008 Summit. These parallel the three factors that have to be in order so that organizations can effectively make sense of their web traffic: technology, people, and process. 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.

Arts Summit 2008: The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations - Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" I have to caution people that when I share the results of my experiments and learnings - that it is a culmination of 6 plus years of daily exploration of Web 2.0.

My NTEN Chat 8/12/08


We had a great discussion about wikis and how to try and get people to participate more in them - perhaps give artificial deadlines, or specifically purposeful tasks. But check back at Diary of a Reluctant Blogger every Tuesday at 2 pm EST during the summer 2008 to hang out with me and discuss blogging, social media, strategy, and/or whatever might be on your mind!]. Last week's NTEN Office Hours chat was awesome!

Post-NTC Ramblings

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Post-NTC Ramblings March 24, 2008 It was a great week. I got to see lots of people that I only see once a year (or even less often,) I got to meet a lot of new people, I had interesting and deep conversations, and I got to hear a lot about what people are thinking about the nonprofit technology field.

Nonprofit Blogging Burning Questions and Answers

Have Fun - Do Good

Earlier in the month I taught a Nonprofit Blogging 101 workshop at the 2008 Making Media Connections Conference. Answer comments that people leave. Comment on other people's blogs. How can you use a blog to fundraise and mobilize people to action?

"Cool stuff with cool people"


He's talking about Threadless, an online t-shirt company: "What I most admire is the simplicity of their business model: doing cool stuff with cool people and seeing it where it goes. doing cool stuff with cool people and seeing where it goes. Lovely post from Jeffrey Cufaude (Idea Architect - best job title ever, closely followed by Saul Colt 's Head of Magic).

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 yet, you need to go. It allowed people to get involved and helped motivate.

What Cross-Platform Gaming is Doing for Books. and Can Do for Museums

Museum 2.0

Few people obsessively reread the same book over and over, especially if the "next" book is coming in only 4 months. These two elements guarantee that people will not only read but purchase books (to get the cards). We just need a good enough story to help people make the connection.

The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

I have a lot of conversations with people that go like this: Other person: "So, you think that museums should let visitors control the museum experience?" In these conversations, people often say, "don't expert voices matter?"

On my way to NTC

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology On my way to NTC March 17, 2008 Tomorrow, I step off the plane in New Orleans, to go to the Nonprofit Technology Conference , and see folks I only get to see once a year, meet new people, chat and hang out with people I’ve been emailing/blog commenting/twittering, etc.

One for you data people


Stewart Mader on SMT points to this list of social media metrics by Rachel Happe at her Social Organization blog. Could you adapt this list to metrics you could use to measure Return on Engagement for your association?

Check the nonprofit pulse.


This is a mashup that tracks messages shared at Twitter ("tweets") by people working or related to the nonprofit area, worldwide. People are so creative, I love it. Potentially awesome Twitter-based mashup is here. Created by Eduardo Bejar @edobejar , it tracks what non-profit twitterers are talking about and what links they are sharing. Here's from the "what is this?" page : What is this?

How’s yer CMS?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

May 29, 2008 NTEN just released their CMS satisfaction survey. Most people (67%) want an easy to use interface. Most people (57%) also want ongoing support. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How’s yer CMS? There is some great food for thought, although in some ways, the results aren’t so surprising.

How annoying is this!


That people WANT to comment, but organizations make it unecessarily hard to do that, and the smallest hindrance means no comment. So I am super happy, I've got 15 reviews on my " how to get comments on your blog " article with Lindy. But I can't get to them! When I click on the "15 Reviews" button, I get the most recent five. What's the point of that? Where's the rest?

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

See What's Out There

Here’s what you need to read: What Makes People Give? This article is really about how some social scientists, economist types are looking at why people give. People figured that they worked, because — well, how could they not?