Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tech Is Everyone's Job | NTEN

Tech Is Everyone's Job | NTEN: "Let’s face it: It’s 2015. Technology is a central part of how we do our work, communicate, and even fundraise. The idea that technology – from decisions to training and even testing new tools – would be something reserved for a single staff person or department simply doesn’t meet the needs we have as organizations anymore. 

I am not saying, of course, that I think a technology or I.T. staff role or department isn’t necessary! Quite the contrary: I think the opportunity for the staff person or people serving in a technology or I.T. capacity to be leaders in the organization is bigger than ever before. When everyone in the organization is participating in decision-making, budgeting, testing, and invested in effectiveness, those technology staff are the instrumental leaders creating and supporting organization-wide processes, plans, and strategies. "



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25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs — BizTech

25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs — BizTech:



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Dirty data be gone! Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders

Dirty data be gone! Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders: "What about your database? When was the last time you conducted some spring cleaning on your donor data so that data pulls, analysis and reporting didn’t require extra manual manipulation? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to run a mailing list or generate a report knowing that the information could immediately be sent to the mail house or presented to your senior leadership team? It is possible. It just requires some vigilance with key data points."



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Low-Cost Technology Resources for Nonprofits - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

5 Low-Cost Technology Resources for Nonprofits - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology: "The average nonprofit budgets 1-2.2% of total annual spending for technology, according to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report from NTEN. Quite often, the majority of that budget only covers IT staff salaries and infrastructure overhead, leaving nonprofits with very little remaining to invest in new, cutting-edge technology resources."



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Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes - NYTimes.com

Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes - NYTimes.com: "I ended up going to Facebook and LinkedIn, places where I knew my classmates really were,” Mr. Grinna said.

EverTrue, which he founded in 2010, enables educational institutions to parse the social media activities of their graduates. The company’s social donor management program, for instance, can evaluate alumni interactions with a college’s Facebook pages to help distinguish those people likely to give to a capital campaign from those more interested in a specific athletic or academic cause."



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Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Ambassador, Shows Liberian Youth What They Can Do To Fight Ebola

Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Ambassador, Shows Liberian Youth What They Can Do To Fight Ebola: "The star joined members from Adolescents Leading an Intensive Fight Against Ebola (A-LIFE). The group aims to get young people involved in a social platform developed by UNICEF that enables “U-Reporters” to communicate via text message about Ebola-related issues."



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter | Beth’s Blog

Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter | Beth’s Blog: " When they launched their staff as champion strategy, they had to make the case that it was worth the investment of their time.  Says Murphy, it was a tough barrier for advocates and researchers who not used to communicating in 140 characters.  Over time, using Twitter has become more an organizational cultural norm."



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8 Nonprofit Website Analytics to Find Gems From Your Web Engagement Data : FundRaising Success

8 Nonprofit Website Analytics to Find Gems From Your Web Engagement Data : FundRaising Success: "8 Nonprofit Website Analytics to Find All the Gems From Your Web Engagement Data"



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PHILANTHROPY 2173: Digital isn't optional and it isn't "other"

PHILANTHROPY 2173: Digital isn't optional and it isn't "other": "You'd never know any of the above from looking at the philanthropy and nonprofit news or associational agendas. For example: "



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tech voting bloc in SF? Not yet - SFGate

Tech voting bloc in SF? Not yet - SFGate: "Philanthropic involvement is not the same as political involvement, but some analysts say it could be a precursor. Observers predict that young tech workers will probably get more involved in voting as they age, when they start caring about issues like taxes and schools."



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Gaithersburg company helps Rockville nonprofit recycle computers -- Gazette.Net

Gaithersburg company helps Rockville nonprofit recycle computers -- Gazette.Net: "ockville nonprofit Project Reboot, which provides inexpensive refurbished computers to those in need, is giving the gift of technology with the help from area donations, including a recent partnership with"



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Social media 'slacktivism' encourages people to donate, finds JustGiving report

Social media 'slacktivism' encourages people to donate, finds JustGiving report: "People who share a fundraising page on social media are four times more likely to donate than those who don’t, and those that share using a mobile device are seven times more likely to give, according to a report by JustGiving.

This week the online fundraising platform published a paper Slacktivism: monster or myth in which it discussed whether there was any truth in a recent backlash against viral social fundraising campaigns, including the #nomakeupselfie and #icebucketchallenge that took place last year."



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Monday, March 16, 2015