Sat.Apr 07, 2012 - Fri.Apr 13, 2012

6 Nonprofit Technology Takeaways and One Killer Find from #12NTC

NetWits

It’s been a few days since I returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#12NTC) hosted by NTEN in San Francisco, CA. Holly and the rest of the NTEN team (including all the volunteers) did an incredible job inspiring of over 1800 people for three days. The conference was amazing!

Are We Risk Averse or Risk Ignorant?

SocialFish

First a BIG thank you to Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant for including me in their book, Humanize in their discussion of “risk” (see page 70). My contribution is that people perceive risk differently and react accordingly.

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Building Online Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Fundraising is hard work. From the annual fund to major gift solicitation, there is heavy lifting to do at every step of the process and any help you can get – especially in volunteer form – ultimately makes your efforts more fruitful.

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2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Highlights Online Advocacy, Fundraising, and Social Media Metrics

Frogloop

The 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study was just released and is packed with insightful data on advocacy and fundraising response rates across the nonprofit sector. In particular we were excited to see advocacy response rates increased 28% between 2010 and 2011.

Using Social Media to Bring Museum Exhibits to Life

NetWits

There are roughly 2 million paid staff and 1.9 million volunteers making things happen in the arts and cultural space. That’s almost 4 million people! They serve over 850 million visitors that generate $166.2 billion dollars in business every year.

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Major Gifts and a $260,000 Online Donation

NetWits

Guest post by Bill Connors , author of Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge: A Non-Technical Guide. >> Join his free webinar on 4/17/12 @ 2pm ET - Making a major impact with your major gifts program. — Larger and larger gifts are being given online.

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Is Your Nonprofit Guilty of #Hashtag Spamming?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A recent study concluded that only about one-third of tweets are worth reading and with Twitter now generating 340 million tweets per day, that’s approximately 266 millions tweets that would have been better left untweeted.

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Reflections from 12NTC Panel on Data Visualization

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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5 MUST READ links this week

SocialFish

Why Creativity is the Underestimated Superpower of the Nonprofit World

Frogloop

Creativity is an under-celebrated superpower. You hear a lot in nonprofit circles about the importance of telling stories, of measuring our impact, collecting data on relevant metrics and learning from experience. You hear a lot about the importance of having a coherent strategy, experimenting and having a better attitude towards failure, about giving up control, engaging your community. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and the ways organizations can show personality.

Is Your Nonprofit Guilty of #Hashtag Spamming?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A recent study concluded that only about one-third of tweets are worth reading and with Twitter now generating 340 million tweets per day, that’s approximately 266 millions tweets that would have been better left untweeted.

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Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh Site

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography.

Six Amazing Stats From Blackbaud’s 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Report

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on JohnHaydon.com. Whether or not you use Blackbaud’s software, one thing you’ve got to respect is their commitment to researching what online fundraising strategies work best for nonprofits.

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Attributes of a Data Driven Organization

GroundWire

Online technology won't make your organization work any better. You have to change your organization in order to make the technology work for you. Many organizations that shift to using a CRM database won't see immediate returns if adoption of the tool is low or not distributed well across staff members. Also, data entry and data analysis practices must be standardized otherwise it's the Wild West of database management.

Free Webinar for Nonprofits in Asia Pacific! How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Successfully and Build Their Digital Libraries

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Thursday, April 26. Time: 12-1:30pm Singapore/Kuala Lumpur. 10-11:30am New Delhi; 2-3:30 Sydney; 4-6:30pm Auckland). Cost: Free. How to Register: Sign up ! Presented By: Heather Mansfield.

Attention Nonprofit Data Nerds: The 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Is Here

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Part of the M+R Infographic for Benchmark Study.

How to Get More Likes on Facebook

SocialFish

(Click the image above for more great advice on getting Facebook Likes from the Oatmeal). Have a great weekend. Implementation Potluck

Does Social Media Make Your Nonprofit Social?

John Haydon

Your constituants not only have the technology, but the desire to express themselves instantly and publicly. And they expect you to respond – or at least be listening. But just having a Facebook Page or Twitter account does not allow you to fully become the social organization they expect.

Free Webinar for Nonprofits in Asia Pacific! How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Successfully and Build Their Digital Libraries

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: To accomodate all schedules, this webinar will be presented twice – Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26. Time: 12-1:30pm Singapore/Kuala Lumpur. 10-11:30am New Delhi; 2-3:30 Sydney; 4-6:30pm Auckland). Cost: Free.

Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Julia Smith. I had the honored of moderating a free wheeling plenary discussion on Day #3 of NTC on “ Innovation and Nonprofits.” ” The panelists included Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Meg Garlinghouse, Greg Balwin, and Brian Reich.

How-to: Quickly Optimize Your Website for Mobile Devices

NTEN

Ehren Foss. Co-Founder and CEO. HelpAttack! It doesn't need to take a lot of time and money to make your website more friendly for mobile users. Here's how to get the most bang for your buck when investing in the mobile web. Pop quiz hot shot: What percentage of website traffic do you get from mobile devices, tablets, and smart phones?A A smart answer involves looking in Google Analytics or another tool and looking at the overall percentages (ours is 7.4%).

Deanna Zandt: Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

Have Fun - Do Good

It was the power of people sharing the stories with one another that actually brought it to some sort of critical mass where mainstream media then took attention. After that, even after the mainstream media attention, it wasn't like, "Oh, and then it really went crazy."

GiveBIG is May 2! Let's rally.

GroundWire

Aw yeah, it’s GiveBIG time again. The Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” challenge is a really incredible community-wide fundraiser. Last year, about 900 local nonprofits (including Groundwire!) participated and a whopping 18,800 donations were made to regional nonprofits, totaling more than 3.5 million dollars. A “stretch pool” of an additional $500,000 was provided by GiveBIG partners, bringing the total amount raised to more than $4 million.

What to Include in Your Annual Report

Wild Apricot Blog

What should you include in your annual report to inspire and inform? Non-profit Communications annual reports

5 Tips for Keeping Social Media "Social"

Connection Cafe

Author: Robyn Mendez. People engaging in social media are interested in being social, which means they want to establish relationships with the organizations & individuals that they follow.

Webinar: Holy Grail of Monthly Giving: Finding, Keeping, and Loving Sustainers

Frogloop

Want to find a new, stable source of income that also works as a loyalty booster to existing donors? Three words: SUSTAINED GIVING PROGRAM. This webinar covers everything you want -- and need -- to know about monthly giving. Starting with the basics, Harvey McKinnon, renowned expert on monthly giving, will discuss why to have a monthly giving program and what it means for donor loyalty, along with the fundamental elements of all good monthly programs.

How the San Diego Zoo is Using Social Media to Bring Museum Exhibits to Life

Tech Soup Blog

There are roughly 2 million paid staff and 1.9 million volunteers making things happen in the arts and cultural space. That’s almost 4 million people! They serve over 850 million visitors that generate $166.2 billion dollars in business every year.

What Are Easy Ways to Be Generous Every Day?

Have Fun - Do Good

"Being generous or kind to oneself and to others can help. During times of sorrow and suffering, the heart becomes more open than usual. Creating the conditions for generosity to arise can help the heart open in a powerful way." The quote above is an answer to my question, "How do you ride the waves of challenge?" from my friend, Noel. So wise.

Software to Curate Resources

Idealware

Here at Idealware, we follow a whole lot of different resources -- nonprofit focused blogs, technology news, new research, major news publications, and more-- to understand what's going on in the technology world that might be of interest to nonprofits, and to bring the best of what we find to Idealware readers through Twitter, our Best of the Web roundup, and (soon!) this blog.

How Technology Increased Non Profit Funding in 2011 (Infographic)

VisionLink

Here is a wonderful infographic we discovered on how both email marketing and social media were able to increase Non Profit Fundraising in 2011! There are some extremely interesting statistics here.

New to TechSoup: 4G Broadband Access from Mobile Beacon

Tech Soup Blog

Get mobile broadband access for your organization with a donated fourth-generation (4G) modem or wireless hotspot from the Mobile Beacon Donation Program.

Is Your Non-profit In the Cloud?

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's an overview of NTEN's State of the Nonprofit Cloud Report. cloud Non-profit technology

Upcoming Museum 2.0 Book Club: Blueprint

Museum 2.0

Once there was a project to design a national history museum in the Netherlands. There was a location, a budget, and a flurry of planning. The team developed some highly innovative digital projects and approaches to history. Three years later, at the end of 2011, the project was canceled.

Moving Forward from NTC 2012

Idealware

NTEN's 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference is in our rearview mirror, but we filled our tank with all sorts of new information that will move us forward in the coming months.