Nonprofit Profile: First Christian Church of Beardstown Illinois

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The First Christian Church of Beardstown is a non-sectarian Christian church in rural west-central Illinois. Beardstown Illinois is an agricultural market town where farm products are loaded onto barges for transport on the Illinois River. For a very long time faith-based 501(c)(3) charitable organizations have been in a special category and were often barred from foundation grants and corporate donations even though there has never been a strictly legal reason for this.

Online Community Case Study: Illinois Park and Recreation Association's IPRA Online


One of my case studies is the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, and I recently got a heads up from Dean Comber, Director of Operations at IPRA, with a press release on their new online community which they launched at the end of September. Here's a teaser for you. I've been conducting some interviews for case studies of associations using social media, which will appear as part of the Association Social Technologies Survey , which is coming out very soon.


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Measuring and Reporting Nonprofit Outcomes


Heart of Illinois United Way. Gina Edwards Heart of Illinois United Way Leadership measurement nptech nten Strategy Program Gina Edwards. VP, Marketing & Communications. Outcomes are not just visions or goals. They are specific changes or benefits that include a transformation in knowledge, attitudes, values, skills, behaviors or conditions. Outcome information and measurement are the not-for-profit equivalents of the for-profit industry's return on investment.

Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving | Miratel Solutions

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Via Blog Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving | Miratel Solutions : "Today’s report is the ‘Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving’ and is compiled by out of Chicago, Illinois.

Wired Campus: After Shooting, Students Connect Through Facebook -

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Wired Campus: After Shooting, Students Connect Through Facebook - "After Shooting, Students Connect Through FacebookIn the wake of the shooting at Northern Illinois University, numerous groups commemorating the event have already cropped up on Facebook.On one of the largest groups, “Pray for Northern Illinois University Students and Families,” hundreds of students from different

Competitor Accuses Cancer Charity of Not Playing Fair in Pepsi Philanthropy Contest - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Competitor Accuses Cancer Charity of Not Playing Fair in Pepsi Philanthropy Contest - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation's recent involvement in the Pepsi Refresh Contest has drawn criticism from supporters of an Illinois elementary school who claim Kanzius gathered votes in a way that

Yes, I wear a suit sometimes

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I keynoted the Illinois Computing Educators - ICE conference recently, and someone posted a picture on Flickr. It's fun to go out and tell stories to hundreds of people. Mainly, I talk about where Benetech comes from.

Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog

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Peter Wylie and I are each just back home, having presented at the fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA-IL), hosted at Loyola University Chicago. Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog : "People trying to learn how to do predictive modelling on the job often need only one thing to get them to the next stage: Some reassurance that what they are doing is valid.

Cooperative squeezes out a profit by marrying high-tech, nonprofits

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Cooperative squeezes out a profit by marrying high-tech, nonprofits: "Cooperative squeezes out a profit by marrying high-tech, nonprofitsby Carolyne YuAug 01, 2007TECHCOOP_jimcranerCarolyne Yu/MedillThe Illinois Technology Cooperative's Jim Craner works in the comfort of his home.Jim Craner found his first love, computer technology, early on.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Consulting is Proud to support the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy


States participating in the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy are: California Hawaii Illinois New Mexico Ohio Oklahoma West Virginia VisionLink is proud to partner with the Complete College America and believe that “We all work better by working together”. VisionLink’s unique Strategic Advantage consulting department is proud to be supporting the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy (CCA).

UIC working on making virtual chats a reality | Chicago Tribune

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Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are at work. UIC working on making virtual chats a reality | Chicago Tribune: "In five or six years, you probably will be able to chat face-to-face with your favorite actor, musician or politician whenever you feel like it.The technology for such virtual, three-dimensional visits mostly exists or is being developed by video game companies.

Is Your State an Employment First State?

Vertex Systems

Illinois. . . What is the EFSLMP? The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program is an initiative from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, a division of the Department of Labor. . Purpose of EFSLMP. The focus of the EFSLMP is to provide mentorship to "core states" through intensive technical assistance.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Department Produces Complete College America’s National STEM Careers Academy


This Academy, the 13th Completion Academy produced for CCA by VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage department over the past five years, included teams from Massachusetts, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. "Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged.

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson , senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.

TAACCCT Grantee Focus Group / Reception


We really appreciate the input from community college leaders from Ohio, Alabama, and Illinois--and we look forward to implementing their suggestions. On behalf of TAConnecT, VisionLink''s Lois Ann Porter conducted a focus group at the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) Convention: Igniting Innovation , and hosted a well attended networking reception.

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10 Blogging Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the example below, the Northern Illinois Food Bank shares the story of one of their regular volunteers. This is the third post in a blog and webinar series called 101 Digital Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits , written and presented by Heather Mansfield.

Jimmy Fencing

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm between speaking four times in Illinois on Friday (will blog about that soon) and heading to Washington DC today (Sunday) for three days of meetings around Bookshare and social entrepreneurship. My wife Virginia and I were able to squeeze in a quick trip to Boston to see our son Jimmy fence in the Intercollegiate Fencing Championships, his last fencing tournament in college.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

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Naples, Florida, is hosting a meetup on tools for effective email fundraising ; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is hosting a series of Giving Tuesday brainstorming sessions ; and Chicago, Illinois, will explore how your CRM can save end-of-year fundraising plans. Decatur, Illinois: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofit Software. Chicago, Illinois: Net Neutrality. Chicago, Illinois: It's Never Too Late: How Your CRM Can Save End-of-Year Fundraising.

Two Crucial Themes from the GDPR Featuring in US-Privacy Legislation

Connection Cafe

For example, the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA,” adopted), Nevada’s new opt out privacy law (SB 220, adopted), and Illinois’ Data Transparency and Privacy Act (HB 3358, defeated) give residents the right to opt out of the sale of their data by covered businesses. 2018 was a seminal year for privacy. India drafted its first data privacy bill.

Avoiding the Digital Dark Age


Chris Prom, an archivist at the University of Illinois and the brain behind the blog Practical E-Records , does a fabulous job of outlining the big-picture issues at hand in his paper “Facilitating Archives in a Facebook Era,” posted in draft form here. I came to Idealware from the library world: I earned a master’s degree in library and information science and worked as an archivist for a few years.

A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

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But most of all I met some of the most amazing people I will ever know like: Private Curtis Strange from Baltimore; Private Dana Gordon from New York; PFC Kurt Feurst from Illinois and the list goes on. Author: Kent Gilliam. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the only thing on the news on August 2, 1990. That’s the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, an event that would start a domino effect that has lasted more than 20 years.

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Chicago-Area Nonprofits: 2010 Technology Leadership Award Applications Due January 29

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2006 - Illinois Legal Aid : Launched a new website, , which delivers comprehensive legal information, self help resources, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services for Illinois residents who cannot afford an attorney. Lumity , a nonprofit organization serving the Chicago region for 25 years, "helps charitable organizations to more effectively fulfill their missions through technology, financial support services, and training."

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Illinois. Illinois charitable registration: $15. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?” ” One of the biggest question marks comes up when it’s time to calculate the cost of your nonprofit.

How can nonprofits effectively recruit and retain high-performing employees?

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After graduating with her bachelor's degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Political Science from Illinois State University in 2016, Brauer gained experience in the nonprofit sector through working for the American Cancer Society in Chicago, IL. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz. posted by Jennifer Brauer Spring 2019 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

Shifting our Role in the Hub

Beth Kanter

In May of 2008 when I joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation I was given the challenge to figure out how to develop a network to support the nonprofit capacity building work of The Foundation in downstate Illinois. Guest post from Annie Hernandez. The day I heard about the concept for this gathering of grant makers I knew I had to be involved. As a member of the planning committee, I became even more geeked out about this intimate, interactive learning opportunity.

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Coming to Your Town, The Art of Relevance in Hand

Museum 2.0

Co-pilot sadly not attending these events. One of the basic criteria for relevance has to do with effort. The more effort it takes to attain an experience, the less relevant it will feel--even if you know it will be meaningful. When your favorite band comes to town, you'll buy a ticket and go to the show. But you probably won't be in the audience when they perform thousands of miles away. Maybe you've been feeling this way about coming to an event related to The Art of Relevance.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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Chicago, Illinois: Justice Data Lab: Unlocking Government Administrative Data. Chicago, Illinois: Knowledge Mapping for Greater Social Good. Chicago, Illinois: Is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit? Chicago, Illinois: Getting Started Measuring Your Impact When There's No Way You'll Do an RCT. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community.

Cell Phone Data Cleaning – It's Easy

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This week I had the chance to attend the Electronics & Sustainability: Design for Energy and the Environment Symposium at the University of Illinois. It was a good opportunity to get several perspectives from university researchers and industry experts on green IT and electronics recycling and reuse. One presentation I really liked was from Chuck Newman, the founder and chairman of ReCellular , which is the largest U.S. mobile phone collector and aggregator.

7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Check out: Tahirih Justice Center , Northern Illinois Foodbank , or The Homer Fund for some ideas. . By Melissa Russom , a communications strategist who helps nonprofit organizations clarify their brand and message to engage more meaningfully with the people who matter most to them. We trust people more than we trust companies. It’s that simple. .

Nonprofits - Power and Influence in our lives

Connection Cafe

Shortly after reading more about the people, I was looking at some of the vacation photos from my annual Father/Son Baseball trip during which we visited six museums, an aquarium, stumbled upon a duck race fundraiser for Special Olympics, Illinois and attended a Kansas City Royals game where they celebrated "Christmas in July" to help the Salvation Army raise awareness and funds. Author: Tad Druart.

A Jargon-Free Guide to Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3C)

NonProfit Hub

Illinois. So you want to start an organization that benefits a specific cause. Great! That’s why we’re here: to help you navigate this confusing sector simply saturated with content, ideas and innovation. But wait—should you really be starting a nonprofit? Or is something that benefits both the owners and the cause more up your alley? Let’s explore just one of the many options you have in starting a socially responsible organization: a low-profit limited liability company (L3C).

Best of the Web: February 2016


Illinois Legal Aid takes us behind the scenes as it considered the user experience of its online services and how to make it better. One thing that stands out to me as I look at the top posts this past month is how big a role mobile now plays in the nonprofit world. Your website needs to be mobile device optimized (something we’re slowly working on ourselves). Staff members need productivity and collaboration apps on their phones. Mobile video is a huge part of social media now.

16NTC Session Submissions Now Open


It's that time again to start the process of gathering session proposals from the NTEN Community to help inform the program for the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC) in San Jose, California on March 23-25. So whether you have a few sessions you would like to present or some great ideas to suggest for community voting and have others present, we want to hear from you! Submissions will be accepted May 18 - June 26, 2015. >>

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Texting Networks Bring Anonymous Help to Troubled Teens

Mobile Commons

In September, LEAD announced that the Text-a-Tip program would be expanded to all communities in Lake County, Illinois. Text messaging is the go-to means of communication for teenagers. Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone, and 80 percent of them say a phone number for texting is the first thing they share with new friends, according to the Pew Research Center Teens Relationships Survey.

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Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

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Decatur, Illinois: Storytelling, Planning, and Scheduling Content for Your Nonprofit #Storymakers2017. Chicago, Illinois: Making Tech Accessible to Nonprofits. Decatur, Illinois: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofit Software. Chicago, Illinois: Net Neutrality. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches September 5.

Welcome to the Blogosphere: Julia Fabris McBride

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

At the time, she was deputy director for programming at the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation (IAAF). A few years ago when I was working for the Online Arts Leadership project with the New York State Alliance for Arts Organizations and Cornell University, I met Julia Fabris McBride. She has since started her own consultanting company, Community Collaborations. I have not heard from her in a while, but she just sent an email telling me aobut her new blog.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

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Chicago, Illinois: "Not a Scientist" with Dave Levitan. Chicago, Illinois: Engaging Your Donors for Lifelong Giving. Arlington Heights, Illinois: Volunteer Fair — Registration for Nonprofits. Technology helps nonprofits deliver on our missions more effectively, but it can also be fiendishly complicated. Sometimes the best way to get started with a new tool is to have a guide sitting next to you giving directions.

QuickBooks Keeps Kantorei Singing

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Located in northern Illinois, this nonsectarian organization welcomes participants from all walks of life regardless of background, creed, socioeconomic status, or prior skill. Though Kantorei serves a large number of boys in the northern Illinois area, the nonprofit's staff is quite small. Kantorei: The Singing Boys of Rockford, IL is a musical education nonprofit serving boys between the ages of 6 to 18.

TechSoup Global Goes to Congress (Again)

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The event was organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and hosted by Congressional members: Randy Hultgren (Illinois), Chaka Fattah (Pennsylvania), Ben Ray Lujan (New Mexico), and Alan Nunnelee (Mississippi). The Illinois Electronic Waste Recycling Act has successfully created and proven this recycling model. It's not our first time advocating for charities and libraries in the hallowed halls of the U.S.

Build Your Storymaking Skills with Free Events and Webinars

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Chicago, Illinois: Digital Storytelling Month Kickoff. Chicago, Illinois: Digital Storytelling Part II. Chicago, Illinois: Digital Storytelling Month Kickoff. Chicago, Illinois: Digital Storytelling Part II. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches April 4. We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community.

Comfort vs. Action: The Internal Debate

ASU Lodestar Center

Laura earned an MA in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder (2007) and a BA in Communication from University of Illinois at Chicago (2004). posted by. Laura E. Tan , University Service Learning /. AmeriCorps Coordinator. ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. A close friend of mine and I were having a conversation about his future job prospects when he mentioned that the offer he was most interested in didn’t include health insurance.

QuickBooks 2013 Made Easy for Nonprofits — Upcoming Webinar on February 28

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Gregg is also teaching a live seminar designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations in Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania in March and April. Need an easy way to handle your organization's accounting transactions? Want to learn more about the newest version of QuickBooks ? Join our upcoming webinar, QuickBooks 2013 Made Easy for Nonprofits and Charities , on Thursday, February 28 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

We Want YOU to Help Scale Up Mobile for the Common Good

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"They not only lowered our monthly mobile bill by more than 25 percent, they provided a better network, better care and aligned our mission with our mobile," said Michael Banghart, executive director, RSSI, Chicago, Illinois.