An alternative to ice bucketers and slacktivists

VolunteerMark

Building on Monday''s conversation that questioned the ice-bucket challenge, today we talk why 100 dedicated volunteers are better than 10,000 slacktivists. Read on for a chat about this and several strategies you can use today to recruit genuine activists into your cause

Alternatives to MySQL

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

For those of us that depend on MySQL everyday, the buyout of Sun (which had bought MySQL) by Oracle did not bode well. A decidedly biased survey by the folks behind PostgreSQL suggests that many people worry about the health of MySQL in Oracle’s hands. I’ve mentioned this before, and I do think the conventional wisdom is that open source software (which includes OpenOffice.org, MySQL and Java) will not flourish at Oracle.

Is Your Organization Looking At Alternative Audiences

Frogloop

One good way to identify alternative audiences is to look at the traffic from your existing users. That way you can highlight numbers around the obvious audiences and focus the group''s creative energy on coming up with alternatives.

RSS isn't dead: the best Google Reader alternatives | The Verge

AFP Blog

RSS isn't dead: the best Google Reader alternatives | The Verge : Feedly appears to be the heir apparent to Google Reader’s throne, a modern take on RSS that blends some of the niceties of Flipboard (like a “magazine view”) with useful Reader features like keyboard shortcuts and tags.

DEMOCRACY 2.0: the Keep-It-Simple-Stupid alternative to Robert’s Rules.

SocialFish

Post By C.D. Madson. —————– DEMOCRACY 2.0 is a new ultra lightweight rules of order system for democratic meetings, tailored to fit the needs of small to medium-sized non-profits, and designed for practical use by ordinary people facing everyday realities.

Your Alternatives For A Cash Loan Online

FI Space

Have you actually been in a negative scenario and you’ve unknown what direction to go about this? Obviously you’ve. All of us have. However, since that appears to assist us better when it comes to basically dealing with the problem, some of us have a tendency to walkaround like zombies while in the center of our depression.

Sponsorship As An Alternate Revenue Stream

Wild Apricot Blog

If you''re looking for some insight into using sponsorship to generate some non dues revenue, here are some ideas shared by our Small Membership Advisory Community members. sponsorship

6 Alternative Birthday Gift Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

What are alternative birthday gift ideas you've given or received? Cross-posted on BlogHer.com Flickr photo credit: Peace Begins With A Smile ~ Creative Commons uploaded by D Sharon Pruitt gift present alternative birthday holiday regift donation handmade

An Alternative to Writing RFPs for Nonprofit Websites and Technology

ASU Lodestar Center

Given that RFPs for technology and marketing services often waste time, effort, and money, you might be wondering, what could be an alternative solution? posted by Laura L Bush, Ph.D. Communications Director and Content Strategist Highway Twenty A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a common way nonprofit organizations invite bids for products and services. Any RFP includes a specific list of requirements that all responding vendors must address.

An Alternative to.org? Say Hello to.ngo - Technology - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

An Alternative to.org? The effort to find an alternative to.org comes at a time of big changes in the way Internet addresses are patrolled Say Hello to.ngo - Technology - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : But now the key organization that manages nonprofit addresses wants charities to adopt the suffix.ngo.

Sproutbuilder Update and Alternatives

Idealware

While this is decidedly good news, I did feel the need in the interim to see what alternatives exist and if any are worth exploring in more depth. Alternatives I plan to check out in more depth include Wix, PopFly (from Microsoft) and iWidgets. Last month nifty WYSIWYG online flash widget maker Sproutbuilder announced its plan to move to all pay accounts by March and like a lot of organizations I was pretty concerned about what this meant for my nonprofit clients.

Research Friday: Ten Types of Collaboration (an alternate view)

ASU Lodestar Center

From this, we developed an alternative list of ten types of collaboration, organized by increasing levels of integration, and which can be combined to make hybrids. posted by Craig Van Korlaar , CNP, Consultant and. Project Manager. Create Etc. Welcome to Research Friday !

Save the Children Alternative Gift Catalog: Amazing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Just adding to the meme of alternative gift giving ideas that Steve Garfield started last week. What is your favorite alternative gift-giving site or program Save the Children.

Research Friday: Legal Structure Alternatives to Lead Social Change

ASU Lodestar Center

An alternative that is available in Arizona is for a for-profit company to become a certified B-Corporation through B-Lab. Yet another alternative is to form a Social Cooperative. posted by Karina Lungo , Research Aide, ASU Lodestar Center. Welcome to Research Friday ! As part of a.

Museum 2.0: One-Pager: A Simple Alternative to Messy Websites

Network-Centric Advocacy

This must be the new design guide for campaigns, micro-sites and small nonprofits. Design your site to be super clear, simple and easy maintain. Cut, cut and cut again to to present a single set of value to user of the site and reduce need to keep the content fresh.

One-Pager: A Simple Alternative to Messy Websites

Museum 2.0

Does your institution's website look like a Frankenstein production--a patchwork of templates, designs, and menus that grows unbidden with the addition of new projects?

Six Alternative (U.S.) Cultural Venues to Keep an Eye On

Museum 2.0

I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues. Skill-sharing free schools. Community science workshops. Art spaces masquerading as laundromats and letterpresses.

Training Your Staff: Online Alternatives

Tech Soup Blog

Idealware , a partner of TechSoup's recently posted an article addressing how to train staff in simpler, more cost-effective ways. All of the methods listed use the web or some form of computer technology in order to avoid the hassle of going to off-site training seminars or conferences.

Making Alternative Meaning out of Museum Artifacts

Museum 2.0

Seb Chan has a lovely, long interview up at Fresh+New with Helen Whitty about the Powerhouse Museum's new mini-exhibition, the Odditoreum.

Black Friday Alternatives: Sleep-In, Buy Nothing, Wear Plaid

Have Fun - Do Good

Today is "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving when everyone is supposed to hit the stores to do their holiday shopping. "To To buy, or not to buy?" seems to be the question on do-gooders' minds. Below are four ideas for how to spend, or not spend, today.

Ask Idealware: eAdvocacy Alternatives to Kintera?

Idealware

Lenny asks : We're an all volunteer 501c4 that has been using Kintera. They're asking a great deal of money for continuing to use Kintera. We would greatly appreciate suggestions of other service providers. We talked to Democracy in Action but they only help c3's We do action alerts on state and local issues that enables our readers to send email to officials like the Governor, state legislators, city councils, and county commissions.

Twitter Replies by Email - Alternatives to TwitApps

Wild Apricot Blog

Sure, the code is going open source — inevitably, a new tool will come along — but what alternatives to TwitApps are out there right now? What do you do when a favorite web application goes away? That’s what some 4000 users of TwitApps are wondering, now that the Twitter-to-email tool is being dropped by its developer. When Christine Datillo tweeted, “ One of my favorite apps - Twitapps is shutting down. This kept me off twitter 24/7. I was emailed all replies.

About Hootsuite's Costly 'Freemium' Plans and Free Twitter Alternatives

Influence

In our trials, we did find it a worthwhile alternative, but ultimately stuck with Hootsuite because it is not as full-featured or easy to use. However, Twitter is the only supported social network, there is no mobile alternative, and there is no team collaboration. Recently, HootSuite, a prominent social media dashboard, introduced a new “Freemium” pricing structure, which offers basic Web services at different price points.

TechSoup Offices Closed July 5: And Alternatives for Your Fourth of July Enjoyment

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup offices will be closed Monday, July 5, 2010, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: "If you have to leave, why did you.

ASU Lodestar Center

Tan , Public Allies Arizona Program Manager ASU Lodestar Center As Ive done every March for the past four years, I participated as a Team Leader in United Ways Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in the metro Washington D.C. From the students perspective, there are many compelling reasons for coming to Alternative Spring Break. I have never been a part of an alternative spring break, but I have been involved with a number of local youth programs.

Thinking Mobile in 2013 – Being Responsive

NetWits

Let's dive into this term and discover what responsive design is all about, why it is important for nonprofits and what your alternatives are if responsive design is not the best fit for your organization. The mobile buzzword of the year is "responsive design." Interactive Mobile Nonprofit web design Nonprofit websites responsive design

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Direct Mail Is Here to Stay (and How)

Everyaction

The other alternative is that you can set this up in EveryAction, hit the update counts button, and get results in under 2 minutes! (This is the third post in our New Year, New Heights development series. Need to catch up? Click here for practical tips on improving your email program this year and here for an in-depth look at three reporting tools every nonprofit should have to improve their fundraising strategy.).

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Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Everyaction

Often alternately known as legacy programs, Planned Giving programs are a means of cultivating strong relationships with planned gift donors and supporting them throughout the complicated process of enacting a planned gift.

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Wild Apricot Blog : Does Open-Source Software Fall Down on Usability?

Wild Apricot Blog

What Type of Decision Maker Are You?

Vertex Systems

Maximizing – I look at ALL alternatives in order to find the best option. It has since been juxtaposed against "maximizing" decision making which focuses on choosing the best of all alternatives. Tim’s Maximizing Solution : Weigh all alternatives to find best of all alternatives.

Banking on Bitcoin: Nonprofit Success Stories Start to Emerge - Ideas & Advice - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Banking on Bitcoin: Nonprofit Success Stories Start to Emerge - Ideas & Advice - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : When representatives from alternative, Internet-based currencies like NobleCoin began pitching the Water Project last year, they met plenty of skepticism.

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8 Benefits Of Crowdfunding

AFP Blog

8 Benefits Of Crowdfunding : Crowdfunding is becoming one of the great alternatives to a traditional bank loan or government grant. When you’re trying to raise awareness or start an advocacy campaign, gathering donations from a number of interested people is far preferable to borrowing money from an impersonal organization that you’ll probably have to pay back with interest

If This Then That for Non-Profits | npENGAGE

AFP Blog

If This Then That for Non-Profits | npENGAGE : If This Then That (IFTTT), offers a creative, unique, free and practical alternative to keeping up with your multiple social media initiatives. This tool has so many mind-blowing applications for non-profits that I just had to share it with the world

The Remote Office: Putting Free Video Conferencing Tools to the Test | Idealware

AFP Blog

However, as we’ve grown, we’ve had some quality issues, so we decided to check out the free alternatives and compare them. " 'via Blog this The Remote Office: Putting Free Video Conferencing Tools to the Test | Idealware : "For the remote office, the casual chat or the quick around-a-monitor powwow isn’t possible, so scheduled meetings take on a whole new importance. In the past, we primarily used Google Hangouts for meetings between in-office and remote staff.

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Nonprofit Data Migration Made Easier with Carr Partnership

3rd Sector Labs

Fortunately there are other alternatives available beyond the 800-pound gorilla in the space.

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15 conversation starters for rebooting charity

Steve Bridger

Our focus now should be on finding alternatives that tap the power of networks such as ‘crowd-funding’, which not only bring in money, but it also power community. I’ve been invited to give a keynote at the Third Sector Social Media Convention in June. I wanted to frame some of what I will talk about by asking a few open questions. Quite a few, actually.

Are Blog Search Services Less Relevant Than Traditional Search

AFP Blog

Are Blog Search Services Less Relevant Than Traditional SearchPosted using ShareThis We are experimenting in using alternative posting services such as share this.

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Lifeplayer, the MP3 Radio for the World's Most Forgotten | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Lifeplayer, the MP3 Radio for the World's Most Forgotten | Fast Company: "Lifeplayer, the MP3 Radio for the World's Most ForgottenBY Jenara NerenbergTodayAn alternative to school and formal education, the Lifeplayer could democratize education in Africa

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Low sign-ups force postponement of London Twestival

AFP Blog

While the organisers of this year’s event, which was due to raise money for BeatBullying, say they are working to find alternative date for later this year, no date is yet fixed Low sign-ups force postponement of London Twestival : The London Twestival, a Twitter-based fundraising event due to be held this Monday, was called off this week citing low ticket sales and a lack of support from the tech community.

Join me on the 100th episode of Nonprofit Radio today!

Amy Sample Ward

Listen live or archive : On Friday at 1pm: Talking Alternative Radio, Fridays, 1-2PM Eastern. I’m really excited to join Tony Martignetti for the 100th episode of Nonprofit Radio.

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Step Beyond Your Comford Zone

Eric Jacobsen Blog

From that health club's monthly fitness magazine, Experience Life , Akradi says: Once we get comfortable in our habitual patterns, we may fail to notice when they have outworn their useful purpose, or when new alternatives might serve us better.

Activate

Steve Bridger

For example, should we give more focus to finding alternatives that tap the power of networks such as ‘crowd-funding’, which not only bring in money, but it also power the community? I attended the Guardian’s Activate summit this week and was heartened to see a sprinkling of attendees from our sector. It is refreshing to witness many of our oldest charities embracing technology and the social web like toddlers finding the space to play and make new friends.

Thinking Mobile in 2013 – Being Responsive | npENGAGE

AFP Blog

Let us do a quick dive into this term and discover what responsive design is all about, why it is important for nonprofits and, most importantly, what your alternatives are if responsive design is not the best fit for your organization Thinking Mobile in 2013 – Being Responsive | npENGAGE : It is 2013, and the mobile buzzword is “responsive design.” Why has it become one of the latest design buzzwords to hit the blogosphere?

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