Robert Weiner

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.

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.

Trending Sources

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?

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?

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:: ( Subject: BBB service Re: Case # 87348414. Text: Attn: Owner/Manager.

Advice for Consultants - Part 2

Robert Weiner

3) Find resources to build your skills, and give them time every week: webinars, listservs, online classes, books, etc. One which they may not is LS-TECH, the tech listserv for legal services, which is quite a large slice of the national nonprofit sector. Last week I posted John Elbare’s advice for new nonprofit consultants.


Favorite Free Software

Robert Weiner

Joe Medina of Colby College asked members of the FUNDSVCS listserve about their favorite free software programs. Here are mine, minus obvious ones like Gmail and Firefox (note that many are only free for home use). Ad-Aware — Anti-spyware and malware tool for PCs: [link]. Avast! — Free anti-virus for home use: [link]. BookmarkBridge — Keeps bookmarks in sync between multiple browsers: [link]. CCleaner — Windows registry cleaner and program uninstaller [link].

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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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).

Vinay Kumar joins the clump!


Tags: listserves blogging ASAE

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

Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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 – Guest Post by Laura Quinn. You’re likely using more than one channel to communicate.

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.

Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In addition, they have an internal listserv for support where staff share suggested tweets for new reports or new features or techniques on Twitter. There are no better champions for your organization’s communication’s strategy than your staff.

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

Tips & Tricks from the Trenches

Connection Cafe

She is co-moderator of the popular community-led Nonprofit Salesforce Practitioners listserv and will be joining Convio’s Common Ground team as a full-time employee in January 2012. Author: Guest Blogger.

Why Associations Should Be Planning Their LinkedIn Exit Strategy


If you don’t already have a private community that’s members-only, consider launching one–or even a listserv if you’re not ready for a full-fledged community yet. Ah, LinkedIn…where would my blogging be without your Groups feature?

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?).

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.

Groups: A Review of Five Platforms to Build Community


If your group would make for an active and participatory email listserv, it will probably work as a group too. If your organization is focused on building community among your activists and donors you’ve probably had to choose an online group tool. But which platform is best for your group? Some nonprofits like the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation are using platforms like the new Facebook Groups to foster ongoing discussions with their members.

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.

Attention #NPdataNerds: Report back from the first-ever Do Good Data Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To learn more and stay in the loop with Data Analysts for Social Good, you can join the LinkedIn group and subscribe to the listserv.

Five Steps to Successful Crisis Communications

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note From Beth: I remember back when Hurricane Katrina struck, I saw a post to the Museum ListServ that said “ Chuck Patch Is Not Dead.” Flickr Photo by Rob Howells.

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.

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.

Should You Ever Delete Donor Records?

Tech Soup Blog

Here is a compilation of responses to the same question from the APRA's listserve, PRSPCT-L : "I would consider any data valuable when it can be utilized for predictive analytics or to build a case for trends.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Organizational Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We’re going to start a listserv and take some initial steps to become our own combination of learning community and support group. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

Is your Organization Capable of Unorthodox Thinking?


Out of the approximately 120 topics on ASAE’s Executive ListServe in one month, none dealt with the strategic dimensions of an issue or the customer. The New Competence of the Knowledge Age.

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?

Private Community Management – #cmgrhangout


What are some ways associations can convert listserves into communities?

Tech Planning Tips for Every Nonprofit or Library

Tech Soup Blog

Use a template : Ask your state library if it has a template, or ask other librarians if they have a template you can use by way of a listserv (such as ARSL) or Facebook group. Does the thought of creating a tech plan for your organization seem overwhelming? A mysterious process? Something that you've been meaning to do, but just keep putting off? Never fear, the incredible tech planners are here to help!

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.