September, 2011

Gaming for Good, Joel Bartlett and the Super Chick Sisters


Have you ever thought about creating a game or using game mechanics as part of your online strategy? What if I told you that it was possible to get nearly 20 MILLION views/plays for a well thought out, nicely executed, message packed game?

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7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Mindmap by Jane Genovese. This morning I learned a new word for information overload – “content fried” from a colleague at the Packard Foundation. It resonated. We have so much content in our professional lives.

Trending Sources

Facebook users no longer have to “like” your Page (and what that means)?


Up until Tuesday the only people that could comment on or like content on a Facebook page were fans of that Page. Now Facebook eliminated that requirement , allowing anyone (fans and nonfans) the ability to engage with a Facebook Page.

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11 Qualities of an Effective Social Media Manager

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from the newly released Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits and was published in the September 2011 edition of Fundraising Success Magazine (@ frsuccess ). However, do to word count constraints the content below is not in its full entirety.

Fostering Innovation and Enterprise: Thoughts on supporting the sector from #giveandtech

Amy Sample Ward

I’m quite excited to participate in The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development Conference in London, UK, put on by Indigo Trust , Institute for Philanthropy and the Omidyar Network.

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Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World


Our book is out!! Humanize is a practical guide for realizing the true potential of social media—not for marketing, but for leadership.

10 Recent Upgrades to Facebook Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Facebook has been making a flurry of changes to the functionality of Facebook Profiles, Facebook Pages, Facebook Community Pages, and Facebook Places Pages over the last two months. And though some individual users are upset over the changes, most of the them are good news for nonprofits.

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Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Schools are back in session, and with them millions of American children who struggle daily to learn using traditional printed books. Having learning disabilities or various learning differences, they need alternative reading environments that rely on their strengths rather than on their weaknesses. This includes accessible educational materials, such as e-books that can be used with computers, or mobile devices that display enlarged text or read the book aloud while also highlighting text.

What the Facebook Subscribe Feature Means to Nonprofit News Sharing


On Wednesday, Facebook rolled out a subscribe feature that should be of interest to nonprofits because it may make it easier for organizations to interact with people on a personal level. Most organizations have a branded page that Facebook users can like.

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Why You Need to Game Your Supporters


This is a guest post by Jesse Noyes. He’s a Corporate Reporter at Eloqua. Make sure to follow him on Twitter at @noyesjesse and check out the Eloqua blog – they’re doing some great things!

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Curiosity-Driven, Not Data-Driven

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by I saw an interesting post from Eric Petersen called “ The Myth of Data-Driven Business &# by way of KD Paine’s blog. It caught my eye because we’ve working on a chapter about how nonprofits can make the shift to a “data-driven culture. &#.

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Facebook nuked the “like” button, now what?

John Haydon

Up until Tuesday the only people that could comment on or like content on a Facebook page were fans of that Page. Now Facebook eliminated that requirement , allowing anyone (fans and nonfans) the ability to engage with a Facebook Page.

Three Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Diversify Their Brand Online

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the weeks after Google+ launched I saw a number of blog posts and articles about how brands should drop Facebook and Twitter, and migrate their communities over to Google+. My guess is that many of those bloggers and journalists have reconsidered now that the initial buzz and euphoria about Google+ has subsided (especially considering that the Google+ brand profiles haven’t even launched yet). That said, the idea brings up a very important point.

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How data visualization brings numbers to life


“ More about this programme : Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development.

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Apples, Honey, and End of Year Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Author: Emily Goodstein. Break out the Manischewitz … or apples and honey, it’s time to ring in the new year! I know what you’re thinking—take a page from the Nordstrom playbook and don’t rush the seasons, Emily.

Shameless Ask, Looking for SXSW 2012 Nonprofit Votes!


SXSW 2012 session voting is nearing the end. We’ve got until Friday Sept 9th (right, tomorrow). If you’re not familiar with the process The SXSW Interactive Festival (scheduled March, 2012 in Austin, Texas) is a huge new media event.

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Measuring the Return on Relationships

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: A few weeks ago, I suggested that nonprofits stop using the phrase “ROI&# or questions like “What’s the Return?&#

7 ways Facebook’s Subscribe Button can be a nonprofit game-changer

John Haydon

Up until now there has been no way for the leaders within your nonprofit to join discussions about your cause on Facebook, unless they were willing to compromise their privacy. But now with the Subscribe Button , Facebook users can opt-in to their public updates without being her friend.

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Newly Released With “Look Inside!” Functionality! Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits is now fully released to the public in both print and digital format. You can now also “Look Inside!&# to preview the first 11 pages.

Netflix: Blowing It, or Being Human?


I am guessing most of you have heard that Netflix has been making some changes. Not too long ago, they changed their pricing structure, resulting in a significant increase for subscribing to their DVD by mail plan. This made a lot of people unhappy.

5 Donation Form Bad Practices

NonProfit Trends

There are lots of articles, reports, and conference sessions about online giving and donation form best practices. This isn’t one of them. Instead, I want to focus on some of the most common bad practices being done by nonprofits. Using Only One Donation Form. If you only have a single donation form, then you’re doing it wrong. Use a combination of a general donation form along with other forms for more specific giving options.

3 Proven Ways to Wow Your Fundraisers and Keep Them Coming Back for More


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Facebook Changes for Organization Pages: Focus On Results

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Lululemon.

Five Tips for Nonprofits to Ramp Up their Social Media


While many nonprofits have a social media presence these days, senior leadership is still struggling to figure out how to best integrate it into their communications plans. What kind of content should they be sharing over Twitter and Facebook?

33 Nonprofit Mobile Websites

Nonprofit Tech for Good

One in four Americans now access the Mobile Web daily, yet only a tiny fraction of nonprofits have a mobile website.

5 Supah-Cool Free Online Tools For Nonprofits


This is a guest post by Joe Yeoman, who is obsessively addicted to new web technologies and discussing them. He is the Media Coordinator at , and he rides his bike to work almost every day. Non-profits are the kids at the lunch table that pay for every item with exact change. They know their budgets and hopefully never have to stray from them.

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Personalizing the Online Fundraising Experience


By Kari Ann Kiel, Event Marketing Consultant, DoJiggy. Let's begin by asking a question: "Why do donors choose to give money to one worthy cause over another?". Some donors have a solid relationship with an organization where they choose to donate funds year after year.

What Internet Topics are Nonprofits Most Interested In?


The internet has been around for a long time now (sort of). Back in the early 1960s is when things really started to take shape.

What’s the Secret to Social Media Success? Cute Animal Theory

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What will it take to get the climate some attention? Cute Dog Photos! That’s Sam,’s office puppy. We know that people would much rather look at pictures of cute dogs than think about downers like climate change. So,

LinkedIn Launches Volunteer and Causes Profiles


I love to see social networks carve out space to promote nonprofits, causes, and volunteering. Facebook integrates with Causes. Twitter has Hope140. And now LinkedIn, which has over 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories, has added a Volunteer and Causes section to users profiles.

Free Mini-Webinar on October 27! Mobile Social Networking for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Thursday, October 27. Time: 1-1:30pm EDT. Cost: Free. How to Register: Sign up! Presented By: Heather Mansfield.

It’s time to humanize business


Have a look at this great slide deck from Lee Bryant that I just discovered today (full accompanying narrative is here ). He was talking about the future of leadership – in 2009.

How make people trust your nonprofit

John Haydon

You could look at this pyramid in two ways: What people require to eventually donate or volunteer. What you can do to gain their trust. You have absolutely no control over #1, but have complete control over #2. What do you think? Be Human building trust donor relations

DIY Nonprofit Technology: 5 Tips For Increasing Engagement on Facebook


[Editor's note: The following first appeared in the September 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the complete issue of NTEN's new quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog.