Are You STILL Trying to Sell Social Media at Work?

SocialFish

—————– I’ve said this many times, but I have worked in online communications essentially since its inception (19 years and counting). It’s not going to work every time – but it will more times than not. Work the crowd.

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A New Habitat: Transforming Communities with Remote Work Tools

Tech Soup Blog

My interview with Bob Lynn, the technology manager at the Omaha, Nebraska branch of Habitat for Humanity, is a lesson in the advantages of remote work tools. For an organization with more than 80 employees and volunteers, Bob also needed tools to help people work outside of the office.

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Trending Sources

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

One of TechSoup's less-known areas of work has been to support and promote the work of other tech-for-good organizations, like Ushahidi in Kenya. These folks do astonishing work. TechSoup has been working since the 1980s to help nonprofits develop their technology capacity.

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

Frogloop

It works sort of like an online mortgage calculator. Coming soon - Im working on an overall online ROI assessment calculator. Im working on the other analyses, too! It takes a lot of work to build a quality audience.

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Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A community group worked hard to get her placed on the historic register and raise money to restore her to her mid-century glory. With her children's fundraising projects, she and her husband offered to match what they raised because they both worked for companies that matching gift programs.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The learners found that they could work together and rely on each other. They wrote nightly reflections and commented and helped each other with their work and reactions to the course. Working Wikily: Getting out of the Way. Working Wikily: Critical Friends

2008 Tech Museum Awards Global Call for Nominations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

If you know someone whose work embodies technology serving humanity, nominate them by tomorrow! 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.

Making Stories Work for Your Org: What the Data Says

NTEN

and they're not working. Version 2 : Written using a more personal theme based around the story of one young person diagnosed with the debilitating disease the organization is working to cure. For more examples, actionable tips, and our top three recommendations for making stories work for you, read the full report and join our live webinar on May 5 at 2 p.m.

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I use these tools because I haven’t found open source alternatives for these functions that work as well, or are as user friendly. It’s not cheap, but it works well, and saves me so much time invoicing, that it pays for itself several times over every month. 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?

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives

AFP Blog

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives: "Twin Cities Rise! Together, they'll work for about 24 hours to design brand new Websites.The Overnight Website challenge is sponsored. 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.

Testing Best Practices

gokubi.com

I’m a hacker who got into this line of work via a circuitous route that never went through a comp sci class room. I’ve said it before–I’m not a software developer. 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

Rami Rabby is famous in the American blind community as the first blind foreign service officer working for the US State Department. 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!

Webinar Presentation Tips for Nonprofits and Other Folks

Have Fun - Do Good

They could be a fun way to do trainings for volunteers, fundraiser table captains, house party hosts, and concerned citizens who want to learn more about the issues you are working on. Run a practice webinar to work out any technical glitches.

Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

I visited a friend last weekend who works at a coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz, right next to the Museum of Art and History. There were people working and eating and chatting and reading. In the final installment of Museum 2.0’s

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from Wired.com

AFP Blog

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from Wired.com: "Founder Gregory McHale came up with the idea for Good2Gether while looking up information on Hurricane Katrina. He thought that the newspaper reports detailing the chaos would be more useful if they included links to appropriate nonprofits who were working to solve the crisis.

For ASAE members: Countdown to ASAE 2008

SocialFish

I'll post about this again later, I am sure, but just a quick head's up about ASAE's Annual Meeting in San Diego, August 16-19, since I had a few minutes to look through my pile of stuff about it and try to work out a little bit of a schedule for myself.

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

Frogloop

One of the most exciting aspects of working for Convio is participating in the community with organizations like Care2 and others. November 20, 2008 | Jordan Viator Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Landing Page Optimization for Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

Donordigital and Amnesty wanted to test the concepts against nonprofit landing pages, so they worked with Optimost to perform sophisticated tests. May 22, 2008 | Melissa Tooley Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Landing Page Optimization for Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

Donordigital and Amnesty wanted to test the concepts against nonprofit landing pages, so they worked with Optimost to perform sophisticated tests. May 22, 2008 | Melissa Tooley Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

They can be parallel projects, in which a small team works independently to innovate something already in progress on a larger scale. Project leaders are typically given a small budget and team and let loose to work. I once asked Elaine Gurian how museums can change.

Working Wikily.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The phrase "Working Wikily" was coined by Lucy Bernholz (I don't know how many phrases she's originated in the nonprofit, social media, and philanthropy - but this one is a gem). What does working wikily mean? How can we work wikily effectively?

Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

Have Fun - Do Good

Her newest book, the story of a Brazilian diplomat who worked for the United Nations for 34 years, has inspired an upcoming documentary and feature film. PhilanTopic included the book on its list of Best Philanthropy-Related Books of 2008. books 2008 activist nonprofit

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.

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 summary, including thoughts on what worked, is posted at: [link]. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools. They’ve found: Steady growth throughout the year.

Getting to the Heart of Association Success

SocialFish

Maddie used to be a COO at a small association and has been consulting full time in this community since 2008. We are setting out to design the future of work. Featured Culture That WorksBoth Maddie and I care deeply about the association community.

We Are Media Toolbox: Photo Sharing

NTEN

Or, say you're working on a blog post about the Golden Gate Bridge. It's photosharing day in the We Are Media toolbox festival! Does your organization run any events? Do you hire a photographer? We used to. Now, each year at the NTC, we ask our colleagues to upload any digital photos they take into Flickr, and to tag those photos with 07NTC / 08NTC / etc. and NTEN ). .

Care2 and NOAA Promote International Year of the Reef 2008 - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

The idea was that thefederal agency would work with Care2 to build support for the International Year of the Reef 2008. Great work. October 7, 2008 | Paul Greenberg Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

How Much Time Does It Take To Do Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It has nothing to do with the tools, have you avoided getting distracted from your to do list or work flow or too much multi-tasking-- social media can be ADD producing. Listening: Knowing what is being said online about your organization and the field you work in.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He chronicled his story and work in Bangladesh using social media tools and engaging story telling techniques. Today is Blog Action Day where over 11,000 bloggers/sites around the world will publish, donate, or promote the issue of poverty. 

The #FutureOfBusiness WILL Radically Change Everything As We Know It

SocialFish

Things we’ve come to rely on as standards that were once sustainable– are no longer working. 2008 has revealed to the world that no business or government, no matter how powerful or seemingly stable, was immune to the Financial Crisis.

gokubi.com

gokubi.com

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 Salesforce.com at that instant, especially if you have multiple people working in the same instance.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For 12 years, I worked on arts and technology projects with the New York Foundation for the Arts , beginning with its Arts Wire program in 1992. I've worked with Judith Weiner at the Alliance in many different capacities since 1994 - I built their first web site.

Panels wonder if work futile; hearing for nonprofits set : Local News : Knoxville News Sentinel

AFP Blog

Panels wonder if work futile; hearing for nonprofits set : Local News : Knoxville News Sentinel: "Members of citizen panels charged with dividing up $2 million in community grant money to 117 nonprofit organizations are angry that their work now seems for nothing because the County Commission may redo the process on its own

Is a Results-Only Work Environment Right for Your Organization?

NTEN

Flickr: Tracy Hunter We've heard whispers about Results-Only Work Environments – mostly from the corporate world. Well, in July 2008, Jessica Lawrence led Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to become the first nonprofit organization in the country to migrate to an ROWE.

Going out on a limb

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 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 change.gov yet, you need to go. Without strong outside agitation, it is hard to see any other way in which mass pressure will be felt in the early workings of the Obama administration.

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. Once you've answered those questions you'll have a better idea if a blog is the tool for you, and if you have the time, money and staff to make it work over the long run.

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

Museum 2.0

Here's a breakdown of how The 39 Clues cross-platform experience works. A few weeks ago, I learned about Scholastic Books' new series, The 39 Clues , which ties together a ten-book mystery with an online gaming environment.

Paying Volunteers A Stipend: Does It Work?

ASU Lodestar Center

Most researchers agree that low-income earners volunteer less (Wilson, 2012) and Pho (2008) extended this finding to include medium-wage earners. All the volunteers were working as tutors in local elementary schools. CDS Working Papers 09-12. 2008). posted by.

Social sites work to better world, one click at a time

AFP Blog

Social sites work to better world, one click at a time: "All the networks, homemade videos and blogs have made the Web a center for socializing, not social change. But a slew of startups are using the tech tools and social dynamics that have become the norm online to tackle real-world problems.Whether it's through a social network that helps a Nicaraguan woman get a loan to expand her business.

What is Your Favorite Social Action of 2008?

Have Fun - Do Good

The short, dark, last days of the year are a great time to reflect on your 2008 Activist Resolutions , and your favorite "social actions" of 2008. She posted a scan of one of the letters she received on her post, Two Great Charities at Work to Beat Poverty. What was your favorite social action of 2008? What did you do this year that you feel made a real impact?