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.

Guatemalan National Police Archive Goes Online

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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). You can read more about the Guatemalan National Police Archive digital repository here. Benetech archive Martus National Police Archive human rights disappearances Patrick Ball Guatemala

Celebrating The Nation's Founding

VisionLink

It began on the 4 th of July, that day in Philadelphia, when our fathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to proposition that all men are equal. Take a moment today to celebrate that we, the people continue the dialogue of self-government.

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.

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.

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.

Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

In other words, the effectiveness of the charitable work ultimately falls to how the nonprofit is governed. The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? A contingency approach to nonprofit governance.

Research Friday: The Functions of Government in Social Entrepreneurship

ASU Lodestar Center

Government has a rich legacy of social entrepreneurship. In response to the Great Depression in the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration enacted the nation’s first-ever social policy with the programs of the Social Security Act. posted by. Gordon Shockley, Ph.D.

Celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

For the entire month of October, TechSoup and our donor partners will be participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (also known as NCSAM). October might be a time for ghosts and monsters, but there are some other evils lurking out there: Internet malware, viruses, and threats!

Protecting Guatemala's National Police Historical Archive

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Discovered last summer, the warehouse contains approximately 80 million records from the archive of the Guatemalan National Police. When the National Police were disbanded after the country's 1996 Peace Accords, police officials denied that any records existed.

Grantseeking Basics: Researching Funders Part One – Government

Tech Soup Blog

Stepanie’s first tip is to start with local funders who often give smaller grants and also tend to have fewer strings attached than those from larger private or especially government agencies that have high administrative overhead. Federal Government Grants.

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. It's finally here!

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

Mobile Commons

The municipal New York City government’s use of text messaging has already started to trickle into other cities across the nation. To learn more about how to your government organization can start using text messaging to reach citizens, please email us at sales@mobilecommons.com. The post Five Government Agencies Improving the Lives of New Yorkers with Text Messaging appeared first on Mobile Commons.

National Cancer Institute PSA Increases Enrollment in Smoking Cessation Program by 100x

Mobile Commons

A PSA from the National Cancer Institute has boosted teen enrollment in their SmokefreeTXT smoking cessation program one-hundredfold, according to the organization’s behavioral scientist Erik Augustson. All Posts Blog Calls to Action Government health Nonprofit npo Use Cases

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Obama Tech Team Turns to SMS to Help Inauguration Attendees Navigate the National Mall

Mobile Commons

Want to know how to National Mall during the busiest social event of the quadrennium? During the most recent inaugural ceremony, the president’s re-election campaign used text messaging to help the attendees navigate the crowds and the crush at the National Mall.

National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT Has Doubled Quit Rates Among Teens

Mobile Commons

The National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT smoking cessation campaign has more than doubled quit rates among teens, according to a recent article in Politico. Blog Customer News Government health Mobile Resources and Research Success Stories Use Cases

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National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT Helps Smokers Countdown to Quitting

Mobile Commons

The National Cancer Institute is launching SmokefreeTXT, and it takes advantage of the flexibility of mobile to have a two-way, personalized conversation with every user. All Posts Blog government health Use CasesWe’ve been seeing a lot recently how tremendously successful text messages are as a tool for helping smokers quit. Text message campaigns are used in cities like New York and Louisville, and research shows how effective it is – sometimes even doubling quit rates.

A Different Story of Thanksgiving: The Repatriation Journey of Glenbow Museum and the Blackfoot Nations

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Blackfoot people are from four First Nations: Siksika, Kainai, Apatohsipiikani, and Ammskaapipiikani (Piikani). Together, the four nations call themselves the Niitsitapi, the Real People. The museum couldn’t repatriate the bundles without government signoff.

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.

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. Colorado Smart Community – online community focused on transforming the Colorado government.

SMS Nation: Mobile Strategists, Renewing Library Books, And Child Services Support

Mobile Commons

Here are three interesting and recent uses cases of text messaging around the nation today. The success of this program is promising, and will hopefully lead to more efficient government services in other agencies across the country.

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.

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.

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.

National Cancer Institute and Mobile Commons for Health – A Press Roundup

Mobile Commons

Last month, as part of the launch of Mobile Commons for Health , we also debuted a new partnership with the National Cancer Institute to run their SmokefreeTXT campaign. “The National Cancer Institute is enlisting SMS for a far-reaching program targeting teens and young adults with messages designed to help them quit smoking.” Blog Company News government health Press Press Releases Success Stories Successes Text Messages Why Mobile Commons

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Mobile Organizing for 2012 – Our Netroots Nation Panel Streaming Live

Mobile Commons

Our CEO Jed Alpert is moderating a panel at Netroots Nation called “Mobile Organizing for 2012: From Elections to Occupy, Anti-Fracking to Arab Spring.” Liba Wenig Rubenstein ,who leads partnerships, programming, and outreach for politics, government, and advocacy at Tumblr. Check it out – and also watch all the rest of the Netroots Nation panels below.

The Scoop on National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tech Soup Blog

anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month , the folks from our great donor partner, Symantec, asked us to check out the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance website. How to Participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. October 2013 being the 10 th.

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.

Don’t Be Fooled by Abstract Jargon: Internet Governance and ICT Policy

Tech Soup Blog

Most civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens don’t use high-level jargon such as Internet governance and ICT policy. The Internet, and technology as a whole, is so intertwined with day-to-day life that the decisions made by governments and corporations directly impact how we use the Internet and how CSOs work — now and in the future. The 6th Internet Governance Forum will soon bring multiple stakeholders to Kenya to discuss key policy and governance issues.

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Governmental Transparency and e-Governance: What's Social Enterprise's Role?

Tech Soup Blog

The most interesting part was a session on e-governance featuring R Chandrashekhar and John Suffolk. government and Chandrashekhar is the secretary of India's Ministry of Communications and IT. Both men have received a lot of recognition for changing how their respective governments use technology to provide services. Suffolk mentioned this TechCrunch article on how deeper government transparency can be a catalyst for innovation.

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Social Innovation: Harnessing What Works to Address Critical National Challenges

Have Fun - Do Good

To learn more about the Fund, I attended a panel called Social Innovation: Harnessing What Works to Address Critical National Challenges at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Barriers to entry: The government prescribes a lot of requirements (i.e.

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.

Online Strategies for Open-Government / Ideas from the Obama Team

Influence

The incoming Obama administration is pledging to use some innovative internet strategies to expand citizen access to government information and processes. The transition team says the new administration will seek to expand the transparency of how the government works and give Americans new ways to participate in deliberations and decision-making. government CTO, spoke about how DC has created more than 200 data feeds on D.C.

Guatemalan Police Archive Finds Evidence in Disappearance Case

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Guest Beneblog by Tamy Guberek (Benetech HRDAG team member from Colombia) There is important news this month from our partners at the Guatemalan National Police Archive, which has worked since 2006 with Benetech’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG).

Verdict in Guatemala Disappearance Case!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A strong example of this work was shown on October 18th when Benetech statistical consultant Daniel Guzmán presented expert legal testimony in the trial of two former agents of the Guatemalan National Police, Abraham Lancerio Gómez and Héctor Roderico Ramírez. Guzmán’s testimony was based on his analysis of the Guatemalan National Police Archive which was discovered by chance in 2005 in a munitions storehouse in Guatemala City.

Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Hatch Introduce Serve America Act of 2008 at Service Nation Summit

Have Fun - Do Good

This morning at the Service Nation Summit , Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), represented by his niece, Caroline Kennedy, announced that they are introducing the Serve America Act of 2008.

FEMA Partnership Day

VisionLink

Visionlink attends due to our work with both government and non profit disaster agencies. The event is open to the public and is being hosted at the national FEMA headquarters in WDC. Join us at the FEMA NVOAD Partnership Day!

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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Care2 Petition Helps Prevent National Park Service Changes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

» Thursday Jul 06 2006 Care2 Petition Helps Prevent National Park Service Changes Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 02:41PM | by shannon The American people can send loud and clear messages to the government, and when they do, officials are often responsive.

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