10 Nonprofit E-newsletter Resources

Have Fun - Do Good

"Blogs are great because you can re-purpose some of the content from your posts in your e-newsletter," I told a large group at a recent social media training. How many of you have an e-newsletter?". I know everyone is all abuzz about Twitter and blogs and Facebook, but the reality is, not everyone uses social media; almost everybody uses email. It is amazing to me how many organizations and entrepreneurs don't have an e-newsletter, or if they do, it is deathly boring.

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


With 300 million active users, Facebook is a natural starting place. As of September 2009, scores of Facebook applications have been developed to support the nonprofit sector in one way. The most well-known among them is Facebook Causes , with over 30 million active monthly users. According to the Facebook Causes blog , the application has helped raise more than $12 million for nonprofits based in the U.S. Over $5 million has been raised in 2009 alone.

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10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Even when I wasn’t at home at my desk, I was on my iPhone updating Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. The good news is that I have found using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc. I tend to lose more followers, fans and friends on weekends than during the week, and my stats show that there is very little ROI [Return on Investment] in terms of traffic, e-mail newsletter and mobile subscribers, event sign ups, etc. I do use the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page for work.

Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Increased Relevant Visitor Traffic and Page Rankings: You're using social media tactics to drive traffic to your organization's web site or newsletter sign up or improving search engine results or using social media channels to spread your web site or blog content.

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7 Things Nonprofits Need to Know About the New Facebook Pages

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Are the new Facebook Pages here? The new Pages accidently went live yesterday for a few minutes before Facebook was ready, but just long enough to let the genie out of the bottle. That said, there are seven things that nonprofits need to know about the new Facebook Pages.

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How to Create Enough Good Content


As nonprofits have flocked to the e-newsletter as an inexpensive and timely way to communicate with stakeholders, the number of newsletter tips has also proliferated. While subject lines, “from” addresses, and your template design are all important, they aren’t the biggest challenge to putting out a quality newsletter. For many organizations, simply getting an e-newsletter out regularly, with enough content — let alone enough good content — is a win.


Cloud Computing 101: What You Need to Know


Amazon Web Services, Force.com, Facebook). Tags: cloud computing Newsletter NPTech NTEN rem hoffmann rob jordan Rem Hoffmann, Exponent Partners , and Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting. Everyone has come across the term "cloud computing", but what exactly does it mean? What relevance does it have to a nonprofit organization like yours? The short answer: Cloud computing levels the technology playing field for nonprofits.

Can Social Media Marketing and Traditional Marketing Coexist?


Many of them have successful blogs, hundreds of connections on LinkedIn and Facebook, and thousands of followers on Twitter. Tags: NPTech marketing NTEN Newsletter maddie grant lindy dreyer web2.0 Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer, SocialFish, LLC. In a word, no. If the goal is to integrate social media marketing into your traditional marketing, you're setting yourself up for failure.

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?


New Media, Old Media, and Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

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. I get excited by nonprofits adopting new , unusual , and even controversial social media campaigns, but I also get excited by a well-written quarterly newsletter or an unusual donor event. Here's a provocative question from James on the Social Actions community blogs: What if they don't know about social media?

Guest Post by JD Lasica -- Socialbrite: A new sharing & learning hub

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In this new world of Twitter and Facebook, of citizen journalism and astonishing grassroots campaigns like Twestival , it’s easy to feel befuddled by the dizzying pace of change. Submitted by JD Lasica, publisher of Socialbrite Socialbrite.org fills a glaring gap in the social media world.

Your Favorite 2009 Have Fun Do Good Posts

Have Fun - Do Good

Below are the 2009 Have Fun Do Good posts you read, commented on, tweeted, facebooked and engaged with the most. PostRank is a fun tool that can show a blogger which of their posts their readers engaged with the most.

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


Try updating your Facebook status with this handy info: "92% of waiters and waitresses have 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.

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Things We Like (August 2009)


Speaking of which, here are " Ten Practical Tips for Facebook Fan Pages " Now get out there and try to succeed! Tags: Newsletter NPTech NTEN Things We Like A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Yes, we're a little late. But you didn't want to accept that it's already September, anyway, right? Patience pants. If we learn more from success than failure , what does that say about failing informatively ?

It's OK to hate Facebook


I hate Facebook and I always have. Facebook suffers from the worst case of feature creep ,that I have ever seen. I just wanted to tell you that it's ok to hate Facebook. What we can't do, neither you nor me, is ignore the fact that many of our stakeholders love Facebook and are hanging out there. To that end, here's a bunch of Facebook resources for you. Tags: Facebook Here's a little secret for you. I mean really, really hate it.

Things We Like (June 2009)


Michelle Murrain's up to something interesting: she defriended all of her nptech acquaintences on Facebook. Tags: Newsletter NPTech NTEN Things We Like A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Clay Shirky thinks the Iranian election protests are "the big one" for social media. Notice how we used quotation marks to, you know, quote somebody? That's what they're for. Everything else ends up on the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

HOW TO: Create Videos for Your Nonprofit Without a Video Camera, a Budget of $0, and Little-to-No Tech Skills

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Within a few minutes and a couple of clicks, your nonprofit could have a new promotional video that you can use on your Web site, your Blog, in your e-mail newsletters, and on social networking sites. A couple of things to notice: 1) People can “Share&# your videos on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and via E-mail with one-click. Tags: Animoto Facebook Online Video

Boost Online Fundraising with Mid-Year Revenue Spikes


Download the complete 2011 Online Giving Report to learn more about the 13% YoY growth, double-digit growth since 2009 and the top reasons your nonprofit should invest in its online fundraising program.

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How Sticky is Facebook? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


60) Search « Converting New Activists into Donors | Main | Five Tips to Engaging New Online Activists » Thursday Jun 11 2009 How Sticky is Facebook? Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 01:28PM | by Allyson Kapin Facebook is the 5th most trafficked site in the United States.

Reaching Baby Boomers: The Next Big Demographic in Nonprofit Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


» Tuesday Feb 17 2009 Reaching Baby Boomers: The Next Big Demographic in Nonprofit Online Fundraising Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 03:50PM | by Allyson Kapin By: Allyson Kapin , Blogger-In-Chief Direct Mail acquisition is one of the most expensive ways to raise money these days.

Great reads from around the web on December 10th

Amy Sample Ward

URGENT: Facebook Pages are changing | facebook | social-advice- Advice for charities – More information about changes coming to Facebook – this time it's more changes in the way Fan Pages function. There are also not-for-profits that take the WYMM mistake beyond web sites and into their social media strategies, advertising opportunities, newsletters and partnerships."

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How To: Put Technology to Use (January 2009)


Our newsletter is only the tip of the iceberg: it's the Member benefits you're not seeing yet that will sink your ship. Anyway, if all you're getting out of NTEN is this newsletter, you're clearly missing out. We've got plenty of free ways for you to connect with your peers, from our Facebook group to our Affinity Groups and 501 Tech Clubs to our blog. And, of course, NTEN Members save $200 off registration for the 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Five Essential Apps for Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

Nonprofit Tech for Good

There are thousands of Apps in the Facebook App Directory that Nonprofit Admins could experiment with on your organization’s Facebook Page, but below I have highlighted my five favorite Apps to get you started: 1. The Static FMBL App is the most important App on Facebook for Nonprofit Admins to master. It will also allow you to create super, duper fancy Facebook Tabs, such as the “Get Involved!&# The Causes App allows nonprofits to fundraise on Facebook.

Social Media Study Finds Most Nonprofits Have Presence on Facebook But Raising Little Money - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Below are key highlights from the study: 74% have a presence on Facebook with an average community size of 5391 members. See Frogloop’s recent article on Facebook Causes ). May 11, 2009 | Caitlin Jennings Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

LOUDER, a collaborative campaigning platform

Amy Sample Ward

Some things currently in the works include: Newslist and newsletter management. The ability to connect to Facebook accounts. “Together we are…LOUDER!&# It’s true! And that’s the leading tag for a new campaigning platform called Louder.

What can we learn from movement builders who built movements before there was Facebook?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Karin noted in an email to me, "We often talk about how Facebook Fan Pages and tweets reach people quickly, but we wish their was some way to bottle  the "grit" of some of the earlier, more visceral methods.     We had newsletters.

Sping Cleaning: Taking Inventory of your Social Media Tools

Amy Sample Ward

Facebook. Do you have a group or use a fan page to create a community space for your organization on Facebook? There have been quite a few changes to Facebook over the last few months (hey, even days!),

Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Question Facebook’s Integrity, Longevity, and ROI (Return on Investment)

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Some of the opinions I express below I have had for a while and speak to them in my webinars and trainings, but some are so recent that I am still in the stage of “Seriously Facebook? That said, people love Facebook. The vast of majority of nonprofits love Facebook too.

Facebook + Ning for Social Change

Social Actions

In this article, we lay out three scenarios for how your social change initiative can combine the critical mass of Facebook with the community-building tools of Ning. Facebook has the lure of a big city. On Facebook, it never hurts to try new things.

Building Online Community Through Email Noodges


Just look at Facebook. Facebook is the noodgiest site on the Internet. New Facebook users are barraged by emails alerting them to activities taking place in and around their profile. Welcome back to Facebook" (after signing on after a period of inactivity). But these email messages are key to Facebook's success. While they can be annoying in their frequency, they're part of the reason half of Facebook's 600 million users login daily.

2011 Online Giving Trends and 5 Tactics Your Nonprofit Must Implement Today


Every nonprofit sector has seen double-digit online fundraising growth since 2009. >> You can’t sign up for their newsletter, register for an event, learn more about their programs, or anything else that might otherwise distract you from completing the transaction.

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Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

Amy Sample Ward

On May 12, 2009 the second annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit (held via phone and web) brought together hundreds of women from across the US and abroad in the non-profit, political and business world for an incredible lineup of thought provoking panels featuring technology change makers such as Joan Blades of MoveOn and Moms Rising, Allison Fine of Personal Democracy Forum, Lynne D Johnson of Fast Company, Charlene Li, Holly Ross of NTEN, Rashmi Sinha of SlideShare, Lisa Stone of BlogHer and more.

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Socialbrite: Social Tools for Social Change

Amy Sample Ward

A Free Photos Directory , Free Video Directory and Free Music Directory that offers nonprofits, cause organizations and Web publishers a guide to hundreds of online resources for adding legal, high-quality content to their own Web sites, blogs, podcasts, newsletters, printed materials or online presentations. A Causes widget that points to charitable actions and donations on other sites such as GlobalGiving and Facebook Causes.

The Burning Ring of Your Constituent Relationship

Connection Cafe

You’re emailing your constituents a monthly e-newsletter. You’ve even started a Facebook page. To some, involvement may mean signing up for your newsletter. You’ve finally beefed up your housefile.

Live Blogging: 09NTC Mapping Your Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Sarah - presidential commition on women in legisltation, legislator read our email wanted to do it and wrote a bill, so to raise awareness and support we asked people in membership what they wanted to see, asked them to come to us, gave qualitative feedback, had a tweetcast with feedback on Twitter, used facebook and tracking membership and. Facebook app for spay day, upload a photo of your pet and then do fundraising for the Human Society with people voting on your pet’s animal.

What’s More Awesome than Sharing? Publishing, with Facebook Connect


The most popular pieces will be featured in our newsletter. Facebook is kind of a big deal. If you delight in keeping-up with tech news, you may have also heard that Facebook recently relaunched its “Share” button. You can do all that with Facebook Connect.

Top 8 Social Media Tracking Tools - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


60) Search « The Web’s Influence on Affluence | Main | Fundraising Dips In First Quarter Of 2009 » Monday Jun 29 2009 Top 8 Social Media Tracking Tools Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:07PM | by Allyson Kapin Social media! August 3, 2009 | yovkov Hi!

Top 5 Ways You Can Use Facebook and Ning for Social Change

Social Actions

In this article, we highlight five ways to use Facebook and Ning, and then feature a few social media success stories that leverage one or both platforms. Facebook. At Social Actions, we use Facebook primarily to post links to blog entries and calls to action.

Guest Post: 8 Benefits of Having a Nonprofit Blog

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you've worked for a nonprofit, you know how painfully long it can take to put together a newsletter. Just because you have a blog, doesn't mean you should stop having an e-newsletter, or print newsletter.

11 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

in August 2009 and within a few months came to the conclusion that blogging had been the missing piece in my social media campaigns. Finally, remember that blog posts make great content for e-newsletters. Definitely integrate your blog posts with your e-newsletter.

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