Blackbaud Headed to SXSWi 2011


Blackbaud @ SXSW 2011. South by South West Interactive 2011 is upon us. Join us as we talk about the latest social good initiatives underway at Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and YouTube while also seeing how non-profit organizers are using these tools to change the world.

SXSW 2011: David J. Neff talks Social Media Fundraising with Frank Barry


While at SXSW 2011 I had the chance to talk with David J. Watch the Video from SXSW 2011. SXSW 2011: David J. Online Fundraising Social Media Video Series #nptech Facebook fundraising Non-Profit nonprofit social media Social Media Tools sxsw Twitter

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My Three Words for 2011: Seek, Sense, and Share

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My Three Words for 2011 inspired by Harold Jarche's Networked Learning Model. As far as geekery topics, I’m particularly excited to explore some of the new tools for coping with the ever expanding information on social networks and mobile.

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Using Social Media to Put a Face on Homelessness with Mark Horvath


While at SXSW 2011 I had a got a few minutes to catch up with Mark. Watch the video from SXSW 2011 to learn more about how Mark is using the social web to change the world. SXSW 2011: Mark Horvath Talks about InvisiblePeople.TV

New on SSIR: A New Tool for Digital Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

—– I’m really excited by tools that enable digital or transmedia storytelling. I was so energized by the tool—both its current functionality and its potential for future application—that I downloaded the mobile (Android) version and started testing it on the spot.

Favorite Factoids from the 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

M+R and NTEN have just released the annual 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study that analyzes data and messaging from nonprofits. So, if you want to compare your nonprofit’s performance with other, this report is a useful tool.

What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?” Social media measurement tools give you data. Analytics Tools.

Unleash your curation creativity: 4 cool storytelling tools


I’ve been playing with a slew of storytelling tools lately. For all of these tools, you pull content from your social streams and arrange them in a particular way, like… 1. Implementation cool tools

Idealware’s Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, Updated for 2011

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Through tools like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, you can post information, encourage comments and get feedback. The tools you should use for that journey depend on what you want to accomplish and who you want to reach. Different tools have different audiences.

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Why Online Donors are Worth More than Offline Donors [INFOGRAPHIC]


A few months ago we published the 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report and yesterday we released the 2011 Online Giving Report. In 2011, 87% of organizations had at least one online gift of $1,000 or more.

Say What? Build a Social Media Listening Dashboard for Your Nonprofit


I just got back from the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , where listening was top of mind: Listening to the amazing speakers, listening to the #nptech community , and listening to all the great ideas floating around the halls of the Washington Hilton.

Trick or Tweet? Seven Twitter Tools To Help You Measure, Learn, and Improve

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I celebrated my 5th birthday of joining Twitter! As far as I can tell, the first arrivals on Twitter from the NpTech sector were Ruby Sinreich and Brian Reich who signed up two weeks before me. So, in honor our collective Twitter birthdays in October and Halloween, I thought I’d share a few Twitter tools for tracking and learning that are real treats and a few that make your work flow on Twitter efficient for documenting events. It is a Twitter analytics tool.

Online Tools to Help You Beat the Post-Holiday Blues


Welcome to 2011! This is a really useful tool for helping coordinate ongoing activities such as email blasts. So, which tools are you going to use to help you get your inspiration back in 2011? Which tools can help you achieve what you need to in the easiest way possible?

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Security and Control: Early thoughts on Google+

Amy Sample Ward

There are bound to be many, many versions of this blog post as people from around the world start investigating the tool and sharing their impressions. community networking socialmedia google review toolsGoogle+ , the latest iteration on social networking from Google, is here.

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June 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

About the CommBuild Chat: These monthly chats originated out of the #4Change network and are open to anyone interested in learning and sharing about building community, on and offline, with the use of social media or other technology tools.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Successfully Going Mobile

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. Millennials want basic information and tools for action. Using a mobile app allows you as a nonprofit to have a tool where you can push messages out about how to volunteer/give, what the impact is, etc.

Using Social Media Increases Fundraising by 40% [Study]


We found that participants who use social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube communicate with their networks more regularly and send more messages. Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? 42.3%

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

When it comes to innovation in civil society, there is nothing that can match the speed and ingenuity of communities that come together to make a change, develop a tool, or feed a need. If there’s an idea that the community is behind, and a project or plan that’s adopted (whether it’s a new way of operating or a new tool), then it moves forward, regardless of “who” thought it up or campaigned for it.

Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Any Social Site


The social Web is very much a game of relationships and a place where those who are genuinely using the tools for good want to connect with other like-minded individuals. Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?

NTC Day of Service 2011: The Art of Story Capture

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first shift of volunteers arrived on site at 7:00 am and we were given an orientation and an overview about how computer refurbishing can be an economic empowerment tool for the homeless and save the environment. Since Mark works solo, this is a useful tool.

5 Web Reports Every Nonprofit Should Know


Probably no better an indication of my love for the knowledge waiting to be unmasked within this tool, is the (fun?) The knowledge one can gleam from this tool is practically endless–and the resulting testing and site modifications one can make, even more so.

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March 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s chat focused mainly on sharing lessons and examples from the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , which took place in Washington, DC, last week.

Facebook: Is it Worth your Nonprofit’s Time?


Facebook Is Not a Good Tool for Donor Acquisition or Volunteerism. Respondents that indicated some success reported using apps or other online donation tools that interact with Facebook.”. This is a guest post by the one and only Allyson Kapin - co-founder of Rad Campaign.

April 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

The April Community Builder chat zeroed in on data and tools. Some of the past chats have discussed strategy, philosophy, and best practices, but this time we were all excited to share our tips and tricks for measurement, goal-setting, and specific tools to help us do it all!

10 Simple Fundraising Tips Guaranteed to Improve Effectiveness


Use Online Fundraising Tools. It goes without saying, but using an online tool will help you manage your fundraising efforts. Register for our monthly Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Register Now !

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10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter


Consider starting with engaging event fundraisers and providing tools such as AddThis or ShareThis for them to promote their fundraising efforts on their own social networks.

It's All In The Tools

Connection Cafe

Even the smallest nonprofits can achieve event fundraising success at little to no cost, just by using some readily available tools. Thank you page and autoresponders - Don’t overlook the importance of these powerful tools. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Best Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools


collaboration tools can help team members in multiple locations communicate smarter and faster with each other. The tools also can help you work closer with partner organizations and volunteers. Here are five tools that we've encouraged our nonprofit clients to try out. As nonprofits get more efficient and leaner (but not meaner) in managing a 21st century workforce, they're discovering that all kinds of Web 2.0

4 Tools to Help Any Nonprofit Tell Stories Online


As we all continue exploring the vast horizons of the internet and the social tools it offers, be sure to check out the applications that help you continue telling stories with the power of video, maps and more. Animoto Animoto isn't a new tool, but it is still in my top five.

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Frogloop Guest Post: 4 Tools to Help Any Nonprofit Tell Stories Online

Amy Sample Ward

As we all continue exploring the vast horizons of the internet and the social tools it offers, be sure to check out the applications that help you continue telling stories with the power of video, maps and more. Animoto isn’t a new tool, but it is still in my top five.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. They are different tools from traditional media and we have to learn how to use it, and not just for marketing.

5 Supah-Cool Free Online Tools For Nonprofits


Jason Fitzpatrick from Lifehacker mused that “WorkFlowy is a one-list-to-rule-them-all organization tool.”. For non-profits, WorkFlowy has to be the mother of all web tools. According to the About page: Causecast offers nonprofits free distributable fundraising tools, donation processing, an extensive resource library and access to the campaigns and CSR programs of its corporate clients. For inner office engagements, I love it as a tool to just feel connected.

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16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Posted on March 21, 2011 by vertex | Leave a comment Most social services agencies are not using Twitter (or any social media, for that matter!)

Long Term Success with Social Media


The technology became a tool to accomplish the community’s larger purposes and needs, rather than a shiny “must-have&# object. Each organization used the tools to serve business purposes.

Six Online Fundraising Tools You May Have Never Heard Of

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Seemingly every week a new fundraising or cause awareness tool hits the Web for nonprofits to experiment with, and though donation processing fees must be applied or ads sold for these social enterprises to be sustainable, it’s clear that their motives are altruistic.

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The Big 3: SEO, Email and Social


First, use the Google AdWords keyword research tool to do some analysis for words and phrases you’d like to rank highly for in search results. This tool will crawl and evaluate your website for a lot of the key elements you should be monitoring.

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Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

Amy Sample Ward

Today, at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, I had a ton of fun leading a session and discussion around making the most of social media in just 30 minutes a day. Tools and Apps to Energize Your Base.

How non-profits become experts at Social Branding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For what compels a reader to share your cause, event or donation drive with others using social media channels is not the tools themselves but their emotional connection to your brand.

2011 Q2 Review: SocialFish Clients and Work


Here’s a review of what we’ve been up to in the second quarter of 2011. STRATEGY WORK –We have clients who come to us at a stage where they understand the tools, they see the benefits, and they need help defining a social media strategy for their organization.

10 Reasons Your Email Appeal is Being Ignored


Providing opportunities for your supporters to share an online campaign with social tools will increase how far its message travels. These social tools can be implemented quickly and will help your supporters promote the online campaign on behalf of your organization.” – Chad Norman.

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