January, 2010

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile

Frogloop

83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis?

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Twitter Is A Network Weaver's Best Friend

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past week, June Holley did a brown bag lunch at the Packard Foundation on network weaving and I was lucky enough to learn from her for a few hours! How would I describe June Holley? She's the guru of network weaving and walks on water. She gave a brilliant presentation that shared the story of footing binding in China and how using a networked approach and network weaving techniques, they were able to change the practice in a decade. .

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Jim Craner, MapTogether. Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year.

Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “ Static Web ”, “ Dynamic Content ”, “ User-Generated ”, “ Cloud Computing ”, and “ Semantic Web ”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. So, to simply for the nonprofit masses, I present and frame very simple definitions and interpretations of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 as follows: Web 1.0 = Websites, e-mail newsletters and “Donate Now” buttons. Web 1.0

Searching and aggregating online answers to frequently asked.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity

NTEN

Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. Quality matters, of course, but the shear quantity and frequency of communications that most organizations seek to produce has increased dramatically -- whether its blogs, tweets, commenting, web site updates, collaborations, cross posting, press releases, or good old print brochures. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication.

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About GuideStar, Network for Good and Social Media Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social media fundraising is built upon and empowered by the GuideStar database. All 501c3’s in the United States have profiles on GuideStar. Network for Good uses the GuideStar database to distribute online donations made on their website and on their partner websites. Network for Good has partnered with Give a Tweet , Change.org , Razoo and Facebook Causes (just to name a few!).

ResourceMatcher.Org - what are we waiting for?

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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The Davos Blur

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Davos scene is nonstop: it starts with breakfast meetings at 8 am and ends typically after midnight. You rush from session to session, often jumping a shuttle from one hotel to another or back to the Congress Center. In between the meetings, there’s the powerful force of serendipity.

The other side of the figures: Causes reaches $20 Million in Donations

Amy Sample Ward

Earlier this week, an announcement on the Causes Application blog broke the news that over $20 Million has been donated since May 2007 via donors using the social networking application.

My Three Words for 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I used Chris Brogan's "Three Words" to set some professional/personal goals for the year. The process is simple: Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on.

I Love You Beth Kanter!

NTEN

I'm very late to the game (as usual), but I couldn't let the day pass without recognizing my good friend Beth Kanter on her birthday. So this post is an ode to Beth. Here are some of the things you already know about Beth: 1. She's generous. She's smart. She likes to swear. She's fearless.

Five Simple (and Fun) Ways to Promote Nonprofits on FourSquare

Nonprofit Tech for Good

FourSquare is definitely starting to catch on with enterprising techie folks that love to be early adopters. That’s a good a sign. Most check-ins revolve around restaurants and cafes, but below are five simple ways you (and the nonprofit techies) can also use FourSquare to promote the nonprofits and causes your care about: 1) Add Nonprofit Venues. Adding a Nonprofit Venue on FourSquare just takes a few minutes, but it’s crucial that you do it right the first time.

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Video Fridays #27 When Social Media Became News

NCE Social Media

James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news — and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.

No RSS Feed for Your Website? No Problem

Wild Apricot Blog

Google Reader has announced a new feature that lets users create an RSS feed to track changes to any web page, even if the site doesn’t publish a feed. It’s great new feature for your website visitors who use Google Reader, but what about people who use a different feedreader or like to get updates by email? You can help those people get automatic notifications of your website changes, too.( read more ). Google Non-profit Communications websites RSS Feedburner

Interview: Scott Anderson of ClientTrack

Amy Sample Ward

Wilder Launches Statewide Data Hub « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog – Philanthropy Potluck

AFP Blog

Wilder Launches Statewide Data Hub « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog – Philanthropy Potluck: "Wilder Research has just launched Minnesota Compass, which offers a host of data and other resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate, one-stop web site.This new initiative builds on the prior success of Twin Cities Compass, a similar project for the 7-county metro region. Minnesota Compass

Leading Tech Change When You're Not the Boss

NTEN

Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech. If the words "executive" or "chief" do not appear in your job title, you may think you're not in the right position to lead a successful technology change. Here are a few things you can do to challenge that assumption and become a technology change leader. Leadership and formal authority are not the same thing -- anyone who has experienced a bad boss can attest to that. Leadership isn't about giving orders; it's about giving inspiration.

Three Fabulous Conversations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The WEF is all about having a critical mass of incredible people. This enables great conversations: the serendipity effect is huge. I just wanted to highlight three conversations I had today, each of which shows why this is such a great opportunity for Benetech to attend. Conversation One Just as I finished my breakfast, I looked across the way and saw Larry Brilliant, the new head of the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund.

Needs & Offers for Haitian Relief

VisionLink

VisionLink has launched a web-based Needs & Offers management solution for PQMD, the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, to help with their relief efforts in Haiti. PQMD helps to coordinate the work of pharmascetical firms and nonprofit partners around the world who provide more than $4 billion dollars in medical equipment, medicines, and other related contributions to more than 150 nations around the world every year.

Independent Fundraising Event Trends

NetWits

Blackbaud and Event 360 have released a new white paper based on a joint research project to better understand the common denominators of a successful programmatic approach to third-party fundraising. Independent fundraising events (IFE) are activities designed and run by volunteers to raise money on behalf of a specific nonprofit organization. You can download a copy of "Raising More Money Online with Independent Fundraising Events" and register for a free webinar on February 3rd at 2pm EDT

Guest Post on Frogloop: Comeback lines to Collaboration Objectors

Amy Sample Ward

I’m so thrilled to have a guest post up on the Frogloop blog today! Frogloop is Care2’s nonprofit online marketing blog where you’ll find lots of great posts from Allyson Kapin and others.

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Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

AFP Blog

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity

NTEN

Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. Quality matters, of course, but the shear quantity and frequency of communications that most organizations seek to produce has increased dramatically -- whether its blogs, tweets, commenting, web site updates, collaborations, cross posting, press releases, or good old print brochures. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication.

First day in Davos

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m joining many other social entrepreneurs on our journey to Davos, home of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. The journey itself is magical: you take a series of trains getting ever smaller, until the final hour meanders through the middle of mountain villages with a foot to spare on either side of the train, through tunnels and beneath spectacular mountains. Although this is my sixth time to Davos for the WEF, the train trip never fails to enchant me.

2-1-1 Maine Partners with CDC

VisionLink

We are pleased to report that one of our customers, 2-1-1 Maine, has partnered with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to share vital information for state residents.

Connecting Advocacy to Fundraising: Free Nonprofit Webinar

NetWits

Did you know that activists on your nonprofit’s email list are seven times more likely to donate money to your organization than non-activists are? Make sure you start 2010 off right by adopting the latest best practices for online advocacy as a proven strategy to recruit and retain donors, while advancing your mission

Join the surprise party for Beth Kanter!

Amy Sample Ward

Happy Birthday! Today we are throwing an online surprise birthday party for Beth Kanter , and you’re invited! In her birthday wish post , Beth announces that she’s trying to send 53 Cambodian children to school by raising $530.

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets | davefleet.com

AFP Blog

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets | davefleet.com: "Social media can be a compulsive beast. It’s easy to feel a ‘need’ to keep putting out content through your various channels; no-where is this more true right now than on Twitter. I’ve written about that topic before, and I’ve also discovered the importance of unplugging occasionally

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake

NTEN

Steve MacLoughlin, Blackbaud. The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. I want to provide some updated findings for the entire year, as well as discuss the importance of online donations to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

The Mismeasure of War

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our human rights team cares deeply about the issue of truth in human rights reporting. They just posted a response to a major debate on the question of whether deaths in war have been steadily declining. I think this well captures our approach to the question of truth and are worth repeating in the Beneblog.

New Presentation on Social Media and Fundraising

NCE Social Media

I had the privilege to give a presentation on Social Media and Fundraising to the Western PA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals today. Here is my presentation. I hope you enjoy it.

It’s Kind to Give In Kind

NetWits

I’m sure the earthquake in Haiti is on all of our minds. How to make a donation, who to give to & of course how much. None of us can prepare for a tragedy of this magnitude but it’s inspiring to see how we rally around the people of Haiti to help ease their pain. We have other charities, however, that we can’t forget about. I made an end of the year list of nonprofit organizations that I wanted to support in 2010.

What’s ahead in 2010?

Amy Sample Ward

I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 weeks offline with friends and family for the holidays. As much as my life is fueled by my work and connections online, it sure was wonderful to unplug and recharge.