September, 2010

NTC 2011 is Upon Us!


2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#11ntc) is ramping up by kicking off the community voting website for over 400 nonprofit focused sessions! We have until September 30 th to vote for those we think will be the most valuable to the overall NPTech community. If you’re not familiar with the Nonprofit Tech. Conference head over and take a look at the agenda , the sessions , the day of service , and who attended in the past. I think those resources will give you a good idea of what’s going on

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Is Social Media Right for Your Organization?

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Guest post from John Chen, @ johnYSchen , DC-based nptechie and nonprofiteer. It's evident that social media has become ingrained into our daily lives. Social media has the power to bring your organization up in an instant (see Social Media Campaign Gives NBC’s Chuck a Fighting Chance ); it also has the power to bring you down just as fast (see Skittles Twitter campaign) if not done properly. Organizations are hearing: “You need to be on social media.”

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WomenWhoTech: Social Media ROI Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Media Roi Slidesbk. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. I am honored to be a part today’s WomenWhoTech online summit. I’m doing a panel titled “Social Media ROI&# with Lauren Vargas from Radian 6 and moderated by Roz Lemieux from Fission Strategy.

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How Useful is Social Media to Nonprofits?


No matter where you look, social media is on everyone’s radar. The big question nonprofits ask is, how useful is social media? In an attempt to help nonprofits answer that question, Idealware , in partnership with NOI , recently released " The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide.". According to Idealware’s survey of over 750 nonprofit staffers: Almost 80% "think" that they reach new supporters using Facebook, Twitter, video sharing sites like YouTube, and blogging.

Please join us for a sneak peek at www.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn


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Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Successful social media is like going to the gym because the discipline of a good routine gets results much like working out on a daily basis.

Ten Fundraising Strategies to Test Right Now


Are you stuck in a fundraising rut and looking to try some creative fundraising tactics to engage your supporters?

I will be offering pro bono strategic technology consultations at.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Curate Your Own Membership: An Interview with the Whitney's Director of Membership

Museum 2.0

Audience segmentation and research has become a hot topic in museums, especially when it comes to crafting appealing offerings that are customized to different kinds of visitors.

Effective Uses of Social Media for Fundraising


Philip King, Artez Interactive. There may come a day when your Facebook fan page has more traffic than your actual website. Hard to believe? Just talk to the people at Coca-Cola. A recent Advertising Age article notes that Coke has one of the largest brand pages on Facebook with 10.7 million fans (placing them in second, after Starbucks' 12.7 million fans). Consider this in comparison to their own website, where U.S.

Twitter: this time it’s personal

Steve Bridger

Rachel Beer invited me to share a post prior to the 8th NFPtweetup on September 15th, so here goes… Many scoff at those of us who love Twitter, and frankly I couldn’t care less. It works for me (at least for the moment).

How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How Networked Nonprofits Use Facebook. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Introduction.

Four reasons why would actually be a better choice than WordPress.Org

John Haydon

WordPress is the planet’s most popular blogging platform. Over 25 million WordPress blogs dot the internet landscape. Now if you’re familiar with WordPress, you know that they offer a free version ( and a self-hosted version (WordPress.Org).

Can Happiness Impact Philanthropy?


Happiness is a better indicator of philanthropy than wealth is. And we shouldn't be surprised. The Charity Aid Foundation , based in the UK, reported this finding in their first-ever study, called the World Giving Index.

"Know Your Sector" - using social media to shed light on mission.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

It's Already September? (Or: Two Thirds of a Year's Worth of Fundraising Resources)


Flickr: visit~ fingerlakes Where I come from , there's a lake , and every year on the Saturday before Labor day when the sun goes down, everyone who lives on that lake turns off their house lights, lines their waterfront with lit red flares, and builds a bonfire. This is how we mark the end of summer (high tourist season) and the beginning of a new year.

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Definitions Of Key Business Terms

Eric Jacobsen Blog

We talk about, read about and hear about "customers," "mission," and "customer value" all the time and perhaps sometimes we struggle with fully understanding the best definition of those terms. I like Peter F. Drucker's definitions

The Ladder of Love: Growing Facebook Fans

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ladder of Love on Facebook.

60 Minutes

NCE Social Media

A new report by Sysomos has found that when you send a tweet it will mostly likely be retweeted within the first hour of posting. After that it likely will not be retweeted. Apparently, after an hour it’s old news and you can use it to line the bird cage.

Great 2-1-1 Reporting


Kudos to the United Way of Denver and their Colorado 2-1-1 partners. We are pleased to support their work with our Community Operating System (formerly Tapestry) and wanted to do a shout out about their excellent reporting.

Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday was the 3rd annual Women Who Tech Telesummit , bringing together over 600 women (and men) from for-profit and nonprofit organizations and technology start, connecting developers and techies with those new to the field, igniting conversations and long-term collaborations.

Empowering Your Board to Fundraise: Treating Your Board Members as Major Donors


Barbara Talisman, Pursuant. According to BoardSource , one of the ten basic responsibilities of non-profit boards is to, “Ensure adequate resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.” Yet this seems to be one of biggest challenges facing Board members and their organizations. Our Board members can be our biggest asset, yet sometimes a tension exists between staff and board.

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Fun with Drupal Commons, a Powerful Solution for Online Community Building


For years, we have been advising clients on how to build, manage, and grow successful online communities. In these engagements, we have relied on our mantra, "people first, technology second," encouraging our clients to focus their energy on providing useful content, facilitating sharing, and connecting people, and to avoid a disproportionate focus on technology questions. This hasn't changed.

Social Media: Who Will Do The Work?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Three Models. No matter where I’m speaking or teaching workshops, the same questions come up … How much time does it take to do social media effectively? Who in our organization is going to do the work? How are ever going to find the time to do social media?

There’s an app for that

NCE Social Media

Ever wonder if you should create an application, i.e. an app, related to your organization for people to use on their phones? The answer is maybe or maybe not just yet. Let’s look at the current market of people who use apps. A Pew Internet Study found that.

HOW TO: Launch a Broadcast “TV” Channel for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Websites like and allow individuals and brands to launch their own Web-based “TV&# channels. Currently, these channels can not easily be viewed on the digital TV sets in our living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, but it’s just a matter of time.

Can True Activism Be Fostered Through Social-Networking Sites? - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Can True Activism Be Fostered Through Social-Networking Sites? Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Dear Malcolm Gladwell: The nonprofit technology world is not very happy with you.Mr. Gladwell's article in this week's New Yorker magazine, criticizing the hype about social media's ability to stir social movements, is drawing

Build Communities to Enhance Your Fundraising Campaigns


Adrienne D. Capps, U. Davis. Much has changed with regard to fundraising and “friendraising” during the 12 years I have been a professional fundraiser, the most obvious being the use of technology. We are all online these days whereas in 1998 it was a much more mixed bag. One thing remains and will continue to, however: making sense of it all. How do you determine which technology, or set of technologies, will be best suited to your organization? How do you appropriately implement them?

Does Suggested Content Capture Your Imagination?


Yesterday, Chris Clark, product manager for Blackbaud Internet Solutions , shared the highlights of Blackbaud NetCommunity version 6.25, generally available in October. More than a dozen features have been added or significantly enhanced in the new version, including improvements to the way photos are managed, the ability to copy sites, and transaction management capabilities that go even further in serving donors by intuitively blurring the lines between online and offline giving

Great reads from around the web on September 23rd

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 September 23rd). 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).


NCE Social Media

Facebook recently added a feature called Places. It is a geo-location application similar to Gowalla and Foursquare in that it allows you to share where you are with your friends via social media. These programs use the GPS in your phone to pinpoint your location to within 300 meters.

Salesforce as a CMS?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Salesforce is a very powerful platform onto which one can build a large variety of interesting kinds of custom applications. I’ve already talked on this blog about Salesforce integration with Drupal , Plone , and others. Today I’m going to delve into Salesforce-based CMS systems – systems build as applications on top of the platform. First, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

New ASAE website is live. and it rawks. — SocialFish

AFP Blog

New ASAE website is live. and it rawks. SocialFish: "New ASAE website is live… and it Maddie Grant on September 29, 2010 ShareDigg DiggWe LOVE the new ASAE website!! Such a huge improvement, not least because their active community has been brought to the forefront.So I thought I’d talk to Amy Hissrich, Director of Knowledge Initiatives at ASAE, and mastermind behind the redesign

Brandraising: Using Technology to Grow Nonprofit Peaches


Sarah Durham, Big Duck. We're all nerds when it comes to new media. No matter how many studies tell us that that the gadgets we're hooked on aren't good for us , most of us technology nerds still can't get enough. In part, it's because the technology is now so fast, easy and cheap to use that simply investing our time to figure it out seems like a pleasure. After all, I was that kid who stayed up late playing video games. (Ah, Ah, Joust. how I miss thee.)