All Politics is Local

Connection Cafe

“ All politics is local.” What problems could you solve with more support from a local, state or federal government? I am not talking about more money for services or additional government grants, I am talking about changes in public policy.

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Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects.

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects.

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. Register for the 3-course, 100% online Grant Proposal Certificate from the Nonprofit Management Institute.

Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

These open challenges help activists, nonprofits, journalists, techies, and community members identify, refine, build, and launch technology tools to solve pressing local and regional problems.

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Google and beyond: How to master search engine research for your grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

Although I do not claim to be an expert, I am happy to share what I’ve learned in more than a decade of mining the Internet for information to support grant proposals. Include your city or state in the search to mine local data. you are proposing is effective in solving the problem?

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.

Interview: Ricard Espelt on Copons 2.0

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Ricard Espelt to learn more about the various projects he’s working on in Spain leveraging new technologies for public engagement, government transparency and community building. How did your work getting the local council online get started? We proposed a new path to take decisions. Another benefit for the councilis to have a space to propose projects for the future, and see the opinion of the citizens. government

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.). Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. State/Local.

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.

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.

Philanthropy Delivers New Promise of Quality Education for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Governments in developing countries are thinking seriously about how to provide quality secondary education, noted Gallucci and Roy, yet less known are which interventions are economical and will increase demand, access, and retention. Philanthropy plays a role beyond what governments could do—allowing for the testing of innovative models that are responsive to local cultural contexts—and then looks to government for scaling up successful efforts.

Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 2

Connection Cafe

Look for Government and Private Sources. Always look at potential government funding sources first, even if you don’t want government funding. There are two key reasons for this approach: You identify government funding for your project.

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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. Right at home: we had an energized mix of public officials, government technology policy staff, nonprofit policy advocates, community activists, software developers, and academic researchers and students.

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3 Federated Models for Larger Nonprpfits (and How Each Model Impacts Decision Making)

Connection Cafe

As a nonprofit organization grows to include dozens, sometimes hundreds, of local offices, the leaders have to wrestle with the best way to govern, organize and manage greater complexity. A single company can apply different models to address individual areas that require governance.

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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.

Book: Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He makes his thesis, arguments, and proposed solutions with data and entertaining storytelling. He also shared the concept proposal and strategy for the first GivingTuesday as one solution to create philanthropic pluralism. ?. The government is subsidizing inequality!

Book Review: Sharing Cities – Activating the Urban Commons

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The book’s case studies offer us hope and inspiration for urban dwellers – that if we put people at the center – not markets, technology, or government – that people can meet their own needs by sharing resources.

The Pros and Cons of Nonprofit Grants

NonProfit Hub

So the good news is that the money is out there if you know where to look, and my advice is to always start local. Don’t be afraid to copy and paste chunks of previous grant proposals—after all, it’s not plagiarism if you’re the original author.

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The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

Government and The Foundation Center, there are over $544 billion up for grabs each and every year from thousands of sources. (To Government spends on Social Security in a year — and about $40 billion more than what’s spent on Medicare and Medicaid!). Target local foundations.

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The Persistence of Email

Idealware

If you don’t live in Massachusetts, our local politics may not interest you and who can blame you. Open Government: Third, given that some of the missing emails may factor in a corruption case involving another politician, if they are truly gone, this may violate the state’s public record laws. Transparency in government operations means more than just having cameras in hearing rooms. Both incidents are lessons in the advocacy potential of Open Government.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance. Governance / @usdsoles. Governance. Local.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

With recent budget and economic pressures on government funders and private donors, honest conversations are more critical than ever before. This is true even when you are a sub-recipient of a state or local government agency, as long as the funding source is federal.

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Mobile Commons Powers Over 100,000 Calls to Congress on Internet Slowdown Day

Mobile Commons

Wednesday, September 10 th , 2014 was a big day for the Internet, as hundreds of thousand of supporters took action and voiced their opposition to the FCC’s proposal to end net neutrality.

Chattanooga Uses Mobile Messaging to Keep Citizens Informed and Safe

Mobile Commons

We’ve seen state governments like California and New Jersey and big cities like New York and San Francisco make powerful use of mobile messaging to keep citizens engaged. Chattanooga also uses their mobile list to engage their constituents on light rail proposals, meetings, and town halls.

Forum One Staff Share OpenGov Ideas

Influence

On January 21, 2009, the White House issued the Transparency and Open Government Memorandum. The memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies on implementing open government. The memorandum outlined the three pillars of open government thereby narrowing the discussion to transparency, participation, and collaboration. On a regular basis, the government should produce a report on submitted cases.

Advocating Nonprofit Advocacy: The Myth That 501(C)(3)s Can’t Engage in Advocacy

Connection Cafe

When I encounter 501(c)(3) organizations that would be suited well to engage in online advocacy but don’t currently have programs set up, I tend to hear the same story, “We don’t want to engage in advocacy because we don’t want to risk losing our 501(c)(3) status.”

Big Meeting on the Treaty this Week!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It’s why the great majority of accessibility work is done by volunteers, charities, and with government support. Bureaucratic barriers to utilizing a copyright exception, as proposed by some publishers, makes the cost even greater. The goal of the Treaty is to provide access to the great accessible libraries of wealthier countries, as well as make it legally possible to make local content accessible in each country.

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Bringing on a Fundraising Consultant: A Nonprofit’s Hiring Guide

SocialFish

Board governance: Here, a consultant can help engage your board further by focusing on presented and potential challenges to maximize their performance. You can also look to community-based organizations and their directories to begin searching for a local consultant.

Great reads from around the web on August 10th

Amy Sample Ward

Introducing the National Talent Bank - The National Talent Bank is an idea proposed by the Council on Social Action. " FutureGov Network - Carrie Bishop's at the Google Local Government event in London today and tweeting and blogging from inside. These are some links I wanted to share from August 10th. Find me on Delicious for more!

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New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

Amy Sample Ward

Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. Nonprofit organizations, local and federal governments, campaigners and even businesses are trying to innovate at the speed of communities.

The Top Eight Goals To Consider for Your Nonprofit Communication Team

ASU Lodestar Center

Your communication teams serve to empower communities, governments, donors, and the public at large with information regarding the impact and influence of the organization’s work. Communication teams at nonprofits are responsible for developing proposals and requests for funding for donors.

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Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

Tech Soup Blog

The big recent digital inclusion news is the Federal Communication Commission's ( FCC ) proposal to extend the Lifeline Program , which has supplied discounted phone service to low-income people since 1985. If this proposal is enacted, it will, at a stroke, do more to close the U.S.

Associations Respond to the 2016 Election Results

SocialFish

EVERY association has members, staff and other stakeholders who belong to one or more minority segments that are in clear and present danger from the proposed policies of the incoming President.

Public Media At Risk

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Already the House of Representatives has voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports local public radio and television stations nationwide. The Obama Administration has proposed a slight increase in funding for CPB.

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Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Production Network: This type of network inspires and encourages collective action by members to create innovative practices, public-policy proposals, and other tools or products that lead to social impact. Governance: Who decides what the network will do, how do they decide?

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For Grantseeking, a Nonprofit's Age Matters — but It Isn't Everything

Tech Soup Blog

So, for example, your local Moose, Elks, or Lions clubs may be more willing to invest locally in your younger organization. Local Government Grants. will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals.

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Work from Home Jobs

SocialFish

However, its not that simple, each job will require you to bid for it, by sending proposals in order to get hired. The site allows you to showcase your previous work in order to back up your proposals. Almost everyone I know would love the opportunity to work from home.

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Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

We are at a very interesting time – with shifts happening locally and globally, governments changing, and new paradigms emerging. I spoken with various libraries who, when they learned about the NetSquared Local program asked why they couldn’t participate – and I told them that of course they could!

AOL tries to discuss a difficult issue

ASU Lodestar Center

I’m the grandfather of an expensive preemie, so I was incensed by his proposal that AOL employees should be penalized to cover such unanticipated increases in healthcare costs. But instead, he proposed a conversation that had… at its core… ten tiny toes, ten itsy-bitsy fingers, and a name.

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Thoughts on the Social Collaboration Game from SHINE09

Amy Sample Ward

We also had some great role playing contributions from Jess Tyrrell of Germination (playing the “Council Leader&# ) and Cliff Prior of Untld (playing the “Civil Society Minister in a new Tory Government of 2010″). The game combines elements of the Social Media Game, local real-world issues (at SHINE we used local regeneration topics), and the idea development and pitching of the Social Innovation Camp model.

Funding Rural America: Bridging the Resource Gap

Tech Soup Blog

Insights on Government Funding. Since government is a major funder of rural programs, it's useful to know that a clear trend in government funding is interagency collaborations. It is also a good resource on best practices for writing grant proposals.