Sat.Jan 21, 2012 - Fri.Jan 27, 2012

The #1 Way to Raise More Money Through Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events


Register for our Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Register Now ! Many summer peer-to-peer fundraising events will be opening registration in the upcoming months (hopefully, yours included).

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What Comes First, Content Creation or Curation?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Carissa Marie. This is definitely not a chicken and egg question! A debate in content marketing circles is whether or not you should simply focus on creating original content and forget content curation.

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22 Must-Circle Nonprofits on Google+

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a follow-up to Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits and 22 Must-Circle Nonprofit Bloggers and Resources on Google+ , below are 22 nonprofits that are regularly using Google+ effectively to engage and inspire the Google+ community.

MUST READ: 2012 Edelman Barometer is out


Just saw this post from Edelman: Why Your Company Needs to Structure Properly for Social Media… Right Now. From the post (my bold): Yesterday morning in London, Richard Edelman unveiled the 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer.

Facebook Timeline Apps are Ultimately About The Future of Mobile Devices

John Haydon

Last week, Facebook announced the release of more than 60 new Timeline apps which allow Facebook users to automatically share application actions on their timeline. You first became aware of Timeline apps when all your friends were telling you what songs they were listening to on Spotify.

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Six Tips To Kick-Start Your 2012 Fundraising


Nonprofits receive up to 40% of their online donations at the end of the year since the holidays have people feeling generous, and donors also want to maximize those tax deductions before year’s end. But this doesn’t happen by magic – people donate money to your organization because they feel a connection to your organization and the issues you work on. They believe in what you do.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Aussiegal.

Get Creative! with Nonprofit Social Media

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Isaac Kiehl , Communications Coordinator, ICAN. When starting out with social media as a nonprofit, it can be a tricky and confusing process. It’s not like the for-profit sector where you have a goal to gain customers through deals and offering products/services. It’s about your cause.

Understanding and Improving Email Deliverability


PublishDate: January 2012. Author: Colin Pizarek and Chris Bernard. Neither “snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” might stay the U.S. Post Office’s couriers from delivering the mail entrusted to them, but it’s a cold fact of the digital world that email has no such steadfast guardians. Some electronic mail will simply never reach its destination—it might go to a bad address, get caught in a spam filter, or routed to a “junk” folder where it’s deleted or overlooked.

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GW Engagement Survey Section Four: Action Opportunities


Several years ago, we developed the Groundwire Engagement Survey tool to help the organizations we work with. determine where they should be investing their (limited) resources.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years.

My City Made the Top 10 – So What?

Connection Cafe

Author: Karoline McLaughlin. Almost every day I see some sort of “These cities made the top 10 because … they are the greatest places to live, they have the most active lifestyles for singles, they raise the most organic chickens,” and so on. If your city makes one of these lists, that is great and good reason to celebrate!

Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

Lots of people have already weighed in on Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio (two of my favorites: [link] and [link] ). Here my perspective. Disclosures: I have clients that use both companies’ products, as well as products from their competitors, open source products, and homegrown solutions. I don’t invest in these or other companies that I advise on. I have no inside knowledge about what the merged company will look like.

Guatemalan National Police Archive Goes Online

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest Beneblog by Ann Harrison In 2006, the Benetech Human Rights Program was asked to participate in one of the most important human rights data projects in the world. The Guatemalan government human rights ombudsman invited the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) to analyze the contents of the estimated 80 million documents in the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive or the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN).

What’s New in Social Media for Associations


I have a confession: one of my least favorite things to do is public speaking. I had never done it at all until three years ago when Debra Stratton of Stratton Publishing & Marketing asked me if I’d present with her at ASAE’s Great Ideas conference, which just happened to be in Miami in February. So I said yes. I was terrified, and incredibly relieved when it was over.

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Email: Still Not Dead!


Mark Zuckerberg is a pioneer of the social web. Over the last eight years he’s led Facebook from a scrappy startup to one of the most powerful and influential companies.

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Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

Museum 2.0

A few weeks ago, the MAH Director of Community Programs, Stacey Garcia, came to me with an idea. Stacey has been collaborating with local artists to produce a series of content-rich events that invite visitors to participate in a range of hands-on activities.

How Facebook Social Plugins Increase Engagement On Your Nonprofit’s Website

John Haydon

If you want to increase pages views and site engagement, it’s critical that you create a more social experience when people visit your website. For example, when people view an article from your blog they’d see which of their friends have already read that article.

How’s your social customer service?


88% of consumers are less likely to buy from a company that ignores them on social media sites. Check out the full Conversocial study here. I know I notice – very strongly – when my tweets go unanswered. If it’s a technology company of any kind? Even worse.

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Green Biz Challenge


Commercial and industrial facilities are responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Cities all across the nation are creating resource-reducing challenges for local businesses and organizations to participate in. The Eastside Green Business Challenge , organized by the Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance, is a friendly competition in the Puget Sound region.

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Meet Sandy Schmieder

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. Sandy Schmieder. For the first podcast interview of 2012, I'm excited to have a chance to share a conversation I had with Sandy Schmieder, a Senior Project Manager on Convio's Services team.

Getting Ready for Annual Reports

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are some best practices and tips for those just getting started with Annual Report planning. annual reports member communication Non-profit Communications

More Changing the World in 2012


Just in case you missed them, here are some more truly thoughtful responses to my meme, How Are You Going to Change the World in 2012 ? More posts are here.). Challenge Accepted: Make the World a Better Place (Lowell Aplebaum). For the association world: Collaborate.

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From the Floor: Creating Change for the LGBT community


Creating Change is the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community and their allies. The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and attracts more than 2,500 people from all over the country.

It Feels Good to Give

Connection Cafe

Author: Julia Woodcock. The other morning I was watching Bill Gates on various news programmes talking about his annual State of the World letter. In one interview, he made reference to how good he feels about helping those in need. A simple point but one that we shouldn’t forget as fundraisers. A similar point was made at the Institute of Fundraising London Conference last year by fundraising trainer Rob Woods.

The $5,000 Question: Finding the Right Ask Using Predictive Data Analysis


Daniel Atherton. Account Executive, Interactive Department. Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey. When we ask for something a prospective donor is not prepared to give, we may not be losing much real money, but we are losing a window of opportunity to convince her to give to us. Direct marketing is direct marketing – the sense of one-on-one contact that we cultivate right from the opening line of our emails is critical to establishing a sense of trust with our prospective donors.

What affect does Facebook Page design have on fan growth and engagement?

John Haydon

Our Dream For Membership Growth and Engagement

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's our "Membership Dream" for 2012 - prepared for January's Nonprofit Blog Carnival. membership member engagement

Wired for Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

Author: Sara Spivey.

Advanced Segmentation Techniques: What You Say Is as Important as Who You Say It To


Therese Grohman. Director of Marketing. Event 360. Knowing who you're talking to is only half the battle. What you say to your supporters and how you approach them is equally important. Community Data E-mail nptech nten Fundraising

New on SSIR: Data for Promotion, Engagement, and Reporting

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now published. You can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR Opinion blog , or read the full post below. —– Inevitably, January is filled with predictions and resolutions.

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7 Ways To Be A Collaborative Workplace Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Edward M. Marshall's book, Transforming The Way We Work -- The Power Of The Collaborative Workplace , remains relevant today, more than a decade after Marshall wrote it. Particularly useful is the book's section that teaches readers how to be a collaborative leader.

Gaming for learning | Inquirer News

AFP Blog

Gaming for learning | Inquirer News : Games for learning is an interesting topic because gaming is associated with fun, it’s associated with engagement and the concept that when a student plays a game, the student learns,” said Jason Trump, Microsoft’s education partner director for Asia Pacific and moderator of “Gaming4Good: Education through Gaming” forum. “If

NTEN Community Call: Your Perspectives on the Blackbaud-Convio Acquisition Announcement


On January 17th, the nonprofit, technology, and financial communities learned that Blackbaud was beginning the steps to acquire Convio , whose board had approved the purchase. This news came as a surprise to most people in those communities, and triggered much discussion in both traditional media and social media channels.