Ministers learn to compete | The Detroit News

AFP Blog

Ministers learn to compete | The Detroit News : hey need to understand organizational leadership: how to create a mission statement, set goals and measure whether they’ve achieved those goals — skills typically taught in masters of business administration programs, not seminaries.

More than $100,000 in free technology up for grabs for local nonprofits | Crain's Detroit Business

AFP Blog

More than $100,000 in free technology up for grabs for local nonprofits | Crain's Detroit Business

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. Heavy truck traffic was the suspected cause, so WDET Detroit Public Radio asked people to text in “TRUCK” whenever they saw a semi. And Detroit is not the only place text campaigns are helping keep people healthy.

One Small Step for Detroit, One Giant Leap for Museum Ethics (Maybe)

Museum 2.0

Over the past three years, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has served as the museum poster child for the debate on the public value of the arts. And now, in the past month, Michigan''s Attorney General and State Senate have blocked the emergency manager of Detroit from seizing the DIA''s collection to pay off the city''s debt. What''s Happening in Detroit Detroit is in serious trouble financially.

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. Analyzing Public Comments in the Detroit Free Press Online The pre-vote public commentary in the Detroit Free Press about the millage is like any online newspaper commentary: polarizing, extreme, and highly varied in tone and reasonableness. As one Detroit Free Press commenter wrote: "You are not getting it.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

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. . After many failed attempts through special events, mailings, eblasts , and newsletters, Game On Cancer introduced a new campaign – “Team MVPs” – a sports-centered campaign that combined physicians, survivors and the Detroit Lions. .

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Trainer’s Notebook: Making Accommodations In Workshops

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated a workshop in Detroit hosed by Co-Act , a nonprofit collaboration space in Detroit. In my workshop in Detroit, I had several people with physical disabilities. Last week I facilitated a workshop in Detroit hosed by Co-Act, a nonprofit collaboration space in Detroit. The workshop was focused on personal resilience and self-care based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and was part of series of workshops on resilience.

13 of the Best Nonprofit Videos from the Last 13 Years

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Hey Detroit. YouTube launched almost 13 years ago on February 14, 2005 and you got to give credit to the early adopter nonprofits active on YouTube in its early years. These early adopters were also embracing Myspace when the vast majority of nonprofits hadn’t yet had their aha moment about social media. Today, approximately 72% of internet traffic is video and one billion hours of that video is watched daily on YouTube.

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2010 Knight-Batten Award Winner: Sourcing Through Texting

Mobile Commons

Congratulations to The Takeaway, WNYC, Public Radio International, Public Insight Journalism and WDET Detroit on their 2010 Knight-Batten Award for the Sourcing through Texting project. From the official site: A team from The Takeaway radio show joined journalists from WDET Detroit in a successful experiment that prompted residents to text tips about particular stories from Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit.

Signs of the times

FI Space

In this morning’s Washington Post an article appeared about why two Detroit newspapers are cutting back home delivery to three days per week. Fighting to stay in business, Detroit’s two daily newspapers will cut home delivery to three days a week, print smaller editions on other days and encourage people to get information online. The Detroit market is the largest in the country to undergo that transformation.

Protect Donor Data When Working with Third-Party Vendors

NonProfit Hub

——— Founded in 1987, Phoenix Innovate is Detroit’s only marketing firm guaranteeing results. High-profile data breaches in recent years show just how vulnerable some organizations can be to attacks from outside. Protecting your nonprofit’s data is crucial, no matter who you work with. Data privacy gets even trickier when you’re dealing with a third-party vendor, whose systems and storage methods might leave you at higher risk. .

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Working America Helps Voters Report Problems with Mobile Messaging

Mobile Commons

For more great examples of on-the-ground reporting from everyday cell phone users, check out these stories about Detroit’s traffic pollution or WNYC’s snowplow map. Here’s a great example of how a text message campaign can encourage supporters to become reporters – informing people about important developments right as they happen. A new Pennsylvania law was recently passed that would require voters to show ID before voting.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) / Detroit, MI / Price varies. Detroit, Michigan is your dynamic destination for NAYDO 2016, the ideal setting for a discussion on re-imagining cause and community.Celebrate NAYDO's first-ever cross border collaboration with conference co-hosts, YMCAs of Michigan and YMCA of Western Ontario Canada, and experience a fusion of culture, cause and innovative storytelling. 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. To that end, making the right first impression is vital.

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WBUR Makes a Mobile Map of Coyote Sightings in Boston

Mobile Commons

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. While animal experts assured the populace that coyotes aren’t dangerous for people, Bostonians still worried about their children and their pets.

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. You can find information about how to apply on the Pollination Project website, follow them on Twitter at @Pollinationproj, and like them on Facebook.

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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. It was a blast to be with an entire conference full of social good software and data people from around the world. Using Software and Data to Change the World We are in an amazing time. Society is a buzz about new technology: artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, autonomous cars, the surveillance state, and more.

Great reads from around the web on August 23rd

Amy Sample Ward

'" Grants Maps – I'm a huge fan of maps and I love social impact – check this out: "The Skillman Foundation has partnered with the New York City-based Foundation Center to provide Skillman Foundation website visitors with a custom version of the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy In/Sight data visualization platform, which utilizes Google maps to show the scope and reach of the Skillman Foundation’s work in Detroit."

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, won the nonfiction prize for "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age," is a 1920s courtroom drama about the murder trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, who purchased a house in an all white neighborhood in Detroit with some serious consequences. News. has the ability to move quickly!

A Low Tech Version of Providing the Self-Organizing Platform for Movement Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We were are all leaving Detroit at different times and the taxi to the airport wasn't exactly cheap. Last week I was in Michigan to do a training for Chapter Leaders of EPIP. So, EPIP provided a self-organizing platforn (a flip chart with a time line sign up.) This let everyone organize into small groups and get to the airport without having to spend a lot of money.

Storymakers 2016 Winners

Tech Soup Blog

Our Best Video winner hails from the proud city of Detroit and is the unanimous top choice. Learning to Improvise Can be Life-Changing , from The Detroit Creativity Project , demonstrates the highest level of technical production and takes the audience on a stirring, heartfelt journey into Detroit's schools. The Storymakers 2016 campaign surpassed all of our expectations.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

When Detroit was going bankrupt in 2013, the city's emergency manager fought to sell off some of the prized artworks in the Detroit Institute of Art. Two years ago, the Detroit Institute of Art won the battle to keep their treasured artwork in the museum. You run a regional museum. It's been struggling financially for years. Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward.

Nonprofits and App Developers Combine Forces for Community Change

Tech Soup Blog

Of all the projects presented, the Detroit Water Project might be the most well-known. And there's good reason: the Detroit Water Project helps match families who need help with their water bills to donors by using utility data from the city of Detroit. Tiffani Bell, one of the co-creators, learned that Detroit was going to shut down water to 100,000 people and wanted to do something.

Open Thread: How Does Your Institution Say Happy New Year?

Museum 2.0

This year, I've seen everything from heartfelt solicitations ( Young Playwrights Theater ) to surreal pop culture singalongs ( MCA Denver ) to impressively-produced, collaborative, yet poignant pop culture singalongs ( Detroit Science Center , which closed one month after this video was released). It's that time of year when inboxes fill up with digital thank you's, happy holidays, and end-of-year solicitations.

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. Jeff Pulver founded 140 character conference as a “platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business [and nonprofits]“ Do you have use Twitter to attend?

Is all support created equal?

Connection Cafe

” Chatter from multiple blogs suggests the trend was started by a group of women in Detroit, while ABC News suggests it may have started overseas. Author: Jordan Viator. Guest post by Noel Beebe, Interactive Consultant at Convio. If you’re an avid Facebook junkie like me, you probably noticed a lot of “colorful” updates last week.

22 Must-Circle Nonprofits on Google+

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 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. As traffic continues to grow , new tools and functionality are added almost daily. Google+ is definitely a work in progress.

The United Auto Workers Use a Crucial Negotiation to Double Their List Size

Mobile Commons

Last fall, with a contract renewal looming, the United Auto Workers were negotiating with the Detroit Three auto manufacturers. The negotiations extended past their expected close in September, and on into the late days of November. As the negotiations dragged on, eager auto workers wanted to hear updates about how the discussions were progressing.

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. He’s passionate about working with Blackbaud’s clients to solve their complex business issues. — It’s rather funny where inspiration often comes from.

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Six Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website

ASU Lodestar Center

Chris has also been seen in The Associated Press and Crain's Detroit Business posted by Chris Pontine Digital Marketing. Many nonprofit companies are getting onboard in the digital world and have found the website builder which best fits their needs and budget. There is much more you can squeeze out of your website just by tweaking or adding a few things to give your nonprofit the jump it needs to stand out. I want to break down seven best practices that can add to your nonprofit website.

Martin Luther King Day 2015


I came-of-age politically growing up in Detroit in the 1950s when I was part of a picket line outside Woolworth''s because Blacks were not allowed to sit at lunch counters in Woolworth stores in the segregated South. As we do several times a year, we pass along this essay from Stan Stahl. His well crafted aspirations remind us of the positive and amazing progress this nation can take on, even when we seem bent towards argument.

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. My heart is certain there are good intentions amongst the leadership of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Each week, I’ve been ceding the blog to others as a chance to hear many voices share their thoughts about our field, where we are, and where we are going.

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.

Harvard Pilgrim Uses Text Messages to Motivate Healthy Parenting

Mobile Commons

Here are just a few: - Crowdsourced health reports help Detroit discover the cause of an asthma epidemic. - New study shows that smokers’ quite rates double with text message support. - SMS helps with flu vaccine reminders. - Two studies that show that SMS helps smokers quit.

8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco

Tech Soup Blog

This project began as a Code for America project in Detroit. Prashant and his co-founders identified a need for local data about buildings and real estate in Detroit and discovered that the city was under-resourced when it came to the technical tools needed to collect it. For example, Detroit's Planning Department used the app to conduct a survey of commercial land in the city.

Forget the Leash, Go to the Cloud

Connection Cafe

The following post originally appeared on YNPN Detroit's blog on June 11. Author: Cheryl Black. I’d like to start by saying I really like Outlook. It does really cool things. But…have you ever tried to access your Outlook via webmail? It’s kinda ugly and clunky. That’s because Outlook is software that lives on your specific computer and is best utilized from that computer. Take Gmail or Yahoo mail on the other hand.

Six Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website

ASU Lodestar Center

Chris has also been seen in The Associated Press and Crain's Detroit Business posted by Chris Pontine Digital Marketing. Many nonprofit companies are getting onboard in the digital world and have found the website builder which best fits their needs and budget. There is much more you can squeeze out of your website just by tweaking or adding a few things to give your nonprofit the jump it needs to stand out. I want to break down seven best practices that can add to your nonprofit website.

How can nonprofits effectively implement revenue diversification?

ASU Lodestar Center

A look at budget trends of metro detroit social service agencies. posted by Kayla Moulder Registered Nurse. In the 2015 Nonprofit Finance Fund Report, 23 percent of nonprofits reported operating in deficit and 29 percent reported break-even finances (Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2015). These reports expose a need for short and long-term strategic planning in order to establish financial security (Leroux, 2005).

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." Every once in a while, I'll get a boring email inviting me to be part of some kind of blog salon on a particular topic, the idea being that all the bloggers who are contacted will write about that topic during the assigned month. This never seems like a good idea.

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Feelings and Participation

Museum 2.0

Lumin at Detroit Institute of Art Now on to the interactives…I’ve been thinking a great deal about the function of interactives in museums. Me with a friend As I keep saying, I’ve been to a few museums of late. In reflecting on the sample, I’ve made some broad reflections on museum workers and visitors. Today, I wanted to think about participatory elements, something so essential to this blog.

Summer Conference Roundup (June - August 2012)


Association of Alternative Newsmedia Convention Detroit, MI. ? Summer conferencing.happened so fast ? ? Summer conferencing.had me a blast ?. Our nonprofit events calendar for the summer season is heating up, and we're once again sharing our busy schedule for you to evaluate and decide which ones you'll want to attend in the coming months.