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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Free Alternatives to Ning

Influence

" Where does that leave those of us who need a free-for-use Ning alternative? The following were both collaboratively edited by dozens of people across the internet: Alternatives to Ning Spreadsheet. Alternatives to Ning Document. Ning , the leading free social media platform provider has recently lost not only its CEO, but also about 40 percent of its workforce. For its nearly 20 million monthly visitors, this means a rate increase.

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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.

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 !

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Wild Apricot Blog

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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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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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.

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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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

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

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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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.

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?

Facing $600K in cuts, Philadelphia-area high school seeks to raise funds through eBay listing

AFP Blog

A tongue-in-cheek listing describes the alternative school for at-risk teens as "pre-owned" and "slightly used Facing $600K in cuts, Philadelphia-area high school seeks to raise funds through eBay listing : LANGHORNE, Pa. Forget magazine drives and candy sales. A cash-strapped high school near Philadelphia hopes to raise money by auctioning itself on eBay. The starting bid of just under $600,000 for The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pa., is designed to offset steep budget cuts.

UNTECH10 - Association Bisnow - Washington

AFP Blog

UNTECH10 - Association Bisnow - Washington: "When ASAE's Tech Conference was snowed out last week, association techies improvised to create UnTech10, an unofficial alternative at the Renaissance Hotel. Thanks to a Twitter marketing push, nearly 100 showed up in-person and more than 400 participated through a live webcast

On tweeting during conferences — SocialFish

AFP Blog

But I’d like to offer an alternative viewpoint. From Maddie GrantOn tweeting during conferences — SocialFish: "Hi all,I do think sometimes it’s a very good idea to be “laptops down” during a presentation. In my experience, event attendees are MORE engaged when they are using Twitter

Google Reader Retirement Planning; Cultivating Engagement and More

Wild Apricot Blog

With details on what the cancellation of Google Reader might mean for associations and alternatives; ideas for cultivating engagement; and obsolete conference videos. Here are four of the latest links we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam.

House approves MPAA-backed college antipiracy rules | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone

AFP Blog

House approves MPAA-backed college antipiracy rules | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone: "t says higher-education institutions participating in federal financial aid programs 'shall' devise plans for 'alternative' offerings to unlawful downloading--such as subscription-based services--or 'technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity.'Leading

[Cool Infographic Friday] Clues to Facebook’s Future From Facebook Investing

SocialFish

I don’t know enough about investing to have any clue about whether this is true or not, however I find this kind of alternate /circumstantial data fascinating to think about.

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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