Visionlink Welcomes New Customer: Michigan 2-1-1


Visionlink is proud to announce its newest customer, Michigan 2-1-1. 2-1-1 covers 100% of Michigan's population. Welcome to the Visionlink Community, Michigan 2-1-1 This is a network of professional centers across the state working to provide the most complete and up to date resources for individuals, households, state agencies, health care providers and many others. Working in concert, they increase the accuracy of their information, while limited costs.

University of Michigan – Setting a Higher Standard for Giving Days

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On Giving Tuesday 2015 , The Office of University Development at University of Michigan set an example for how this kind of thoughtful planning and preparation can dramatically increase results: 1000 donors completed gifts online within the first 49 minutes. $1 The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History used Giving Blueday to raise funds to begin development for their Wooly Mammoth Exhibit. Sometimes we get lucky.


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Michigan Launches M.S. Specialization in Social Computing

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Michigan Launches M.S. Specialization in Social Computing: "Michigan Launches M.S. Specialization in Social ComputingANN ARBOR, Mich., March 23 -- Facebook. YouTube. Wikipedia. Flickr. They're the user-created stuff of Web 2.0 -- also known as social computing -- that have changed the way people interact with computers and each other.Developing a formal understanding of the underlying dynamics at

Presentation for the Council of Michigan Foundations | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Redesigning rebranding » Presentation for the Council of Michigan Foundations Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2007 at 12:53 pm by Eric (25 posts) It was my pleasure to address the Council of Michigan Foundations this morning. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2019 Creating Change Conference convenes in Detroit, Michigan January 23-27, 2019. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic. We have everything from: Fundraising & Grants. Nonprofit Management.

Case Study: NPower Michigan and Board Collaboration Tools


By Chris Bernard, Idealware When [NTEN Member] Andy Wolber worked for NPower Michigan—first as a consultant, then later as executive director—the organization had a geographically spread-out board of 10-15 members. [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a case study that first appeared in the March 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the entire case study in NTEN's new quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders by subscribing to the journal for free! ]

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Young People Are Skeptical of Information Learned on Twitter - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

AFP Blog

So a new research paper from Michigan State University is particularly welcome. Young People Are Skeptical of Information Learned on Twitter - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society : t’s reasonable to fear that social media could exacerbate this problem. With news feeds giving us constant updates from many sources—some reliable, some not—it’d be very easy to conflate fact with conjecture.

Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire -

AFP Blog

Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire - "Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and IreAn online matching-grant challenge brought in $3.75-million for Detroit-area cultural groups — but not without technical difficulties and some angry donors, reports the Detroit Free Press.The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan put up $1-million

WWJ Newsradio 950 - Give Camp Offers Nonprofits Free Application Development

AFP Blog

WWJ Newsradio 950 - Give Camp Offers Nonprofits Free Application Development: "Nearly 100 software developers from all over Michigan wrote a wide variety of software and Web applications for more than a dozen nonprofits over the weekend at the first-ever Ann Arbor Give Camp

Is Your State an Employment First State?

Vertex Systems

Michigan. . . 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. The focus of the EFSLMP is to provide mentorship to "core states" through intensive technical assistance.

[PODCAST] INSPIRE with Jeff Nelson

NonProfit Hub

Jeff graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his MA in Teaching from Dominican University. Nonprofit Hub’s INSPIRE Hubcast series shares powerful and impactful stories of organizations persevering to create the change they want to see in the world. Each episode features a new guest with their own unique story. It’s our hope that their words motivate you to power through whatever obstacles stand in your way of achieving your organization’s mission.

Working America Drives Local Action with Targeted Text Messages

Mobile Commons

For one example, a recent Michigan Senate bill proposed diverting state public school funding to for-profit online “cyber schools.” To fight the bill, Working America texted just their Michigan constituents. Working America is a national organization that represents working families on a wide variety of issues. Some of those issues are national. But some – from unemployment in New Mexico to union rights in Ohio – are highly local.

How Faith-Based Hope Endeavors Effectively Fights the AIDS Epidemic and Changes Lives in the U.S. and Africa

Tech Soup Blog

This is the story of how a Michigan faith based organization called Hope Endeavors leads significant humanitarian work from a home office.( Two 14-year-old girls, one in the US and one in Malawi, had their lives changed when they joined forces to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa. read more ). intuit religious organizations quickbooks Local impact map faith based organizations tsreligiousorgs tsintuit

Happy Grant Professionals Week—Our Top 5 Grant Writing Articles

NonProfit Hub

Making Nonprofit Website Grants Work for You—Interview with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Dear Grant Professionals, We salute you. While we’ve always saluted you, this is the official week we’re calling you out for being amazing (with the help of the Grant Professionals Association ). Grant professionals come in all shapes and sizes—administrators, consultants, managers, grant-makers and writers. Without grants, many organizations probably wouldn’t have the funds to succeed.

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Amway River Bank Run 2019: Connecting Community with Corporate Passions

Connection Cafe

As a first-year title sponsor of the River Bank Run, Amway was excited to place their name behind a premier road race that was located in the company’s headquarters of Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the largest 25K (15.5 miles) in the country, the 42nd Amway River Bank Run hosted nearly 15,000 runners (in four separate races), 1,500 volunteers and created a $1.3M impact on the downtown economy.

What Does Organizational Behavior Have to Do with Nonprofit Technology? Everything!


Western Michigan University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Kelly Trusty, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. What's your organization's tech strategy type, and what does that mean for your organization? Defender! Analyzer! Prospector! Reactor! Could this be a new set of superheroes? Well, sort of. In an organizational context, it is a set of descriptors for the strategic approaches organizations use to make plans and decisions.

Dear COVID-19, I’m Breaking Up With You

Blue Fox

million people [PDF] Nyaka , Michigan/Uganda: Releases first full-length documentary – award winning, truth-telling, INSPIRING, and streaming free [VIDEO-40 min] What are you up to? A Letter From Our CEO, Chantal Sheehan I’m over it. COVID-19. The deaths. The sickness. The fear. The grief. The politics. The injustice. The media. The government screw ups. The lockdowns. The conspiracy theories. The economy. The unemployment rate. The PPP. The food supply.

The Power of Place: The @home Campaign


Whether he’s under a bridge in New Mexico or speaking with residents in a tent city in Michigan, Mark is using his smartphone to check in, to tweet a person’s story, or to post a raw video on his website. Whether he’s under a bridge in New Mexico or speaking with residents in a tent city in Michigan, Mark is using his smartphone to check in, to tweet a person’s story, or to post a raw video on his website. Danny Alpert. Executive Director, Executive Producer.

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When to Say “No” to “Me, too!” in Fundraising

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When I was growing up in Chicago, my dad used a variation on the parental cliché: “Just because everybody else is jumping into Lake Michigan doesn’t mean you should, too.” I did want to jump in Lake Michigan, so to speak. But as just about every kid knows, following the crowd is often the easiest path, so yeah. As fundraisers, it’s often tempting to do what everyone else—in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit world—is doing.

Should You Use Pop-Ups on Your Nonprofit Website?

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Here’s a good example of how United Way of Southeastern Michigan is using a pop-up effectively by appealing to their local constituents and letting them know what they are signing up for: 2. Pop-ups , lighboxes, modal windows—you may have heard at least one of those terms. They all are the same thing: a window that pops up upon a certain trigger (on entry or right before a user tries to exit the site) and stops visitors from interacting with the page until they complete an action.

Website Strategy to Improve Outdoor Museum's Visitor Experience


About a year ago, the Michigan Legacy Art Park (MLAP), an outdoor art and sculpture collection of more than 40 pieces displayed in a wooded setting, redesigned. MLAP wanted their website to help improve the visitor experience at the park – and their website strategy to help guests plan and to improve their overall experience at the park seems to be working.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

To most patrons, HDL merely delivers titles and page numbers as results, but the University of Michigan’s Library, one of the HathiTrust members, does allow access to the full text of copyrighted works for people with qualifying print disabilities. Two days ago, on Tuesday, June 10, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York made a major ruling that emphasizes the legality of fair use for book digitization. In Authors Guild v.

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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Poor John Cornyn: His pesky constituents keep calling Cornyn, the three-term senator from Texas, reported that his offices were flooded with constituent calls opposing the nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. A great reminder that phone calls work!

How Game On Cancer Cracked the Code on Engaging Physicians and Cancer Survivors

Connection Cafe

My goal as a Game On Cancer MVP is to raise $10,000, 100% of which will directly support cancer patients across Michigan. . Without the backing of a national organization’s flashy brand, sexy advertising campaign , or robust budget – engaging grateful patients at a local level can sometimes feel impossible. A cancer survivor and their network of loved ones want to come together and do something meaningful and they often turn to a national organization.

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To those of you who just aren't getting it right

Connection Cafe

Guest blog alert: In my past life as a staffer for a Girl Scout of the USA affiliate, I met Suneil Singh, the then Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (for those of you with limited Michigan geography like me, think Detroit). In the summer of 2009, I joined the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) as their Chief Communications Officer. Author: Cheryl Black.

The Science of Nonprofit Marketing and New Donor Acquisition

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A modern marketing geek, crossfitter, Michigan State alum and tex-mex obsessed. Marketing Manager at Blackbaud – follow Clare @clareinatx. . Math and science were my least favorite subjects in school. After college, I was determined to find a career that would help me avoid numbers, measurements and calculations at all cost. I decided Marketing was the way to go – it was artistic, content-driven and right up my alley – and I could avoid math.

How to cure Facebook depression

John Haydon

Oscar Ybarra, a psychologist at the University of Michigan writes that Facebook users get depressed when they see “all the wonderful things their friends are doing” Does this mean that you shouldn’t use Facebook? reprinted from my email newsletter ( subscribe here if you haven’t joined ). The grass is always greener on Facebook, isn’t it?

P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

Connection Cafe

University of Michigan is a great example of how a giving day at a university can help drive incredible support for a school. The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History used Giving Blueday to raise funds to begin development for their Wooly Mammoth Exhibit. Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit.

Research Friday: Research and Policy Briefs

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He received his bachelor's degree in Social Relations and Policy from the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University. posted by. Ahmad Naboulsi , Master's Student of. Public Administration. Welcome to Research Friday ! As part of a. continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit scholar, student, or professional to. highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Detroit, Michigan is your dynamic destination for NAYDO 2016, the ideal setting for a discussion on re-imagining cause and community.Celebrate NAYDO's first-ever cross border collaboration with conference co-hosts, YMCAs of Michigan and YMCA of Western Ontario Canada, and experience a fusion of culture, cause and innovative storytelling.

A Low Tech Version of Providing the Self-Organizing Platform for Movement Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week I was in Michigan to do a training for Chapter Leaders of EPIP. We were are all leaving Detroit at different times and the taxi to the airport wasn't exactly cheap. So, EPIP provided a self-organizing platforn (a flip chart with a time line sign up.) This let everyone organize into small groups and get to the airport without having to spend a lot of money.

Socialize the Sign-In - And Never Forget Your Password Again

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Michigan Humane Society has implemented this on their Convio sign-in page for their site. Author: Sally Heaven. How many times have your constituents emailed you about forgetting their password? My newest pal at Convio, Natalie Cole*, sent me a link to this blog post. that confirms using a what I think we all feel in our bones: more. people prefer signing into websites using an existing account over. creating a new profile. I've certainly seen a lot of this all over the internet lately -.

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7 Steps for Finding Work/Life Balance While You’re Trying to Save the World


Meico holds a Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Community Informatics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish from Morehouse College. By Meico Marquette Whitlock. ——-. You’re deeply committed to your organization and doing whatever it takes to make life just a little bit easier for your members and the community you serve.

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Foo Camp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My understanding is that this was very important to the University of Michigan, one of the key libraries at the center of the Google Book project. I just got back from Foo Camp 2009, which was a blast as usual. I think this is my third or fourth Foo Camp, and the energy around public uses of technology was palpable. It's structured as an unconference, where the 300 or so folks showing up design the conference program of roughly 70 sessions in about an hour the first night.

What is Slacktivism and is it Even Helping?

NonProfit Hub

Though slacktivism may inspire, according to a study done by researchers at Michigan State University, it normally only reaches to other low-cost, low-risk solutions like signing an online petition but not contributing any money. Ah, slacktivism. The juxtaposition of two conflicting actions—being an activist and, well… slacking. You might be wondering what exactly it is and how it makes a difference in the world. Luckily, we’ve researched those questions so you don’t have to.

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A Jargon-Free Guide to Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3C)

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Michigan. So you want to start an organization that benefits a specific cause. Great! That’s why we’re here: to help you navigate this confusing sector simply saturated with content, ideas and innovation. But wait—should you really be starting a nonprofit? Or is something that benefits both the owners and the cause more up your alley? Let’s explore just one of the many options you have in starting a socially responsible organization: a low-profit limited liability company (L3C).

Reporting for Jury Duty: How SMS is Driving Civic Engagement

Mobile Commons

The Macomb County Courthouse in Mount Clemens, Michigan recently began to use text messages to remind citizens about jury duty. Macomb County Innovates Civic Engagement with SMS Macomb County, Michigan recently received six good government awards for its innovative use of technology. A common argument is that governments and their large bureaucracies are notoriously slow to innovate.

COVID-related National Service cannot just be gap year for privileged youth

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In Michigan alone, Black Americans constitute 14 percent of the state’s population — but 40 percent of coronavirus deaths. posted by Jaime Ernesto Uzeta, CEO, Public Allies. First published on America has a long and rich history of national service, often turning to it as a powerful lever in times of crisis, as it did after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession of 2008. Now should be no different. A massive expansion of service is required to meet today’s challenges.

Nine Ways Networked Nonprofits Use Slideshare

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These include CanadaHelps, Npower Michigan , and Michigan Nonprofit Association. Slideshare. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Please join me on June 21st from 1-2 PM PST for the virtual launch of The Networked Nonprofit. These are my notes for webinar about Nonprofits and Slideshare , a social site where community members share presentations, documents and pdfs.

More travel notes

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Another thing that's kept me away from blogging: we've been travelling to Lansing to work with our newest user, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan. Project kickoffs are always exciting - and working with a human services organization that provides so much direct assistance to its community is especially gratifying.

Cutting Budgets Only Shifting Costs

The SocialPath

Here’s a great quote from Michigan governor Rick Snyder: “If we did a better job on frontline mental health services, you have an opportunity to actually help individuals then be successful, to hold a job, to be a taxpayer, to be a part of society. More budget cuts are coming across the country. States are being forced to really tighten their belts. For example, Texas is really coming down hard on public schools, college students and Medicaid recipients.

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Lights. Camera. Help. is this weekend!

FI Space

We do have some PSAs, like the humorous ones produced by the Ad Council and the hopeful one by the Michigan Humane Society , but we also have feature length films and narratives. Perfect Match - Michigan Humane Society. Can you believe I started a non-profit with my friends less than 3 months ago and here we are! Check out the progress we have made!