‘Humans of New York’ Just Won Fundraising | Here’s What We Can Learn from Its Success

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Maybe you’ve glimpsed the #1 New York Times best-selling book in a store window somewhere. But chances are, by now, you’ve heard the buzz about Brandon Stanton and the internet phenomenon that is Humans of New York. All photos courtesy of Humans of New York].

Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (and New York, and Nairobi, and Seoul, and Kampala, and Boston…)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

New York Every year, social entrepreneurs and donors (along with a whole lot of other folks) converge on New York City. It’s the week of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative. It was a chance to get exposed to a new set of people.

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National Day of Unplugging

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That’s precisely when the National Day of Unplugging (NDU) starts. Since then, unplugging has become the movement of the moment, with everyone from the New York Times to Arianna Huffington focusing attention on our overly plugged-in society.

SMS Nation: August Edition

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Welcome to this month’s edition of SMS Nation! A new article by Forbes Magazine confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for several years now: that SMS is the preferred communication method for Millennials, above phone calls and even, on some occasions, face to face interactions.

#IMPACT2030 Sets Sights on Change and Transformation

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IMPACT 2030 is the Global Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Outcomes + Impact #Impact2030 Global Summit millennials philanthropy SDGs Social Good Sustainable Development Goals United Nations volunteerism

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Call for a National Day to Demand Action on March 28

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According to the Demand Action website , on March 28 th , “supporters across the country are joining a National Day to Demand Action to end gun violence.” New PSA Campaign Again Gun Violence. You can also log on to the Demand Action website to sign up for the National Day of Action now.

Guest Post: World Maker Faire and the New York Hall of Science: Radical Trust

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On September 25 and 26, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) hosted the first East Coast substantiation of the Maker Faire. The park is among the largest and most heavily used in New York, but it’s not glamorous.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list! NYSSCPA / New York, NY / $385. Yale Philanthropy Conference / New Haven, CT / $110.

From 2005 to 2015: The Radical Effect of Social Media on Nonprofit Web Design

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And yet despite limited budgets, the early adopter nonprofits began using responsive web design in 2012 in order to adapt quickly to the new realities of Internet browsing. National Audubon Society 2015. National Audubon Society 2005. New York Public Library 2015.

National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT Helps Smokers Countdown to Quitting

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Text message campaigns are used in cities like New York and Louisville, and research shows how effective it is – sometimes even doubling quit rates. The National Cancer Institute is launching SmokefreeTXT, and it takes advantage of the flexibility of mobile to have a two-way, personalized conversation with every user. If a user reports that they’ve taken up smoking again, the program gives them the option to continue the program as planned or set a new quit date.

Volunteering in (Belated) Honor of National Volunteer Week!


On April 16, the NTEN team in Portland spent the afternoon volunteering at Schoolhouse Supplies , in belated honor of National Volunteer Week.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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This article in the New York Times provides some good advice. National/International Organizations: Team Rubicon: Team Rubicon provides disaster relief and uses the skills of veterans. It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico.

Association Social Media Jobs – Digital – October 27


Here are this week’s jobs ( click here for the MOST up to date list ): Digital Marketing Manager, HouseLogic.com | National Association of REALTORS® Product Marketing Specialist | TESOL International Association, Inc.

15 Powerful Quotes from the Social Good Summit

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In 2030, the content curators will be the new power brokers.”– ”– Aaron Huey , National Geographic photojournalist and documentary photographer. “We

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Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

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and sometime in April or May, during National Volunteer Week , when Independent Sector often issues its updated data on the value of a volunteer hour. The news is out, and it’s good! What news? Volunteerism news, of course. For those of you who know me, that’s not much of a surprise.

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National Development Council uses Tech Impact Services to Stay Connected While Working On The Go


Those organizations include the New York City based National Development Council (NDC), which works with low income communities across the country to secure the funds needed to maintain and improve infrastructure, housing, and commercial … Continued The post National Development Council uses Tech Impact Services to Stay Connected While Working On The Go appeared first on Tech Impact.

VisionLink Supports the National Academy Foundation’s Work-Based Learning Fellows


Members of the NAF WBL Fellows 2014 The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in preparing high school students for college and career success.

3 Nonprofit Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer (and How to Stand Out From the Crowd)

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National Urban League Annual Conference. Details: The National Urban League Conference is the largest conference focusing on civil rights, with more than 20,000 attendees on an annual basis. Location: Hebrew Union College in New York. Details: New York Nonprofit Media’s annual Nonprofit HRCon is a convention designed to help empower groups of all types. Young Nonprofit Professional Network National Conference.

Hurricane Sandy: How to Help


Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects is offering to match any donations made through his fundraiser (funds will be distributed to the Red Cross, Feeding America, the National Wildlife Federation, and other groups). The New York Blood Center.

Using Twitter to Build a Community and Recruit Volunteers

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Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the 2011 Volunteer Management for Nonprofits Conference here in New York. National Theatre screws up, what we can learn from mistakes.

12 Useful, Well-Designed, Worth-Downloading Android Apps Created by Nonprofits

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New York Civil Liberties Union :: Stop & Frisk Watch App. National Wildlife Federation :: What Did Snakey Eat? National Parks Conservation Association :: Park Wildlife Field Guide App.

Summer Conference Roundup (June - August 2012)


Frogloop fans in the DC area are encouraged to register for a free morning workshop on Multichannel Fundraising Strategies -- hosted by our friends at Big Duck and the National Wildlife Foundation, and being held at our own Care2 DC office on Thursday, June 14th (9am - 11am).

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How Skills-Based Volunteerism Creates Transformational Experiences

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One of those organizations is the YWCA of the City of New York (YW), a nonprofit organization that offers job training, daycare, and after-school programs to New York City women and their families.

Latest Association & Nonprofit Jobs – April 12


National Marketing Director , Back on My Feet – Back on My Feet is run like a fast paced, innovative, corporate start-up. The National Marketing Director will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will ideally be based out of either Philadelphia, PA or New York City, NY.

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Blackbaud Headed to SXSWi 2011


He led the company’s 2011 video initiatives with the World Economic Forum and United Nations Foundation. In her role Beverly leads the new media team who tweets on @ marchofdimes and blogs on the News Moms Need and Nacersano blog. Blackbaud @ SXSW 2011. It’s that time again.

Technology Toolbox: Learn from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy YOUR Street

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In less than a month, over 1,700 other cities started Occupy events – both in solidarity to the thousands protesting around the clock in New York’s financial district, and with a loud voice that these issues are not unique to the US. “The revolution will not be televised.”

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Meet Gen Z Philanthropist Sejal Makheja, Founder Elevator Project

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Perhaps you’ve been reading about Gen Z and that they’re tech savvy, passionate about doing good, and might just shake up philanthropy. I recently read an article in the New York Times about conference for Gen Z who were learning entrepreneurial skills.

Hot Association Jobs: November 10


Communications Manager – American Society on Aging – The American Society on Aging, a nationally renowned professional membership association located in San Francisco, announces an exciting opportunity for a Communications Manager.

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Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

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Note from Beth: I was thrilled to be interviewed by Steve along with many other nonprofit data nerds, for his new book, Data Driven Nonprofits. He was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and it is definitely a must read.

Online engagement: old favorites and new tricks


Great because it keeps things interesting and (hopefully) helps you connect with your audiences in new and deeper ways. Frustrating because keeping up with best practices and new tactics can feel exhausting, particularly when you’re already pressed for time and budget. With that in mind, I recently sat in on a my colleague, Farra Trompeter’s Online Engagement class at Milano, the New School for Management and Urban Policy.

Reboot Yourself: Take A Digital Detox Day

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I was an early adopter of using the Internet in 1992 where I had a virtual job working online for a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts called ArtsWire.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

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First, no trains, buses, or planes moved to or from New York City. Then, one of his cousins texted directions based on a new smartphone application called “Waze,” which crowdsources data from nearby drivers to create real-time traffic and road reports and find the best routes.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Why do people give charity?

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The New York Times Magazine on Sunday was all about philanthropy. … …Last year, Princeton University held a conference at which List, Croson, Andreoni and others who study charitable giving got together with fund-raisers from Africare, the National MS Society and elsewhere.

Women of Color Leading Essential, Activist Work in Cultural Institutions

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A new poster from the National Park Service, based on Rich Black's 2009 image. One of the best parts of developing a book is learning new stories. For me, the early stage of writing a book is a treasure hunt--an excuse to seek out new examples and ideas that strengthen the story.

Free Webinar on February 7! How NGOs Worldwide Use Online Technology and Social Media

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Time: 1pm EDT (New York). Over the last two decades the global NGO sector has embraced online technology, but economic and political factors and the quality of Internet infrastructure regionally often affects how well NGOs worldwide can use new technology.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Affect is a new community event highlighting the diversity of work and design behind social change. 2016 Alliance National Conference. 2016 Alliance National Conference. Fast Company / New York, NY / $1,999.

NetCentric Advocacy: The Point : Community Group Action: Self-Organizing

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November 12, 2007 – NEW YORK – The Point, a community for people to make things happen through a new model of coordinated group action, has launched. The Point takes the concept of the tipping point – the point at which group action will produce a clear result and inevitable change – and applies it to organizing group efforts, from organizing a get-together to boycotting a multi-national corporation. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Raise Your Hand for Girls on October 11, 2012

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She is the second college student we are supporting through the Sharing Foundation’s program. (I’m donating the royalties from my new book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit , towards her education).

Five Government Agencies Improving the Lives of New Yorkers with Text Messaging

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With over eight million people who have different needs and ways of communicating, the City of New York frequently uses text messaging as a platform to meet people where they’re at, no matter their age, race, or location. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides health and wellness resources and programs for the city’s millions of residents. Another campaign guided New Yorkers to local farmer’s markets.

Five Ways to Become a Better Fundraising Professional

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Attend at least one national conference a year. The series of events will be taking place in Chicago on May 28, Washington DC on June 10, New York City on September 10 and Boston on September 12. What I Wish I Knew Then.