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Five Social Media Books you Should Read


I love to read non-fiction books and try to review them regularly on my blog ! The New Relationship Marketing by Mari Smith. Hear, then Listen; 2.

Six Books About Skills You Need To Succeed in A Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo By h.koppdelaney. I admit that I mostly read non-fiction, but if I only read social media or geeky books that would be too narrow. Schoemaker.

Building a social business starts on the inside


LOVE this slide deck by the always brilliant Lee Bryant , whom we quote in Humanize. Do you have a social intranet?

Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

Amy Sample Ward

[Note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

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A Tale of Two Angels

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

When I first started pursuing the idea that technology can be harnessed to the cause of social good, it was pretty far out. Social entrepreneurship has its own conferences, publications, academic programs and awards. After all, any great idea needs a vote of confidence, great advice and an infusion of cash to have a large-scale impact!

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Digg is Dying. Who are the Players Now?


Digg, the once beloved link-sharing site that power users were able to game has been dying a slow death over the past couple of years.

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How To Use Facebook Timeline Covers To Spread Your Organization’s Brand

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, Facebook rolled out the Facebook Timeline to all users. The Ocean Conservancy has done just that! Leave a URL in the comments.

Even better volunteer management


We're on a roll! After less than two months since our last major release we're at it again. Now available for install is version 2.0

Pinterest is Great….but not for Every Business


I started using Pinterest a few months ago and fell in love. Blythe. Awesome outfits. Cute baby animals. To me, Pinterest is pure fun.

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A Voice for the Voiceless: An Innovative Facebook Advocacy Campaign


There are more than 6 million ”untouchables”, Dalits, living in Nepal today. And all of this on a shoestring budget.

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Putting Your Twitter Followers on the Map, Literally

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

TweepsMap is an interesting Twitter app that will put your followers on a map of the world, literally. Tools and Tactics Visual

The Best Free Resource You're Not Yet Taking Advantage Of


Over the past year, our friends over at NTEN have quietly created and launched a pretty remarkable resource for the nonprofit community. And it's free.

Social CRM Use Case 7: Member Services


Our [SocialFish] definition of Social CRM is “the discipline of applying social media to membership management”, and the 12 use cases in our white paper, ROI and the Impact of Social CRM , show this in action. In ALL cases, you should be building your community on social media sites before you even think about ROI. NEW USE CASE.

Do Celebrity Driven Campaigns in Social Media Score or Fall Short?


Celebrities helping nonprofits to bring in donations is a tactic as old as fundraising itself – who doesn’t know St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has long been an important cause for Marlo Thomas, and her father Danny before her? Geoff Livingston and Henry T. Some of their findings may surprise you!

Project for Awesome Pays It Forward

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Project Awesome is pretty, well, awesome. The voting is over, so now we wait. I wrote about it here ). Project Awesome is pretty, well, awesome.

Maximizing Your Resources

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. As the executive director and 1 of 3 staff members at small organization, I can honestly say I have a lot on my plate. I admit, I woke up at 3:00 am this morning with some anxiety about all the tasks I need to complete before year end. Being able to relax and go back to sleep hasn’t always been easy for me.

Early first impressions of Salesforce Spring ’12

Judi Sohn

Disclaimer: I am a Salesforce MVP and a soon-to-be employee of Convio, a Salesforce partner. ” These are user-submitted and voted up ideas.

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10 Steps to Kick Start 2012 Online Fundraising


Think it's too soon to start preparing for 2012 fundraising? Think again! Earn your overachiever’s gold star and get cracking with ten steps you can use now to raise more money throughout the year. You might know that 40 percent of all online donations come in during December. It’s FREE. Care2 Webinars Online Fundraising

Building an Effective Email List


PublishDate: December 2011. Author: Jay Leslie. This article originally appeared on Third Sector New England's website.) An email list is one of the sharpest arrows in any nonprofit’s quiver. An effective list can maximize your reach, help foster closer relationships with constituents and improve fundraising. But what makes a list effective?

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Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change


[Editor's note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. concerns, suggestions, strengths, etc.).

The New Social Ecosystem


Just wanted to point you to this excellent article, Social CRM Changes More than Your Data on Destination CRM Magazine by Patrick Dorsey. A snippet: When you purchase social CRM software, you expect the benefits promised by the sales literature. Pushing out marketing and sales messages is no longer enough to build awareness, leads, and sales.

Keep it Simple

Connection Cafe

Author: Sally Heaven. The end is upon us! The end of 2011, that is. And one of the most important things he said was "keep it simple!".

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Year-end donation processing

Robert Weiner

As the calendar year draws to an end, charities (and ideally, donors) are focused on year-end donations and tax deductions. Here are a few scenarios for U.S. charities to keep in mind. Note: I am not a lawyer. When in doubt, contact an attorney who specializes in nonprofit law or contact the IRS for a ruling. ). Which tax year are they each for?

Case Study: Providing Event Attendees with Wireless Internet via Mobile Broadband


By Jason Samuels, Manager of Information Technology, National Council on Family Relations. The situation. The approach. It paid off. Making it work.

Free Non-profit Webinars for January 2012

Wild Apricot Blog

This month's free non-profit webinar round-up includes 24+ sessions on topics such as events, fundraising, volunteer engagement, social media and much more. Fundraising webinar Volunteers social media

Great reads from around the web on December 22nd

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 December 22nd). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

Charitable giving goes high tech - Business - The Boston Globe

AFP Blog

Charitable giving goes high tech - Business - The Boston Globe : But a handful of local tech companies and small start-ups are tapping into a burgeoning appetite on the Web for doing good. They run Internet auctions for causes, use Twitter and Facebook to spur giving, and find pro bono help for Massachusetts nonprofits and social enterprises.

A Slice of the Joy of Being at Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My job is so much fun! I get to spend most of my time talking to people about social good: what we're doing with technology, what our partners are doing and what the many cool people we get to meet are doing along the way. We connected at the recent Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference and decided we should get together.

Happy Holidays From Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a holiday greeting and video from the gang at Wild Apricot. Wild Apricot

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Open Thread: How Does Your Institution Say Happy New Year?

Museum 2.0

It's that time of year when inboxes fill up with digital thank you's, happy holidays, and end-of-year solicitations. marketing

Crowdsourced Health Reports Make a Difference in Detroit

Mobile Commons

More and more, the way we talk about journalism is changing. And Detroit is not the only place text campaigns are helping keep people healthy.

Five steps to effective social media measurement that even your dog can follow

John Haydon

The great thing about Facebook is that there is so much data nonprofits can analyze. It’s both useful, and a potential rat-hole time suck.

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Wild Apricot Software News December 2011

Wild Apricot Blog

A quick note to say Happy Holidays! Our Version 4.3 has been released, Version 4.4 is on its way, and if you're looking for Wild Apricot support over the next few weeks -- don't worry, we'll still be around to answer the phones and help you out

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The Ultimate Nonprofit SharePoint App: The Case Management Database of Children's Network of Solano County

Tech Soup Blog

At TechSoup, we’re always interested in how nonprofits cleverly solve IT problems. Getting a case management databases in use by several people and across different offices and even across different organizations is a particularly thorny problem. This project actually started with a Microsoft Access version of the Childnet Results Manager.