Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

Connection Cafe

At the level of language, there is not. The big idea as I see it is to speak the language of results together. Four reasons to speak the language of results together: The writings are much simpler and shorter. Financial investors share a language built on differentiation.

Clear Language Matters: Your Nonprofit’s Mission Deserves It

Connection Cafe

In doing so, however, many forget the simple truth that using clear language to describe what you do and why is not only important but essential. And if you deploy language to describe that core essence that is better suited to a research paper, well, then you’re simply not going to be as effective in connecting with the community (donors, volunteers, potential customers), period.

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Breaking Through Language Barriers with Technology

NTEN

The growing language diversity in America has important implications for how nonprofits engage with, and serve, our communities. According to the 2010 Census , more than 20% of individuals in the US speak a language other than English at home, and of those, less than half say they don’t speak English very well. Liz Keith. Program Manager, LawHelp.org. Pro Bono Net.

Speaking your Members’ and Customers’ Language: Six Gaps that might be Dooming Associations to Irrelevance

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Leading Through Language

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Communication expert Bart Egnal reveals why jargon is so prevalent in the workplace, and why it usually undermines those who use it, in his book, Leading Through Language. Step by step, Egnal demonstrates how effective leaders reject fuzzy terminology in favor of the language of leadership.

Tech Tools to Benefit the Spanish-Language Community

Tech Soup Blog

Spanish is the second-most-common language in the United States, with an estimated 40 million Americans speaking Spanish as their primary language. At TechSoup, we know that many nonprofits and libraries serve Spanish-speaking communities in everything from teaching English as a second language, to financial and educational services, to local family- and health-related programs. Spanish-Language Products Available at TechSoup: read more.

Choosing Words That Influence And Inspire

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Communication expert Bart Egnal reveals why jargon is so prevalent in the workplace, and why it usually undermines those who use it, in his new book, Leading Through Language. When you speak from a place of conviction, your language becomes personal, authentic, and powerful.

Mobile Commons Supports Special Language Character Sets

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons is proud to announce that our platform now supports both the universal ASCII and the GSM language character sets. This new feature is available to all our customers, and allows them to more accurately message their subscribers in other languages besides English.

Guest Post: Language Matters

Museum 2.0

Although I was careful about aligning my Great Ideas with the museum’s mission, and made sure I addressed issues I knew would be of concern to my audience, I wasn’t careful enough with the language I used to describe my ideas. So in short, watch your language.

The Universal Language of Technology Conferences: Schwag

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I arrived in Mumbai on Monday morning in the very early morning hours (3:00 am) after a trip that lasted nearly 24 hours and hopped across 12 time zones.

How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

Strong and effective body language. Only 7% of communication is verbal – a whopping 55% is your body language and eye contact! Strong and effective body language can help establish an immediate rapport with your audience and signal confidence in your message.

How To Understand The Native Language Of Facebook

John Haydon

You won’t get their jokes, expressions, body language or any other unique characteristics of their native culture. If you’re not using Facebook as an individual, you’ll never really fully understand the culture.

Your Organization: Now Available in Any Language

Tech Soup Blog

Tear Down the Language Barrier. With Ultralingua, you can put language reference and translation tools at your staff's and volunteers' fingertips, while saving the cost, paper, and shelf space of printed books. If you offer computer use to your constituents — like a library computer lab or desktop access at a homeless shelter — Ultralingua is a great tool to help those for whom English is a second language.

If English is your Second Language, What Language do you blog in?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here is the case for both sides, bulleted: Why blog in English: You can also blog in your own language, but when you blog in English, you???re You are writing to a targeted audience and you should speak the language of that audience. Your language has your culture in it. Language and culture go together. That is the title of a post on ProBlogger today. It jogged my memory of a session at the Cambodian Bloggers Summit , "Is It Better To Blog in English or Khmer?"

The Visual Language of PowerPoint

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Standford scholar Robert Horn who wrote "Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century," offers some great insights to anyone who needs to communicate with words and images in this Q&A My strongest learning style is visual and perhaps that why I've always been attracted to using images to make a point in powerpoint and graphjc organizers.

Language that Works | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

» Language that Works Posted Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 3:55 pm by blehman (3 posts) One of the great challenges of being an IA is that it’s not nearly as much fun as design. What Languages Can Your Bulk Email Tool Speak? Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

Having Greater Impact Through Community and Collaboration

Connection Cafe

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all speak the same giving, measurement and outcomes language? And wouldn’t it be even better if we could work together to grow that common language?

NpTech Summary: Advocacy 2.0, Sketchcastes, and NpTech in Different Languages

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What language is this? And, if you want to add sub-titles in another language to a video, use dot.sub. Ruby Sinreich's Advocacy 2.0 Presentation Slides on flickr Blog post here. NpTech Talk. The Socialmarkets Manifesto is here. There are many sparks for conversation about the points raised. The "Failure is an option" particularly caught my eye. "We can't talk about transparency, accountability and honest evaluation without addressing the contentious topic of failure.

What Languages Can Your Bulk Email Tool Speak? | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2007 at 10:40 am by usha (14 posts) Recently, we had two different clients ask us for assistance in finding mass email tools that have built-in support for multiple languages. If you dabble in the area of internationalization (i18n) in tech tools, then you would agree with me when I say that it is particularly difficult to find a technology solution that can fully support languages like Arabic and Chinese.

What is Jumo? | Nonprofit Trends with Steve MacLaughlin | a.

NonProfit Trends

Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 30th, 2010 Jumo means “together in concert” in Yoruba, a West African language. All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking What is Jumo?

Leading Through Langauge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Communication expert Bart Egnal reveals why jargon is so prevalent in the workplace, and why it usually undermines those who use it, in his book, Leading Through Language. Step by step, Egnal demonstrates how effective leaders reject fuzzy terminology in favor of the language of leadership.

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

Connection Cafe

What has become more apparent and increasingly recognized is the need for a universal language and increased communication on data around progress and outcomes. We all agreed that the field would benefit from connected data through a universal language and increased sharing.

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Cutting Through the Clutter of Year-End Appeals

Connection Cafe

Use language that is all about you. Utilitarian language quickly becomes part of the loud fundraising noise that barrages your donors, especially at year-end. Here’s an Example of Utilitarian vs. Inspiring Communication: A Report: Utilitarian Language.

10 Ways To Be A Better Listener

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Watch for non-verbal clues, body language, gestures and facial expressions. Display a friendly, open attitude and body language. Being a good listener is absolutely essential to being an effective leader. When you really listen, you : Remember names and facts correctly.

Text SHUT THE *&%$ UP to Unsubscribe: Why Technology Needs to Relate to People in The Language They Actually Use

Mobile Commons

It’s crucial that organizations embrace this way of communicating via text by creating or using technology that can respond flexibly to natural language. The carriers mandate that, if someone texts “help,” that person must receive compliance language explaining who the message is coming from and detailing the standard messaging charges. People tell organizations to shut up in the same natural language that they tell other people to.

Spachen sie Twitter?

NCE Social Media

Are you speaking in your audience’s languages? What language is your audience using? Tags: Education and Training Tools language rosetta twitter A new report from Semiocast came out stating that half of all messages on Twitter are not in English. This is a drop from 69 percent during the same period in 2009. I believe this proves the increase in global use of social media.

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Is Going into Full Effect – Are You Ready?

Connection Cafe

And there is very specific instruction provided for language that must be included under CASL, regardless of whether the email collection method is electronic or paper. Do you have clear and obvious language on all of your forms requesting permission to email future messages (this should include the name of your nonprofit in the language)?

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No More Jargon, It’s Time for Plain English in P2P Messaging

Connection Cafe

It’s time to cut the jargon and start using language our supporters understand. Dictionary.com defines jargon as: The language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group.

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Biblica Implements Box to Collaborate Securely Worldwide

Tech Soup Blog

The organization produces both written and audio translations in more than 100 major languages around the world and focuses.( Biblica is a worldwide publisher and translator of the New International Version Bible, the most read English Bible in the world.

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How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

Only 7% of communication is verbal – a whopping 55% is your body language and eye contact! Strong and effective body language can help establish an immediate rapport with your audience and signal confidence in your message. Body language can betray you. by Rachel Muir.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Be aware of what they say, how they say it and body language. Observe and Understand Body Language. According to research, 55% of the message you convey comes from your body language. Here’s a terrific cheat sheet for common body language signals and what they mean.

A Worthy Read: National Education Technology Plan

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I liked this quote: In addition to enabling students with disabilities to use content and participate in activities, the concepts also apply to accommodating the individual learning needs of students, such as English language learners, students in rural communities, or students from economically disadvantaged homes. 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.

Why Generative?

SocialFish

New language can really help that. And the process of jointly creating some shared language gives us the opportunity to work more effectively with each other on the task at hand. That was a question posed during a Humanize webinar Maddie and I gave last week about the book.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

If the request for proposal or award doesn’t include indirect costs, you can use the language at CFR 200.414 (c) to remind funders of the requirements. In the for-profit sector, customers provide revenue that covers the cost of providing the products and services they buy.

NetCentric Advocacy: Superstructure of Language: Lakoff on Common Good and Freedom

Network-Centric Advocacy

True Spin: A National Conference on Media Relations for Progressives » October 13, 2005 Superstructure of Language: Lakoff on Common Good and Freedom George Lakoff has a good riff in the middle of this interview (Windows Media File) on the competitive ideas of "Common Good". NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Buzz Game: Can we Get one of these for Environmental Issues?

Google AdWords for Nonprofits: 10 Tips About Keywords - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But, in my experience, this is merely because those who rule the business strategy domain don’t speak the language of mission driven organizations, who are put off by any attempt to reduce their work to fit onto forms and spreadsheets.

Association Social Media Jobs – Digital – October 27

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Digital Marketing Associate | New York University Director of Marketing | International Franchise Association Product Marketing Specialist | Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. Here’s the latest DIGITAL marketing jobs from the SocialFish job board !

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Five Recent Facebook Upgrades That Nonprofits Need to Know About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The ability for fans to translate your Page’s Status Updates into their native language appears to have been launched in October 2011, though I didn’t notice it until very recently.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

With a platform for shared understanding of outcomes definition, how to measure progress, and a standardized language for giving, foundations and nonprofits are able to collaborate for change more effectively.