Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #6: Joomla! As a web dev, and one into usability, accessibility and web standards, I did alot of research into which CMS were the best for my needs and my clients, and now favour Modx, sNews (and Xoops) as platforms that often get rarely mentioned, but do feel they do need raising awareness of.

Thoughts on the Future of Open Source and Nonprofits


Based on my informal assessment of attitudes and interest in the NTEN community about open source software, I think there's a significant and growing number of folks and organizations who are either interested in, already using, or even evangelizing open source solutions. Some folks may not have gotten up to speed on more recent developments, however -- and might be relying on "stale data" about open source tools: "Not ready for prime time."

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CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

More and more of my time is spent around both raising money and raising awareness of how much more could be done with technology to increase social impact. We’re thrilled that today’s rapid changes in technology are opening up tremendous new ways to address the problems they face.

Open Source Your Love: Geek Candy Hearts Messages

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And to remind you that there is still time to make a donation to A Day for Hearts Congential Hearts Defects Awareness Day or another charity of your choice. But I just couldn't resist " Open Source Your Love." I had it all planned.

When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Matching Techies With Social Causes SocialCoding4Good began with the idea of building a sort of for tech volunteerism — an algorithmic platform that would match individual software developers to nonprofit organizations that were building open source software for socially good causes.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Maybe open Social Graphs will help ? The latter may help boost awareness of the topic or cause and in some cases get picked up by news and other sites that collectively increases traffic. t documentation" from the list of what open source communities can learn from nonprofits.

The search for good web conferencing

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The search for good web conferencing August 17, 2007 I decided, perhaps rashly, that one way of exposing people to, and training people on, open source software, was by doing web conferencing. It is a free service right now, which is good, and the software behind it is open source, which is even better.

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SocialCoding4Good Going International with Random Hacks of Kindness

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Its mission is strongly aligned with our own at our SocialCoding4Good project: build awareness of technology serving humanity, engage technical volunteers to contribute their time and talents to design and develop it, and foster cross-sector collaboration to amplify its impact. It’s a terrific experience to spend a weekend hacking for social good. Knowing that you’re working with literally thousands of others worldwide makes it simply awe-inspiring.

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I came to Amsterdam yesterday to attend a summit meeting of open source foundations. There seem to be dozens of these groups, each built around one or more open source software project. Picture of the open source foundations summit.

NetCentric Advocacy: When Campaign 2.0 Met Citizen 2.0: A Confusing Love Story | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

Network-Centric Advocacy

Our campaigns must be aware that people can and do self-organize outside walled gardens our campaigns try to build from Obama and Harry Potter Alliance on myspace, to alumni associations on linked-in, to Hillarys Campaign headquarters in Secondlife. Social networks are not armies, they are open communities. Social networks are not armies, they are open communities. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Useful Hacks, Tricks & Tips for WordPress Users: Part 1

Byte Technology

Lots of WordPress users aren’t aware that, by default, the program shows your latest posts and added content on the homepage of your site. Your window will split and you’ll see all your source codes, and any changes you may make will instantly render on the page above.

12 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Now into the second quarter of 2017, three themes are taking shape that the nonprofit sector should be aware of. Source: 2016 Charitable Giving Report. Source: Dunham+Company. Source: 2016 Luminate Online Benchmark Report. Source: 2016 Donor Loyalty Study.

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#GivingShoesDay Creates a Shoe-Gooder Movement on Giving Tuesday

Connection Cafe

Through affiliate activation and strategic partnerships with brands and retailers, the #GivingShoesDay campaign is setting an example of how organizations can harness the power of the open source movement to drive support and awareness for their mission.

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University of Michigan – Setting a Higher Standard for Giving Days

Connection Cafe

Staying true to the open source movement that is Giving Tuesday, The Office of University Development focused on overall awareness for Giving Blueday but gave the participating schools, colleges, units, and organizations the freedom to add messaging for “why them.”

Hail to the Chairman, Joel Burton responds… and so do I | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

and+so+do+I 2006-04-02+19%3A21%3A22 Allan+Benamer Those of you on the NOSI e-mail list are probably aware of the comments I’ve made concerning OSS CMSes. Optaros, for instance, recently released a intelligent, interesting white paper that compared the relative strengths and featuresets of open source CMSs; that’s likely to help you understand which one is right for *you*, not which one is “best&# –a purely silly notion, that one is right for everybody.

Great reads from around the web on April 14th

Amy Sample Ward

Yet in addition to bringing greater awareness to that tool, the hype surrounding Moldova revealed misunderstanding of the value of of Twitter for activism and, even though the realists responded strongly, there was not a stand-alone resource which clearly defined how Twitter could be used by activists." "At local Penguin Days non-profit organizations explore the range of issues and options involved using Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS)."

Top Tools for Mobile Marketing


Ever since the American Red Cross and Humane Society adopted a texting campaign to raise awareness and collect donations for the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, other nonprofits have followed suit and to great success.

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When Perfect Is the Enemy of Excellent


But if you're on a budget, it can be costly to implement a design that isn't "CMS aware". All of this is possible in most widely-used open source content management systems, including Drupal.

How to deal with technology change

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Although I often get snarky about this, I am aware that I am guilty of this, too. 3) Platform choice: Look at a number of things – if it’s open source – how many developers are there? I saw a call for a ColdFusion developer on an email list I’m on, and I couldn’t help but think about technology choice and change, particularly in the website world, and how nonprofits deal with technology change (or, don’t deal with it.)

Top Tools for Mobile Marketing


Ever since the American Red Cross and Humane Society adopted a texting campaign to raise awareness and collect donations for the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, other nonprofits have followed suit and to great success.

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IntraHealth International Launches OPEN Initiative to Improve Public Health in Africa

Tech Soup Blog

The InterHealth OPEN Initiative has brought together a cadre of famous artists including Youssou N'Dour, Nas, Peter Buck from R.E.M. (a a fav of mine), Duncan Sheik, and others to help raise awareness and support of putting open-source software technologies directly in the hands of health care and aid workers around the globe. Open source technologies let us address health challenges collaboratively with African developers in the lead," said N'Dour.

How do you keep up?

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But it is useful to be aware of what’s happening on the bleeding edge, because at some point (probably soon) that stuff is going to be pretty standard. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How do you keep up? August 5, 2008 I have been thinking for the last few days about what it means to “keep up&# with the technology field, particularly ‘net technology.

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An interesting call from danah boyd

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Nor will you get to see the cool articles on alternate reality gaming, crowd-sourcing, convergent mobile media, and video game modding that are also in this issue. I agree with her that open journals are the future. Open-access is right. I recently because aware of this academic lockdown.

What I’m up to these days

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I am pretty instantly aware of when the person I’m talking with knows what they are doing. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What I’m up to these days January 29, 2008 As you might have noticed, my blogging has diminished a bit. It’s because, basically, I am about as busy as I’ve been in a very long time. It feels quite good, actually.

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Day aims to raise awareness of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and the benefits derived from their integration in the social, economic, cultural and political life of their communities. Exciting new tools, including a free, open source Android ebook reader and a free web-based ebook reader along with an accessible bookshelf in “the cloud.” This innovative approach is now opening up completely new horizons.

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Think associations are not using Twitter?


link] [link] (online and offline organizing; advocacy; [link] (immigrant & refugee rights, GLBT rights, open-source CMS, CiviCRM, grants) [link] [link] [link] [link] (online organizing, grassroots, web 2.0 for government, social networks, open-source CMS, etc.) Check out this list, courtesy TwitterPacks. Are you using Twitter on behalf of your association but not on the list? Go add yourself. Easy-peasy- lemon-squeezy.

Mozilla Community Changing more than just your Web Browser

Connection Cafe

When most people hear the word Mozilla, they think of the popular open source browser, Firefox and the plug-ins that help many of us to do our daily work on the web. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

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Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

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Generative Transformation talks about what leadership is , and means – particularly that it means self-awareness. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants October 30, 2006 This Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants has given me a chance to read some blogs I don’t usually get to read, since I’m so often focused in the tech field.

Linux desktops?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On the Windows side the hardware manufacturers make proprietary drivers for Windows, and very few make drivers for Linux, or open source their drivers so that Linux developers can use them. And, of course, designers need software that just don’t have high enough quality open source alternatives yet. Linux has made huge usability strides in the past few years, as has open source software in general, so I think the future is still bright. {

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Salesforce and your nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

Many of our readers may not be aware of the fact that Salesforce has created something called the Power of Us program. It should also be noted that it is an open-source product, which means that it does not have the same quality assurance as Salesforce proper. posted by.

Favorite Free Software

Robert Weiner

Ad-Aware — Anti-spyware and malware tool for PCs: [link]. Faxes arrive as email attachments: [link] (Be aware that they do things like periodically changing your fax number to induce you to pay. PHP and MySQL -– Really good open source code for building dynamic web sites: [link] and [link]. Joe Medina of Colby College asked members of the FUNDSVCS listserve about their favorite free software programs.

Purchasing Nonprofit Software: A Fundraiser’s Guide

NonProfit Hub

BidPal’s software offers an easy-to-use event website that will help with your brand awareness, event promotion, and social media integration. Your nonprofit has plenty to keep track of.

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Do-It-Yourself Online Safety Guide for Women (and Everyone Else)

Tech Soup Blog

The purpose of the guide is to help people, especially women, be more aware of the safety risks we take online. Aware of our limitations in grasping the complex details of this issue, Chayn decided to crowdsource the guide with female survivors.

Great reads from around the web on October 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Thankfully, we have some incredible nonprofits on the ground who continue to tackle these issues everyday, raise awareness and mobilize people into action. – "Well how about that – after Epic Change’s use of JustCoz, and Al Gore’s campaign with Climate Reality Project in September to get folks to donate their status updates, someone has gone and open sourced the concept.

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Drupal 101


I've been doing a lot of work with the open source content management system Drupal lately, and thought I'd share some thoughts on how to get a new site up and running. Drupal, you might recall, got high ratings in Idealware's March '09 report comparing open source content management systems. Fantastico offers automated installs for many popular open source CMSes, blogs and utilities.


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I know it was sort of in process when I was fading out, but I wasn’t much aware of it. Salesforce is a serious tool with a ton of functionality and it it supported by a growing community – some very much into open source software, building an ecology that goes beyond metaphors but that provides extremely interesting and useful tools.

Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest

Connection Cafe

Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change panel Sunday, March 14 at 03:30 PM – “Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change? Author: Jordan Viator.

Interview: John Brennan of OpenAction

Amy Sample Ward

″, that focuses on open standards and linking data. Many of us are aware of open source software and open architecture, but open philanthropy doesn’t exist yet. I recently had the opportunity to connect with John Brennan , the driving force behind , which empowers individuals and organizations by helping them tell the world about the positive impact their actions have.

Technology providers and Linux

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I think this is something that many nonprofits, especially those without in-house technology expertise aren’t that aware of. I’m really interested in helping technology providers get up to speed, so that the amount of support available for nonprofits using Linux (and open source in general) increases.

Why Use Widgets Anyhow?


Well, widgets are basically movable, sharable mini-applications that can be used to raise donations, take action on a cause or spread information and awareness about your mission. I am aware that at least Click and Pledge and Convio do. Awareness Raising & Mission Based Information This is a pretty broad category and its impossible to cover all the possible ways a widget can be used to get your message out or to distribute meaningful data to your supporters.

The Wealth of Networks, Part II

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

He lays out some interesting concepts, things I’d been aware of, but not really studied enough to articulate. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The Wealth of Networks, Part II October 29, 2006 Chapter 2: Some Basic Economics of Information Production and Innovation This is a really interesting chapter, where he lays out the basic economic theory behind information production.

Nerd Alert: All For Good vs. Social Actions

FI Space

Both offer APIs for creating apps and republishing their data, and both are open source projects of one form or another. On one hand, competition is good, and forces each of them to innovate and give their data sources a reason to stay involved.

Three random updates: Bing, iPhones, and Dropbox


What is really fascinating is how much the pressure is about being more open, as in open source/open content. We are really in a new era in which “pure” Open Source software has given way to much more of a continuum between being completely closed, proprietary, license-driven and being completely open. On Microsoft’s Bing what’s new in web search: By all accounts, Microsoft has a success with its re-crafted bing search site.