Sat.Apr 28, 2012 - Fri.May 04, 2012

Nonprofit Email Design: 20 Tips for More Effective Emails


Email communications are a critical piece of every nonprofits engagement strategy. Maximizing the effectiveness of your email marketing includes understanding and leveraging the latest email design strategies and best practices. But how do you keep track of them?

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Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by WhiteAfrican. Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I’ll be in the air enroute to Rwanda for a training project. As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do.

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The Case for Building a Fiercely Loyal Community


This is a guest post by Sarah Robinson, President and CEO of Sarah Robinson Co. She is a seasoned business coach, strategist, advisor and speaker who helps business owners set their companies apart from the pack.

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Reaching Millennials Through Email


The conversation on email’s demise and how Millennial’s refuse to use it continues to be debated. Check out Nielsen’s latest research and report on the State of the Media: Advertising and Audiences.

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Bookshare Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary at Google

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare, Benetech’s pioneering digital library for people with print disabilities, celebrated its 10th birthday last night with a terrific party that was attended by many of our long-time friends and supporters.

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Six Creative Ways To Use Photos To Increase Engagement On Your Facebook Page

John Haydon

There reason why Facebook paid a billion dollars for Instagram is the same reason why Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites in history. It’s also the reason why Facebook redesigned Pages to the new Timeline layout: People Love Pictures.

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Attention Data Nerds: Nonprofits Miss Out on the Power of LinkedIn: Learn How to Tap It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: By the time you are reading, I’ll probably have been on a jet plane for far longer than I want to be and maybe have landed in Rwanda. Once I recover from the journey, expect read reports about the Networked NGO in Rwanda and use of social media to support Women’s Rights organizations. If you’re motivated to go deeper on LinkedIn after reading this summary, you will want to check out my curated list of nonprofit and LinkedIn resources here.

How’s your community manager doing?


Rachel Happe has a really important post at the Community Roundtable about the lack of support she’s seeing for community managers.

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Giving Feedback: A Starting Point


Over the course of more than 100 interviews with nonprofit staffers while writing The Nimble Nonprofit , “managing people” turned up on the list of “skills that my executive director sucks at” more than any other.

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“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”

Connection Cafe

Author: Vinay Bhagat. Today, Friday May 4, 2012, is my last day at Convio. I struggled as to what I should write, in this, my last public address. In the end I decided to reflect on my favorite quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see in the world,” as I feel it encapsulates the Convio story very well.

Book: The Network Weaver Handbook

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My friend and colleague, June Holley , has written a much anticipated book, The Network Weaver Handbook. If you are interested in building networks or working as Networked Nonprofit, you need this book right now!

The Impact of the Social Customer: Changing Your Organization from the Inside Out


27 Ways to Increase Engagement on Your Facebook Page

John Haydon

Network for Good hosted a webinar yesterday where I presented 27 Ways to Increase Engagement on Your Facebook Page. Check out the Slideshare below (which you can also download as a PDF here ) and the recording here. Facebook email marketing engagement facebook page facebook tips fundraising

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Year One as a Museum Director. Survived!

Museum 2.0

Today is my one-year anniversary as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. A year ago, I put my consultant hat on the shelf and decided to jump into museum management (a sentence I NEVER would have imagined writing five years ago). It’s been a wild and wonderful year—without question, my most challenging and stimulating yet.

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Rwanda and Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

@ Rubsfido @ jfclearywisc social media ia a great platform for learning. Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) April 30, 2012. I’m headed to Rwanda to participate in a training for the ACE project, a network of African Women’s Leadership organizations in the Sub-Saharan region.

How To Plan a Successful Hybrid Program


Hybrid events are changing. They began as an alternative way to connect a remote audience to a live, in-person event. However, organizations soon realized that providing remote attendees “a seat in the back of the room” does not translate to a compelling online experience.

Receiving the 2011 CASE Award for Enterprising Social Innovation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last October, I had the pleasure and honor to visit the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, to accept on behalf of Benetech the 2011 CASE Award for Enterprising Social Innovation (ESI).

2012 NTC Round-Up: Your Takeaways


After catching up on our email and our sleep post-2012 NTC, we started reading blog posts from attendees and speakers, and we've been amazed by the insights and ideas you all took away from the conference this year! We wanted to round up all your posts and resources in one place, so you can continue to collaborate and learn from each other. Hopefully, you will find any posts that we've missed and add them in the comments, so we can create a comprehensive list together!


Embracing Your Fearlessness at Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference


Nonprofits fear change. And admittedly change can be scary and difficult especially for senior leadership who has a lot at stake while trying to meet their mission and raise money.

How to Add a Subscribe Button to your YouTube Videos (Video Tutorial)

John Haydon

If your nonprofit has a YouTube channel, and you have the ability to edit video, you’ll find this tutorial very useful (assuming you want to increase the number of people subscribing to your channel). Getting subscribers attention while they’re watching.

Keeping Your Data Safe in the Cloud


PublishDate: May 2012. Author: Jay Leslie. Many organizations question the security of information kept in the cloud. The internet can be a dangerous place for data, but no more so than your own computer, where your data faces many of the same threats—in fact, a good cloud storage vendor is likely to protect your data better than you’d reasonably be able to do on your own.

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Do It Yourself Cloud Databases


Eric Segal. President. Data Collaborative. With a Cloud Platform, you can build a web application that will allow you to enter the exact data that is appropriate for your program, and then produce the exact reports, charts, emails and other output that you need.

Online Challenge Raises $2-Million for Charities That Aid Minorities - Prospecting - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Online Challenge Raises $2-Million for Charities That Aid Minorities - Prospecting - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : An online fundraising challenge to spur giving among minorities ended Thursday night after raising $2.2-million in just 10 days. The money will be shared by Associated Black Charities, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and 2o other charities that serve minorities. The W.K.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival - Mobile-izing Supporters

Wild Apricot Blog

We're looking for submissions about mobile for nonprofits and membership organizations for the May Nonprofit Blog Carnival. mobile nonprofit blog carnival Non-profit technology Non-profit Communications

Upcoming Nonprofits Live on May 16: Gaming

Tech Soup Blog

Here at TechSoup, we believe game-based technologies can serve as powerful tools for advancing social action, civic engagement, and health for youth. Come watch TechSoup get its game on in this month's interactive Nonprofits Live: Gaming webinar on Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Pacific time featuring experts and stories from organizations that have found new and innovative ways to catalyze social impact through digital games.

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Why I still auto-DM new followers on Twitter

John Haydon

For the past three years I have been using an auto-DM on Twitter despite the popular opinion that they are evil, and that if you use one, you are a self-centered marketing moron. So why do I still use one?

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Why Experience Should Come Last When Hiring And Promoting

Eric Jacobsen Blog

2 Nonprofit Benchmark Reports

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's an overview of the 2012 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report and the 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. Non-profit research

Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what lots of nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured-IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children.

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Add Him to The List

Connection Cafe

Author: Gene Austin. Soon Convio will be acquired by Blackbaud and as a result the last few weeks have been filled with reflection. I realized that I have been working for almost three decades in the tech sector, and during that journey I have met many people that have influenced and shaped me as a leader. There was Nancy Anderson and Glenn Osaka at HP, who first gave me insights into the core strengths of being a leader.

United Way Community Leaders Conference


The UW Community Leaders Conference is under way right now in Nashville, TN. Participants include leaders from the private sector, elected officials, other non-profit organizations, and of course local United Ways across America. The focus? On how organizations can work together to make change happen in communities through strengthening education, income and health. An appropriate focus, yes? What we learn, earn, and how well we live are so completely intertwined.

Top 5 Links on Apricot Jam

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a preview of the top 5 posts that we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week. Apricot Jam

AskIdealware: How Do I Draw On A Computer?


Hand-drawn images can add color and personality to your organization's website, blog and Facebook page, but how can you make them on a computer? In this AskIdealware video, our graphic design intern and resident illustrator Joe Rosshirt explains his process for making illustrations on the computer.

Is Cause Marketing Real Advocacy or Consumer Apathy at its Finest?

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Audra Buras , Grants and Outreach Specialist, Program for Torture Victims. In the world of nonprofit sponsorship, it’s no secret that cause marketing has rapidly become the most popular method for nonprofits and businesses to simultaneously make money. A lot of money.