Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spread #GoSilent across the web for Memorial Day

Amy Sample Ward

Just before noon, I decided to go online and see what those in my networks were sharing from their own celebrations or reflections, and immediately found the #GoSilent campaign from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

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Jayne Cravens to Serve as Advisor to UN program in Afghanistan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Just received word that Jayne is off to Afghanistan at the end of February 2007, to serve as Communication and Reporting Advisor for the United Nation's National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP), part of UNDP. I'll be in Afghanistan through part of August." " She is hoping to make connections with organizations and individuals who are running programs based in Afghanistan. You can follow her adventures in Afghanistan on her blog.


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IAVA Wants You to Text VETS to 69866

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Are you a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? IAVA (the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) has created a social network dedicated exclusively to helping veterans connect and easing the transition back into civilian life. Text VETS to 69866 for more information, or watch this video to learn more about IAVA. Use Cases

UN Field Notes Blog

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Clay Aiken in Afghanistan with Unicef, Photo from Flickr. " The most recent set of posts are from Clay Aiken's field work in Afghanistan and also includes flickr photos. I've been following Unicef's Field Notes Blog. The posts are from people working in different countries on child survival work.

Zen Under Fire: Big Vision Podcast Interview with Marianne Elliott

Have Fun - Do Good

Trained as a lawyer, Marianne helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and Timor-Leste, has worked as a Policy Advisor for Oxfam, and spent two years working in human rights in the Gaza Strip prior to her time in Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations mission (2005-2007). Her memoir Zen Under Fire , tells the story of her work and life in Afghanistan.

The Future Today: Empowering youth via social media

Amy Sample Ward

Habbo’s InfoBus re: curbing violence against gay teens; developing understanding via the Matthew Shepard Foundation visiting ‘in-world’ or the War Child Int’l foundation partnership to focus in-world on kids impacted by violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda etc.

Update from Jayne Cravens

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months back, colleague Jayne Cravens was off to Afghanistan, to serve as Communication and Reporting Advisor for the United Nation's National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP), part of UNDP. from Jayne Craven's Flickr Photos from Kabul. I wrote a bon voyage post here. Jayne recently dropped me an email pointing to her photos from Kabul. You can keep current with Jayne's adventures on her blog

Google Wallet Ushers in a New Era in Online and Mobile Fundraising for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

That said, on this #FundraisingFriday when I was searching for a nonprofit to donate to that educates girls in Afghanistan in honor of Malala Yousafzai , I was thrilled to come across Barakat – a nonprofit that runs two schools for girls in Afghanistan and is pioneering the use of Google Wallet for online fundraising: 1.

Fab Lab and Do-It-Yourself Infrastructure Building

Tech Soup Blog

Over the past 18 months or so, the antennas have been appearing around Jalalabad , a former Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. It wasn't created by a government either, but it could become the new symbol of infrastructure rebuilding in Afghanistan and around the world. They're inexpensive and easy to repair, qualities more important in Afghanistan than a good warranty. Take, for example, the Taj, the only bar in Eastern Afghanistan (apparently a tiki bar, no less).

Zen Peacekeeper, Marianne Elliott, Shares How She Has Fun, Does Good

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She is currently writing a memoir about her life as a UN peacekeeper in Afghanistan. As a small child I was profoundly affected by the glimpses I got into the injustices in the world so I became a human rights lawyer and spent a decade working in places like the Gaza Strip, Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. We write and teach what we want to learn, at least, I do.

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Four Fundraising Apps Recommended By Facebook

John Haydon

million gallons of drinking water and over 760,000 hot meals for children in Haiti, 45,000 meals for US children living in poverty, and more than 3,000 warm coats to children in Afghanistan and the US. Facebook recently recommended four fundraising applications that keep fundraising inside of Facebook.

Can love change the world? I hope so!

Amy Sample Ward

She originally founded the Voice of Women Organization (VWO) to educate girls in Kabul in secret schools under the Taliban, and has since expanded to support and assist underprivileged women and children throughout Afghanistan. I have talked many times before about the way we as nonprofit organizations and changemakers set our goals. (If If we focus our work on feeding the hungry, for example, do we actually create a system in which we rely on people needing our services?

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Foo Camp 2009

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There were people already doing cool stuff, like InSTEDD and some great work around mashups of humanitarian data in Afghanistan, as well as folks discussing lauching cool new social enterprises (but we can't talk about them yet). I just got back from Foo Camp 2009, which was a blast as usual. I think this is my third or fourth Foo Camp, and the energy around public uses of technology was palpable.

10,000 Nonprofits On Twitter!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Their first project is a secondary school for 1,200 girls in Afghanistan where the female literacy rate is only 12%. This morning I followed my 10,000th nonprofit on Twitter! A young nonprofit dedicated to building schools for girls in developing countries named Circle of Women. That they are number 10,000 is completely random, but I am pleased that it is an organization with a mission dear to my heart.

Honoring Heroes on Memorial Day

John Haydon

Many members of my family have served from the Civil War to our current conflict in Afghanistan. On Friday, I sent out an email asking all subscribers to share pictures of loved ones who have served their country. If you want to share a picture of your hero, please email it to me (include name and description) to I’ll be more than happy to update this post with your hero. Have a happy and meaningful memorial day. John W. Prosser. Today, I honor John W. Prosser.

Fab Lab Sets Its Sights on Haiti

Tech Soup Blog

I was excited about Fab-Fi , Fab Lab's name for the simple directional antennas they're using to build a mesh wireless network all over Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Also published on AshokaTech. I wrote a blog post a few months ago about Fab Lab, a network of community-operated workshops springing up all over the world. Of course, to get the full effect of what's cool about Fab Lab, it's useful to take a step back.

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SXSW Top Picks


We'll show you how Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a national non-profit, non-partisan group supporting our nation's newest generation of veterans has established a multi-year partnership with Miller High Life, the San Diego Padres, and celebrities that support their mission. It should also be interesting to hear how Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) decided to partner with the beer company Miller High Life. Conference season is here.

A Day Trip the Hague, Netherlands: International City of Peace and Justice

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It was closing time in the Hague and I was too late to the Oxfam Novib office to meet anyone, but a poster in the window reminds us all to remember Afghanistan one of the poorest countries in the world, affected by decades of conflict and disasters. . An Instagram Photo and Video Essay. by Heather Mansfield. For many years I’ve wanted to visit the Hague, Netherlands.

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Beth Kanter

He shared incredible stories from over two decades of providing rehabilitation for disabled people in Afghanistan. Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits. One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary.

How Text Messaging Has Revolutionized Giving


SAWA-Australia is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing Afghanistan women with education and health services. Most of our board placements love nothing better than joining a board where they can be a voice of change. Perhaps that voice in 2017 will be to help your nonprofit adopt text messaging as a new way of fundraising. For all the details on how to make this work for your nonprofit, read on below in this week’s guest blog post on text messaging.

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50 Nonprofits Every U.S. Politican Should Follow on Twitter

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Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans :: @ CIAV. The 50 nonprofits listed below are tackling some of the most important economic, social and political issues of our time. They are active in our communities, in our schools, and have valuable knowledge and experience that our nation’s elected officials could learn from and be inspired by, and yet very few U.S. politicians follow any nonprofits on Twitter. They mostly only follow other politicians and news media.

Giving Circle Book Group: Books by Women Visionaries and Their Organizations

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Brodsky documents the inside story of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). According to their site, "RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977." I've posted a couple of times about giving circles, groups of people who get together to learn about an organization's work, and pool their donations to have a greater impact.

What Do Good Books Did You Read in 2010?

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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). 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. 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).

Have Fun * Do Good Reader Appreciation Day

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Rather, it is a do-good adventure story of a former mountain climber who has spent almost 15 years building schools in remote mountain villages of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. education book Pakistan Afghanistan Kyrgyzstan MongoliaHello Have Fun * Do Good readers! April 16th is Blog Reader Appreciation Day created by Robin Reagler of the OTHER Mother blog.

Show Your Mama Some Love

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This year’s campaign hopes to raise $65,000 to invest in Mama Lucy’s secondary school in Tanzania, Renu & Maggie’s schools in Kathmandu & Surkhet, Nepal, and Suraya’s women’s shelter in Afghanistan. Show some love in the next fews at To Mama With Love , a creative social fundraiser that leverages the emotional connection we feel with our own mothers or our own pride of being a mom.

Mother's Day Donation Ideas

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One of GlobalGiving's "Mom Knows Best" projects like Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso or Fast Tracking Education for Women and Older Girls in Afghanistan. * If your mom is the kind of person who prefers a donation to a physical gift, below are a few ideas. Please feel free to add more do-good Mother's Day gift ideas in the comments. Room to Read's Girls' Education program.

Courage, Leadership, Grandmothers, Half The Sky and The Mission List

Have Fun - Do Good

She's offering a special deal right now that if you buy her book, Zen Under Fire: A Story of Love and War in Afghanistan , you will receive 30 Days of Courage for free You'll notice when you click on the link for Zen Under Fire , that the book is only available from New Zealand at this time. My in-box was so full of have fun, do good books, films, events and classes to share with you I decided to gather them all into one post. Enjoy!

Refugee Response: TechSoup's New Online Technology Resource for NGOs Helping Refugees

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That displacement has happened mostly as a result of the wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. TechSoup is proud celebrate World Refugee Day by announcing a new humanitarian project that that we're doing in Europe and the Middle East. It's called Refugee Response , and it's a project in cooperation with Microsoft to respond to the refugee crisis.

Yes Men> War Ends Proclamined from the NYTimes. Network Distribution

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CITIES, PROCLAIMS END TO WAR * PDF: [link] * For video updates: [link] * Contact: Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had come to an end. November 12, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPECIAL TIMES EDITION BLANKETS U.S.

The Craig Newmark Beneblog Interview

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Also working with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to help get them the respect and services they deserve, working on reform of the VA. Just had a good conversation this morning with Craig Newmark of Craigslist and the Craigslist Foundation. There are two hot issue right now on Craig's social action radar, the new launch of the All For Good website and next weekend's Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp in Berkeley.

Case Study: Building Community Online (with Appropriate Technologies)


With "The Rucksack", Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) have actually managed to build an online community that works. Community. We all want it. We know we need it. Making it happen? Even with a very high bar for membership – members must submit a copy of their military discharge paperwork – IAVA’s confirmed veteran membership increased fivefold with the launch of "The Rucksack".

11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place :: 2011 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a group or as an individual, CARE Packages can help send girls in Afghanistan to school for a year, or help expectant mothers in Peru safely deliver. Many of us will purchase hundreds of dollars in holiday gifts over the next six weeks, and with some conscious consumerism those dollars could also help some of your favorite nonprofits continue their work in 2012.

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50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. American Diabetes Association. Because 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Google+ || LinkedIn || Flickr. Americans for the Arts. Because without art our children’s minds will not grow to comprehend life beyond the obvious. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || LinkedIn || Flickr. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Good Magazine Wants You To Do Good!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , founded in June 2004, is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Good Magazine as its tagline says is for "people who give a damn" and describes itself as a publishing platform to "change the world." " So, it comes as no surprise that every holiday season the magazine chooses nonprofit partners and runs a fundraising/subscription campaign.

Is the Financial Services Industry Poised for Market Disruption?


Note, WorldRemit, which is the service behind M-Pesa has now expanded its service to Afghanistan, South Africa, India and in 2014, to Eastern Europe. At one point in time, when you opened a new account at your local bank, and the expectation was that you’d stay awhile. As time went on, your relationship with your bank grew: when you needed to add a checking account… when you needed a student loan… when you were buying your first house.

Collective Lens: Photography for Social Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Another contributor to the site is Natalia who has shared some compelling photos of children beggars in from Afghanistan. Photo by Santino Livoti One face to a problem moves us, millions overwhelm us. Successful fund raisers for social causes have known that for a long time. A recent series of studies by psychologists provides the research that proves it -- they have found that fund-raising appeals do best when they are crafted around a single gripping image.

Traveling Postcards: Interview with Founder, Caroline Lovell

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We are also funding very special after school art classes in Afghanistan through our partnership with Trust In Education. I am passionate about helping women and girls in Afghanistan to be fully independent and self-expressed, and I am looking for opportunities to bring a Traveling Postcards workshop to women who are currently living in Afghan shelters.

50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. View Larger. In the spirit of gratitude and giving and in celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving , below is a list of 50 nonprofits that serve American society. Of course 50 is just a tiny percentage of the nonprofits that work and sacrafice to make our country a better place to live. If you would like to add a nonprofit, please do so with a “Because…” statement in a comment below. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nonprofit and Activist Women Bloggers in Chicago

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Journal of a Young Activist write about her travels and human rights work in Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan, and her life as a Chicago Seminary Student. With just nine days until the BlogHer Conference in Chicago, where I'll be moderating the panel, "Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Raising Money," I thought I'd search around for nonprofit and activist women bloggers in the Chicago area.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: Women for Women International

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Though many of the countries we work in are talked about in the news (DR Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan), some aren’t as well-known (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nigeria) and we often need to explain why operating in these countries is important. Organization: Women for Women International. Organization Size: Approximately 70 DC/stateside employees; more than 100 field staff employees in eight countries in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Are you celebrating Giving Tuesday? These NTEN Members are!


Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and we''ve found 124 NTEN Members that are participating! You can support NTEN in Giving Tuesday and join Beth Kanter for a live discussion of collective philanthropy - get the details here. Check out the 124 NTEN Members participating in Giving Tuesday below.

#GivingTuesday: Why I Am Participating in the National Day of Giving on November 27, 2012

Beth Kanter

Founding partners include United Nations Foundation, , Mashable, Blackbaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VENTURE3Capital.

1 Million Volunteers by Inauguration


With his hands full with any number of messes (financial, Iraq/Afghanistan, etc.), I'm sure many of you felt the excitement that yesterday's election results generated. The spontaneous celebrations that erupted in the streets were amazing! Truly a new day in America when people rejoice in the streets following an election rather than just a sports event. As both Obama and many commentators have noted, however, now the real work of nation-rebuilding starts.