Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

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Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Research Friday: Financial literacy: understanding money for today’s activities and tomorrow’s security

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1 This study, Financial Literacy and Knowledge in the Nonprofit Sector (PDF) , "engaged a random sample of primarily human service nonprofits, as well as health, civic, environmental, arts, and education nonprofits." The report is divided into five areas of study: I) financial knowledge and literacy, II) indicators for programmatic and financial decision-making, III) the board role & governance, IV) controls and procedures for financial management, and, v) some closing thoughts.

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DIY Nonprofit Technology: Getting Funding for Tech at Your Org


In doing so, one statement that resonates with everyone is “No one funds technology.” I’d like to share what I’ve learned so that you might glean something from my experience to help you get the technology funds needed to achieve your mission.

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The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

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Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women. Kavita Ramdas is the President and CEO of the nonprofit, the Global Fund for Women. We simply don't have the resources to be able to fund all of those, and we need to make some hard choices.

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On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech’s Global Literacy Program. With the goal of promoting braille literacy, this landmark meeting brought together braille experts from around the world to Perkins’ campus in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, March 13-19

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From TechSoup Global's grant-funded projects: MaintainIT Project. Brenda loves the Pulaski County Public Library's Literacy Bell, a simple way to celebrate children's literacy. Here's what we've been talking about over the past week. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog. Nate extols the environmental and practical benefits of virtualization. Robert looks at Security in-a-Box, a security and privacy guide for advocates and human rights defenders.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

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His chapter on “Data Literacy” describes what sounds a lot of good content curation skills minus the social sharing part. This is good, basic digital literacy principles that have been taught by educators and librarians taught in the early 2000′s and continue today.

5 Motivational Quotes from Nonprofit Leaders (and How to Apply Them)

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– John Wood , Founder of Room to Read, a nonprofit promoting literacy in children. So, instead of asking yourself, “What if we can’t find any funds?” think more along the lines of, “Wow, we’ll be able to help so many people once we gather enough funds!” Gain some inspiration with these motivational quotes from top nonprofit thought leaders and learn how you can apply them to your own organization!

Doing the Right Stuff Right for Human Rights

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This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post In December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army’s Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women and children.

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I Need a Good Lawyer

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But, I expect that 75% of the job will be about analyzing the legal issues from our programs, especially in our Global Literacy Program, which includes Bookshare, the largest digital library for the blind and dyslexic in the U.S., Digital signatures for parents/guardians wanting to sign up their children with disabilities for Bookshare. Should we establish an affiliated, minority-interest benefit corporation, to better obtain R&D funding for tech for social good projects?

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Pointed out that most of the public does not know what social entrepreneurship is, and that in the nonprofit world it is such a buzzword that all groups seeking funds are saying they are social entrepreneurs. The Voices of Davos This meeting is all about conversations.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

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On September 11, despite having reunited several families, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had a list of 1,600 children listed as missing by their parents, or who were seeking their families.

American India Foundation

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They typically run out of steam when the funding runs out, assuming they worked at all. This school is run by an NGO (a nonprofit) and provides free education to children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children were simply delightful.

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Vote for Your CNN Hero: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

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Today, the Los Angeles nanny funds a school in her native Malawi -- where half a million children have been orphaned by the disease." Yohannes Gebregeorgis "Moved by the lack of children's books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Yohannes Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads , bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children." I started watching a lot of CNN before the election.

Carrie Karnos, recipient of the 2006 James H. Veale Humanitarian Award.

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Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind, which funds this magazine as well as eye research programs at universities across the United States. During Arkenstone's 11 years, Benetech sold literacy products under the Arkenstone brand in more than a dozen languages to over 35,000 individuals in 60 countries. She truly is one of the great, quiet humanitarians who carry on Matilda Ziegler's legacy of literacy for those of us who are blind."

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America's Giving Challenge: Bloggers Campaign Roundup

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Sharing Foundation Khmer Literacy Program. Roger Carr has written a wonderful post about the Sharing Foundation's Khmer Literacy School. The children sat at their desks, quietly writing the khmer letters on their little chalk boards. Is that cool - the literacy school is green!

#GivingTuesday Champions

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By providing students with funds for school supplies, coats, eye care, class trips, test fees, and athletic gear, InvestED has encouraged over 16,500 youngsters to stay in school in the state of Washington. In the neighborhood of West Philadelphia, People’s Emergency Cente r (PEC) has invested over $57 million into community development programs that seek to change the lives of women and children and inspire families.

The Many Ways to Say I Love You With A Donation To A Charity

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RED) was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver, Chairman of DATA to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT)RED branded products. A percentage of each (PRODUCT)RED product sold is given to The Global Fund.

Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide

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This new program is rolling out this month in 39 states offering $10 per month broadband Internet program to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free school meals. Subscribers will also be given access to free digital literacy training. Parts of the plan were funded under the Federal stimulus package including the Connect America Fund , which was created to supply affordable broadband to underserved people and areas.

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A Hearty Congratulations to TechSoup Members Winning Google Impact Challenge Awards

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Bring Me a Book is creating a "literacy ecosystem" via social media in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Pogo Park is transforming three neglected parks in Richmond California into magical play spaces for 8,000 at-risk children. Mission Assets Fund is scaling up its unique Lending Circles program, a social loan program that enables low-income people who are outside the banking system to lend and borrow with each other with interest-free social loans.

Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family

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It also matches philanthropists with volunteer opportunities and funding recommendations. Although Vietnam is regarded as a developing country, it has a literacy rate of 94 percent. It uses a crowd-funding matching system like the famous system.

The Bold, Focused Ideas of Breakthrough Nonprofit Brands: Book Giveaway Winners Announced

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The Women’s Center of Tarrant County has a name problem, as we serve women, men and children…about 82,000 a year. We are Rape Crisis and Victim Services, Employment (80% placement rate for women and men), Adult Literacy, general counseling for women and families, legal clinic…and on and on.

Book Giveaway: Inbound Marketing Book (and some advice)

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The Cause: Room To Read a not-for-profit organization that transforms the lives of millions of children by focusing on literacy. I'm giving away a copy of " Inbound Marketing " by Brian Halligan (Author), Dharmesh Shah (Author), David Meerman Scott (Foreword).

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You're Not Going To Ask Us To Give You An Outhouse For Your Birthday (1/11)?

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TSF has helped support a poor school named Beng Krom School, with 595 grammar school children on the far side of the Mekong. s children really need three latrines to expand from the two they have for all their children and teachers.

Symantec Gives Back

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In Lindon, Utah, 50 employee volunteers planted trees that Symantec donated to TreeUtah using its local Community Outreach funds. Their support will help Room to Read extend its operations into new parts of India and reach over 20,000 children.

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Support Women Survivors of War with $27/month

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There she found her five children who had survived by the kindness of strangers. They talked about the economic value of housework, and the importance of education and literacy in gaining economic independence."

Philanthropy 2.0 Study Results Published on Mashable

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It takes time, but does show results as the comments on the original Mashable post seem to indicate: Two years ago The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada established a presence on Facebook and incorporated guidelines for our Chapters to establish their local groups. Source: Philanthropy 2.0

Empowering Women Citizen Journalists: An Interview with Cristi Hegranes

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"Now, 18 months later, all of Juana's children are in school. For example, when women have this kind of specific skill-set training, they are more likely to have less children, to keep the children they do have in school, to be able to provide access to medical care, and things like that.

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Social Networking and Web Tools for Chicago Nonprofits

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How do increase internet literacy with communities? How you ever encountered problems related to your funding and what you're doing on the site? Use this to communicate with your children. I'm live blogging this panel from the Making Media Connections Conference.

The Birth of a Field: Digital Media and Learning

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The MacArthur Foundation announced that it will be funding a five-year $50 million initiative, mostly for research, to try to understand how young people are using digital media and its impact learning. He noted that media literacy has to be integrated as a skill set in all places.

Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange Talks about the Global Citizen Center

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If you want to go to Venezuela, we are doing over twenty trips a year to Venezuela where they are doing some amazing grassroots development, where the government is supportive of green grassroots development and literacy campaigns instead of being the problem obstacle, like it is here.