Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A foundation-funded nonprofit software company that collected and stored information about public-school students announced Monday that it was closing over parental concerns about privacy, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report.

95% of donors cover charities' transaction costs on Blackbaud Heroix | UK Fundraising

95% of donors cover charities' transaction costs on Blackbaud Heroix | UK Fundraising: Blackbaud’s Heroix online giving platform has started inviting donors to increase their donation to cover the transaction and card fees, ensuring that charities receive 100% of each donation. Since the ‘Donor Cover’ option was introduced in Ireland, 95% of people making direct donations have chosen to cover the fees.

Heye-Tech (hi-tech): Technology Committees - Meetings can have Value

Heye-Tech (hi-tech): Technology Committees - Meetings can have Value: echnology Committees - Meetings can have Value
I have long been a fan of Technology Committees, but I don't hear a lot of others talking about it. In my role at The Cara Program, we have a fantastic Technology Steering Committee. I can't begin to state all of the benefit this group has brought. They have provided assistance, advice and insight, but have also helped us make connections, find resources and accomplish things we couldn't do alone. But before I go into a little information about our Technology Advisory Board, a few thoughts about committees.

Wiser.org Blog � Wiser.org, the social network for sustainability closes its doors and looks back

Wiser.org Blog � Wiser.org, the social network for sustainability closes its doors and looks back: The Wiser.org website closed on April 22nd 2014 – Earth Day.

We are so grateful to everyone who has been part of this incredible journey towards a more just and sustainable world.

In this final blog, we wanted to look back over the history of WiserEarth and Wiser.org, to not only share some of our achievements but also why the decision was made to close our core website Wiser.org.

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding: Smarthistory at Khan Academy is used by museum visitors, independent learners, professors, teachers and their students. There are nearly 600 short-form art history videos created from conversations recorded on-site (in urban spaces, archeological sites, museums, churches and mosques), as well as hundreds of essays on art and art history. We’ve begun to partner with museums to bring their formidable expertise to a global audience (often by simply repurposing pre-existing content). And we are working with over 100 art historians with deep knowledge of content stretching from Ancient Egypt to contemporary art in sub-Saharan Africa.

Five ways charities use gamification | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

Five ways charities use gamification | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional: Five ways charities use gamification
Charities are using gaming, such as researching cancer cures through an app, to increase the reach of their message

5 Ways to Give Your Fundraising Strategy an Upgrade | Third Sector Today

5 Ways to Give Your Fundraising Strategy an Upgrade | Third Sector Today: The need for nonprofits to continuously reinvent themselves, to offer trending solutions and to make use of technology in the realization of their fundraising strategies is on an all-time high. The golden question now is: How do you keep up? How do you keep growing the work you’ve done’ This might have been a difficult feat for nonprofits before, but now, the opportunities are endless. The challenge has now become a question of efficiency and scalability.


Here are five ways you can effectively leverage technology in your fundraising strategy:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GIVING BACK: Kickstarting local charity with Adirondack Gives - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News

GIVING BACK: Kickstarting local charity with Adirondack Gives - LakePlacidNews.com | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News: If you haven't heard of it yet, it's called Adirondack Gives, and it's a local crowd-funding website inspired by the success of Kickstarter. Adirondackgives.org has been fully operational since January and during that time has raised $19,633 for causes within the Adirondack Park. Of those causes, 27 have achieved their fundraising goals.

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: In this episode of Social Good, the founders of two crowdfunding sites outline what makes a successful campaign to raise money from the public. They also explain how any charity can adapt the basic approaches of such drives to seek volunteers and advocates for public policy as well as donations from businesses.

The Guests:

Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of Ioby (short for "In Our Backyard), a platform to raise money for neighborhood-revitalization projects.

5 New And Quirky Nonprofit Social Media Tactics | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

5 New And Quirky Nonprofit Social Media Tactics | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology: Everyone knows promoting your nonprofit’s events, services, and fundraisers on social media is a good idea, but many do not know why, or more importantly, how, to do it. There is a lot of information out there about length of Tweets, amount of hashtags, which hashtags, when to post to the various feeds.

What you might not have heard are some more unique strategies to promoting your nonprofit. Some techniques that are not covered in your run

Global Digital Fundraising - a world of opportunity | nfpSynergy

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Global Digital Fundraising - a world of opportunity | nfpSynergy: Global Digital Fundraising - a world of opportunity
Free ReportApril 2014

Global communication has created possibilities and connections, but also some problems. It has, however, opened up new opportunities for non-profits everywhere to engage with their communities and key audiences. We know digital fundraising is an area for growth, but what does this mean for non-profits in different environments? What are they doing in very diverse cultures and developmental stages? Is this an area they should be investing in?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TechSoup : Email - Apps for April; Office 365 Help; Community Partnerships

TechSoup : Email - Apps for April; Office 365 Help; Community Partnerships: s your phone in desperate need of an app-grade? At TechSoup, we have some very tech-savvy people on staff. We asked them to suggest their favorite mobile apps.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Firefly Partners

Firefly Partners: Firefly and our friends at Heller Consulting are super delighted to share our hot-off-the-press CMS Guide for Nonprofits White Paper. The paper provides context and perspective into a few of today’s most popular CMS products for nonprofits.

All new for 2014 – our guide cuts through the jargon to serve up our take on several key CMS tools. If you are evaluating your CMS – and frankly you should be – you must download this free paper today.

Cool Social Tools: Wizeo

Cool Social Tools: Wizeo: his is a new series of posts from software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their sites.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get Social Covered: 13 Lesser Known Social Media Sites for Your NPO

Get Social Covered: 13 Lesser Known Social Media Sites for Your NPO: You’ve got social media covered. Facebook? Please—you were an early adopter. And Twitter? You could do 140 characters or less in your sleep. But you’re just scratching the surface with those two mainstream social media sites.

At the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Lisa Chmiola and David Tinker helped us through some of the lesser known social media sites that can help your nonprofit with efficiency and productivity.