Sat.Jan 10, 2009 - Fri.Jan 16, 2009

Present with me at the NTC!

Connection Cafe

I've been asked to lead a session at this year's NTC conference in San Francisco (April 26-28). I'm honored to contribute because the NTC ( NTEN's annual get together) is the conference to attend for anyone working in the technology field for nonprofits. Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend. If your organization is pinching pennies these days but you'd like to go, check out the scholarship program to help send qualified 501c3 staff.

10 Fast Tips to Boost E-newsletter Performance - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


One thing I've found that works extraordinarily well for large, national NGOs is mailing on local issues. 1)It demonstrates that you care about issues that directly affect people's lives, and 2) because those issues are close to home

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The Three Dimensions of Social Media ROI


Flickr Photo: zadro. Beth Kanter and NTEN have spent almost a whole year working on the We Are Media project, and we've learned a few important things. Chief among them: return on investment is really hard to determine. It's a three-dimensional picture, but we've been trying to render it in two-dimensional tools. .

The Mobile Web and Your Organization |

AFP Blog

The Mobile Web and Your Organization | "The Mobile Web and Your OrganizationJanuary 15, 2009 | KatrinVerclasData from Informa indicates that by 2010 half of the planet's population will have access to the Internet through a mobile device. Should you make your website mobile? We have heard recently from a number of organizations contemplating whether they should build a mobile

Great reads from January 14th through January 15th

Amy Sample Ward

These are my links for January 14th through January 15th: Justgiving now accepts PayPal - "As of today, anyone visiting the Justgiving website can now use PayPal, to make a donation. Adding PayPal, the most popular online payment service, has been a frequent request from our users for some time, so we’re really pleased to have integrated it into our donation process and become the only online fundraising platform in the UK to do so."

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Convio puts the money where their mouth is for 09NTC

Amy Sample Ward

As Jordan Viator explains on the Connection Café blog: It’s no surprise that every other blog post you read these days talks about how to raise money, stretch funds and build supporters in the current economic climate.

The New Bookshare has Launched!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Over the weekend just ended we successfully launched the completely rebuilt Bookshare website. The original Bookshare website and service was created over seven years ago, and has served us well. But, our new Bookshare for Education project with its likely prospect of increasing our student users one hundredfold meant we needed a rebuild. I'm also excited about our new logo!

Looking forward to NTC 2009

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I love NTC (NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference). I would be dishonest if I said I didn’t have a sweet reminiscence for the Circiut Rider Roundups of old. But they are long gone. As fields often do, ours grew up and professionalized. And what has taken it’s place is valuable to a much wider audience (and a much larger one!) And, this year, for the very first time, I live in the same city in which NTC is taking place. Hurrah!


Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times

Robert Weiner is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times. When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone. Cost: Free for OneWorld partner organizations, $60 for others. Description: read more.

Great reads from January 12th through January 14th

Amy Sample Ward

These are my links for January 12th through January 14th: Network For Good - The audience for this 45-page guide is small nonprofits who need help launching a great online fundraising or marketing campaign in quick order. The guide features 12 real-life strategies organizations are using right now to succeed during the downturn, in addition to tons of great tactical advice, creative samples and other resources.

Empower Your Event

Connection Cafe

This afternoon I attended a Webinar about developing a PR strategy for an event, put on by Barkley Public Relations. The presentation was highly informative and it really got the wheels in my head spinning. They brought up some interesting points on the challenges of keeping an event fresh and exciting, year after year. Some of the tips they shared, on what has worked for them, stood out and so I thought I would share them with our Connection Café readers.

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management - and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System). And because of this, it makes sense that integration of these two is something that is a need to be filled. What’s involved in this? First, the what - what to integrate? Most often nonprofits want to capture information from web users.

Free Webinar Today: Building Your Email List

Robert Weiner

Firstgiving is holding a free webinar TODAY designed to help nonprofits build their email lists, What: Advanced Email Fundraising: Building Your List. When: Tuesday, January 13, at 3:30pm Eastern time. Cost: Free. Description: Email marketing isn’t the wave of the future; it’s the wave of right now. Writing effective messages is critical, but just as critical, and often overlooked, is building your list.

New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

I have a new post up on the Standford Social Innovation Review Opinion blog and hope you’ll check it out! When I talk with organizations about how they are using social media tools to engage online, whether they’ve already started or not, I find that the most common approach is to set up that Facebook group, add a blog to the website, or even set up a wiki for an event. But that’s it. The work, the thinking, the strategy building, and even the engaging stops mostly after the set-up.

How to make a difference in a touch economy: get creative and share the wealth!

Connection Cafe

It's no surprise that every other blog post you read these days talks about how to raise money, stretch funds and build supporters in the current economic climate. In the nonprofit technology community, I've heard stories of cut backs on "nice to have" items and expenses such as travel and training so that organizations can focus on their most critical goals first and cut back on what they deem not to be completely necessary.

Exactly when did Facebook get mainstream?

Judi Sohn

Those of us who live in tech and read all the blogs have been speaking the language for years. We switched to Firefox back at version 1something, had addresses since when they were hard to get, and have forgotten more userIDs than most folks will ever have. But from time to time something in tech clicks in the real world in a good way. You stop having to explain to “normal&# friends and family what you’re talking about because they’re doing it, too.

Defunct Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The flip side to my list of donor databases would be a list of systems that no longer exist. This does not mean that these systems are no longer in use, just that they’re no longer being sold or supported (I recently met someone who still uses FundMaster, which hasn’t been sold since at least 1999). This probably isn’t as useful a list, but it’s short so here goes: SYSTEM. VENDOR. Alchemy. Campagne Associates. Campaign Manager. CampaignSoft. CompassCRM.

Using Metrics To Harvest Insights About Your Social Media Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Dwinton. You need to pick the right hard data points (fancy way of saying metrics) that will help you harvest insights to improve your social media strategy. For blogging, you have to use a couple of different tools to get the different metrics you need.

Hunting for a Good Experience

Connection Cafe

Recently, I've been looking apartment hunting - a tedious process at best. I knew this was coming, so I've been looking for a while. I've scoured Craigs List, rental companies, real estate agencies, and even done quite a few neighborhood drivebys. I'm not usually this thorough, but I don't want to have to move again in a year, so I wanted to be sure that my next place was a keeper.

Lovin’ on Ravelry

Judi Sohn

As a recently-returned-to-the-fold knitting geek , I’ve been amazed by Ravelry. It’s incredible. TechCrunch didn’t take it seriously. Condescending attitude aside, they should. As of right now, the site has 258,711 users and counting, with thousands online at the same time. These aren’t geeks trying out the new online toy. For the most part, these are people who take their hobby very seriously.

NTEN Conference Early-Bird Registration Discount

Robert Weiner

I’m a member of NTEN and a huge fan. I’m thrilled that their 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held at the San Francisco Hilton this year, April 26-28. The Early Bird rate expires after January 31st, so it’s time to stop procrastinating. Here’s what the NTEN folks have to say: The 2009 NTC will be THE place to engage around the technology issues that face the nonprofit sector.

I'll Text for Food

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Joi No, I'm not talking about texting in your take out order. I'm taking about No Kid Hungry Text Donation and Canned Food Campaign just launched by Share Our Strength. Hunger is a serious issue in America, especially in these hard times.

Free Agent Fundrarsing

Connection Cafe

This is simply too good of a post, and I thought it was really important that as many people as possible see it. So, on the off chance that you don't read Beth Kanter, please read this post by Beth on Free Agent Fundraising

Yay Blogwell!


Another conference teaser vid from Andy Sernovitz. Register.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). It does not include custom systems, of which there are many. I am not planning to keep this list updated — that sounds like a full-time job.

Does Immersion In Social Media Change Our Brain Functions? This Is Your Brain On Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by JTLowery The title of this post is play on the famous PSA " Brain on Drugs " from 1987 to raise attention to the harmful effects of drugs. The memorable tagline : This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?

Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker

Have Fun - Do Good

"I think about how many times I didn't like the color of my skin, because I didn't see myself in any art.

Reggie Henry on greening Tech09


It's gonna be sweet. Register !

What Makes A Campaign Go Viral? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Viral = anything that spreads from person to person. Whether a product is so amazing that people talk about it to their friends and it slowly gains momentum, OR a PR or SM pro creates a brilliant campaign that gets word spreading

Birthday Campaign Reflection: Will Your Nonprofit Embrace Free Agent Fundraisers?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Exclusivity Paradox

Museum 2.0

What's the best way to maximize participation in a social platform? There are some tried-and-true answers: make the platform easy to use, welcome people in. Tell prospective users, "anyone can contribute!" This is for everyone!"

5 Ways to Participate on the MLK Day of Service

Have Fun - Do Good

Did you know that Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994 making it a national day of volunteer service? I didn't, until President-elect Barack Obama asked Americans to volunteer on MLK Day, and throughout the year. Below are 5 ways you can get involved: 1. Volunteer!

Flashpoint Academy - A New Model For Digital Media Learning

See What's Out There

I had the pleasure yesterday to get a tour of Flashpoint Academy from Howard Tullman, Flashpoint’s President/CEO. Flashpoint is a new two-year school for digital arts. They teach recording arts, visual effect and animation, game development, and film and broadcast.

Thank you for the best birthday ever! We raised $6,158 for the Sharing Foundation to send 615 Cambodian youngsters to school!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Cambodian youngster in the Sharing Foundation 's Education program practices her alphabet. In Roteang Village, where the Sharing Foundation has programs that help over 1,500 children each and every day, there was a birthday bash at the orphanage for the 70 plus children.