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?

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How Social Good Organizations Can Build Community at a Social Distance

Connection Cafe

My neighborhood community is running errands and doing grocery shopping for those at high risk, and others are sharing jokes and creative parenting ideas. As a social good organization, how are you building community?

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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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5 Community Needs That Companies Can Impact Now

Connection Cafe

Since the crisis began, the Association of Corporation Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) has supported hundreds of companies in their effort to effectively deploy their human and financial resources to help those that are most vulnerable in communities.

How to Protect Your Organization from Phishing Scams and Fraud

Connection Cafe

Follow these tips to help protect your organization and supporters: . What about one claiming to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with important coronavirus updates ?

3 Weeks Until #GivingTuesday! Is Your Organization Ready?

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday is less than three weeks away… is your organization ready to leverage this global day of giving? From fundraising to volunteer engagement to just plain old engagement, there are many ways organizations across the social good ecosystem can participate.

Bringing Community Organizing into Online Campaigns – Dashboard

Amy Sample Ward

Here’s the dashboard from The Extraordinaries of our 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference session today: Bringing Community Organizing Into Online Campaigns – [International Ballroom C] (#co2oc). What: What is the basis of community organizing and why is it important to online campaigns? Traditional community organizing informs a successful online campaign and lays the groundwork for a sustainable, effective movement for social change.

Community Impact: Using Patient Data to Measure Program Success

Connection Cafe

As I am sure we all have heard over the past few years (or maybe much longer), we need to demonstrate the results of our programs and tell our organization’s impact story in order to update our board, grow our donor base and develop new programs.

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.

Breaking down the CARES Act:  How the New Stimulus Bill Could Provide Relief for Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

This package assists social good organizations as employers and mission-driven organizations. Donations to donor advised funds and supporting organizations are not eligible for this deduction. Organizations can apply for up to $10M or 2.5X

Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

We see countless articles about how barriers in communication diminish an organization’s impact – and just as crucially – how they inhibit constituent engagement. Organizations can adopt a 360-degree view of their office, with constituents as a core focus.

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.

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.

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.

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!

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

Engage w ith Your Community Early and Often . This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to take for granted : y our surrounding community likely consists of your main base of volunteers, visitors, members and donors. Instead of waiting for them to come to you, go to them by participating in or sponsoring local events such as festivals or community block parties. Arts & Cultural community involvement Donor Engagement member engagement2020 is here!

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Twitter for Nonprofits: Does Your Organization Really Need to Tweet?

Wild Apricot

For some nonprofits, Twitter is the perfect platform to grow their community, while others are better off putting their efforts elsewhere. Is Twitter right for your organization

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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The HEROES Act – How This Proposed Legislation Could Provide Relief to Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

Rather, we are highlighting various provisions that, should it be passed, might be of interest to social good organizations. In the HEROES Act, changes are proposed for PPP that further expands its scope, especially for nonprofit organizations. On May 15, the U.S.

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.

U.N. SDGs: Choosing the Right Goals for Your Organization

Connection Cafe

The broad outline of the goals affords the opportunity for a wide variety of organizations to attribute their positive programs, grantmaking efforts, and environmental, social and governance activities to one, if not many, of the goals.

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Community Management Fundamentals

SocialFish

…from the always awesome Community Roundtable. Do you have advanced community management tips to share? Community Management Fundamentals from The Community Roundtable. Featured Implementation Open Community And by the way, this deck is three years old.

Community Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Cloud-based Technology – An Insider’s Look At This Winning Trifecta

Connection Cafe

It was 20 years to the month that my wife and I established our DAF at our local community foundation, and I marveled at how technology had evolved over this time period. These features are the product of client input in the fast-growing community foundation, cloud-solution-user community.

How Small Organizations Can Be Successful with Analytics

Connection Cafe

This is prompting some very real questions about how to move forward—especially for the small er foundations and for healthcare organizations that have relied on a couple staff people, a committee , or lots of events to facilitate community giving. .

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.

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.

Online Community Manager Job Description

SocialFish

Here’s the best job description we’ve come across so far, courtesy of our friend Ben Martin at Online Community Results. We’re doing lots of cool work with Ben, who’s our go-to for outsourced community management. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

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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.

3 Benefits of Using Crowdstack to Organize Your Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Rosemary O’Neill , CMO of Social Strata, makers of the Crowdstack community platform. How about a persistent, organized, centralized digital space? Every organization has a “Sarah.” You can also organize them. The community simply works.

Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

How did a rts, c ultural & h umanities organizations fare on # GivingTuesday ? . While we’re still calculating how much of that total cultural organizations raised, here are some campaigns that stood out: . Also using social media to rally donations were a number of Broadway shows and organizations rais ing money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS who added “donate to Broadway Cares” button s to their Instagram stories.

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Everything Your Organization Needs to Know About In-Kind Donations

Wild Apricot

In-kind donations can help you grow your fundraising, stretch your resources, and build your community. But how do you get in-kind donations? In this guide, I'll show you how to solicit, record, acknowledge, and report these gifts

Guerilla Community-Building Group Provides Insight to Modernizing Your Organization

SocialFish

I recently discovered an emerging New York City community/organization called The Office Hero League that seems to be providing the same value to the members of their community that an association would provide.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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Resources to Guide Arts and Cultural Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connection Cafe

As an arts and cultural organization, you are among the most trusted sources of information in today’s world. Take this opportunity to be a source of truth and point your community to the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). .

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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.