August, 2009

5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

I have a guest post up on John Haydon’s blog ! You can visit his blog to read the post and join the conversation there. The post is republished below.

Foo Camp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just got back from Foo Camp 2009, which was a blast as usual. I think this is my third or fourth Foo Camp, and the energy around public uses of technology was palpable.

Small nonprofit uses ‘crowdsourcing’ to attract philanthropy | The Daily Tell

AFP Blog

Small nonprofit uses ‘crowdsourcing’ to attract philanthropy | The Daily Tell: "That was the case with Critical Exposure, a Washington, D.C.-based based nonprofit that has only four staff members. Though it is small, the nonprofit firm was able to raise $15,669 from 614 donors during GlobalGiving’s U.S. Open Challenge

Creating a "Socially-Enabled", Non-Techie Conference - Guest post by Carie Lewis, HSUS

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Last month I wrote about how the Taking Action for Animals conference essentially created their own socially enabled conference and online community of sorts.

The Power of a Thank You

NetWits

A friend recently told me a story that resonated with me. She and her husband inherited a bit of family money and immediately knew they wanted to donate it to a favorite local cause. They took some time to meet with the Executive Director, talked over ideas regarding the use of the money, and left feeling great about their decision to give

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Video Fridays #11 – Social Media Isn’t a Fad

NCE Social Media

Erik Qualman , Global Vice President of Online Marketing for EF Education , has written at great lengths and spoken to many groups about socialnomics. He is a leading international expert on social media. Video Fridays #10 blog post showed a video highlighting some of his ideas. Now here’s a video of him discussing his ideas in person. Do you feel that Social Media is a fad? Please let us know why or why not in the comments section.

Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog. You can read the full post and join the conversation on SSIR here. The post is copied below. My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? how can I be a community builder online? Tips, secrets, ideas?!

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Mobile Citizen Journalism: The Phone As Global Equalizer « MobileBehavior

AFP Blog

Mobile Citizen Journalism: The Phone As Global Equalizer « MobileBehavior: "iran-mobile-citizenThe Iranian crisis put Twitter in the spotlight as an organizational tool showcasing how the online world could be used to communicate and unite people, despite government censorship. Armed with cell phones, Iranians were able to text, tweet, and send pictures and videos to the world community, focusing

A Data Picture is Worth More Than 1,000 Words

Connection Cafe

Author: James Young. Like most professionals these days, I have to spend a fair amount of my time preparing presentations, to my boss, my colleagues, my clients, etc.

Why Twitter Matters

NetWits

The Social Networking tool Twitter has become a mainstay in my daily routine. In my line of work (nonprofit consulting) it’s important for me to stay up on industry news, trends, technology and people. Twitter helps me do this. It’s also important for me to connect with peers in the industry that can challenge my thinking and provide a sounding board to bounce off ideas. Twitter gives me access to these people.

SEO – What it means to your organization

NCE Social Media

Did you ever wonder why your agency doesn’t pop to the top of search results when you use Google, Yahoo, Bing or Ask.com? Perhaps it is because you haven’t optimized your site for search engines. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the term people use to describe the study and enhancement of websites to help them gain page rankings in search engines, i.e. so they appear at the top of the search results for each search engine.

NPTech Conversations in SXSW Panels

Amy Sample Ward

The SXSW Panel Picker is now open for your thumbs up or down on the thousands of panels proposed for next year’s SXSWInteractive festival. What’s SXSWi ?

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A shining example of quality (and fast!) Volunteer work

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I get great emails all the time, but this one needed to be posted right away! Jim From: Rick Costa Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 3:26 PM To: Bookshare Team Subject: A shining example of quality (and fast!)

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AFP Blog

[link] "First, let me admit that during much of the weekend I neglected to “look” for nonprofit messages and impressions as I entertained my son and his friends or enjoyed dinner with my wife and daughters, but none-the-less, I tracked more than 250 impressions and messages from 189 organizations from Thursday evening at 5:00

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User research and non-profits

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Do you listen to your users? Do you ask them for feedback about what you’re doing online? Do you update your website to better serve the needs of those visiting? As a non-profit, you should be answering “yes” to all of these questions!

On-site and Online Fundraising Best Practices

NetWits

I attended the season finale of the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco on Sunday and got to enjoy a typical (overcast) San Francisco day in a typical (eucalyptus trees) San Francisco outdoor venue with about 2500 typical (fun-loving) San Franciscans. Why do I care?”

Video Fridays #10

NCE Social Media

Okay, so this is a few days late. ACHIEVA had it’s golf outing yesterday so pall efforts had been placed into it. This video, pointed out by Arc of Monroe , pposes the question is social media just a fad or will it end up being one of the biggest disruptive forces since the industrial revolution? What do you think? As always, please feel free to share in the comments section.

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August #4Change Chat: Opportunities for Collaboration

Amy Sample Ward

The next #4change chat is this Thursday – I hope you can join us! Details: Date: August, 13th. Where: Twitter (search for #4Change ). When: 5 – 7 pm US Eastern Time. Topic: How do social media open new doors for collaboration (especially internationally)? Starting the Conversations.

Big Benetech Day: All Company and Volunteer Meetings

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Yesterday was emotionally exhausting here at Benetech for many of us in the most positive way possible, with a couple of rare events. We are working on a new strategic plan, our first in years (we've been working off of the original Benetech plan with minor updates for 8 years).

Small Non-Profit Uses Social Media Win Online Fundraising Contest :: PNNOnline ::

AFP Blog

Small Non-Profit Uses Social Media Win Online Fundraising Contest :: PNNOnline ::: "Critical Exposure, a small D.C.-based based nonprofit organization that empowers low-income students through photography and advocacy training, used an array of social media channels -- including Twitter, Facebook and crowdsourcing -- to mobilize hundreds of supporters and prevail over larger, more-established

Mozilla Community Changing more than just your Web Browser

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. When most people hear the word Mozilla, they think of the popular open source browser, Firefox and the plug-ins that help many of us to do our daily work on the web.

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5 Mistakes Nonprofit Websites Make

NetWits

The first website went up 18 years ago this month. Websites have done a lot of growing up since those early days, but there are still a lot of common mistakes that nonprofits make online. I'll be covering several do's and don'ts at NetWits Summer Camp. Until then, here is a list of five mistakes nonprofit websites make

Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. An example from an events management application: The organization should be able to create several different kinds of events, and determine for each kind of event which detailed information will be taken. Those events can be displayed in a list or calendar format.

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Twestival is Back and Local

Amy Sample Ward

The Twestival is back this September, this time focusing on local groups instead of a global campaign! Now is the time to help choose the local organizations that will benefit from the twitter-powered organizing and convening. Check out Twestival Local.

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Benetech and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Challenges of Allowing Offline Usage in a SaaS Based System | CloudAve

AFP Blog

The Challenges of Allowing Offline Usage in a SaaS Based System | CloudAve: "So I was reading an article recently about the latest Google Reader and how it still can’t be used offline with full features. In particular the article focuses on its inability to allow you to read articles offline and then flag those articles as already read, such that when you get back online Google Reader doesn’t

Austin non-profit offers free yoga for cancer survivors

Connection Cafe

Author: Taylor Shanklin. Today I could talk about more of what is new in social media or online fundraising strategies. But, instead, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight an Austin-area organization that is making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. We all need a feel-good story every once in a while, right?

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I’m Listening, Now What? 5 Tips to Make Your Listening Worth It

NetWits

We recently talked about how to Set up Your Social Media Listening Dashboard with the goal of getting you to run some basic searches on various social media web sites and aggregate them into an iGoogle Dashboard. Doing this makes it simpler for you to monitor and take action on the things being said about you. It also helps you participate in the conversations going on around the web that you want to join

Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. An example from an events management application: The organization should be able to create several different kinds of events, and determine for each kind of event which detailed information will be taken. Those events can be displayed in a list or calendar format.

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Nten’s Online Nonprofit Technology Conference is here!

Amy Sample Ward

NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, puts on a massive, be-there-or-be-square conference for nonprofit professionals every year (in 2009, we met in San Francisco). The next event is April 8-10, 2010, in Atlanta, GA. But, if you don’t want to wait until April to dive into the knowledge and expertise in the NTEN network, you don’t have to!

Helen Keller Archives

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Spotted this photo of Benetech's Robin Seaman visiting the Helen Keller archive at the American Foundation for the Blind and holding an Oscar. Helen Keller received this Oscar for the documentary about her life in 1955, as mentioned in the online Helen Keller Kids Museum.

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Social Media 2009 Outage Day 2: Everyone's Up Except Twitter

AFP Blog

Social Media 2009 Outage Day 2: Everyone's Up Except Twitter: "Yesterday, Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and Google's Blogger were targeted yesterday by a person or persons unknown in a denial-of-service attack (DDOS) which attempted to silence the voice of one individual. The target in question was a Georgian blogger who goes by the name of 'Cyxymu' online, according to recent reports from CNET

Austin "Art from the Street" wins World's First Nonprofit Film Festival

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. After months of outreach, community building and of course, video submissions, judges selected "Art from the Streets," a documentary directed by Layton Blaylock, as the winner from a field of 140 international entries at Lights. Camera. The Nonprofit Film Festival.

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Listening Dashboard via Email?

NetWits

I’ve got another interesting tool for your social media listening toolkit, but before we go into the specifics, let’s remind ourselves of a few things. First, learning to listen online is very important for your nonprofit. Its step zero in the process of setting up a social media strategy – without it, understanding how to make social media work for you is going to be a difficult task. Second, once you learn to listen it’s time to take action.

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Holly Ross at NCE

NCE Social Media

If you were at NCE in Nashville and saw Holly Ross , you will want to see her blog posts about her time with NCE. Entry 1. Entry 2. Here are her two PowerPoint presentations from it.

2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards

Amy Sample Ward

The 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards will recognize the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. In the month of September, the small, medium, and large organizations with the most positive reviews will be featured on GreatNonprofits and Guidestar. The contest asks clients, donors, volunteers, and board members to write reviews of these nonprofits. All reviews will be automatically visible on GuideStar.org.

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University Presses Cooperate with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have been very lucky to continue to partner more closely with the publishing industry, as a major segment of educational publishers come on board with Bookshare: the university presses. We recently announced partnerships with The University of Chicago Press, the University of California Press and New York University Press, where they will be sending digital files of their books to Bookshare to be made available to people with print disabilities.

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