Report from the Road: What I Learned from Maryland Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

I just attended the Maryland Nonprofits Tech to Tell Your Story event just outside of Baltimore. It's also fun to get some real-deal Maryland crab cakes. The Maryland event was a one-day conference on June 7 at the University of Maryland.

What Kate Spade and a Dog Named Sarah Can Teach Us about Giving Tuesday Emails

Connection Cafe

My favorite email came from the Maryland SPCA. I received an email in the morning from the Maryland SPCA, and I must admit that I didn’t open it. I received another email from the Maryland SPCA at 5:21pm – this one I opened.

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Maryland Daily Record

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Maryland Daily Record: "Spread the word with TwitterBetsy NelsonSpecial to The Daily RecordSeptember 11, 2009Like many in the nonprofit world, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) tries to ensure that it is up on the latest technology.

Tim Cook to donate his fortune to charity | Maryland-Delaware

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Tim Cook to donate his fortune to charity | Maryland-Delaware : "Cook, who is close to becoming a billionaire, says he will pay for his nephew''s college education, then donate the rest of his wealth to philanthropic projects, according to Fortune.

University of Maryland Helps Food Stamp Participants Make Healthy Choices

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That’s why the University of Maryland launched its Food Supplement Nutrition Education program – or FSNE. By providing healthy eating tips targeted to lower-income individuals, the University of Maryland is ensuring that anybody can live a healthy lifestyle, no matter their means. For those reliant on food stamps, healthy eating decisions are often sacrificed in favor of cost cutting. When getting enough food on your table is a daily challenge, quantity can trump quality.

Five Ways to Ensure Your Event Makes Headline News

Connection Cafe

That would have been the end of the story, except the University of Maryland Cancer Center that produced the half marathon worked with the owner to tell Dozer’s story and gain priceless publicity for the event. Dozer had an official role in the Maryland Half Marathon in 2012 and 2013.

Who Owns Social Media? Risk Management?


While speaking at the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services’ Power Up! I’ve explored the similarities between building community and risk management before on this blog.

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TechSoup Member Organizations Doing Great Work During Hard Times

Tech Soup Blog

House of Ruth Maryland provides services to domestic violence victims and works to change attitudes that contribute to domestic violence. The Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit helps victims by offering them temporary shelter in its 84-bed shelter or six transitional housing apartments. We're halfway through 2017, and civil society has been handed some serious challenges. Federal services that underserved populations depend upon are becoming less reliable.

Why are CEOs Afraid of Going Social?


Tom Hood , CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs; Richard Davis , CEO of Avectra, and more.

Improve Healthcare Education in Your Community with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

The University of Maryland’s Food Supplement Nutrition Education program sends text messages to parents about keeping their children healthy. Text messaging is a powerful tool in improving knowledge about broader health issues within a community.

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How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings

Connection Cafe

As a press secretary to a suburban Maryland congressman in the 1980s and 1990s, I worked the legislative issues by day and went to more than 100 town hall meetings at night.

Free In-Person Events for Nonprofit Techies

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Baltimore, Maryland: Give Back Hack Day: 2–3 Website Redesigns (WordPress!). Baltimore, Maryland: Salesforce CRM Tutorial and Free Tech Help Session!

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Maryland. Maryland charitable registration: $0-$300, depending on charitable contributions. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?” ” One of the biggest question marks comes up when it’s time to calculate the cost of your nonprofit.



We are super excited to announce that we are establishing a joint venture with CommPartners , a long-established company in the association industry that focuses on online education programs, knowledge communities and multimedia events for associations.

Kids and Kickstarter: The Rise of PhilanthroKids and Kid Crowdfunding!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

GivingTuesday is ramping up for its 2014 campaign and it looks like children and teens will be a part of the movement. One example is Emily Barr from Maryland is a clever 5th grader who wants to help her best friend who has Cystic Fibrosis.

Upwardly Global: Bridging the Opportunity Gap for Skilled Immigrants

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Currently operating in Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Silver Spring, Maryland, Upwardly Global also supports clients across the U.S. Over 1.8 college-educated immigrants in the U.S.

How To Swim like a SocialFish.


Maryland Recyclers Association. Maryland DC Society of Clinical Oncology. I needed to come up with a list of organizations we have worked with for a federal government RFP, and holy cow! We’ve worked with so many great associations, I can’t help but share the list with you.

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Is your strategic plan on a page?


This is a guest post by Tom Hood, the awesome and social CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs. We love this great example of Humanize thinking in action. Thanks Tom for sharing your thoughts on strategic thinking with us!

Baltimore GiveCamp's "Code for Charity" Weekend Helps 30 Nonprofits | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

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Baltimore GiveCamp''s "Code for Charity" Weekend Helps 30 Nonprofits | Virtual-Strategy Magazine : his year’s Baltimore GiveCamp, an annual marathon weekend of “Coding for Charity,” will take place from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Campus in Baltimore, MD. Baltimore GiveCamp is the largest volunteer technology event in Maryland

NTEN Case Study: From Drupal to WordPress


Pongos is a Wordpress development firm located in Maryland. After thinking and talking about it for a long time, this year we at NTEN are finally beginning a website overhaul and re-launch in earnest. After all, the nonprofit association for people working at the intersections of tech and social change should have a website to match that mission and vision. Follow along as we chronicle the joys and occasional headaches.

How To Develop The Resilience You Need To Succeed

Eric Jacobsen Blog

He serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland.

4 Takeaways from #AG2014 Social Media

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Melissa is a Baltimore, Maryland native and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Psychology. There are 1.23 billion users on Facebook each month. There are 232 million people on Twitter, 150 million on Instagram, 259 million on LinkedIn and 25 million on Pinterest.

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IMPORTANT: Only 5 days left until Give2TheMax Day!!


Have you marked your calendar – November 9 – for Give2TheMax Day ? Here are just a few MORE of the nonprofits you can help in this massive one-day regional fundraising effort. Dreams For Kids.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Baltimore, Maryland: Google AdWords and Free Tech Help. Technology helps nonprofits deliver on our missions more effectively, but it can also be fiendishly complicated. Sometimes the best way to get started with a new tool is to have a guide sitting next to you giving directions.

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

Tech Soup Blog

Baltimore, Maryland: Project Management Day of Service. TechSoup's NetSquared community is hosting free monthly technology meetups in 74 cities globally, but with more than 39,000 members, it can be hard to get a sense of the community's needs.

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Greater Washington Prepares to Give to the Max


In preparation for the November 9 Give to the Max Day , nonprofits in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia communities participated in person or tuned into the live stream of a one-day online fundraising workshop with the industry’s top experts.

Study Finds Text Messaging More Effective for Healthcare Surveys than Phone Calls

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The study, titled Precision and Disclosure in Text and Voice Interviews on Smartphones , was a joint collaboration with several researchers from the New School in New York, The University Of Maryland, the University of Michigan and other institutions.

Are you celebrating Giving Tuesday? These NTEN Members are!


Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and we''ve found 124 NTEN Members that are participating!

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Baltimore, Maryland: Google AdWords and Free Tech Help. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community.

Friday Pop Quiz


So I am sitting here at the Maryland Psychological Association Convention, in deep dark Linthicum Heights, Maryland (no, I'd never heard of it either) at my vendor table, waiting for people to start showing up. This is pretty exciting, I've never been a "vendor" before! I'll have to see if I can use my charms to get a new member or two. ; ) And I had a giggle to myself about something. You know the 1:10:90 rule? It obviously doesn't add up to 100. Pop quiz.

Atlantic Monthly Advises, “If Symptoms Persist, Text Your Doctor”

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The University of Maryland’s FSNE program changed 95% of lower-income parents’ behaviors with nutrition information. 15 million text messages are sent every minute.

Finding a Community of Nonprofit Technology Experts

Tech Soup Blog

Baltimore, Maryland: Web Dev Day for 3 Nonprofits. What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to learn, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are!

Mission Possible: Tell Us Your Symantec Story and Win Prizes!

Tech Soup Blog

states of Maryland, North Dakota, and Vermont; the Canadian province of Québec; and in any and all jurisdictions where skill contest advertising promotions are prohibited or restricted by law. Symantec helps nonprofits make their mission possible. What is your nonprofit's mission?

Get Fundraising Tips at a NetSquared Community Event

Tech Soup Blog

Baltimore, Maryland: Salesforce CRM Tutorial and Free Tech Help Session! Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season!

Government contracts and nonprofit organizations: Problems and solutions

ASU Lodestar Center

implemented contracting reform collaborative task forces successfully: Connecticut, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. posted by Jeremy Higbee , Freelance Writer.

Have you written your Humanize review yet?


Bill Sheridan , Editor at Maryland Association of CPAs, St Louis, MO. Jamie Notter and I are amazed – and humbled – what people are saying about our book Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. It blows us away, actually.

Is Your State an Employment First State?

Vertex Systems

Maryland. . . What is the EFSLMP? The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program is an initiative from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, a division of the Department of Labor. . Purpose of EFSLMP.

9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success

Tech Soup Blog

HART for Animals is a one-stop rescue organization for all things pets in rural Maryland. Over the past year, we've been doing TechSoup Impact stories about nonprofits, churches, and libraries doing great work with TechSoup product donations.

Evaluating Networks and their Effectiveness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. Notes from Discussion. Guest post by Tom Kelly. Lists. I am a list maker. To do. To followup. To call.

Want a Winning Volunteer Program? It’s Time to Bring in Your 12th Man.

Connection Cafe

. Melissa Mirchin is a Baltimore, Maryland native and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Psychology. She’s currently living in Mount Pleasant, SC with her rescue dog, Gideon, and counting down the days until football season. .