Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact

NetWits

Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. As part of the LIVESTRONG Action campaign the LIVE STRONG day is focused on unifying people from all around the world through local events and activities that celebrate cancer survivorship. While their efforts are focused on encouraging local participation in the physical sense they’ve also made it possible for people to participate online through social media using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

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Best Campaigns of 2009

Frogloop

The people who work in online advocacy and fundraising are some of the most creative people I know. In 2009 their campaigns made me laugh or helped me channel my frustration over injustices into action.

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Volunteering: Making the Connection

Connection Cafe

It is extremely important to take time away from the computer and meet people face to face. If you'd like to see more photos from this year's Convio Cares Week, please visit the Convio Cares 2009 photos on Flickr

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Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media

Connection Cafe

Remember, this is a free tool, one that people use to focus attention and galvanize action. Author: Jordan Viator. Seth Godin wrote an interesting blog post yesterday entitled “ The problem with non ” that has definitely sparked a bit of conversation.

Google Media = Nonprofit Grants, Blogs, Video and Maps Galore

Connection Cafe

Social functionality makes sites more "sticky" and helps build community while giving people a reason to come back due to interactivity. And NEW this year, nonprofits now have the ability to drive action from your videos via an in-video ad overlay.

Socially enabling your mission – how nonprofits can benefit from online communities

Connection Cafe

It was clear from the webinar that the natural progression of online technology and the best practices has progressed greatly over the past 18-24 months and that the nonprofit community has more opportunity than ever to recruit new supporters, raise more money and empower constituents to take action using social media like online communities.

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Enjoyed my day in Berkeley yesterday at the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009. They had more than 1000 folks show up to talk about service, nonprofits and social action. And, as always, great to see people I know and admire like Darrell Hammond of KaBoom!,

10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

Katie Harbath of DCI who joined me on the panel “Every Question I Was too Embarrassed to Ask about Technology” said that this is one of the best resources of data when you begin to search for people to build your social media community. April 28, 2009 | Joanna M.

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Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is Here!

Amy Sample Ward

The Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is now officially open! Change the Web Challenge is about building innovative tools to help people find and share opportunities to take action on the Web sites, blogs, and social networks that we all visit every day.

2009 eCampaigning Review Released

Amy Sample Ward

65% of actions reviewed in the report asked people to add their own message (whether this was a petition, or post, etc.) - this is great because letting your supporters personalize or otherwise get more involved in your actions will only help build a commitment to the outcome of your campaign or action as well as encourage your supporters to ask their friends or colleagues to participate as well. Only 43% of actions linked to background information.

Social Actions’ Change The Web Challenge in Oxford

Amy Sample Ward

Social Actions has created an open database of 60,000+ actions from 40+ sites — including GlobalGiving, Change.org, DonorsChoose.org, Kiva.org, NABUUR, TakingITGlobal, Idealist.org, and VolunteerMatch. Learn about the Open Actions XML micro format, and how you can use it.

Punching Up Your Action Alerts and Online Fundraising Appeals

Frogloop

As a consultant for nonprofits and political campaigns, I receive a ton of action alerts and fundraising appeals every day. Often though, action alerts and fundraising appeals are written for senior management’s approval and just use their own wonky, boiler plate language.

Raise Money on Facebook: Four Strategies You Need to Know About

NTEN

Peter Deitz, Social Actions. Moreover, the company reports that people who are 35 years and older make up the fastest growing user demographic, which corresponds to the demographic mostly likely to make a donation online. As of September 2009, scores of Facebook applications have been developed to support the nonprofit sector in one way. Over $5 million has been raised in 2009 alone. 3 - Your People Are Your Impact.

Punching Up Your Action Alerts and Online Fundraising Appeals - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

As communicators who are fighting to change the world, we need to write passionately and tell stories that connect to people in order to motivate them to take action and donate some of their hard earned money. Seen a good action alert or fundraising appeal lately?

New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

We all know from offline life experience that you don’t just schedule a meeting, but you have to show up and contribute for the meeting to be successful; you probably also have action items that come out of the meeting that people work on individually and that also draw them back together for another meeting. 2009 will, undoubtedly, bring us more to fill the social media bucket, new places to explore, tools to try, and things to consider.

The Art of Getting ReTweeted

Frogloop

Twitter’s most Suggested Users (Comprised of Famous People and News Networks) are Less ReTweetable. He says it's not "actionable advice" and that tweets should be "contagious." Personally, I think the word "contagious" is a big buzz word that is thrown around by marketing people. Calls to Action Work. Is there an art to getting ReTweeted on Twitter? Dan Zarrella says yes and has been studying the " Science of ReTweeting " for the past nine months.

My Social Actions - is it yours, too?

Amy Sample Ward

Social Actions , the platform that makes it easy for individuals and organizations to share actions across the web, has just launched it’s Ning-powered social network: My.SocialActions. The 10 ways you can make a difference include: Find actions. Share actions.

Wanna chat about the Web? Join Social Actions’ chat series!

Amy Sample Ward

Social Actions , a nonprofit organizaiton designed to make it easy for you to make a difference by connecting you with actions and opportunities from across the world and across the web. The Challenge is about building innovative tools to help people find and share opportunities to take action on the Web sites, blogs, and social networks that we all visit everyday. Who: You can see who is attending in the Facebook Event or the Social Actions Event page.

10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications

Frogloop

Katie Harbath of DCI who joined me on the panel “Every Question I Was too Embarrassed to Ask about Technology&# said that this is one of the best resources of data when you begin to search for people to build your social media community. It’s where people go to gather news, resources and discuss issues. But remember don’t treat it as a one way communication tool to just blast out your latest press releases and action alerts.

Guest Post by Gaurav Mishra: The 4Cs Social Media Framework

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Mastering each tool individually seems like a lot of work and a lot of people give up even before they begin. However, very few people use these terms precisely and almost nobody agrees on the exact definition of these terms. The Pink Chaddi Campaign leveraged Collective Action.

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Blog for Choice Day 2009

Connection Cafe

Today is Blog for Choice Day 2009 , an event organized by NARAL Pro-Choice America. I like efforts like these to organize individual bloggers around a particular theme - Blog Action Day is another example.

People, Tools and Help, but mostly People

Connection Cafe

Each of these folks has a lot to say about using social media tools as a way for people, from non-profits or not from non-profits, to reach out and generate some support for any cause and generate change in the world. If one person acts to help another, then at least two people know about it. Teach your constituents the basic building blocks of the messages (calls to action) you want to propogate. Identify the people who are passionate and positive.

Looking forward to 2009

Judi Sohn

In addition to moving towards our objective, we also have to make sure people understand and appreciate the benefit of the short gain. 2009 is going to be an interesting year. We’re not trying to figure out how to tell people what they want to hear. We want to figure out how to do a better job letting people know who we are and why we matter in a way they’ll listen. Social Actions Blog.

Chain Reaction 2009: the Social by Social game

Amy Sample Ward

We succeed when we work together… Chain Reaction is a community of people, passionate about social change, who are saying ‘we can make a difference’. Chain Reaction is a unique and challenging project based on a very simple idea – that we all have the power of our own actions, but that none of us on our own can change the world, not governments, not businesses, not charities. Chain Reaction is taking place November 12th, 2009, at Canary Warf, London.

Chain Reaction 2009: the Social by Social game

Amy Sample Ward

We succeed when we work together… Chain Reaction is a community of people, passionate about social change, who are saying ‘we can make a difference’. Chain Reaction is a unique and challenging project based on a very simple idea - that we all have the power of our own actions, but that none of us on our own can change the world, not governments, not businesses, not charities. Chain Reaction is taking place November 12th, 2009, at Canary Warf, London.

Taking Action

Frogloop

Have we somehow morphed into a people of entitlement and are no longer part of the solution? But isn’t it really an attitude of non-action that we all need to get honest about? Many of us in America seem to have a mentality of “they&# will take care of it.

Three Lessons in Social Media Fundraising

NTEN

A total of nearly 2 million dollars raised from nearly 75,000 people means there were a few lessons learned. The key here is another point from the report: Social media tends to work best for organizations in an "Action-re?ection-revision-action" But, to borrow a cliche, social media doesn't raise money, people raise money. . Where real people get together face-to-face in someone's living room?

National Potluck: a virtual event in action

Connection Cafe

NMAI is asking supporters to host a potluck on or around November 28, 2009 (the 20th anniversary of President George H. Creating a page is only half the battle, and often people who are new to this type of fundraising can be shy about asking their friends and familiy to donate money.

My Goals For 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've had a post in draft for a couple of weeks now about some personal/professional goals or my New Year's resolutions for 2009. I read Chris Brogan's " Your 3 Goals for 2009 " and I loved his process. Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. What are your goals for 2009?

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Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup

NTEN

At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were many more panel proposals. Networking Good: How to Win Money and Mobilize People! Social networks are transforming how people support causes, how ideas are shared and how nonprofits raise money. Taking action for social change without lifting a finger. How do you balance online action with offline engagement?

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So for this post, I'd like to share 5 fundraising trends that we saw emerging in 2009 related to fundraising and social media and that will most definitely continue to have impact in 2010. Peer-to-Peer fundraising is about empowering people to fundraise on behalf of your nonprofit.

Tools Galore in Online Communication - Women Who Tech 2009

Connection Cafe

Ask them to take action 4. A few key examples she gave on advocacy and nonprofit success in social networks included: MyBarackObama.com , a good example of this in action.

What the Business Sector Can Learn from Nonprofits

NTEN

When I think of some of the best experts in the nptech community, names like Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistas , Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies , April Pederson of Democracy In Action , Sarah Dijulio of M&R Strategic Services , Sheeraz Haji formerly of Convio , Madeline Stanionis of Watershed , Ivan Boothe of RootWork , Michelle Murrain of Open Issue , and Beth Kanter , blogger and social media trainer, come to mind. Allyson Kapin, Rad Campaign.

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Have Fun - Do Good

Consequently, I was pretty excited when the Alliance for Biking and Walking asked me to spread the word about their People Powered Movement Photo Contest. In response, the Alliance is holding a People Powered Movement Photo Contest. I'm a big walker.

On 2/2/2009: Help Social Actions Raise $20,009 for 2009 Campaign

Social Actions

Monday, February 2, 2009 is the final day of Social Actions' $20,009 for 2009 campaign. We need just 34 people to pledge $20.09 per month to reach our fundraising goal.

New Media, Old Media, and Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

Here's a provocative question from James on the Social Actions community blogs: What if they don't know about social media? If you only want to reach a small portion of people in the world (at this point), then yes, just use your Facebook Page to communicate with people. Good question, and that mindset often threatens to rear its head when media-savvy people start talking about communications strategies.

Guest Post by Steve Waddell: Systems Mapping for Non-Profits - Part 1

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As visiting scholar at the Packard Foundation, I'm connecting with other people who are studying and learning about how networks work. This week at the Packard Foundation, I had the opportunity to meet Steve Waddell whose research focuses on Global Action Networks.

Change The Web Challenge from Social Actions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The chapter is an analysis of Facebook applications that help raise money or awareness or encourage people to take a social action. Social Actions has designed the Change the Web contest to stimulate innovative and effective web application development that facilitate social actions.

Social Actions Community Call, July 2009

Social Actions

On July 1, 2009, Social Actions convened a Community Conference Call. Social Actions update (Christine). We want to first catch everyone up with a quick overview of all that Social Actions has been up to recently. Then we’ll do a little forward-visioning and strategizing out loud about where Social Actions could and should go next. Seems there’s an opportunity to present and plug into this linked dataset a node that relates to action.

My Top 5 Highlights from the 2009 Convio Summit Nonprofit Conference with video highlights

Connection Cafe

Three days of workshops, sessions, networking events and yes, BBQ from the Salt Lick (shout out to NTEN's Brett Meyer and his mad eating skills), left attendees ready to put their new learnings to action. Author: Jordan Viator.