Wed.May 23, 2012

5 Ways to Empower Your Crowdsource Fundraisers


Crowdsourcing has become a popular term in recent years, but the word has only been around since 2006. It’s popularity has made the word commonplace when you interact in social networks. It’s also spreading around the fundraising and nonprofit world.

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Net Smart: How To Thrive Online

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

NetSmart is Howard Rheingold’s latest book. It synthesizes his 30 years of experience if being a model digital citizen and what he has learned from asking other this simple question: How to use social media intelligently and mindfully?

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Can We Wait 3 to 5 Years for Change?


McKinsey Quarterly has an interesting article about the adoption of social technologies in business (you have to create a free account to read the whole thing).

Keep your eyes on the KPIs

Connection Cafe

Author: Alissa Ruehl. Last month I pointed out a few of the ways you can use Google analytics , or other web analytics tools, to gain a better understanding of your audience. The next step is to keep track of changes to audience and audience behavior.

CRM is Exactly What Your Nonprofit Needs


Tal Frankfurt. Founder/CEO. Cloud for Good. Salesforce implementations, just like any other implementations, have costs associated with it. But you know what? Not using technology also has a cost. I recently had a conversation with a colleague about the advantages and disadvantages of using a constituent relationship management (CRM) system such as Salesforce to manage multiple types of relationships.

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4 Ways to Use Pinterest to Encourage Corporate Volunteerism

Tech Soup Blog

This post originally appeared on the NetSquared blog, which is an initiative of TechSoup Global's, and was written by Causecast. Causecast helps connect nonprofits (for free) with businesses, volunteers, and corporate donations. Lets face it; it’s hard to look away from Pinterest.

The Cloud: Not As Airy As You Thought


Geri Stengel. President. Ventureneer. Cloud computing is really a boon to nonprofits because it significantly reduces upfront costs and allows for quick expansion of both capacity and applications. Let's start with the basics. Cloud computing” isn't really a cloud. It's a bunch of servers in a far-off, climate-controlled locked room, watched over by some serious techies. It's just not your own server in your own room with your own techie.


2012 Women Who Tech Telesummit – Using Technology and Social Media to Build Social Justice Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Are you a social change maker or NPtechie? Then this panel is for you. We’ll explore what it takes to build a powerful movement online filled with passionate people and matched with the right technology and tools to connect and engage our activists and donors across multiple online channels. Related Links : WWT Information. Session slides. Session recordings. presentation Presentations from 2012 movements socialmedia webinar womenwhotech wwt

Nonprofits As Trusted Messangers During This Election Year

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by. Timothy J. Schmaltz , ASU Lodestar Center. NMI Instructor /. PAFCO Coordinator. Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition. Nonprofits have a unique character in our society. And it is not just their legal status. This legal status recognizes that nonprofits exist for more than a bottom line.

The Imperfect Storm

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. This post was written by Marc Chardon and Hal Williams. It was orginally featured on The Huffington Post , May 18, 2012. The storm, for nonprofit organizations, is fully brewed.

We say good-bye to our dear friend Jon Baldivieso


After eight years of top-notch work, along with generous portions of wry wit, Jon Baldivieso is moving on from Groundwire. Jon started as a contractor for Groundwire and we quickly recognized that he had technical skills that we needed to put to good use so he started full time in 2004 as a web developer. He helped get our web development program off the ground and it’s fair to say he’s had a hand in building almost every site Groundwire has ever done.

10 top tools for cause campaigns

AFP Blog

10 top tools for cause campaigns

Working America Helps Voters Report Problems with Mobile Messaging

Mobile Commons

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. Working America is concerned that the law may have a negative effect on voter turnout, since 11% of Americans don’t have the kind of ID required by the law.

2012 Speed Geek Video!


We had a Speed Geek in April and our partners and friends shared five-minute presentations showcasing our cool engagement strategy and technology. If you didn't make it, no worries, you can watch them all right now. Make yourself a Barbed Wire (official Speed Geek drink this year, vodka and rhubarb) and settle in: Dying to see a real-life Groundwire Engagement Pyramid? Matt Takach for Dogwood Initiative shows you. Weather and Tides Engagement Superpower! Even the name is cool.