‘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. Maybe you’re one of the 8 million people who follow the page on social media. People connect through stories. All photos courtesy of Humans of New York].

What Humans of New York Can Teach You About End of Year Fundraising

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Download this awesome new eBook to make sure you’re prepared!). If you’re not familiar with Brandon, he’s the blogger/photographer behind Humans of New York (HONY). Ask for people submit photos or get professional photos taken (even cooler if a photographer does it pro bono).

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How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

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Dozens of crowdfunding platforms make it increasingly easier for people to raise money for any cause, from cancer research to disaster relief, often quite independent of direction from any charity.

Is the Humans of New York Community Every Nonprofit's Dream?


Humans of New York (HONY) is an amazing example of how building an engaged community inspires people to rally together and raise money for an issue they are moved by. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built.

Get Real, People: Authenticity as a Social Media Strategy

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The post Get Real, People: Authenticity as a Social Media Strategy appeared first on The See3 Blog. strategy authenticity bernie sanders bill clinton flotus new york times obama potus social media social media strategy twitterYes, you should be smart and thoughtful and strategic.

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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. We recently wrote a piece in Medium on our concerns about new privacy legislation affecting nonprofits that work in schools.

How Carnegie Corporation of New York Got Microsoft Donations Through TechSoup

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I had a chance to chat with Loretta Harris of Carnegie Corporation of New York to find out about her experience registering with TechSoup and getting Microsoft donations this week. Loretta leads a staff of three IT people who, in turn, serve 85 staff people at the foundation. Loretta actually found out about the new Microsoft donation eligibility rules for foundations through a TAG webinar in January. I know IT people rarely hear that.

New York Orgs are Using Text Messages to Help Bust Myths around PrEP

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A coalition of 51 New York organizations is using text messaging to help fight the stigma around PrEP. The “Bust the Myths, Get the Facts” campaign, launched on World AIDS Day, lets people sign up to receive informational texts and get connected to a provider near them.

How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers


How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? Our work spans tiny nonprofits serving in Mali and Haiti, requiring a minimal financial commitment, to New York-based nonprofit household names that request significant funding from their board members, and everything in between.

Notes from Mari Smith Facebook Changes Webinar: Privacy Settings and A New Metric – People Talking About

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It isn’t all private or all public – it’s a continuum. Facebook’s new changes (and Google +) gives us a couple of shades of gray. You need to think about what you’re sharing and who you are sharing with. Facebook Rolls Out New Metric: People Talking About.

Is the Humans of New York Community Every Nonprofit's Dream?


Humans of New York (HONY) is an amazing example of how building an engaged community inspires people to rally together and raise money for an issue they are moved by. Good fundraising can make or break any nonprofit, but what makes truly good fundraising? One of the most important factors for success is a highly engaged community who is extremely passionate about your mission.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Art in New York

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It was designed by a New York artist named Cindy Workman. Cindy is having an art show, and if you are in New York, you should take a look.

How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers


How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? Our work spans tiny nonprofits serving in Mali and Haiti, requiring a minimal financial commitment, to New York-based nonprofit household names that request significant funding from their board members, and everything in between.

Empowering Change with Text Messaging: The 2014 People’s Climate March

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On Sunday, September 21st, 2014, over 400,000 people gathered to participate in the People’s Climate March, the world’s largest march for climate change to date. What was the People’s Climate March? People texted “MARCH” to 97779 to receive updates and alerts.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » New York Times Deathwatch

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Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape, Ning and an internet thinker (and billionaire), wrote a post today on his blog called Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch. People also loved the buggy whip, but times change.

Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times

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Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times : "Letting Your Fingers Do the Running * By MARK WALLACE Published: August 21, 2005 THIS year is the 20th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events, in which teams of runners jog through the night at schools, fairgrounds and parks to raise money for the fight against cancer. More than three million Americans participate in these local events each year, as do people in 21 other countries around the world.

Crain’s New York Features MTA’s Bus Time

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An article in Crain’s New York covers the debut of the MTA’s Bus Time system on Staten Island. The Bus Time program, which lets people find out by text message exactly when their buses are running, will expand to all five boroughs by 2013. That means a lot less waiting in the cold, a lot less standing in the sun, and a lot less wasted time for busy New Yorkers.

Mobile Commons & New York MTA Launch Bus Time – Press Release

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MOBILE COMMONS POWERS TEXT MESSAGES FOR NEW MTA BUS TRACKER IN NEW YORK CITY. New York, NY – January 26, 2012 – Mobile Commons has partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide the text messaging capability of MTA Bus Time — the MTA’s new public bus tracking system that allows riders on more than 50 New York City bus routes to track real-time bus locations on the Internet, via smart phones and by text message.

Mobile Tech Barcamp In New York!

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A one-day event on Saturday, 21 February 2009 in New York/Hunter College’s ‘ Black Box ‘ Exploring mobile tech to advance social development and social change goals . It’s a pretty cheap event and I think it’ll be fun to watch what people are up to.

New York Tech Community Voices Protest Against SOPA – on the Street and on the Phone

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This afternoon, our friends at The New York Tech Meetup took the protest against wide-ranging anti-piracy bills to the streets of Manhattan.

Capital New York On What Obama’s Text Donations Mean for NY Politics

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Capital New York just published an article about what the Obama campaign’s new text donations mean for New York City politics – and they feature our CEO, Jed Alpert. The Capital New York article explores what text donations could mean for New York City politicians – especially since the New York City Campaign Finance Board “provides $6 in public funds for every $1 raised by a candidate for New York City office.”

New York Daily News Features Our “Mobile Might” Working on Obama Campaign and Sandy Response

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The New York Daily News today features how Mobile Commons helped the Obama campaign win the election, and assisted New York and New Jersey in keeping citizens informed about where they could vote in the aftermath of Sandy. The article notes that, in addition to the tens of millions of texts we sent through the life of the Obama campaign, we helped over 250,000 people find out where to vote on election day.

Arts Summit 2008: The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations - Reflections

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I just got back from doing a plenary session at the Arts Summit organized by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. It's gathering of arts leader from throughout New York State. I have a long history with the arts community in New York.

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.

Help People in Your Community Live Healthier Lifestyles with a Text Message Campaign

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With text messaging, however, you can reach undeserved populations with health tips, increase medication adherence, encourage smoking cessation, remind patients about their doctors’ appointments, and change people’s behaviors.

New York Presbyterian, Columbia University and Harlem Health Send Targeted Health Reminders over Text

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That’s why New York Presbyterian, Columbia University, and the Harlem Health Promotion Center have created Project STAY (Services to Assist Youth), a program that sends targeted text message alerts to remind young people with HIV to take their medication. “We Every day, people enrolled in the program receive a discreet text message reminder to take their meds. Then on day 28, it sends a follow-up: “Reminder to put your new ring in.

Live From New York: 2007 DMA Nonprofit Federation Conference - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Because many corporations have significantly more resources to dedicate to their marketing programs, they are often a few steps ahead of us in terms of new strategies and innovations – both successful and unsuccessful. To create a new comment, use the form below.

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. Here’s what you need to read: What Makes People Give? This article is really about how some social scientists, economist types are looking at why people give.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying. As we watch reports of a disaster, we can give directly to people on the ground. This article in the New York Times provides some good advice.

15 Powerful Quotes from the Social Good Summit

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It’s no longer a question of whether young people can take leadership, it’s whether the rest of the world can keep up with them.” – Jayamatha Wickramanay, UN Youth Envoy. In 2030, the content curators will be the new power brokers.”–

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Occupy & The NY Department of Education. The Peoples' Mic. Who Structures the Conversation?

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The people want to be heard. It is interesting that the officals are interested in breaking people into 14 rooms for feedback.(You People without mics still have voice. New York Post - ?Oct New York Times - ?21 New York Times - ?Oct

Introducing NowUKnow NY: A Planned Parenthood Campaign to Empower Teens Through Smarter Media

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What we’re talking about is a real, human crisis where the health of people and the public is on the line. The sexual health of New […]. Sometimes, our best work and that of our clients is born from crisis.

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.

#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. He makes three main points: Population growth and the movement of people are key issues.

Portraits of the People: Northeast America and Sandy


Sometimes it helps to see the people impacted by disaster--the personal stories. Brandon, the creator of Humans of New York, began taking portraits for this project in 2010.

Jocelyn Harmon: People, Words, Technology & Truth: How I Have Fun, Do Good

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Jocelyn has a bachelor's degree in literature from New York University and a master’s degree in sociology from University of Washington. I like people, words, technology and telling the truth.” Access to new and diverse individuals.

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

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Volunteerism is about helping other people, giving of one’s self. It teaches you about other organizations, the contexts within which others live and work, about challenges you might not face every day, about people who have needs and circumstances that vary widely from your own.

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Six Human Factors that Influence Virality

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People have been sharing for hundreds of thousands of years. What’s new is the idea of “viral” , which is really just word-of-mouth (the oldest and most effective form of marketing) scaled to a massive degree. People only share when their emotions are activated.

Clay Shirky on Creativity: “You Can’t Fake Interestingness”


I surely don’t need to say anything other than NEW CLAY SHIRKY VIDEO!! “In this video of his talk at PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Clay Shirky talks about the work of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

The Psychology of Sharing


As StatPro specialise in cloud based portfolio analytics, they felt it was important to share some insights into the psychology behind online sharing, something which is a part of the daily lives of a steadily increasing number of people.

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