November, 2009

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The 10 Commandments of Effective Homepage Design

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Just coming out of the Homepage Design Slam session at the Summit, I wanted to provide a brief recap for those who couldn’t make it. Don Roach, our Art Director, and I led the session and got some great (and brave) volunteers to project their homepages and subject them to constructive critiques from their peers.

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Here’s how: 1) Create a “Favorite Nonprofits&# List. What issues are important to you? Please RT! Global Warming.

Is your Nonprofit too Social Media Dependent?


What would happen to your nonprofit’s outreach work if Facebook or Twitter shut down? Since you don’t own the data, you wouldn’t be able to salvage it. With all the buzz of the Web 2.0 You can do this via petitions, fundraising appeals, polls, etc. Currently I don’t know of any append companies that provide this service.

WeAreMedia: What's Your Social Content Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When we kicked off the WeAreMedia, A Social Media Starter Kit for Nonprofits 18 months, we included two areas about content creation. Web writing.

Give your #NTENThanks Today!


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What's an Email Address Worth? Just Calculate it!


The Value of an Email. What’s an email worth? Over here at Care2 we get this question a lot. And we should. Total donations. Average annual value.

Ways To Use Twitter Lists for Your Nonprofit Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gopher Screen Capture. Twitter Lists: A Natural Evolution of Internet List Culture. I volunteered to be the Dance Librarian. Your lists can be public.

What You Are NOT Doing CAN Hurt You


Meg Murphy, Convio. [Ed. note: This article is part of NTEN's Member Appreciation Month spectacular. The most popular pieces will be featured in our newsletter. You can read all the details here. ]. Do these statements sound familiar? "I don’t have enough resources to do online fundraising and marketing", and. 8 percent of file are donors.

Messages, Stories, and Conversations: Creating a Strategy for your organization and your supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Because it isn’t JUST a conversation! There’s calls to action, story telling, questions and requests, and much more. Here’s how!

Social Media Charades at the Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. And after three hours of discussions and brainstorming. There is no silver bullet. Integration is going to be key in 2010.

Training Human Rights Defenders in the DRC

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi, Vijaya.T I have just completed two 2-day trainings of human rights NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More symptoms of bigger problems

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

’nuff said

Can A Public Nonprofit Dashboard Be Your Organization's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog. Many of us have a love and hate relationship with nonprofit dashboards. Do you share everything?

Zucchini and Websites: The Power of Analogies


Kathy Santos, Mass Audubon. [Ed. note: This article is part of NTEN's Member Appreciation Month spectacular. The most popular pieces will be featured in our newsletter. You can read all the details here. ]. But I may have finally have had a breakthrough. I love analogies. I love food. Turned out to be a winning combination. So I told a story.

Interview: Social Media and Social Entrepreneurs

Amy Sample Ward

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the European Summit. What is advice for entrepreneurs in 2010.

Tom Watson: What Your Facebook Page Says About Who You 'Really' Are

AFP Blog

Tom Watson: What Your Facebook Page Says About Who You 'Really' Are: "What Your Facebook Page Says About Who You 'Really' Are It's becoming increasingly common to 'meet' someone online before you encounter them in real life. But maybe I'm just lucky

My Latest President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Two or three times a year, I publish a president's update for Benetech. When he was 22, Craig launched a company to help partially sighted children.

Disciplined Protection of Customer Data


We meet our customer''s demand for reliability by combining redundant technologies, sophisticated monitoring, and highly skilled staff. Here are the 9 disciplined practices we follow: 1) VisionLink uses open source and otherwise standard-based software at all levels of our server environment. 4) We pay attention to the secondary systems.

Watch for Roadblocks: The Road to More Successful Online Fundraising


I was honored to present a webinar for Fundraising Success Magazine with Rob Gerth, Communications Director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The topic was Web Design for Optimizing Fundraising Functionality: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities. it’s a journey. In Part I let’s take a look at what to watch out for along the way

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GIS Put to Use in Myanmar


It had been awhile since I'd played with Google Earth, but Jim Prosser at Direct Relief International gave me a good reason this morning: DRI has used GE to map the official health clinics and hospitals in Myanmar. Direct Relief International's COO, Annie Maxwell, has written about the project on the Google Earth blog.

Guest Post on Tactical Philanthropy: Causes, MySpace and ideablob

Amy Sample Ward

Sean Stannard-Stockton has just posted my guest post on the Tactical Philanthropy blog. To some, these events were unimportant. Well, it means a lot.

Applebee's starts Web site to benefit nonprofits | The Dispatch | Davidson County's News Source | Lexington, NC

AFP Blog

Applebee's starts Web site to benefit nonprofits | The Dispatch | Davidson County's News Source | Lexington, NC: "This program allows nonprofits to host flapjack breakfasts at their local Applebee's facilities to raise funds for their cause. To support this fundraiser program, Applebee's has launched its new Web site,

Thanksgiving 2009

NCE Social Media

Here is my top ten list of socialmedia things I am thankful for this year. Many Arc chapters have joined the socialmedia-sphere in 2009. All of the games on Facebook. Open APIs and deals between social media sites. News organizations that continue to use social media even though there isn’t revenue in it. Realtime search. Twitter lists.

Auto Taxonomy Updates for Call Centers


We have released an updated version of our auto-update solution to ensure that the categories through which you manage your resource directory are aligned with the ever improving AIRS taxonomy. For more information about activating this feature switch on your VisionLink CommunityOS system, please contact our help desk. and 3.0

#Tweetsgiving Rocks


If you’ve ever wondered how to do fundraising using social media as a core part of your nonprofits strategy I suggest you check out what the folks at EpicChange are doing with Tweetsgiving ( about ). It’s amazing! Maybe your wondering what Tweetsgiving is? What are you grateful for

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/20


Happy Friday! Be sure to tune in next week when the prizes get really big (including 2010 membership and an NTC registration!).

TweetsGiving: Show Your Gratitude With Epic Change

Amy Sample Ward

There’s just one week before TweetsGiving ! Learn more and show your gratitude! Why TweetsGiving? Read the rest of the interview here.).

Red Kettle, a longtime symbol of giving, goes online -, North Andover, MA

AFP Blog

Red Kettle, a longtime symbol of giving, goes online -, North Andover, MA: "According to the Salvation Army Web site, individuals, groups and businesses can raise money for the organization by creating an online red kettle.

Bookshare to Convert Open Content Textbooks to Accessible Formats

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Just spent a week in Washington DC doing all kinds of things, including actual lobbying (it's fun!) as well as meeting with our Bookshare funders at the Department of Education. One of the coolest meetings was with Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter, who headed our local community college here in California before getting the appointment.

Coordinated Assistance: 400 Members Strong


More than 400 disaster relief agencies, making up the nation''s first and largest partnership of independent relief organizations, uses VisionLink technology to support their work. Is your community prepared? You can join today. Each partner remains focused on their particular mission and deploys their particular expertise as needed.

13 Twitter Search Examples for Nonprofits


Twitter search is a pretty amazing resource that most have yet to tap into. Why do I think it’s amazing you ask? Well, because it’s nearly real time and driven completely by humans. Twitter search isn’t searching web pages and it doesn’t take days/weeks for your tweets to show up in the results.

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/17


We're sending you Second Life for Dummies , by Sarah Robbins and Mark Bell, courtesy of Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers.

GreenPeace: An Example in Connecting with your Supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the issues highlighted by Causes leaving MySpace and ideablob suddenly shutting down. That example?

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story-Social Media: What are you afraid of?

AFP Blog

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: "As the interview begins, James Topham apologizes and takes a moment to read and respond to an urgent tweet. Another typical day for the communications and marketing director of War Child Canada, where tweeting and Facebook updates are as commonplace as checking one's email.