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How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

To stay on top of it all, I suggest you create a listening dashboard for your organization - and here’s how to do it! Getting Started.

Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've come up with synthesis - a worksheet, how-to points, and resources that would guide an organization to think strategically about social media.

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How Do Other Organizations Control Administrative Costs?

Tech Soup Blog

They reference an article from the fall 2009 Stanford Social Innovation Review , The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle. We stopped services.

Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. I’m hoping you’ll be inspired and begin to get a vision for your organization by seeing what LIVE STRONG is doing with social media. It’s also designed to generate awareness and foster support so the world can be freed from cancer. Let’s have a look

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Have a Contest to Increase Web Traffic.


You hear over and over again that your organization should drive more traffic to your website, but how? If you look around the web you see articles for increasing your web visibility through internal and external SEO, but there has to be an easy thing that you can do today to drive web traffic…isn’t there? There is!

Volunteering: Making the Connection

Connection Cafe

If you'd like to see more photos from this year's Convio Cares Week, please visit the Convio Cares 2009 photos on Flickr Everything!

A Challenging Economy = More Donations


Nonprofits have a unique advantage in a bad economy: People VOLUNTEER their time to help these organizations further their cause. No other area of business has that unique strength, and that is the focal point of creative fundraising. There is another old adage that we might want to consider: “Time is Money” – so do Volunteers = Donations?

Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Seth writes “Take a look at the top 100 twitter users in terms of followers. None of them are non-profits.

Let’s Chat – Considering if Chatter can help your Organization

Connection Cafe

In addition to the ways the Salesforce platform is helping organizations integrate with social data, I pointed to a few other tools that are available for anyone to use. The other side of Social CRM is what is changing inside organizations; how communication between organizational staff is getting more social.

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Best Campaigns of 2009


In 2009 their campaigns made me laugh or helped me channel my frustration over injustices into action. The result?

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

Connection Cafe

tech love to the nptech community. The session covered four different programs Google offers at no cost to the nonprofit community. Google AdWords.

Report: Rural-Based Organizations Receive Fewer Grants than Urban NPOs

NonProfit Hub

According to a report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, rural-based organizations received just 5.5

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The 10 Commandments of Effective Homepage Design

Connection Cafe

I’m hoping it will be a great tool for them to use to convince others in their organization to make some iterative changes. Author: Lacey Kruger. Just coming out of the Homepage Design Slam session at the Summit, I wanted to provide a brief recap for those who couldn’t make it. The 10 Commandments of Homepage Design.

2009 NTC Preview: Dahna Goldstein and Bev Magda on Managing Change


The best software in the world won't do an organization any good if they can't get their staff to use it. We're even luckier that she's teaming up with Bev Magda, CIO of the Humane Society of the United States for a session at the 2009 NTC , " Technology Ch-Ch-Ch-Change: Managing Technological Change in Your Organization" .

The 4 Must-Haves of a Successful Web site Redesign

Connection Cafe

Many organizations make the mistake of organizing their web site in a way that makes perfect sense to their staff or internal stakeholders, but is not ideal for the users of the site. A strong information architecture is scalable to grow with your organization, so that you can add information to your web site over time.

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

Connection Cafe

And this technology is allowing nonprofits to have truly "socially enabled missions" by empowering their supporters to take action on behalf of their organization like never before - whatever that desired action may be for any given organization. 1% of nonprofit community users are super users and contributors.

Present with me at the NTC!

Connection Cafe

If your organization is pinching pennies these days but you'd like to go, check out the scholarship program to help send qualified 501c3 staff. I've been asked to lead a session at this year's NTC conference in San Francisco (April 26-28). Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend.

10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Don’t update your organization’s profiles on the weekend. If you work in an office, then when you leave for the day, leave the work in the office and don’t login to your organization’s profiles when you get home. I do use the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page for work. from working on the weekends.

Thanksgiving 2009

NCE Social Media

Many Arc chapters have joined the socialmedia-sphere in 2009. News organizations that continue to use social media even though there isn’t revenue in it. Here is my top ten list of socialmedia things I am thankful for this year. All of the games on Facebook. Open APIs and deals between social media sites. Realtime search.


5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

It isn’t something that lives in its own department, nor does it have staff that are separate from the rest of the organization. Capacity.

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Enjoyed my day in Berkeley yesterday at the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009. I took a lot of pictures, but not that many turned out.

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Example Tweets: Good use of Twitter Lists by @ NationalNOW to organize NOW chapters @ NationalNOW/nowchapters !

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


Enewsletters Still Work Enewsletters are still a valuable form of communications for most organizations. April 28, 2009 | Joanna M.

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Need Some Inspiration To Video Blog? Look no further.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Now all I need to find is some additional brilliant examples of nonprofit organizations using FLIP cameras. FLIP Camera. Editing Software.

Blog for Choice Day 2009

Connection Cafe

Today is Blog for Choice Day 2009 , an event organized by NARAL Pro-Choice America. binds the members more tightly to the organization.

Can A Public Nonprofit Dashboard Be Your Organization's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What if the default was to share your organization's dashboard openly with everyone? Photo Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog.

2009 Nonprofit Tagline Awards

Amy Sample Ward

A strong tagline does double-duty — working to extend your organization’s name and mission, while delivering a focused, memorable and repeatable message to your base. All entrants will receive a free copy of the fully-updated 2009 Nonprofit Tagline Report in late 2009. Enter today. About the Tagline Awards.

Social Media in the Nonprofit Workplace: Does Your Organization Need A Social Media Policy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But, if an organization simply cuts and pastes a social media policy without the internal culture change, it won't be effective.

2009 eCampaigning Review Released

Amy Sample Ward

I also referenced the report in my latest presentation slides about social media use by individuals in nonprofit organizations.). Resources or capacity are still an issue - the big organizations do better with online actions. 50% of organizations had databases that included 40% or more of inactive supporters. Report Highlights.

Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?

Museum 2.0

I just got home from the Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis. How does their work relate to their physical institutions? Nice art.

5 Key Metrics to Improve Your Email Campaigns


Typical issues causing unsubscribes include: recipient no longer interested in your organization, emailing too frequently, emailing inappropriate content to a subscriber (e.g Jeff Patrick, Common Knowledge. How did your last email fundraising appeal perform? Did your new email template work? Were your copy and creative on the mark? Summary.

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10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Tech for Good

in September of 2009, I had very low expectations. Blogging only about your organization and its work is a mistake. Share breaking news.

The State of Online Fundraising


The last three months of the year represent a critical time for the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations. Blackbaud studied 1,274 nonprofits to compare their online fundraising results for the first six months of 2008 to the same period of 2009. Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud. for Blackbaud customers in the entire analysis.

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

Amy Sample Ward

When I talk with organizations about how they are using social media tools to engage online, whether they’ve already started or not, I find that the most common approach is to set up that Facebook group, add a blog to the website, or even set up a wiki for an event. But that’s it. Why is this our pattern?

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/17


We're sending you Second Life for Dummies , by Sarah Robbins and Mark Bell, courtesy of Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Think About


If you're a small nonprofit, you won't see a ton of cost savings, but it will add up for larger organizations. AND, it's the green thing to do.

2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards

Amy Sample Ward

The 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards will recognize the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. In the month of September, the small, medium, and large organizations with the most positive reviews will be featured on GreatNonprofits and Guidestar. All reviews will be automatically visible on About GreatNonprofits.

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/10


Another day, another daily NTEN member winner! And if you're not a member of NTEN -- what are you waiting for? Member Appreciation Month?

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Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Techies and Social Media Strategists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Using Social Networking to build your YMCA career View more presentations from steveheye. Lots of great stuff here! Use of YMCA equipment. links.

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


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. In April 2009, the Washington Post published a critique of Facebook Causes on the basis that it wasn't an effective tool for raising money. and Canada. Conclusion.