‘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].

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

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It’s the beginning of September and, as if you haven’t already heard this about a thousand times, the end of year is really almost here. Download this awesome new eBook to make sure you’re prepared!).

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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.

How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

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In the fall of 2015, Humans of New York ’s Brandon Stanton launch a very brief, very powerful fundraising campaign to support Syrian refugees. Nonprofit Fundraising benchmark crowdfunding events fundraising Humans of New York p2p peer-to-peer technology viral fundraising

The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

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The New York Times wrote a great piece about DoSomething.org’s Crisis Text Line , praising its importance and accessibility, particularly to teenagers for whom texting is the main source of communication.

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Get Real, People: Authenticity as a Social Media Strategy

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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. And part of that strategy is to, quite literally, be yourself.

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Like many other leaders of nonprofit organizations, I travel an unreasonable fraction of the time. We travel because it‘s the best use of our time in finding the partnerships, insights, and the money our teams need to create more social change. This time, I had the benefit of help.

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Training for Nonprofits in New York, NY

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Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm. Location: Meetup.com Headquarters, 632 Broadway, New York, NY ( Google Map ). Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011. Cost: $149 per person. How to Register: Sign up! View: Training Agenda (PDF). View: Trainings in Other Cities.

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Virtual Reality as Empathy Engine in Nonprofit Causes

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The New York Times sent virtual reality goggles (Google Cardboard) to every Sunday, print subscriber, a move that signals a change in the way journalism and nonprofits can tell stories. video fundraising fundraising ideas new york times strategy virtual realityThe post Virtual Reality as Empathy Engine in Nonprofit Causes appeared first on The See3 Blog.

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 actually found out about the new Microsoft donation eligibility rules for foundations through a TAG webinar in January. Loretta: I attended the TAG webinar, so it was easy to register and apply for my first donation even though some time had passed since I got directions on how to do it.

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit - The New York Times

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Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit - The New York Times : "Instead, they announced on Sunday that Kickstarter was reincorporating as a “public benefit corporation,” a legal change they said would ensure that money — or the promise of it — would not corrupt their company’s mission of enabling creative projects to be funded." 'via

Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists - The New York Times

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Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists - The New York Times : "Scientists studying A.L.S. have reported a breakthrough that could lead to therapy, not just for A.L.S. but for other ailments, too. And they say the money raised in the ice bucket challenge was crucial." 'via via Blog this

New Study: Investing in Facebook is a Waste of Time


According to the New York Times , Facebook has aggressively promoted its advertising products (like pop up ads that appear on users’ mobile phones urging them to install a new app.Facebook Messanger, anyone?).

The New York Times Says Text Messages Can Help Underprivileged Students Enroll in College

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The New York Times reports that every year, 200,000 students who are accepted to college don’t enroll. Using texts is a smart move This is how teenagers communicate.” – The New York Times But text messages are helping to close the gap.

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. You can — and I have — read the entire NY Times online the night before.

How do I find time to __?

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Many of us feel time-crunched. Now sometimes, "I don''t have enough time," can really mean, "I''m exhausted and need more sleep," or "I''m afraid," or "I don''t want to fail," or "I don''t want to have to make a decision and focus on one project."

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.

Foundation Testing Potential of Philanthropy via Internet - New York Times National Feed - GainesvilleSun.com

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Foundation Testing Potential of Philanthropy via Internet - New York Times National Feed - GainesvilleSun.com: "Foundation Testing Potential of Philanthropy via Internet 12:00 am, December 13, 2007The Case Foundation is embarking on an effort to test the potential of citizen-led philanthropy via the Internet.

GIVING BACK: Kickstarting local charity with Adirondack Gives - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News

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GIVING BACK: Kickstarting local charity with Adirondack Gives - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News : If you haven''t heard of it yet, it''s called Adirondack Gives, and it''s a local crowd-funding website inspired by the success of Kickstarter. Adirondackgives.org has been fully operational since January and during that time has raised $19,633 for causes within the Adirondack Park.

Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free - New York Times

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Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free - New York Times: "nd he is reaching out to the public to try to give the laptop campaign a boost. The marketing program, to be announced today, is called “Give 1 Get 1,” in which Americans and Canadians can buy two laptops for $399. One of the machines will be given to a child in a developing nation, and the other one will be shipped to the

The Larger Challenge (and Opportunity) for One Laptop Per Child - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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The Larger Challenge (and Opportunity) for One Laptop Per Child - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog: "The One Laptop Per Child project is starting a “Give 1 Get 1? campaign to try to jumpstart its drive to bring computers to children in the developing world. As its name suggests, the marketing campaign combines philanthropy with geeky self-interest — give one of the innovative laptops to a

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. Riders Get Location of Next Bus in Real-Time Via Text . As New Yorkers, we are thrilled to be working with the MTA to provide essential bus information in real-time to our fellow commuters,” said Jed Alpert, CEO of Mobile Commons. Our texting capabilities allow the MTA Bus Time system to be accessible to as many people as possible.

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.

The Valley Goes to the Mountains, in Full Blogging Mode - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times

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The Valley Goes to the Mountains, in Full Blogging Mode - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times: "Tech is back at Davos this year,” one of the participants exclaimed to me before I left Silicon Valley for the annual conference at this ski resort town.It

VisionLink Is In The News: Real-Time Winter Storm Map


Due to the potentially historic damage of this storm, VisionLink successfully created a unique geo-tagged map to chart--in real-time--the damage reports from those in the storm''s path.

Tell the New York Times and WNYC The Best Spots for Birding

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In celebration of Bird Week , the New York Times and WNYC are creating an “interactive map of bird-watching spots throughout the five boroughs.”. The responses will be collected into a Google map, so that amateurs and aficionados alike can check out new spots.

The New York Times Features Text Messaging in “New Tools for Disaster Aid”

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When Hurricane Sandy arrived two weeks ago, city officials turned to text messaging as a means to deliver crucial information in a time of emergency. In today’s App City column in The New York Times , Mobile Commons’ text messaging solution was mentioned as a key tool used during this time of crisis. In an article entitled “New Tools for Disaster Aid,” The New York Times writes.

SocComm - New York on February 10

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On February 10th 2009 at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York City, social media guru Jeff Pulver is producing SocComm - The Social Communications Summit. Register and reserve your seat at birth of a new industry. 8:00 - 9:00 - Coffee / Tea + “Real-Time Social Networking&#. 11:20 - 11:40 - (M) Jeff Jarvis, Associate Professor and Director of the Interactive Journalism program at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

New York Schools Debut a Text Messaging Service To Keep Parents Connected

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Last week, as New York City’s public schools came back into session, the Department of Education debuted a new text message service to keep parents informed. As SiLive reports, The new mobile texting program is the latest tool the Department of Education has developed to deliver information about public schools and programming to parents and families. Wall Street Journal: On First Day of School, Mayor Announces New Text Message Service.

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.

Is Peach The New Killer App?


There’s a new social app called Peach that’s trending with the technorati and social media community. It’s also received a lot of major press coverage ranging from the New York Times to CBS News and WIRED.

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

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They’re four times more likely than adults to forget to take their medication or to take it at the wrong time. 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 Then on day 28, it sends a follow-up: “Reminder to put your new ring in.

Fundraising with #GivingTuesday: Time to Plan

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In 2012, New York's 92nd Street Y , in tandem with the UN Foundation , started #GivingTuesday as an event to be observed on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The presenters agreed that for most organizations, starting in November will allow plenty of time.

How have you navigated directionless times in your life?

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When we are pursuing our big visions there will be times when our path becomes obscured. In Cheryl Strayed''s, Wild , which I just finished reading, most of the time she knows where she is on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and where she wants to be at the end of her 1,100 mile hike.

New York Music Fans – Text “Celebrate” to 30644 for Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Reminders

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The announcements are broadcast at 4 pm, which leaves plenty of time to grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and get to the park to enjoy music and dance under the stars. Mobile Commons can work with you to determine the best times to reach your audience – and the best ways to personalize the experience. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of time left this summer to enjoy the sights and sounds of Celebrate Brooklyn – check out the calendar here.

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.

Bus Time is Coming to Brooklyn and Queens

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Starting March 9 th , the MTA’s Bus Time system is expanding to include Brooklyn and Queens. Riders can text to find the closest bus in real-time. Prendergast said, “MTA Bus Time has added a new dimension to bus travel in Brooklyn and Queens, completing installation citywide.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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Then, I look for local charities on the ground, many times there is a local community foundation that is stepping up. This article in the New York Times provides some good advice. It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us

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TechSoup Lunch Time Brown Bag , 435 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107. Tue Feb 7 – NEW YORK CITY 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Thu Feb 9 – NEW YORK CITY 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor New York, NY 10005.

Create Real-Time Text Chat Through Our LivePerson SMS Integration

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For those customers, Mobile Commons lets you create real-time text chat, by integrating with LivePerson. LivePerson is best known for their chat platform, which lets companies chat in real time with visitors on their websites. Real-time text chat doesn’t make sense for everybody. If you’re sending out organizational updates, or trivia about New York, for example, a fully staffed call center and live chat might be overkill.