Ask Your Lawmaker Widget


I love widgets. A lot of you have probably heard about the recent success of a Toronto blogger who combined a fundraising widget from Chip-In with the networking power of Twitter to raise over $14k in about 2 days. Well, we just heard about another great free widget that you and your organization might want to share with your community. You Vote : "It’s hard for a lawmaker to dodge a question asked by, say, 13,462 people in 29 states!

What is a Widget?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you've been following my widgets category , you know that I'm working on a screencast and have been researching and playing with widgets. For the script, before jumping into the how-to of widgets, the screencast will give some context, of course. What is a Widget?

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The NTC Widget

See What's Out There

Sprout is a tool that lets you easily build your own widget. What I love about this widget is that it includes a link to video — using the See3 logo as the key. Recent Posts 5 Questions to Evaluate Your Nonprofit Video ROI Enter the 2010 Tagline Awards Today!

Katya Andresen on Fundraising Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Katya Andresen of the Nonprofit Marketing Blog left me a message on Odeo in response to the question "What do you think about widgets for building community, in particular fundraising widgets?" I mean you put the widget in the hands of the community.

Wild About Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

a big hat tip to Michelle Martin from the Bamboo Project for pointing me to these two articles in the business press about widgets. The Typepad Hacks blog writes has a great introduction to widgets and describes the community building aspects: Ultimately, widgets, like the web itself are about connections??? The post also answers the question: Why would you want to install widgets? Widgets are a great way to share the things you like on the web.

Take My Widget Poll

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am working on a screencast about widgets -- more specifically free and easy-to-use community building tools for your blog. I'm busy researching and writing the script which will cover the why, what, and examples, but now I'm in the nitty gritty stage of playing with a few widgets. No option for researching widgets. Can widgets help you listen better? Create Free Polls.

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One Good Voter Registration Widget | Idealware


Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About One Good Voter Registration Widget By Heather Gardner. Years ago I worked on the design and development of an online voter registration widget for Rock the Vote - and I have to say I thought it was pretty neat. Comments Awesome widget and so simple!

Blog Redesign: Adding the Extras

Amy Sample Ward

When I say extras, I mean the widgets, plugins, apps and other random bits that can really add a bit of flavor, not to mention functionality, to a website. Matt and I will be both be responding, asking questions, and participating as well!

Widget 147 joins the ranks of widget makers | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Social Entrepreneurship , Startups , , npwidget joins the ranks of widget makers 03.16.07 | 3141 23 Comments [link] 2007-03-16+14%3A42%3A15 Allan+Benamer is now the THIRD Flash-based widget maker for the nonprofit sector. Below is from Ben Rattray’s e-mail to me regarding the widgets: As compared to Chipin’s widget, I think there are three things that make us different.

Nonprofit Blogging Burning Questions and Answers

Have Fun - Do Good

At the beginning of the session, I asked folks what their burning questions were. Below are their questions, and my quick answers. What questions and answers would you add? Answer these questions: 1. Do the steps in question #1.

Presidential Campaign Widgets and Matchmakers: Let the Social Web Election Fun Begin!

Have Fun - Do Good

You can see and share these astounding figures with MAPLight's Presidential Fundraising Widget , which can be placed on your blog or web site. In addition to launching the widget, has published an API (application programming interface) that makes it easy for any Web developer to build their own site, or software program, that displays or shares up-to-date campaign contributions from the FEC (Federal Elections Commission).

Personal Fundraising with Widgets: A Few Reflections and Campaign Update

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My post over at Katya's blog generated some excellent advice and has also raised many more questions. Have a question: I want to publically acknowledge the names of the donors here on this blog and what I don't know is whether donors opted to be anonymous or not? Unanswered Questions and next steps These were initial questions jumping into this.

Screencast: Using Widgets to Build Community on Blogs Featured on NTEN Blog

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My screencast on widgets is featured in this month's NTEN newsletter in a section pointing to " How To Build Online Community." " The link will take you directly to the screencast , but I also went to the trouble of putting together some extensive program notes that will help you explore widgets in more depth and provides credits to all the wonderful cc licensed material I used in the screencast. You need to think about these questions first, widgets second.

The Philanthropic Web, Questions and Answers

Social Actions

Below is the video and transcription of the question and answer session that followed Peter Deitz's presentation. Video, Question and Answer session: Transcription, Question and Answer session: Peter Deitz, Social Actions: Why does this matter for social action platforms? I’ll take one more question on Social Actions and then I really do want to hear from you guys and have a conversation about this open philanthropic web and what it might mean for your sites.

Taking Care of Business: Some Great WordPress Themes for E-Commerce Sites

Byte Technology

All good questions you’ll need to consider. The homepage is all widgets, which makes dragging and dropping content really fast.

The Q&A: Great FAQ Plugins for WordPress Sites

Byte Technology

For anyone who runs an establishing or burgeoning e-commerce website, questions from clients and customers are a simple fact of doing business in the virtual world. With it you can customize how the questions are ordered on the page and add images if you wish.

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Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems: Part 1

Byte Technology

Thankfully, WordPress is built on the very premise that help is out there, everywhere, in the form of not only dedicated customer service reps but also other users who populate the forum board answering questions and sometimes raising a few of their own.

nfp 2.0 » Valentine’s Day meets Web 2.0

Rebooting Charity

Widgets of the world unite… You’ve been promoted to “Buzz Director” Recent Comments bbm : This year I have donated money to rescue an animal from the clutches of a poor peasant in. whitewater widgets yak shack February 15th, 2007 Valentine’s Day meets Web 2.0

nfp 2.0 » Whose cause is it anyway?

Rebooting Charity

Widgets of the world unite… You’ve been promoted to “Buzz Director” Recent Comments bbm : This year I have donated money to rescue an animal from the clutches of a poor peasant in. whitewater widgets yak shack February 9th, 2007 Whose cause is it anyway? Wrong question.

Project Agape Releases A Revenue Figure | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Project Agape Project Agape Releases A Revenue Figure 04.18.08 | 3384 11 Comments [link] Project+Agape+Releases+A+Revenue+Figure 2008-04-18+07%3A16%3A16 Allan+Benamer In a recent Businessweek story on widgets , Joe Green from Project Agape discloses a revenue figure for Causes: Project Agape takes a different tack with its Causes application, which raises awareness and money for nonprofits and other causes. So there are no non-profits to evaluate in the context of this question.

Variations on a Theme: Tips for Choosing an E-Commerce Platform

Byte Technology

All good questions to ask. Also consider that certain themes use widgets, which add functionality, while others give a more static view that you won’t be able to fiddle with very much. To answer these questions approach your research from your customer’s point of view when investigating the different choices out there and be sure a particular theme has reliable and easy-to-use navigation features.

Off to Market: The Best WordPress Plugins for Maximum Traffic

Byte Technology

And with the Quick and Easy FAQ plugin you can streamline the process of answering the most commonly asked questions your visitors have by adding a section to your site. Finally, the Testimonials Widget can help build user confidence and aid those users in the decision making process.

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Treat Yourself: Tips and Tool for Customizing a WordPress Admin Area

Byte Technology

For example, widgets are wonderful, and the default WordPress dashboard screen come with lots of them. Those who build or administer multi-user sites can answer frequently asked questions easily by adding a help section in the admin area. Much is written for WordPress site owners and designers on the best way to create a unique and customized site for visitors.

Can be a nice way to be instantly available to folks with questions. This chat widget took me 10 minutes to set up, thanks to the enablers at and

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Is a Sub-Minimum Wage Fair to People with Disabilities? | The.

Vertex Systems

Some produce a variety of widgets for another company or sell on their own. For example, if they make 10 widgets in an hour, and they earn $0.50 Many claim that, despite this, they should be paid as much as those who might produce 20 widgets per hour.

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Getting Meta: Inviting the Community to Drive the Community Builder Chats

Amy Sample Ward

Again, I would always set up the CoverItLive widget ahead of time so participants could sign up for a reminder when the chat was starting. Would you rather have a set topic or set of questions ahead of time? Do you like showing up with a question and posing it to the group for feedback?

Morgan Sully believes We Operate Better Together

Amy Sample Ward

Working from this premise, this travel documentary project seeks to answer the question: How is global social change made where media, technology and creative people meet? Other key questions include: How is community-based innovation related to economic development?

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Great reads from January 12th through January 14th

Amy Sample Ward

Add Ask Your Lawmaker to Your Site | Ask Your Lawmaker - Check out the Ask Your Lawmaker widget from Capital News Connection, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. can pose questions to their senators and representatives by posting them to the web site, and then anyone who is interested in legislation and policy can go to the site and vote for the questions that he or she deems most critical."

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How to Get 1300 Advocates to Capitol Hill [HINT: It’s more than just practice]

Connection Cafe

These are just a smattering of the questions being asked by practitioners whose jobs straddle that nebulous line between moving an issue forward and protecting a brand. From sharing accomplishments to fielding questions as part of a panel, advocate stories should dominate any agenda.

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How to deal with technology change

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Then in months, or years, they want to add some new pages, or a new section to their site, and a widget on the side. If it is a relatively new CMS (like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and others) they may not need to bring in a new developer – they may just be able to get a book, or buy a video to teach them how to use the web interface to create new regions and widgets. Read, read, read, and ask many questions before you decide.

7 Techniques for Event Fundraising Success


Participants are less likely to give up when they can call and get answers to their questions. Register for our monthly Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Register Now !

Business Transformation – The Black Swan Dilemma


A colleague on the Business Transformation Management LinkedIn group asked a question – “Why do so many business transformation programs become black swans?”. Instead of chasing the Fad, find what about the Fad is catching fire, why people are buying this widget versus another widget.

5 Mobile Frameworks You Should be Using

Beaconfire Wire

But it begs the question, what is the best framework for you to use these days? Do you want widgets that are themable? In this framework, there are lots of pre-built widgets and themes, charts and listing tools. The built-in widgets seem very clear cut and slick.

Social Media at a Glance: October Edition

NonProfit Hub

They rolled out their new Moments feature—which some are questioning whether or not it’s a feature that will stick around— to keep people current. You can now ask your followers a question and give them two choices. Do you have questions or something you would like to add?

Building Blocks of Social Media - Webinar slides and notes

Amy Sample Ward

It’s always a little weird to talk over the phone and not be able to hear or see those you are presenting to, but everyone was really great with comments and questions and responding online so I knew I wasn’t talking to myself! The questions folks asked at the end were terrific! Netvibes is a lot like an iGoogle home page and is designed to have many different widgets or boxes that are customizable. There were other questions and some good conversations.

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How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s Net2 Think Tank question asks, “How do you stay up-to-date online?&# There are so many blogs, news sources, and conversations happening at the same time, every day, and the chances that you’ll be able to find them all without trying is pretty unlikely.

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4 Step by Step Engagement Strategies for Nonprofit Websites

Connection Cafe

Listen for hot topics or questions. If your content can address some of the common questions being asked, then it will be a useful resource for your audience. Some will question the impact of this type of engagement to your mission, and rightly so. Use polls to ask a question.

Latest News You Can Use – 11/15


Pinterest adding business accounts; separate TOS from users which allow commercial use; co providing widgets to direct users to follow biz page & plans to add analytics in future - Pinterest Removes Ban on Commercial Use as It Adds Business Accounts.

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If Google were a nonprofit, what would its website look like?

Connection Cafe

That is the number one priority, and there’s no question about the action you’re supposed to take when arriving at the site. The Twitter and Facebook widgets do a great job of showcasing recent activity with an invitation to connect right below it. What makes a great nonprofit website?

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Creating a "Socially-Enabled", Non-Techie Conference - Guest post by Carie Lewis, HSUS

Connection Cafe

Tweetup widget from TWTvite 2. Twitter Followers Widget from Widgettropolis 3. Widgetbox Widget displaying all tweets from the official conference Twitter feed 7. Widgetbox Widget displaying all tweets containing the conference hashtag 8. Author: Jordan Viator.

10 Must-Have Elements for Nonprofit Websites

Connection Cafe

question is one of the most important things your website has to do. Social media widget. You know you cannot undermine the power of a well built website. It’s your most powerful business card, a communication interface between you and your stakeholders.

Goodbye iPhone – First 24 hours of Android

Judi Sohn

When I was in the AT&T store yesterday, I heard at least two salespeople steer customers away from Android and towards iPhone the moment they asked a question that demonstrated a lack of technical/gadget knowledge. That didn’t take long.

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How to Use Facebook to Get More Donors [INFOGRAPHIC]

John Haydon

Then you probably have one question about Facebook: How can I use Facebook to get more donors? The takeaway of this infographic is simple: If you have a Facebook Page, then you need to be posting those funny photos, those enticing questions, those tempting fill-in-the-blanks.