New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Nonprofit Blogging: Goals, Strategy and Tactics to Crush it

NetWits

A well implemented blog with a solid strategy behind it can be an incredible tool to help you connect with supporters on the web. A post by Chris Brogan on “ Strategic Blogging and Some Tactics to Nail It ” for business got me thinking about how nonprofits could benefit from a full fledged blogging strategy. Let’s look at some goals, questions, strategy and tactics to get you started

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Trending Sources

4 Keys to Building a Successful Nonprofit Web Site

NetWits

Our main goal is to help you learn how to leverage our technology and the tools that make up social media. We recently launched a new blog here at Blackbaud Internet Solutions. It’s been an exciting endeavor and given us a lot of insight into using social media for nonprofits and fundraising! With that in mind I’d like to share 4 Keys to Building a Successful Web Site based on similar tactics we’ve deployed on this blog

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

NetWits

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 ).

How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

This is a free web-based tool that is totally customizeable and can be used both privately or publicly.To Using the two tools above, you should get notified whenever a blogger uses your organization’s name or projects, etc.

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. What social media tools are they currently using? Tactics and Tools. What tactics and tools do you have the capacity to implement?

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

Connection Cafe

This is probably the most sophisticated Google tools that was discussed in the session, but it's implications were clear - Google Earth, Maps, Sketchup and accompanying APIs can help: Improve collaboration and decision making. Get your hands on these great tools and get started

Thanksgiving 2009

NCE Social Media

Many Arc chapters have joined the socialmedia-sphere in 2009. Tags: Tools facebook top10 twitter 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. 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. Realtime search. Twitter lists.

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 ). I’ve had it with museums’ obsession with open-ended self-expression.

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

Connection Cafe

Make it about your constituents and provide the tools and information most important to them 5.

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. Don Roach, our Art Director, and I led the session and got some great (and brave) volunteers to project their homepages and subject them to constructive critiques from their peers.

5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

You will not be able to identify tools and engagement methods for your organization online without knowing the bigger picture and without knowing it in concrete goals that will let you build and work towards them. I have a guest post up on John Haydon’s blog !

Present with me at the NTC!

Connection Cafe

I'm looking for panelists who can demonstrate tools and results, ideas and best practices. I've been asked to lead a session at this year's NTC conference in San Francisco (April 26-28). I'm honored to contribute because the NTC ( NTEN's annual get together) is the conference to attend for anyone working in the technology field for nonprofits. Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend.

Facebook for Nonprofit Beginners: Learn the Basics of this Online Social Networking Tool

Tech Soup Blog

Many people view online social networking tools, such as Facebook , LinkedIn , and Myspace as time-draining distractions. Tools Web 2.0 Tools If you haven't heard of Facebook, I'm sorry to break it to you, but you are living under a rock. However, if you haven't seen a use for Facebook for your organization, then you are not alone, and we are here to help.

January Net2 Think Tank: Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s Net2 Think Tank question was, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” Take a look at the posts below—many great conversation starters to get you thinking and buzzing about what 2009 will bring. Check out the predictions for 2009 from NetSquared community members: Channing’s predictions cover a wide range of areas from cell phones saving lives to our boards going online.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

engaging in conversation, finding it more useful as a social media tool). Photo by Mansikka. What is a #HashTag? A hashtag is this symbol: #. It is also a Twitter term that describes a keyword, prefixed by that symbol, that helps people track conversations on Twitter.

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

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.

SEO Tools

NCE Social Media

Tags: Education and Training Tools ask bing google SEO tool yahoo

Supporting Independent Event Fundraisers Using Online Tools - LIVESTRONG Day 2009

NetWits

As an extension to Frank’s post on LIVE STRONG Day , I’d like to discuss another aspect of Lance Armstrong Foundation’s grassroots efforts. Over the past few years, LAF has cultivated a successful program for independent fundraisers called Grassroots Fundraising. This program has become an important extension of the LIVE STRONG Day program

2009 Nonprofit Tagline Awards

Amy Sample Ward

It’s one of your most effective marketing tools, but the 2008 GettingAttention.org survey showed that 72% of nonprofit organizations don’t have a tagline or rate theirs as performing poorly. All entrants will receive a free copy of the fully-updated 2009 Nonprofit Tagline Report in late 2009. The annual Tagline Awards are back from Nancy Schwartz and the Getting Attention blog.

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2009 eCampaigning Review Released

Amy Sample Ward

Succeeding at this, though, isn’t reliant on the tools but staff time and knowledge about how to do it. As I announced recently , Advocacy Online and Fairsay have jointly produced a benchmark report to examine key e-campaigning performance measures. The benchmark data is derived from the activity of over 2 million supporters from 50 campaigning organisations in the UK, Canada, and several other countries.

Tools Galore in Online Communication - Women Who Tech 2009

Connection Cafe

The panelists each described a handful of tools to help with online communication, specifically for nonprofit causes and social activism. Some website tools: 1. The tools and points she covered included: Social Networks.

Video Fridays – 2009 Arc Convention Edition

NCE Social Media

The 2009 Arc Convention is happening right now in Pittsburgh. Tags: Marketing and Awareness Tools Video arc convention flame YouTube If you’re reading this I hope you are here at the convention. I wanted to share a special video with you for this installment for Video Fridays. This is a video from Flame, the band that played at the Opening Dinner.

Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Techies and Social Media Strategists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleague, Steve Heye ,and fellow chapter author for the NTEN book, Managing Your Mission To Meet Technology , created the above slidedeck for a career training workshop at the YMCA. It's about using social networking tools to support your career. Set priorities on tools.

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. It’s about using our social media tools in a way that goes beyond listening, goes beyond conversation. I have a new post up on the Standford Social Innovation Review Opinion blog and hope you’ll check it out!

The State of Online Fundraising

NTEN

" They probably said the same thing about Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools. Blackbaud studied 1,274 nonprofits to compare their online fundraising results for the first six months of 2008 to the same period of 2009. The 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study , authored by M+R Strategic Services and NTEN , surveyed 32 nonprofit organizations and found an average gift size of $71. Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud.

2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards

Amy Sample Ward

The 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards will recognize the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. “GreatNonprofits is a tool that allows you to find, review, and talk about great — and perhaps not yet great — nonprofits. In the month of September, the small, medium, and large organizations with the most positive reviews will be featured on GreatNonprofits and Guidestar.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Think About

NTEN

As the line between personal and professional use of technology tools like Facebook blurs, your organization needs to know how it will respond and set clear guidelines and policies for staff. Every Wednesday, Gartner does a free webinar on a variety of topics.

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

NTEN

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. The author updated this article in September 2009 as part of Mozilla Service Week. Peter Deitz, Social Actions.

Twitter for Activism Tool VS Strategy Debate and A New Twitter Activism Guide

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Those who are just beginning to incorporate social media into their strategic thinking struggle with: "How do we get to know and understand how a particular tool can help us meet our goals, but not let the tool drive our decisions?" And seasoned practitioners are debating whether a particular social media tool is in and of itself a strategy. I think it's easy, however, to misread the technology as the cause of the movement rather than as simply a tool of it.

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

Frogloop

From grassroots advocacy staffers to Hill staffers and PR folks, the same questions arose during each panel session – what are the top social media tools we should be using to spread our message and how do we effectively use social media. But remember don’t treat it as a one way communication tool to just blast out your latest press releases and action alerts.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first reason is the excessive focus on specific social media tools. Many first-timers are introduced to social media via specific tools. Many ’social media experts’ who are practitioners rather than thinkers also focus on specific tools.

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.

Live from NTC 2009

Connection Cafe

As part of NTC 2009 , my buddy Jordan Viator and I are demonstrating the use of Ustream.tv CiL is a live blogging tool that lets you drop in a live blogging window into any page. and CoveritLive (CiL) as a part of the We Are Media workshops. Jordan is focusing on Ustream and I am focusing on CiL. Ustream is a live video service that lets you have live video channels where you can broadcast. We're doing two sessions on Sunday, April 26th. The first is at from 10 AM to 12 PM Pacific.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Peer discussion on use of online tools for collaboration for bounded networks, exploring some of the concepts in Digital Habits (each participant got a copy). Conversation is a “learning in public” tool – maybe one of the best. Photo by Justin Benttinen.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the end, organizational leaders need to bring the right people to the table and stop thinking about social media in a silo or as tool-driven decisions. Flickr Photo by Eqqman.

Video Fridays #5 Free SEO tools

NCE Social Media

I wanted to share a video on free search engine optimization tools and how to use them. Tags: Education and Training Marketing and Awareness SEO Tools free Video friday If you like the video or have comments and feedback, please let us know in the comments section.

Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

Robert Weiner

SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. Over 60% of respondents reported raising over $20,000 in matching gift income in 2009. The survey also covers strategies for increasing matching gifts; the effectiveness of various techniques, tools, and vendors; and stewardship ideas.

New Media, Old Media, and Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

It's always tempting to build a campaign around a certain tool, but it takes an expert communicator to build a campaign around the audience. Tools Social Networking Donors Running Your Organization Online Fundraising Clients Online Activism Using the Web and Internet Online Fundraising Here's a provocative question from James on the Social Actions community blogs: What if they don't know about social media?