Value Added: The Nonprofit Entrepreneur
March 20, 2009

I have been tweeting on Twitter (my call sign is addedvalueth) for the last two weeks, wondering why a grown-up would share mundane parts of his personal life ("heading to sleep") with complete strangers on the other end of a computer or handheld. And why anyone would want to read aforementioned drivel.

Hitwise: Visits to Gmail Surpass YouTube
March 11, 2009

According to a new report by web measurement firm Hitwise, in the past two weeks visits to Gmail have been consistently higher than popular Google-owned video site YouTube. Additionally, these two sites have been contending for the #10 spot overall since the week ending January 10, 2009. Historically, the same top 10 sites have been fixed in their positions, so this shift represents the first big change in quite a while.

Turning Your 2009 Online Resolutions Into Action
March 10, 2009

It’s March of 2009 — certainly you haven’t forgotten about your New Year’s resolution already, right?

Whether it’s exercising, spending more time volunteering or some other personal goal, the first 100 days are critical to your success. You must engage and take action if you desire any level of accomplishment.

The same applies to your organization and the online resolutions you might have set entering the year. If you haven’t taken action to put your ideas and new online concepts into motion just yet, now would be a good time to revisit your organization’s resolutions for 2009.

X PRIZE Foundation Appoints Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as Chairman of the Life Sciences Prize Group Steering Committee
March 9, 2009

The X PRIZE Foundation, an educational nonprofit prize institute dedicated to fostering radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, today announced the appointment of Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., as Chairman of its Life Sciences Prize Group Steering Committee (GSC). Under Dr. Soon-Shiong's direction, the GSC will steer the direction of future Life Science related X PRIZEs to ensure that they address the audacious grand challenges where market failures currently exist. The Life Sciences GSC will address such subjects as healthcare, genomics, proteonomics, bionics/human augmentation, rapid disease detection, disease prevention, human longevity and artificial intelligence in medical diagnosis.

Google Chief for Charity Steps Down on Revamp
February 24, 2009

Larry Brilliant, the executive director of, said late Monday that he would step down from managing Google’s philanthropic unit and signaled that might curtail its financing of nonprofit groups unless they are closely aligned with Google projects.

Convio Posts Record Annual Revenue, Positive Cash Flow and Profitability
February 5, 2009

Convio, Inc. – the leading provider of on-demand constituent relationship management software and services to nonprofit organizations – today announced record annual revenue of $57.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008, representing a 32 percent increase over 2007. Generating $2.9 million in operating cash flow for the year, and $1.2 million for the fourth quarter, Convio has now produced positive cash flow from operations in five of the last six quarters. In addition, Convio achieved profitability on a non-GAAP basis for both the fourth quarter and for fiscal year 2008.

ROI in Digital Fundraising and Online Giving
January 21, 2009

When it comes to return on investment for a nonprofit's online fundraising and donations program there is no hard and fast digital metric that serves as the gold standard … yet. 

While some fundraisers have struck gold — generating 10 times their online investment in as little as three months, others just break even after three years of hard work. It's important that nonprofits and their teams have some shared perspective and collective agreement. 

What Can *YOU* Learn From Obama?
January 1, 2009

At the end of this month, we will witness one of the biggest transformations in our country’s history when Barack Obama steps in as the first black president of the United States. Obama’s election represents a sea change for our country in race relations. It also represents a sea change in marketing, communications and fundraising for success.

Tech Tips for Fundraisers in 2009
December 17, 2008

If 2008 has been an exceptionally challenging year, 2009 promises even greater opportunities to do more with less. These difficult times demand that nonprofit organizations become as efficient and organized as possible and that they employ technology more effectively than ever before to reduce overhead costs while speeding project implementation.

Organizations can take a number of steps right now to keep their technology up-to-date, secure the safety and availability of crucial data, and help ensure that their operations remain healthy in the months ahead. Consider this start-of-the-year checklist to put technology to work for your group in a way that will help you meet the difficult tasks ahead.

You Might Need to Redesign Your Web Site If …
October 22, 2008

For most businesses and organizations, a Web site started out as an online billboard or brochure. As technology has changed — and it has done so at breakneck speed the last several years — Web sites have become online locations where audiences expect to get real services and take actions important to them. “Modernizing” your Web presence — particularly if it involves multiple sites, complex e-commerce applications or extensive libraries of content — can be a long, costly (and sometimes painful) experience. Our questionnaire can help you make an informed decision. The key is to keep sight of your organization’s goals and your audience’s