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The reporter also noted that listservs were displacing traditional communications vehicles such as the home owner association newsletter and the community center bulletin board. These findings didn’t surprise us here at Beaconfire, we play close attention to how nonprofit professionals use listservs. More than 2,000 subscribed to the Chevy Chase listserv, more than 5,000 subscribed to the Cleveland Park listserv.

Network of Networks: Using a Listserv to Engage your Audience


Water Words That Work , an informative blog by Erik Eckl, is a great resource for conservation and pollution control organizations. Last year Erik monitored 64 email discussion lists for 6 months, and surveyed list subscribers to gather information about their habits and preferences. Network of Networks: Email Lists, Nature Protection, and Pollution Control reports his findings. The report also includes information on adoption and usage of “Web 2.0″


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Web2.0 meets listserve? This is an embeddable discussion thread?

Network-Centric Advocacy

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NetCentric Advocacy: Listserves in Environmental Movement: Good Review

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | DoGooderTV-Contest » March 23, 2007 Listserves in Environmental Movement: Good Review Here is another good report to read on the heart of all our years of listserve management and user contributed content in the listserve universe that predates web2.0 It provides best practices for establishing successful listservs and explores the parallels between this network of networks and newer online communities like Digg, YouTube, Flickr, and blogs.

From Offline to Online and Back Again: The Bike Equity Network


From building a movement to groundtruthing an organization's policies, a listserv can be a powerful tool for a revolution within and beyond an organization. I am a big fan of email listservs. Advocacy listserv online community Organizational Culture ProgramAdonia Lugo. Creator. Bicicultures. They can be a great tool to bring together people virtually who will not cross paths in life. My first experiment with online networking was creating the Bicicultures list in 2012.

Moving Listserv Email from Inbox To RSS: A Few Steps Closer

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by SCFiasco on Flickr. A great big thank you to Ryan over at PICnet for this hack -- I can now move my NTEN Affinity Groups emails over the reader. This, of course, assumes that haven't reaced the point of RSS reader overload and I can successfully shift my email reading habit

Facebook as a Financial Platform?

Network-Centric Advocacy

Tags: Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Listservs Media Trends netcentric nptech Organizing Guide Personal Rants Web/Tech

The Strategy of Web Superiority and Web Dominance of an issue.

Network-Centric Advocacy

Online communications including websites, blogs, listservs and email tools are no longer tactical elements to be constituted and ignored to support traditional legal, program and fundraising strategies. In the past, I have highlighted the value of web dominance and in 2003 talked about the value of "web superiority" with the hope of flooding the chatter, setting the tempo and message online no matter where online influentials looked they would see your message.

NetCentric Advocacy: Frappr! Group Location Awareness

Network-Centric Advocacy

Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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5 Proven Tips for Building Your Nonprofits Email List


If visitors have to search around the tabs on your site, they may never find your listserve sign up. If you have a link to your Facebook and Twitter at the top of your homepage and your listserve at the bottom, it implies that you prefer to interact with your audience on your social media sites. Social media is talked about so much that you probably think every other form of communication is dead (Ok, maybe your thinking isn’t that extreme). But that’s not the case.

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Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? link]. link]. link].

No Social Interactions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Hat tip, Katrin Verclas - NTEN Discuss listserv (yes I still read listservs When I suggested to Nancy White that she set up a facebook profile for her dead dog tigger in an old photograph, she told me I needed a break. Now, I found it: N OSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

When not to use email.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month, in a blog post that I wrote called " RSS As Information Coping Tool " - experimented with switching some my listserv subscriptions to RSS reader. If you're goal is to reduce the email clutter, but not read the listserv posts and still be subscribed - than listserv is a great method for not dealing with your inability to let go. Makes sense to really think about whether an information source/listserv is giving you value or not.

TechCamp for Organizers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

via an email from Dirk Slater posted to Rider-News listserv. comes TechCamp for Organizers brought to you by Progressive Technology Project. Looks like a tad more structured than barcamp

Tips for Managing and Engaging Online Communities


took over the world, people were part of smaller online participatory communities called listservs. Though not as sexy as Twitter, people are still active on listservs and they continue to be valuable tools for nonprofits and community groups to connect with people who are passionate about discussing issues, sharing resources, and engaging in thoughtful and sometimes heated debates. The biggest barriers groups face is how to structure listservs. Before Web 2.0

November Member Round-Up: Data satellites, women in nonprofit tech, and horrifying your middle school teacher


AASP''s listserv, Fundsvcs, won the grand prize in the 2013-2014 LISTSERV Choice Awards. Check out the latest news and good reads from your fellow NTEN Members: Go ahead, risk horrifying your old middle school teacher. M+R shares 6 Rules for Online Writing that just might shatter some old grammar rules. Congratulations to NTEN Member Partner, Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) !

Controlling data entry

Robert Weiner

A member of the PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) asked "What do other institutions do to regulate or “police” data entry work, specifically when you have multiple users with authority to make updates?". It's a tough problem. Here are a few approaches (other than locking down data entry): Policies. You need clear data entry standards. Security. You need to control who can make changes and what they can change. Training.

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All You Need To Know About Virtual Conferences


An association usually hosts the event and will market it on their website, through academic and social forums, through listservs, word-of-mouth, and more. Virtual conferences allow brands, organizations, and businesses to connect individuals in unprecedented ways.

Feed My Inbox — RSS feeds by email

Robert Weiner

I prefer listserves over online forums and email to IM. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks: I like to get information by email. And I don't like having to look at a web page/feed reader every day to find out whether anything new has appeared on an RSS feed. I want information to come to me -- I don't want to seek it out.

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December 2010 Community Builder’s Chat Wrap-up #CommBuild

Amy Sample Ward

Laura Norvig shared the guidelines used for their email listserv: E-mail discussion lists hosted by the Resource Center are not moderated. In this month’s chat,we had some good discussion around social media guildines and online community moderation. We heard from many people that there were too many holiday deadlines at work to make the chat so be sure to add your thoughts to the comments here after reading the archive to join in! Read the full transcript here!

Training on your new database

Robert Weiner

A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. I discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE's Handbook of Institutional Advancement. Here are some more detailed rules of thumb: 90% of training is forgotten within the first 2 weeks if it's not put to immediate use. Not everyone can train. It's an art.

Some Little Known Faith-Based Technology Resources

Tech Soup Blog

Church Technology Listservs. I’ve been following the discussions on the Unitarian Universalist techie listserv and it’s a great information sharing group. Another is the ChurchMgmtSoftware listserv. We’ve been talking to folks from some of the 350,000 congregations around the country and have been hearing that they’d like more coverage of IT resources for religious oriented charities on TechSoup.

Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using | Beth’s Blog

AFP Blog

Email, Facebook, posting to listserves, your website, direct mail—the list goes on and on. Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using | Beth’s Blog : "Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using – Guest Post by Laura Quinn You’re likely using more than one channel to communicate. How do you know which of those channels is actually driving people to donate, register for an event, or even sign up for your eNewsletter?

Sharing my #EpicThanks – please join me!

Amy Sample Ward

Whether it’s on listservs, forums, blogs, facebook, twitter or anywhere else – there are so many people looking to foster open dialogue on issues important to and impacting the work of changemakers, activists and innovators around the world. I’ve been secretly conspiring with a few friends on Epic Thanks , a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude, and I’m hoping you’ll join me by bringing your grateful heart to the party!

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Help Us Help You: Austin-area service opportunities wanted for the 15NTC


Skype, Google Hangout, listserv) Virtual opportunities can begin ahead of the conference If you''re a 15NTC attendee looking to volunteer while in Austin, you can sign up for an opportunity here. Giving back to the local community that physically hosts the NTEN Community through NTC Days of Service expresses a guiding value of the annual event. Throughout the 15NTC, there will be volunteer opportunities to engage and share the community''s skills with Austin, TX area nonprofits.

Don't Register for Shelfari: It Spams Your Address Book

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The "bacn" from this program was sent to a listserv, and it annoyed people on the list. I've gotten too many messages from colleagues that have the subject line "Do We Read The Same Books" and it encourages you to sign up for a social software called Shelfari. The problem is that the Shelfari uses the "find a friend" feature to spam your friends without permission. So, don't install Shelfari or you will be apologizing to your friends.

Games for Change Is Seeking A Community Manager

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This person will also oversee G4C's online presence, listserv, and future social networking space. Games for Change is looking to hire a community manager to manage a variety of online projects, primarily the Knowledge Network. This is a resource directory and social networking space for the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative, a 4-year funded project going into its 2nd year.

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. And the final question, would you be willing to share it and all your assumptions with this Listserv?

New Study: Social Media Use By Foundation Leaders

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Other findings include: More established forms of online communications — e-newsletters and Listservs — are regularly used by foundation CEOs at a much higher rate (65 percent and 45 percent, respectively) than the newer social media tools. The Foundation Center released a report that documents the usage of social media tools by foundation executives based on survey responses from 73 members of the Center’s Grantmaker Leadership Panel.

Extreme Makeover Goes Bookshare.org!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Cindy, one of our volunteers, shared the following on our volunteer listserv (and she said it better than I could!): A Bookshare.org member is going to be featured this weekend on on TV on Extreme Makeover. The opening episode, two hours, of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, features the home and family of one of our bookshare members and active volunteers, Vic Llanes. The show is this Sunday, from 8-10 p.m.

Great reads from around the web on April 8th

Amy Sample Ward

Mobilizing online communities in the Face of Disaster: Tips … – "On the 12th of March, one day after the tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan Ichi – Hiroyasu Ichikawa – the NetSquared Local organizer from Tokyo sent an e-mail to our NetSquared Local Organizer listserve asking for the best practices for mobilizing online communities in the time of a disaster. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Harry Potter all-night online party

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Folks have set up, in addition to the traditional listservs, an online channel for the Bookshare.org community that allows both voice chat and text messaging in a way that is highly accessible to people with disability. Well, it's 3 am, and I've just checked out of the all-night Bookshare.org Harry Potter on-line party. It's been going for 7 hours already, and the moment of truth is approaching.

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Discussion of Donor Data Retention

Robert Weiner

The same topic came up recently on the APRA''s listserve, PRSPCT-L. A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. There seems to be a feeling we should remove any records that have not had an action in 7 years. I’m a bit worried by this. Does this make sense to others?

$100 Laptop at WSIS 2005

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here are some links from various listserv discussions and blog posts when the laptop was announced here in Boston last month. WSIS 2005: $100 laptop Originally uploaded by BillT. Here's a photo from WSIS flickr stream. A comment mentions this: " A slightly embarrassed Mr Annan inadvertently broke the crank handle of the non-functioning model on display as he left" from this news story.

[VIDEO] Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID


Whether you are new to grants, and re-evaluating how your organization seeks out grant funding, Rachel Werner will go through what you need to know to become more grant ready. Full Transcript: Steven: All right, Rachel, I got 2:00 Eastern. Is it okay if I go ahead and get us started officially here?

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Guest Post by Allyson Kapin: Top 8 Social Media Tracking Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Listservs: Participate in listservs that align with your nonprofit’s mission and where your organizations’ issues are being discussed. Listservs provide great opportunities to not only promote your organizations initiatives but to listen to what other people are saying about your issues. WOMM (word of mouth marketing) and earned media should be key components of any communications plan to market your nonprofit’s website.

2009 NTC Preview: Grant Howe on Remote Computing


Most are outsourcing website, email, and listserv hosting. Over the last couple of years, our IT Staffing reports have found that nonprofits are hosting their own software and services less and less. Increasingly, organizations are also using software as a service, virtualization, and other remote computing techniques to support remote staff and increase collaboration across their sectors.

Four Great Resources for Foundation Technology

Tech Soup Blog

" TAG is an active community of around 300 foundation techies who: Discuss foundation technology on the TAG listserv and blog. Foundation techies can ask any type of question on the TAG listserv, strategic or very specific, and nearly always get an informed answer from a member on the same day. Philanthropy is very much a two-sided coin. Charities carry out mission-based work. Foundations fund and coordinate mission-based work.

More online than local: Why I love Google Docs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's the same kind of impatience I feel reading email from listservs -- only because my RSS reader makes scanning and reading a lot of information very eficient. I'm not going to ditch email or listservs anytime soon. I still read listservs because that's the only place I can find a particular people/peers sharing information about a particular topic. Last month, when I had my horrible computer crash, I lost one or two documents and a few emails.

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Lame spam of the day: BBB service Re: Case # (various numbers)

Robert Weiner

A friend posted about them on a listserve and said that clicking the link downloads a virus. I got 7 versions of this today, at 2 different email addresses. They included an attachment called bbb_logo.jpg but no graphics in the message body. This scam has been around for a while. Here's an article about a similar batch in 2007. Version 1: Sender: ::Better Business Bureau:: (support@bbb.org). Subject: BBB service Re: Case # 87348414. Text: Attn: Owner/Manager.

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My Birthday Wish: Support My Fundraiser for NTEN

Beth Kanter

Back in the old days, there was a very small community of peer that I could ask questions and learn from — we had a listserv! Today is my birthday! To celebrate, rather than eat cake, I’m fundraising for the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Please consider donating to the fundraiser with colleague Cindy Leonard. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for 35 years.

Conference Calls.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here's a few vendors mentioned on the listserv: Live Office Conference Call ReadyTalk Conference calls and web conferencing. My computer crash has made me resolve to turn over a new leaf. No more email hoarding! I need to summarize and synthesize what I find valuable on my blog. So, here's a quick summary of good stuff that was shared on the N-TEN discuss list today about conference calls.

September Wrap-Up Community Builder Chat: Online, Offline, and Migration


Question 1 : asked about migrating a community from one tool to another, specifically from listservs to a website/forum. Some of the responses highlighted the need to understand what was currently working for the listserv conversations and what would be a valuable hook to move people to the forums, and especially who within the community (not the org) may be the most influential in a successful migration. Tonight was the 2nd monthly Community Builder chat ; and I had a great time!