December, 2010

Seth Godin on Innovation, Failure and Why Non-profits Should Stop Operating like Businesses


Seth Godin has some firm beliefs and thoughtful insights when it comes to how non-profits can (and should) change the world.

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Petition Apple to Support Nonprofits

Amy Sample Ward

Thanks to the leadership and quick acting of Beth Kanter and Sue Anne Reed, there’s now a petition is up on Care2 focused on the fact that Apple’s iPhone app policy does not allow nonprofits to gather donations via the mobile phone platform. You can also join the conversation on Gizmodo about the same issue, “Why Does Apple Make Donation Apps So Hard?&#. As Beth shared in your post: “I love my iPhone,but I don’t want to support a company that is so nonprofit unfriendly.

More Meaningful Gifts

Connection Cafe

Author: Amber Wobschall. Normal. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE. X-NONE. Normal. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE. X-NONE. It’s that time of year again, time for a lot of holiday parties, gatherings, and celebrations. And for many of us, a time to exchange gifts.

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Breakthrough Philanthropy - Thiel Foundation event

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I've been asked by a lot of people both inside and outside Benetech lately to not only talk about the what we do, but the why we do it: the thinking behind it. I met with a very senior nonprofit leader last week in New York who explicitly asked us to talk more about what we're thinking. So, I hope to have more Beneblogs that give a window onto our thought processes (even when raw and not quite baked)!

Thoughts on Chatter while the Kool-Aid flows at Dreamforce

Judi Sohn

It's the beginning of Day 2 at Dreamforce , the gigantic Salesforce user conference in San Francisco. Instead of joining 15,000 or so folks for the second morning keynote, I'm sitting in my hotel room watching the keynote stream on my laptop. I didn't get much out of yesterday's keynote.

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Twitter as an Advocacy Tool

NCE Social Media

The Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted an online forum led by Claire Diaz Ortiz , Twitter’s top person working with nonprofits on social innovation. The forum focused specially on how to use Twitter as an advocacy tool. Here’s a link to the forum with the transcript of the proceedings.

3 Social Media Metrics Every Non-profit Should Track


Are you measuring the right social media metrics or do you have your head in the sand? Think about that for a minute or so. The answer matters. Oh, and don’t worry if you answered yes. I’ve done it. We all do at some point.

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10 TeamRaiser and Online Marketing Tips for 2011

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. Contributed by Jeff Shuck & Jono Smith, Event 360. When it comes to your fundraising events, if you were starting over, how different would they look? Starting over may not be an option, but in the absence of that, here are ten things event fundraisers and marketers should be considering to reinvent their plans for 2011: Become more data driven. The culling, organizing, and assessment of your event data is where the real work happens, and where the real insights emerge.

Bookshare Creates Opportunities For Gifted Students

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I talk a lot about how technology can help create tremendous educational opportunities for students with print disabilities.

Email is dead … long live Email?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Reports of the death of email are, of course rampant, for the past, oh, 10 years or so. First, spam was going to kill email. It certainly is true that most email sent these days is spam, but that hasn’t managed to kill it. More recently, facebook and twitter were considered likely candidates for killing it off.

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Converting GoToMeeting recording to something you can actually use

Judi Sohn

After trying more webinar/meeting tools than I can possibly count, I'm pretty happy with Citrix GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar. As a nonprofit registered with TechSoup, you can get a full year of the complete GoToWebinar package for just $94 a year. Regular price: $4,788/year. Killer.

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Drive Action by Optimizing Your Online Giving Page: 6 Simple Steps


Optimizing your online giving pages should be at the top of your priority list (as far as online goals go), that is, if you’re a non-profit and you’ve got a website. Hopefully you agree. If not, drop me a note in the comments.

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Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn

Amy Sample Ward

Date : December 2nd, 2010. Location : Online. Topic : Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn. Description : In this month’s edition of Social Good, Allison Fine, the host, interviews Amy Sample Ward, community development manager at TechSoup Global, and Estrella Rosenberg, founder and executive director of Big Love Little Hearts in Chicago and author of the blog Adventures in Philanthropy. Sample Ward and Ms.

Jumo – Social Media for Nonprofits?

NCE Social Media

Back in April I posted about a new social media platform, called Jumo , which was being created by one of Facebook’s founders to provide a social media tool to connect individuals with nonprofit organizations and social change. On November 30, 2010 Jumo launched to the public.

Happy Holidays from Bookshare!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I liked what our Bookshare team did for their electronic holiday card! accessibility Reading 2010 books assistive technology holidays Bookshare

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Programming languages and I have issues. By now, I’ve learned quite a number of them (I think 9 by last count), but for some reason, I seem to choose my work on them just at the top of the curve, or as they are going down. I have yet to manage to pick one early. I learned C at the height of its popularity, just as C++ was beginning to rise. I learned Fortran when it was almost dead, mostly for fun. I learned Pascal toward the tail end of its reign.

Destined to ring bells

Judi Sohn

Back in 2007, the Colorectal Cancer Coalition rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It came together so fast and Eric was out of town. There was no way I could attend. I must have been destined to ring a stock market bell.

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7 Online Fundraising Tips I Learned By Participating in Movember


For the past 30 days I have been participating in Movember : a worldwide team fundraising campaign to fight men’s cancer. While the dogooder in me loves a great cause, I also relish the opportunity to learn more about online fundraising and why people give.

“Tis the Season to be Stupid.”

Connection Cafe

Author: Tad Druart. Shelly Banjo with the Wall Street Journal wrote an article for today’s edition with that title, to bring attention to t he financial mistakes people make when giving to charities—and how to avoid them. It is a good piece and we are proud that they use data from our recent study on year-end giving to help bring attention to the article.

Search engines steer cash to nonprofits - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

AFP Blog

Search engines steer cash to nonprofits - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "This holiday season, shoppers can spread cheer to charities by buying Christmas gifts online or surfing the Web to figure out what to buy.At least 1.5 million people monthly use and — designating money to more than 95,000 nonprofit groups and schools across the nation

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Major Database Layer Upgrade


We are very pleased to announce that we completed a successful and significant upgrade of our core database systems last night. While not as flashy as some of our feature upgrades for users, this is the kind of infrastructure upgrade that sustains VisionLink and our customers over time.

Benetech Human Rights Data Analysts Uncover Critical Evidence

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As the worldwide debate continues about the release of government information by Wikileaks, history has shown that the uncovering of government data can be an important factor in human rights investigations. In 2010, Benetech’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group examined once hidden government documents from Guatemala and Chad that provided key evidence needed to hold former national leaders and security forces accountable for human rights violations.

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Is YouTube Making You Money?

NCE Social Media

Here’s a great tool I stumbled across, MyU2B , which tracks how much a YouTube channel earns each day, the comments, thumbs up or down, and favorites based on views to the channel. In the past I’ve discussed the impact YouTube and other video channels have on your search rankings and advocacy. While I don’t expect that our agencies would earn significant amounts of money from the ads that are displayed on YouTube, there are indeed significant amounts to be made.

Slacktivism: Can Cartoons Raise Awareness or Just Make Us Feel Good?


Did you notice something toony about Facebook last weekend? In an effort to raise awareness for child abuse, thousands of Facebook users changed their profile photos to one of their favorite childhood cartoon characters (full disclosure: mine was Underdog.)

Reinventing Donor Relationships - A New Online Giving Study

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. A new study from Network for Good and TrueSense Marketing isn’t focused on the number of online gifts, but rather the online giving experience and how it impacts donor behavior overall. We know that donors that have a connection to an organization online have a greater propensity for giving more and more often. Likewise, this was revealed in our recent holiday giving report showing that online donors intend to donate more than the average holiday giver ($378 vs. $281).

Text-to-donate a huge success

AFP Blog

Text-to-donate a huge success: "Misty Harris, Postmedia News  Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010Text-to-give campaigns are one of the biggest philanthropic success stories of 2010, with mobile relief efforts having raised tens of millions in micro-donations across North America -- more than $750,000 of which came from Canadian phones

Great reads from around the web on December 9th

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 9th). 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). Who Tweets?

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One browser to rule them all? Thoughts on Chrome OS

Judi Sohn

For about 48 hours last week, I thought there was a chance I was getting one of Google's CR-48 notebook computers they're giving away as part of the Chrome OS pilot. The pilot program was announced while I was in San Francisco. Oh a whim from my hotel room, I filled out the form to join the lottery of folks willing to volunteer just to see what would happen. I'm pretty satisfied with my all-Mac life.

Advanced Twitter Search

NCE Social Media

So you think you’re a Twitter guru. Do you know how to use their Advanced Search Tools to find what you seek? Here’s a nice brief video from Mashable that demonstrates how to use Twitter’s Advanced Search Tools. Enjoy! Microblog Video search SEO twitter

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5 Tips To Grow Your Online Giving In 2011


As you wind down for 2010, it’s worth having a quick think about what your priorities will be when you next step back into your office. Where will your focus be in the new year? How will you reinvigorate yourself, your work and your organisation in 2011?

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Today is Colorado Gives Day!


As always, VisionLink supports our non-profit customers in every way we can. In our own backyard, today is Colorado Gives Day. Today is the day to search for over 500 Colorado charities, become inspired by their good work and make a charitable contribution that will get a boost from the Incentive Fund. Make a gift on ? an online resource for information about Colorado charities.

Jumo: Love it or hate it? | Small Act

AFP Blog

Jumo: Love it or hate it? Small Act


Great reads from around the web on December 2nd

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 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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Why I’m Gonna Ditch My Iphone for Android (hint: donation apps)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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How Nonprofits Can Get More Donations

The SocialPath

Many of our nonprofit clients have their own websites. And many of these organizations depend on donations to further their vision and their mission. In fact, many of these social service organizations would close if it weren’t for the gifts and money they receive from donations and fund-raising events. However, our customers and many other nonprofits are not using their website as an effective tool – a tool that could generate even more donations.

5 Ways to Increase Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


Armed with a fundraising page and email tools, peer-to-peer fundraisers turn their family and friends into donors. They reach out to people across the country and around the world.

Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector :: A.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn