How Baltimore Became the Most Generous City in America on Giving Tuesday

Connection Cafe

With this in mind, Jamie and her team decided to do something greater for their clients and for themselves as givers, so they set their sights on building a campaign that would be meaningful for their entire city, Baltimore. The media would have you believe that Baltimore isn’t exciting or vibrant, so we wanted to declare on a very visible day that we’re the most generous city. What does it take to really commit to a goal—one bigger than you’ve ever set for yourself before?

Baltimore GiveCamp's "Code for Charity" Weekend Helps 30 Nonprofits | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

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Baltimore GiveCamp''s "Code for Charity" Weekend Helps 30 Nonprofits | Virtual-Strategy Magazine : his year’s Baltimore GiveCamp, an annual marathon weekend of “Coding for Charity,” will take place from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Campus in Baltimore, MD. Baltimore GiveCamp is the largest volunteer technology event in Maryland

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Three Musts Before AFP 2015 in Baltimore

NonProfit Hub

And although your schedule is undoubtedly chock-full right up until that flight or drive in to Baltimore, there are a few key steps you need to make sure happen before the conference. What are you most looking forward to about AFP 2015 in Baltimore? The post Three Musts Before AFP 2015 in Baltimore appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. One of our favorite nonprofit fundraising conferences is upon us—and we’re less than a week away.

#TBT to That Time the Baltimore Ravens Taught Me an Important Lesson in Fundraising

Connection Cafe

On February 3 rd the underdog won out and the Baltimore Ravens became Super Bowl champions! In 2008, the Baltimore Ravens made what some would say was an unconventional hire when they named John Harbaugh as their new Head Coach. What’s the one thing that holds us back? What gets in our way of being extraordinary? I’ve got one word for you: fear. Whether rational or irrational, our fears keep us from moving forward.

AAM 2013: Let's Talk in Baltimore

Museum 2.0

I''m also hoping while in Baltimore to have conversations to explore a few of these topics: Social bridging: how to design for it, how to assess it, who it works for, who it doesn''t. If you''re interested in exploring any of these topics next week in Baltimore, let''s do it. I''m heading to the American Alliance of Museums'' annual conference this weekend, and I''m psyched to reconnect with friends and mentors and meet new people who can inspire and stimulate fresh ideas.

Baltimore Crafts Fair 2005

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

For over a decade my wife and I have been taking our neice Sarah to the Baltimore Crafts Fair the last week of February each year. Sarah's work. Since she was a child she would tell us she would be exhibiting there someday.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The best TV ever made.

See What's Out There

Budget woes in Baltimore just killed an investigation into 22 murders. And belt tightening at the Tribune companies has gutted the Baltimore Sun’s newsroom.

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a Model for Jewish Fundraising?

AFP Blog

Schapiro, 2014-15 fundraising campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. - Schapiro, 2014-15 fundraising campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. - Schapiro, 2014-15 fundraising campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. - Schapiro, 2014-15 fundraising campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. -

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Enhancing the Donor Experience : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Enhancing the Donor Experience : FundRaising Success: "n her presentation at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore earlier this month, Bridget Brandt, senior marketing manager at Sage Nonprofit Solutions, discussed some keys to creating loyal donors through their experiences with your organization.

Maryland Daily Record

AFP Blog

Maryland Daily Record: "Spread the word with TwitterBetsy NelsonSpecial to The Daily RecordSeptember 11, 2009Like many in the nonprofit world, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) tries to ensure that it is up on the latest technology.

Are You Counting or Are You Measuring? : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "Continuing our coverage of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 47th International Conference held in Baltimore last month, Steve MacLaughlin , director of Internet solutions at Blackbaud, shares his presentation, 'Everything You Need to Know About Measuring Online Results but Were Afraid to Ask.'Our Are You Counting or Are You Measuring?

What's It Cost? ROI of social media can be an intangible- The NonProfit Times March 15, 2011

AFP Blog

When it comes to deploying assets, where to be in cyberspace is a tough decision.Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Baltimore is going through the evaluation process. What's It Cost? ROI of social media can be an intangible- The NonProfit Times March 15, 2011: "here's Facebook, Second Life, Myspace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and now Jumo. There are many smaller social networking platforms.

Twitter in the Charm City


In Baltimore, Twitter is a popular tool for meeting new people and tracking local news, especially among the Creative Class. However, there's an assumption that a significant portion of Baltimore isn't using Twitter, including the many people who reside in low-income neighborhoods. About 2 to 4 percent of the tweets, or posts to Twitter, from the Baltimore area are associated with a location. (A Hosting the Grand Prix has been a controversial issue in Baltimore.).

[AFP 2015] AFP CEO and President Shares Fundraising Insight

NonProfit Hub

When you put 4,000 fundraisers at one conference, there’s a certain energy in the air—and it was infectious at AFP 2015 in Baltimore. But what seemed to be the topic on everybody’s mind? Improving retention was huge. We caught up with AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt to talk about the current state of fundraising and what NPOs could be doing to improve their organizations. Check out what he had to say in the video below.

Share Buttons and Bars

NCE Social Media

A nice example can be found at The Arc of Baltimore’s website. Are you using share buttons and or bars on your websites? They are a key enabler to make your site and it’s content viral, i.e. allowing people who view it to easily share it with others.

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Blue Fox CEO Chantal Sheehan Set to Speak at NTEN's 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Blue Fox

The conference will take place March 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. Sheehan will speak on how to have meaningful financial conversations with a nonprofit board of directors.


Connection Cafe

At the very last minute, I was swept away from Baltimore (and my speaking duties) and missed the entire conference. Author: Lacey Kruger. Nope, this post is not about Election Day. I always vote early, so I suppose I am a bit absent from this day.

Donation Form Optimization: A new report available from Donordigital and Convio

Connection Cafe

And, if you are attending the Convio Summit #convio10 next week in Baltimore, be sure to check out the session, Raise More Money Through Stronger Donation Form Conversion on Tuesday, October 26 @ 1:00 – 2:15 PM. Author: Jill Ward.

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6 Can’t-Miss Conferences for Nonprofits in 2018

NonProfit Hub

February 26 (Phoenix) & May 21 (Baltimore). This year there are two BloomCon events—one in Phoenix and one in Baltimore. With the new year comes another wave of amazing conferences for nonprofiteers and business leaders alike. We’ve researched many of these conferences, met with the people behind the scenes and were even able to attend a handful. From our experiences we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the can’t-miss conferences for nonprofits this year. Take a look!

SEA Chapters

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Louis, and our second one in Baltimore, and more are forming all the time. I recently took on the role of chairing the Social Enterprise Alliance, the main grassroots group representing social enterprises in the U.S. and Canada. One of our new strategies to respond to the increasing demand for social enterprise knowledge is to encourage chapters to form. The initial chapters have just been starting this year. Our first chapter was in St.

Five Elements of Perfect Nonprofit Landing Pages

NonProfit Hub

Check out the rest of the five elements by visiting >> You can catch Jay Wilkinson at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore at 8:30am on Monday, March 30. On your website, landing pages are where the action happens—at least, that’s the goal. Good nonprofit landing pages can make your website a converting machine. If a landing page is designed well, users will know exactly what you want them to do within five seconds.

DIY Digital Storytelling Resources from TechSoup

John Haydon

Free Running in Baltimore by Wide Angle Youth Media created by Tyson Sanford-Griffin. “‘Free Running in Baltimore’ was created in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project Program. The film was made by our youth participant, Tyson Sanford-Griffin, whose love of free running has been hampered by safety concerns in urban Baltimore. To create and share inspiring stories online, nonprofits need both storytelling resources and inspiration.

TeamRaiser Benchmarks are Here!

Connection Cafe

It feels good to be back in Texas after an action-packed Convio Summit in Baltimore last week! Author: Noel Beebe. Howdy folks! Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the session I presented with my colleague Robyn Mendez, Let’s Get Nerdy – Taking a Data-Driven Approach to Event Strategy. We had a great time hearing about the new and innovative ideas buzzing around the event fundraising community.

Summit Quick Tips

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If you are with us in Baltimore, you can make your Summit experience even better with a little bit of inside scoop. Author: Blair Naylor. Convio Summit 2011 kicks off today! Keynote : Don't miss this year's keynote speaker Chip Bell, best-selling author and entrepreneur, today from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Registration : Have your badge email printed out? Go to the 3rd floor for Express Registration - scan - print - you're done! Didn't bring your printed confirmation page?

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Vote 2012!

Connection Cafe

Point 3: in the last 5 years, the Convio Summit has been located variously in DC, Austin, and Baltimore. We're already committed to Baltimore in 2011, as well. Author: Sally Heaven.

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Are you an Innovator? Submit by 8/12!

Connection Cafe

Winners will be recognized at the Convio Summit on October 3rd in Baltimore. Author: Jill Ward. Every year at Summit , our client conference, we honor organizations that are doing truly innovative things, whether its tech-related, campaign-specific or data management brilliance. Our call for Innovator nominations end this Friday, August 12th at midnight, so if you're a Convio client we really hope you will submit!

Analytics: Taking the First Step

Connection Cafe

In fact, the upcoming conference in Baltimore has a symposium on specifically analytics. I remember when I first started to incorporate analytics with prospect research… I was terrified! I was placing expectations on myself that were not realistic. Once I released the notion that I needed to be perfect or that I didn’t have five years of experience, then I was able to start absorbing the whole process.

#GivingTuesday Countdown: One Month to Go!

Connection Cafe

The City of Baltimore, MD, sought to unleash its philanthropic potential and be the most generous city in America. It’s one month until #GivingTuesday. Are you ready? GivingTuesday, the official “opening day” of the holiday giving season, is just four short weeks away.

From Summit, To the Road Ahead

Connection Cafe

Earlier this month the Convio community – clients, partners and employees – took Baltimore by storm. Author: Gene Austin. With 1200 people and 70+ workshops, the sixth annual Convio Summit was an exceptional success. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you, some familiar faces, many others new. And to those of you who I did not get a chance to meet this year, I hope we’ll meet at next year.

Coming Soon: Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

For the next week, Connection Cafe will become your window in to the nonprofit rockstar genius that is converging in Baltimore. Author: Cheryl Black. If you read Connection Cafe regularly, follow @Convio on Twitter or are a fan of the Convio Facebook page - well, first things first, thank you. But second, you may be aware of this little thing called Convio Summit that's beginning tomorrow. You may even be joining us there which is super awesome.

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#GivingTuesday: A Great Day for Business to do Good!

Connection Cafe

In Baltimore, The Charmery local ice cream shop created a custom flavor for #GivingTuesday and donated all proceeds to supporting the City’s BMoreGivesMore campaign. #GivingTuesday 2013 might over, but no it’s not! Technically, it’s not December 3 rd anymore, so the day itself has passed for the year. But, in my mind, #GivingTuesday is so much more than a day. It’s a spirit that’s all about doing good whether you’re an individual, a company, a city, a business, whatever.

Things We Like (May 2015)


This great piece extends context to the long, painful, and repetitive history of how Baltimore became Baltimore. Privilege and racism in history extend far beyond Baltimore’s gates. Following is the monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Walidah Imarisha answers the question, “ Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? ” in this video. This space reserved for your own reflection of historic racism in your city and region.]

You Know You Want Our Tchotchkes

Connection Cafe

Mark your calendar for October 3-5, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland as the Convio annual conference returns to Charm City! Author: Sally Heaven. It's spring and the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and. the online marketers are conferencing. Conferences are a great way to meet other Convio users, gain best practices, and think creatively about online marketing. Let's take a virtual tour of some upcoming conferences and I'll give you a preview of where you can see.

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The team, a little faith and fundraising success!

Connection Cafe

On February 3 rd the underdog won out and the Baltimore Ravens became Super Bowl champions! In 2008, the Baltimore Ravens made what some would say was an unconventional hire with they named John Harbaugh as their new Head Coach. Last week I introduced you to my fundraising revolution. Are you fired up and ready to join? I know I promised you more data, but first I hope you’ll indulge me in sharing a story with you.

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Social Media Makes a Splash at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference

Connection Cafe

Last week at the 47th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference in Baltimore, online fundraising and outreach was a key issue covered throughout the event and the topic of social media was more popular than ever to this group of fundraising pros. Author: Jordan Viator.

Come to SocialDev Camp East!


"SocialDevCamp East is the Unconference for Thought Leaders of the Future Social Web Following up on the successful premiere of SocialDevCampEastSpring2008, held in Baltimore in May, SocialDevCamp East Fall 2008 once again invites east coast developers and technology business leaders to come together for a thoughtful discussion of the ideas and technologies that will drive the future of the social web.

#GivingZOODay Highlights #GivingTuesday for Zoos and Aquariums

Connection Cafe

Michelle Boyle, director of institutional advancement at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, will share her organization’s #GivingZOODay strategy. Started in 2011 by 92 nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday occurs on Tuesday, Nov. The day is dedicated to bringing people together around the values of giving back. Since 2011, it has become a global movement that connects individuals, communities, and organizations.

Dueling moral high grounds

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

President Marc Mauer of the National Federation of the Blind just had an excellent op ed published by the Baltimore Sun entitled Bias against blind book lovers. Mauer does a great job in capturing the advocacy position of the Reading Rights Coalition. This is a case of dueling moral high grounds. The Authors Guild are pressing the cause of authors' rights to make more money (in theory). The Reading Rights Coalition and NFB are advocating for the equal rights of disabled people.

Maximizing Lifetime Value Part 1

Connection Cafe

And speaking of sustainers, mark your calendar now for the Convio Summit - October 3-5 in Baltimore - because David Glass from World Wildlife Fund is going to be presenting a session again this year on sustainers. Author: Sally Heaven. This is the first post in a 2-part series I'm writing about maximizing lifetime donor value. Sustainers are where the money is. What are sustainers?

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Open Thread: Your Stories of Risk and Reward

Museum 2.0

And if you''re coming to Baltimore, please join us on Wednesday May 22 at 10:15 for a lively conversation informed by your stories. What''s the biggest professional risk you''ve taken? What happened after you took the risk? In three weeks, Kathleen McLean and I are co-hosting a freewheeling talk show at the American Alliance of Museums conference. The theme is "risk and reward," and we plan to explore both individual and institutional relationships to risk-taking.

It’s the Season of Giving!


Alix , Marketing Manager : Hampden Christmas Lights in Baltimore! It’s the Season of Giving, and here at CommPartners , we want to give you the inside scoop on some of our favorite things about the holiday season. I went around the office and asked some of the staff: “What do you enjoy most about the holidays?”. Here is what they had to say: Patti, Administrative Specialist : I love visiting my family in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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Stewardship at a Small NPO Starts with Gratitude

NonProfit Hub

Look out, Baltimore—there are fundraisers invading the harbor. AFP’s Fundraising Conference is in full swing this weekend and lasts until Tuesday. Jennifer Pelton, Director of Development for the Public Justice Center of Maryland, kicked off the day with a simple yet effective reminder for fundraisers—gratitude is the place that all donations stem from. These are the key points Pelton discussed that your nonprofit can apply right away. Breathe ‘Thank You’. “We

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A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

But most of all I met some of the most amazing people I will ever know like: Private Curtis Strange from Baltimore; Private Dana Gordon from New York; PFC Kurt Feurst from Illinois and the list goes on. Author: Kent Gilliam. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the only thing on the news on August 2, 1990. That’s the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, an event that would start a domino effect that has lasted more than 20 years.

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