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Posted by tzuche on 30/12/2011 - 10:42 Categories: Social Media, Social Media and Community

Creating a blog should be an opportunity, not an obligation. If it feels like solely an obligation, you should reconsider starting one — because, in my opinion, the most compelling blogs are born and grow from true curiosity, enthusiasm, and exploration.

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Posted by tzuche on 29/12/2011 - 16:01 Categories: Social Media, Social Media and Community

The 2011 NTC saw the release of the latest "Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report". While you're welcome to scroll down to read a brief synopsis, we recommend you click on over to download it, right now. It's free!

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Posted by tzuche on 29/12/2011 - 15:54 Categories: Internet and Web, Social Media, Social Media and Community, Web, Multimedia and Design

If you're considering revamping your website to include social elements like the Facebook Like button, streaming from YouTube, or adding information from a social site through its API, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. There are many ways to “get social,” and so many reasons for doing so. Primarily, it's about creating a fundamentally engaging experience for the website visitor that brings them closer to your organization.

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Posted by tzuche on 29/12/2011 - 15:25 Categories: Social Media, Social Media and Community

 

Listening is the first step in social media. You have to listen to what others are saying about you before you jump into the fire. Listening will tell you what people are saying, and where they are saying it, so you know where to get started.

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:54 Categories: Database, Databases

An association management system can be a huge help in tracking your members, newsletter subscriptions, special gifts, invitations to events and workshops, and discounts on products and services. In this article, which was updated from a 2008 version, we asked a number of different nonprofit experts about the systems that have worked for them.

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:50 Categories: Database, Databases, Organize and Manage Data

Let’s say you’re a mid-sized organization with a desire for more integrated and meaningful reports. You have four different software packages that are each tracking some aspect of the constituents you deal with – for instance, your donors, activists, several different types of clients, and volunteers. Each system is working pretty well by itself, but it’s very hard to look across the organization to get a full picture. How likely is it that a volunteer will donate? What is the full value of services you're providing to each client? What kind of constituent is most likely to be a lifelong donor? They’re interesting questions, but almost impossible to determine at the moment.

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:38 Categories: Database, Databases, Organize and Manage Data

Does your organization maintain several database systems, each built by a different vendor, consultant, or employee? Do these systems communicate poorly with one another, or not at all? If an active supporter's address changes, does someone have to log on to the member management system, the donor management system, and the volunteer management system to update each one separately? Do you have multiple applications all sharing access to the same data? Are you collecting mountains of data in multiple systems but finding it difficult to extract aggregate, summary information you can use to inform your organization's decisions?

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:35 Categories: Contact Relationship Management (CRM), Database, Manage Donors and Constituents

Without an effective system to track donors and other constituents, you can spend too much time just trying to figure out who to contact and miss out on many fundraising opportunities.

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:29 Categories: Development, How To Guides, Web Building, Website Management

If you want to keep friends of your organization up-to-date on events, meetings, and deadlines, adding a calendar to your website is a must. But who has time to design and build a calendar by hand? Fortunately, there’s no need to do that, since numerous online tools make it easy to build, update, and publish a professional calendar on your nonprofit’s website. All you need is an Internet connection, a web browser, and a bit of spare time.This article was updated in December 2009 by TechSoup Staff Writer, Elliot Harmon, based on the original article authored by Brian Satterfield on March 13, 2007.

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Posted by tzuche on 30/11/2011 - 14:26 Categories: Web Building

When planning a new website or updates to an existing one, your first thoughts probably turn to how it will look, what information it will include, and how that information will be organized. Depending on your organization's size and budget, the magic of turning your plans into an operable website may be left to developers, designers, and other web professionals.