Dipping Your Toe Into the Blogopool
September 1, 2009

Most of the nonprofit techies I know have a laptop appendage — an extra (digital) limb, of sorts — attached to their bodies. Not so with fundraisers. As a breed, fundraisers are "people people" — they spend their time cultivating relationships by phone and face to face. Sure, you know how to use a computer, but when it comes down to the big ask, you've got to get out from behind your desk, right?

National Trust for Historic Preservation Teams with Charity Dynamics to Spotlight Places That Matter Across America
September 1, 2009

AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 1, 2009 — The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has drawn attention to hundreds of historic sites and other favorite places across the country with a creative and engaging social media campaign, This Place Matters. Launched earlier this summer with support and guidance from Charity Dynamics, the campaign enables individuals to share stories and photos of places that matter to them and also discuss ways to preserve those places.

Tactical Philanthropy Advisors, Serving High Net Worth Donors, Launches Today
August 31, 2009

Burlingame, CA, August 31, 2009 — Tactical Philanthropy Advisors, an advisory firm working with wealthy individuals and families, launched today. It is headed by Sean Stannard-Stockton, co-founder of a wealth advisory firm focused on philanthropists, a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and author of the industry leading blog Tactical Philanthropy.

Tips for Maximizing Facebook and Your Web Site
August 12, 2009

Frank Barry, managing consultant at Blackbaud and moderator of the NetWits Think Tank blog, recently posted four Facebook tips for nonprofit success based on real-life experiences of nonprofits.

The Audience for Online Video-Sharing Sites Shoots Up
August 7, 2009

Pew Internet & American Life Project — The audience for online video sharing sites like YouTube and Google Video continues to grow swiftly across all demographic groups, far outpacing the adoption rates of many other internet activities. Fully 62% of adult internet users have watched a video on these sites, up from just 33% who reported this in December 2006. Online video watching among young adults is near-universal; nine in ten (89%) internet users ages 18-29 now say they watch content on video sharing sites, and 36% do so on a typical day.

Is Your Boss Facebook-phobic?
August 1, 2009

So you've done your homework, and you're 
convinced that your organization should dabble 
in social networking. You're not alone — according to ThePort Network, Common Knowledge and NTEN, 74.1 percent of nonprofits have a presence on Facebook, and 30.6 percent have social-networking communities on their own sites.

Video Volunteers
June 23, 2009

Struggling to find the resources to make videos for your organization? YouTube Video Volunteers, which launched yesterday, allows organizations to empower YouTube users to create videos to promote their causes.

Children’s Defense Fund Reports Significant Increase in Web Site Traffic After Redesign With Convio Software
June 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 — Leading child advocacy organization, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), released information today that six months into the launch of their redesigned website (, site visits have increased 12%, Google organic search visits have risen 23% and the average time spent on the site has climbed 15%. These statistics demonstrate how the redesigned site reflects CDF’s deepened understanding of their audiences and goals through improved usability and accessibility. Now integrated with the organization’s online marketing tools, the content management system (CMS) enables staff to easily update website copy and graphics to ensure consistent branding and constituent experiences across all channels.

Google, Other Tech Heavyweights Back Volunteer Community Service All for Good
June 15, 2009

June 15, 2009, Tech Crunch — A coalition of non-profit organizations, technology developers, designers, marketers and others has unveiled the alpha version of a new Web service dubbed All for Good in an effort to build some sort of ‘Craigslist for volunteer services’. The metaphor stands, and not only because Craig Newmark from the popular free classifieds service is one of the backers of the project (Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post is also said to be on board).