Announcing the 2021 Open Data Project!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use a nd republish as they wish. The Open Data Project seeks to gain a better understanding of how NGOs, NPOs, and charities worldwide use technology for digital marketing and fundraising.

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What Apple’s privacy changes mean for email open rates

M+R

The new feature helps users prevent senders from knowing when they open an email.” from getting information about whether and when subscribers open emails. A quick reminder: email opens are tracked by tiny image pixels embedded in the content. Read time: 3 minutes.

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The Death of the Open Metric (and other freak outs)

sgEngage

Mostly, I open lots of messages with which I don’t truly engage. In our current engagement tracking, we tend to rely very heavily on opens as confirmation our message was enjoyed and appreciated, but I think we all know that’s not really an accurate tracking mechanism.

2021 Nonprofit Professional of the Year Nominations Now Open

NonProfit PRO

NonProfit PRO would like to recognize all the tireless effort that the best and brightest nonprofit employees and board members have devoted toward nonprofit missions. We are now accepting nominations for our annual Nonprofit Professional of the Year Awards

June Open House

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How to Write Emails That Your Donors Will Actually Open

Salsa

Learning how to optimize an email that your donor is actually going to open, read, and respond to is crucial to your organization’s success. Your donors’ inboxes are constantly filling with messages from individuals, businesses, news outlets, and more.

Open Doors

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I do remember why I left land, why I left the open doors (literally and figuratively), why I left the free flow of quiet into my heart. watch the fawn and it's mother, grazing in the short, scrubby, yellow grass beyond the house. They don't seem to mind our watching them, although they are wary. I wonder if we thought of them as tonight's dinner, would they notice? Would they skitter and jump into the trees just from the energy of those thoughts? .

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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. When we met, he was therefore especially interested in hearing about Benetech’s perspective on issues related to converting software to open source. agriculture CIMSANS climate change CSR food security Gerald Nelson open data open source SocialCoding4Good

Open Source Means Strong Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

“Your secure software is open source: doesn’t that make it less secure?” We strongly believe not only that open source is compatible with digital security, but that it’s also essential for it. It helps establish that the safe has no design flaws or a second “back door” combination other than my own chosen combination that opens the safe. The analogy of the strong safe with an open design is directly applicable to secure software design.

The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Grant makers and nonprofit professionals are now talking openly about some very painful (and inter-related) issues in philanthropy, such as. This is an open-ended list. I recently had a conversation with a friend and colleague about what I perceive to be a revolution in progress.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There are a myriad of options, open source options are among the most popular, possibly the most popular. And there are open source options that can do much of the same work for much less money. The open source options are many, but the big four: WordPress , Drupal , Joomla , and Plone , stand out from the pack. CMS Nonprofit Tech Open Source Web Tools blackbaud convio commonground drupal plone sharepoint wordpress

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.

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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Applications open for Maytree Policy School

Charity Village

The post Applications open for Maytree Policy School appeared first on CharityVillage. Maytree Policy School is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to enhance their public policy engagement and effectiveness.

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

EveryAction

marketing open rates newsletter Distributing a regular newsletter requires a lot: curation, content creation, and then there’s capturing the attention of your audience despite inbox overcrowding.

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Open Doors

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I do remember why I left land, why I left the open doors (literally and figuratively), why I left the free flow of quiet into my heart. watch the fawn and it's mother, grazing in the short, scrubby, yellow grass beyond the house. They don't seem to mind our watching them, although they are wary. I wonder if we thought of them as tonight's dinner, would they notice? Would they skitter and jump into the trees just from the energy of those thoughts? .

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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? We decided to write Open Community as a way to address those frustrations and redirect the thinking about using social tools to build community online. So, what is “Open Community?”. How does Open Community affect NPTechies?

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12 Questions to Ask Before Re-Opening Your Nonprofit's Office

Wild Apricot

As countries begin to ease restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you might be thinking about how you’re going to safely re-open your physical office.

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.

Risk & Reward: Open Road Alliance and Candid launch new risk management course for funders

Candid

Candid Learning teamed up with Open Road Alliance, a longtime advocate of using risk mitigation strategies as a form of social sector strengthening, to develop a new, free eLearning course designed to help funders use risk management to preserve impact in an uncertain world.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Because of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena. However, Salesforce in particular has a leg up that most other proprietary tools don’t have, because of their open APIs and their incredibly robust development platform. CiviCRM is a web-based open source nonprofit-focused CRM/Donation management tool. But in general, there are a lot choices and, sadly, few of them are open source.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Web Server Software

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On top of proprietary UNIX, people will generally run associated open source server software for web, database and development frameworks. On the open source side, Linux is by far the most popular, with BSD in second place. MySQL and PostgreSQL are the open source database systems most in use for web servers, with PostgreSQL being a pretty distant second to MySQL. Open Source Web Tools apache iis Linux microsoft UNIX web

Open Source vs. Proprietary. Who won?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This epic battle between Open Source software (or Free software) and proprietary software is coming to a close. Speaking of Apple and FOSS, Apple’s OS X and iOS are based on the BSD operating system – another open source *NIX that has been around for a while. This is both made possible by open source software, and is completely proprietary. Open source software has won. Open Source Operating Systems cloudcomputing opensource

Gates, Ford, Open Society announce commitments for gender equality

Candid

The Bill & Melinda Gates , Ford , and Open Society foundations have announced commitments of $2.1 Open Society Foundations commit $100 million to support feminist political mobilization and leadership." Open Society Foundations press release 06/30/2021.

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An Open Source Website Personalization Tool for Mission-Driven Organizations

Forum One

As we work primarily with open source CMS platforms, such as Drupal and WordPress, our tool is effective in its ability to integrate within the CMS as well as be flexible for organization-specific needs.

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. First as part of my role supporting customers at Convio/Blackbaud, and now in my role at KELL Partners where I work with clients who contract with us for support or virtual administration services.

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How to Open A.ai Without Adobe Illustrator

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In this article, you will learn about ai files, what they are, and how to open them. Thus, any software that can open a. The post How to Open A.ai Have you ever heard of ai files? The AI Vector image file format Have you ever heard of AI files?

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Open Source vs. Proprietary: Graphics and Video

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On the open source side, the projects that stand out are GIMP (a Photoshop replacement) and Inkscape (a vector graphics program – like Illustrator). I’ll leave it to the graphics professionals to say for sure, but they are both worth a look if you don’t want to plunk down hundreds of $ for Photoshop and Illustrator, and/or you like to work with open source tools. On the open source side, one program you must know about is VLC by VideoLAN.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Browsers

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The browser wars between proprietary and open source browsers have changed in some ways from the days that it was simply Internet Explorer vs. Netscape. This drop has been primarily, but not exclusively due to the open source browser, Firefox. On the open source side, Firefox is certainly the leader, with a bit less than 30% of the market. Chrome, which is sort of an open source browser, is now getting around 14% of the market. Open Source browsers opensource Softwar

6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

3rd Sector Labs

We talk a lot about Open Source technology (and we use it quite extensively too) so it might make sense for us to take a moment and explain why we are such advocates. Affordability – Open Source is free of licensing fees. Proven – Open Source platforms like Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, etc., Robust – We aren’t big fans of this overblown word, but in the case of Open Source it works.

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

NTEN

The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia? Though the whole point of open source technology is that it’s made stronger and better through collaboration, actually figuring out how to use the technology is not an equal playing field. Sarah Mirk. Online Editor. B h Magazine.

iOS15 Updates and Email Open Rates: What You Need to Know

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We want to update you on the effect you will see with email open rates in your email marketing program. Apple has released its much-anticipated iOS15 software update which brings changes to how Apple devices handle privacy, especially for those using the native Mail App.

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How to Open And Convert PSD File

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The post How to Open And Convert PSD File appeared first on PhreeSite.com. How many image formats do you know? Have you ever heard of PSD format? It is common to some and not to others. It is a file format used to save Photoshop documents to allow easy editing at some other time. What is PSD?

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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.). Next question: can we get the nonprofit version of the killer open source and open platform app Songbird screen. I’ve known about Songbird for a long time.

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SaaS vs. Open Source

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 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. SaaS is not, by definition either proprietary or open source.

11 Questions Nonprofit Leaders Need to Ask Before Re-Opening the Office

Wild Apricot

Are you wondering whether your organization is ready to re-open the office as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted? Use these questions to help you decide

Diversity and Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her keynote, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Diversity and Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her blog post, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Open content business models

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 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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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. Tim O’Reilly has a bang-on post about the fact that OpenSocial does not mean that users can have data portability.

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