Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

Alchemy of Change

When nonprofit organizations with issue-specific, niche missions organize themselves around individual donor fundraising, it creates waste, dysfunction and drains power away from real social change. Social Change attention donor engagement fundraising nonprofit philanthropy social change

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Democracy in learning at KnowHow NonProfit: request your own course

Social Reporter

KnowHow NonProfit recruits the trainers, develops the content with them, makes a recording, and publishes on site.

Trending Sources

Networks, Organizations and Movements

Alchemy of Change

People Power Movement as Network networks nonprofits Occupy social change social movements Tea PartyWhen thinking about social change movements, networks teach us that it all comes down to the human connection.

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SXSW Notes: No Brochures: Digital Storytelling for Nonprofits

Portals and KM

This is the session on No Brochures: Digital Storytelling for Nonprofits led by Joe Lambert, Exec Dir Center for Digital Storytelling, Michael Borum, Web Mgr Oxfam America, and Roger Black,  Principal Treesaver Company Inc. Here is another in my series on SXSW events. I am pleased to be attending SXSW for the first time. I am grateful for Adobe Acrobat for enabling me to attend. I will be attending a number of Adobe sponsored sessions.

12 Big Trends in Nonprofit Technology for 2012

Influence

New years invite new prognostication. In this post, 12 of our staff experts make predictions about what will gain momentum, inspire, or catch fire in 2012. Have better ideas? Tweet @ForumOne using the hashtag #12in2012. New years invite new prognostication.

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7 Reasons Nonprofits Need iPads

Influence

Therefore, innovative and influential nonprofit organizations must monitor these trends carefully. To get you started, here's an initial list of ways that the iPad could prove useful to nonprofits in the coming years. Apple's new iPad tablet computer has spawned some mixed reactions.

Latest Facebook Changes a Mixed Bag for Nonprofit Page Admins

Influence

In this post, I list the major changes and tell you what they mean for nonprofit organizations. I finally watched the Oscar-nominated film “The Social Network” this past weekend. It was an entertaining movie, but it definitely took real events and twisted them for dramatic effect. One thing that did ring true is that Facebook is constantly changing, and not every change is award-winning.

More Nonprofit Benchmarks

Influence

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how organizations can use Convio’s Online Nonprofit Benchmarks Study to determine how well they are doing online compared to others.

Eight Things Nonprofits Should Know About Google AdWords

Influence

Here are eight things every nonprofit should pay attention to before setting up their Google AdWords account. I can’t think of any reason why any eligible nonprofit would not apply for a Google Grant. When accessing the internet, people use a search engine 91 percent of the time (equivalent to the percent accessing their email). Two thirds of those searchers use Google over any other search engine.

Are nonprofits less efficient?

Endless Knots

A friend is having problems being paid for services rendered to a nonprofit. Don't work for nonprofits, right? Having submitted invoices to many entities over the years -- everything from mega-corporations to city governments to tiny nonprofits -- the record holder for difficulty in being paid belongs to the big companies. The invoice submission process is a fine art (or really bad art) with ridiculous quirks that make slow nonprofits look like comets in comparison.

Nonprofits as online convenors

Social Reporter

Amy Sample Ward has this great line in a blog post about her interview with Clay Shirky: “So, perhaps the changing role of nonprofit organizations in the online. space is not one of playing catch-up to the early adopters and. hyper-connected individuals, nor is it one of “friending” big names or. joining every platform; but is one of strategically convening. supporters to create dynamic connections across the community&#.

Illuminating the Invisible: Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis

Partnering Resources

I’m delighted to announce that Nonprofit Quarterly has published an article on the work done last year with the Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative. For more, read “ AHA Value Network Mapping Article in Nonprofit Quarterly.” Networks and Networking Nonprofits

MDN: celebrating 20 years of supporting nonprofits

Social Reporter

Last week the Management Development Network held its 20th birthday party, and I talked to one of the co-founders, Shirley Otto, about the formation of the network by those working in the voluntary and community sectors, and what’s happened since then.

Founding Boards & Conflict of Interest

Hildy Gottlieb

Boards / Governance Building "Creating the Future" board of directors board recruitment conflict of interest governance nonprofit boards nonprofit governanceConflict of interest is a critical matter for any board, but it is particularly an issue among founding boards. After all, those boards are usually filled with people who are close to the founder – and when that happens, all sorts of potential for conflict arises.

Web usage amongst nonprofit workers

Joitske Hulsebosch

The survey was amongst tech soup users, mostly nonprofits (in the survey 81% reported to be tech soupers). Their favourite nonprofit websites were: Techsoup (they didn't dare to respond otherwise :) Guidestar (seems UK oriented) Foundation center. Tech soup published a report of a survey in 2007 about Web Usage. (I I found it through a blogpost by Britt Bravo). I'd expect their web usage is more advanced than the average non-profit employee.

Entirely Rethinking Mission Statements

Hildy Gottlieb

Building "Creating the Future" Words Matter Mission statement nonprofit vision statementMy friend John Haydon’s recent post really has me thinking. The post was titled Why you should delete the mission statement on your website. Please read it (John is SO smart!).

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Community Engagement Planning in 3 Steps

Hildy Gottlieb

Community Engagement Nonprofit Planning Tools to Use NowThese days the phrase “Community Engagement” is commonly heard but not commonly understood for all its power. This weekend, we finished entirely revising our Community Engagement Action Kit. And so this whole subject is on my brain a lot.

How Can Nonprofits Use Online Video?

Joitske Hulsebosch

The Netsquared question time time is: 'How can nonprofits use online video to raise funds?' That makes it much cheaper and a tool that is within reach of ordinary nonprofit workers. But why should we engage with online video as a nonprofit? Video can be a weapon for non-violent nonprofits. Furthermore, for nonprofits working in more 'orally-oriented' cultures, with less habits of reading text, it can be good to use video.

“Nonprofits” Standing Tall

Hildy Gottlieb

During his August 12 broadcast, Rush Limbaugh said that nonprofit employees are “lazy idiots&# and “rapists in terms of finance and the economy.&#. Last week, Rush Limbaugh broadened his hateful message to include those of us working throughout the Community Benefit Sector.

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Challenge: SharePoint and NGOs/NonProfits -go or no go?

Nancy White

My March post on SharePoint Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience continues to get hits in a way few of my hundreds of blog posts ever have. Hmmm… Something is a ‘cooking.

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How can nonprofits succeed in the online attention economy?

Joitske Hulsebosch

Though I struggle with some of the topics because I don't feel I have enough expertise, I want to try to participate this month with the question: How can nonprofits succeed in the online attention economy? As more nonprofits, businesses and individuals create blogs, podcasts, rss news feeds, wikis, social networks, YouTube accounts, Twitter feeds, fundraising widgets, mashups, etc. what do you think nonprofits need to do to attract and maintain people's attention online ?

Britt Bravo's tips to start a nonprofit blog

Joitske Hulsebosch

Britt Bravo has a great blogpost with 5 tips to start a nonprofit blog. Shortened from Britt's blogpost, so click on the link if you want to read the full explanation of the 5 tips: 1. Read blogs.

Conflict of Interest & Transparency

Hildy Gottlieb

Boards / Governance Transparency / Open Source board of directors conflict of interest nonprofit boards nonprofit governance

Value of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: an audit framework

Networking Action

How can collaboration between nonprofits and businesses most effectively co-create significant economic, social, and environmental value for society, organizations, and individuals? Business-NGO networks must understand how to answer that question if they are to be effective. New insight to answer … Net Dev

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Clay Shirky: nonprofits must become new-style convenors - or lose their members

Social Reporter

Amy Sample Ward interviewed Clay on a topic close to her heart : what impact will social media have on nonprofits … those charities, memberships bodies etc. The biggest determinant for the role of the nonprofit is what do you do about those lateral lines.

Giving Boards What They Need to Lead

Hildy Gottlieb

Boards / Governance Building "Creating the Future" governance leadership nonprofit boardsWhat does a board need in order to lead? No, I’m not talking about what boards are supposed to DO. Leading is not about “doing” but about “being” and “thinking.” What do board members need in order to BE leaders? This is not just an academic question for us, as we are right now in the process of building Creating the Future’s founding board.

Challenge: SharePoint and NGOs/NonProfits -go or no go? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Apr 10 2009 Challenge: SharePoint and NGOs/NonProfits -go or no go?

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Net Work Investment

Patti Anklam

Since my book came out four years ago, I have been increasingly connecting with groups in the nonprofit sector, consulting with nonprofits, and trying to navigate the differences between enterprises and nonprofits.

What is the return on investment of the social web for nonprofits?

Joitske Hulsebosch

Britt Bravo from Netsquared invited me to contribute a blogpost with my ideas about the return on investment of the social web for nonprofits. Let me answer it from the perspective of nonprofits working for international development.

Facebook Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Influence

17 for Network for Good titled " Nonprofit 911: Become a Facebook Rockstar Using Pages & Causes." Nonprofit-Specific. Nonprofit Facebook Best Practices. Nonprofit Social Media Guide - Beth's Blog. 5 Most Common Nonprofit Admin Mistakes on Facebook. Nonprofit Facebook Beginners Guide - TechSoup. My colleague Michaela Hacker and I are presenting a webinar on Aug.

Patti Anklam - Untitled Article

Patti Anklam

I’ve had the good fortune over the past two years to see my work shift into the nonprofit space. It’s the result of some thinking and working with June Holley and Claire Reinelt on the various things I’ve seen in the nonprofit world.

Can't-Miss Sessions at the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Influence

Well, here I am, once again, at another Nonprofit Technology Conference. Each is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow innovators who are pusing forward the important missions of nonprofit organizations. First, I am helping to organize the following by Forum One staff: Are you attending the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis this week? This time, I''m in snowy Minneapolis. I''ve attended six – seven?

Video: Nonprofit Marketing Trends with Roger Craver & Steve MacLaughlin

Neighbourhoods

Today Nesta launched the Neighbourhood Challenge  to try to highlight ways of stimulating local social action. Community organisations across England are invited to apply to the 18-month programme.

Executive Committee? No thank you.

Hildy Gottlieb

Boards / Governance Leadership executive committee governance nonprofit boardsLast week at Creating the Future, something happened that couldn’t wait till the board’s next meeting. Stuff like this just happens sometimes, at every organization, everywhere.

Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013: Our Reflections and Predictions for the Future

Influence

Last week, at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Minneapolis , Forum One attendees were busy making the most of the annual nationwide meet up of technologists and non-profiteers. Last week at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), Forum One attendees were busy making the most of the annual nationwide meet up of technologists and nonprofiteers.

Don’t Roast a Hen for Every Meal: Making Nonprofit Marketing Doable

Influence

Your nonprofit is thriving and bursting with activity that should be shared with the world through any and every marketing channel available. Miller's idea was that you don't have to be Martha Stuart or Julia Child to put together an enticingly delicious pre sentation of your nonprofit.

Vote for Our Sessions: 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Influence

Folks are getting excited about next year's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta. This session will be the culmination of a webinar series leading up to the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference. This session will look at nonprofits that have choosen to let set their data free on the web, how they did it, and how it's helping their mission. It's that time again.

Knowledge in the Network

Patti Anklam

The past few months I have been working on a few different projects for nonprofits, initially focused on network mapping or the development of a NetWorkShop, but slowly morphing into (or taking sideroads down) knowledge management. net work networks nonprofits personal networks PKM

Launching the Health Data Consortium – Two Years Later

Influence

In late 2011 I was approached by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with an audacious proposition: would Forum One help the Foundation, HHS, the White House, the California HealthCare Foundation and others establish an independent nonprofit organization focused on health data?

New Study: Top Charities Master Visual and Social Media

Portals and KM

Nora Ganim Barnes and The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth recently conducted an in-depth study on the usage of social media by the top charities and nonprofit organizations in the United States.

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