November, 2011

Is social media helping you meet your mission? It can!

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had the opportunity to run a webinar on Nonprofit Webinars. I had thought to myself that there wouldn’t be anyone registered because it wasn’t a very buzzy topic.

Three Ingredients for Successful Year-End Fundraising


Guest post by the one and only Allyson Kapin - co-founder of Rad Campaign and blogger at frogloop – Care2′s nonprofit marketing blog. Make sure to check out what she’s got going on! —. Year-end fundraising is here.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. We write software for people with disabilities as well as human rights and environmental groups. We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. So, we shouldn’t have anything to fear from a bill entitled “Stop Online Piracy Act,” right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

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50 Social Media Content Ideas

Connection Cafe

Author: Cheryl Black. Tell me, does this sound familiar: You're staring at your organization's Facebook page and the writer's block is more like a writer's mountain. You have absolutely no idea what you are going to post to Facebook, let alone the (seemingly) 500 tweets you need to come up with.

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Knitting samples for Knitting off the Axis

Judi Sohn

As many know, knitting is “my thing.” ” When I’m stressed I can knit something in my head and it relaxes me. I can stare a picture of beautiful yarn the way a foodie would study a picture in Gourmet Magazine. I know, it’s strange.

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Lame spam of the day: America Airlines ticket order

Robert Weiner

This one caught my eye for a second. I thought, "I don't remember booking anything with American lately." The lazy spammer didn't even bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Sender: American Airlines ( Subject: Your Order##91991988. Text: Dear Customer, FLIGHT NUMBER 984. ELECTRONIC 746879098. DATE & TIME / NOVEMBER 17, 2011, 11:53 PM. ARRIVING / NEW YORK JFK. TOTAL PRICE / 321.56 Please find your ticket attached. You can print your ticket.

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Getting Meta: Inviting the Community to Drive the Community Builder Chats

Amy Sample Ward

For about a year, I moderated a monthly online chat focused on community building, community management, on and offline engagement, and the technologies that support those connections.

More Trending

One very long weekend in New York City for Megan Price

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest Beneblog by Megan Price New York City has many attractions – people often visit Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, among many other sights. I go to New York City to spend the weekend staring at my computer screen.

Bringing home the bacn

Connection Cafe

Author: Brandy Reppy. For years, the bane of every email marketer's existence has been staying off of the dreaded spam filter and staying in good graces with readers. But now, it seems there is another challenge facing email marketers, and it's worth your time to keep it in mind.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Accepting Mobile Payments -

AFP Blog

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Accepting Mobile Payments - : his year, the charity is testing the use of Square, a mobile payments start-up that allows anyone to accept credit card payments via mobile devices. “A A lot of people just don’t carry cash any more,” said Maj. George Hood, the Salvation Army’s spokesman. “We’re We’re basically trying to make sure we’re keeping up with our donors and embrace the new technologies they’re embracing

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Lame spam of the day: USPS Delivery Confirmation

Robert Weiner

Like the American Airlines spam , this one didn't bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Further, it shows plainly that the link goes to (note that the domain is Some scammers are just lazy. Sender: Subject: Delivery Confirmation. Text: Dear Customer, We attempted to deliver your item at 11:02 am on November 5, 2011 and a notice was left.

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Social Networking Strategies: The Limits of Cutting and Pasting

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up on the opinion blog – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog or read the full post below. —– Google+, the social network launched by Google nearly 5 months ago, has recently opened up the platform to organizations and brands with a profile type akin to the options for individuals and Pages on Facebook.

Raise More By Avoiding “One Size Fits All” Email Appeals


Ever buy something that’s “one size fits all?” Maybe a hat or pair of gloves? It usually doesn’t work out so well. The same is true with your holiday email appeals.

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Three Tips To Improve Social Media Results

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Infographic by RAD Campaign - click to see full graphic. Note from Beth: In this post, Craig offers a few tips on using social media for nonprofits.

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. The following post is by Suzanne Coffman, GuideStar’s editorial director. She is responsible for the site’s non-database content and the GuideStar Newsletter.

Interview with ASAE’s Community Manager, Mandy Stahl


Community management is a new role at many associations, and it’s further complicated by being both a very public-facing job as well as one managing internal processes that often cut across more than one department inside an organization.

Thinking about a donor database selection workshop

Robert Weiner

I'm planning a new workshop on selecting donor databases, focusing on the question, "Why is this so friggin' complicated?" Some initial thoughts: The maxim "Fast, cheap, or good -- pick two" is true. You want the technology to be forward-looking but also want to avoid shiny object syndrome.

Twitter donors worth the most on social media - Civil Society - Fundraising - News - providing news and in-depth coverage of charities, voluntary organisations and not-for-profits

AFP Blog

Twitter donors worth the most on social media - Civil Society - Fundraising - News - providing news and in-depth coverage of charities, voluntary organisations and not-for-profits : People who make donations on JustGiving pages after being prompted on Twitter are nearly twice as generous as those who are inspired to give by a Facebook prompt, according to new figures.

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32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy after 40 Years of Static Giving


Research show’s that the level of giving in the United States has remained static over the past 40 years. Staggering, I know.

How non-profits become experts at Social Branding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth : As I’m sprinting to towards the deadline of my next book on Measurement and Networked Nonprofits , co-authoring with the goddess of measurement, KD Paine , I’m grateful to have some terrific guest posts like this one from Simon Mainwaring.

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Thank You

Connection Cafe

Author: Gene Austin. Nonprofit organizations, their staffs and supporters play an increasingly important role in shaping our world through culture, politics, science and more.

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3 months of Android: buyer’s remorse?

Judi Sohn

A little over 3 months ago, I gave up my iPhone 3GS and replaced it with a Samsung Infuse 4G running Android OS. I knew it was a bit of a leap, and I knew that if I hated it I could always go back to iOS when I was eligible for an upgrade again in early 2013. Android is going to be a great mobile operating system. It’s improving all the time, and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) looks promising. But I can’t get excited about a new OS that I’ll likely never touch.

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You Finally Have a Google Plus Business Page… Now What?


Tuesday night I had the awesome privilege of hanging out with Marc Pitman and Nathan Hand on Google Plus. At one point Nathan put a challenge on the table for the three of us to write a post about Google Plus Pages during the Hangout.

Walmart Launches "12 Days of Giving" Campaign on Facebook - PR Newswire -

AFP Blog

PRESS RELEASE Walmart Launches "12 Days of Giving" Campaign on Facebook - PR Newswire - : Who said write-in ballots are only for politics? For the first time, Walmart is empowering Facebook users to write in – or nominate – local nonprofits to receive part of $1.5 million in grants this holiday season.

10 Expert Strategies and 500 Minutes of Free Event Fundraising Consulting


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What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?”

A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

Author: Kent Gilliam. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the only thing on the news on August 2, 1990. That’s the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, an event that would start a domino effect that has lasted more than 20 years.

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Amnesty International at 50

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m thinking a great deal these days about human rights and about doing more for the field. Today, I gave a presentation on human rights in DC, with a focus on our work with truth commissions. I recently spoke at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference , where I talked about technology for human rights defenders. Our human rights team is expanding and taking on new and exciting challenges. It makes me think about one of the giants of our field.

Who rules nonprofit social media?


Check out the latest infographic from Craig Newmark and the team at RAD Campaign. It’s fairly self-explanatory. Find more info about it, including some of the findings from the data used to create this, here. As always, click on the image for full size. Useful Data

One fundraising database breaks down silos and benefits every department : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

One fundraising database breaks down silos and benefits every department : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success : The natural conclusion then is that one database for the whole organization — that crucially meets the specific needs of each department — is the best way to go. And in the case of the fundraisers that responded to the recent Lehman surveyOpens in a new window of fundraising databases, that’s where most people are.

The Secret to Going Viral: Harnessing the Kevin Bacon Effect


Guest post by Darian Rodriguez Heyman , creator of the nationwide Social Media for Nonprofits conference series and former Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation. .

When Is One Million Fans on Facebook Worth More Than A Million Bucks?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

HSUS Director of Emerging Media Carie Lewis Celebrates. Answer: When they are engaged and ready to take action for you! Earlier this month. the Humane Society of United States reached 1 million fans on its Facebook Page.

Social Media for Stewardship

Connection Cafe

Author: Taylor Shanklin. Everyone is talking about social media these days. Many common questions come my way: How can I get my social media program off the ground? How can I integrate social media marketing efforts with other channels? How can I use social media to raise money? How can I engage my constituents through social media? However, one of the questions I don't get as often is: How can I use social media for stewardship?

iPads in middle school: One parent’s positive experience

Judi Sohn

My daughter turned 13 this past summer and we just celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month. On her actual birthday, her Father and I gave her an iPad 2 to mark this milestone year (we don’t normally give huge birthday presents like that). A few weeks after 8th grade began in September, she asked if she could start bringing it to school. My first reaction was “hell to the no!” ” She kept asking. Her middle school has a SSR (silent sustained reading) policy.



We are super excited to announce that we are establishing a joint venture with CommPartners , a long-established company in the association industry that focuses on online education programs, knowledge communities and multimedia events for associations.

Future of Blogging

AFP Blog

Future of Blogging : Vanguard Technology's Ray van Hilst, DelCor's Bill Walker, SocialFish's Maddie Grant, Management Solutions Plus's Jamie Notter, and Principled Innovation's Jeff De Cagna were among the bloggers gathered at the Association Fundraising Professionals HQ for a discussion hosted by DelCor Technology Solutions

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How One Nonprofit Saved Thousands of Dogs Using Social Media


Social media is all the rage, but does it actually help create real change in the world? The folks at Best Friends Animal Society would answer with a resounding yes ! . Best Friends has introduced the Invisible Dog Campaign , a nod to the invisible dog leash from the ‘70s and ‘80s.