Sat.Dec 17, 2011 - Fri.Dec 23, 2011

Five Social Media Books you Should Read


I love to read non-fiction books and try to review them regularly on my blog ! A couple of nonprofit and social media books that I reviewed on my blog include Twitter for Good by Claire Diaz Ortiz and Welcome to the Fifth Estate by Geoff Livingston.

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. Earlier this week, I wrote a guest post over at FrogLoop blog about Five Social Media Books , although not everyone liked the post. I admit that I mostly read non-fiction, but if I only read social media or geeky books that would be too narrow.

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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? Are you considering how network effects can help your work internally? Social Intranets in Social Business. View more presentations from Lee Bryant.

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. Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

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. Now, more than twenty years later, what has become known as social entrepreneurship is a hot global movement that is transforming the ways in which we approach the world’s most pressing problems and in which society organizes itself to solve them. Social entrepreneurship has its own conferences, publications, academic programs and awards.

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What an Opportunity!


If you are a regular SocialFishing reader you have read my rants about the perceived risks of social media. I first wrote The Hidden Risks of Social Media: It’s Not What You Think in May 2009 which was followed by New Media – Old Risks in June 2009.

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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.

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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 of Volunteers for Salesforce , the best volunteer management app available for Salesforce.

A Voice for the Voiceless: An Innovative Facebook Advocacy Campaign


There are more than 6 million ”untouchables”, Dalits, living in Nepal today. Branded worthless from the day they are born, they are shunned by society, treated inhumanely and allowed to carry out only the most lowly of jobs, such as the cleaning of human waste and digging of graves.

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Pinterest is Great….but not for Every Business


I started using Pinterest a few months ago and fell in love. To me, Pinterest is like flipping through the pages of a magazine filled with images of the things I like best: home decor. Blythe. Awesome outfits. Cute baby animals. And, I admit, even some recipes…even though I am NOT a cook.

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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. It analyzes the percentage of total followers from countries, states, and cities.

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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.

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? As nonprofit fundraising increasingly moves online and into social media, it seems natural to look to celebrities and “weblebrities” with significant reach who will donate their names and clout to the cause. Geoff Livingston and Henry T.

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. Even though I have some insider knowledge through the Salesforce MVP program, I am not using any of that information in this post.

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Project for Awesome Pays It Forward

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Project Awesome is pretty, well, awesome. The best video makers on YouTube rally and create videos for their favorite charities. Then they ask their networks to vote the best. The voting is over, so now we wait.

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. Here’s the 7th of a series of blog posts for Avectra on the use cases – including four completely new ones – and we want to hear from you if these are possible for YOUR association.

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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. If so you probably also know you have to start early to make sure your year-end efforts pay off.

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? For one thing, critical mass—the more people you can reach who are genuinely interested in your organization, the better.

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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. Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

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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.

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. ). Let's say the following donations will be processed by different nonprofits in the United States on Jan.

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. However, unless your company makes the cultural and operational shifts to become a truly social organization, you’ll have lots of new data but won’t see a lasting return on your investment.

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


By Jason Samuels, Manager of Information Technology, National Council on Family Relations. How important is it for your conference attendees to have access to the internet? We asked this question recently on our post-conference survey and the results were overwhelming: 95.9%


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. 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).

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. I realize that it's rare that I can share some of these meetings with our team and with the blogosphere, so here are few tidbits just from last week!

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. At the MAH, we had an intern who worked this summer and fall to create a video (her first!) to reflect some of the new activities at the museum.

Crowdsourced Health Reports Make a Difference in Detroit

Mobile Commons

More and more, the way we talk about journalism is changing. Traditional print media are being joined by Google searches, whistle-blowing bloggers, and something near and dear to our hearts at Mobile Commons: crowdsourcing.

Keep it Simple

Connection Cafe

Author: Sally Heaven. The end is upon us! The end of 2011, that is. Ken Cantu shared an easy-peasy template last week to help you build an End-of-Year-Fundraising email message. And one of the most important things he said was "keep it simple!".

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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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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. But the bad 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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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. Thanks to Darren DeRose, the IT Administrator for Children's Network of Solano County in Fairfield, California, having a shared database is no longer such a problem.