Open Letter to Salesforce Nonprofit Admins

Judi Sohn

In the 20 months since I left Fight Colorectal Cancer, I would guess that I’ve logged in to no less than 150 nonprofit Salesforce organizations. Yes, KELL offers such services but so do the other Nonprofit consulting partners.

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7 Ways to Increase the Open Rate of Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter

EveryAction

If your nonprofit is seeing less-than-desirable returns on the time and resources put into its newsletter, it may be that newsletters aren''t the best medium for your audiences. marketing open rates newsletter

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Open Community and Nonprofit Techies

NetWits

They’re doing a virtual book tour exploring concepts from Open Community : a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. Why did you write Open Community? So, what is “Open Community?”. How does Open Community affect NPTechies?

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Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

CRM (which I am defining rather loosely, rather than tightly, for the purpose of this post – as the tool or set of tools used to track constituents, donations, perhaps even events and volunteers) are arguably the most important technology tools that nonprofits use. Because of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena. The sheer number of vendors providing this toolset for nonprofits is huge (although rapidly shrinking.)

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Content Management Systems are an essential part of the communications function of nonprofit organizations. There are a myriad of options, open source options are among the most popular, possibly the most popular. I’m going to focus here on the nonprofit sector, and options that are most common among nonprofits. And there are open source options that can do much of the same work for much less money.

How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, Opensource.com , and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.” Ultimately, we believe that open source is more about transparency and innovation than about releasing software. The open source methodology also helps stimulate innovation.

#GivingTuesday marks opening day of giving season

Connection Cafe

That’s exactly what #GivingTuesday is to the thousands of nonprofits, companies and individual people who took part in the new movement in 2012. Because #GivingTuesday is a movement, it’s open to anyone who wants to be involved.

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Open Mobile Camp report

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Thanks to MobileActive.org and the Open Mobile Consortium for a fabulous event. Tags: CRM Mobile Nonprofit Tech Open Source Open Standards civicrm nptech opensource Yesterday, I spent the day in Manhattan, at the UNICEF building, with a bunch of folks passionate about the technology in mobile phones, and the ways to use that technology for good.

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The Power of Open

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

However, Songbird has emerged, like many open source projects do, as a mature, stable, and, in Songbird’s case, a truly awesome application, because of the incredible extensibility of the Mozilla framework (and the talent of the Songbird developer community.). Songbird screen.

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Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Since I wrote my post on “Open Source vs. Proprietary&# last week, and especially after Thomas Taylor’s very apt comment that the battle is not over in many corners, I decided that, well, what the heck, it was a good time to write a series about open source software options, and their comparisons to proprietary, in 2011, more than 12 years after this whole thing started. Comparisons of open source vs. proprietary development environments (i.e.

Open Source for Nonprofits: Programs to Try (Part 2)

Tech Soup Blog

One of the best ways to gauge whether open source would work for your organization is to look at some actual examples. To read about how open-source software might benefit your nonprofit or public library, check out part one of this series.

Being Open and Personal – Joining the Museum Trends of 2015

Connection Cafe

So when AAM and Blackbaud hosted Trends Watch 2015: Using Open Data and Personalization at Museums with Elizabeth Merritt , Michael Edson , and Stephen Watson , attending it was a definite no-brainer! Open online educational content is also a great channel.

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Mind Games: Using Psychology to Increase Email Open Rates

Byte Technology

So how does an organization get people to open their emails rather than instantly relegate them to the virtual trash bin? Consider these four tricks for increasing email open rates by tapping into the inner psyche we all possess. • Nonprofit

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Open Source vs. Proprietary: Desktop Productivity

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been using this tool since it actually was StarOffice, more than 10 years ago, when it was first open sourced by Sun in 2000. The days when many a nonprofit were run by Access databases is coming to a close as things move more and more to the cloud. I know that the fact that nonprofits can get MS Office for $30 or so makes a change unlikely, and I’ve carped about that one for years. Nonprofit Tech Open Source nptech

Open Access: How A Nonprofit Is Giving Techies Without Tuition Their Shot | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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Open Access: How A Nonprofit Is Giving Techies Without Tuition Their Shot | Fast Company | Business + Innovation : 'via Blog this

Open Social != Open Data

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Social != Open Data November 8, 2007 As the hype (which, I agree I have contributed to ) around OpenSocial dies down, the reality behind OpenSocial becomes clear. But it’s the remixing of data from many networks that provides the real win for users and nonprofits. {

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SaaS vs. Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. I said in that post: At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not relevant. And, at the level of most nonprofits choosing software, this is, in fact, correct.

News in open source and open standards

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News in open source and open standards April 3, 2008 Here’s a few interesting tidbits gleaned from the net: It appears that Microsoft’s bid to get Office Open XML, their new office standard did get through ISO. Venture capitalists are liking open source more and more.

Open content business models

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open content business models December 1, 2007 I’m at the Open Translation event, and we’ve just had a great session on open content business models. I’ve been interested in issues of how we sustain open content for a long while.

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5 Ways To Boost Nonprofit Email Opens

TechImpact

Your nonprofit MUST be writing engaging, clickable subject lines on all of its email communication. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how else cna your nonprofit increase its open rate on email campaigns? The post 5 Ways To Boost Nonprofit Email Opens appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. It’s been said before, so we’ll only say it one more time.

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Nonprofit E-File Data Should Be Open - Sunlight Foundation Blog

AFP Blog

Nonprofit E-File Data Should Be Open - Sunlight Foundation Blog : Carl Malamud''s been busy recently, playing an important role in opening the D.C. For years, Carl''s efforts at Public.Resource.Org have helped to distribute the data provided to the IRS by nonprofits through Form 990. The data contained in this form is vital public information: it can help donors figure out who''s running a nonprofit and how effectively.

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An Open letter to Crowdfunding Companies from the California Association of Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The legislation signals the need for more responsible and ethical practices that support nonprofits, donors, and platforms. The California Association of Nonprofits is seeking feedback from the broader nonprofit community about these proposed guidelines.

Opening Your Organization’s Data

Idealware

Generally, sharing data is not common practice, but as funders increasingly demand information about the effectiveness of the organizations they support, more and more nonprofits are doing so. Strictly speaking, open data is information that’s accessible, standardized, and reusable. If your nonprofit has data that could be made open for the use of other individuals or organizations, how do you open it? The first step in opening your data is technical openness.

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Open Source for Nonprofits: What to Know (Part 1)

Tech Soup Blog

Many nonprofits exert most of their energy in pursuance of their mission. Some nonprofits fashion homemade, composite solutions with the tools they have — however dated or inefficient — to avoid the large expenditure that new software often requires.

The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN

AFP Blog

The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN : "For the last 15 years or so, we’ve seen consistent growth in nonprofits’ appreciation for how open source tools can support their goals for online engagement.

Platforms break open!

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open! One of the wonderful things that has happened since I wrote the Open API whitepaper way back in January, is that finally, vendors are realizing how important openness really is, and are beginning to implement things in a big way. Open has 3 components, APIs, Database Connectors, and Extensions.

Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Amy Sample Ward

Around the time of the Nonprofit Technology Network ’s 2008 NTC conference, an even brighter light bulb went on. I wrote a blog post called, Mashups, Open APIs, and the Future of Collaboration in the Nonprofit Tech Sector. And what does “Linked Open Data” refer to?

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Simple Ways to Analyze Nonprofit Email Performance

Connection Cafe

Open Rate: If you manage an email campaign of any size, then you’re familiar with an open rate. It measures the number of people who opened your email relative to the number of people who received it. Impacting Open Rates. Impacting Clickthrough and Click-To-Open Rates.

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Open versus Proprietary: Choosing the Right Content Management System

Byte Technology

And in recent years, CMSs have been divided into two main categories—the “Open Source” and “Proprietary: systems—because, as is so true on the Internet of today, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For open-source options, perhaps the most well known operating today is WordPress, free for its basic version and still very affordable if you choose to upgrade features. Digital Resources Nonprofit Web Design

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Increase Open Rates and Click-Throughs with 5 Follow-up Email Techniques from Top Nonprofits

NetWits

If you run your nonprofit’s email communication program you’re likely always thinking of ways to get better. You probably think about things like opens, clicks, conversions and unsubscribes. But with average nonprofit open rates at 13% and click-through rates at 2.1%

Open Social Networks

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Social Networks November 5, 2007 As I’ve mentioned before, there has been a lot of thought and interest in the issue of opening up social networks, outside of what has been, until last week, totally closed silos. I linked to a great thought piece a while back on opening up the social graph (that is, your network of friends.)

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: The Future of Fundraising, #14NTC, and Emails Worth Opening.

Connection Cafe

Here are this week’s nonprofit highlights: A lot’s changed in fundraising over the past decade. On Kivi’s Nonprpfit Communications Blog, she focuses on one of the challenges nonprofits face when trying to raise awareness for their cause.

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Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM April 14, 2008 I am so far behind, it’s not funny. My goal is to catch up by the end of this month, so that I’ll still be on track to make it to 100 free and open source tools by December. And, it’s got completely open APIs.

Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As a full-time user of both Firefox and Thunderbird, I’m really enjoying the benefits of these open platforms, and the immense creativity of people who create add-ons.

Open Source Feminism?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Feminism? She’s got some great video blogging, including a short one on “ open source feminism.&# Although women were only 25% of the Penguin Day attendees, that’s actually pretty darned good for open source related events.

All Nonprofit Tech for Good Webinars Are Now Free and Open to the Nonprofit Community

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Public Interest Registry , for the first and only time all Nonprofit Tech for Good webinars are being offered for free to the nonprofit community. Registration for each webinar will open two weeks before the webinar is to occur.

What We Talk About When Talk About Open Data

Tech Soup Blog

This post was written by Chris Bernard, the research and editorial director for Idealware , a nonprofit that creates impartial research and written resources to help other nonprofits make smart decisions about software. But surprisingly few nonprofits are talking about open data.

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New leap for open source CMS vendor

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Mpower Open, the vendor who took their high-end CRM/DMS product, MPX , open source last year, has adopted a new name, Orange Leap. Orange Leap is possibly going for what is now often called the “ Open Core &# business model, although it’s not entirely clear. Both new products are based in Java, and are going to be released as open source. Tags: opensource CRM Open Source Nonprofit Tech DMS

Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My role in the project is to the facilitate the training sessions, design the overall training, facilitate openers and closings, help prep the curriculum, and deliver modules on digital strategy and social media. A Good Training Starts with A Good Opening.

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Ubuntu open week

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Ubuntu open week November 26, 2006 Next week is Ubuntu Open Week , a series of events and classes about Ubuntu Linux , and for people interested in getting involved in Ubuntu.

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Can open source software save organizations money?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Next year, given what is likely to be a grim funding year, nonprofit organizations are going to be hunting for ways to save money on technology. One question that will inevitably be asked: can free and open source software save organizations money? Open source software is both free as in “beer&# as well as free as in “kittens.&# But if you have a migration planned anyway, now is absolutely the time to look at open source software.

Movable Type goes Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Movable Type goes Open Source December 13, 2007 This is old news, sort of. A ways back, Six Apart promised that it would open source MovableType , their flagship software product, and the software that underlies their TypePad service. They are really putting their money where their mouth is, in terms of working toward more openness.