Lame spam of the day: Digg + Facebook

Robert Weiner

I've seen two versions of this spam claiming to be verification of Facebook social sharing on Digg. One said it's a Facebook verification, the other a Digg verification. Enable Facebook social sharing, and share your Digg experience with your Facebook friends. Control which emails you receive from Digg (this link leads to [link]. Cheers, the Digg crew. Version 2: Sender: Digg Verification (registration@e.digg.com).

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Digg This?

Beaconfire Wire

Easier to determine–and something I can now instruct you to do for yourself–is to learn the difference between Digg , Reddit , Facebook , Twitter , and StumbleUpon. Don’t add a “Digg this!&# link to all your pages simply because you know that Digg is the biggest and most active social networkout there. Take a look at Digg and ask yourself if your message fits in there. digg icons poll promote reddit

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This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Digg is Dying. Who are the Players Now?

Frogloop

Digg, the once beloved link-sharing site that power users were able to game has been dying a slow death over the past couple of years. Since January of 2011 Digg’s unique web visits have declined by more than 50% and gone from 9.4M

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Do You Digg?

Museum 2.0

Digg is a website that supports and cultivates “the people’s choice” from the ground up. to Digg that they think are awesome. Other users do the same, and or check out these new “diggs” on the site via connections they have to other members, interest areas, or general browsing.

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NpTech Summary: Nonprofit and Social Change Digg Redux

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Should there be a nonprofit and social change category on Digg? Digg it here ). And, of course, one of the community ad hoc collaborations incorporated Digg or a "Digg like" ability to crowdsource news items. million investment in Digg is intended to fuel Digg???s

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Will Digg Make a Category for Nonprofits?

Wild Apricot

With big changes in the works at Digg right now, what are the odds that the site might broaden its horizons, and add a separate category for nonprofits and social change? A fair number of solid stories from the nonprofit sector are submitted to Digg every day — but those stories tend to get lost in the crowd. Arguably the most influential of social bookmarking sites, Digg.com is often both criticized and commended for having a narrow topic focus.

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Should there be A Nonprofit and Social Change Category on Digg?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I got a message from one of my readers, Ashley Messick, on Facebook about a recent post about Social Actions Twitter for Good Facebook Group and TwitterFeed Mashup I wanted to Digg post about Save the World with Twitter and wasn't quite sure how to categorize it when submitting.

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Allan Benamer's NpTech Tag Meta Feed Digg Plig Collaborative Search Mashup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click through to flickr to see larger diagram Created in Snagit. While Allan has been in Vietnam celebrating the lunar New Year and eating exotic foods, he has still managed to get online, play with Pipes, and IM me about it.

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NIN Interview Crowd Sourced

FI Space

Kevin Rose of Digg interview Music Genius and Tech Geek. Tags: Change Makers DIGG Geeks NIN It’s not work safe but enjoy his insights on crowdsourcing and running your own business.

Featured Article from Care2 News Network (our own little digg) - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

60) Search « Lean, Mean Blogging Machines | Main | Crowd-sourcing to Clean up Elections and Foil Chad » Friday Nov 10 2006 Featured Article from Care2 News Network (our own little digg) Friday, November 10, 2006 at 01:37PM | by Mark Source: Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.

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Top 8 Social Media Tracking Tools - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

The reports are filled with listings on Technorati, Google, Diggs, and links back to your website. link] It tracks Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn.

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NxE's 50 Most Influential Female Bloggers (I'm Number 29!)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And if you think this is cool, go digg it Here's the list.

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New Social News Site for Nonprofits

NTEN

You're probably familiar with the concept of social news through sites like StumbleUpon and Digg : users post links to stories, other users rate the posts by voting them up or down. digg social news Idealist.org and Reddit launched a joint venture today: IdealistNews.org , a social news site geared towards nonprofits.

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Generating Buzz: Using Social Media to Drive Website Traffic

NTEN

I set her on the path to join all of the major and up-and-coming social media sites like StumbleUpon , Digg , Reddit , Delicious and Mixx. " So much of social media is dependent on the support of others (votes, thumb-ups, diggs, etc.). Danielle Brigida, National Wildlife Federation. As social media grows in popularity, one fact cannot be ignored: if used well, it can generate impressive amounts of traffic and increase engagement around your cause or organization.

The Ethics of AdBlock | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

The site raised strong reactions from Digg users , who were almost universally opposed and had angry words (many of them misspelled) for the site’s creator.

Social bookmarking PR requires sustained community participation | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

The WSJ carefully profiled Digg, Newsvine, Netscape, Del.icio.us, and other ??social s traffic went from virtually nil to over 50,000 hits per day after appearing on the front page of Digg. So how do nonprofits crack the Digg homepage, secure tens of thousands of visitors immediately and influence discussion about their cause far and wide? t work is having a bunch of staff sign up at Digg right before they need something to get big.

Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Internet , Security , Students for a Free Tibet Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack 03.27.08 | 3374 6 Comments [link] Pro-Tibet+Non-Profit+Under+Cyber-Attack 2008-03-27+17%3A13%3A13 Allan+Benamer UPDATE: Please Digg this story at [link] We haven’t discussed security very much on this blog for two simple reasons: I’m not a computer security expert and despite the Convio security breach, I rarely get wind of security issues that occur in the non-profit sector.

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

AFP Blog

era has a whole other language – like Digg, Blogger, Facebook and Twitter. The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Do You Speak Geek? Do Your Donors?It It seems like the Web 2.0 But these technologies are shaped by a fundraising cornerstone – personal relationships. Organizations are “far more likely to build trust if you are connecting to your donors as

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gokubi.com

gokubi.com

Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home links for 2006-11-23 links for 2006-11-23 Last Updated on Thursday, 23 November 2006 08:21 Written by Steve Thursday, 23 November 2006 08:21 stamen design | big ideas worth pursuing The guys behind the awesome digg labs tools.

Wild Apricot Blog : Social Annotation: the Next Generation of Social Bookmarking

Wild Apricot

Ten Ways to Change the World Through Social Media : Sustainablog

AFP Blog

It’s likely that you Digg stories and even possible that you Twitter. From Sustainablog.Ten Ways to Change the World Through Social Media : Sustainablog: "f you’re reading this blog, then you’re on board with social media. There’s a good chance you belong to social networks like Facebook or MySpace. These technologies and services, together with a growing number of others, make up the social web. NPtech NPBlogs

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6 Takeaways From ShareThis’ Study on Social Sharing

NetWits

Interesting to me, though, is that “Other&# (which includes blogging, StumbleUpon & Digg ) and Twitter –mostly open networks–have higher average clicks than private networking tools Facebook and email, at 5.3

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16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit Business Advice , Non-Profit News , Social Media.

Online Discussion on June 23: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

The speakers include: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization’s voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2, Change.org, Digg, and StumbleUpon. This Tuesday The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host another free online discussion about how nonprofits can use social media.

Social Media and Gender

NCE Social Media

It demonstrates who uses the biggest social media tools – the gender, age, education and income of the people who engage with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Digg and LinkedIn pages. Do you know who uses social media? Do you know that women are driving social media usage?

Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← A GPS for Your Nonprofit? 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits → Feb.

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Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

The discussion featured: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization's voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2, Change.org, Digg, and StumbleUpon. If you missed The Chronicle of Philanthropy's June 23 online discussion Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes , the transcript is now available.

Meet the People We Work With

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder&# → Meet the People We Work With Posted on February 23, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment Every day, we talk with people who work at human services agencies that serve those with disabilities. We hear about the budget troubles, the compliance issues, and the lack of resources. We understand the great work these folks are doing for their participants and we wanted to recognize them. We have a new section on our website – the Customer Spotlight. It’s a way for us to “show off&# the wonderful people we work with at Vertex Systems. Our newest spotlight is Brenda Rutherford, an IT Director for Kent-Sussex Industries over in Milford, Delaware. They provide supported employment and competitive placement services for their clients. And they provide vocational educational opportunities, such as community trips and community volunteer trips. They have 102 full-time staff and serve 259 active participants and 55 casual production workers. Brenda shares her story and tells us about one of her hardworking participants. Check it out when you get a chance! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Case Management Solutions , Client Payroll Software , ERP Software , Non-Profit Software , Nonprofit Management Software , Vertex Systems News and tagged supported employment , vocational rehabilitation. Bookmark the permalink. ← White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder&# → One Response to Meet the People We Work With Pingback: Tweets that mention Meet the People We Work With | The SocialPath -- Topsy.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit News.

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DOL Releases Disability Employment Stats for January

Vertex Systems

Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit News and tagged Department of Labor , disability employment.

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4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Tips for a Successful Software Implementation Capacity Building with Training Teams → 4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities Posted on March 8, 2011 by vertex | Leave a comment There are many misconceptions about hiring those with disabilities. It’s one of the main reasons why the unemployment rate for those with disabilities is consistently higher than those without. Most of our clients have vocational rehabilitation programs with employment services for people with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities and we hear how difficult it can be for their counselors to place them. I recently read an article in the Grand Forks Herald about this problem and it had a list of myths and misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities, from Mark Landa, a business specialist with North Dakota’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation office in Grand Forks. Here are the 4 myths he lists: People with disabilities don’t want to work. Not true, Landa said. Not only do people with disabilities want to work, he said, they also rival others with their job performance ratings and absentee rates — and they’re more loyal. The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates hiring people with disabilities and makes firing them impossible. “If they’re qualified to do the job, and they’re not going to cost you a lot of extra money, then you’re supposed to hire them—if they’re more qualified than someone else,” Landa said. “And the ADA says, if they can’t do the job, you get rid of them just like anybody else.” People with disabilities are expensive as employees. Most reasonable accommodations for people with disability are inexpensive, according to Landa. “Over half of them cost little or nothing. It could be just as simple as adjusting a work schedule or putting a block of wood under a desk to get it at the right height,” he said. If the accommodation does come at a cost, Landa said, it’s usually less than $600. Employer insurance rates will go up if they hire someone with a disability. Workers compensation or workforce safety insurance costs relate to incidents that happen at a business. “That person has never worked there; they can’t affect the rates,” Landa said. It’s a great list and something everyone should be aware of. Pass it along to make sure more people with disabilities can get their chance to join there community and build their confidence. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit News and tagged disability employment , disability unemployment , hiring the disabled , people with disabilities unemployment. Bookmark the permalink. ← Tips for a Successful Software Implementation Capacity Building with Training Teams → Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

Using Social Media Increases Fundraising by 40% [Study]

NetWits

ShareThis – While the three social tools mentioned above are the baseline, what happens when you want to give your participants access to other social networks like StumbleUpon®, Digg®, and Yahoo!®?

Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder”

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Meet the People We Work With The Times They are a-Changin’ → Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder&# Posted on February 24, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment Reach those with disabilities at a younger age. Educate parents about services. Work on improving transportation issues. And make transition into the work force smoother and more integrated. These were a few suggestions from parents, consumers of a sheltered workshop, and some service providers. This was a quote from a story in the Southeast Missourian – it focused what people were looking for and expecting from their local vocational workshop facilities serving those with disabilities. Those were a few of the suggestions given Wednesday to representatives of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s division of vocational rehabilitation. The division’s goal is to provide the tools it takes to get adults with disabilities into a sometimes unaccepting work force. Here is some more from the article: “‘Start earlier, push harder,’ said Bob Dale, executive director of the Cape County Board for Developmentally Disabled. Some in attendance included Dale, and members of various agencies, such as the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence Inc., VIP Industries and the Department of Mental Health. ‘We’re going to take these suggestions back to the central office in Jefferson City,’ said Clarinda Unger, the meeting’s facilitator and former vocational rehab district director. ‘We wanted to hear from the public to improve the job we do and help our consumers reach employment.’ The meeting Wednesday was the first of five that will be held throughout the state, including others in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City. Vocational rehab provides services to people with disabilities in order for them to become employed and stay employed, Unger said. During 2010, vocational rehab counselors worked with more than 29,000 eligible people in 25 district offices. Last year, 4,363 people with disabilities got jobs for at least 90 days after getting help from vocational rehab, she said. Check out the rest of the article online on the Southeast Missourian. So, what can be done to: Reach those with disabilities at a younger age Educate parents about services Work on improving transportation issues And make transition into the work force smoother and more integrated Thoughts? Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit Business Advice , Non-Profit News and tagged disability employment , disability vocational training , sheltered workshops , vocational rehabilitation. Bookmark the permalink. ← Meet the People We Work With The Times They are a-Changin’ → One Response to Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder&# Pingback: Tweets that mention Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder” | The SocialPath -- Topsy.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

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6 cool curation sites you may not have heard of

SocialFish

Digg - 40% – for random headlines about cool stuff the internet is talking about. The new Digg is really awesome. I love the Daily Digg email, but while I skim every one, I don’t necessarily click more than a few per week. So my new thing is curated news sites.

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Tax Credits for Businesses that Hire Those with Disabilities

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Capacity Building with Training Teams A GPS for Your Nonprofit?

ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← 5 Features to Look for in Financial Management Software White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities → ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study Posted on February 15, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment We’ve recently added a new ERP case study to our website that focuses on the use of our enterprise platform solution by a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization located in Delaware. Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. ( KSI ) is a fairly recent customer of Vertex Systems and they were in desperate need of an enterprise solution that allowed them to streamline their processes, eliminate the “islands&# of information, and create strategic reporting to help save them time, energy, and money. You can check out their problems and the solution they went with on our website – it does require a simple registration, but keep in mind we protect and secure all information given to us and we share it with no one. Check out our latest ERP case study on KSI today. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or ideas. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Case Management Solutions , Client Payroll Software , ERP Software , Non-Profit Software , Nonprofit Accounting Software , Nonprofit Management Software , Social Services Technology and tagged enterprise software for nonprofit , financial management software for social service agencies , vocational rehab software. Bookmark the permalink. ← 5 Features to Look for in Financial Management Software White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities → One Response to ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study Pingback: Tweets that mention ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study | The SocialPath -- Topsy.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

Webinar on Intuition by Vertex

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← The Times They are a-Changin’ Tips for a Successful Software Implementation → Webinar on Intuition by Vertex Posted on March 3, 2011 by vertex | Leave a comment You could read about the benefits and features of our software solutions on the website, but it’s so much better to see them in action. We hold regular webinars to demonstrate our products and here’s the upcoming schedule for March: Tuesday – March 8, 2011 – at 11am EST Thursday – March 24, 2011 – at 2pm EST You can register for our webinars now – there is limited space available! There’s no cost or obligation. It’s just an information session on how Intuition streamlines your agency process with client payroll, case management, attendance, and service billing. During this webinar, you will see how to: Eliminate paper, errors, redundancy, illegibility, compliance and reporting issues Enter time & documentation using an iPod, iPad, laptop, PC, telephone, timeclock and more Maximize billing of all authorized dollars Improve D.O.L. audit compliance, CARF accreditation standards, and HIPAA compliance with our software solutions For 30 years and 400 customers, Vertex Systems has been working with organizations like yours to help streamline paper processes, eliminate redundant paperwork, and increase compliance. We invite you to invest one hour to learn how our products will help you, your agency and your participants. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR Vertex Systems helps social service agencies with solutions that provide: Faster decision-making through real-time accessibility to information More accurate information from real-time capture Increased staff flexibility from anywhere connectivity Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Case Management Solutions , Client Payroll Software , Electronic Documentation for Nonprofits , Non-Profit Software , Nonprofit Accounting Software , Nonprofit Management Software , Nonprofit Overheard Costs , Social Service Software , Social Services Technology , Vertex Systems News. Bookmark the permalink. ← The Times They are a-Changin’ Tips for a Successful Software Implementation → Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

More Nonprofit Spending on Overhead is Needed | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← How Nonprofits Can Get More Donations Disability Employment Stats for December → More Nonprofit Spending on Overhead is Needed Posted on January 6, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment ?

A GPS for Your Nonprofit?

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Tax Credits for Businesses that Hire Those with Disabilities Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities → A GPS for Your Nonprofit?

Capacity Building with Training Teams

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← 4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities Tax Credits for Businesses that Hire Those with Disabilities → Capacity Building with Training Teams Posted on March 14, 2011 by vertex | Leave a comment Capacity building has been a hot buzzword in the nonprofit community for quite a while now. Many consultants and associations (and maybe even some software vendors) have been throwing the term around to create a new spin on an old adage. Capacity building is just that – building up the ability of a nonprofit agency from within and from the outside. It is actions taken to improve the overall effectiveness of the organization. By making a social service agency more effective, more can be done to achieve the goals to not only help additional participants but to also improve the quality of services you provide. As creators of software solutions for agencies that serve those with disabilities, we advocate ways to help our clients be more effective to reach their capacity-building objectives. One of the best approaches we’ve discovered is the use of training teams. Because we deal in technological innovations and advancements for social service agencies, many within the organization look to their IT department or IT director to handle any software purchases, implementation and training requirements. And this is a huge mistake. It actually can hinder a real chance to build capacity. When it comes to the implementation, training, and support of any software purchase, we ask that agencies form a training team. And by team, we do not mean a group of 2 or 3 “techies&# or the biggest geeks who will get the need for and the abilities of a new system. Mostly because this creates a hierarchy. Without a team, the person or few people in charge become the ones with all the answers. They become trainer, implementer, technical support, and the ones who tell the end-users how to perform their jobs. By having a complete team, made of peers who work with each other in various departments and learn all the functions and requirements, they will come up with better ideas on how to use a new system and how to customize it for the needs of everyone involved. When it comes to any organization, there is a variety of people with different backgrounds, cultural experiences, learning styles, and technological levels. A training team, made of technical and non-technical advisers and trainers will increase the acceptance rate of any new solution. It will introduce new ideas into making the system more effective. It can eliminate the need for people to focus all their attention on just one person with “all the answers&#. And the training team will help build an agency-wide momentum for the changes. With a peer-supported team in place the technology can be implemented to better suit all departments and staff and it will get more people involved. They will understand what it can do and they will eagerly share it with colleagues and new employees. They’ll take more time to learn all the functions and get the most out of their investment. They will be able to break down the resistance to change that some will still have after implementation. It might be asking a lot of one staff member, who has been doing her job with a spreadsheet and a pencil for years, when she will have to start using a “scary&# computer. And when she sees her non-technological co-workers not only pick up the new system but also complete their tasks faster and with fewer errors… she will become a convert. To truly build capacity at your agency, be sure to form a full team of management and peer-supported users to get the most from any new tools or methods you bring on board. You will get the most out of it and you will improve your ability to meet the objectives of your mission. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit Business Advice , Non-Profit Software , Social Service Software , Social Services Technology and tagged capacity building , nonprofit effectiveness. Bookmark the permalink. ← 4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities Tax Credits for Businesses that Hire Those with Disabilities → Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

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White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities

Vertex Systems

The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study Meet the People We Work With → White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities Posted on February 17, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment Recently, the administration has hosted phone calls on topics that relate to the upcoming budget for 2012. The topics covered a wide range, including healthcare, education and science and technology. One topic was of particular interest to our customers – the programs for people with disabilities. Entitled “ Winning the Future for People with Disabilities &# there are budget proposals earmarked for children and adults with disabilities. There are plans for increasing efforts in education, housing, research, and employment. While everyone has been talking about slashing away at every state and federal budget in the name of fiscal responsibility, it’s good to know that there are plans and budgets being prepared to help those who cannot always speak for themselves or be heard above the roar. From the White House website, the 2012 budget will: Encourage Workforce Innovation : The Budget provides almost $380 million to the Departments of Education and Labor, for a Workforce Innovation Fund to support reforms of the workforce system, including projects that improve education and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The Vocational Rehabilitation program will contribute $30 million, and use its expertise to help ensure that the Fund invests in innovative programs and evidence-based practices to provide high-quality employment services to individuals with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities. And, it also claims the budget will: Support Workers with Disabilities : The Budget provides $24 million to the Department of Labor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which awards grants to build the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to serve individuals with disabilities. The Budget also proposes a new Disability Insurance Work Incentives Simplification Pilot to make the Social Security work rules more straightforward and allow beneficiaries more flexibility to try to work without fear of losing their benefits. Many of our clients operate vocational rehabilitation facilities (also known as sheltered workshops) where they help those with disabilities learn job skills and earn a living. Making sure that government funding will be available so that these programs can continue is a true lifeline to all the work being done for them. We can only hope all of these proposals make it in to the final approved budget for next year. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Non-Profit News , Social Services Technology and tagged disability employment , disability unemployment , disability workforce innovation , Support Workers with Disabilities. Bookmark the permalink. ← ERP Software for a Nonprofit – a Case Study Meet the People We Work With → One Response to White House Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities Pingback: Tweets that mention White House 2012 Budget Supports Workers with Disabilities | The SocialPath -- Topsy.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex

Nonprofit Software Solutions to Cut Costs and Overcome Budget Cuts.

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The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Iowa Nonprofit to Repay $40,000 Upcoming Vocational Rehab Payroll Webinars → Can Your Nonprofit Survive Budget Cuts? Posted on December 27, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment You may be facing severe budget cuts.

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Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

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The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Webinar on Intuition by Vertex 4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities → Tips for a Successful Software Implementation Posted on March 7, 2011 by vertex | Leave a comment Whether you’re going from paper processes to a modern software solution or replacing an old worn-out legacy computer system, your agency is going to go through quite an upheaval. Keep in mind that many software implementations fail completely. They fail to address the needs and objectives of the organizations. But there are steps you can take to ensure a successful implementation of a single software module or even an entire enterprise solution (ERP). Human services agencies that serve those with disabilities have limited resources and many have limited experience, personnel, and infrastructure in their IT departments. They do, however, see the need to change over to electronic documentation software to increase productivity and streamline operations. The need is there but things can go horribly wrong if the right software is not purchased, if the right vendor is not chosen, and if the solution is not implemented properly. So, here are some tips to make sure your software ends up working for you. Buy-in From the Boss Many executive directors of social service agencies d0 not consider themselves to be technical people. They consider software to be something that the “geeks&# take care of. They let their IT team and/or end-users pick out the vendors or select the products. And it can really cause problems. It’s important to always consider that software is an investment in the mission of the agency. It’s not just a technical project for the IT manager and the front-line staff. Software for a nonprofit organization must give you real business value. The goals of increased productivity, convenience, accuracy, improved reporting, and solving compliance issues all create value for the agency. At every step of picking a software system, choosing vendors, and implementing the system the executive director and management must be asking how will this provide strategic value? How will it affect the “big picture&# ? How will it generate revenue and maintain sustainability? Make Sure It’s a Great Fit After you have buy-in from the boss, it’s important to make sure you are working with the right software experts. First, they must be experts. Make sure you only recruit vendors with specific experience in the social services world. They must know your needs and your requirements. And make sure they’re not starting out with you as their guinea pig – find a software vendor that has many installations under their belt. Second, make sure the software vendor can help you meet these objectives and requirements you have to help your agency run better. Don’t get caught up in the technical requirements (types of servers, choice of browsers,software requirements needed to run your new solutions, etc.) Make sure you are able to pick their brains to help you save time, be more productive, improve accuracy, and reduce the need for executive oversight. Ready, Set, Go! Be ready for the implementation process. Don’t leave it up to your software partner to do all the work for you. Because you are bringing in great solutions to make you more efficient and effective, you are going to be changing the way you work. As I mentioned in a previous post, nobody likes change. To get the most out of your new social service software, you’re going to have to prepare your managers, end users, and back office staff. It could involve in-house training, team meetings, and meetings with the vendor staff to make sure you’re ready. If they don’t also buy in to their new routines, you won’t get the business value you’re looking for from this new technology. Always communicate project goals to the staff as the new modules are implemented. Give them status updates on where you are in the process and when things are expected to “go live&#. Make sure they are aware of the importance of the training and to not only take part but come prepared with questions and ideas on how to improve their day-to-day routines. Treat your new software as an investment and get everyone involved in how it will improve the care you provide to those with disabilities. This will guarantee a successful implementation and make sure you reach the goals you have for the new technology. And, before you know it, you’ll see a return on that investment. When you get a chance, check out a new white paper on ROI for your software. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post This entry was posted in Case Management Solutions , Client Payroll Software , Electronic Documentation for Nonprofits , Non-Profit Business Advice , Non-Profit Software , Nonprofit Management Software. Bookmark the permalink. ← Webinar on Intuition by Vertex 4 Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities → Leave a Reply Cancel reply About Vertex Systems Vertex Systems provides Social Services Software designed specifically for Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities We have solutions for client payroll, service billing, case management and attendance. Our software provides modern electronic documentation capabilities to replace paper, eliminate errors, save time and save money for nonprofit agencies. Vertex Systems Poll Recent Articles 16 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits Feb. Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities A GPS for Your Nonprofit? Follow Us! Blogroll About Vertex Systems Ancor Disabilities Education Blog Vertex on Facebook Vertex on Linkedin Vertex on Twitter We Support: Vertex Systems 440 Polaris Parkway, Ste 150, Westerville, OH 43082 Toll-Free Phone : 866 - 981 - 2600 E-mail :Info@VertexSystems.com Vertex Post History March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 The SocialPath: by Vertex Systems Proudly powered by Vertex Systems - All Rights Reserved 2010-2011. follow: Become our Facebook Fan Connect with Us RSS Tweet with Vertex