November, 2011

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

NetWits

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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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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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.

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.

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

SocialFish

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.

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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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Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Why does Google + launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline !! The long awaited brand pages on Google + are here. I put a post out on Google + asking what nonprofits had set up pages and was able to identify 88 from all the responses and placed them in a open circle here.

Who rules nonprofit social media?

SocialFish

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

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Three Ways Mobile Wallets Could Transform Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Mobile Wallets are going to dramatically transform how consumers purchase goods and services. Many predict the end of cash and physical credit cards for both point-of-sale and online transactions within the next five years.

Three Ingredients for Successful Year-End Fundraising

NetWits

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.

Tips to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation

Frogloop

Love it or hate it, the real-time web is forcing nonprofits to change the way they do business. Organizations recognize that they must be more transparent with their successes, their failures, as well as their finances.

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.

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?”

BIG SOCIALFISH ANNOUNCEMENT

SocialFish

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.

HOW TO: Create a Google+ Page for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Exciting news! Nonprofits can now create a “ Page ” on Google+.

End-of-Year Fundraising Campaigns that Will Rock Your World

NetWits

End-of-year is a very busy time for fundraisers. Lots of ideas are bouncing around, campaigns that have been run for years are spinning up, and new end-of-year fundraising campaigns are coming to life. Many will eventually be pushed out the door with the hope of great results.

Best Creative Nonprofits Campaigns for Cyber Monday and Thanksgiving

Frogloop

Since many nonprofits receive up to 40% of donations at the end of the year, nonprofits typically focus on end-of-the year campaigns , specifically in December.

Inside a Museum Website Redesign

Museum 2.0

When I started at The Museum of Art & History (MAH) in May, one of my priorities was redesigning our website. I didn't want to do anything fancy--just make the site more functional, lively, easy to update, and reflective of the new institutional vision of being a community hub.

The Internet Domain.NGO Should Serve Best Interests of Nonprofits Worldwide: Sign An Online Letter of Support

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Within a year new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) will be launched worldwide, joining the likes of.ORG,COM, and.NET.

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IMPORTANT: Help make sure.NGO remains in nonprofit hands

SocialFish

IMPORTANT: You may have heard that ICANN, the International body that regulates domain extensions, has approved a plan that would drastically increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) available on the Internet. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the non-profit organization managing “ ORG” – the domain that has served the non-profit community for more than 25 years.

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Social Media: What To Do If Your Boss Doesn’t Get It

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Originally published in the November 2011 issue of Fundraising Success Magazine where I have written a quarterly column throughout 2011. In June 2007, I presented my first social media training to a small group of nonprofits in Lowell, MA. At the time, nonprofits were primarily only using Myspace and YouTube. Though Facebook had gone public nine months previous, Facebook Groups were only just beginning to be used as community-building tools by nonprofits and Facebook Pages didn’t exist yet.

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10 Expert Strategies and 500 Minutes of Free Event Fundraising Consulting

NetWits

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Infographic: Which Nonprofits are Rocking Social Media?

Frogloop

Want to know which nonprofits are exceeding in social media ? So did we over at craigconnects.

What Hours Should Museums Be Open?

Museum 2.0

An exhibiting artist approached me recently at an evening event at the museum. Hey!," he said, "I have some feedback for you. You know, the hours that you're open--they're not very accessible for people who work." He's right. They aren't. We're open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

National Study Reveals: Digital and Social Media Are Delivering Results for Arts Organizations

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I had pleasure of facilitating a panel discussion in October at the recent Grantmakers in the Arts pre-conference on technology and media with Rory MacPherson where I learned about some of the preliminary study result he discovered.

The best five minutes you’ll spend today.

SocialFish

This is the best five minutes you’ll spend all day. We need to do a better job at the intersections. Watch, share. Read Humanize ). Watch again. Thanks Joe Gerstandt for blowing our minds yet again. Humanize diversity inclusion

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50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

View Larger. In the spirit of gratitude and giving and in celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving , below is a list of 50 nonprofits that serve American society. Of course 50 is just a tiny percentage of the nonprofits that work and sacrafice to make our country a better place to live. If you would like to add a nonprofit, please do so with a “Because…” statement in a comment below. Happy Thanksgiving! American Diabetes Association.

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

NetWits

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

How Community Engagement Helped DC Area Nonprofits Raise $2M

Frogloop

Last week, I had the privilege to serve as General Manager of Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington , an online fundraising event that raised $2 million for 1200 local nonprofits from almost 18,000 donors.

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Getting in on the Act: New Report on Participatory Arts Engagement

Museum 2.0

Last month, the Irvine Foundation put out a new report, Getting In On the Act , about participatory arts practice and new frameworks for audience engagement.

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.

Blogging: Just like riding a bike.

SocialFish

Not too long ago, Lindy wrote that content strategy for associations is different. No big surprise to me, of course, but it takes some deep thoughts and a little conviction to develop a content plan that associations can actually fulfill.

11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place :: 2011 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Many of us will purchase hundreds of dollars in holiday gifts over the next six weeks, and with some conscious consumerism those dollars could also help some of your favorite nonprofits continue their work in 2012. Now in it’s third year (View the 2009 Edition and 2010 Edition ), the 11 holiday gift programs listed below benefit nonprofits and thus help make the world a better place: 1.

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The Effectiveness of Celebrity Spokespeople in Social Fundraisers

NetWits

New platforms like Crowdrise , Razoo , HelpAttack and many others are springing up along side establish platforms like Friends Asking Friends to help passionate individuals raise money through their social networks for causes they support.