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HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Here’s how: 1) Create a “Favorite Nonprofits&# List. Lists can say a lot about your character and what’s important to you.

Ways To Use Twitter Lists for Your Nonprofit Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gopher Screen Capture. Twitter Lists: A Natural Evolution of Internet List Culture. The Internet has a strongly ingrained "list-making" and "collecting" culture.

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Give your #NTENThanks Today!

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if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget('8c0e03fb-448b-42b3-a3ca-14a84817146f');Get the Holly Ross (ntenhross) on Twitter widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox ! Not seeing a widget? More info ). Just in case you hadn't heard, it's NTEN Member Appreciation Month , also known as November!

Interview: Avi Kaplan, Epic Change for TweetsGiving

Amy Sample Ward

Originally posted on the NetSquared blog. I recently had the opportunity to connect with Avi Kaplan, the Community and Events Director at Epic Change , to discuss the upcoming TweetsGiving campaign and events.

My Latest President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Two or three times a year, I publish a president's update for Benetech. This latest one spotlights the many great interns, associates and fellows that are or were working for Benetech over this summer and into this year.

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Sean Parker's "Causes" to Leave MySpace: Does It Matter?

AFP Blog

Sean Parker's "Causes" to Leave MySpace: Does It Matter

How to Leverage Your Newsletter Subscriber List to Solicit Online Donations

NetWits

I speak to nonprofit organizations all the time about their internet and email marketing strategies. Often times when asked if they are using email as a vehicle for solicitations, I get responses like “Oh, no…we don’t want to bother our email subscribers by asking them for money.” I always wondered why. So my question is: are you afraid to ask your newsletter subscribers for money?

Zucchini and Websites: The Power of Analogies

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Kathy Santos, Mass Audubon. [Ed. note: This article is part of NTEN's Member Appreciation Month spectacular. The most popular pieces will be featured in our newsletter. You can read all the details here. ]. I've been trying to explain online marketing to non-techies for eons… or at least since 1992, when an executive told me the web was “a geek toy that would never catch on.” But I may have finally have had a breakthrough. I love analogies. I love food. Turned out to be a winning combination.

Video Fridays #21 Hashtags ###

NCE Social Media

Hashtags – what are they? They could be one of your best friends on social media sites and you may not know about them. According to the Twitter Fan Wiki , they are defined as: “a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.

New on SSIR: Letting Technology Lead

Amy Sample Ward

My latest post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up and I hope you’ll dive into the conversation with me! A recent event has brought up some huge red flags for me around data, around communities, around social impact, inclusion and even more. It’s a case of letting technology lead (or, rather, the people behind the technology) instead of the communities on the other end.

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

AFP Blog

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Time, Resources Slow Nonprofit Social Media AdoptionThe responses of 1,295 nonprofit executives show that 91 percent raise money online, but only 58 percent of those nonprofits use social media for fundraising. Sharing their story, building a community, public relations, and donor engagement/retention -- not raising

A New Marketing Paradigm: How Affordable, Active and Agile Technology Can Change Nonprofits

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Matt McCabe, Orange Leap. [Ed. note: This article is part of NTEN's Member Appreciation Month spectacular. The most popular pieces will be featured in our newsletter. You can read all the details here. ]. Unlike credit card companies, airlines or any number of other consumer-oriented businesses, nonprofits today still depend largely on employees to manually integrate all information about each constituent for marketing purposes.

Twitter Lists

NCE Social Media

Twitter unleashed its lists to the general public last week. You can put people you follow into a list. You can also see who has placed your Twitter feed into a list. John Haydon , a social media nonprofit expert thinks that Twitter lists will positively impact your nonprofit. Lists will completely change how we use Twitter: * Users can follow a list without having to follow all the users on that list. Third party applications will use lists in fun and interesting ways.

New on SSIR: Letting Technology Lead

Amy Sample Ward

My latest post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up and I hope you’ll dive into the conversation with me! A recent event has brought up some huge red flags for me around data, around communities, around social impact, inclusion and even more. It’s a case of letting technology lead (or, rather, the people behind the technology) instead of the communities on the other end.

Street-level help for big projects - TwinCities.com

AFP Blog

Street-level help for big projects - TwinCities.com: "The second project is an experiment in what is called e-philanthropy, or online giving. A new website, GiveMN.org, seeks to bring donors, non-profits and specific projects together. The web site allows donors to search for charities in Minnesota and elsewhere that do work the donors are interested in. It creates a one-stop site for donations

2-1-1 Legislation

VisionLink

Major initiatives require funding--and 2-1-1 is no different. Help the campaign to fund 2-1-1 nationally. Right now, thanks to work from AIRS and the United Way of America, significant progress is being made collecting co-sponsors for legislation to fund 2-1-1 across America. In the US House, the legislation is H.R.211, and in the US Senate, it goes by S.211. It''s important that you and others contact your representatives and senators and ask for their support.

Cause Marketing and Social Media go Hand in Hand

NetWits

Have you started to think about using cause marketing at your nonprofit? Do you know how to create or implement a cause marketing strategy? Maybe you’re a seasoned cause marketing professional? I’m not sure why you’re here, but I know that that Joe Waters ( @joewaters on Twitter) from Boston Medical Center (BMC) will bring something of value to the table for you. He’s the Director of Cause and Event marketing at Boston Medical and has been working with nonprofits for 17 years.

Social Media Resource Library: Just Launched from Idealware

Amy Sample Ward

We all know that there are hundreds, thousands, even an infinite (at least seemingly) number of social media resources for nonprofits or social impact groups. When you Google search for a tool or a topic, you have so many results you don’t even know where to begin! Well, that’s certainly part of the information overload and wasted time that other bloggers like myself try to help with – come here and we’ll try to make things easy for you!

National Family Literacy Day

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This Sunday while you're finishing off the Halloween candy, think about doing something for National Family Literacy Day. For Bookshare members, that can be as simple as downloading a new book from Bookshare , or sharing one you already have. The idea behind the day, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy is to promote family literacy. Sunday, really, is just another reminder that every day can be literacy day.

Staying Healthy

VisionLink

Here is what we are doing to promote a healthy staff, particularly during the flu season. Because we are in the business of providing mission-critical technology to our customers, staying healthy becomes a core business objective. We have launched a health policy that essentially instructs staff need to work from home if anyone in their household has any symptoms of ill health (even just aches or sneezing).

Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profit & Public Sector Organizations

Wild Apricot Blog

Jay Moonah's presentation on Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profit & Public Sector Organizations was streamed live online as part of The Canadian Institute’s recent “Managing Social Media” conference recently - but if you missed it, no worries! We’ve got the highlights right here.( read more ). Best practices online community Social networking case studies Non-profit Communications training webinar social media

Social Media Resource Library: Just Launched from Idealware

Amy Sample Ward

We all know that there are hundreds, thousands, even an infinite (at least seemingly) number of social media resources for nonprofits or social impact groups. When you Google search for a tool or a topic, you have so many results you don’t even know where to begin! Well, that’s certainly part of the information overload and wasted time that other bloggers like myself try to help with - come here and we’ll try to make things easy for you!

America’s Giving Challenge 2009

Robert Weiner

The latest round of the America's Giving Challenge is on. This is a national competition to encourage people to use their personal and social networks to help win cash for their favorite nonprofit. The Giving Challenge is not focused on how much money you can raise, but on how successful you are at getting people to donate to your cause. The goal is to get as many unique daily donations as possible (minimum of $10), to your cause each day. The contest runs through November 6, 2009. read more.

Causes Ditches MySpace: Don't Put All Your Fundraising Relationship Eggs in One Third Party, Proprietary Basket!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Billie Hara. Late last night (or early this morning), Amy Sample Ward reported that Causes notified 184,725 users that its MySpace app will be removed from MySpace as of today. The email encouraged MySpace users of Causes to join the cause on Facebook. .

Come On, U.S., Give the Kids Their Rights

Have Fun - Do Good

November 20, 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Next #4Change Chat Topic: Volunteering

Amy Sample Ward

Originally posted on the #4Change blog by Tash Judd. Social media and new technology are changing the way we recruit and manage volunteers. They’re also changing how we define the concept of volunteering. New forms of participation such as micro-volunteering, and web-generated events such as Twestival, are changing the way people are coming together to raise funds, donate their time and make a difference in their local and global community.

More Delightful Secrets: How Much Space Would You Give to an Exclusive Subset of your Audience?

Museum 2.0

A month ago, I wrote about the pleasure of secret, exclusive places in cultural venues, and many of you wrote in with stories of your own.

WeAreMedia: Nonprofit Program Delivery and Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo: Bread for the World. The most common application of social media is for fundraising and marketing. But what about using social media as part of program delivery. . Do we have examples of using nonprofits using social media for: Volunteer or board recruitment strategy.

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Have Fun - Do Good

I'm a big walker. Because of where we live, I can walk to the grocery store, drug store, post office, gym, library, doctor's office, and the BART, which will take me into San Francisco, where I can walk some more.

Next #4Change Chat Topic: Volunteering

Amy Sample Ward

Originally posted on the #4Change blog by Tash Judd. Social media and new technology are changing the way we recruit and manage volunteers. They’re also changing how we define the concept of volunteering. New forms of participation such as micro-volunteering, and web-generated events such as Twestival, are changing the way people are coming together to raise funds, donate their time and make a difference in their local and global community.

Be a Producer! Networking the Arts and Project Development

Network-Centric Advocacy

Here is a cool example of the networked culture connecting art supporters and artists. This is in the same stream of thinking behind innocentive, kiva, extrondinaries, 99designs, daylo, spot.us bounty county, etc. I like the design and the concept.

WeAreMedia: Help Us Crowdsource A Hollywood Ending

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's NTEN appreciation month and I can think of no better way than to say thank you to all the NTEN members (and non-members) who have contributed to the WeAreMedia project. It is time for the community to write the Hollywood ending !

Security and Privacy in a Web 2.0 World

Idealware

Yes, we do Twitter requests! To break down that tweet a bit, @kanter is the well-known Beth Kanter of Beth's blog.

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There’s A (Nonprofit) App For That

FI Space

Back in April the American Cancer Society launched its “More Birthdays” campaign. The premise being that we want to eliminate cancer as a major health problem so that more people can have more birthdays. Now, over at Tipping Pitches , John Loomer reports that an iPhone app is being developed which is scheduled to be released in a few weeks.