Sat.May 12, 2012 - Fri.May 18, 2012

7 Secrets to Increasing Online Fundraising Results and Wowing Donors

NetWits

Download the complete 2011 Online Fundraising Report to learn more about the 13% YoY growth, double-digit growth since 2009 and the top reasons your nonprofit should invest in its online fundraising program. Download the report now! .

How To Humanize Your Business

SocialFish

and Jamie and me! How To Humanize Your Business. Ever get jealous that the open, unstructured social media efforts of the community completely trounce your well-planned and even well-funded social media programs?

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11 Excellent Examples of Nonprofit Avatars

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Every second of every day nonprofits around the world are posting status updates, tweets, and messages on social networks attached to avatars with cropped art work and/or unreadable text.

Generation Rwanda: Two Stories

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As part of the ACE Leadership Training, we had several site visits to bring some of the real world into our discussions. The group visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Top 4 Online Fundraising Tactics Your Nonprofit Can’t Live Without

NetWits

Download the complete 2011 Online Fundraising Report to learn more about the 13% YoY growth, double-digit growth since 2009 and the top reasons your nonprofit should invest in its online fundraising program. Download the report now! .

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The New Mobile Normal & Three Easy Ways to Address It

NetWits

Today’s guest post is from Tonia Zampieri. Tonia’s the Mobile Strategist for Atlantic Business Technologies. She has nearly 10 years of digital fundraising and marketing experience and launched one of the very first nonprofit iPhone apps, Tap-n-Give on iTunes in 2009.

What does your 404 page look like?

SocialFish

Absolutely LOVE this short TED talk about 404 pages. What does yours look like? ——-. photo credit ). Content Strategy

Social Media Bechmarks for Smaller Organizations

NTEN

When it comes to technology, it's often assumed that smaller organizations just don't have the resources to use the tools and services that larger nonprofits do. Fancy databases? Too expensive. Up-to-date computers on a working network? Not enough tech savvy staff to keep it going.

Need Answers: LinkedIn Has Them

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m just finishing up an intensive training here in Rwanda.

Building a Culture of Experimentation

Museum 2.0

Note: the Blueprint book club will start next week. Sorry for the delay. It’s not every day you find a prototype in the bathroom. Last week, I sat down on a toilet in our museum and found myself looking at an interactive station intended to test a “Legends of the Stall” sign concept for the restrooms. Legends of the Stall was started by a visitor services staff member, Katie Chrivia, who collaborated with interns and volunteers to develop the content and the design.

The Future of Association Publishing

SocialFish

Thanks to Association Media & Publishing for this interesting video. Do you have any thoughts about the future of publishing? You know we do. photo credit ). Content Strategy

11 Excellent Examples of Nonprofit Avatars

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Every second of every day nonprofits around the world are posting status updates, tweets, and messages on social networks attached to avatars with cropped art work and/or unreadable text.

Akilah Institute for Women: Social Media Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Akilah workshop. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. After the ACE leadership training, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Kigali. I volunteered to do a Social Media and Professional Networking workshop for second year students at the Akilah Institute for Women.

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PostPlanner tells you instantly what time of day to post on your Facebook Page

John Haydon

I’ve been recommending PostPlanner to many of my clients (and friends) for months now. If you don’t know what PostPlanner is, it’s a way to schedule, manage and measure updates on your Facebook Page ( here’s a video tutorial ).

Overhead Is Like Cholesterol

SocialFish

This post is by Jacob Smith, co-author of the The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit. The book is so awesome that I asked Jacob to post excerpts from it here for you, every Friday for ten weeks.

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Google Drive: Does It Matter?

NTEN

TJ Rainsford. Chief Technology Officer. 501cTECH. Google Drive is still brand new and not without limitations, but its capabilities are pretty hard to ignore. On April 24, Google announced the much anticipated Google Drive service , a cloud-based "disk drive" where individuals and organizations can store there documents, spreadsheets and a host of other electronic files. That may sound like a big deal but organizations and individuals with Google accounts could do that already using Google Docs.

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Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. What’s the sure fire way to make certain your constituents continue to volunteer for your cause – ensure they are emotionally invested to the organization.

Packard OE Strategy Session: Laying Everything Out on the Table

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tracing the Path of the Digital Learner

SocialFish

Check out this Google Insights study about Education Trends Through the Eyes of Your Customer. In a fast-changing world, education is still in high demand online.

On-Site Visit: United Way of Denver 2-1-1

VisionLink

With special thanks to our host Fermin Avila at the United Way of Denver, we enjoyed a wonderful on-site visit with the staff of the United Way 2-1-1 Call Center today. While we have done this before, this was the first time we have visited their call center as an entire staff.

Going beyond counting likes and followers

John Haydon

An archer doesn’t aim at the point halfway between the arrow tip and the target. If she/he did, they would never hit the bullseye.

Let’s Tell Stories to Each Other

Frogloop

Those of us who work in the nonprofit, “make the world a better place” sector, talk a lot about good storytelling. That’s because the craft of storytelling is hard, and takes practice. When you get good at it, though, it can transform your communications and fundraising. But if all we ever do is talk about good stories – without telling some actual stories of our own – well that’s pretty unsatisfying.

Social Business for B2B in Healthcare [case study]

SocialFish

This short and sweet B2B case study discussed by Sandy Carter of IBM shows us some numbers on how Premier , an alliance of 2500 community hospitals, leverages their online community. Awesome. Case Study From the Trenches

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech has long been a pioneer in providing innovative services to people with print disabilities. This week, Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center has announced the release of an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities.

Summer Marketing Internship at Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a great internship opportunity for an up-and-coming marketing professional in Toronto’s growing technology sector. Wild Apricot is cloud-based membership software for small associations and nonprofits. Our marketing philosophy revolves

The Power of Thank You Letters

Connection Cafe

Author: Jonathan Weldon. There have been a number of posts recently about the power and importance of donor thank you letters.

Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices

SocialFish

“ Companies that are afraid to commit to goals that lie outside the range of planning, ” Gary Hamel and C.K Prahalad conclude in their booklet, Strategic Intent , “are unlikely to become global leaders.”

It's Not Just What You Say, But How You Say It

Idealware

With the rise of YouTube, affordable video editing software and improved smartphone video quality, more nonprofits are using video to tell their stories or spread awareness of their causes.

Using Brand Archetypes to Find Your Voice (Like George Lucas Did)

NTEN

It's an open secret that George Lucas based much of Star Wars on Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. By using archetypes, Lucas tapped into something elemental in human psychology and created a cultural phenomenon. So, why don't we try the same thing? At our upcoming webinar, "Using Brand Archetypes to Find Your Voice in Social Media", we'll help you match your organizational voice to one of the 12 major brand archetypes.

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Seven Deadly Mobile Myths

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. When you think about someone accessing your nonprofit website from a mobile device, how do you picture them? I can imagine you’re thinking of someone who is in a hurry, maybe standing in line somewhere, at the airport or in a car.

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A Recipe for $uccess: Tracking & Converting for Maximum Results

Frogloop

So you've acquired them. Now what?! Converting new subscribers to donors of course depends on the RIGHT communication strategy; but maximizing the return on your online constituency growth investment depends on the RIGHT data and the RIGHT interpretation. Do you have a plan? Do you know what to look for? and what it all means?

Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook

Wild Apricot Blog

If you need to develop a social media policy, here's an overview of a great workbook and social media policy template from Idealware. social media

Sharing Our Way toward Equality: Social Media and Gay Rights

NTEN

By John Hoffman, Director of New Markets, ZeroDivide. Since the moment that President Obama stated that he supports same-sex marriage, there’s been a flurry of social media activity, both pro and con, on the issue. It’s obvious by now that social media has played a huge role in shaping Americans’ attitudes toward LGBT issues. But I would go a step further.

5 Easy ways to end up in a budget hole

Connection Cafe

Author: Miriam Kagan. Budgets. The mere mention of them can cause entire departments to suddenly come down with the flu.

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