Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. 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. 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.

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2009 Target User Forum- Day 2


The morning starts off with the keynote session Josh Bernoff , co-author of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. Josh is one of the most sought after speakers on the topic of practical, data-based strategies for getting results from social networks. It's day two of the Target User Forum here in Boston. I had a chance to talk with Josh before his presentation.

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Social Media Strategy: United Methodist Church and 10THOUSANDDOORS


The United Methodist Church recently launched a site with social media at its heart! What they’ve done is create a “social media mashup” – Google Friend Connect, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iLike and more. Their new site goes far beyond a Facebook page or Twitter account. Why’d they take this approach you ask

Nonprofits and Social Media: Seth Godin, Beth Kanter and The Chronicle of Philanthropy All Chime In


Godin says that nonprofits are resistant to change and slow to adopt social media as well as the free online tools available to them. Do you know who Seth Godin is? If not, make sure to check out his blog and what Wikipedia has to say about him. You might be thinking to your self, “Why is Frank asking me this?” The reason is simple really; I want to call your attention to a conversation going on in the online world based on a post by Godin ( The problem with non ).

Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The goal is to help participants create a social media strategy AND take a deep dive into the tactics and tools of 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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5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Social media, as many have said time and again, is only part of your campaigning, part of your fundraising, and part of your communications. Before sitting down to work on your social media strategy, evaluate what kind of capacity you already have in your network.

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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. Here’s my list of the best websites and online campaigns from 2009. In 2009, Charity:Water raised over $650K via social media, said Scott Harrison back in late September.

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.

Are Nonprofits Raising Money Via Social Networks?


The 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report provides some incredible data on how 11K+ nonprofits are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. Are nonprofits raising any money on social networks?

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


frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" April 28, 2009 | Joanna M.

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Is your Nonprofit too Social Media Dependent?


world and nonprofit’s wanting to carve out their space in it, it’s important that we: 1) Spend some time (not all of it) capturing people’s basic contact information (name, state, and email address at the very least) as part of your social networking strategy. 2) Not place all of our eggs in one basket or in this case one popular social network. Right now, the largest social networks are built on proprietary platforms VS open source platforms.

Innovation in Healthcare Social Media


ICF is doing a lot of great work around innovation in healthcare IT, as well as exploring how social media can help push the healthcare industry forward. ” Social Media – The Competitive Edge in Healthcare [WHITE PAPER].

New Guide: How To Engage Your Supporters with Social Listening

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In the decade or so that I’ve been doing social media, I’ve always been an advocate of the “Listen, Learn, Adapt” approach to doing social and a decade later, it is still very important for success. Social Listening In Action.

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

Connection Cafe

Gadget integration with services like Open Social and Friend Connect. Social functionality makes sites more "sticky" and helps build community while giving people a reason to come back due to interactivity. Increase pub understanding of conservation and social issues.

Social Impact Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

What criteria should nonprofits consider before accepting a social impact investment? As a result, an emerging method of investment, called social impact investment, has investors monitor the outcomes produced by their donations while simultaneously producing profit from their investment.

Association Social Media: The CFA Institute


The social media function at CFA Institute has grown in strategic importance over the years, and its location within our organizational structure has evolved along the way. This year, the social media team — along with our web team — joined the global marketing and communications division.

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. My takeaways: Slide 31: Some great points about balancing the line between individual presence and organizational presence on social networking sites: Read the policies in your employee manual.

Social Enterprise Summit's Policy Track

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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). Social innovation. There will be a Social Innovation Fund, small by federal standards ($50 million this year, probably going to $150 million). The goal of the social innovation effort is not simply to be a source of money.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

My contribution to the panel is to provide context about the use of social media in emergency and disaster response as well as an overview of some of the tools we saw deployed last year and we may see in the future. Social media, like all technology, is developed by people.

Self-Expression is Overrated: Better Constraints Make Better Participatory Experiences

Museum 2.0

Forrester created the “social technographics” profile tool to help businesses understand the way different audiences engage with social media (and you can read more of my thoughts on it here ). These are all active social endeavors that contribute positive value to the social Web.

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


Last week I spoke on a couple of great panels at the Politics Online Conference about technology, social media and how Congress is trying to adapt to the ever-changing world wide web aka the “series of tubes&# as former Senator Ted Stevens so hilariously described it. Let’s get down to my top 10 list of things every nonprofit should know about social media and online communications. Nonprofit Benchmark Studies Online Marketing Social Networking Trends Web 2.0

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NCE Social Media

Many Arc chapters have joined the socialmedia-sphere in 2009. Open APIs and deals between social media sites. News organizations that continue to use social media even though there isn’t revenue in it. People are still trying to figure out how to raise money through social media. Building my agency’s brand through social media. Giving self-advocates a voice through social media.

Net2 Think Tank: January’s Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

Topic: This month, your Net2 Think Tank topic asks, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” 2009 Web Predictions , by ReadWriteWeb. Top Internet Predictions for 2009 , by Social Computing Magazine.

Three Lessons in Social Media Fundraising


The key here is another point from the report: Social media tends to work best for organizations in an "Action-re?ection-revision-action" There's No Such Thing as Social Media Fundraising. I get a lot of speaking requests, and most of those have to do with social media and fundraising. What the Case Foundation experiment makes clear is that social media is a great mechanism for collecting donations for a variety of reasons.

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. I thought Arianna Huffington did a good job as the opening keynoter hitting on the service theme.

Foo Camp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just got back from Foo Camp 2009, which was a blast as usual. I did a session on technology that does social good but doesn't make money, and got a dynamic group to show up. I think this is my third or fourth Foo Camp, and the energy around public uses of technology was palpable.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Need for the 4Cs Social Media Framework. Over the last year, I have had to explain how social media works to diplomats, defense officials, and academics and students focused on fields as diverse as international affairs, management and sociology. The 4Cs Social Media Framework.

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What are the most effective ways Nonprofits/Foundations can use Twitter #hashtags?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are many adhoc Twitter hashtags where nonprofits, foundations, social entrepeneurs, and others are sharing resources or having conversations. For example, Socialedge compiled a list of Twitter users in the social entrepreneurship sector that included a list of hashtags.

2009 Social Media Challenge

Amy Sample Ward

The Social Media Challenge is back again! Tags: challenge fundraising donorschoose education social media The challenge runs throughout October, with hundreds of bloggers and Twitterers rallying to support classroom requests on During last year’s challenge , more than 165 bloggers participated, including Fred Wilson , TechCrunch , Kara Swisher , Ars Technica , and Julia Allison.

New Orleans here I come! The Social Enterprise Summit 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm getting ready to head to the Social Enterprise Summit 2009 next month in New Orleans. I'm especially excited about the significant focus on public policy and advocacy for social entrepreneurship.

How Many Hours Per Week Should Your Nonprofit Invest in Social Media?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The estimates below allow for the time required to research and create content for your social media campaigns, the actual time spent engaging and participating in your nonprofit’s online communities, and the time necessary to monitor and report ROI. Deciding What Social Media Tools to Use.

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Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

Indulge me for a moment and allow me to use a travel metaphor: To fully understand the value and culture of social media, it is best to participate as a ‘traveller’, and not as an occasional tourist. The web truly became social for me over those few months.

Nonprofit Social Network Survey Report


According to a survey conducted in March 2009 by NTEN, Common Knowledge , and ThePort , social networking has become an integral part of nonprofits’ online strategy. have one or more social networking communities on their own web site. > Download the Social Network Survey Report. common knowledge NPTech NTEN report social networks theport web2.0

Social Media and the Performing Arts: Engagement First, Ticket Sales Second

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Arts and Social Media View more presentations from kanter. This morning I gave a presentation for a group of senior marketing people from performing arts centers around the country on social media. The questions I got: How do know that our social media strategy can help sell tickets?

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Social Learning Isn't Just for Kids: Learning in Public at Conferences and Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was in Washington, DC where I did a session on social media strategy for a convening of Packard Grantees. My participation included: An interactive presentation on best practices for using social media for external communications. What is Social Learning or Learning in Public?

Need Some Inspiration To Video Blog? Look no further.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is just one of the many different ways they are using social media for the fight against global hunger which has only intensified with the financial crisis. Screen capture of video blog I was an early adopter of video blogging and screencasting.

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The book is based on their wildly successful presentation and deck, “ 50 Social Media Tactics ” at the BlackBaud Conference in 2009. Click to view on Amazon.

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

Amy Sample Ward

I have a new post up on the Standford Social Innovation Review Opinion blog and hope you’ll check it out! 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. We want to create a social learning space or a social media space.

Silos Culture Inside the Walls of Nonprofits Prevent Effective Social Media Use

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Sam shared a story that illustrates the barriers that many nonprofit organizations face in adopting social media and harnessing its power leading to successful outcomes. How do we change this and pave the way for effective social media use? Flickr Photo by Eqqman.

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Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Nonprofit

Wild Apricot Blog

Who should speak for your organization in social media? If you're not sure, it may be time to work out a social media policy for your staff and volunteers who blog and chat and comment online, where the personal and professional lines often blur.( Tags: media Social networking Best practices General non-profit interest Non-profit technology Non-profit Communications nptech How can you control what’s being said about your group and your cause?