Listserves part 2.


I'm not going to transfer my members all over to the new listserves one by one. Besides, I can do a group email to all via the database later on just to check whether everyone is on the listserves who wants to be. So I wake up at 3:30 this morning; my neck is cricked, one arm is totally dead, I'm lying in a weird "S" shape, sardined between my 18 month old and my hubby on the right, my 4 year old on the left, and at least one cat splayed across my ankles. And suddenly it hits me.

On the [science/art?] of listserves.


So there was a short discussion on the ASAE technology listserve today about whether listserves ("listservs?" In my Memberclicks database, we get listserves included. However, we already had six L-Soft listserves, which cost us $300 per year, and I just got a notice of the annual renewal in October, so obviously I am thinking, "let's move everyone over to the free database ones!".

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.

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″

Washington Post: Listserv use soars | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

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.

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

Vinay Kumar joins the clump!


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Here's a great idea!


Just got this email from George Breeden at RSM McGladrey to the ASAE Technology listserve: ".the This is a great example of how to cross-fertilize ideas, and specifically of using tried and tested modes of communication (the listserves) to create value for new ones (the wiki), AND showing the value of the wiki to a wider audience through adding templates and resources. listserves creativity technology innovation wikis

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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.

Facebook as a Financial Platform?

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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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Online Community: Old School Still Rulz | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Words that Work » Online Community: Old School Still Rulz Posted Monday, March 26th, 2007 at 8:49 am by Eric (25 posts) Here at Beaconfire, we’re as excited as anybody about Web 2.0 — but the good-old-fashioned listserv is the online community of choice for those with serious activist inclinations, at least environmental activists.

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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?

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. 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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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

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.

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

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

Amy Sample Ward

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!

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.

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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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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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.

Private Community Management – #cmgrhangout


What are some ways associations can convert listserves into communities?

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!

10 Tools and Strategies to Market Your Nonprofit on a Shoe-String Budget


Listservs: Participate in listservs that align with your nonprofit’s mission and where your organizations’ issues are being discussed.

My Birthday Wish: Support My Fundraiser for NTEN

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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).

Guest Post: Collections Access - Open the Door Wider

Museum 2.0

Recently, several subscribers to the RCAAM (Registrar’sCommittee of AAM) listserv posted concerns about professional photographers and museum visitors taking photographs of objects on exhibition. North Carolina Museum of History 1988.39.4

How to Launch Your Nonprofit Website

NonProfit Hub

Email listserv signup. Before you welcome the world to do business with your nonprofit, you need to make sure your front door is ready to welcome all visitors. Doing so doesn’t mean going out and purchasing a wreath, a fancy door mat or a fancy brass knocker.

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?

Why Do We Interpret Art and Science So Differently?

Museum 2.0

Thank you to the ISEN listserv for helping spark this post, via the controversy over Richard Dawkins' denigrating remarks about informal science. A genius has just created a major body of work. Her work is monumental in her field, but her achievements are somewhat opaque to the general public.

Associations and voting


I know questions about online voting processes (specifically) come up on the ASAE listserves all the time - so this could be interesting for you. Votenet Solutions needs your help. If you hold elections, take their 5-minute survey. CEO Michael Tuteur says, "We’re working with to capture a snapshot of average voter turnouts, voting costs and processes, trends in online voting and more."

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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Thoughts on Chatter while the Kool-Aid flows at Dreamforce

Judi Sohn

We have a couple of email listservs on Google Groups of our top-tier advocates that we've been interested in migrating to an online community. It's the beginning of Day 2 at Dreamforce , the gigantic Salesforce user conference in San Francisco.

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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.

Are you a community manager?


How do you transition into your new community from listserves? Are you an association/nonprofit community manager (or association exec with community management newly thrust upon you?).

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?

A 5 Week Mid-Level Donor Boot Camp: Make Your Nonprofit’s Mid-Level Fundraising Program Great Again

Connection Cafe

Our mid-level fundraising listserv has more than 200 active participants. Are you suffering from mid-level donor envy? More and more organizations are catching on to the importance of this generous and loyal tier of donors.

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My top 5 Salesforce/Common Ground administrator tips (as presented at the Convio Summit)

Judi Sohn

Join NPSF Bit of a shameless plug as I've been co-moderator of the Nonprofit Salesforce Practitioners listserv for a couple of years now. I just got back from 3 fabulous days in Baltimore at the Convio Summit user conference.

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Listerve - 1, Forum - nil


They are hanging out on the listserve! They are posting referral requests on the listserve. They are posting office suites for rent on the listserve. They are posting comments about just-attended scientific meetings on the listserve! And it's a big old hassle to post an article in there, when I could much more easily cut and paste from my various Google alerts into a nice simple email, and send it to the listserve.

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.

Hey, did I tell you my plan for world domination?


So we've started, with four other area groups in the field, a "regional listserve" for relevant events and lectures. There's a webpage calendar managed by one of the Baltimore groups (to be updated quarterly), and my job is to manage the listserve (to be updated continuously). Creating this listserve today confirmed a few things for me.