Sat.Nov 05, 2011 - Fri.Nov 11, 2011

End-of-Year Fundraising Campaigns that Will Rock Your World


End-of-year is a very busy time for fundraisers. Lots of ideas are bouncing around, campaigns that have been run for years are spinning up, and new end-of-year fundraising campaigns are coming to life. Many will eventually be pushed out the door with the hope of great results.

Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Why does Google + launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline !! The long awaited brand pages on Google + are here. I put a post out on Google + asking what nonprofits had set up pages and was able to identify 88 from all the responses and placed them in a open circle here.

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HOW TO: Create a Google+ Page for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Exciting news! Nonprofits can now create a “ Page ” on Google+.



We are super excited to announce that we are establishing a joint venture with CommPartners , a long-established company in the association industry that focuses on online education programs, knowledge communities and multimedia events for associations.

Infographic: Which Nonprofits are Rocking Social Media?


Want to know which nonprofits are exceeding in social media ? So did we over at craigconnects.

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Getting Meta: Inviting the Community to Drive the Community Builder Chats

Amy Sample Ward

For about a year, I moderated a monthly online chat focused on community building, community management, on and offline engagement, and the technologies that support those connections.

How To Recognize Great Content Curation: Curating Curators

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Content curation: Best practices. View more presentations from Trafalgar Communications. Thanks to Giuseppe Mauriello for finding this deck). Dilbert characters are talking about content curation. Scoop.It one of the premiere content creation tools is now out beta.

Being a social organization means being generative.


Jamie Notter and I explain how organizations can be more GENERATIVE in our book, Humanize: How People-centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. Generative organizations have cultures that embrace inclusion. They seek out difference wherever they can, knowing it drives innovation.

Participant Value After the Event

Connection Cafe

Author: Katie Beth DeSchepper. As we continue to ramp up for the spring event season, I want to bring a strategic data point to your attention for thought and consideration.

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Nonprofit Webinars: Strong Connections

Amy Sample Ward

Date : November 9, 2011, 3 pm EST. Location : Online. Topic : Strong Connections: Linking your strategy, to goals, to data. Description : When it comes to social media, email marketing, or even online engagement in general, we often have a feeling when things are going well or when they aren’t.

13 Women Changing the World

Have Fun - Do Good

Today I saw a blog post on Twitter about 10 Men with the Capacity to Change the World. I've interviewed soooo many amazing women for the Big Vision Podcast who are changing the world that I thought I'd post a sampler of interviews with 13 women from over the last four years.

How to use LinkedIn Pages for Nonprofits (video)

John Haydon

Noland Hoshino , who created the LinkInLog from SMO Books shares three ways you can use the new LinkedIn Company Pages to bring out the human side of your nonprofit. A LinkedIn guide for nonprofits. Noland recently published the LinkedIn Log – a guide to help orgs get more out of LinkedIn.

30 Super Useful Nonprofit Hashtags – Twitter Chats, Too!


By Kerri Karvetski, Owner, Company K Media. Twitter really shines as a communications tool when you use it with hashtags. Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the hash symbol (#), #justinbeiber for example. Hashtags have two major benefits – they help your tweets get found (by people who are searching for your subject), and they help you find good content.

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Steal My Idea, Please! Why An Open Source Attitude Can Make Apps Go Viral


Last week I got ripped off, but for the first time, I’m happy about it. They didn’t just steal my wallet and phone—they took something that me and a team of people spent months to create. Earlier this week, the world turned 7 billion. Yes, 7 billion people.

Pulitzer and the Pedestal – Or Why Crowdfunding Needs Influencer Marketing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by PeterJBellis. Guest post by Jesse Noyes. The outlook for the Statue of Liberty was bleak in 1885. Construction of the statue had been completed the year before in France, but efforts to construct a pedestal in New York ground to a halt.

How to create a Google Plus Business Page (video)

John Haydon

Yesterday Google released their business profile page , which includes many of the features that Google Plus profiles have. This video shows you how to create a Business Page for your nonprofit: Will you create a Google Plus Page for your nonprofit? Google business pages google plus how-to videos

Seven Random Metrics to Improve Your Nonprofit's Communications


This week, as part of Member Appreciation Month, we're talking about technology that supports communications and information, so I thought I'd share some of the metrics we use to track our effectiveness that don't really warrant a complete blog post in-and-of themselves.

Target moments

Steve Bridger

I couldn’t help notice this exchange earlier this afternoon between Tony Wang (who manages the Twitter office in London) and Jamie Oliver. Must feel good to see people connect and discover common ground in the work that you do.

Making a Case for New Technology – Determine the Risks

Vertex Systems

This is PART 4 of Making a Business Case for Technology Purchases for Non-Profits – PART 1 is here, PART 2 is here, Part 3 is here. One of the biggest concerns many of our customers have had when … Continue reading →

Your nonprofit’s massive marketing advantage

John Haydon

Don’t assume that brands and for-profits have an advantage online just because they have more money than you. Yes, they might be able to easily afford snappy little micro-sites, or multichannel viral video campaigns. But you have what they really want! You help people create meaningful lives.

Seven Tips to Optimize Your Twitter Page


By William Naylor, Client Support and Training, thedatabank. Twitter is meant to improve communication, not just by limiting you to 140 characters, but also using the limited space in your profile page.

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IMPORTANT: Only 5 days left until Give2TheMax Day!!


Have you marked your calendar – November 9 – for Give2TheMax Day ? Here are just a few MORE of the nonprofits you can help in this massive one-day regional fundraising effort. Dreams For Kids.

Tips for Improving Board Effectiveness

Wild Apricot Blog

Is your Board spending time looking back instead of moving forward? Here are some tips and resources to help improve Board effectiveness. Volunteers leadership Associations

#Occupy Nature


It does not matter if you choose to take to the streets, the #Occupy Movement has captured the imagination of everyone, and is not going away any time soon. The #Occupy prompt has firmly become an iconic directive that gives voice to a wide range of concerns: from corporate bastions, to conceptual ideals, to icons of popular culture.

Twelve Ways You Can Make Your Campaign Stronger


By Farra Trompeter, Vice President, Big Duck. As a nonprofit fundraiser, this is my favorite time of year. While others make vacation plans, I work with my colleagues to devise exciting integrated fundraising campaigns for nonprofit organizations. Study after study shows how most nonprofits see their biggest influx of donations—especially those that come in via email/web/social media—during the last few months, if not days, of the year.

Four Types of Facebook Cause Marketing Campaigns

John Haydon

My good friend Megan Strand at the Cause Marketing Forum recently published a white paper called “Cause Marketing on Facebook: Truths, Tips and Trends from Pioneers” (the Executive summary can be downloaded for free).

User-Generated Content: Ask Your Questions on Nonprofits Live!

Tech Soup Blog

Nonprofits Live: User-Generated Content Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. Pacific time Hashtag: #NPLive RSVP. Are you considering a photo or video campaign for your organization? If you have ever asked your members to post photos on Facebook or asked for stories from your clients, you have tasted the abundance that user-generated content (UGC) can bring to your organization.

Lame spam of the day: USPS Delivery Confirmation

Robert Weiner

Like the American Airlines spam , this one didn't bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Further, it shows plainly that the link goes to (note that the domain is Some scammers are just lazy. Sender: Subject: Delivery Confirmation. Text: Dear Customer, We attempted to deliver your item at 11:02 am on November 5, 2011 and a notice was left.

NTEN Is Hiring an Educational Program Manager


Flickr photo by leighblackall By the end of 2011, NTEN will have produced over 100 educational webinars and 3 in-person local events, with many more in 2012. The NTC is just 146 days away. NTEN Programs are growing and so is the Program Team to support it. So, I'm thrilled to announce a job opening for NTEN’s Educational Program Manager.

Need Some Help Getting Started?

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are some new resources for Wild Apricot users. Our new Start-up Guides offer overviews of our Membership Management Software as well as all of the individual modules including: Membership Management, Website and Events. Resources events Membership management website builder Wild Apricot

Online Community Meetup Recap: Engaging Voters with Social Media

Tech Soup Blog

Greg Ligon, our guest blogger for the latest Online Community Meetup, is an online communications professional with experience in building. a brand via online channels, social media communications and website content. development. Learn more about Greg on LinkedIn.

A little rap on the knuckles…


OK, people. You’re not filling out our cute polls about Social CRM use cases. Don’t tell me you don’t have the time to spend 2 minutes (in fact, maybe 10 seconds) on each of the three polls in the three use case posts linked below: Use Case 1: Using LinkedIn for Member Recruitment.

Cloud Security: Don't Confuse Security and Control


By Tal Frankfurt, CEO, Cloud for Good. Recently, I received an urgent call from the director of a small nonprofit organization. I had spoken with her almost 6 months ago about the possibility of migrating their organization to the cloud. She was specifically interested in Salesforce as a tool to manage their members, track donations, and send mass newsletters and Google Apps for emails and joint calendars.

Thinking about a donor database selection workshop

Robert Weiner

I'm planning a new workshop on selecting donor databases, focusing on the question, "Why is this so friggin' complicated?" Some initial thoughts: The maxim "Fast, cheap, or good -- pick two" is true. You want the technology to be forward-looking but also want to avoid shiny object syndrome.