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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This version of the tool is a significant upgrade to the tool launched previously by Media Impact Funders. Click to See Visualization.

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Nonprofit Blogging: Goals, Strategy and Tactics to Crush it


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.

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4 Keys to Building a Successful Nonprofit Web Site


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!

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?” I’d love to hear from you.

Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media

Connection Cafe

Remember, this is a free tool, one that people use to focus attention and galvanize action. Author: Jordan Viator. None of them are non-profits.

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


Of course, knowing that isn't enough: Anyone who's engaged in implementing technology projects at nonprofits needs a whole slew of tools to help navigate the change management waters. Dahna Goldstein Bev Magda I used to do technology consulting with nonprofits, and I found that the work was about 10% technology, 90% psychology.

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. 1% of nonprofit community users are super users and contributors. 1% create a significant amount of the participation and are evangelists within the community. 10-30% only participate at a low level. Define your success metrics 4.

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). Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend. getting it done". So that's what I hope to deliver.

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. Resources.

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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. People are still trying to figure out how to raise money through social media.


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

Museum 2.0

I’ve had it with museums’ obsession with open-ended self-expression. And yet many museums are fixated on creators. This is a problem for two reasons.

5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Things to consider include: staff knowledge and experience with different tools as well as other internal knowledge or previous work experience.

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.

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. read more.

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. Tags: community 2009 net2 net2thinktank

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: #.

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


But remember don’t treat it as a one way communication tool to just blast out your latest press releases and action alerts. Agreed!

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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


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

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.

2009 Nonprofit Tagline Awards

Amy Sample Ward

It’s one of your most effective marketing tools, but the 2008 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. Enter today.

Live from NTC 2009

Connection Cafe

As part of NTC 2009 , my buddy Jordan Viator and I are demonstrating the use of 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.

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 report was launched this last week at an event in London (and via webcast).

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.

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?

Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Techies and Social Media Strategists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Set priorities on tools. Using Social Networking to build your YMCA career View more presentations from steveheye. Lots of great stuff here!

The State of Online Fundraising


" 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. 38 nonprofits in the analysis had at least one online gift of $20,000 of more so far in 2009.

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. All reviews will be automatically visible on Contest Deadline: September 30th.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Think About


Every Wednesday, Gartner does a free webinar on a variety of topics. This week, they presented "Technology Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore."

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.

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?" Fire, for instance, was a society-changing tool. The alternative? A forest fire. Campaigns 3.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS 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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10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications


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. All great questions! Agreed! The entire world seems to be fixated on Twitter and for good reason.

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.

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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

Conversation is a “learning in public” tool – maybe one of the best. Photo by Justin Benttinen. My reflections are here. Retweeting is boring.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Eqqman. I learn so much from those who have share their stories and advice. I'll call him "Sam" (not his real name). And why?

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 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. Over 26% raised over $250,000. in last years' survey. It is available at [link].

Toobla, new tool to check out!

NCE Social Media

Toobla is a brand new social bookmarking tool and I was very impressed! Tags: Tools bookmarking social toobla Yesterday I met Jake and Brian from Toobla. As Toobla describes itself, “Toobla lets you easily collect, enjoy and share visual bookmarks to websites and other embeddable content (i.e.