Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

Connection Cafe

National Philanthropy Day—minus the turkey—is much the same, with our family comprised of funder and fundraiser alike, with donors committed to the communities where we live and work joining with the professionals who have helped them match passion with cause.

A Worthy Read: National Education Technology Plan

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just finished reading the National Education Technology Plan , and I can recommend it to anyone interested in the future of technology in American education. It is full of examples of interesting ed tech from for-profits and nonprofits, as well as local, state and federal government agencies. These kinds of plans can be impenetrable, but I found this one quite readable and understandable.

Using National Doctors’ Day to Cultivate Your Grateful Patient Program

Connection Cafe

Every March, National Doctors’ Day provides a time when healthcare development operations can lead the charge to honor their physicians in a myriad of ways, often with gifts and messages. Hold a kickoff at a volunteer’s home or local gathering place.

Government contracts and nonprofit organizations: Problems and solutions

ASU Lodestar Center

There is a long history of nonprofit organizations partnering with the government, usually at the state level, through contracts to help provide for and respond to community needs. Not every government agency are guilty of these. sector and the government.

Loco for Local: Regional Examples of Open Government

Influence

The event convened almost 300 passionate people, all coming together for a common goal: to share knowledge on how to use new technologies to make our government transparent, accountable and meaningfully accessible to the public. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people interested or involved in local open government projects. While these big projects are important, the local initiatives are those that impact people's lives most directly.

Your Official #NN18 Local's Guide to New Orleans

Everyaction

Considering our team is obsessed with all that is NOLA, we thought we'd share some favorite local spots to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the sights while visiting for the Netroots Nation 2018 Conference. Anyone briefly strolling through this park will likely hear the sound of a brass band and see local artists scattered along the sidewalk. Located right outside of the Convention Center, this local joint is the perfect way to start your day.

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Research Friday: Government contracting in the new normal

ASU Lodestar Center

Particularly in the last several years, in the wake of the financial crisis, organizations have struggled with a variety of challenges related to government support. In the United States, we rely on government to provide key economic supports. embedded in government contracting.

Grantseeking Basics: Researching Funders Part One – Government

Tech Soup Blog

Finding the right funders that match your mission, your specific project, and your geographic locale is quite an art. I’ve also found over the years that a small local grant can leverage larger grants. Federal Government Grants. • National Library of Medicine.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The 36th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute will feature nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. State/Local.

Five Government Agencies Improving the Lives of New Yorkers with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

The five organizations below illustrate how municipal agencies can use SMS to help residents and together serve as a model for other cities to engage with local communities. Another campaign guided New Yorkers to local farmer’s markets. The municipal New York City government’s use of text messaging has already started to trickle into other cities across the nation.

Buffalo’s Young Preservations Use SMS to Preserve Local History

Mobile Commons

A new SMS campaign from Buffalo’s Young Preservationists lets members of the Buffalo community text in images of local buildings to target them for preservation.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

During National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

Planned Parenthood Uses MMS to Generate Support for National Pink Out Day

Mobile Commons

In September 2015, the House of Representatives passed two bills that threatened to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, going as far as threatening to shut down the government if the organization received federal funding. Millions turn out for a successful National Pink Out Day.

When Foundations Collaborate to Solve the World’s Problems

Connection Cafe

CoF’s work with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a great example of collaboration in action. This convening brings together foundation leaders, civil society leaders, government officials, university representatives, and more.

United Nations Sets a New Agenda for Global Philanthropy

Tech Soup Blog

Now that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals have expired and in some ways, have succeeded surprisingly well , the UN has developed a new set of even more ambitious goals. Governments, foundations, and charities learned a good deal from working to implement the previous UN goals.

SMS Nation: Americans Text a Lot, Score Tickets to Sports Games with SMS & Construction Text Updates

Mobile Commons

So far the program only sends out updates, although the program could become useful for other construction companies, or even governments, as a way of informing residents of local construction projects. Text messaging’s popularity is showing up in all corners of the country.

Happy National Volunteer Week - Guest Post by Chris Noble

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This week (April 18th to 25th) is National Volunteer Week in the US. The week is a signature event created by the Points of Light Institute , to celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. Photo from San Jose Library.

TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

Tech Soup Blog

On June 1, programmers, activists, and civic leaders participated in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) across 83 U.S. The diverse crowd, made up of students, activists, government employees, and librarians, worked on datasets presented by the U.S.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month

Everyaction

There is no better time to support local and national nonprofits protecting LGBTQ rights and serving the LGBTQ community, and while there are far too many organizations doing great work to list them all, these are a few that we're big fans of. National Center for Transgender Equality.

How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers

BoardAssist

fundraising governance philanthropyHow much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? We know you want to know! That’s why BoardAssist compiles this data every year from the hundreds of nonprofits we serve and shares it with the nonprofit community.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

Everyaction

State/Local / #MCNAC16 / @SmartNonprofits. State/Local. It’ll open with candid stories about the ups and downs of working in social good and close with an afternoon of action and volunteering with local nonprofits. State/Local / #MadisonNonprofitDay / @nonprofitday.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

Everyaction

It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). National LGBTQ Task Force / Washington, DC / 475. The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2018 Creating Change Conference convenes in Washington, DC, January 24-28, 2018.

How to Get Beyond B-Minus: The State of Nonprofit Boards Today

BoardAssist

Earlier this year, BoardSource launched Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices , which is a comprehensive scan of current nonprofit board practices, policies, and performance. governance

Bridging the Digital Divide? Tell Us About It!

Tech Soup Blog

One of our favorite ways to share success stories is through our Local Impact Map (LIM). Even if your organization is not selected as the winning nonprofit, we would still love to feature your organization on our Success Stories page or on our Local Impact Map.

Bridging the Digital Divide? Tell Us About It!

Tech Soup Blog

One of our favorite ways to share success stories is through our Local Impact Map (LIM). Even if your organization is not selected as the winning nonprofit, we would still love to feature your organization on our Success Stories page or on our Local Impact Map.

Mobile Commons Offers Text Message Campaigns That Sync with NationBuilder

Mobile Commons

NationBuilder was designed to “bring the organizing technology used by major political campaigns to any local candidate, non-profit, or other group that’s trying to unite people around a common cause.” Our system compares the information in the text against the NationBuilder nation.

Calling all Faith-Based Organizations! Think You Could Use a Free Tablet?

Tech Soup Blog

The organization submitting the story with the most innovative and effective usage of a donated TechSoup product will receive the UnoBook tablet AND will be featured as the “Tech 4 Faith” story for an entire month on our Local Impact Map (LIM).

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board To Be?

BoardAssist

Challenge the Board to Manage Itself: Build a strong governance committee that takes responsibility for managing and cultivating board performance. A seasoned nonprofit professional, Anne has held leadership positions with a number of local and national organizations.

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Geo-Tagged Map Shows Impact of Hurricane Joaquin in Real Time

VisionLink

VisionLink is partnering with local churches and community groups to poll between 2,000-3,000 people throughout North Carolina. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, VisionLink became the nation's system of record for millions of people and thousands of shelters.

Are You Serving Youth in Your Community? Think You Could Use a Free Tablet?

Tech Soup Blog

The organization with the most innovative and effective usage of a donated TechSoup product will receive the Lenovo IdeaPad AND will be featured as the "Youth Impact" story for an entire month on our Local Impact Map (LIM). Dispute Resolution/Governing Law/Waiver of Jury Trial.

Using TechSoup Products or Resources for Security? Want a Free Microsoft Tablet?

Tech Soup Blog

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and TechSoup's Safer Online for Nonprofits initiative, TechSoup is raising awareness about how nonprofits are taking practical steps to keep their organization safe: in the office, in the field, and on the go. Are you. A U.S.

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now

VisionLink

Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies BOULDER, Colo. – This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies in your area,” said Joe Hillis, operations Director with ITDRC who along with Humanity Road is providing volunteers to staff the hotlines. “We

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today

EveryAction

That’s why we empower local leaders to build a strong movement for equality that secures critical grassroots wins at every level. Lambda Legal Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Influence

Part two talks about understanding the challenges.Foundations take on the biggest and gnarliest social problems (if the problems could be easily solved, the private sector or governments would have already figured them out. Read More » Online Approaches for Inviting and Collecting Public Input Joe Pringle in Influence 4 Jun 2010 I was invited to present last week at the University of Marylands Human Computer Interaction Labs workshop on Government and Social Media.

Our EveryAction Hero: Jewish Voice for Peace

Everyaction

Jewish Voice for Peace has been around for 20 years, We’re a national organization with over 70 chapters and 15,000 members across the country. We do everything from legislative organizing to engaging in campaigns that seek to put nonviolent pressure on the government both in the US and Israel to respect international law. It was more of a local pitch for membership! We really rely on those local personal connections as one of our greatest means of acquiring new members.

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Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector

Idealware

The same kind of democratizing, collaborative, open source/open content trend that has swept through nonprofit technology now is gathering momentum in local, state and even national government. Unconference” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Read more about the national efforts here: [link]. From my point of view, this data may start as your data, yet once it passes to the government, it becomes public data.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

The Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is the only national conference expressly designed to prepare 400+ college students for a career in the social sector. 12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. Governance / @usdsoles.

U.N. SDGs: Choosing the Right Goals for Your Organization

Connection Cafe

In 2015 all the United Nations member states adopted the impact measurement framework which consists of 17 broad goals, 169 targets and, currently, 232 indicators. There are many sources of data to aid in choosing goals; Publicly available government information.

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10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day

EveryAction

Founded by the United Nations , WHD advocates for the "safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.". Since 1922, they have put significant international pressure on governments to enforce and enact laws that defend women’s rights. Since its founding, the organization’s strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities.

ForLoveofLiberty.net Extends Story of African-American Contributions to U.S. Military

Influence

• Resources to help educators locate their local U.S. Collectively, these features present a compelling depiction of the heroic deeds and experiences of African-American soldiers throughout our nation's history. Tags: Influence Government

Letter from Participation Camp: The Digital Divide

Influence

Participation, as we discussed it, relates to lowering the barrier to entry for all citizens in government decisions. But our discussion quickly turned to local solutions. Service Nation campaign. Tags: Influence Collaboration Events Government

Millennial Voices: Advocates and Activists Over Donors and Volunteers

Connection Cafe

history is taking action to change the future in ways causes, nonprofits, government and even society has never seen before. They still have faith that government, agencies and nonprofits could address the causes/social issues they care about. Local tops national: Millennials engage more with local than national causes, and those who engage nationally still maintain local activities.

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5 Types of Corporate Giving that Position Companies as Valued Corporate Citizens

Givinga

Corporate citizenship delivers measurable business value when companies leverage their core competencies to address environmental, social, or governance issues. Large corporations often create foundations that provide tax-deductible grants to support their local communities or chosen causes.