News from the NTEN Connect Blog

You Know What's Coming

Submitted by Annaliese on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:15am

More Member Appreciation giveaways! I'm happy to announce that the NTEN member who will be receiving a gift from us today is:

Kisha Arthur, from NPower NY. Kisha will be getting a free webinar of her choice from NTEN.

Don't forget that there's another upcoming webinar that's free for all NTEN members:

Not sure if you're a member of NTEN or not? You can find out by searching our NTEN Member Directory.

 

Google Apps, Part 2: Gcal

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 3:55pm

Johanna Bates, Technology Manager, Community Partners

[Ed note: This is the second in a series of articles by NTEN Member Johanna Bates, chronicling her organization's switch to Google Apps. Read part 1.]

So, to continue: after we got our free Google Apps account and switched over to Apps Gmail (which is still going swimmingly), we had to ask: How else can Google own us/fix our lives?

The answer: Gcal.

To review, we are six staff, four of whom are part-time. Many of us travel frequently for work and/or work from home on occasion. For years, this has made coordinating our meetings and general communication virtually impossible. When I first started here six years ago, we used a paper calendar on the front desk. Everyone wrote her or his schedule on it. With a pencil. No, really.

Then, there we were, using Google Apps' Gmail, with all its nifty bells and whistles. Why not give the oh-so-integrated Gcal a try?

NTEN Member Appreciation Month Winners

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 10:43am

As we've been doing every work day this month, we're sending a nonprofit technology-related gift to an NTEN member to show our gratitude for our members. Today we're thanking:

Carie Lewis, from the Humane Society of the United States!

AdWords for DummiesWe're sending you a copy of AdWords for Dummies, compliments of Jossey-Bass/Wiley publishers.

And more Appreciation Month Winners:

All NTEN Members! Because you're a member of NTEN, you can get this book, and any book from Jossey-Bass/Wiley for 20% off with your NTEN Member Discount!

Web 2.0, Social Media and the New Web: Leveraging Open Platforms to Help Nonprofits Achieve Results

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 11/12/2007 - 12:15pm

A nonprofit's ability to collect the data it needs and personalize the feedback it gives to constituents is becoming more critical with the growth of new Web applications that generate additional constituent data.

Forget workarounds. Think open.

Open APIs and extensions allow nonprofits to link existing data and applications in new ways to deliver totally unique solutions.

Join Tom Krackeler, Vice President of Product Management at Convio, Inc., for the free Product Spotlight Webinar "Web 2.0, Social Media and the New Web: Leveraging Open Platforms to Help Nonprofits Achieve Results" to learn why open platforms, products and tools are essential for nonprofit marketing in today's Web 2.0 world -- and in the future.

>FREE! Register Today!

NTEN Member Appreciation Month Continues

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 11/12/2007 - 11:36am

We're about half-way through Member Appreciation Month here at NTEN, and I'd like to start off the week with another special giveaway for an NTEN member. Today we are happy to send some NTEN Gear to:

Trabian Shorters, of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Thank you for being a member of NTEN!

You don't have to wait to see if you're a Member Appreciation Month winner. All NTEN Members are winners this month with these specials:

Friday Fun: Learn to End Hunger

Submitted by Brett on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 3:59pm
Let's hope whoever came up with the brilliantly simple concept behind FreeRice never abuses the gift of marketing smartness because I can see how this site could become addictive. Consider yourself warned.

It's essentially just a multiple choice vocabulary game that adjusts to your performance, increasing in difficulty after 3 correct responses in a row, knocking you back down after every wrong answer. But here's the thing: for every word you get right, 10 grains for rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. That added up to a meager 830 grains on the first day, but just one month later, the daily count was up to 77,126,310, the total to 1,008,771,910. That's a lot of rice!

The site is supported through unobtrusive ads from some very big companies, including Apple, Macy's, and American Express.

Form and function so rarely agree to this extent. Go have some fun, learn a few new words, and contribute to ending world hunger today. And tomorrow. And probably the day after that.

FaceBook "Social Ads": Creepy or Cutting Edge?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 10:26am
Ever since Facebook announced its new Social Ads program, I've been stewing on it. For me, it's at once both fascinating and horrifying. I kept trying to organize my thoughts about it well enough to put a nice little bow around them, but it just isn't happening. So instead, I'll just rattle off some of my various impressions. Then you tell me: Creepy or Cutting Edge?

We Weren't Lying About Being Thankful

Submitted by Annaliese on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 7:55am

We really meant it when we said we were going to give away a nonprofit technology gift to one of our NTEN members every day this month.  Today we're giving away a free webinar to:

Matthew Burnett, of Pro Bono Net!

And the giving doesn't stop there.  All NTEN members are winners every day this month with these specials:

Security Matters

Submitted by Brett on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 5:04pm

Convio's GetActive platform suffered a security breach a couple of weeks back that resulted in the compromise of some users' passwords.  If you'd like in-depth information, check out Allan Benamer's blog for a blow-by-blow account, but for most users the issue is simple: How can I make sure my password is safe?

In the case of something like the GetActive breach, the simple answer is, you can't. 

How Can Nonprofits Use the Social Web During the Giving Season?

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 1:07pm

The folks over at NetSquared have been wondering: How can nonprofits use the social web during this giving season? I can think of dozens of examples. But I think that there's a larger opportunity here than simply starting a widget fundraising campaign or the like.

The big opportunity is this: amplify your authenticity.

In day-to-day fundraising, it's all about building relationships. Unless there is a big news headline, people give to the causes and organizations they have relationships with. And the relationships that work best are the authentic ones, those that are honest and real.