Digital Divide Data: our Partner in Laos

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech is a tech social enterprise. While our activities often creates jobs beyond the core high technology jobs around software development and user support, we don't see it as our core competency.

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Unlock Fans While Engaging Supporters Beyond Like, Share and Comment

Amy Sample Ward

The mystery of creating real impact using Facebook has eluded many organizations for years now. There are examples of organizations succeeding with a certain campaign but when the campaign is over, they aren’t sure what to do.

A Complete Guide to Strategic Web Design for Nonprofits


What goes into creating and designing a successful nonprofit website that inspires action? That’s a great question. One that every nonprofits should think about from time to time. That said, we’ve compiled a few resources that might help you think through your next website redesign.

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On Uncommon Ground

Judi Sohn

Last Friday, my short 9 month career working on Common Ground came to an end. I'm free (sorta) and sad (sorta) and angry (not sorta). Don't get me wrong. Jobs come and go, especially in this economy. Startups fail. Companies cut back. It happens.

A Poem about Helping Others


This past week, we had a poetry contest about helping others in your community. The winner of our poetry contest is (drum roll please.) Synthia Laura Molina of Central IQ, Inc.! Feel their pressing needs, Offer soulful remedies. Servant leader leads.)

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More Trending

Homeless people turned into walking wi-fi hotspots at $2 per 15 minutes at SXSW | Mail Online

AFP Blog

Homeless people turned into walking wi-fi hotspots at $2 per 15 minutes at SXSW | Mail Online : A marketing stunt where homeless people were turned into walking internet hotspots with T-shirts proclaiming 'I'm a 4G hotspot' has caused outcry in Texas. Branding agency BBH was forced to defend its 'Homeless Hotspots' initiative after it was described as 'dystopian' - and lambasted as a 'shameful, hideous, patronising, dehumanising idea' by British brand strategist Luke Scheybeler

Lame spams of the day: Fake Amazon and PayPal receipts

Robert Weiner

I got a big batch of these today. They're similar to the fake Amazon HDTV receipts I wrote about in September. These aren't as lame-looking as most of the spam I write about: they use the right logos, fonts, and typefaces. This site says they lead to malware.

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The Future of Work: A Manifesto


This manifesto is a work in progress, and my personal output from 4 incredible days in Omaha last November with Joe Gerstandt, Jason Lauritsen, Jamie Notter, Janyne Emsick, Jen Benz, Eric WineGardner, Charlie Judy, James Papiano, Stuart Chittenden, Mike Wagner and David Ballard.

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Southeast Asia, Social Enterprise Accidental Tour!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just spent almost three weeks in Thailand and Laos on a combined work and vacation trip. Roughly once a year when I travel overseas, my wife Virginia puts up her hand and says “that’s the one!”

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World Water Day: The key to sustainability is data

Amy Sample Ward

Today is World Water Day! While there are many, many organizations working on water-related issues all around the world, there’s one I want to highlight: Water for People.

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5 Proven Tips for Building Your Nonprofits Email List


Social media is talked about so much that you probably think every other form of communication is dead (Ok, maybe your thinking isn’t that extreme). But that’s not the case. In fact, email is still the number-one way to connect with your supporters.

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Real-world Salesforce Visual Workflow for a nonprofit

Judi Sohn

I love the new Salesforce Visual Workflow. I can’t code a line of Apex but with Flows, I can automate processes in ways that just warm the heart of my inner wannabe geek.

Content Strategies for Nonprofit Websites


Is your nonprofit looking for ways to improve your website and increase traffic? Tech4Good Denver hosted an excellent and extremely informative group panel who shared true and tested content strategies when designing or managing your nonprofit’s website.

Is fear a prison?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This image is making its way around facebook, and on first look, I can see why most people feel like it makes sense. But I have been doing a lot of personal work around fear lately, and I have a different perspective. I think that fear is a good thing.

As 2012 Winds Down

NCE Social Media

As 2012 winds down there were several major stories that I came across that are worth sharing. First, not even the former marketing director of Facebook knows how the privacy policies at Facebook work. Randi Zuckerberg is the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg found out the hard way.

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Key Performance Indicators

Connection Cafe

Author: Katie Beth DeSchepper. Today, we have many things to worry about, watch for, measure, monitor and just deal with in general. With the increased social landscape, it seems like there is just so much to think about, but how do you identify what to prioritize.

Review: Online tools make Sandy fundraising easier - CBS News

AFP Blog

Review: Online tools make Sandy fundraising easier - CBS News : The Sunday after Sandy made landfall two weeks ago, I was supposed to run my 50th marathon in New York, 10 years to the weekend since I had run my first marathon, also in New York. It would have been a celebratory affair. Then Sandy came along, and after days of intense debate, the marathon was abruptly canceled. I channeled my energies instead toward raising money for relief.

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Lame spams of the day: Fake UPS and FedEx delivery notices

Robert Weiner

My inbox has been polluted by a rash of these this week. They're so badly formatted, it's hard to believe anyone would fall for them. The spammers haven't even tried to make the reply-to address look legit. Some have a sender name from UPS but use the FedEx logo.

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5 Infographics About Infographics To Master Basics in Five Minutes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: Hot Button Studio. In my forthcoming book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” co-authored with KD Paine, my favorite chapter was about the sense-making process of measurement – called “Measurement and the Aha!

Supporting Artists With Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For the past ten years, Benetech’s Bookshare library has provided accessible books for people with print disabilities. Bookshare helps people who cannot read standard text participate in the world of ideas.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spread #GoSilent across the web for Memorial Day

Amy Sample Ward

If you’re in the US today, there’s probably little chance you didn’t know it was Memorial Day – from the specials on TV, to local events, to remembrance stories, and even community gatherings, it’s hard to miss the message of today’s holiday.

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A Simple 6 Step Plan for Creating a Facebook Page that Works


In my last session as part of the Schools out for Summer Series I took a deep dive into how Schools can get the most out of Facebook. It was a lot of fun presenting (and talking to) this extremely engaged group of people. You can find out about upcoming sessions here.

Apple, it’s time to move parental controls to the cloud

Judi Sohn

We’re an Apple family, since way before it was cool. Right now, I have a 2.5 year old iMac that is still going strong, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S. Husband has an iPad 3 and iPhone 5. Teenager #1 has an iPad 3 and uses a hand-me-down iMac for writing/school work.

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Collaboration in the Aging Community


Last week VisionLink had the pleasure of attending the N4A “Answers on Aging” Annual Conference & Tradeshow in our neighboring city of Denver.

The End of an Era

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I moved to Oakland in September of 2008, for a number of reasons. Some were very clear to me, others didn''t become clear until years later. I''d learned a little about Oakland in my 18 months in seminary in Berkeley, from forays to Oakland for hanging out, events and the White Horse, of course. I met Ruth in Oakland - she is a long-time Oaklander. Being in Oakland for four years was formative, transformative, and healing emotionally and spiritually.

121 Billion and Counting

NCE Social Media

A new study has found that Americans have spent 121 billion minutes on social media this year. That’s up more than 37% from last year alone. How much time is that really? Imagine watching Honey Boo Boo for over 460,000 years nonstop. That’s crazy!

Blackbaud and Convio: Stronger Together

Connection Cafe

Author: Sara Spivey. Not even a whole summer on the Blackbaud team, and we are knocking things out left and right. Last month we shared our “ quick wins ” and today we’re ready to share our “stronger together” initiatives.

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OMG! You’re Not Using Text Messaging to Reach Constituents? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.

AFP Blog

You’re Not Using Text Messaging to Reach Constituents? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy. : And it’s not just for kids. As text messaging has grown ubiquitous, so too has its popularity as a simple, inexpensive way for nonprofits to reach their constituents.

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Lame spams of the day: confirmation from [insert social network name]

Robert Weiner

Is it a trend or just me? In the past 2 days I've received spams in the form of confirmations from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare. They don't look related, but it's an odd coincidence. Here they are: 1) Subject: Please confirm your Myspace account cancellation.

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Book Review: Stand Out Social Marketing


This is a guest post from Mike Lewis, VP of Marketing for Awareness and author of Stand Out Social Marketing: How to Rise Above the Noise, Differentiate Your Brand, and Build an Outstanding Online Presence.

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Why We're Blacking Out Sites: PIPA and SOPA

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In November, I wrote a blog post entitled: Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill. Part of my objective was to show the unintended consequences of Internet censorship bills like SOPA and PIPA (SOPA's Senate buddy bill), responding to alerts from organizations I trust like the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

Amy Sample Ward

This post is cross-published from NTEN. Read the post and join the conversation on the NTEN blog. —– Normally, I stay away from assumptions: We all know the saying about what assuming does to you and me!

We Are Blackbaud [Infographic]


For the past 30 years, we’ve been developing software and services for nonprofits. We are immensely proud of the work we do in helping over 27,000 nonprofit customers accomplish their missions. They serve as a constant source of inspiration and give purpose to our work.

Need to leave Common Ground? Analyze first. Then react.

Judi Sohn

In the interest of full disclosure, let’s get this out of the way first: I’m employed! Or I will be as of November 1 when I join KELL Partners full-time as Solutions and Support Services Manager.