President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! Benetech Update: Summer 2008 I'm thrilled to be writing you this update, because this year is unusually exciting even by Benetech standards. You can imagine the impact of Bookshare.org going from a $1 million per year enterprise in 2006 to over $7 million in 2008. As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech.

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It’s a really great tool for creating very rapid mockups of sites that you are working on. 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.

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Dreamforce 2008 post-mortem - back to the cheap seats

Judi Sohn

Force.com Sites was the big announcement and it will be interesting to see where that goes. I had never been to a large, high-priced business conference like Dreamforce before, much less spoken at one. Oh, the details! From the sturdy high-quality conference bag, to the folks standing outside the Moscone Center dressed in white carrying cloud balloons, to the video walls and careful lighting…and the Foo Fighters! No expense was spared, and lots of open bars.

Catch us at the 2008 Bridge Conference | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Beaconfire VP & Co-Founder Michael Cervino will be presenting Micro Campaign Sites and Communication Integration on Thursday, July 24 from 10:30 am – noon. One of the fundamental dilemmas in any fundraising campaign is how to find real estate for it on your site. But what if your campaign WAS the site? More and more organizations are using micro-sites to highlight their various campaigns, build brand around issues, and serve as the hub for their fundraising efforts.

Digital Citizen 2008

Allegiance Group

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend ForeSee Results ‘ Digital Citizen 2008 Summit. One was a fun case study about the National Park Service web site (which I particularly enjoyed because the National Parks Conservation Association is a BF client ). Aside from being a really engaging speaker, Peterson is also pretty much a guru in the art and science of web analytics (and do follow the link to his site, because he offers a ton of free resources there).

Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

Have Fun - Do Good

PhilanTopic included the book on its list of Best Philanthropy-Related Books of 2008. This was probably the book that moved me the most in 2008. If you're going to purchase a copy on Amazon, buy it though the Three Cups of Tea site so that Mortenson's organization will get up to 7% of the proceeds. What are some your favorite do-good books from 2008? books 2008 activist nonprofitBelow is my 4th annual list of Favorite Do-Good Books (in alphabetical order).

Developing a Social Media Plan: Lessons from Election 2008

NTEN

Election 2008 is remarkable for so many reasons. As agents of social change, there is a great deal the nonprofit sector can learn from Election 2008. Social Network Sites: In an effort to court the younger voter, candidates have built presences on My Space and Facebook. These site subscribers are the hubs of their own social networks -- a population un-polled by traditional pollsters but known to the campaigns.

8 reactions to NTC 2008 | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

» 8 reactions to NTC 2008 Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 9:44 am by Ali Cherry (11 posts) Last week, a whopping 10 Beaconfire employees headed down to New Orleans to learn about how nonprofits are using and can use online technology, and also to connect with others doing work like ours. Many NPO’s are continuing to leverage the ever-growing, free, and powerful Google tools on the Web (Search, Google Analytics, Google Checkout, Google Sites, etc.)

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Philanthropy and Nonprofit Top 25 List - December 2008

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Quantcast and compete.com don’t do a good job of checking out international sites so I’m still limited by their inability to go outside US borders. Check out the list after the jump… Site URL. It’s interesting to know that a lot of new sites came on. I think a lot of the sites that dropped off simply hit their plateaus as they have built in audiences and probably have reached high saturation levels with them. Average traffic for all sites was 5.4

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I couldn't decide and ended up writing the look back as a lessons learned, a personal New Year's resolution post, and a round up of what nonprofit folks had on their minds as they entered 2008: Four Lessons Learned: Social Media and Nonprofits Meme: I listed four lessons learned and tagged four other people. Round up of New Year's Reflections, Best Ofs, and Predictions for 2008. Lucy Bernholz takes a look at buzzwords in philanthropy in 2008.

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Tech Quick Take: MS Search Server 2008 vs Google Mini

Allegiance Group

Microsoft quietly launched their free Microsoft Search Server 2008 product earlier this year as a product that heavily leverages the same Enterprise Search technology found in their Sharepoint 2007 product. That is, until MS Search Server 2008 arrived, immediately becoming the Mini's foremost competitor in the low and mid-tier market and presenting a compelling case for those clients already heavily invested in Microsoft technology.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've worked with Judith Weiner at the Alliance in many different capacities since 1994 - I built their first web site. I just got back from doing a plenary session at the Arts Summit organized by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. It's gathering of arts leader from throughout New York State. I spoke about social media and future leadership in the arts - and also did a workshop. I had the pleasure of sharing the podium with Susan Chun who spoke about the Steve project.

Convio 2008 Innovator Awards

Care2

Here are the results for the 2008 Innovator Awards: Advocacy campaign or program. They promoted the campaign through social media sites and raised $300k online within two months. Each year, at the annual Convio Summit, Convio honors a few of their clients who have pushed the envelope with their online campaigns. Honorable Mention: National Parks Conservation Association. Winner: Freepress for their StopBigMedia.com campaign.

Web site monitoring tools | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

The Web site is down! re often left wondering: How long has our site been like this? There are some free tools out there that may not be able to prevent your Web site from going down, but at least alert you when it does. You can monitor up to 100 sites with a free account. You can get alerts via email when your site goes down, or monitor your sites in an RSS Feed. Leave the Green Page up, and you will always be informed of the status of all your sites.

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How To: Put Technology to Use (November 2008)

NTEN

Apparently, it's simple : cheerful colors, rounded edges, and "Free, as in beer (not kittens)" We also recommend some advice from "web design from scratch" , but with reservations: their web site isn't as pretty. You've also got your step-by-step guides, from buttons to headers to sites templates. Your guide to the resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause. Write for the Web. First, you need to understand how people read on the web.

Making Media Connections: Ning Site

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It recently launched a ning site - a branded social network for its community of nonprofits. Tell me a little about your organization's social media strategy for its ning (branded social network) site? A Ning site was developed in order to answer this specific need. For every online social network training we do, we actually present the ning site and demonstrate ways participants can create and customize profiles, syndicate RSS feeds, post blogs, photos and videos and more.

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Make an Accessible Web Site anywhere with WebAnywhere | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

But organizations small and large are often limited by time, software, and/or budget when it comes to making Web sites that are accessible, especially for the blind community using screen readers. WebAnywhere is a free, Web-based application that allows you to hear your Web site. Go to the web, enter your Web site’s URL, click go, and listen. and which portions of your site may be troubling to those using screen readers.

Beaconfire Survey: What online innovactions do you predict in 2008? | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

5 ways to make improve your publishing volume » Beaconfire Survey: What online innovactions do you predict in 2008? Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 1:42 pm by Beaconfire Bloggers (25 posts) Editor’s note: each week, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. This week’s question: What online innovations do you predict in 2008 ?

Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. Like any powerful CMS, though, there is quite the learning curve in order to get a site up and running. I’ll be migrating my main consulting site over to it quite soon. It will take some time and effort to get a site up, but that’s standard for any website.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

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 Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants July 27, 2008 This week, it is my pleasure to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. at 6:32 pm Mistakes non-profits make with Web sites « No newsprint here 08.04.08 at 12:11 pm Top 10 blog posts of 2008 :: Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology 12.26.08

Are you a "nonprofit" or a "charity"? See what Google users think | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Check out the #1 most searched for item on the site. I think this is attributable to the general economic downturn we’ve been seeing but it may also be that people are looking to particular web sites and simply using old bookmarks when they seek out charities. 4, 2008 From Non-Profit Tech Blog… Are you a “nonprofit&# or a “charity&# ? speak up Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

My iPhone 3G

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 My iPhone 3G August 12, 2008 I once joined the “iPhone non-buyers&# group on Facebook. There are multiple threads on multiple sites about problems with the iPhone 3G – clearly, some software fixes need to happen, and the faster they happen, the happier I’ll be.

Welcome to the new theme!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

September 22, 2008 I changed my Word Press theme, mostly because I was getting a bit tired of the old one, and wanted something really simple. I’d been working with Drupal for NOSI (we’ve had the site in Drupal for a while now,) but I’d never installed and configured and messed with Drupal from scratch, so I did that.

Free and open source tool #12: Miro

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 Free and open source tool #12: Miro February 26, 2008 Miro used to be called “Democracy Player&#. You can search YouTube, Google video or about 10 other video sites, and make those searches a new channel.

Wild Apricot Blog : 4 Ways to Put a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Web Site

Wild Apricot

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » It is 2008 and I am still Michael Hoffman

See3

So, if you can spare a link, please put “Michael Hoffman&# on your site somewhere and link it to this post or better yet the first one I did. Share and Enjoy: 2 Comments comment fran Hey Michael Hoffman- for us, you are the one and only, the authentic, the essential, the amazing, the loving, the best, the brilliant Michael HOffman there is… F and B 19 Jan 2008 JackieSee3 Well, now you have other Michael Hoffman’s trying to catch your Michael Hoffman fire.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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My Birthday Cause: Free Geek!

Amy Sample Ward

The first person who tried to donate, my friend Rose Vines (a wonderfully kind, and incredibly smart woman), experienced an issue with the site and it wouldn’t let her donate - the worst situation for potential donors! I have a birthday coming up and over the weekend I received an email from Causes, the social change application in Facebook. Here’s what it said: Happy (Almost) Birthday! Thanks to Facebook, in two weeks all of your friends will see that it’s your birthday.

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What is private? What is public?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

June 10, 2008 Today, someone on the progressive exchange list asked about a tool called Rapleaf. Just send the company your e-mail list and tell it what social networking sites those on your list are using, their demographics, the numbers of friends they have, how many widgets they’re using, even their interests. Rapleaf digs into the usual social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, etc.),

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Change.gov: President Elect Obama's new site

Have Fun - Do Good

And saw him speak again in 2008 at the September 11 Presidential Forum on Service. He has an amazing new site up, Change.gov: Office of the President-Elect. I've been following Barack Obama for about as long as I've written Have Fun * Do Good: • I wrote about his podcast in September 2005: Obama's podcasts and Clinton's version of Slamdance. Listed Dreams of My Father as one of my Favorite Do-Good Books of 2006. • Saw him speak in 2007: Obama in Oakland. •

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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Tidbits

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 Tidbits August 13, 2008 I love these tidbits blog posts. A new site was launched called “ Green Nonprofits.&# I come across a lot in my varied net wanderings, and people send me stuff, so it’s a nice way to talk about some of it, without having to go into too much detail. I was profiled on Linux.com. That’s kinda fun!

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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News from NTC ‘08

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 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. Their web site makes no mention of what server technology is used/required for MPower. In 2008?

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Michelle, the consultant

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 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. And, I guess truthfully, the blurb on my consulting site is kinda dry.