February, 2007

Fundraising Toolkit

AFP Blog

From TECH SOUPFundraising Toolkit: "Fundraising ToolkitSteps and resources for successful fundraisingEffective fundraising isn't a onetime event but an ongoing process. And, as with any process, it helps to break things up into manageable steps. Whether you're looking to fund your technology or use technology to raise funds, here are TechSoup's recommended steps to increasing the success of your

Tech Entrepreneur Helps Blind To Read

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We just got terrific coverage from CBS Evening News of our Bookshare.org project. It is really exciting when a news team takes the time to dig in and understand the story. Our team is thrilled about the piece, and we're getting lots of phone calls and email as a result. I think this is the first time we have had national coverage of Bookshare.org, which turned five years old this week!

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

My laptop is in the shop. I'll spare you the details. It's truly a practice in patience to live without a computer. Work doesn't get done. Blog entries don't get written. Emails don't get returned. It's a lucky thing my partner has a

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What I've learned about donor management. Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2007 07:28 Written by Steve Thursday, 15 February 2007 10:02. I've been helping nonprofits build databases for over a year now. I've worked with about 10 orgs

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How Are Green Businesses & Nonprofits Using the Social Web for Marketing?

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You were all so helpful with posting your favorite nonprofit blogs to help me prepare for a talk I'll be giving at the Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits sponsored by the United Way of Kern County that I thought I'd ask for your ideas again!

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Medieval Help Desk

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

For all of us who help users. I love how both the techy and the new user struggle to control their irritation and keep a friendly tone

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Groups offer ringtones with a statement

AFP Blog

Groups offer ringtones with a statement: "Take for example the efforts of U2 front man Bono. He got thousands of people to sign up for the ONE Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting global AIDS and poverty, by asking fans to send a text message during the band's concerts.Amnesty International also uses text messaging to send action notices to members around the world.Katrin Verclas

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More Trending

NetCentric Advocacy: Nature Needs to Listen to Us.

Network-Centric Advocacy

from stopglobalwarming.org.

Open Source Thinking: A Remix Wikitation of Marnie Webb's Ten Ways To Use Web2.0 Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flick Photo by Thomas Hawk. Later today I'm doing a Webinar, a briefing on Web2.0 tools for the good folks at NCNA. I'm filling in for colleagues Marnie Webb and Billy Bicket from Netsquared. I'm trying to embrace two ideas here - the idea of open source thinking and wikitation.

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Who Controls Water Controls Life: Watch "A Drop Of Life" Trailer

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"What was most alarming about creating "A Drop of Life" is that it began as a pure fiction, and as I began to do my research, I began to realize that the sci-fi [water] meters that I had created, already existed in ten countries.

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Biases that block effective problem solving.

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

All the best problem solving techniques can be defeated by biases that get in the way of clear thinking. And the worst of it is, we can't often tell when we are in the grip of these patterns. There are three we've seen often in our work that having a major impact on technical problem solving.

Non-Governmental Imagination

AFP Blog

Non-Governmental Imagination: "A few months ago, I compared the business models and apparent legitimacy of GoodSearch and GoodTree. Recently, thanks to an email from one of the founders, I became aware of SearchKindly

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Missing Gustavo

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of our employees suddenly passed away from natural causes, and we are all very sad here. I sent the following note to the Bookshare.org members and volunteers and received many, many emails expressing condolences and dismay. To the Bookshare.org community: It is with great regret and sorrow that I inform you that Gustavo Galindo passed away suddenly Sunday. Gustavo was the Site Manager for Bookshare.org, and was the foundation of our Bookshare.org team.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Rethink a few things.social change and advoacy

Network-Centric Advocacy

this is cool. why do we rethink social change and advocacy

Meet Miles Maier: London Region ICT Champion

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo courtesy of Miles Maier, London ICT Champion. I've had the pleasure of talking with Miles Maier face-to-face last month in Birmingham at the UK Circuit Riders conference hosted by LASA. Currently, he's blogging about his Web Office experiment which is well worth following.

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Apply to Give Money Away on Oprah's Reality Show, "The Big Give"

Have Fun - Do Good

If someone asked you, and ten other contestants, to come up with the most creative way to, " take a given amount of money and other resources and multiply them before giving them away to help others ," would you win? That is the premise of Oprah's new reality show, "The Big Give."

Rules of Thumb

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Jerome Groopman is a physician who frequently writes on medical topics for the New Yorker. His stuff is always fascinating. A few issues back, they ran a piece of his called What's the Problem , where he looked at the heuristics , or rules of thumb , that physicians use when making a diagnosis.

Free Software, Handpicked for Nonprofits

AFP Blog

From TechsoupFree Software, Handpicked for Nonprofits: "Free Software, Handpicked for NonprofitsNGO-in-a-Box offers tools for producing, publishing, and distributing contentBy: Tactical Technology Collective and iCommonsFebruary 21, 2007Although there are many free and open-source applications out there, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find an


Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our new environmental project management software, Miradi , just went into its beta testing. Our core beta testers are drawn from the Conservation Measures Partnership , coalition of the leading biodiversity groups (such as The Nature Conservancy, WWF and WCS). I thought that meant a small beta test, but it turns out that we already have testers registered from 16 different countries on 6 different continents!

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NetCentric Advocacy: PLease Surprise Someone

Network-Centric Advocacy

this is a good solid reminder that campaigns need to have an edge and surprise people if they are going to go viral. seth's blog. who surprises you? greenpeace * nrdc -polar bear work * environmental defense (one they do well

It is difficult to let go of the old ways. from powerpoint to wikitation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo in flickr - Letting Go. I have to prepare for a presentation at the Integrated Media Conference (public broadcasting) at the end of the month called "Lessons Beyond the Field."

Columnist Boycotts Chocolate in February to Protest Child Slavery

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Last August I wrote a post, Pink M&Ms and Fair Trade , about child slavery in the chocolate industry. Looks like Steffanie Rivers read some of the same disturbing statistics I did.

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The Dixie Chicks and Hambo in the Snow

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I don't usually pay much attention to the Grammys, but there was so much reason to this year. National attention was focused on the resounding show of support for the Dixie Chicks and their right to speak their mind those many months ago about the president and his war.

eBay - The Chatter - eBay Giving Works' 10,000 Nonprofit - And a Cool Listing

AFP Blog

eBay - The Chatter - eBay Giving Works' 10,000 Nonprofit - And a Cool Listing: "eBay Giving Works' 10,000 Nonprofit - And a Cool ListingPosted by Jeff on February 21, 2007 at 09:39 AM in General , eBay in Pop Culture | PermalinkJeff_post_128 Hopefully you saw the good news from Kristin Cunningham posted on the Announcement Givingworks Board - eBay Giving Works, our program for charity listings

Carrie Karnos, recipient of the 2006 James H. Veale Humanitarian Award.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It's great when one of our team is honored for their work, and Carrie Karnos has been one of our top Bookshare.org volunteers for years, including being Volunteer of the Year. Carrie just received the James H. Veale Humanitarian Award for service to the blind community. Congratulations, Carrie! Here's the letter from the editor of Matilda Ziegler Magazine, which explains why Carrie was deserving of this award: A Letter from the Editor New York City Dec.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Reflectors and Horns on a Horse:

Network-Centric Advocacy

the conflicting questions of organizers. first, how do i build a better organization? how can i organize the constituents i care about? how can we reach into new corners of society to make them do what i want

How To Green Your Tech Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The NTC Ride/Room Share Board. Last summer, I remember seeing Britt Bravo photographing the trash at the Blogher Conference. She was creating a visual for this post, " Can't Blogher Conference Be Greener Next Year ?"

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Have Fun - Do Good

Do you ever feel like a religious misfit?

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Improving Public health in Mali

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Last month I wrote about my stroll through Sikoro , on the northern outskirts of Bamako, Mali, and the community health project Siguida Keneyali we learned about there.

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Understanding Images: A Guide to Color Formats

AFP Blog

Understanding Images: A Guide to Color Formats: "Understanding Images: A Guide to Color FormatsChoose the right color for your Web or print projectBy: Brian SatterfieldFebruary 8, 2007Why does the color of your nonprofit's logo never look the same on the Web as it does in print? Is there a difference between CMYK and RGB? What does your printer mean when she talks about two-color versus

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Mapping Experiences: Rethinking Wayfinding in Museums

Museum 2.0

This weekend, I visited the New York Hall of Science. We had just finished perusing an excellent exhibit, “Places and Spaces,” pouring over a complex map of 1.3 million scientific papers grouped into scientific paradigms. Next, we wanted to see “Connections,” an exhibition on networks.

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NetCentric Advocacy: TomPaine.com - Armchair Activism That Works

Network-Centric Advocacy

link: tompaine.com - armchair activism that works. armchair activism that works martin kearns and jonathan schwarz february 02, 2007. one of the most remarkable, unexpected developments of the internet has been the explosive growth of

Interview: Zen and the art of Nonprofit Technology

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michelle Murrain, Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Blog. Michelle and I are graduates of Bennington College (so is Deborah Finn ). It is a very small liberal arts college in Vermont, where everyone knows everyone's name.

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Empowering Change: Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project

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"Many people imagine international health as this fashionable, sexy, and fun job. Most of it is administration. Plus, malaria, hookworm, ringworm, and typhoid are distinctly unsexy. Yet, it is remarkably rewarding."--Caitlin Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project.

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Testing more than the features

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

One issue you can never discuss too much is testing. How do you test a software application before turning users loose on it? Dr Dobbs, one of my favorite software magazines for almost two decades, had a nice piece by Scott Ambler on test in the December edition.

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Nonprofits boost online donations

AFP Blog

Nonprofits boost online donations: "Online software provider Convio released its Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Study in January, which found that online donation dollars are adding up, with a median growth rate of 27 percent.The Austin, TX-based company found that money raised online for many nonprofit organizations grew from virtually nothing to a median annual amount of $362,485, with

2.0 at Work: Why You Should Use Flickr

Museum 2.0

I love Flickr Originally uploaded by jodi_tripp. Okay, pop quiz. You're developing a heavily themed exhibition. The scenic contractors need to know what a "degraded plaster" wall finish means to you. Your boss is in California picking out antique fountains.