5 Ways Good Technology and Data Improve Our Community Foundation’s Morale

Connection Cafe

We all live in a world filled with technology, which can prove to be a help and hinderance to our work and personal lives. We as a staff also take advantage of outside trainings or conferences related to our current software platforms as well as new technology.

eBook: Mastering The Art Of Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

David Grossman , president and founder of The Grossman Group , published in 2010 a helpful, free eBook titled: Mastering The Art of Messaging. Using the 18-page ebook , you''ll learn : what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it should not include).

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Social Business and Generations


I’m writing and speaking more and more about social business these days, as are many others, of course. That’s certainly important, and a challenge, but it’s not quite what I mean by social business. That’s what social businesses are starting to do.

A Call for Millions: Ending the Global Book Famine for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have the technology. We have the ebooks. The Global Treaty for the Blind makes it legal to create ebooks for people with disabilities without having to pay a royalty or getting permission. Publishers already contribute most of their ebooks to us for free, but The Treaty allows for crowdsourcing books at scale through a Napster-inspired model (but legal!). We have a new business model. a11y accessibility blind book famine Bookshare ebooks Marrakesh Treaty

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Join Benetech in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

They get frustrated and don’t want to read,” she says, “but access to digital books and reading technologies changed all that for Zach.” Zach Bryant The change happened when Zach was in high school and his Assistive Technology teacher introduced him to Benetech’s Bookshare library.

Receiving the 2013 Migel Medal

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is the field where I found my life’s calling, applying technology to meet critical needs of society, where the market is likely to fail. From my college dorm room, where I thought that pattern recognition could do more than target missiles, to my first successful high tech company where we built technology that could read just about any font without training, to Benetech’s founding with the Arkenstone reading machine for the blind.

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Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest post by Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech We are seeking visionary leaders to join Benetech in applying technology to advance the rights of disadvantaged people around the world. Technology is playing an ever larger role in increasing respect for human rights and delivering better services, and we have two rare opportunities to lead world-class tech-for-good programs. Benetech is organized as a nonprofit, but run like a business.

Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

Tech Soup Blog

As we hurtle toward the end of 2013, it’s time for an update of nonprofit technology trends and news! If you’re a nonprofit news junkie, have a look at all our Nonprofit Technology News pieces from this past year. TechSoup Technologies for Good.

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Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Today, we are poised at a moment in time where we can transcend the limitations of past book technologies and bring the power of books to all humans. However, as a technology, printed books come with serious challenges for some communities (like blind people) that technology can unlock.

Learn The Art Of Effective Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations. Using the 18-page ebook, youll learn : •what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it shouldn’t).

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Content Marketing Manager And Specialist: Dig Deeper Into A Content Marketing Plan

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

A content marketing managers is responsible to increase web traffic of the business website and brand awareness through the marketing of content. The challenge ahead of a content marketing manager role is actually to successfully promote a business through content and stories.

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Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The common link among our projects is information technology, which can be applied to just about every aspect of the social sector. Yet, nonprofits frequently lag behind the for-profit world in applying technology to their work. The first was the ebook.

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Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world has finally moved beyond just electronically creating books that are then distributed as ordinary print books to actually delivering digital ebooks. Pioneers like George Kerscher and the DAISY Consortium have worked tirelessly to ensure that the standard format for talking books for people with visual impairments has become the primary commercial ebook standard. Some publishers already do this and they point out that their business is doing just fine.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There is no better place to engage with colleagues about new technologies, changing business models, fresh ideas, and shared standards. Next month, I will be heading to TOC a couple of days early in order to participate in a W3C Workshop on eBooks and the Open Web Platform, where I will be talking about Social DRM (Digital Rights Management). However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

#13NTC Session: Does Social Media Make Cents? An Expert Panel in Social Media Fundraising


If you’re at The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference we’d love for you to join us > [link]. The most engaging person on twitter will win a bound copy of our new npEXPERTS fundraising and marketing eBook. What can nonprofits learn from the business world?

Using Software and Data to Change the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Society is a buzz about new technology: artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, autonomous cars, the surveillance state, and more. The common thread of all of these big hairy audacious goals is that they are measurable – and they involve ecosystems of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of organizations businesses and government agencies. We have started a campaign to put ourselves out of business.

White House Summit Promotes Pro Bono Service: Connecting Companies with Nonprofits for the Sake of Social Good

Connection Cafe

In fact, more than half of the companies that have taken the pro bono pledge are small businesses. At Blackbaud, our most recent pro bono champs come from our Products team, the group that scopes, designs, codes, tests and launches technology solutions that power the business of philanthropy.

Rockstar Nairobi Social Entrepreneur

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We use digital ebooks at Bookshare’s core, which can easily be turned into braille, large print or digital audio (using synthetic speech technology). Her answer was simple: she simply needs more business. Carol Wanjiku is the CEO of Daproim.

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How Nonprofit Board Members Can Help Their Boards with IT – Get Rid of IT!


And how would we run our businesses? One of my biggest business frustrations was keeping our server running and our email live. This blog is too short to get into all of the details of the technology, but if you are interested, go here and download a free copy of Cloud Computing for Nonprofits. There is also a free eBook on Office365 on the same site. His background includes over 25 years of technology leadership. NFP technology

12 Online Fundraising Tools to Watch in 2019

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Humble Bundle is an online store that sells games, ebooks, and software. Owned by Facebook, Instagram recently launched “Shopping Checkout” for businesses. The 2019 Global NGO Technology Survey is now live!

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David Grossman On Mastering The Art Of Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

David Grossman , president and founder of The Grossman Group , published in 2010 a helpful, free eBook titled: Mastering The Art of Messaging. Using the 18-page ebook , you''ll learn : what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it shouldn’t).

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Tribute to My Mentor

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I needed help with business negotiations and software licensing and Gerry jumped in teaching me everything I know about doing business. As the prototypical technology social enterprise, Benetech became one of the first organizations using technology to solve social problems rather than seeking to make maximum financial returns. What if we could scan once, proofread the resulting scan, and share that ebook with tens of thousands of eager readers?

The Struggle for Book Access: Amazon (Blog Post #2)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Why You Shouldn't Depend on a For-Profit Business to Defend Your Civil Rights The Kindle2 is a hot topic in the disability field right now. But, it's a dream that the commercial ebook vendors keep dashing. We have an action by Amazon that sets back years of work to make ebooks accessible. Amazon is a business, and is very focused on doing business on behalf of its shareholders. They will continue until it's in their business interests to change.

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Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

Connection Cafe

Data is also the irrefutable evidence we need to get approval for a new tactic, employee, or technology. So, let’s get down to business! . ” Every nonprofit and every business has data. Analytics Driven Fundraising eBook.

The Struggle for Book Access (Blog Post #1)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In it, we pointed out the irony that the first generation of ebook readers being inaccessible to blind people. This irony continues: it’s a terrible shame that Amazon (and other ebook device vendors) keeps putting out ebook products that are inaccessible to the blind! But, you have to realize that authors get the short end of the stick in the publishing business (not that there is that much stick to go around in the publishing industry!).

Digital Divide Data: our Partner in Laos

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

While our activities often creates jobs beyond the core high technology jobs around software development and user support, we don't see it as our core competency. Benetech is a tech social enterprise.

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The dark side of community management


Living at the intersection of those two world is bound to generate conflict, role confusion, and a strong need for a support community, as the ebook demonstrates. This is more evidence that becoming a social organization requires more than adopting new technology solutions.

How to Conduct a Quick Tech Plan

Tech Soup Blog

Most charities and many libraries have part time or accidental techies taking care of their technology. Is it any wonder that proper technology planning is something we have a hard time getting to? Conducting a technology assessment and inventory of current software and hardware assets.

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A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

Connection Cafe

From donor retention to nonprofit marketing to organizational leadership, every ebook is an invaluable resource. While this may sound hyperbolic, take a moment to think about how our business landscape has changed over just the last five years. Technology drives change.

Free education tools you have never heard of


There are thousands of science eBooks, ask expert section and online classrooms on the website. There are tons of videos on the website and this allows users to learn new information in life sciences, business and technology, among others.

Great reads from January 16th through February 6th

Amy Sample Ward

These are my links for January 16th through February 6th: How Twitter is Being Used By Companies | Mobile Technology in TAFE - Great post from Sue Waters about how different companies are using Twitter. " Social Media Not To Go Mainstream in Business in 2009 - Download this ebook about marketing and social media, "Marketing in 2009: 12 marketing professionals reveal their execution imperatives" Tags: roundup bookmarks

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare’s role was mixed: we didn’t end up attending many of these meetings and critiqued early efforts that were crippled by heavy-handed publisher influence, although we did propose at one point to supply technology to TIGAR based on Bookshare.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation. Challenges and Opportunities I am highly optimistic about the opportunity to solve the accessibility problem through innovative applications of technology.

Top 4 Web Hosting Providers for Your Nonprofit’s WordPress Website

Nonprofit Tech for Good

When it comes to technology, you get what you pay for. Resources Deluxe – their blog, ebooks, help docs, and design trends are seriously useful and well designed resources that any nonprofit marketing team should check out. .

Build Core Strength with a Modern Marketing Team


In an organization core strength means having the skill, experience, and expertise to effectively execute your business plans and strategy. Technology and market channel growth play a big role in how organizations choose to structure themselves.

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7 Tips for Navigating Nonprofit Accounting Compliance

Connection Cafe

But with change comes new opportunities to evaluate and improve on existing business processes and demonstrate to existing and potential supporters that your organization is dedicated to compliance and ethical accounting practices. How much will your current business processes be impacted?

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Benetech: President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare Hits 100,000 Members Boy reading at a computer with teacher in the background.Since the beginning of 2009, we’ve tripled the number of people with disabilities Bookshare is serving with our accessible library of ebooks.

10 Steps to #GivingTuesday Success

NonProfit Hub

Your content can come in many forms, such as blog posts, email campaigns, press releases, YouTube videos, downloadable eBooks, podcasts, etc. Emails, blog posts and social media activities should be scheduled in advance so they get delivered no matter how busy you become.

What's Your Nonprofit's Social Media Measurement Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jeremiah Owyang from The Altimeter Group along with John Lovett and Eric Peterson both of the Web Analytics Demystified firm have published an open research report that advocates for a standardized framework of the following business objectives and use of metrics to measure them.

Content Strategy Lessons from Lego: Everything is Awesome, Especially your Content


This post originally appeared here on the Vanguard Technology blog. And then it dawned on me the marketing genius of this plan (which could only be concocted by President Business ). ———— Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.

Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you are looking for more recommendations, check out Book Authority’s list of 52 Best Nonprofit eBooks of All Time ( The Happy Healthy Nonprofit is #9). 4) Calm Not Busy: How To Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results by Kivi Leroux Miller.

Better marketing for nonprofits

ASU Lodestar Center

An in-depth guide related to the target issues they care about, tools or templates, case studies, and ebooks are all great examples of this. posted by Karla Lant Lead Writer, Museum of Science and Sustainability.

Beaconfire Survey: Tech Gadgets | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

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