Incredibly Important Opening at Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A cover letter that articulates why this person wants to work for Benetech in this role and a resume is all we need. We're looking for someone great to take on a crucial new position at Benetech, Vice President, Fund Raising. Benetech has been expanding its impact rapidly over the last few years, and we need a dynamic executive to join our senior leadership team.

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Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Amy Sample Ward

I wrote a blog post called, Mashups, Open APIs, and the Future of Collaboration in the Nonprofit Tech Sector. It has been incredibly exciting to see how open source projects like Social Actions tend to grow in fits and bursts, depending on the demands and resources made available by users.

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Open Source Strategic Planning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. Note from Beth: Since the concept of working in Networks is can be hard to explain to newcomers, learning from case studies, stories, and examples can be illuminating.

Gender, Race and Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Gender, Race and Open Source June 29, 2007 My session on Free and Open Source software and the US Social Forum went great yesterday. There were a very wide range of people there, from folks who didn’t know a whole lot about open source, to those who were developing open source apps.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The “Open Source Software is Free&# myth July 14, 2008 I had a startling realization a few days ago. No credible nonprofit technology open source advocate has ever suggested that open source software was free to implement. We talk much more about the value and values that free and open source software bring to the table.

3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

First things first, you should be able to articulate to your board what role you’d like to see them have in your development plan. Getting development teams and their nonprofit boards to work in alignment can be challenging.

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What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realize that I haven’t talked about this in a while, and I’m not sure I’ve actually ever articulated this completely on this blog. In many ways for me, the most important aspect of free and open source software is that it does just that – it levels the playing field so that people and organizations with few resources can have access to quality tools to do what it is they need and want to do in this software-driven world.

Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

In the last six years, Community Boost_r , ReStart Challenges , and Things Camp have used an open community challenge model. "It's totally open," Worman said. " Spreading the Word about the Open Challenges.

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Five Tips for A Successful Open Source CMS Project on a Budget


Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work." Anyone who's built a site in an open-source CMS knows that that's far from true. Here are five tips for making an open-source web project manageable, affordable and successful. Articulate a mission for your project.

Create Core Values

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Create Core Values Sometimes when you are leading an organization or business and struggling to articulate your core values, it helps to see how others have stated theirs. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

Web 2.0 Part Vb:APIs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Part Vb:APIs October 20, 2006 This morning, I sat in on the " Great Open API Debate " hosted by NTEN. So, first off, one of the interesting things was that there was some initial differences of opinion as to how to define open APIs, and what they were used for. The other vendors either supply their paying customers with APIs, or, in the case of civicspace, the APIs are, well, free and open, like everything else about open source.

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One-Man Bands and Museum Labor as an Access Barrier

Museum 2.0

Last week, I asked what are the barriers to keep us from throwing open the doors. I hope to hear you articulate your thoughts in comments or on social. But as a field, we don’t always articulate our work norms to each other. They can’t throw open the doors.

PostSecondary Success


Expert practitioners have built successful course pathways, reduced the cost of math remediation by $5,000 per course, worked together to jointly author textbooks (increasing quality and reducing duplication), and created articulate programs of study; many other examples exist.

The Yin and Yang of Building Email Lists

Connection Cafe

Instead of measuring size, new metrics such as deliverability rates, open rates, click-thru rates and conversions are used to assess the quality of your growth and help determine the return on investment.

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Worldchanging: Bright Green: Obama for America's Lessons on Technology for Social Change

Network-Centric Advocacy

it’s a losing game to pick winning technologies – instead, we need to use whatever works to put forward a clearly articulated set of values. The campaign was successful because the tech decisions were led by this progression and empowered by the willingness of folks like David Plouffe to be open to innovation action. use what works to put forward clearly articulated set of values

The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Work for Your Organization

Connection Cafe

In order to truly tap into that potential, we must look beyond traditional sector roles, titles, and stereotypes and create real societal value – not just profit — and think openly and creatively about the value that each partner brings to the relationship.

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Lessons Learned from Starting a Nonprofit in 2015

NonProfit Hub

We’ve been running Nonprofit Hub as its own NPO over the years, but last year we decided to expand our mission by opening a collaborative nonprofit coworking space in our HQ town of Lincoln, NE.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

As befits a funder focused on increasing empathy in the world, “We reward our partners for being open, honest, and making themselves vulnerable—and we do the same,” Rothberg said.

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Preparing Your Nonprofit Board for a Fundraising Campaign


Can and do board members articulate this focus to others, particularly potential donors? Can board and staff clearly articulate what will be different as a result of the campaign? Has the board openly and authentically had discussions (more than one!)

How To Embrace Failure As A Way To Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Clearly articulate lessons learned. Shed the discomfort of uncertainty, which is the only way to open your mind to all possibilities. “On the path to success, we trip and lose our footing from time to time.

APIs from Kintera and Convio – A new beginning? | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2007 at 8:53 am by Jeff Herron (10 posts) The past two weeks have seen some exciting developments as both Kintera and Convio launched Open API programs, Kintera Connect and Convio Open respectively. d like to applaud both vendors for listening to the nonprofit community, vendors and organizations like NTEN etc as the concepts of openness, APIs and the transparency of Web 2.0 t articulate them as characteristics per se. The openness ??

Grant Writing 101: Your GPS to Success

Connection Cafe

You need to clearly articulate your project in a sincere and compelling manner. Most funders will be open to ongoing relationships with organizations they have funded. Wanna know a secret? I once ran my own grant writing business.

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Building Windows in Philanthropy: 4 Benefits of a Culture of Transparency

Connection Cafe

However, if your organization welcomes transparency with open arms, it can get ahead of the curve building trust with donors. By giving a window into your organization, you are opening yourself up to fresh ideas and allowing people who may want to move in the same direction to join forces.

Inspiring Loyalty: Donor Stewardship in Arts and Culture

Connection Cafe

If the organization fails to clearly articulate the expectations a donor should have regarding the post gift-giving process, the organization will likely not meet the donor’s expectations and therefore, lose the loyalty and financial support of that donor. They should also conduct regular meetings with staff members on the success of these efforts and encourage an open dialogue around issues that may arise.

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

Here are some of the principles articulated in Pillar 5 of the Performance Imperative: The board, management, and staff take on the challenge of collecting and using information, not because it’s a good marketing tool and not because a funder said they have to.

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President’s Update - Spring 2012

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our team articulately expressed direct, succinct truths that required no editing. The Seven Benetech Truths: Social Change Through Technology We Get Stuff Done Right Stuff Right Open Over Proprietary Partnership Over Going Alone Value Flexibility Personal and Professional Development Social Change Through Technology Benetech is about social change first and foremost. Open Over Proprietary We’re an open source organization.

Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

You will learn the theory and practice of how to open your organization to robust community participation. Come to this two-day bootcamp to: Articulate your goals for community participation at your organization.

6 Tips for Creating Engaging Email Newsletters

NonProfit Hub

If you haven’t articulated your newsletter’s goals recently, or you are just starting to plan a new newsletter, it’s important to sit down with your team, establish a list of primary objectives , and prioritize them. Sponsored by iContact.

Benetech Truths

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Writing them down has been powerful for us: these truths articulate who we are and how we do things at Benetech. 4 We prefer open to proprietary (internal and external). Benetech seeks to be open internally and externally. While respecting individual privacy and our other values, we foster a collaborative work environment through open communication. We rely on open source tools for information exchange and development tools, as appropriate.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

Connection Cafe

Technology is dramatically changing the way we work and live our lives, and the social good community needs to account for this digital transformation that demands increased transparency and also opens new doors.

7 Ways to Integrate Stories into Your Nonprofit’s Donor Stewardship Strategy

Connection Cafe

Imagine opening a thank you letter that instead began with a quote from a heart-warming story of a person who benefited from a service that that gift funded. That’s a much better way to hook your reader and focus on articulating the impact they are a part of. photo cred:Flickr.

More From #P2P15 | The Most Tweetable Peer to Peer Moments

Connection Cafe

During the opening session Jeff Shuck, CEO of Plenty, went “Behind the Numbers” of the Peer to Peer Thirty. I was thrilled to attend the Peer to Peer Professional Forum to swap stories and strategies with some of the finest minds in fundraising and P2P.

Let's Stop Talking about What People Need

Museum 2.0

It''s really important to be able to articulate what we need to achieve our institutional missions. I don''t hear this phrase accompanied by evidence-based articulation of "needs" of audiences. "Our job is not to give people what they want but what they need."

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What I’ll be writing about (and not writing about)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realized, in getting this stuff, and trying to figure out what to do with it, that I needed to be better at understanding myself what I was doing, and articulating that clearly. In the realm of things in my life that this blog is meant to cover, I have two passions: data, and moving data around, and open source software. I’ll always be talking about open source software, particularly as it relates to web applications, but more generally as well.

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Grantseeking in 2017: Know the Scene — Be Bold!

Tech Soup Blog

Lovely, articulate, and bold vision. For years I have preached the importance of understanding the true need, the real issue that your organization is trying to solve, and making sure that need is clearly documented and articulated in grant requests.

Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have embraced this approach myself and I make it clear to my team that I would rather not get a pre-dawn email , but instead get a more fully articulated idea after they have had time to contemplate it and strategize on how to make it effective.”.

The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here: New Power

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It goes like this: The Crowd Leader: Combines new power leadership model with a commitment to, and articulation of, new power values.

Tips on landing a job in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

Cultivate and articulate your tech skills. Visit the ASU Lodestar Center Job Board for open nonprofit job positions. posted by. Martha Miner , Manager of Human Resources. Greater Phoenix. Economic Council.

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What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

Having a leadership team aligned across an organization articulating the purpose, value, and rationale for a project goes a long way towards getting stakeholders and end-users pulling the proverbial rope in the same direction. Is there an ongoing plan for communicating that vision down through the ranks in a consistent, open, and ongoing manner? What makes an IT project successful?

8 Steps to Outcomes-Oriented Collaboration

NonProfit Hub

We discovered that if you are in the role of promoting collaboration among others, you need to articulate your definition of collaboration and what your expectations are for outcomes. Nonprofits today are increasingly asked to collaborate.

Bridging Social Technologies and Sustainable Development: Social Squared

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

O , he says, stands for open. If you don’t have an open environment inside your company or country, these new tools will blow you wide open. With this in mind, I propose a different articulation of the acronym SOCIAL: S is for society.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Techniques We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

Museum 2.0

When would the market be open and under what conditions? But the answers hewed to the priorities articulated through these two exercises.

How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education


First, identify clear learning objectives that articulate what participants will know or be able to do as a result of the session.