Postcard From Alaska

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My First Trip to Alaska. The photo above is me at age 14 in Alaska with my mom. I being a typical teenager who didn’t want to be away from her friends, so I really didn’t enjoy the natural wonders of Alaska and even refused to eat a salmon dinner. at the Providence Cancer Center for the Alaska Chapter of PRSA. I’m doing various other trainings, book parties, etc. Welcome To Alaska. Tags: Conferences alaska

Alaska: And The Earth Shook Under My Feet

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Then off to an evening session at PRSA-Alaska Chapter at the Providence Center Cancer Center to talk about the Networked Nonprofit. All in all – an exciting day in Alaska! Tags: Conferences alaska Earthquake. Yesterday afternoon during the ForakerGroup 2010 Nonprofit Leadership Summit, I experienced my first Alaskan earthquake (4.9). I was scared – the floor swayed and I felt like I was on boat.


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Powerful, flexible tools for Alaska's Cook Inletkeeper


Alaska's Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska up to Anchorage. Cook Inletkeeper, based in Homer, Alaska, works to protect Cook Inlet, its watershed and all of the life it sustains. There's a lot of life worth protecting: huge salmon runs, beluga whales, a vibrant fishing industry, hundreds of thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness and communities of hardworking Alaskans.

In Search of Bachelors and Philanthropy in Rural Alaska and Video Story Capture Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, my adventure in Alaska started with a meeting with representatives from community foundations around the state of Alaska hosted by the Alaska Community Foundation. I couldn’t help but think – what if Joe Page or other community foundation board members had flip cameras, some video and story telling training and shared their stories on the Alaska Community Foundation Facebook page? The Story.

Alaska's fiddling poet!

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Ken Waldman , "Alaskas' Fiddling Poet", dropped by our house last night and performed for a small group of friends. And now for something completely different. As the Jefferson Airplane used to sing, he's "doing things that haven't got a name yet", combining traditional Amercian fiddle styles with his own poetry and sense of humor about himself, his art, and the entire trandition of American stringband music.

Heard on the Street in Anchorage

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Other posts about my Alaska visit; Postcard. I did an impromptu “Woman on the Street&# interview and it reminded of Deb Schultz’s observation “Technology Changes, People Don’t&# Other posts about my Alaska visit; Postcard Earthquiake. Tags: Conferences alaska Walking down the street yesterday, I ran into Diane Kaplan , President of the Rasmuson Foundation.

Luck Is Not a Strategy: The Process of Effectively Securing Grants


I started writing grant proposals when I was in my 20s, working as a fundraiser for a small but dynamic grassroots environmental organization in Alaska.

Water Wednesday: Cute Baby Walrus

Have Fun - Do Good

Mitik is a walrus orphan who was flown from the Alaska SeaLife Center to a new home at the New York Aquarium. MitiksStory You can also learn more about this cutie-patchootie here: Baby Walrus Adapts to Life in City ( New York Times ) Orphaned Baby Walrus to Arrive at New York Aquarium ( New York Times ) Video: Pakak and Mitik - Baby Walrus Calves Play (Alaska SeaLife Center on, YouTube) Full disclosure: Upwell is a client. Woo hoo! Water Wednesdays are back.

Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On Arts & Culture


Grants are made to Alaska-based nonprofits, individual artists, and nonprofit leaders. Areas served: Alaska. Similar to the list I shared for nonprofits focusing on education , arts and culture tends to be a very popular issue area for American foundations.

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The Ladder of Love: Growing Facebook Fans

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was lucky enough to spend my last afternoon in Alaska driving to Talkeetna with Aliza Sherman who lives in Alaska who I’ve known since 1995 and with Cassandra Stalzer my host! I love the framework she created for identifying and cultivating Super Fans on Facebook. When I was in Alaska, I asked Mary D Barber what nonprofit did the best job of engaging its audience on Facebook consistently? Ladder of Love on Facebook.

Greenpeace Nordic Fights to Win the World a Better Future

Saleforce Nonprofit

nuclear tests off the coast of Alaska. The Greenpeace story started in 1971 with a group of peace activists protesting U.S. Now in its 50 th year, the Greenpeace movement has spread across the globe, becoming the world’s largest independent environmental organisation. .

What is GOTV Anyway? An Explainer for Non-Politicos


From urban neighborhoods in Brooklyn to snowy rural areas in Alaska, GOTV is going on right now - and will continue until the polls close nationally. While many of you have a background in politics or organizing, there’s likely some of you scratching your head and wondering just what the heck this “GOTV” business is all about. Not to worry!

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Nonprofit Audit 101

The NonProfit Times

Nonprofit Audit 101: A Guide to The Fundamentals and More is a quick guide for nonprofit finance leaders and executive leaders, providing key fundamentals and know-how, first class best practices, and insight into how to optimize the nonprofit audit process at your organization.

Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River has shown literally millions of people, including policymakers, the need to protect places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska's Tongass Rainforest. Department of Interior management plan protecting 11 million acres of critical habitat for caribou, migrating birds, and other wildlife in northwest Alaska in 2013. TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Cloud to astounding effect.

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Lame spam of the day: IRS notices

Robert Weiner

your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time). I got two spams this week claiming to come from the IRS. They look like different schemes -- one is trying to get me to call a 900 number at $4.79/minute, the other includes a link. But they look similar so I'm posting them together. Message 1: Sender: Tiera Tanner ( Subject: Rejection of your tax appeal.

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Election Comedy #87


A particular small town in Alaska. This election, and Sarah Palin in particular, has been a dream for comic writers. But what gets my attention in this clip is how easy it is to create a meme about what it means to be the mayor of a small town. In fact, it seems the mayor of a town without its own schools or fire department doesn’t really do all that much. Leave it to the Daily Show to make the gap between talking heads and truth the funniest thing

A Wedding Made in Mexico

Steve Bridger

… Mid-morning on the Big Day: we drove into town to collect a big shallow box of white carnations from the market flower-seller; he pitched his stall right in front of Jugos Alaska, a jugería where they whip up fabulous tropical fruit licuados with suitably exotic sounding names; the best we’ve tasted on the Mexican Pacific. Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. This is something I wrote many years ago about that very happy day. Dedicated to Gicela, of course.

Fighting for a cause

ASU Lodestar Center

My internship took place at Fairbanks Youth Advocates in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was in Alaska for the summer as an AmeriCorps Summer Crew Leader. There weren’t many options in Alaska, so I had to expand my search. After getting all of the safety things in order, I met with the Alaska State Troopers and worked out an exchange system for the youth in need of shelter. posted by. Dick Erwin.

A History of How Modern ESG Came to Be


Additionally, this decade saw several environmental disasters at the hands of companies including a massive oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. While not a new concept or strategy, environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs are on the rise.

Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River has shown literally millions of people, including policymakers, the need to protect places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska's Tongass Rainforest. Department of Interior management plan protecting 11 million acres of critical habitat for caribou, migrating birds, and other wildlife in northwest Alaska in 2013. TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Suite to astounding effect.

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Alaska. Alaska business license: $50. Alaska charitable registration: $40. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?” ” One of the biggest question marks comes up when it’s time to calculate the cost of your nonprofit.

A Network Haiku. Palin and Discovery. Dark Clouds. Boo. Boo.

Network-Centric Advocacy

We thought Discovery Communications' decision to give Sarah Palin a "nature" documentary series about the state of Alaska with a paycheck of a cool $1 million per episode deserved a tongue-lashing. Here is an interesting contest of user voice. It generated 1600 Haiku's about Palin getting a million dollars from Discovery. I wonder if twitter and txt culture makes for better Haiku contest?

Website Design SoupChat: Top Tips and Resources

Tech Soup Blog

Participants joined from social media and the TechSoup community, some having arrived fresh from a webinar on websites for libraries held the previous hour, where presenters from Alaska, Nebraska, and Colorado shared their web designs and took questions on their respective hosting platforms. On December 17, TechSoup hosted a SoupChat for nonprofits and libraries looking for more information on website design and hosting.

Embracing risk culture in nonprofits: let’s start talking about failure

ASU Lodestar Center

Shafer-Frie is a native of Alaska. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz. posted by Jordyn Shafer-Frie Fall 2018 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management. What is risk culture? “.staff staff at every level appropriately manage risk as an intrinsic part of their day-to-day work. Such a culture supports an open discussion about uncertainties and opportunities, encourages staff to express concerns, and maintains processes to elevate concerns to appropriate levels.”.

What is Data Poisoning?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earthjustice is dealing w/rightwing blogger saying we are responsible for high gas $$ b/c we're against Alaska drilling. | View | Upload your own. I attended a featured project session with MapThis , Ushahidi , and Greener One. Erik Hersmann, White African, mentioned the term "Data Posioning." " Later I found this blog post and presentation via Ivan Boothe where he defines it as: Data poisoning - what happens when your antagonist starts using it?

Beaconfire Survey: Vacation Time

Allegiance Group

Michael, Principal: Fantastic time on the “Float and Bloat” cruise to Alaska with Noona, Boompa, nephews, sons and Kindra! Periodically, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of issues. All opinions expressed here are solely those of their authors. Lots of Beaconfire staff (and our clients, too) went on big vacations this summer. Did you go someplace fun? Tell us your coolest vacation moment.

Grantseeking in 2017: Know the Scene — Transparency Rules

Tech Soup Blog

After 40 years in Alaska, we figure we can handle a few warm winters. For the past nine years, my husband and I have spent the winter months in Baja, Mexico. One of the best things about my time here each year is taking long walks along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and actually spending time thinking (a rare commodity for any of us these days).

Announcing My Next Book: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

Beth Kanter

Not long after, I was leading a workshop in Alaska at a nonprofit conference, and we had another chance to connect. I am excited to announce that I am working on my next book, tentatively titled “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.” I’m honored to be co-authoring this book with Aliza Sherman to be published in 2017 by Wiley.

Nancy Jo Craig’s Lifetime Achievement Award In Nonprofit Computer Refurbishment

Tech Soup Blog

They came from Alaska, from ad agencies on Madison Avenue, from everywhere. Each year the International Computer Refurbishers Summit awards a lifetime achievement award. This year the award went to Nancy Jo Craig who runs the nonprofit Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was not an easy road for Nancy. A short time after she took over a small troubled computer refurbishment nonprofit - hurricane Katrina hit.

Raising Money and Having Fun

Have Fun - Do Good

The Iditarod is a famous long-distance race in which big burly yapping dogs tow a sled and driver across Alaska. Corey Pudhorodsky from the 501c3cast sent me a great New York Times article called Having a Blast for a Good Cause.

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Webinar: Monthly Donors, Social Media, and Cross-Channel Integration: Critical Tactics to Boost Your Fundraising in 2013


Prior to joining Care2 Eric designed and executed integrated advocacy campaigns for environmental nonprofits including the National Environmental Trust, the Alaska Oceans Network, and the Marine Fish Conservation Network. Make 2013 the year your fundraising comes of age. Say good bye to "online fundraising" and "offline fundraising," there is only fundraising.

My Latest President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here are some of their stories: Aleda Schaf fer A student at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, Aleda Schaffer has worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter in Washington, DC, Alaska and Boston. Two or three times a year, I publish a president's update for Benetech. This latest one spotlights the many great interns, associates and fellows that are or were working for Benetech over this summer and into this year.

A for Native American Entrepreneurs?

Have Fun - Do Good

Census Bureau , the 2007 poverty rate of people who reported they were American Indian and Alaska Native, and no other race, was 25.3%. "Our tribal colleges and universities teach sustainability in everything they do, proving American Indians have long been ahead of the curve. This is what we call 'Thinking Indian.'

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Groundwire's 2012 Holiday Survival Guide


If the Pinterest boards from groups like Grist and Natural Resources Defense Council don't convince you that you can have pretty things while caring about the planet, then how about checking out these definitely pretty note cards and mobiles available at Alaska's Cook Inletkeeper. Do the holidays have to mean stressing out about shopping and kicking our sustainability values to the curb?

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How I Recycle Nearly Everything in Our Office

Tech Soup Blog

Just this week I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman named Anahma Shannon who organizes recycling efforts among 15 native villages in arctic northern Alaska for the tribal nonprofit, Kawerak , in Nome. For a very long time, I've been the recycling guy in our office. I set up special bins and boxes where our employees can drop off hard-to-recycle things either from home or work. Here are some tips and tricks I use to recycle pretty much everything in our office.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

This reminded me of Margaret Wheatley, who was the keynote speaker at a conference in Alaska where I was doing a workshop a few years ago. This post follows yesterday’s post about networked leadership skills. I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people.

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Research Friday: Strengthening the Economy through Civic Engagement

ASU Lodestar Center

These states are Alaska, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, and Vermont. posted by. Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D. Welcome to Research Friday ! As part of a continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit expert to highlight a research report or study and discuss how it can inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice.

Making Stories Work for Your Org: What the Data Says


On a late summer day in Alaska, a polar bear and her one year-old cub began swimming in search of sea ice to hunt for food… Nine days later, the polar bear's treacherous 427 mile swim ended when she found a thin sheet of sea ice. By Colin Holtz and Steve Daigneault, M+R Strategic Services Everyone is talking about "the power of stories" — social scientists, nonprofit directors, your mother, you name it. Connect emotionally to your supporters and they'll give!

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5 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech

Beth Kanter

Nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers, and community members contributed to the development of the game. Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since.

Searching For The World's 2012 Fittest CEO

Eric Jacobson

Fred Uytengsu , CEO of Philippines-based Alaska Milk Corporation said, "I am taking part in the CEO Endurance World Championships as yet another opportunity to challenge myself physically and mentally." The CEO Endurance World Championship is a made-for-TV event covering six grueling stages of competition from September 13 - 16, 2012 , and featuring 25 top CEOs that combine success in business with a healthy and fit lifestyle.

The 2010 NTC by the Numbers


Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa and North Dakota all represented with 1 attendee per state. . 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. As many of you know, we raised $10,020 to send 61 people to the NTC on scholarship , which has (so far) resulted in 556 views of the NTEN Community Rhapsody.

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Webinar: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Online Fundraising Campaigns


Prior to joining Care2 Eric designed and executed integrated advocacy campaigns for environmental nonprofits including the National Environmental Trust, the Alaska Oceans Network, and the Marine Fish Conservation Network. Most online fundraising begins and ends with email. The vast majority of donations made online are in response to an email from the charity asking for a donation. But many charities are skipping simple steps that can seriously boost response to email fundraising appeals!

Good News! Starbucks Signed an Agreement with Ethiopia

Have Fun - Do Good

In January, Starbucks ’ stores in: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, northern California, northern Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Texas, Maine, New Hampshire, parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island were rBGH-free. Guess what? Your advocacy made a difference.