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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. Not everyone can train. It's an art. Train them again just before going live. Create cheat sheets for common tasks.

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. Security. Training. Monitoring.

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. I’m a bit worried by this. Not giving? e.g.,

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. Probably an issue that we should all be looking at. We can’t.) Stewarding current donors.

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.

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]. link].

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.

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. And suddenly it hits me. I do enough blimmin'* mothering. It's time for the chicks to roam free outside the nest. Ever.

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. Luckily, we already know the (existing) listserve is well-used and people definitely want that as a member service. Ah, but there's a problem.

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 contributions. Link: Water Words That Work. I hope you enjoy it.

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.

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. Long Live IE6! site of 2007?

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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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. 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! Donate now

Tips & Tricks from the Trenches

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Based on the Summit session she's leading right now, the following blog post is written by Judi Sohn. Never fear. No sweat.

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Vinay Kumar joins the clump!


Tags: listserves blogging ASAE

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. Enter source codes. fb and

Here's a great idea!


Just got this email from George Breeden at RSM McGladrey to the ASAE Technology listserve: ".the listserves creativity technology innovation wikis the Technology Section Council has been working to collect resources through the Effective Technology Practices initiative. I dig it!

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

Network-Centric Advocacy

Dominating web communities and online traffic with ideas should become a strategic goal of both large and small organizations.

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.

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

Why Associations Should Be Planning Their LinkedIn Exit Strategy


Ah, LinkedIn…where would my blogging be without your Groups feature? Then they cut those features. Ditto the polls feature they used to offer.

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. Link: Frappr! Check out our blog!

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Are you a community manager?


How do you transition into your new community from listserves? develop the skills to nurture (or troubleshoot) any online community. Join us!

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? It could get unwieldy quickly.

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.

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.

Should You Ever Delete Donor Records?

Tech Soup Blog

After talking with some clients, it seems opinions vary wildly regarding this subject. " My response: I am opposed to deleting donor records.

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.”

Some Little Known Faith-Based Technology Resources

Tech Soup Blog

Church Technology Listservs. Another is the ChurchMgmtSoftware listserv. We thought we’d share that with you. ChurchTechToday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Private Community Management – #cmgrhangout


What are some ways associations can convert listserves into communities? What is a private community? What defines meaningful?

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? Never fear, the incredible tech planners are here to help!

How to Launch Your Nonprofit Website

NonProfit Hub

Email listserv signup. Doing so doesn’t mean going out and purchasing a wreath, a fancy door mat or a fancy brass knocker. What’s Your Function?