Sat.May 14, 2011 - Fri.May 20, 2011

The Power of Social Fundraising and Friends Asking Friends [INFOGRAPHIC]


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Crowdsourcing vs Community-sourcing: What’s the difference and the opportunity?

Amy Sample Ward

Last week I presented for my second time with Nonprofit Webinars. The first time I focused on DIY Community Engagement Metrics and shared lots of templates and examples.

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Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you deliver training on webinar platforms, you need to understand how people learn. The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. This post summarizes some learning research and offers some tips for delivering effective webinars.

Social Media ennui

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I have a confession to make. I have social media ennui. I’m tired of reading and hearing about about social media and nonprofits, and I’m annoyed that social media is taking up so much of the air space in the #nptech world. As you know, I’m a bit of a technology curmudgeon, but I’m far from a luddite – I’m an early adopter, for the most part.

Relationships That Raise Funds: 5 Tips for Creating Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers


Whether it’s your first fundraising event, or tenth, helping supporters be great peer-to-peer fundraisers is always on the mind of successful event fundraising organizations.

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How much do you We We?


There is a fantastic tool that I’ve been using for a while now. I refer to it in my email marketing workshops, and I want to get the word out about it! Have you… Ever stood back and taken a look at how many times your website talks about your organisation, rather than to your supporters?

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Millennial Donor Summit 2011: Online conference connecting you with research, case studies and trends

Amy Sample Ward

Mark your calendars for next month’s 2011 Millennial Donoar Summit and rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to book a flight or hotel!

Book: Welcome to the Fifth Estate

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Geoff Livingston, Author of Welcome to the Fifth Estate. There’s been a nice crop of social media books published this spring!

Let’s Chat – Considering if Chatter can help your Organization

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. Last month I shared some thoughts about how CRM is becoming (and actually always has been) social. In addition to the ways the Salesforce platform is helping organizations integrate with social data, I pointed to a few other tools that are available for anyone to use. The other side of Social CRM is what is changing inside organizations; how communication between organizational staff is getting more social.

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Designing Campaigns for Impact


Whether it's political or personal, global or local, funded or a grassroots effort, organizations and communities are campaigning for change in many ways, all of the time.

Guest Post on Care2 Frogloop: Designing Campaigns for Impact

Amy Sample Ward

This is my guest post on Care2′s Frogloop blog. You can visit the original post and comment there, or see the repost in full below.

Are You Charting Impact of Your Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar USA and Independent Sector launched “ Charting Impact ,” a standard framework to easily and clearly understand the objectives, benchmarks for progress, and impact of nonprofits and foundations. Charting Impact uses five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and discussion about what really matters – results. What is your organization aiming to accomplish? What are your strategies for making this happen?

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Why is "World Class" so Classist?

Museum 2.0

This weekend, I heard a story on NPR that really rankled me. Jason Beaubien was reporting on the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, the gleaming new art museum built as a "gift to Mexico" by the world's richest man, Carlos Slim.

Five Creative (and Smart) Uses of Social Media Icons on Nonprofit Homepages

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While writing Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits , I visited over 500 nonprofit homepages looking primarily for links to their social networking communities.

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Great reads from around the web on May 16th

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 May 16th). 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).

Get Your Blue Key


Wondering what this key is for? It’s a little blue key that, for $5, can help a refugee displaced by persecution, war or violence.

Blog Picks of the Week


The blogosphere has been bursting with valuable resources and tips this week. Here’s a compilation of what’s on our radar that. How Five NonProfits Are Innovating With Mobile. With the rapidly changing world of technology, it’s now more important than ever that nonprofits understand the power of mobile and the shifting patterns in how people interact, get information, and share it.

Nine steps to building a WordPress website for your nonprofit

John Haydon

Building a website is for your nonprofit isn’t not as hard as some people make it seem. Generally speaking, there are nine steps to getting started: Pick A Domain. Picking a domain will be one of the most important decisions you will make.

How-to: Calculate the ROI of Your Online Ads


By Brett Meyer, Communications Director, NTEN As part of our effort to build the subscriber base for NTEN:Change , our quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders , we purchased advertising space – on Facebook, LinkedIn, and in GrantStation 's weekly newsletter. Being new to this, we also had to determine how to measure the return on investment (ROI) of our ad buys, to help guide our efforts in the future. We found that each new subscriber cost: $2.12 from GrantStation. from Facebook.

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The death of print?


Another great infographic from the Get Satisfaction Blog. Click to enlarge). What I would really like to know, though, is are we saving any trees yet


Nonprofits Win Webby Awards


The Webby Awards, one of the most prestigious internet awards for outstanding websites, honored several nonprofits this year. Check out the winners. Activism: Redue whose mission is to to rethink, reform and rebuild education. Webby Award Winner). Avaaz , a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere. People's Voice Winner).

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Is the Humane Society the First Nonprofit to Link to a Mobile Website in a Group Text Alert?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Millennial Donor Summit 2011: Online conference connecting you with research, case studies and trends


Mark your calendars for next month's 2011 Millennial Donoar Summit and rejoice in the fact that you don't have to book a flight or hotel! MDS11 is "a virtual summit providing a day of speakers, thought leaders, and provocateurs challenging the traditional modes of fundraising and engagement."

When Perfect Is the Enemy of Excellent


I came across this great post by Amanda Luker of the Drupal consulting firm Advomatic: Designing for Drupal: Dos and Don'ts. It describes some key principles that designers can use to ensure their designs are reasonably build-able in Drupal: "reuse, flexibility and standardization.".

Presentation: Your Website Doesn’t Matter!


If your nonprofit is truly committed to raising money online you must have a great email list filled with engaged donors who support your mission. Because studies show that email remains the primary driver of online donations.

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How I tripled my new email subscribers with a single website tweak

John Haydon

If you’re looking to increase your email subscribers, try doing what I did on my site. Make it very clear to visitors what your site is about, and give them an opportunity to stay connected via email. With one tweak, I tripled the rate of new email subscribers.

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Benetech Truth #1: Social Change Through Technology

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

[Note: this is part one of seven posts on the Benetech Truths.] The world has big problems. We need fresh, original solutions that are better than the status quo. Technology has revolutionized business, but bringing those breakthrough developments to government, education and the nonprofit sectors can take 5, 10, even 15 years. It doesn’t have to be that way.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: American Humanics: An Elite Group

ASU Lodestar Center

"The few, the proud." " Okay, okay  I stole this slogan from the U.S. Marine Corps. So, sue me! But I think it fits the graduating class of American Humanics (AH) students, all 18 of them

Do Good Graduation Gift Giveaway: Work on Purpose from Echoing Green

Have Fun - Do Good

When I graduated from college, I was a mess. I'd gained all kinds of knowledge and ideals, but had no idea how to use them in the real world. I knew I wanted to make a difference, but didn't how.

The four steps of nonprofit email marketing 101

John Haydon

Your nonprofit probably has an email list that you’re using to create awareness about your cause and raise money from your supporters. To get the most of each email to send , remember the four basic steps of email marketing: Write a compelling headline that gets the readers attention.

Blackbaud Index for March 2011 | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.

NonProfit Trends

The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple

10 Ways to Wake Up Your Nonprofit Brand

Wild Apricot Blog

Guest blogger Howard Levy offers 10 ways your nonprofit can wake up your brand to strengthen your appeal to attract donors and ensure its long-term success.( read more ). donations Fundraising Marketing member communication nonprofit non-profit promotion public relations

Social Media 101 TweetChat Recap: Video

Tech Soup Blog

Week three of TechSoup's Social Media Mondays in May focused on use of video for nonprofits and libraries. A topic covered in its Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki , video can be a powerful tool for. organizations.

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Survey Says: We're Not Paying Attention to ROI


Flickr: bitzi One of findings from our latest annual Nonprofit IT Staffing and Spending Survey stood out to us: Those organizations that evaluated their Return on Investment (ROI) for IT expenditures were much more likely to be leaders— 44 percent, compared to just 17 percent of stragglers. But the following also jumped out at us (and not in a good way): According to our survey, only about 20% of respondents had ever actually evaluated the ROI for a technology project.