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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Ministers learn to compete | The Detroit News

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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

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

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.

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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.

Storymakers 2016 Winners

Tech Soup Blog

Our Best Video winner hails from the proud city of Detroit and is the unanimous top choice. The Storymakers 2016 campaign surpassed all of our expectations. We received more than 600 submissions from 35+ countries, including mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for the first time.

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.

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.

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.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Detroit, Michigan: SeeClickFix Summer Workshop. Detroit, Michigan: SeeClickFix Summer Workshop. Technology helps nonprofits deliver on our missions more effectively, but it can also be fiendishly complicated.

5 Easy Rules to Remember When Telling Digital Stories

Tech Soup Blog

He has been active in the industry for over 20 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Michigan's largest Macintosh users group. Capturing beautiful imagery and creating wonderful designs is only half of the story.

The Most Generous Online Giving Cities in the U.S.

Connection Cafe

Detroit. Online fundraising continued its double-digit growth in 2013, retaining the mantle as the fastest growing fundraising channel, growing at 13.5% according to Blackbaud’s most recent Charitable Giving Report.

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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

Summer Conference Roundup (June - August 2012)


Association of Alternative Newsmedia Convention Detroit, MI. ? Summer conferencing.happened so fast ? ? Summer conferencing.had me a blast ?.

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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.

Keeping Your 2016 Resolutions with NetSquared's Free Workshops

Tech Soup Blog

Detroit, Michigan: Office 365 Setup Event — FREE Email for Your Domain! Now, I'm no Houdini, but I predict that your New Year's resolutions are noble, high-minded stuff like "find a mentor" or "learn a new skill every month."

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).

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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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.

The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

The eight inclusive museums include San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Seattle Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Jose’s Computer History Museum, and the University of South Dakota’s Natural History Museum. The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "Suitable Technologies recently partnered with eight U.S. museums to create virtual experiences for visitors.

Growing the NetSquared Community

Tech Soup Blog

Detroit, Michigan: Office 365 Setup Event — FREE Email for Your Domain! TechSoup's network of nonprofit technology meetups has been growing. In fact, during the last quarter , we had 56 active groups in 19 countries!

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Detroit, Michigan: SeeClickFix Summer Workshop. 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.

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."

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.

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


She has been featured in the Detroit Free Press, on several local tv networks in Detroit, MI and Charlotte, NC and on Sirius/XM's 'Make It Plain w/ Mark Thompson'. Jenifer R Daniels, Communications & Marketing Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Crisis communications is often studied by public relations practitioners but seldom is it used.

Be Emotional. It's Okay.


This Imported from Detroit car commercial for Chrysler starring one of the city's most famous sons, rapper Eminem. 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. For some good examples of what works and what doesn't, let’s look at two Super Bowl commercials everyone's talking about.

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."

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.

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.

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.

2012 Conferences: Social Change, Technology, Nonprofit


Detroit, MI. Nothing like a good conference to connect with peers, boost creativity, recharge those batteries, and if you're lucky, get a couple nights of acting like you're 19 again. What happens at the Personal Democracy Forum, stays at the Personal Democracy Forum.). Early Bird rates for 2012 all over the place! Make sure you take advantage of the better rates! More excellent conferences calendars at CivicActions and Socialbrite. FEBRUARY. TED2012.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

How can nonprofits effectively implement revenue diversification?

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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).

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). Author: Cheryl Black.