Crowdsourced Health Reports Make a Difference in Detroit

Mobile Commons

Along with some fascinating discussion of how Google searches can predict disease outbreaks, the article explains how a recent Mobile Commons crowdsourcing project helped a Detroit neighborhood with unusually high asthma rates. More and more, the way we talk about journalism is changing.

The Public Argument About Arts Support as Seen through the Lens of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Museum 2.0

Earlier this month, the Detroit Institute of Arts was "saved" by a voter-approved property tax (called a "millage") in its three surrounding counties. As one Detroit Free Press commenter wrote: "You are not getting it. Several Detroit comments were in this vein.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

National LGBTQ Task Force / Detroit, MI / $500. The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2019 Creating Change Conference convenes in Detroit, Michigan January 23-27, 2019. Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation / Redwood City, CA / $350. It's finally here!

Growing the NetSquared Community

Tech Soup Blog

If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Detroit, Michigan: Office 365 Setup Event — FREE Email for Your Domain!

Nonprofits and App Developers Combine Forces for Community Change

Tech Soup Blog

But what if an app could be used to help nonprofits, public libraries, and other community groups organize and solve pressing problems? Of all the projects presented, the Detroit Water Project might be the most well-known. Increasing Community Engagement.

Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire -

AFP Blog

Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire - "Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and IreAn online matching-grant challenge brought in $3.75-million for Detroit-area cultural groups — but not without technical difficulties and some angry donors, reports the Detroit Free Press.The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan put up $1-million

How Game On Cancer Cracked the Code on Engaging Physicians and Cancer Survivors

Connection Cafe

In partnership with the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons, Game On Cancer is a year-round campaign that has successfully raised over $5 million in 5 years – 100% of which has been dedicated to that mission. .

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Trainer’s Notebook: Making Accommodations In Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week I facilitated a workshop in Detroit hosed by Co-Act , a nonprofit collaboration space in Detroit. Co-Act is a unique organization, a hub for accelerating collaborative action in Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit community.

Chase Community Giving Contest: The Organizations on the Leaderboard Go Up and Down

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In November, the Chase Community Giving. Over the holidays and into early January, the Chase Community Giving contest quietly implemented a leader board , a scoreboard showing who is winning based on the number of votes. (Screen capture of Leaderboard as of Monday, Jan.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The Agents of Change Summit aims to unify and expand the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health and lifestyle behaviors for social good. The LGBT community is growing in visibility and formal acceptance. Points of Light / Detroit, MI / $400.

Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

Connection Cafe

As The Children’s Center in Detroit learned first-hand, their unique and compelling brand story was the secret sauce for touching the hearts and moving the minds of donors. Fundraising professionals continuously seek better methods to cultivate individual donors and obtain major gifts.

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Pollination Project: $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers

Have Fun - Do Good

Do you have an idea for a world-changing project that could bloom with some seed money? The new Pollination Project is giving $1,000 seed grants to individual changemakers, every day, 365 days a year.

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Using Software and Data to Change the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I had the honor to be the opening keynoter for the first-ever Good Tech Fest , which was held in Detroit on May 22, 2018. Probably like many of you, I feel like a time traveler when I’m asked constantly about what machine learning and blockchain can do for the communities we want to help, and the social enterprises that serve them. This is data in service to communities. Social change is not done to communities – it’s a partnership. And will of these communities.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward. Rockwell donated those paintings himself to the Berkshire Museum to be enjoyed in his home community. If we want to embrace communities instead of markets, we have to fight for it.

No longer in extremis.

Museum 2.0

The Detroit Institute of Arts has been a precious anchor where many of us have created memories that helped define who we are today. It is hard to describe the gratification of seeing families meaningfully engaging with the Asian interactives we prepared with many advisors that included local members of the Asian communities. Those practices led to the inclusion of my communities.

Storymakers 2016 Winners

Tech Soup Blog

Our Best Video winner hails from the proud city of Detroit and is the unanimous top choice. This is an example of a community using video to capture the inspiration inherent in its nonprofit mission. The Storymakers 2016 campaign surpassed all of our expectations.

Things We Like (May 2015)


Activists used over 4,000 flowers to help Detroit reflect on the experience and place of abandoned homes. Community things we like twlFollowing is the monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. 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.

Great reads from around the web on August 23rd

Amy Sample Ward

" Google+ vs. Facebook vs. Twitter vs. … Part 1: T… – Lithosphere Community – "Michael was voted a 2010 Influential Leader by CRM Magazine for his work on predictive social analytics and its application to Social CRM. He's a regular blogger on the Lithosphere's Building Community blog and previously wrote in the Analytic Science blog. 'What I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

WBUR Makes a Mobile Map of Coyote Sightings in Boston

Mobile Commons

WBUR, NPR’s news station in the Boston area, wanted to help the community by providing residents a resource they could use – a map of where coyotes had been seen. Crowdsourced Health Reports Make a Difference in Detroit. After a winter filled with coyote sightings throughout the Boston metropolitan area, citizens were concerned about what all the wildlife meant for them.

Why your nonprofit should attend #140conf

John Haydon

Oct 20th – Detroit. This past Tuesday I attended the 140 character conference in Boston to learn new ways that organizations use Twitter.

22 Must-Circle Nonprofits on Google+

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a follow-up to Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits and 22 Must-Circle Nonprofit Bloggers and Resources on Google+ , below are 22 nonprofits that are regularly using Google+ effectively to engage and inspire the Google+ community. Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Martin Luther King Day 2015


The community operating system of VisionLink is built to enable the operational connections between needs and assets across our nation''s communities. As we do several times a year, we pass along this essay from Stan Stahl.

A Message from Your Donors: Wish You Were Here

Connection Cafe

When he’s not working with nonprofits or being a hapless Detroit sports fan, he’s busy watching reruns of Downton Abbey and Parenthood. Guest post by Marshall Simmonds, Senior Vice President of Flash mobs and an Account Manager at Blackbaud.

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How can nonprofits effectively implement revenue diversification?

ASU Lodestar Center

A look at budget trends of metro detroit social service agencies. She serves her community as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital posted by Kayla Moulder Registered Nurse.

8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco

Tech Soup Blog

So it's refreshing to come to an event where techies and nonprofits convene to solve deep, real problems that plague our community. This project began as a Code for America project in Detroit.

The Diversity Question in the Arts Blogosphere

Museum 2.0

Some events: Aaron Dworkin , a pretty amazing individual in many ways, is putting together SphinxCon , a conference happening this weekend in Detroit with a focus on "empowering ideas for diversity in the arts."

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Martin Luther King Day 2013


The community operating system of VisionLink is built to enable the operational connections between needs and assets across our nation''s communities. As we do several times a year, we pass along this essay from Stan Stahl.

Member Round Up: Corn Dogs! Interactive Maps!


GOOD Maker, in a partnership with NTEN, announced Detroit's Green Economy Leadership Training (Solidarity) winner of their Use Technology for Good challenge. Solidarity 's winning idea, 'Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm', will use the grant to install a solar energy system at Food Field, a four-acre organic, urban farm in Detroit. Just like the state fairs cropping up this month, this week's member news is a variety show.

Together We're Stronger: NetSquared in June

Tech Soup Blog

But there’s a special magic that happens when we get face-to-face, which is why each month NetSquared organizers in 50 cities across the globe host workshops and socials for the nonprofit tech community. Net2uganda Computer Training Meetup for Poor Rural Primary School & Community.

2012 Conferences: Social Change, Technology, Nonprofit


Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners, BALLE network leaders, economic developers, local government representatives and community connectors and explore innovative best practices in growing community health and wealth. Detroit, MI. and philanthropic community examine how to develop lasting solutions to.

To those of you who just aren't getting it right

Connection Cafe

Guest blog alert: In my past life as a staffer for a Girl Scout of the USA affiliate, I met Suneil Singh, the then Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (for those of you with limited Michigan geography like me, think Detroit). Suneil Singh Chief Executive Officer Community Network Services Fund. Author: Cheryl Black.

Nonprofit CEOs and the Network Mindset

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” This could have created a public relations nightmare (It’s happened in the orchestra world when the Detroit Symphony musicians went on strike and used social media to air their concerns. Instead, these Goodwill employees went to their CEO.

How to Better Choose the World's Most Innovative Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Fast Company's nonprofit innovators list included: The Foundation for Detroit's Future — For saving a city and its art. Improves communities in a scalable fashion.

A Decade of Museums and Museum Work

Museum 2.0

About a decade ago, I remember reading "Nuns sat here" at the Detroit Institute of Art as the title of a label for a piece of wooden convent furniture. And, I will say I prefer engagement when it is centered in the community as a way of growing audiences. I love alternative history novels. You know, like if this didn’t happen how would the world have gone. I was thinking I’d do a few alternative histories of museums for the first post of the last month of the decade.

Why Microsoft Gives

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft employees are passionate about supporting their own communities and other causes they care about. Today, there are nearly 400 projects in the portal that range from supporting business training for young Nigerians , to funding after-school enrichment programs in Detroit.

Love to Learn Tech Tips in Person? NetSquared Is for You!

Tech Soup Blog

Every month TechSoup's NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free and low-cost nonprofit technology events and workshops to more than 50 cities. Detroit, Michigan: First Meetup — Meet, Greet, and Windows 10. Houston, Texas: Putting Together Community Partnerships.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. SF OCTRIBE: Featuring Albert of Albert's List on Building Facebook Communities. SF Online Community Meetup.

Foundations That Tweet: Profile Patterns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Share history ( Detroit Foundation ). Important program deadlines ( Hawaii Community Foundation ). Profile grantee success or support their efforts ( CF Community Foundation ). What are Foundations Tweeting?

Keeping Your 2016 Resolutions with NetSquared's Free Workshops

Tech Soup Blog

Our live, in-person events are hosted by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self-sufficient local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners. Detroit, Michigan: Office 365 Setup Event — FREE Email for Your Domain!

Be Emotional. It's Okay.


This Imported from Detroit car commercial for Chrysler starring one of the city's most famous sons, rapper Eminem. So when you tell them actual stories from the communities who are paying the heaviest price for our cheap energy, it hits home. No you didn’t, Groupon. No matter what action we are trying to get people to take—be it to buy a car or a juicer or to call a legislator or attend a lobby day—we have to know our audience and carefully consider our messaging.

Social Media in Crisis Communication: A Lesson Learned by Charlotte Meckelnburg Library


In our integrated communications plan, we believed that taking advantage of social media tools would assist us because of its social nature; allowing us “always be on” and present in the community conversation. By turning our Facebook fan page into a community feedback forum, we were able to harness the power of our patrons by seeking their comments and suggestions in regards to our crisis. She also serves as adjunct faculty at a community college in the metro Charlotte region.

An Interview with Jeska Linden about Nonprofits in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Jeska Linden in flickr Jeska Linden (Jeska Dzwigalski) is the Community Manager for Linden Lab , the creators of the virtual world Second Life , where she has worked since the summer of 2004. I grew up just outside of Detroit Michigan, daughter of a police officer and nurse.

NetCentric Advocacy: Rosa Parks: Thank You

Network-Centric Advocacy

But this time, the black community fought back in force. She and her husband moved to Detroit. In the 1980s, she worked in the anti-apartheid movement and also opened a career counseling center for black youth in Detroit. They helped defend her but she was the one playing around with strategies to undermine the oppression of her family, friends and community. She was supported by a network of groups, communities, drivers, families and friends.