Behind the Scenes: America Supporting Americas

Connection Cafe

This time, we're behind the scenes at America Supporting Americans (ASA), an organization working to improve the lives of men and women in the military through their three signature programs: Adopt-A-Unit, Foster-A-Unit, and the Youth Civic Action and Awareness Program. Here’s her interview with Connection Café: CC: What’s your elevator pitch about what America Supporting Americans does? Author: Emily Goodstein.

Most Generous Cities in America

Connection Cafe

The average online gift size increased from $62 in 2009 to $65 in 2010. More than $389 million was donated by the 273 major cities in 2010, up approximately 27% from 2009. Average gift, donations per 1,000 people, total amount donated per city and number of donations all increased in 2010 compared to 2009. Author: Cheryl Black. How generous is your city? Check out the cities that made the top 10 for most generous online. Alexandria, VA. Cambridge, MA. Arlington, VA.

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America’s Giving Challenge 2009 Assessment and Reflection Paper

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Allison Fine and I have completed the assessment and reflection paper for 2009 America’s Giving Challenge for the Case Foundation.

Which Social Networking Analysis Term Best Describes Virgin America?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I flew back from DC last night on Virgin America. They permitted the use of cell phones, so I tweeted that even if you are delayed, it's a pleasant experience on Virgin America. How would you describe Virgin America in social networking analysis and mapping terminology? .

America’s Giving Challenge 2009

Robert Weiner

The latest round of the America's Giving Challenge is on. The contest runs through November 6, 2009. This is a national competition to encourage people to use their personal and social networks to help win cash for their favorite nonprofit. The Giving Challenge is not focused on how much money you can raise, but on how successful you are at getting people to donate to your cause. The goal is to get as many unique daily donations as possible (minimum of $10), to your cause each day.

America's Giving Challenge 2009

Tech Soup Blog

The latest round of the America's Giving Challenge is on. The contest runs through November 6, 2009. This is a national competition to encourage people to use their personal and social networks to help win cash for their favorite nonprofit. The Giving Challenge is not focused on how much money you can raise, but on how successful you are at getting people to donate to your cause. The goal is to get as many unique daily donations as possible (minimum of $10), to your cause each day.

Nonprofits Using Social Media to Engage and Share, Says Sage North America Survey | SYS-CON INDIA

AFP Blog

PRESS ReleaseNonprofits Using Social Media to Engage and Share, Says Sage North America Survey | SYS-CON INDIA: "AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/28/09 -- Sage North America today announced the results of its recently conducted social media survey for nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Blog for Choice Day 2009

Connection Cafe

Today is Blog for Choice Day 2009 , an event organized by NARAL Pro-Choice America. This is the fourth annual such event and is meant to organize pro-choice bloggers to write about choice, raise the profile of reproductive rights, and educate their readers about the issue.

New Survey: America’s Nonprofits in Danger

Robert Weiner

Just 16% anticipate being able to cover their operating expenses in both 2009 and 2010. 93% of lifeline organizations that provide essential services anticipate an increase in demand in 2009. I wonder what a a longitudinal study would reveal about questions like “We are concerned about meeting next month’s expenses,&# “We are concerned with meeting expenses for 2009,&# and “(We only have) enough (reserves) to cover 1 month of expenses.&#

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

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The Netroots community is built around progressive politics in America. In its first iteration, Vote Report India leveraged Co-creation by creating a platform for collectively tracking irregularities in the 2009 Indian elections. The Need for the 4Cs Social Media Framework.

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Encouraging Generosity On Social Networks: Assessing America's Giving Challenge and Reflections from Craigslist Nonprofit Bootcamp

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Of note, I wanted to let you know that the reflection paper about America's Giving Challenge from the Case Foundation has been published ( Allison Fine and I were the co-authors.) america giving challenge clbc09 fundraising2.0

Volunteers of America: Getting Results

Connection Cafe

In 2009 Volunteers of America looked to get more out of their online fundraising program by tapping into the power of integrated online and offline fundraising. As a result, online revenue originating from direct mail integration increased from 12% to 28% from 2009 to 2010! Segmentation & Testing : With assistance from Charity Dynamics, Volunteers of America is increasingly utilizing list segmentation and testing to improve response rates across campaigns.

Social Enterprise Summit's Policy Track

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The big deal here is the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act. One of the highlights of last week's Social Enterprise Alliance's Summit was the Launch of the Policy Track. We were delighted to have with us Carlos Monje of the White House Office of Social Innovation (so new, it doesn't have a website). A lot of cool things happened in the policy track (even I spoke), but I think the interesting thing was Carlos' comments. And so, I'll share those with you.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Department Produces Complete College America’s National STEM Careers Academy

VisionLink

"Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged.

How To Fly Virgin America with a cello

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My only regret is that I didn't get a good shot of the cello going through the x-ray machine! My only regret is that I didn't get a good shot of the cello going through the x-ray machine!

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Anything to Be Learned from America’s Most Generous Cities Online?

Connection Cafe

I also did a little, non-scientific analysis of some of the cities that had jumps of 20-30 places in their 2008 to 2009 ranking. The 2009 rankings are based on the more than $420 million processed in the first half of 2009. You can also compare the data to the Forbes List of America's Most Wired Cities to see how the rankings stack-up. Author: Tad Druart. Lists almost always get people’s attention.

New Intranet for Feeding America | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Feeding America is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization. Feeding America engaged Beaconfire to help them develop a knowledge management strategy and redesign their Intranet.

America’s Giving Challenge Gets Another $75,000 To Give Away

See What's Out There

America’s Giving Challenge is an amazing program from The Case Foundation that See3 had the opportunity to support this year. Check it out right now at America’s Giving Challenge. Kellogg Foundation Grant to America’s Giving Challenge Significantly Increases Number of Overall and Daily Awards Offered to Nonprofit Causes. America’s Giving Challenge, presented by the Case Foundation, Causes and PARADE Publications, launched on October 7, 2009.

Why Can’t the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector Scale Generosity? #givedaylessons

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What Happened on Give Local America Day? Early on Give Local America Day , reports of slow page loads and server crashes started to trickle in from a couple of community foundations hosting Giving Days using the Kimbia platform. What Happened on Give Local America Day?

Mother's Day Donation Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

Oxfam America Unwrapped and fund virtual gifts like a pair of school uniforms for $20 , or planting 50 trees for $30. * If your mom is the kind of person who prefers a donation to a physical gift, below are a few ideas.

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake

NTEN

The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. 2009 proved to be another important year for online giving by nonprofit organizations. Blackbaud’s research found that online revenue grew by 46% in 2009 compared to 2008.

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America's Giving Challenge for Facebook Causes

Wild Apricot Blog

The Case Foundation, Facebook Causes and PARADE Publications just launched the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge, a competition designed to raise both awareness and funds for charitable causes. From now through November 6, they’ll be giving away a total of $170,00 in prize money to participating U.S.-based based 501(c)(3) charities who raise the most donations through the Causes application on Facebook, with daily and overall awards ranging from $500 to $50,000.

Spotlight on We Can End This with Scott Henderson

NetWits

We Can End This is a yearlong initiative focused on sparking innovation and broader engagement in the movement to end hunger in America. It's official kickoff went down at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2010 much like the Pledge to End Hunger did in 2009. On top of unvailing the new movement at SXSW a new website was launched and a frontpage promotion was put on Mashable.com.

16 Million 2-1-1 Calls in 2009

VisionLink

From our colleagues at the United Way of America, an update on 2009 Call Volume: 2-1-1 call centers across the country have completed their annual survey of call traffic. In 2009, these calls totaled more than 16 million calls across America. This is an increase of 13% in call volume over 2008. More than 40% of the 16,235,348 callers had basic human service needs for housing, utilities, food, clothing, personal and household goods.

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

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In fact, nearly 1/2 of the private-sector workforce in America has no paid sick days. You probably know the list of campaigners April 20, 2009 | alex Great analysis! April 20, 2009 | Garth Moore Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Provide the Nonprofit Voice to America's Broadband Plan

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Flickr Photo by Chi King The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on how to draft America's national broadband plan. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 set aside $7.2

Vote for DataMasher in Apps for America 2

Influence

Over the past month, I had the privilege of being the Forum One Project Manager for a fun, open-source web application development contest: the Apps for America 2: Data.gov Challenge. 8, 2009. In celebration of the release of Data.gov, the Sunlight Foundation sponsored this coding showdown that asked entrants to make a useful web or iPhone application using at least one data feed from the new Data.gov site.

Make Harry's 10th Birthday Wish Come True and Help Children in Cambodia

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This year, I'm sitting out the America's Giving Challenge , but this group volunteers, parents of Cambodian adopted children, and board members took the plunge into Facebook. Tags: america giving challenge

11 Holiday Gift Programs that Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Oxfam America Unwrapped: Unique charitable gifts that do good. ASPCA Store: Help the ASPCA provide refuge to the million of unwanted pets in America by purchasing holiday gifts for the animal lovers in your life from the ASPCA Store. If you are reading this now, then of the world’s 6.8 billion people , you are likely one of the lucky ones. You have Internet access, a computer, a roof over your head, and likely planning some holiday shopping this year.

Guest Post by Michael Hoffman: YouTube’s Game-Changing New Feature for Nonprofits

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Some Thoughts on Livestreamed Interviews, Engagement, Book Winners, and Finger Puppets

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2009 NTC Preview: Vince Stehle on Philanthropy and Social Media

NTEN

This is the very last of my 2009 NTC Preview podcasts. Vince is leading the 2009 NTC session, " Fundster: How Philanthropy is Adapting Social Network Practice " You may remember America's Giving Challenge.

Sage Launches Financial Certification Program for Nonprofits

AFP Blog

Sage Launches Financial Certification Program for Nonprofits: "Sage North America has launched a certification program for its Sage MIP Fund Accounting nonprofit customers aimed at gaining recognition for their expertise through continuing professional education-eligible workshops

2009 Member Appreciation Month: Day Three

NTEN

Flickr: vernhart There are 3 great things happening on this 3rd day of our 2009 Member Appreciation Month : First, our daily NTEN member prize (we're giving NTEN prizes away each week day leading up to Thanksgiving, randomly selected from NTEN members): > Joe Keenan , from Partnership for a Drug-Free America , you're getting an NTEN webinar on us!

NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: September 4th 2009

NTEN

Michaela Hackner and an amazing team from ForumOne worked to create a mashup tool for the Sunlight Foundation 's Sunlight Labs Apps for America 2 contest.

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

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The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Online advertising is just one strategy the newly-branded Feeding America employed this past October to promote awareness about the name change and programs, focusing on the organization’s “Fill a Bowl, Feed America” campaign.MacGregor said the wealth of backend analytics and targeted messaging make for a great way

Giving the Gift of Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

From: Pavi Mehta Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 11:36 AM To: Bookshare Team Subject: Thank You Notes from the Volunteers Hi All, Just wanted to send out these snippets of appreciation from volunteers (in response to what Carol Lake’s donation made possible).

Case Study in Local: Oakland Local

Amy Sample Ward

Oakland Local is launching today! Oakland Local is a news & community site for Oakland, CA, USA, focusing on social justice issues including climate change, air quality, food access, arts as activists, and identity, race & ethnicity. About Oakland Local.

Guatemalan Police Archive Finds Evidence in Disappearance Case

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The archive, which is the largest single cache of documents ever made available to human rights investigators in the Americas, was discovered by accident in 2005 when government officials investigated a crumbling building on the grounds of the former National Police headquarters in Guatemala City.

AOL and Philanthropy Project Launch Philanthropy Feature on AOL News

AFP Blog

PRESS RELEASEAOL and Philanthropy Project Launch Philanthropy Feature on AOL News: "NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AOL’s MediaGlow announced a new feature on AOL News that provides information and news about philanthropic efforts across America, as well as the latest scientific information and advice about the benefits of living a philanthropic lifestyle.