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Twitter Is A Network Weaver's Best Friend

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past week, June Holley did a brown bag lunch at the Packard Foundation on network weaving and I was lucky enough to learn from her for a few hours! How would I describe June Holley? She's the guru of network weaving and walks on water. She gave a brilliant presentation that shared the story of footing binding in China and how using a networked approach and network weaving techniques, they were able to change the practice in a decade. .

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Jim Craner, MapTogether. Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year.

Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “ Static Web ”, “ Dynamic Content ”, “ User-Generated ”, “ Cloud Computing ”, and “ Semantic Web ”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. So, to simply for the nonprofit masses, I present and frame very simple definitions and interpretations of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 as follows: Web 1.0 = Websites, e-mail newsletters and “Donate Now” buttons. Web 1.0

ResourceMatcher.Org - what are we waiting for?

Deborah Elizabeth Finn


Browser Security and Choices


Browsers have been in the news again lately. The open conflict between China and Google has brought front page/national news attention to Internet privacy and censorship lately.

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No RSS Feed for Your Website? No Problem

Wild Apricot Blog

Google Reader has announced a new feature that lets users create an RSS feed to track changes to any web page, even if the site doesn’t publish a feed. It’s great new feature for your website visitors who use Google Reader, but what about people who use a different feedreader or like to get updates by email? You can help those people get automatic notifications of your website changes, too.( read more ). Google Non-profit Communications websites RSS Feedburner

Leading Tech Change When You're Not the Boss


Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech. If the words "executive" or "chief" do not appear in your job title, you may think you're not in the right position to lead a successful technology change. Here are a few things you can do to challenge that assumption and become a technology change leader. Leadership and formal authority are not the same thing -- anyone who has experienced a bad boss can attest to that. Leadership isn't about giving orders; it's about giving inspiration.

Interview: Scott Anderson of ClientTrack

Amy Sample Ward

My Gadget Fix of the Week: WooRank Website Analysis Tool

Connection Cafe

Author: Ken Cantu. I’m a sucker for new web tools and gadgets and luckily I am surrounded by, and work for, many folks afflicted by the same condition.

Wilder Launches Statewide Data Hub « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog – Philanthropy Potluck

AFP Blog

Wilder Launches Statewide Data Hub « Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog – Philanthropy Potluck: "Wilder Research has just launched Minnesota Compass, which offers a host of data and other resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate, one-stop web site.This new initiative builds on the prior success of Twin Cities Compass, a similar project for the 7-county metro region. Minnesota Compass

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity


Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. Quality matters, of course, but the shear quantity and frequency of communications that most organizations seek to produce has increased dramatically -- whether its blogs, tweets, commenting, web site updates, collaborations, cross posting, press releases, or good old print brochures. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication.

Great reads from around the web on January 29th

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 January 29th). 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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Three Fabulous Conversations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The WEF is all about having a critical mass of incredible people. This enables great conversations: the serendipity effect is huge. I just wanted to highlight three conversations I had today, each of which shows why this is such a great opportunity for Benetech to attend. Conversation One Just as I finished my breakfast, I looked across the way and saw Larry Brilliant, the new head of the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund.

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

AFP Blog

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake


Steve MacLoughlin, Blackbaud. The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. I want to provide some updated findings for the entire year, as well as discuss the importance of online donations to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Wordpress Extras: My Favorites

Amy Sample Ward

A recent comment from Ichi (working on social media for good in Japan w/ ) asked after the tools I was using on this blog to bring in comments via Twitter. He suggested I post about the plugins I use so others could check them out – and that’s just what I’m doing! There are my three most-used Wordpress plugins : Postalicious ( Get this plugin ).

Needs & Offers for Haitian Relief


VisionLink has launched a web-based Needs & Offers management solution for PQMD, the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, to help with their relief efforts in Haiti. PQMD helps to coordinate the work of pharmascetical firms and nonprofit partners around the world who provide more than $4 billion dollars in medical equipment, medicines, and other related contributions to more than 150 nations around the world every year.

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets |

AFP Blog

The World Won't End Without Your Tweets | "Social media can be a compulsive beast. It’s easy to feel a ‘need’ to keep putting out content through your various channels; no-where is this more true right now than on Twitter. I’ve written about that topic before, and I’ve also discovered the importance of unplugging occasionally

Who's Knocking at My Firewall Door? Simple Security for the Nonprofit IT Professional


Bruce M. Wolfe , Marin Institute. Security is always changing and evolving. It morphs this way and transmogrifies that way and reveals new cracks in the systems we use each and every day -- from our cellphones to ATMs to voting machines -- providing fertile ground for those with malicious intentions to infiltrate our data and productivity. How is a CIO or IT manager with limited experience in a low-budget nonprofit to keep up without breaking the bank?

Interview: John Brennan of OpenAction

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to connect with John Brennan , the driving force behind , which empowers individuals and organizations by helping them tell the world about the positive impact their actions have. You can learn more about John and OpenAction in the interview below. —— John has spent time working for Microsoft, doing R&D for the defense industry and was part of a few past startups that didn’t quite reach “critical mass.&#

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Widgets, snippets and badges, oh my!

Connection Cafe

Author: Taylor Shanklin. Last night while pondering what I would write today’s blog post on, I read through other recent posts on Connection Café Emma Zolbrod’s post on participant fundraising hit a personal chord. Emma, thank you for sharing your story and experience with participant fundraising. I, too, have participated as a fundraiser and athlete in Team in Training’s (TNT) program.

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BBC News - How online sponsorship changes the way we give

AFP Blog

BBC News - How online sponsorship changes the way we give: "It wasn't long ago that every person running a race or attempting some feat would send around a sponsorship form at their - or their parents' - office. But now, anyone looking to raise any significant amount of cash has migrated online

First day in Davos

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m joining many other social entrepreneurs on our journey to Davos, home of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. The journey itself is magical: you take a series of trains getting ever smaller, until the final hour meanders through the middle of mountain villages with a foot to spare on either side of the train, through tunnels and beneath spectacular mountains. Although this is my sixth time to Davos for the WEF, the train trip never fails to enchant me.

Independent Fundraising Event Trends


Blackbaud and Event 360 have released a new white paper based on a joint research project to better understand the common denominators of a successful programmatic approach to third-party fundraising. Independent fundraising events (IFE) are activities designed and run by volunteers to raise money on behalf of a specific nonprofit organization. You can download a copy of "Raising More Money Online with Independent Fundraising Events" and register for a free webinar on February 3rd at 2pm EDT

Pre-preparing for a Redesign

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. Today I wanted to share some preliminary steps to take when your organization begins thinking about a web site redesign. Whether designing in-house or with a third-party company, completing these tasks ahead of time will save you a great deal of time and pain down the road… Justify the need to redesign – Have some conversations internally about what’s working and what’s not working with your current site and document those conversations.

Top 10 Social Media Countries | Penn Olson

AFP Blog

Top 10 Social Media Countries | Penn Olson: "While the list is pretty comprehensive, one might argue that the comparison is according to absolute terms rather than population proportion (like how we compared Facebook users in Singapore and the U.S), it still works as a good indicator of the top social media countries

Nonprofit Marketing Report: Organizations Failing to Connect

Amy Sample Ward

Nancy Schwartz, president of Nancy Schwartz & Company and blogger at Getting Attention , has just finished analyzing data from a nonprofit marketing survey of more than 900 nonprofit leaders, revealing that they are doing a poor job connecting with their audience and community. Nancy explains: “Nonprofit marketers say their key messages are failing to connect with the people who need to hear them and that is a serious problem.

Connecting Advocacy to Fundraising: Free Nonprofit Webinar


Did you know that activists on your nonprofit’s email list are seven times more likely to donate money to your organization than non-activists are? Make sure you start 2010 off right by adopting the latest best practices for online advocacy as a proven strategy to recruit and retain donors, while advancing your mission

Using Social Media to Advocate for Change

Connection Cafe

Author: Noah Cooper. Like all of my colleagues here at Convio, I've been humbled by the many organizations who have rushed to the aid of the Haitian people over the past two weeks, raising record-breaking funds for relief efforts and showing how technology can be used to save lives. As an advocacy buff, I've been particularly impressed with the action alerts and online petitions related to Haiti.

PHILANTHROPY 2173: What kind of Apps would your foundation build?

AFP Blog

PHILANTHROPY 2173: What kind of Apps would your foundation build?: "As As my plane landed I sent out this Tweet 'What could a community foundation App do?Whoa. The smarties of Twitter responded. A flood of ideas came along - tweeted, DM'd and on and on. Here are some of them

Great reads from around the web on January 25th

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 January 25th). 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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It’s Kind to Give In Kind


I’m sure the earthquake in Haiti is on all of our minds. How to make a donation, who to give to & of course how much. None of us can prepare for a tragedy of this magnitude but it’s inspiring to see how we rally around the people of Haiti to help ease their pain. We have other charities, however, that we can’t forget about. I made an end of the year list of nonprofit organizations that I wanted to support in 2010.

Facebook fake status spam alert

Judi Sohn

I had a therapeutic ERCP this morning to finally deal with biliary tract issues that have been bothering me since 2003. The fact that I'm still coming off Propofol and Dilaudid is the only excuse I have that I nearly fell for this. I know better.

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Social Media Guide? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

AFP Blog

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Social Media Guide? Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "Guess what one of the biggest challenges nonprofits face today when adding a blog to their website or diving into social media? Giving up control.Does this sound familiar? Should blog comments be moderated? Should we even allow public comments on our blog? * How do we handle