Sports as a Platform for Social Good

Connection Cafe

” The gathering hit on four themes, all with sports at the center – building movements, creating bridges across divides in society, being inclusive, and being a catalyst for transformation and change. Sports have always been a huge part of my life.

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

Museum 2.0

The supervisors toured the exhibition with some of the 100+ local partners who helped create it. They helped conceive it, plan it, and build it. Nine years ago, I wrote a post called The Future of Authority: Platform Power. Museums could make the platforms for those experiences.

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Does Your Business Need a Custom Corporate Philanthropy Platform?


Multiple platforms, complicated processes, and high funding and administration needs drastically lower employee participation and diminish your ROI. 4 Signs a Custom Philanthropy Platform Could Improve Your Business Results. A custom platform is more adaptable to your needs.

5 Features of Corporate Giving Platforms and How they Affect Business Performance


How Corporate Giving Platforms Help Measure Business Impact. Corporate giving platforms are responding to the demand for metrics with features and measurement tools that connect directly to business results. A corporate giving platform can make a big difference here.

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. But both the community and your organization want to see certain laws passed, things improved, programs created or groups supported.

How to Create the Perfect Email List

NonProfit Hub

They’re easy to set up, easy to build, and your bank account will like them too. Do your research, look to the experts in your field, and choose the platform that suits your needs the best. It’s crucial that you don’t take the shortcut of purchasing email lists and create your own set.

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Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. That’s when the movement building can begin. Focusing on those areas where your goals overlap enables you to create a common ground, share a purpose; and that’s where you can build a movement.

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[Guide] Creating Video for Nonprofits

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

When you're building a movement, video is an indispensable storytelling tool. Two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news on social media and those platforms prioritize video content because it commands attention. How do you think about sound when you’re creating a video?

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The Yin and Yang of Building Email Lists

Connection Cafe

While these practices grew the size of lists, they created an explosion of email and over time an increasing number of complaints. Leverage your existing supporters and create dedicated tell-a-friend campaigns asking them to share, especially when your issues are in the news.

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Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

Connection Cafe

Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising.

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Launch Your Online Store or Sell Through Platforms?

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Your plan is to sell on the internet but you can’t decide where to start – To launch your own Ecommerce site, or simply sell through one of the existing Ecommerce platforms. To get you started with creating first Ecommerce site, go through all the steps in this Shopify setup checklist.

10 tips for picking your social networking platform

Connection Cafe

In the past year an onslaught of social networking platforms have emerged targeting the association and nonprofit market, leading many associations to wonder which is best for them. If you intend to have any kind of “members only” content on your website, you’ll want to look at how well a platform can handle permissions and groups. Think of the wealth of information you have in your database that can be used for networking and community building.

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Did those big promises of reward with no effort create trust or did they feel a little shady? The answer may surprise you because the most important role of internal controls is not compliance, it’s trust-building. Control activities can create both safety nets and security nets.

Groups: A Review of Five Platforms to Build Community


If your organization is focused on building community among your activists and donors you’ve probably had to choose an online group tool. But which platform is best for your group? Some nonprofits like the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation are using platforms like the new Facebook Groups to foster ongoing discussions with their members. Can building a Facebook Group impact advocacy?

Public Good's Unique Platform for Attracting New Donors

Tech Soup Blog

Public Good is a new donation platform from the people who revolutionized grassroots online giving for the 2012 Obama presidential campaign. They have used their experience to create a fresh approach to attracting new donors for charities. (Please visit the site to view this video).

Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

Connection Cafe

Well, we could build that too if we had their budget.”. If your organization has been waiting for the right moment (or perhaps the extra motivation) to invest the staff and financial resources necessary to build your offline infrastructure, this is that moment.

Ning: Phoenix or Fizzle?

Amy Sample Ward

The announcement and additional information (including that educators could continue using the platform for free ) came in April and the changes took effect in July. How did your team decide on a new platform? We tested a few different platforms such as wordpress, webs, social go etc.

10 Things to Know When Moving To A More ?Capable Software Platform


Here are some lessons learned about selecting a new solution and transferring your existing data to that new platform. Next time you consider moving to a more capable software platform, consider these 10 questions to help ensure that your decision will be the correct one, and your selection will not fail. The question is whether or not your software platform can change with you, and if so, at what cost.

Offline-to-Online-to-Offline: Lessons Learned in Building a Custom Community Platform


Our Story Recently, four allied grassroots campaigns (1Sky, Clean Energy Works, the Energy Action Coalition and Focus the Nation) set out to build an unprecedented online community: multiple organizations engaging their supporters together toward common goals on a shared online platform.

6 Tips for Creating Engaging Email Newsletters

NonProfit Hub

A regularly scheduled email newsletter keeps your audience updated and helps you build a lasting connection with subscribers. How can you create a newsletter that keeps your audience engaged and delivers the maximum results? Don’t ever create misleading subject lines.

Seven Tips for Using LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

NonProfit Hub

Your nonprofit doesn’t have to be dubbed an “Influencer” on LinkedIn (a coveted invitation-only title) in order to build online influence. LinkedIn’s publishing platform provides an opportunity to expand your reach in a major way. But since all LinkedIn members have access to the platform, it’s important to share high-quality content that differentiates yourself from the rest. Create attractive content. This is where you create your post. Build followers.

New on SSIR: Community Building in a Big Backyard

Amy Sample Ward

—— Last year I used the metaphor of “ gardening vs landscaping &# to outline some of the key attributes I believe make for successful community building, on or offline. The basic idea: The Gardener creates an ecosystem open to change, available to new groups, and full of fresh opportunities to emerge naturally. The Landscaper creates an ecosystem that matches a preconceived design or pattern. What would you add about cross-platform community building?

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A Simple 6 Step Plan for Creating a Facebook Page that Works


— We already know that Facebook is crushing it and that schools have an incredible opportunity to use the platform to deepen relationships with families, students and alumni. But is your school (or nonprofit) getting the most out of the platform?

Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

Connection Cafe

We asked some of our favorite nonprofit tech friends to share ideas for how organizations can use social media to build meaningful relationships with their supporters—donors, influencers and activists—and what that looks like on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Planned Parenthood Movement Building: Leadership, Engagement, Stories, and Platform for Self-Organizing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine and I have been busy working on a book about how social media and connectedness is changing the way nonprofits are creating social change. Today, we had an amazing conversation and interview with Cecile Richards and Tom Subak to learn more about Planned Parenthood 's Social Media Strategy and their movement building techniques. But, as Cecile points out the storyline isn’t about technology or social media, it’s about movement building and the people they serve.

Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity

Amy Sample Ward

One of the sessions I’m a part of , along with Manny Hernandez, Peggy Duvette, and Christine Egger, hopes to answer the question how you can build strong online communities without losing your sanity. If you want to build a strong online community, getting the right platform in place is only half the battle, and it’s the easy half. Here are our slides if you want a sneak peak at the presentation: Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity.

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Part Two: Offline-to-Online-to-Offline: Lessons Learned in Building a Custom Community Platform


Earlier this week on Frogloop we discussed how four grassroots campaigns (1Sky, Clean Energy Works, the Energy Action Coalition and Focus the Nation) tried to build the Climate Network an unprecedented online community platform. What impact are you trying to create?

Sticker Shock: The Dangers of Free Website Building & Hosting for Non-Profits

Byte Technology

So why is biting at the lure of free website building and/or hosting a bad idea for non-profits? This can create havoc for a non-profit if they have to change said address after they’ve already built a social media strategy and begun its implementation.

Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. What: Community Building Across Platforms.

How to Build Meaningful Relationships on Social Media Using the 80/20 Rule

Connection Cafe

Virtually every social media platform was first created for and because of human connections. This rule really is the basis of creating connections offline. This can be applied on social media to create meaningful connections and brand loyalty.

Build vs “Buy”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they “build them a CMS,&# or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. I hear people suggesting building their own social networking website. Five years ago, it was full of custom built systems of all sorts - and the “build vs. buy&# decision was, I think, more difficult, because the available software to buy was fairly cruddy.

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Say What? Build a Social Media Listening Dashboard for Your Nonprofit


The good news is that it’s fairly easy to create a social media listening dashboard using the free tools already out there! Create Your Social Media Listening Dashboard.

So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

Many participants were interested in using facebook as a communication platform for local campaigning and I created a session all about it. Create Community Dialogue. Some of the leading platforms you may want to consider include (in alphabetical order): Blogger.

Guest Post on Online Community Report: Sustainable Community Building

Amy Sample Ward

Here’s my 3×3 to Sustainable Community Building. Interact, use tools, and create and share content the way you want your community members to do so. Seeing you leave a comment, or share a resource, will model the desired behavior so others can see what to do (especially if they are new to social media or new to your community) and how to do it (especially if they are new to your tool or platform). Tags: community strategy case studies community building guest post

Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” This would be a network or community of practice that freely shares and learns from one another about training and capacity building that is participatory , peer-learning , networked , makes use of design thinking , openly shared and a prelude to collective action.

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Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0 Consequently, traditional frameworks and tools focused on organizational branding, production models, capacity-building, and competitive strategy don’t work as well in this new paradigm. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

Museum 2.0

We don't have the same limitations when designing talkback stations and other physical platforms for conversation, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't intentionally design the conversational tools offered. What design techniques do you use to create successful visitor dialogue experiences?

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How To Create A WordPress Website For Nonprofits On A Budget

Nonprofits Source

Creating a website for your nonprofit can be an intimidating, lengthy, and often expensive process. In this article, I’m going to break down my step-by-step process for building a beautifully designed WordPress website, regardless of your budget.

Want to Co-Create an Exhibition on a Hot Issue? Introducing the Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit

Museum 2.0

We partnered with foster youth, former foster youth, artists, and community advocates to create an exhibition that used art to spark action on issues facing foster youth. We co-created it from start to finish with community partners.

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New TechBridge Crowdfunding Platform Launches for Nonprofit Technology Projects

Tech Soup Blog

It is the first crowdfunding platform exclusively for nonprofit technology projects. There are some nonprofit-oriented crowdfunding websites which include: Causevox is a charity crowdfunding platform for nonprofits and individuals to raise funds for their causes and projects.

Can AI & Bots Help Create A More Positive Nonprofit Workplace Culture?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The nonprofit organizations I’m working with are are seeking out ways to create collective resilience in their workplaces. I’ve been facilitating nonprofit workshops and staff retreats focused on creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

#4Change Chat Wrap-Up: Community Building

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had a fun time moderating the June #4Change Twitter Chat on Online Community Building. Note on platform : During last week’s Twitter chat, not unlike previous chats, we dealt with some major issues around lag and load time. co-created. Tools: From @rootwork: Facebook has been pretty effective at creating a place for discussion/strategy between events or meetings.

New on SSIR – Be Human: Temporary versus Permanent Networks

Amy Sample Ward

—– Lately, I’m thinking about the topic of cross-platform community building. I’ve written about it , submitted a session proposal with colleague Debra Askanase to the 2011 NTC, and recently had the opportunity to start a conversation on the topic of engaging your community across platforms in a GroupVine message (more information about my use of the tool at the bottom of this post).