Hosting Harkin at the Hub

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Recently, I had the pleasure to host Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) for exactly such a meeting of minds with ten fellow social entrepreneurs. We hosted Harkin and ten fellow social entrepreneurs at the cool space of the Hub SoMa, in the heart of San Francisco.

The Need for Speed: The Overwhelming Benefits of a Fast Website Hosting

Byte Technology

No matter the size and scope of your website and no matter the importance it holds for your business, one mistake that no doubt countless people regret skimping on is the crucial element of good and effective hosting. Creating Digital Destinations that Build Communities and Change Lives.

Host an ARTBreak in your community

Have Fun - Do Good

To facilitate more cities' participating in ARTBreak Day, Art is Moving is offering an Artist in Residence program for artists to bring ARTBreak Day to their communities.

Giving Day Hosts Must Have A Crisis Plan – #Givedaylessons

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Colorado Gives has hosted six gives days and has over $111 million dollars for Colorado nonprofits. We look at a number of potential issues: What happens if the facility where we host our data servers has a power failure?

The Art of Gathering: A Fabulous Book to Help You Host Better Meetings and Events

Museum 2.0

Whether you dream of better meetings or you're planning a community festival, I urge you to read this book. The book explains how to host events with purpose, drawing lessons from intimate parties, mass happenings, and international summits.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

We are excited to host our annual national movement gathering in the Motor City. The premise is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently and effectively to address critical needs in our communities. It's finally here!

Over 300 Cities Host Social Good Meetups


and abroad are hosting Meetups today. Attendees will gather and answer the same question “How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing my community?” In you are in DC please join us (I'm co-hosting) for a great discussion by the United Nations and Screen on the Green at 1331 G St, NW, Suite 900 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Mashable kicked off their third annual Social Good Summit Sept. 22 nd in NYC.

Scientific community managers: applications for the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program are now open


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched the application process for the new Community Engagement Fellows Program, which will provide professional development for engagement experts in the scientific community.

Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

Amy Sample Ward

You can see the full collection, and how they were voted on by the community here: [link]. The Value-add of Crowdsourcing: For me, the two biggest reasons to include crowdsourcing in your strategic design of community building or contests are: Crowdsourcing invites diversity by encouraging anyone with an idea or interest to participate. The most important way to use social media in a crowdsourced process is to allow the community to use social media anyway they want!

Hosting a Day of Giving? The Knight Foundation Playbook Answers Your Questions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These community foundations are actively using the Giving Day Playbook to host Giving Days in their communities and it forms the backbone to peer exchanges. If you’re thinking of hosting a Giving Day in your community or state, be sure to use the Giving Day Playbook.

Ask Me Anything: Packard Foundation Hosting Google Hangout Today – Oct 29th at 3 PM PST

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is from a blog post by Luis Chabolla at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz. The Packard Foundation is hosting a Google Hangout and will be live from our headquarters.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

You have a clear vision of how your work will help strengthen and empower your community. Talk to prospective volunteers about what you want for your community and how they can help you achieve that future. You can also engage community leaders as ambassadors for your organization.

The State of Community Management 2015


The 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!! You know I look forward to this research every year and I’m excited to see communities definitely maturing this year. Strategy: Community-minded organizations must invest in people and systems, not just platforms.

3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Teach them that fundraising isn’t about asking for money; it’s about giving people the opportunity to give back and improve their communities. Consider also hosting an annual fundraising retreat for the board.

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New Models for Community Partnerships: Museums Hosting Meetups

Museum 2.0

I've long believed that museums have a special opportunity to support the community spirit of Web 2.0 as physical analogs to virtual community platforms. People who engage deeply in any online community, whether a bulletin board or social networking site, want to meet in person.

Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit sector, communities of practice are an established concept. These groups bring together cross-sector leaders to develop talent, improve performance, and deepen community impact.

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Not only do they allow you to land big donors in person, they also provide a chance to make an impression on important members of your community, enabling you to grow your brand along with your dollars. Recruit your Host Committee and Start Inviting Guests.

GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Hosting a private meet-up before the rest of the party kicks off? Sending Emma a reminder before or a follow up message after a community event?

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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. So, I said that I’d take the step to host a monthly chat if people were interested in joining; and you said YES! Monthly Community Builder Chats. What: Community Building Across Platforms.

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities


What if there was a way to create sustained engagement in communities and collaborative experiences that harnessed genuine motivation and strove for positive outcomes for participants? Purpose-Driven Communities. Tactical goals in the context of a community experience, yes.

June #4Change Chat: Local Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

I love community organizing. I’ve had experience organizing communities offline in local communities, and organizing community online – but the kind of organizing that inspires me the most is combining online and offline. My work with NetSquared and with Social by Social has helped shape so many of my beliefs about community organizing and has offered the opportunity to meet so many others doing it well. Sustainable Community Building.

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Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp. Some people want an outcome-oriented training (as opposed to a community co-created summer camp). Map your community’s assets and needs and how they align with your goals.

October Community Builder Chat – Connecting On and Offline Communities #commbuild

Amy Sample Ward

Today’s Community Builder chat focused on examples and best practices for connecting on and offline community activities, events, and organizing. We’re leading up to it providing webinars and chats, but will be hosting an awards mixed reality event in February. The Community Organizers Handbook available as a public resource, you can certainly refer there for information/feedback/best practices on offline organizing: [link].

What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The participants include a mix of people from nonprofit and for-profit online communities – and it is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with peers, not to mention have healthy food and drink, like Hint Water.

TechSoup to Host Mozilla Ignite Idea Jam

Tech Soup Blog

How would you improve communities if there were an Internet without limits? TechSoup will host this event at 525 Brannan Street #300, San Francisco. What difference would you be capable of making that you can’t today, if you had access to super high Internet networking speeds? These are the questions Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have teamed up to ask through the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge.

My Audience is My Community

Connection Cafe

Given that perspective, it’s no surprise that WQED is the home to Mr. Rogers , yeah, the ‘wouldn’t you like to be my neighbor’ Mr. Rogers, so I think it’s safe to say they know a little something about nurturing one’s community. Author: Jonathan Weldon.

Preparing Your Online Community for the Digital Generation


This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

YOU’RE INVITED: Community Manager Appreciation Day, Washington DC #CMAD


Next Monday, January 26 is Community Manager Appreciation Day! Community is what we all do, and we’re passionate about it. Definitely check out what’s going on for CMAD this year, including 24 hours of Google+ hangouts and Community Manager Appreciation Awards, on the official website.

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What Gets Your Online Community Buzzing?


For nonprofits, the best thing about the Internet, and social media in particular, is the ability to be involved in a community or conversation at all times. Host a webinar. Got a few tips and tricks you think your community could benefit from?

TechSoup Hosts Saturday Hackathon 4 Good

Tech Soup Blog

Recently, TechSoup hosted a special hackathon in the spirit of and to coincide with the opening of the Mashable Social Good Summit and Hackathon. The first project, Good Gym , makes exercise doubly productive by using it to help the community.

Community in a Bowl

Connection Cafe

So Others Might Eat hosts an empty bowls fundraiser every year. Perhaps you have been to one in your community – check here for a list of many empty bowls events across the country. Reading about the community businesses and artists that come together to donate to the event.

Our EveryAction Hero: St. John's Hospital Foundation

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

With their support, the medical center is now rated 5 stars by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS (a hospital rating agency) and the foundation is continuing its incredible work to build a living center and meet the needs of their local community.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

She was an engaged community activist and people kept coming to her and talking to her about what was going on in Palestine and asking her to speak out about it. We’re working with local grassroots community organizations to provide education programs, sports programs, medical aid, and winter relief. Aside from online donations we also host a lot of events with speakers or performing artists as well as every year we have a two-day sale of Palestinian crafts and other goods.

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. It is great for helping to build relationships between people in a community and if used in a fundraising context, it can activate additional resources for a cause.

Private Community Management – #cmgrhangout


I was privileged to be invited to participate in a Community Manager Hangout this past Friday hosted by Tim McDonald, who runs My Community Manager , a great site chock full of resources for community managers for all kinds of companies. What is a private community?

Twitter Community Organizing Rules for Non Profits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I love when I discovered folks who are community organizers and successfully transfer what they know about community organizing offline to the online world. As a community organizer, Twitter makes a lot of sense. The community can feel lack of interest.

Meet TechSoup Forum Expert Host: Gary LaMontagne

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup talked with longtime forums host Gary LaMontagne and learned more about his nonprofit work. Gary Lamontagne, (username: glamontagne ), Network and Systems Administrator and host of TechSoup's Networks forum and Nonprofit Careers forum. Coos County Family Health Services is a nonprofit community-based organization providing innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services of the highest quality to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Harnessing and Nurturing Communities at MPS09

Amy Sample Ward

This session is lead by Holly Seddon from FreshNetworks and titled Harnessing and Nurturing Communities. Head of Community Management at FreshNetworks, previously at iVillage, Daily Mail etc.; What do we mean by “community&# – question asked to the participants: people. When you think about “what is community?&# Do you think you are part of a community? people are rarely members of just one community. What is an online community?

New on SSIR: How Our Tools Define “Community”

Amy Sample Ward

We’re now, as a community, emerging into a great place and ready to figure out what we do now. Looking at our tools, I can’t help be stop for a minute to examine what they are doing to define our communities and what “community&# even means. Here are four of the biggest examples I see as to how some of the most popular tools at our disposal for “community building&# online are actually not community-centric tools at all.

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Meet TechSoup Forum Expert Host: Sasha Daucus

Tech Soup Blog

Sasha Daucus is the warm presence welcoming new community members to the TechSoup forums in our Introduce Yourself forum and one-half of the dynamic duo fielding questions about fundraising software, CRMs, and donor databases in our Technology for Fundraising forum.

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

I had a really wonderful time, and the Community-Driven Social Impact session was terrific! Let’s start at the beginning: what is “community-driven social impact” anyway? Instead, the community will feel cheated or lied to. The first step: Who’s your community?

How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What if you want to look at ways to create an online professional learning community that was sustainable over time to spread best practices in a nonprofit area? Overview: Online Community Systems, Cultivators and Resources – Guest Post by Mario Morino and Cheryl Collins.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 3: Community Participation Builds a Community Plaza

Museum 2.0

This is the second installation in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. How will it feel welcoming and inclusive for different communities?