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-  Closing the Loop Between Social Media and Offline Action
I was in Oakland, CA and discovered Fenton's Creamery , famous for its ice cream. The line was out the door. Lines are good because you can contemplate that important decision: What flavor? While I was debating between chocolate chocolate chip and coconut pineapple 95% fat free flavors , I noticed a small sandwich board sign promoting Fenton's Facebook Page. I "liked it" from my iPhone.
-  What type of Tweets get retweeted most? Bites of Wisdom
. Screen capture here : I've been running small experiments on the art of retweeting for a couple of weeks and it's time for a reflection. . My tweets usually fall into one of several types: Retweets of others : Verbaitem sharing of someone's message that I feel is important for followers to know about.
MUSEUM 2.0  How Does Participation Work in Multi-Lingual Museums?
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010
Spending time in Europe, I'm reminded how complicated it gets when you have to interpret exhibits for a multi-lingual audience. Here in Barcelona, it's standard to see three languages on labels (Catalan, Spanish, English), and in Scandinavia I've seen as many as six. Even in North America, it's becoming typical to see two languages on the walls. And this leads to a basic question, one I haven't figured out: how do you encourage visitors to participate when they speak different languages?
AMY SAMPLE WARD  2010 Women Who Tech Telesummit
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Date : September 15th, 2010. Tags: 2010 presentation engagement tools womenwhotech wwt Location : Online – [link]. Topic : Tools and Apps to Energize your Base. Description : I’ll be presenting, along with Corvida Raven and Sarah Dijulio, about different tools and strategies to empower and inspire your community to take action. Related Links : Women Who Tech , Blog post and notes.
JOHN HAYDON  10 steps to creating a killer ‘call to action’ on your website
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
One of the most important elements on your nonprofit’s website is your ‘call to action’ You might have a great design, compelling content, and lots of visitors to your site. But what’s it worth if no one does anything on the page? What is a ‘call to action’? A ‘call to action’ is just that – a direction or request for your visitor to take action. You want them to do something.
NTEN  That's Not Nice! Top 10 Tips for Responding to Negative Comments
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Pune Dracker, Director, Website Content & Editorial Services, ASPCA. Surprise, surprise: there’s no one right way to do it. Just think context, consistency and case-by-case. Here’s what some social media pros -- and our own Facebook fans -- have to say about responding to negative comments on blogs, forums and Facebook. Open the Playground, Post the Rules. It’s up to you to maintain an environment that facilitates conversation.
-  How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook
How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Introduction. One of the very first bloggers I started reading and having conversations with about social media was Alan Levine (aka CogDog Blog ). Over the years, we have supported each other’s professional work and personal fundraisers before ever meeting in person.
THE SOCIALPATH  How Nonprofits Can Get More Donations
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
Many of our nonprofit clients have their own websites. And many of these organizations depend on donations to further their vision and their mission. In fact, many of these social service organizations would close if it weren’t for the gifts and money they receive from donations and fund-raising events. However, our customers and many other nonprofits are not using their website as an effective tool – a tool that could generate even more donations.
-  Signals - Stoplights for student success
At the STS meeting in Kyoto, I had the pleasure of meeting France Córdova, the president of Purdue University. I took my first full pattern recognition course at Purdue long ago and far away (my brother Bill is a Boilermaker/Purdue alum, too). France mentioned some cool education technology that had been developed at Purdue, called Signals - Stoplights for student success.
-  Wikileaks War Data Reveal Underreporting of Iraqi Civilian Casualties
A Guest Beneblog by Anita Gohdes, Jeff Klingner, Megan Price and Patrick Ball The recent release of almost 400,000 secret US military files on the war in Iraq through Wikileaks has attracted wide media coverage. These documents, officially known as the significant acts database (SIGACTS), add new insights to the ongoing debate on how many casualties have occurred in Iraq since the beginning of the war.
NTEN  Nonprofit Mapping 101: Use Maps to Tell Your Org's Stories
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
One of the hardest things to describe about Africa is the sheer size of the place. "How could it take 32 hours to get from one city to another?" " (This, when the interesting part of the story was the trussed rooster under my seat that slowly slid forward and stared at me for most of the trip. Unsettling!) If only I'd had this map , I could have laid the scale questions to rest. Maps present a different way for your organization to tell its stories.
DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  How to talk to small nonprofits: A guide for vendors
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010
NTEN  How-to: DIY Community and Content Mapping
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Amy Sample Ward, Community Development Manager, TechSoup Global. Over the last few of years I've had a the opportunity to work with a team of intelligent and thoughtful colleagues, speak at conferences, and collaborate with other facilitators and community builders. During this time, I've help create community maps and strategic plans with my own team and with many other groups.
NTEN  NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: October 29, 2010
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
(Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharing their nptech awesome. Members are in bold. Tag your own news with "nten member" or "nptech" to help us find your awesome online, or contact Annaliese with your updates.).
MUSEUM 2.0  Foot in the Door: A Powerful Participatory Exhibit
| THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010
I spent last week working with staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) on ways to make this encyclopedic art museum more open to visitor participation across programs, exhibitions, and events. While there, I was lucky to get to experience a highly participatory exhibition that the MIA mounts once a decade: Foot in the Door. Foot in the Door is a straightforward contributory project.
NTEN  Report Release: The 2010 Nonprofit IT Staffing and Spending Survey
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
Did we see evidence of this in our annual Nonprofit IT Staffing & Spending survey conducted at the end of 2010? For many nonprofit organizations, as with the wider public and private business sectors, the last couple of years have been impacted by a general economic downturn. Well, yes and no. Compared to previous years (this is our 5th year of conducting the survey), certain areas of investment did seem to drop.
NTEN  Social Media in Crisis Communication: A Lesson Learned by Charlotte Meckelnburg Library
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
In March of 2010, the Mecklenburg County manager advised library leaders that we should plan for a 50% reduction in our operating budget due to a drastic reduction in taxable revenues throughout the county; projecting an $85million shortfall. Jenifer R Daniels, Communications & Marketing Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Crisis communications is often studied by public relations practitioners but seldom is it used.
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  What Do Good Books Did You Read in 2010?
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
As I'm beginning to draft my list for 2010, I would love to know what do good books you read and loved in 2010. Each year I post a list of my favorite Have Fun Do Good Books for the year (even if they weren't actually published in that year). I'm always looking for good book suggestions, plus, I have to pick the next book for my "social changey" book club to read in December, and am looking for ideas. I've listed some of the books I'm considering below (I haven't read them yet).
-  Blogging to Support Policy Goals: MomsRising Shares Lessons Learned
MomsRising Health Reform Blog Carnival – September 2010. Flickr Photo by Vox Photo. Note from Beth: Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley Boyd,Campaign Director, for MomsRising.org who told me about Joyful Funerals. Ashley and her colleague Anita – as well as the whole team at Momsrising does a fantastic job of reflecting after each campaign on how it could be improved. They recently held a blog carnival and are sharing some reflections.
AMY SAMPLE WARD  Blog Action Day 2010: Water
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
This past Sunday was October 10th, 2010 – also know as 101010, the Global Work Day for climate action supported by 350.org and others. More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.
FROGLOOP  Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis?
FROGLOOP  How Useful is Social Media to Nonprofits?
| SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
No matter where you look, social media is on everyone’s radar. The big question nonprofits ask is, how useful is social media? In an attempt to help nonprofits answer that question, Idealware , in partnership with NOI , recently released " The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide.". According to Idealware’s survey of over 750 nonprofit staffers: Almost 80% "think" that they reach new supporters using Facebook, Twitter, video sharing sites like YouTube, and blogging.
NTEN  The 2010 NTC by the Numbers
| THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
Those of you who recall the Vegetarian Lunch Scandal of April 9th, 2010 and the subsequent solution that came out of your tweets will be happy to hear that there were a total of 7,903 tweets tagged #10NTC. This year's NTC brought 1,430 nonprofit professionals to the OMNI Hotel in Atlanta GA. Unlike in past years, we had a large number of late registrants: 18% of attendees registered in the month prior to the conference.
NTEN  How-to: Make Your Nonprofit Video More Social
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
By Melissa Nelson, Media Production and Outreach Manager, Blackbaud. Video is a great way to engage constituents in your mission. It adds a visual element to what might be an otherwise text heavy email, blog, or website. Supporters react to hearing and seeing real people talking about issues or an organization’s mission coming to life with visual examples. A video that actually empowers constituents to take action and interact with your organization is key to a conversational video. .
-  RIP: del.icio.us
According to PC World , Yahoo will shut down several of its Web properties, including Delicious, according to a leaked Yahoo presentation slide that was posted on Twitter. I was hoping this was just a rumor. Oh, say it ain’t so … but this TechCrunch confirms the demise of one of my favorite tools pointing to this post by Liz Gannes. My early days in social media were spent immersed in tagging and social bookmarking.
-  Surfrider Foundation: The Poster Child for a Networked Nonprofit
I grew up in a small beach town on the South Jersey Shore where I spent summers swimming and building sand castles. A deep appreciation for the ocean and beach is in my DNA. My father (photographed above) was a life guard, swimmer, and one of the first to take up surfing in the early 1960’s on our beach. So, I always had a fondness for surfing.
-  Wisdom 2.0: Living Consciously In A Connected World
Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0 Summit Organizer I am filled with gratitude to Soren Gordhamer for his vision of bringing together an amazing group of people who work in the area of mindfulness and technology for Wisdom 2.0 , a three-day event aimed at addressing an compelling issue: "The question for most of us is not if we will use the technologies of our age, from cell phones to social media, the question is how can we do so with mindfulness, meaning, and wisdom?"
NTEN  NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15 million grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the first grant NTEN has received from Google. The grant will support NTEN's work to educate technology leaders about the evolving role of technology in nonprofit work, and beyond that, to produce research and training on cloud technologies and data management, visualization, and collaboration.
NTEN  NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
Teaser: We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15 million grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the first grant NTEN has received from Google. The grant will support NTEN's work to educate technology leaders about the evolving role of technology in nonprofit work, and beyond that, to produce research and training on cloud technologies and data management, visualization, and collaboration.
NTEN  5 Questions: Superheroes of Online Fundraising: Become a Data-Driven Strategist
| TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010
Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Sarah DiJulio, M+R Strategic Services. Session: Superheroes of Online Fundraising: Become a Data-Driven Strategist.
FROGLOOP  New Guiding Principles for Fundraising
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010
During the 2010 IFC Online Conference , Warwick discussed his four guiding principles that nonprofits should adapt as part of their fundraising practices. New Guiding Principles for Fundraising. What are the new guiding principles to fundraising?
NTEN  The Future of (Nonprofit) Television
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
By Michael Hoffman, CEO, See3 Communications. It's important that nonprofits understand the world we're entering right now, a world that will fundamentally change how we communicate with our constituents. In 1989, during a week in the Sinai desert in Egypt, I was invited into a Bedouin compound. There were no electric lights or modern appliances. There was no running water. In one corner, however, was a small generator. And that generator powered a television.
NTEN  The 5 Best Social Impact Games of 2010
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011
Before the end of the year we conducted a survey to find out what the Games for Change community believed were the best social impact games of 2010. By Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager, Games for Change When most people outside gaming think of video games, they typically fall into three buckets: "old school" games like Super Mario and Tetris, social and mobile games like Farmville and Angry Birds, or hyper-violent console games like Grand Theft Auto.
-  The Networked Nonprofit Book Arrived!
Here are a few upcoming book launch events over the next two weeks: June 17, 2010. June 21, 2010. June 22, 2010. June 25, 2010. June 29, 2010. June 30, 2010. The 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Date : June 30, 2010. Yesterday, an advanced copy of our book, The Networked Nonprofit , arrived. My son, Harry, who is in video making summer camp, decided to make a little movie of me opening the book!
MUSEUM 2.0  Parents Talking with Parents: A Simple, Successful Discussion Board at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
On a recent trip to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, I noted a discussion board in the "Nursery" gallery. The design is nothing special: a question printed on construction paper with a bunch of post-its and pens for visitors to respond. But the board is excellent, and I could see that instantly from a quick read. What makes this discussion board stand out? The questions are specific, personal, and written to elicit responses that will be useful to other parents and caregivers.
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  Reflections from Off the Mat, Into the World: Your Wound is Your Gift
| MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010
Yesterday I completed a five-day Off the Mat, Into the World Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive led by Seane Corn , Hala Khouri , and Suzanne Sterling. It was a profound experience. I hope I can do it justice in words. My biggest learning was to be aware of where your motivation to be of service comes from. Oftentimes, your desire to serve is rooted in your shadow, the parts of yourself that are difficult to look at, but want to be healed.
MUSEUM 2.0  Could You Split Your Membership?
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Signs like this one (spotted in the window at a large science center) drive me nuts. Because they validate the highly-problematic concept of membership as a discount. There are many folks who've written about the problems with "value" membership and have recommended that cultural institutions reorient toward offering "affinity" or "relationship" memberships.
WILD APRICOT BLOG  20 Great Google Docs Templates for Non-Profits
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
Creating a presentation for your board? Wading into the end-of-project paperwork? Or maybe you’re signing up a new crop of volunteers for your non-profit. Whatever the task, odds are that there’s a time-saving template, free at Google Docs, to help you do more with less effort. Browse the Template Gallery , or narrow your search by Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings.
-  Twitter Is A Network Weaver's Best Friend
This past week, June Holley did a brown bag lunch at the Packard Foundation on network weaving and I was lucky enough to learn from her for a few hours! How would I describe June Holley? She's the guru of network weaving and walks on water. She gave a brilliant presentation that shared the story of footing binding in China and how using a networked approach and network weaving techniques, they were able to change the practice in a decade. .
DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  Please join us for a sneak peek at www.
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector :: A.
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
WILD APRICOT BLOG  30 Great Podcasts for Nonprofits
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
You'll find inspiring and educational podcasts (in both audio and video) on every topic from social media and nonprofit technology to cause marketing and fundraising ideas. Check out these 30 great podcasts for nonprofits to get started! read more ). audio development Fundraising nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications Non-profit technology nptech podcasting professional
NTEN  Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud
| THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation. The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways.
JOHN HAYDON  8 New Facebook Social Plugins And How They’ll Socialize Your Nonprofit Website
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
On Monday I shared with you my initial thoughts on how Facebook will change how we all experience and use the internet – and how this change will impact your nonprofit. Right now, when people visit your website, they see the same content as every other visitor. By default, it’s not tailored to their preferences. They also have no clue who else has visited your site, what content they’ve shared on Facebook, and whether they have a social connection to those visitors.
FROGLOOP  Can a Revolution be Tweeted?
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010
Will the next revolution be tweeted? But it wont’ stop there. It will also be: * Blogged * Emailed * Photographed * Filmed * Texted * Organized by phone – just reach out and touch someone. Written about in print – remember newspapers? * And most importantly organized on the ground – good old fashion field organizing.
NTEN  5 Questions: Data Data Everywhere: Drowning in a sea of Analytics
| TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Dan Michel, Feeding America. Session: Data Data Everywhere: Drowning in a sea of Analytics.
IDEALWARE  Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector
| TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
“Change” may not be coming to Washington as fast as we expected a year ago. Yet at the grass roots level, in the technology realm, something is definitely happening, and its going to help the policy reform process. The same kind of democratizing, collaborative, open source/open content trend that has swept through nonprofit technology now is gathering momentum in local, state and even national government. That was my overall takeaway from taking part in the March 6 New England Gov 2.0
TECH SOUP BLOG  Microsoft Office 2010 Made Easy
| THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
Read step-by-step instructions for customizing the Ribbon in Office 2010. Considering an upgrade to Office 2010? Upgrade to Office 2010. Upgrade to Office 2010 today. Maybe you’ve heard of this program called Microsoft Office. Maybe you’ve even used it once or twice (or 10,000 times). We know you may use it every day, but you can use it even better. Get the most out of Office with the resources below to help improve your office. Customize Your Office.
NCE SOCIAL MEDIA  Twitter as an Advocacy Tool
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010
The Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted an online forum led by Claire Diaz Ortiz , Twitter’s top person working with nonprofits on social innovation. The forum focused specially on how to use Twitter as an advocacy tool. Here’s a link to the forum with the transcript of the proceedings. Please note the forum was held by having people use Twitter to post their questions and thus this is a story with a Twitter feed.
NETWITS  3 Social Media Metrics Every Non-profit Should Track
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
Are you measuring the right social media metrics or do you have your head in the sand? Think about that for a minute or so. The answer matters. Oh, and don’t worry if you answered yes. I’ve done it. We all do at some point. As the web becomes more and more social you’ve probably noticed that it’s easy to get sucked into the black hole known as social engagement – using social media with no idea where you’re headed.
AMY SAMPLE WARD  First Reflections on Jumo
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
As you may have heard , Jumo is now open in beta. What is Jumo? As Mashable reports, “Jumo was designed to let users find, follow and support the causes important to them, and with 3,500 organizations on board at launch, would-be philanthropists should be able to find and follow something of interest upon joining.
NETWITS  Revolutionize Your Website with the Facebook Like Button
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Over the past few months you’ve probably noticed the Facebook like button on at least a few of the websites you frequent. It’s becoming a mainstay on the web and almost essential for any website trying to drive traffic, engagement, and action. I suspect you’re in at least one of those categories. Is your nonprofit using the Facebook Like button ? A few interesting facts. To date, over 1 million sites use the Facebook Like button. Some publishers are reporting 200%-500% increases in traffic.
NETWITS  Stimulating the Senses with Dynamic Images, Photos, & Video – Part I
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
When in-person is simply not an option, consider using multimedia to enhance your site and make it visually appealing – videos, photos, images, podcasts and even live streaming video are great ways to share your organization’s culture and engage with constituents using a personal, interactive touch. In Part 1 of this series, I will layout three multimedia hosting and management provider options that allow you to incorporate video easily and effectively into your website.
-  Just Joined a New Federal Commission!
I recently was sworn in by Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter as one of nineteen people serving on the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. The Commission has one year to do research, hold public hearings and make recommendations to Congress on what should be done to make higher education materials more accessible to students with disabilities.
NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations
| TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
There are now over 143 million blogs on the Internet and when I launched Nonprofit Tech 2.0 in September of 2009, I had very low expectations. I wasn’t convinced at all that the world needed another blogger. But within a few months it was clear that blogging was the missing piece in my online communications strategy.
WILD APRICOT BLOG  33 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2011
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010
A number of regular webinar hosts are still finalizing their schedules for January 2011, but nonprofit folks will find a great variety of professional development and training opportunities – free and online – already lined up for January 2011. Do keep your eye on the comments section, below, for late additions to this list as the New Year rolls out, and feel free to add your own event if you’re presenting! Emergency Preparedness for Public Libraries Wednesday , 5 January 2011 10:00 am (Central).(
NTEN  Have it Your Way, at a Price. Facebook Instant Personalization
| FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
Flicker photo: alanak What's the difference between magical and creepy? It's one of those "I know it when I see it" things -- and I can tell you that right now, I feel like I'm smack dab in the middle of a Tim Burton movie. It's hard for me to tell if I should be delighted or scared out of my wits. . One of the things we all love about the social web is that it's so much easier to share than ever before.
NTEN  How to: Getting Your Head (and Org) into the Clouds
| THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting. So you may have already heard all the great things that happen when you move your technical solutions into "The Cloud": Automated back ups; ability to forgo networks; automated upgrades; ability to intermingle hardware; lower maintenance; virtual office space, thicker hair and better dating life (well, most of those anyway.).
DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector :: The.
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010
FROGLOOP  Best Practices for Year-End Fundraising
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010
The Procrastinators Guide to Year-End Fundraising webinar was chock full of great tips and best practices for nonprofit campaigners who are gearing up for raising about 40% of their online donations for the year. Check out some of the great tips Alia McKee Scott of Sea Change Strategies , Ryann Miller of Care2 , and Eric Rardin of Care2 shared. Most charitable online giving ($244.6M or 64.1%) comes through nonprofit websites.
NTEN  Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010
Jim Craner, MapTogether. Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. 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.
JOHN HAYDON  The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map For Simple Minded Bloggers
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010
I’m currently working with a number of nonprofits who want to start a blog. They’ve all gone through a process on deciding whether of not a blog is right for them (Also see tomorrow’s free webinar with Charityhowto ). After we establish goals , one of the first steps is to create a blog strategy. This should not be a complicated process (hence “simple minds ). I use a template with folks I call the “ The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map For Simple Minds (pdf).
NTEN  NTEN Member Appreciation Winner: November 4, 2010
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
Wow, the season has really changed where I am: it's cold and rainy and there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees now. Fortunately, November is Member Appreciation Month here at NTEN, a time of celebration and cheer, whatever the weather is in your neck of the woods. NTENThanks Twitter StreamGraph Did you feel the love shared by your NTEN colleagues on the social web yesterday during NTEN Give Thanks Day?
NTEN  7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
moment in January, 2010, when an outpouring of donations followed the devastating Haiti quake. Ben Rigby, The Extraordinaires. If you’re like most people working at a nonprofit, you probably had a “Holy Mobile!” This, you expected. But what you may not have anticipated was that $41m of these dollars flowed through mobile phones via “premium text messages.” The Red Cross received 4.1 million messages valued at ten dollars each, 95% of which were from first-time donors. You breathed in.
-  Want Apple To Get iPhone Donations Right? Sign the Online Petition!
Apple makes it really difficult for nonprofits to collect donations from within iPhone apps and we all want them to get it right. As the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Quarterly reported last week, Apple’s policy has raised the ire of some nonprofits leaders. We’ve started an online petition at Care2 and it has almost 6,000 signatures collected so far sending Mr. Jobs at Apple a message.
-  My Perfect Smartphone: Not An iPhone
My Best Buy Recommendation Sheet. You might have read this New York Times article “ Apple’s Ban of In-App Donations To Charities which outlines this nuanced issue or one of the numerous nonprofit blog posts or articles that appeared in the technology trade. That’s why I am ditching my iPhone in protest. If you think Apple should consider changing their in-app donation to charities policy, sign this online petition.
-  What is Your Nonprofit’s Holiday Content Strategy for Facebook?
Image from Humane Society. Note from Beth: Recently, Networked for Good offered a free e-book about how nonprofits can development a micro-content for their social media presences filled with useful tips and best practices. Carie Lewis gives an excellent mini case study of how to leverage micro content during the holiday and get results. What is Your Nonprofit’s Holiday Content Strategy for Facebook? by Carie Lewis.
-  TechSoup Global: A Tale of Two Dramatically Different Networks and Their Development
Photo by Idea Constructor. Last week, I got to BoardSource at 8 am just so I could hear Marnie Webb and Rebecca Masisak, CO-CEOs of TechSoup Global share their lessons learned in developing, weaving, and stewarding two very different types of networks. The presentation is here.
-  What Was Your Biggest Social Media Mistake? What Did Your Learn?
Flickr Photo by elycelfeliz. “I made a mistake. Those are hard words for some people to utter when there has been a screw up and they’re responsible for it. It is especially hard given the blame game culture that exists in most workplaces and work relationships. That’s where people are quick to point a finger at you and make you feel shame. After all, nothing focuses the mind as like a hanging as Samuel Johnson once said. I feel very differently.
-  The Networked Nonprofit Board
The last chapter of the Networked Nonprofit is on networked governance. We thought this would be an easy part of the book to write – all we’d have to do is find examples of how boards online, opening up decisionmaking to outside influences. There were no examples – so the last chapter of the book is speculative, based on the best thinking of the people who have looked at networked governance. I dreamed up some scenarios of boards and social media in practice.
-  Got Social Media Policy?
The other day, Matt Sharp shared this link to a social media policy generator called the Social Media Policy Tool. It asks you 12 questions mostly having to do with control and then spits out the biolerplate for your policy. It reminded of the Postmodernism Thesis Generator could spit out a thesis for you in minutes. Here's the social media policy I created for Beth's Blog. Obviously, this is a just a beginning, not an end.
NTEN  Tips for Writing Your First Social Media Policy
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
Maddie Grant & Lindy Dreyer, SocialFish, LLC and Leslie T. White, Croydon Consulting LLC. Ready to adopt a social media policy for your organization staff? Awesome. You probably have some ideas about the risks you want to avoid and how you'd like your staff to interact on the interwebs. Easy peasy, right? Until you end up staring at a blank page. It's easy to get caught up in all the different audiences and guidelines you want to include.
NETWITS  Email Communication in 2010
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010
Email is still a powerful way to communicate with your constituents. A report by technology market research firm The Radicati Group estimates that there are 1.4 billion email users in 2009, expected to rise to 1.9 billion by 2013. The same source suggests that some 247 billion emails are sent each day in 2009
NTEN  Last Day to Register for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference at the Regular Rate!
| MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010
Just a reminder that the fees for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference increase after today. We like to talk about the great time you'll have at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , but it is, first and foremost, a place for you to learn the skills you need to help your organization meet its mission. > Register for the 2010 NTC today. If you're planning on joining us in Atlanta, April 8-10, you should register today to save $100. >
NTEN  5 Questions: Homer Simpson for Nonprofits
| MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010
Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies. Session: Homer Simpson for Non-Profits: The Truth About How People Really Think & What It Means for Promoting Your Cause: Behavioral Economics for Non-Profit Leaders.
NETWITS  Remember Me? 5 Website Tips to Retain Loyal Donors
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
At the beginning of 2010 they no longer needed volunteers for that task because of staff efficiencies – which was great news! When you hear ‘retention’ in the nonprofit industry, you often think about “donor retention. Lately, however, I’ve been thinking about how organizations can retain their best and most active volunteers and supporters. For many organizations, volunteers are the life blood of the cause because of budget cuts, small staffs, etc.
WILD APRICOT BLOG  Make Your Own Infographic
| TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010
Infographics are to data what storytelling is to an annual report: a more engaging way to help bring attention and understanding to your nonprofit’s cause. Let’s take a closer look at these visual representations of data and ideas, along with great resources to help you get started on making your own infographic.( read more ).
NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010
While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “ Static Web ”, “ Dynamic Content ”, “ User-Generated ”, “ Cloud Computing ”, and “ Semantic Web ”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. So, to simply for the nonprofit masses, I present and frame very simple definitions and interpretations of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 as follows: Web 1.0 = Websites, e-mail newsletters and “Donate Now” buttons. Web 1.0
NTEN  25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010
Come to our session at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference to hear the rest! For more ideas on how to increase your organizations communication capacity, join our session at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference ! Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more.
WILD APRICOT BLOG  22+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2010
| MONDAY, MAY 31, 2010
Our regular monthly round-up of free professional development opportunities for nonprofit folks is back for June 2010. It’s that time again! Even as we move toward the lazy days of summer, when the pace traditionally slows down a bit, there’s still a great variety of free online presentations and seminars on tap for fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers and volunteer coordinators.
NTEN  5 Questions: The Networked Nonprofit
| THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Beth Kanter & Allison Fine, Authors, The Networked Nonprofit.
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  How to Find Your Way to Have Fun and Do Good
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
Your Have Fun What do you find fun, amusing and joyful? How you like to play? Your Do Good What do you feel makes the world, and individual's lives better, and does good? Your Have Fun, Do Good A combination of ideas from your Have Fun list and your Do Good list I've been playing around with this equation, and posted some of my ideas below. I'd love it if you tried it, and shared your ways to have fun and do good. My Have Fun What I find fun, amusing and joyful. How I like to play.
FROGLOOP  Webinar: How Strong Relationships Can Increase Fundraising Results in 2011
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
Network for Good’s landmark Online Giving Study examined nearly $400M in donations to 66,470 different nonprofits to identify trends in online giving across nonprofits’ websites, donation portals and social networks. The key finding? It’s all about relationships! Join Katya Andresen from Network for Good and Jocelyn Harmon from Care2 as they discuss nonprofit online outreach and fundraising in 2011.
AFP BLOG  Roundup for June 2010 ? Nonprofit Blog Exchange
| TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
A variety of material from the Nonprofit Blog Exchange now on WordpressRoundup for June 2010 Nonprofit Blog Exchange: "Roundup for June 2010June 30, 2010Website ManagementYour website should should be organized to make it easy for visitors to your site to find what they are looking for.
NTEN  It's Already September? (Or: Two Thirds of a Year's Worth of Fundraising Resources)
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
I thought I'd do my part with a few of 2010's best resources (so far). A recap of fundraising resources of the first 2/3 of 2010 wouldn't be complete without some discussion of the incredible work that the Red Cross did using mobile and social media to raise funds and awareness about the disaster in Haiti.
-  Google Maps Dirty Trick or Malfunctioning "Feature?"
Wasted about 30 minutes this morning thanks to a weird coincidence. I'm going to the Internet Archive's new office at 300 Funston in San Francisco, to attend the Books in Browsers conference. However, Google Maps routed me to a point two miles away when I typed 300 Funston into my Android phone's Google Map function. Not really knowing all of San Francisco's streets, I got out and recognized the old location of the Internet Archive.
NTEN  Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010
On January 12, 2010, I didn't personally experience the major earthquake that hit Haiti, but I was forever changed by it. But I wasn't prepared for the type of incoming information I saw in the weeks after January 12, 2010. . In a June 2010 survey of the DomPrep40, an advisory board of disaster response practitioners and opinion leaders, nine out of 10 respondents said they are not staffed to monitor social media applications and respond in a major event.
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  New Name, Everything's OK, Photo, Soul Food, Ordinary Joy, Achieve, Defining Moment: More Reverb 10
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
The hubs traveled a lot in 2010, so I appreciated the nights when we were able to have our favorite evening routine: laughing at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart while eating dinner. The year is winding down, and so is Reverb 10 , an annual event and online initiative to reflect on the past year and the year ahead. Below are my quick answers to the prompts for December 23-29. Feel free to share your answers in the comments. You can see my past Reverb 10 posts here.
NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  10 Types of Nonprofits That Absolutely Must Add Themselves to Foursquare
| MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010
Foursquare now has 1.6 million users. That may not seem like very many compared to Facebook’s 465 million users, but Foursquare is only one year-old and growing quickly. Part social networking site, part smartphone App, Foursquare is a tool meant to be primary used on the go on your smartphone. Quite simply, you “Check-in” to venues while physically at the venue and offer “Tips” and send out “Shouts”.
INFLUENCE  Launching a Collaboration or Content Management System: 8 Tricks for Adoption
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010
So, you have decided you need a tool for collaboration or content management. Great. And you are ready to invest the money in selecting and developing the greatest system ever. Even better. But what good is your investment if noone takes advantage of it? User adoption is a tricky beast. Naturally, clients tend to focus on the technical aspects that surround adoption: picking a solution that meets the list of user needs they have identified.
NTEN  Seven Steps for Live-Tweeting Success
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
Renée Rybak Lang, New Media Specialist, Education Sector. Live-tweeting -- the kind of tweeting where you replay to your Twitter followers what people are saying at an event in real time -- is something that seems to be gaining popularity at conferences around the nonprofit circuit. It can be fun to do on your own (like at NTC 2011 ), but it can have real benefits for your organization too.
NTEN  5 Questions: Ending Segregation and Tapping the Power of Diversity Through Technology In Your Nonprofit
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010
Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Jacey Tramutt, Peak Parent Center. Session: Are you Sending the Message, “We Don’t Need You?”
ROBERT WEINER  SF Fundraising Day 2010
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010
San Francisco's Fundraising Day will be happening June 16 at the downtown Marriott. Once again I have the honor of co-chairing the Technology Track with Michael Stein. We've programmed sessions on online fundraising with Madeline Stanionis, social media with Jeff Patrick, database selection with Eric Leland, and an open discussion session with me and Michael on whatever tech topics the attendees bring. Early bird rates end on April 15, so sign up at www.afp-ggc.org/frd2010.
JOHN HAYDON  How to measure Facebook Page fan growth and fan engagement with Insights (video)
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
Facebook Insights lets you view metrics on fan growth, fan demographics, and how those fans engage with your Page. This is your number one tool to get the most bang from your efforts on Facebook. Questions you can answer with Facebook Insights. How fast is my fan-base growing? Where and when are the growth spurts? Why are people “ unliking my Page? What are the demographics of my fans? Do they share photos more than videos? What content strategies and tactics are most effective?
NTEN  How-to: Improve Your Site's Bounce Rate (Intro to Google Analytics Advanced Filtering)
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
If you're in charge of your organization's web analytics, you undoubtedly know about bounce rate -- the measure of visitors who enter your site, say "Enh" (or something ruder), and immediately leave, without viewing any more of your carefully crafted pages. Yeah, those people annoy me, too.
NONPROFIT TRENDS  Blackbaud Index for November 2010 | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for November 2010 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on January 18th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector. for the 3 months ending November 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.
AMY SAMPLE WARD  Community Builder Chats: Exploring the Community (August 2010)
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010
We’ll be talking at 4 pm EST, 9 pm UK on August 19th, 2010. 4Change Community Builder Chat – August 2010. Hi everyone! Welcome to the new monthly chats focused on community building. These are a branch of the #4Change chats – so whether you have participated in the past on a different topic or not, welcome. In the future, these chats will have a topic and questions (generated from you!) posted ahead of time.
DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  Searching and aggregating online answers to frequently asked.
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  Gift and Core Story: Reverb 10 Finale
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
Below are my answers to the last two prompts from Reverb 10 , an annual event and online initiative to reflect on the past year, and the year ahead. Thanks for reading along during my reflections. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to move forward into 2011. You can see the rest of my Reverb 10 posts here. Page from my visual journal December 30 - Gift This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  Vegan Christmas Cookies and Cookbook Review
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010
Happy Holidays Have Fun, Do Gooders! I found a super-easy, super-yummy recipe for Swedish Jam-filled cookies on this blog that I highly recommend. Not only were they dee-lish-us, the recipe only has 5 ingredients (flour, sugar, margarine, vanilla extract and jam) so I was able to make them without going to the store, always a plus. Yum-eeee.