What are your most useful synchronous online facilitation practices?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

TechSoup holds regular meetings for nonprofits in Second Life and I have been attending regularly and sometimes facilitate like this I did this past week. That's why Nancy White's post on most useful synchronous online facilitation practices really caught my eye.

Should Nonprofits Focus on Email or Facebook?

Connection Cafe

A question I have often heard: should nonprofits focus on email or Facebook? Email “deliverability” bedevils many online marketers , nonprofit and otherwise. . We can only send nonprofit emails so often before our supporters begin to tune us out. . Synchronous.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Nonprofit Technology

Everyaction

Choosing the right nonprofit software can seem like an overwhelming task, from getting each stakeholder on board, to researching all of your options and hoping to find one that fits both your needs and your budget, to actually transitioning to and implementing the new system.

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How to Use Slack for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

I sit on a couple of different boards for nonprofits and I’ve learned that sometimes, organizations run into snags. The platform helps teams of all sizes communicate more effectively and it can help your nonprofit too. How will Slack help my nonprofit organization?

Will Nonprofits Take SXSWi By Storm in 2015?

Frogloop

But where do nonprofits and cause related startups fit into SXSWi? This year several nonprofits and leaders who are doing innovating work to create social change movements, submitted terrific panels in hopes of carving out a bigger track related to activism. Why Failure Is a Dirty Word for Nonprofits. Nonprofit Crowdfunding Bill of Rights. Synchronized Social: Collaborative Campaigns.

Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Samuels is what nonprofits often refer to as an "accidental techie." He further describes the Office 365 Nonprofit donation program as "a game changer which opens a door to the cloud." Sign up for Office 365 Nonprofit.

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About the New BRIDGE Numbers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Launched on February 4, the new BRIDGE Registry is a database of more than three million nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide and each one of them has been assigned a new BRIDGE Number. Here’s what your nonprofit needs to know about the new BRIDGE Numbers: 1.

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Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Influence

Read More » More Nonprofit Benchmarks Kyle Keller in Influence 4 May 2010 A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how organizations can use Convio’s Online Nonprofit Benchmarks Study to determine how well they are doing online compared to others.

Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

3rd Sector Labs

The root cause of bad data management for any organization – for-profit, nonprofit or government – can usually be found in the data management paradigm itself. Create a plan for proper synchronization of your data, following a set of controlled, manual steps.

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How Nonprofits Can Navigate the New Media Landscape

NTEN

There are ample opportunities for nonprofits to help inform, shape, and create stories for the media. New venture journalism has been incubated thanks to nonprofit and foundation support.” Nonprofits have connections to individual stories that journalists need,” Chan explained.

More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. Second, nonprofits are not littered with technology experts and data scientists. Finally, nonprofits do not invest heavily in technology. ” or “how many fundraising systems do nonprofits use?”

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Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Samuels is what nonprofits often refer to as an "accidental techie." He further describes the Office 365 Nonprofit donation program as "a game changer which opens a door to the cloud." Sign up for Office 365 Nonprofit.

Create Text Message SMS Campaigns that Sync with Blackbaud Sphere

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons’ integration with Blackbaud Sphere effortlessly synchronizes information between your CRM database and Mobile Commons. Profile data such as name, email, mobile number, address, and interactions are synchronized in real time between the two systems, allowing you to keep track of everybody, easily. Synchronize different mobile campaigns with different Blackbaud Sphere campaigns. All Posts Blog Collateral nonprofit Our Products

Mobile Commons Offers Text Message Campaigns That Sync with NationBuilder

Mobile Commons

We seamlessly synchronize information between your NationBuilder nation and your Mobile Commons account, allowing you to keep track of everybody, easily. All Posts Blog Company News Government Nonprofit Our Products Product Tour

Social CRM, part 2: Metrics vs. CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

In the nonprofit world we use this acronym to mean “Constituent Relationship Management&# , generally. It involves using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize business processes—principally sales activities, but also those for marketing, customer service, and technical support. CRM Nonprofit Tech Web2.0 So while I’ve been off twitter, I’ve had time to research social CRM (funny, that.) And what I’ve found is pretty interesting.

Create Text Message SMS Campaigns that Sync with the Convio CRM

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons’ integration with Convio Luminate Online and Common Ground effortlessly synchronizes information between your CRM database and Mobile Commons. Profile data such as name, email, mobile number, address, and interactions are synchronized in real time between the two systems, allowing you to keep track of everybody, easily. Synchronize different mobile campaigns with different Convio campaigns.

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

Here's how I responded: I’ve yet to see a published report that provided a convincing general argument that [insert any nonprofit name here] will raise more money by using [insert database name here]. Time spent manually entering or importing or synchronizing or deduping data that could be collected through integrated systems. Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Nonprofit Management

Making Facebook Groups Rock for Nonprofits – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: While many of us focus our attention on FB pages, Facebook groups can be a good platform for nonprofits to use for informal peer learning groups, getting feedback from your post passionate fans , or to cultivate and support a brand ambassadors group. Photo by Laughing Squid.

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Clearing Up the Cloud at NTEN's Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit

Tech Soup Blog

I was lucky enough to attend NTEN's Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit on Monday, August 29. Offline synchronization capabilities aren't very good yet.

Shopify POS: Bridge the Gap Between Online and Offline Sales!

Tech Soup Blog

The Shopify POS lets you synchronize sales from your online store with those made at an event or in a brick-and-mortar store (museums with gift shops, take note!). on how your nonprofit or library can get started building an online store.

Nonprofit Video: How Rhythm Keeps Us Watching

NTEN

By riding the waves of tension and release, the spectator's body rhythm is drawn into a kind of synchronization with the film's rhythm. By Cam Hayduk and Kat Kelly, Turtlebox Productions.

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HOW TO: Create Videos for Your Nonprofit Without a Video Camera, a Budget of $0, and Little-to-No Tech Skills

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Animoto is a service that allows you to create videos about your nonprofit using a selection of your organization’s best photos. Within a few minutes and a couple of clicks, your nonprofit could have a new promotional video that you can use on your Web site, your Blog, in your e-mail newsletters, and on social networking sites. Animoto automatically then creates a slideshow of your photos synchronized to the tempo of the music you have chosen.

The 8 Key Elements of a Federated Buying Agreement

Connection Cafe

Validation, QA and synchronization with training. Nonprofit Management affiliates buying agreement purchasingIn the “ Who buys? Who pays?

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APIs for Nonprofits 101: Data Formats

Tech Soup Blog

In part one of my series on APIs for nonprofits, I introduced the concept of Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs. A web API - also sometimes called a “web service,” or “REST API” — uses the same URLs and HTTP requests your web browser does to exchange data and keep separate systems synchronized with each other.

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GiftWorks 2014 Has Arrived!

Tech Soup Blog

Integration with MailChimp – manage your MailChimp subscribers and keep it synchronized with GiftWorks. Community Tech Centers Consultants Donors Fundraising Online Fundraising Training Volunteers nonprofits webinars GiftWorks nonprofit tsgiftworks GiftWorks 2014 is here! Let's talk about the new and enhanced features!

CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla) January 26, 2009 CiviCRM was the first nonprofit-focused open source CRM (one of only two, at this moment.) That said, I do think that this combo would be a cost-effective solution for good chunks of the nonprofit community.

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Stories from German Nonprofits: A Look at Stifter-Helfen.de's Case Studies

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's partner in Germany, Stifter-Helfen.de – IT for Nonprofits , has been collecting case studies from the organizations it works with over the last year. Here is a look at how a few German nonprofits and charities are using technology donations for social good.

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

If you have questions about your nonprofit systems, databases, CRM or data needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The feedback was eye-opening about the struggles we are experiencing with nonprofit technology. We’ve seen nonprofits who do this–better synchronize their strategy, technology and data–lift results by 65% in relatively short periods of time.

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Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management - and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System). Most often nonprofits want to capture information from web users. In addition, sometimes nonprofits want to expose data from the CRM to the CMS. Tags: opensource CRM Nonprofit Tech Web Tools CMS nptech

Crashes: Crisis: Network Resilience: Nonprofit Action Planning for the New Depression (working paper - feedback please)

Network-Centric Advocacy

We must rally the nonprofit sector to view this as our own strategic restructuring milestone.The moment the progressive advocacy movement figures out how to collaborate and synchronize on a scale never imagined.

Guest Post by Laura Norvig: Friendfeed As Nonprofit Technology Water Cooler

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I still don't know of that many nonprofits using Friendfeed , though, whether as an overall tool or for joining the "nptech" community conversation ( "nptech" is a tag that Beth Kanter, Marnie Webb, and others have been using to tag nonprofit technology resources on delicious, twitter, etc.,

Twestival: Are Fundraising Groundswells A Massive Opportunity or Distraction for Nonprofit Organizations?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the comments , there was quite a lively discussion from nonprofit professionals raising some cautions and concerns. What was the role of the nonprofit, charity:water, in working with Twestival? This lead me to ask what exactly were those new nonprofit leadership skills?

How the National Council on Family Relations Used the Office 365 DIY Migration Workshop

Tech Soup Blog

NCFR is a nonprofit professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Samuels is what nonprofits often refer to as an "accidental techie." Sign up for Office 365 Nonprofit.

Top Do’s and Don’ts in Using Online Donation Forms

Connection Cafe

In nonprofits, now, more than ever we need all our forces directed proactively to control the abundance of tasks. Volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaigns, all are overwhelming nonprofits in this period. Be careful to look for the right form builder that synchronizes with the payment processor you already use and it’s more convenient for your nonprofit. Keep in mind to look for discounts, nonprofits often benefit from special fees when using software like this.

How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Ever wonder what it takes to get a IT system up and running as a nonprofit under 25 people? In these difficult economic times, it’s really important to get your act together regarding your nonprofit’s finances. I think many nonprofits can get away with a kind of virtual IT system where the files reside primarily on Amazon’s S3 and any more specific applications can be set up remotely (maybe even on Amazon EC2 which now supports Windows servers ).

APIs for Social Media Integration and More: A Gentle Introduction for Nonprofits

NTEN

Nonprofits often deal with an overwhelming amount of data. We can utilize APIs to transfer data from one system to another and even synchronize data sets in order to end up with the cleanest data possible. Developing apps and websites that take advantage of the power of the Facebook platform is of paramount importance for nonprofits. One of my favorites is run by a nonprofit called MapLight. Getting funds to your nonprofit is a process dependent on APIs.

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Are You Ready to DIY Office 365?

Tech Soup Blog

Most nonprofit organizations can get free access to hosted email (Exchange), files (SharePoint & OneDrive), and instant messaging (Lync) in the cloud from Microsoft. Full disclosure: My organization, Tech Impact , is a 501(c)(3) that offers technology support exclusively to nonprofits.

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Integration of CRM and CMS January 14, 2009 If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management – and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System).

Nonprofit 2.0… | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Nonprofit 2.0 , Strategy Nonprofit 2.0… … 03.16.06 | 14 7 Comments [link] Nonprofit+2.0.+ Sonny Cloward has an interesting post from 10/13/2005 called Nonprofit 2.0. However, I never thought of Nonprofit 2.0 Let’s take the idea of Cloward’s Nonprofit 2.0 What would that mean to nonprofits that followed such a rubric? If our clients aren’t better served by our whizbang gizmos, then Nonprofit 2.0

Research Friday: A Case for Content Curation

ASU Lodestar Center

As part of a continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit expert from our academic faculty to highlight a research report or study and discuss how it can inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice. posted by. Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. Executive Director.

Connect with TechSoup at NCVS!

Tech Soup Blog

Elliot will be talking with participants about technology planning for nonprofits, and Evonne and Susan will be talking about interactive online events and social media tools. Windows LiveMeeting — Our partners at Microsoft have been innovating web conferencing tools as convergence software , allowing for integration across Microsoft Office and Outlook in addition to synchronized audio and video. Social Networking Tech Planning social media online community nonprofits

New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” Craig Newmark wrote the foreword. I blurbed this book with, “If you are looking for a recipe book for tips and tactics to integrate mobile and social media to round out your nonprofit’s marketing plan, look no further than this book.”

The BRIDGE Is Open! New Lookup Tool Distinguishes Global Social Sector Entities

Tech Soup Blog

Already there are nearly 3 million BRIDGE numbers assigned worldwide, a result of synchronizing information from the databases of founding partners Foundation Center, GlobalGiving, GuideStar, and TechSoup. Ongoing synchronization makes it easier to share and compare data among databases.