Sat.Jan 02, 2010 - Fri.Jan 08, 2010

Crowdsourcing As Planning Tool

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

View California Coast Trip in a larger map This holiday rather than working, we decided to take a brief vacation and travel down the beautiful California coast. Only problem was by Christmas night we realized that we hadn't even opened.

Video Fridays #27 When Social Media Became News

NCE Social Media

James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news — and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.

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What’s ahead in 2010?

Amy Sample Ward

I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 weeks offline with friends and family for the holidays. As much as my life is fueled by my work and connections online, it sure was wonderful to unplug and recharge.

More On Online Giving in 2009 | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

AFP Blog

More On Online Giving in 2009 | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog: "Network for Good has now weighed in with 2009 numbers;".

My Three Words for 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I used Chris Brogan's "Three Words" to set some professional/personal goals for the year. The process is simple: Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on.

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Happy New Year (to the Benetech team)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

[On New Year's Day, I wrote this to the Benetech team after literally waking up thinking about this, and thought it was worth sharing here.] I awoke this morning a little later than normal, with NPR on the radio. The first news item was about the latest suicide bomber killing dozens of people: kind of a depressing start to the new year. But then, I remembered that we’re doing something to make the world a better place, and that cheered me up.

The Science Behind the Art - Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS - Part II


In my previous post , I talked about the goals for Broadway Cares’ new web presence and a brief introduction on our strategic approach. Let's continue our case study with a look into our Information Architecture sessions

Great reads from around the web on January 5th

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 5th). 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). More Startups.

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Social Monitoring, the Basics | eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C)

AFP Blog

Social Monitoring, the Basics | eMarketing & Commerce (eM+C): "Being able to monitor the perception of your brand or service is a great benefit of online collaboration. Here are six basics to keep in mind when using or embarking on this type of measurement

Is Your Nonprofit Website Mobile-Friendly?

Wild Apricot Blog

Have you noticed there's one prediction that turns up consistently at the top of every list of "Top 10 Trends for 2010"? Welcome to the decade of the Mobile Internet. Is your nonprofit blog or website ready for readers who do their web surfing by phone? read more ).

Email Communication in 2010


Email is still a powerful way to communicate with your constituents. A report by technology market research firm The Radicati Group estimates that there are 1.4 billion email users in 2009, expected to rise to 1.9 billion by 2013. The same source suggests that some 247 billion emails are sent each day in 2009

January #4Change Chat Topic: Campaigning

Amy Sample Ward

The January #4Change Twitter Chat will focus on the use of Twitter and other social media tools in campaigning. About the Topic. Campaigning can mean many different things and we want to keep the definition of the topic fairly open for this chat, in order to keep insights, resources and conversation in the Q/A format as open to valuable input as possible. Here are some ways that campaigning can be framed for the purpose of this chat: moving canvassing door to door to online networks.

Facebook Turns to the Crowd to Monitor the Crowdies | Technomix | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Facebook Turns to the Crowd to Monitor the Crowdies | Technomix | Fast Company: "It's called the 'Facebook Community Council' and according to the group's motto it exists to 'harness the power and intelligence of Facebook users to support us in keeping Facebook a trusted and vibrant community.' This all sounds very lofty, very un-dictatorial and much more hippyish, power-to-the-people than

Ring in 2010 with New Resolutions to Revitalize Your Nonprofit in the New Year

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. The New Year has officially begun, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year past, or for most people, look forward to see what resolutions and initiatives can be planned to make the new 2010 better than 2009.

Foursquare: 8 Ideas for Nonprofits


What’s Foursquare you ask? Our very own Margo Anderson recently asked Are Nonprofits Ready to Play Foursquare. You can check that post out to get more detail, but for now let’s just say it’s a web application that people use to let their friends know where they are

Unison 2.0 - Really?

Judi Sohn

via Folks are debating whether RSS is dead and there's a new Usenet reader. Not really new.a update of a application that frankly felt too-late when it first came out years ago. Usenet?!? For $30, plus a monthly fee for a service if you want something usable. Seriously?!?


Conversation Agent: How To Fail Your Way To Social Media Success

AFP Blog

Guest post by Beth Kanter on Conversation AgentConversation Agent: How To Fail Your Way To Social Media Success: "two years ago, I made a screencast about Web Analytics for Nonprofits that covered the basics of using google analytics, web metrics, and some nonprofit case studies featuring Laura White and the Idealist. That's just about when I discovered Avinash Kaushik's blog, Occam's Razor and.

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

I've been thinking about what it takes to run a great Advancement Services operation (aka Development Services, Development Operations, Development Systems, the fundraising infrastructure, the back office). While outsiders sometimes view Advancement Services as data entry staff, there's a lot more to it. (I I wrote about the frustrations of Advancement Services professionals in Top Issues Affecting Advancement Services ).

Using Social Media to Improve Your Nonprofit's Efforts


This is a guest post by Chris Brogan. He does incredible things with businesses in the new media space. Make sure to visit Many thanks to Chris for stopping by [link] and sharing his insight with our readers. Over the past few years, I've experimented a lot with nonprofits. I've worked to promote causes, to raise money, to drive awareness further down the funnel into the "action" category. You know lots more than I do about how to run a nonprofit. I can't fight you there.

When did our Senate move to Asia?

Judi Sohn

I just got this email to C3's general inbox: Hello, I´m the webmaster of We are moving our website and want to request a change of your outgoing link ( [link] ) to our new website, you would help us very much to make the change sucsesfull.

An Interview with Robert Chatwani on Giving Works Trends 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Right before the holidays, eBay released 2009 figures for Giving Works , its fundraising program and marked a historic record for total funds raised for non-profits through

Cultivating Food Entrepreneurs: Interview with Patricia Loya of La Cocina

Have Fun - Do Good

"Fast forward four years later, she's the owner of her own company. Business is booming. She's growing her business. we can't fast forward to three generations from now, but the trajectory of her family, I guarantee you, has been changed forever."

How to Choose a Website Vendor- The Solution


Choosing the right website vendor is critical to the success of online and offline initiatives for many nonprofits, but it can be a daunting task. I have spent the last four years helping clients and potential clients walk through this process, and I've learned some useful lessons based on their successes – and mistakes. Last week, we looked at some things to consider about the partnership between your nonprofit and your website vendor. Today we'll take a look at the solution


Judi Sohn

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The American Cancer Society Wants Your Birthday!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the summer, I wrote a post called " Crowded Roads Ahead for Charity 2.0: How To Address Cause Fatigue and Scaling." As more and more nonprofits and individuals flock to social networks, creating acacophony of fundraising pitches and the subsequent cause fatigue, how can organizations scale?

Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector :: A cash.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Favorite Have Fun Do Good Books of 2009

Have Fun - Do Good

Below is my 5th annual list of favorite do-good books that I read in 2009, but this year I'm calling it my Have Fun Do Good Book list. Wahoo!

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Extensions at last in Chrome for Mac!

Judi Sohn

I've been so waiting for this. I really like Chrome. It's been my default on the Windows side of my Mac for some time. It's fast, stable and I just get more done when I'm working in it. I have a tendency to keep a bunch of apps open at once, and when of those applications is Firefox my entire system quickly drags to a crawl. With Chrome taking less room in RAM, everything seems to run faster.

How I'm Celebrating My 53rd Birthday: Cambodia, Chocolate, and Class

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What was my birthday Wish At Age 6 ? Monday, January 11th is my 53rd Birthday! This year I'm indulging in three of my passions: raising money for Cambodian children with social media, teaching a social media nonprofit strategy class, and eating chocolate. I hope you'll join the fun.

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Facebook Currency?


Think your friends spend too much time on Facebook? They're not alone. According to comScore , 5.5% of all time spent online in the US during the month of November was on Facebook. That's a lot of time.

Conscious Cosmetics Recommendations?

Have Fun - Do Good

Over the holiday break I watched the documentary, America the Beautiful: Is America Obsessed with Beauty? Although the film's main story was about 12-year old runway model, Gerren Taylor, the part that stayed with me the most was the reporting about all of the scary chemicals in beauty products.

Why I'm not interested in an Android phone. Yet.

Judi Sohn

On Tuesday, Google is expected to publicly announce their Nexus One phone running Android. This is addition to a smattering of other Android OS phones out there, like the Droid , with many many more to come if you believe the techie sites.

The Art of Retweet Birthday Party: Enlist the Help of Your Top Retweeters

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's my 53rd birthday on Monday and here's my birthday party plans. I combining raising money to send Cambodian youngsters to school, an action learning experiment on the art of retweet, guest teaching at Stanford Business School class on social technology, and eating chocolate.

Is Wikipedia Loves Art Getting "Better"?

Museum 2.0

It's rare that a participatory museum project is more than a one-shot affair. But next month, Britain Loves Wikipedia will commence--the third instance of a strange and fascinating collaborative project between museums and the Wikipedia community (Wikimedians).