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. Principles of Community Organizing. It’s like the golden rule for community engagement. Know Your Community.

Online Community Organizing: Start small, think big!

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared’s February series exploring “Online Community Organizing” includes three different interviews; I’m really excited to participate! Q: What does “online” add to the community organizing? Q: What makes a community?

Empowers Grant for Community Organizing at #OWS from DemocracyInAction

Amy Sample Ward

It’s really exciting to see the energy and visibility the Occupy Wall Street movement is bringing to communities around the country and even world. If your group is ready to organize, DemocracyInAction is ready to help!

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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.

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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.

Nurture Your Organization’s Online Community

TechImpact

These days most organizations work hard to foster a network of supporters, constituents, volunteers, donors, and just about anybody else they can find online. Blog Leadership Tech constituents donors online online community supporters volunteers

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. Here are just a few of our favorite organizations, which deserve your support this month and all year-round!

Artificial Intelligence for Nonprofits and other Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

Instead, AI has tremendous potential to help improve performance for nonprofits and social good organizations and drive meaningful change in the world. We know that social good organizations are constantly strapped for resources that allow them to meet their missions.

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >> Step 1: Identify all the groups within your community.

Protecting Community Resource Data

VisionLink

We believe that organizations should be compensated for the creation, organization, maintenance, and updates of community information data, especially in the nonprofit space. The more that community resource information is used, the more good that can result.

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

Museum 2.0

OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're launching it with partners at community-based libraries, parks, museums, and cultural centers around the world. Our organizations are different.

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Community Managers in Scientific Communities

SocialFish

I was privileged to teach a module about Aligning Community Management and Workplace Culture to the new class of Community Engagement Fellows at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Aligning community management with workplace culture from WorkXO.

6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

Connection Cafe

Many digital advocacy organizations simply focus on campaigns that supporters can participate in by simply adding their names to petitions or letters to Congress. It Helps Build Local Community Groups and Chapters.

What Church Planters Taught Me about Welcoming New People into Community Organizations

Museum 2.0

Like church planters, I'm passionate about connecting new people with mission-driven community experiences. Church plants are petri dishes of innovation when it comes to inviting new people into mission-based organizations.

50 State VOAD Community

VisionLink

Pleased to report that Ray, Rene, Joanne, and I are attending the annual conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) here in Norfolk, Virginia. This is the 20th annual conference, and befitting the theme, Mountains to Sea , VisionLink is proud to release its 50 State VOAD Community project.

How can nonprofit organizations measure community engagement?

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofit organizations have the ability to connect and mobilize individuals. According to Frumkin (2002), nonprofit organizations are “ideal vehicles for foraging networks of weak ties that link people together.” Furthermore, evidence shows that community engagement can be observed.

Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? how can I be a community builder online? I want to take a break from all the hard work building community (does that get a wink?) to share some of what I believe is the core of successful community building (on or offline). Community building” is about a lot of things.

Community Organizing and Social Justice Measurement in the Connected Age

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Shonali Burke, who we interviewed in “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit , let me know about an exciting project she is working on with the Center for Community Change that is hosting the 8th Annual Change Champion Awards (in DC) today (Sept.

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

February is Black History Month and while there are countless ways to honor and celebrate black history throughout the year, we’re giving you a place to start by highlighting eight nonprofits that are making major waves in their communities.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. In Defense of Community Managers. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month

Everyaction

June is observed as LGBTQ Pride month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community. The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

How to Know When to Dissolve Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

And if things are going well for your organization, it might seem to make little sense to do so. Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you think your organization might be in a pinch. And hey, having to dissolve your organization isn’t the most awful thing in the world.

Collaboration in the Aging Community

VisionLink

While we went in expecting to learn about current themes, best practices, and challenges in the world of elderly care, we left with a strong inspiring sense of the collaboration taking place in this small yet passionate community.

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

NTEN

As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs (local in-person groups) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) (online affinity groups) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time.

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3 Unforgettable Reasons Arts and Cultural Organizations Need Pinterest

NetWits

Pinterest for Arts and Cultural Organizations, really? So what does all this mean for Arts and Cultural Organizations ? As Arts and Cultural Organizations (museums, zoos, galleries, festivals and foundations), you have so many powerful images to choose from.

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One Click Community Organizing: Instant Portals

VisionLink

Thanks to some serious development effort, we will be able to launch Community Operating System Portals with a click. Or said another way, technology is finally able to support the complex, dynamic, and evolving needs that are our communities. Okay, right off the top we know full well that one click partnership building is not possible. However, during yesterday''s Sprint Review, I was able to see the nearly completed One Click Portal Module.

Design Your Online Community for the Users, Not for the Organization

SocialFish

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.

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Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

Amy Sample Ward

The competition we conducted as part of this panel surfaced a collection of case studies of organizations using social media in their program delivery. You can see the full collection, and how they were voted on by the community here: [link]. A process like this can ensure that lots of different ideas are included but that the competition can stay true to it’s purpose or the goals of the sponsoring organization. Crowd vs Community.

Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. The room was full, and participants came up with some terrific examples and options for their organizations.

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The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

This is especially true for community foundations. This blog has tips you need to help you and your community foundation colleagues finish the year strong. So grab a glass of eggnog, a plate of holiday cookies, and enjoy our 5 Community Foundation Year-End Survival Tips!

Open Community and Nonprofit Techies

NetWits

They’re doing a virtual book tour exploring concepts from Open Community : a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. In this post, Maddie and Lindy answer a few questions for the NetWits Think Tank community (Oh, and please ask more in the comments.

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Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

VolunteerMark

Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. This saved money across the board and helped many non-profit organizations stay afloat. Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to successfully bettering your community

Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

What’s the sure fire way to make certain your constituents continue to volunteer for your cause – ensure they are emotionally invested to the organization. Creating a Blog within your Community - Why send the traffic back to Word Press and Blogger? Author: Guest Blogger.

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5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

Amy Sample Ward

When it comes to managing or building communities, online or on the ground, the work can seem overwhelming and sometimes even never-ending. Wherever you are, and whatever the kind of community you are wrangling, there are some general lessons that I recommend.

4 Ways Religious Organizations Can Talk About Fundraising with Supporters

Connection Cafe

As a religious organization , your donors are at the heart of your mission. Yet, far too many religious organizations shy away from talking about fundraising with donors, members and other friends of the organization because they worry that doing so will turn off supporters or otherwise compromise their spiritual mission. Show your donors how giving to your organization is part of being a good and faithful steward.

Craft the Perfect Tagline for Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

A good tagline is part of the three-legged stool that includes your organization’s name and logo. And the process of capturing those things in a few words might even help your organization decide what it values most. What benefit does your organization provide?

Community Solutions: Just What the Doctor Ordered!

VisionLink

These patients were treated at health facilities that partner with Health Leads, a nonprofit organization that enables healthcare providers to prescribe basic resources along with medicine or referrals to specialists. Lori Warrens Senior Director of Community Solutions

Why Fundraising Asks are Essential to Your Faith-Based Organization

Connection Cafe

Many faith-based organizations worry about making fundraising asks. These organizations avoid making direct or face-to-face fundraising asks, usually because they don’t have experience with these types of conversations. There’s nothing contradictory about making direct fundraising asks and working for a religious organization. People want to give to your organization, but they are unlikely to do so unless they are asked.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

While this is wonderful news for nonprofits and foundations, these organizations still face a significant challenge: how to be the donor’s choice amid a wealth of giving options. They want to support organizations making the most difference—the ones achieving specific and measurable impact.

#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. What’s the point in using “global” tools (social media) for local organizing? From @amoration: I find we’re always both global & local, so many of us travel frequently that virtual organizing tools are essential even for “local&# endeavors. Figure out how to bring enthusiastic social media participants into the “inner circle&# of planning & organizing.

June 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

The June Community Builder chat focused a lot on listening, engaging, and supporting communities with organic and emerging conversations and goals. I find that its critical to step back and help the community let itself emerge. I think that every community needs goals.

Community organizing and online organizing: can they go together?

Connection Cafe

Yesterday, I checked out the session “Community organizing and online organizing: can they go together?” The session covered interesting points on the debate between community and online organizers and ways to overcome the resistance within an organization. He asked the question – is organizing the same whether it is done online or offline? One-on-ones Events Door Knocking Recruit entire organizations.