We all know that it’s important to collect information about our donors, vendors, volunteers, partners, and members. But we don’t always have a good system for capturing this information. In the perfect world our data would be stored all in the same place, in the same way, and be easily accessible by key staff and board members. It would also show relationships and connections.
Blackbaud recently announced their new Index of Charitable Giving, a fundraising index that reports revenue trends of 1400 nonprofit organizations on a monthly basis. The tool is valuable for fundraisers and organizations interested in keep an eye on the global pulse of of monetary giving.
The 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) is June 28-30 in New York City. The NCVS conference is an opportunity for volunteer and service leaders to get together for in-person networking and learning. If you're going to be there, we'd love for you to get in touch!
Here's a listing of sessions and spaces hosted by NetSquared and TechSoup:
Last May, we announced the winners of the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge which called for innovative mobile applications supporting social good. One of those winners was Mobile Voices, a platform for immigrant workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones.
Help Beth Kanter and Allison Fine celebrate the release of their book, The Networked Nonprofit, at their book party online or in San Francisco! At the event, you'll be able to buy a copy of the book, get the authors' signatures, and ask them questions about the book and their work.
A new book has recently been published that I thought some of you might be interested in reading. It's all about how we can use technology for political activism. While many books have already been written about the tools and tactics available for activists online, this is the first book to attempt to map the field of digital activism in its entirety.
Have you successfully moved from paper-based direct mail fundraising to digital tools (email, websites, video, social media, widgets, and/or mobile)? Want to gloat about your successes and possibly make some (more) money as well?
The Paperless Choice Challenge is rewarding successful, creative, replicable campaigns that use electronic fundraising tools by giving away eight prizes totalling over $20,000. Entries can be submitted between June 15 and September 15, 2010.
The Kopernik is an online marketplace bringing together technology developers, donors and beneficiaries to provide basic necessities through technology to families in the developing world. Online, donors are invited to learn about the new technologies and the communities in need, then donate money towards implementing a specific project. Offline, products and tools created by technology developers and paid for by donors are sent to communities in need. I recently had a chance to connect with Scott White, the Business Development Specialist at Kopernik, to learn more.
External communication practices have been transformed by the growth of the internet and in particular blogging, micro blogging, and other services like Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. These online tools have created tremendious opportunities for people, organizations and companies to make information available to a world-wide audience, but what have they done to transform efforts to communicate within teams?
Share examples of how your group, organization, or company is using online tools to communicate internally!