December, 2009

A move to Posterous in 2010?

Judi Sohn

My efforts to revitalize my blog were hit & miss in 2009. It has been 7 years since I started blogging. 7 years. My blog has always been my playground. I can change the hair color and give it a tattoo, make it walk backwards for a while and it is whatever I decide it is.

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Making Giving Fun: Case Study from Oxfam

Amy Sample Ward

It’s the time of year again when organizations, large and small, try to break out the holiday wishes, stories, and campaigns to get one last donation, one last gift and one last pledge in before the new year. Oxfam is no different, but the way they are going about it is!

Drupal and Salesforce

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It’s taken me a while to write this blog post, mostly because I have been working hard at various things (like building a business and building new websites.) This is the last installment in my CRM/CMS integration series , that started almost a year ago (wow!) And I’m skipping Joomla/Salesforce Integration because there isn’t any publicly available documentation or code about the integration that PICnet did with Joomla and Salesforce , called J!Salesforce. Salesforce.

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Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We filed the following comments to the Copyright Office's request for comments on issues about access for people with print disabilities. Background on this can be reviewed at the Knowledge Ecology International website. December 4, 2009 Benetech’s Reply Comments in response to the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on the Topic of Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons With Disabilities The issue all comes down to human rights vs. money.

Video Fridays #25 – Intimacy

NCE Social Media

Social media is a great tool to build intimacy with your constituents. Here is a video from Stefana Broadbent. Stefana is a cognitive scientist who watches us while we talk (and IM, and text).

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Top 10 Ways to Boost Online Giving at Year-End - Resource Center - AFP

AFP Blog

Top 10 Ways to Boost Online Giving at Year-End - Resource Center - AFP: "Top 10 Ways to Boost Online Giving at Year-EndBy Gail Perry, CFREAuthor and fundraising consultant Gail Perry offers advice to fundraisers on how to ramp up online giving in the final months of the year.(Dec. 1, 2009) The most important--and most critical--giving season is upon us. And for many nonprofits, one out of every.

Newseum in Washington, DC

Judi Sohn

See and download the full gallery on posterous A museum devoted to journalism. Despite an overall theme of "reporter can do no wrong if First Amendment is protected" it's very well done. Permalink. Leave a comment »

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More Trending

Got Research?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

One of the great things about the nonprofit technology field is the collection of nonprofit organizations that provide what is often called “Intermediary&# services to other nonprofits: information and resources that help nonprofit organizations do the work they do in the world, by helping them make good technology decisions. I’ve been involved in one way or another with a number of these intermediary organizations.

Giving the Gift of Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There's so much going on these days at Bookshare: a growing community that's getting hard to keep track of! We came up with a book wishlist for donors who wanted to pitch in and buy specific books requested by Bookshare members.

Submit, Share and Shout Out - Nominate Your Nonprofit Holiday Hero to Win a Free NTEN Membership!

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. The holidays are in full swing, and in between the last minute shopping, out-of-town guests, and end-of-year nonprofit campaigns, most of us are trying to fit in as much time as possible to make a positive impact in our own way.

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Despite Economy More Consumers Plan to Give Online in ‘09 than ‘08 - Press - AFP

AFP Blog

Despite Economy More Consumers Plan to Give Online in ‘09 than ‘08 - Press - AFP: "Despite Economy More Consumers Plan to Give Online in ‘09 than ‘08(Dec. 15, 2009) Convio Inc. estimates that U.S. online giving to nonprofit organization will be more than $4 billion during the holiday season of 2009 as increasing numbers of people donate to charities via the web.More than 111 million say they plan.

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Looking forward to Alice Starmore

Judi Sohn

I got a $50 Amazon e-certificate, and I'm so excited over what I decided to spend it on. I picked up 2 Alice Starmore books: Fisherman's Sweaters: Twenty Exclusive Knitwear Designs for All Generations and The Celtic Collection: Twenty-Five Knitwear Designs for Men and Women.

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30 Hour Day: Livestreaming for Fundraising

Amy Sample Ward

30 Hour Day is a cockamamie scheme concocted by Cami Kaos of Strange Love Live and Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. The concept? Livestream for 30 hours straight in an effort to raise money for charities like Free Geek, Oregon Food Bank, and Toys for Tots.

Top Social Media Innovation

NCE Social Media

Mashable recently posted that YouTube is the top social media innovation in the past decade. That’s a pretty bold statement on their part but lets look at their evidence. Increases in bandwidth, better video capture and uploading, and the rise of social networks were all key roles in increasing the need for YouTube. Being able to embed content in other media, such as this blog post was a great way to spread information via social networks. Anyone is able to post information to YouTube.

The Peer Water Exchange | Blue Planet Run

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It never ceases to amaze me: the cool social entrepreneurs that I get to meet all the time, coming up with mind-blowing innovative ways to accomplish social good. I was recently introduced to Lisa Nash of the Blue Planet Run Foundation, about their Peer Water Exchange. Get this: the funding decisions on their new clean water projects are made by peer project leaders.

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Get a Headstart on your 2010 Resolutions

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. Whether personal or professional, New Year’s resolutions represent a fresh start, and are made to help you reach your larger goals.

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PHILANTHROPY 2173: New Research on Online Giving Marketplaces

AFP Blog

Via Philanthropy 2173PHILANTHROPY 2173: New Research on Online Giving Marketplaces: "I am delighted to share some new research - including a spreadsheet of data and an analytic memo - on online giving markets. The research was done by David Koken, a Coro fellow, while he was working at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Let's get the caveats out of the way right up front, as the report and.

A move to Posterous in 2010?

Judi Sohn

My efforts to revitalize my blog were hit & miss in 2009. It has been 7 years since I started blogging. 7 years. My blog has always been my playground. I can change the hair color and give it a tattoo, make it walk backwards for a while and it is whatever I decide it is.

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Share your best post in the Net2 Think Tank

Amy Sample Ward

It’s already December and we are fast approaching 2010. As a way to hold on a bit longer to 2009, this Net2 Think Tank asks for your best blog post from the year.

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Video Fridays #26 – Facebook Privacy

NCE Social Media

Did you know that Facebook changed their privacy policies in the past week? This could be important to you and your agency because if you don’t visit your privacy settings, you may be sharing information with third-party applications that you don’t want to. Also, Google and other search engines are starting to index Facebook posts and information. If you don’t know your Facebook privacy settings, I recommend you login to Facebook and check.

2009 in Review

NetWits

The final hours of 2009 are ticking away. This year seemed to fly by faster than many others. Here's a quick look back

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My Top 5 Highlights from the 2009 Convio Summit Nonprofit Conference with video highlights

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. The #Convio09 Summit has come and passed, and one thing was for sure - this year's nonprofit technology conference was bigger and better than ever!

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The 'Dark Side' of Online Charity Contests - Philanthropy.com

AFP Blog

The 'Dark Side' of Online Charity Contests - Philanthropy.com: "The 'Dark Side' of Online Charity ContestsBeware the “dark side” of online contests for charitable dollars, says Kjerstin Erickson, a charity leader.In recent years, the number of corporations offering contests, in which people vote online for their favorite charity to win money, has grown. Chase Manhattan Bank’s $5-million

Knitting in progress

Judi Sohn

Between a blizzard and waiting for my car to be serviced today, I made a lot of progress on the Norah Gaugan pullover I've been working on. It's in a very cheery "I don't care that it's freezing" yellow cotton. Permalink. Leave a comment »

The Future of Online Revenue Generation for Charities

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m presenting at the NCVO Foresight seminar: Changing ICT – what does it mean for your charity? My session focuses on the pretty obtuse topic of ‘the future of online revenue generation for charities.’ ’ I’m really looking forward to the conversations and examples that emerge after the main presentation and think there will be enough diversity in the participants (at least looking at the delegate list…) to get some debate and forecasting flowing.

Video Fridays – Holiday Edition

NCE Social Media

Here’s a video from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for a motorcycle that is wheelchair accessible. They’re asking people to host viewing parties and ask for a donation for the foundation. Are you giving your constituents this type of opportunity to spread your agency’s good news?

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How to Choose a Website Vendor- The Partnership

NetWits

Choosing the right website vendor is critical to the success of online and offline initiatives for many nonprofits, but it can be a daunting task. I have spent the last four years helping clients and potential clients walk through this process, and I've learned some useful lessons based on their successes – and mistakes.

It’s coming – Black Thursday – Tax Deadline Drives Donation Activity on December 31 – are you ready?

Connection Cafe

Author: Tad Druart. Back in February there was a great deal of discussion and debate on the role of tax-deductions in charitable giving around proposed changes in the tax code. Some argued that giving is primarily altruistic and tax breaks play only a small role in the decision to give. Others argued it is very important and billions of dollars could be at risk if the government placed a limit on charitable giving deductions.

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Yasamin Beitollahi: 'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving: 7 Extraordinary Nonprofits on Twitter

AFP Blog

Yasamin Beitollahi: 'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving: 7 Extraordinary Nonprofits on Twitter: "We've already seen that Twitter is turning into a source of breaking news. But it's also clearly turning into a conversation tool and a way to 'humanize' an organization and not just hide behind a corporate shield. The age of social media has empowered amateur journalists, presidential candidates

ScreenSteps: Simple documentation

Judi Sohn

Part of my job is helping my colleagues do what they need to do on their computers and online. They ask, "Judi, how do I.?" and I tell them. To make finding this info easier, I started building wiki pages for documenting how we at C3 do what we do. I took screenshots with Skitch , recorded movies with Jing. Took forever. The problem is that things change. And when they do I'd have to redo/update the documentation. And it was cumbersome to organize and build.

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Great reads from around the web on December 2nd

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources across the web ever day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of December 2nd). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks).

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Video Fridays #24 – Catching Up

NCE Social Media

Seth Godin has a great blog post on how to catch up if your company (or agency) has not embraced technology as a means for communication. It’s not too late! One of the points he makes includes using bulk email tools and he mentions MailChimp specifically. Email marketing through tools such as MailChimp can be a low-cost communication tool that you should be using.

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Use Your Year End Giving as a Starting Point

NetWits

It’s that time of year! Your office is scrambling to end the year on a high note and receive as many end of the year donations as possible. Staff have sent out the last 2009 direct mail and email campaign, you’ve made all the major gift asks you can, and you’re ready to go on holiday. * Big sigh of relief right?

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Federal Funding for Non-profit Jobs

VisionLink

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), states can provide millions in additional support for jobs. These funds can be used for private, public, and non-profit organizations. This program varies state by state, as states have some control on the use of these funds. As an example, here is the notice from Florida. Our non-profit customers may want to pursue this as a potential resources for certain types of hires in their organizations.

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Charity begins on the Internet now -- baltimoresun.com

AFP Blog

Charity begins on the Internet now -- baltimoresun.com: "his holiday season, some of Maryland's oldest charities are reaching out to donors and volunteers, not only with the usual 'snail-mail' appeals and kettles on the corner, but with tweets on the Internet and clicks of the mouse.Organizations such as the United Way, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are using Facebook pages and

We got patients $15 million for Christmas!!

Judi Sohn

C3 Helps Secure $15 Million for New Cancer Research Program. As a result of C3’s advocacy efforts, $15 million for a new peer reviewed cancer research program is included in the final Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. The program will research cancers, like colorectal cancer, that are not addressed in the breast, prostate, lung and ovarian cancer research programs run by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC).

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Great reads from around the web on December 25th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of December 25th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks).