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Bridge Conference Update, Part 1

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 6:26pm

I just spent the last three days at the 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in DC. It was nice to be on the sitting-end of a conference for once! I heard a lot of presentations and talked to tons of attendees, and thought I'd share some of my observations. I've got a lot of ground to cover, so I'll stretch this out over several posts.

An opening plenary from Tony Elischer Monday morning kicked off the bulk of the sessions. Tony is the British Seth Godin. He's funny, engaging and smart. His presentation was about re-evaluating how we do our marketing work. He encouraged the audience to take everything they are doing and throw it out the window. Start from scratch and do something new. Experiment, play, and invent. I thought this was a refreshing message, because I know it's easy to get caught in the trap of doing only what feels safe.

Kintera To Open its Platform and Unveils Kintera Connect

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 7:18am

Kintera® Inc. (NASDAQ: KNTA) today announced Kintera Connect, an open application integration platform that features applications provided by Kintera and application partners. We are scheduling a community call with Scott Crowder, CTO of Kintera, for NTEN members.

According to the press release, Kintera Connect is built on Kintera’s existing Web services and enables developers and partners to integrate directly with Kintera technology. Initial partners include TMA Resources, Campbell Rinker, Mobile Commons (which will be featured in an NTEN webinar on Thursday), DailyStrength, Jacobson Consulting, Solid Cactus, Echopass, Freecause, FISC Solutions, CopperKey, Razorsight, Quantrix, Frontline Data, AQ2 Tech, BringLight and WPG Inc. This application integration has the potential to share datamore easily between applications, according to one of the vendors that provides association management software.

Friday Fun: iPhone the Musical

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 9:39am


Who says the New York Times doesn't have a sense of humor?

Google Earth Announcement Video Available

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 10:32am

As we announced last week, Google Earth has launched a new nonprofit outreach initiative. Google Earth Outreach was announced on June 26 at an event in New York City, and now you can view video of that event on the Google blog.

I've actually watched the whole video now and have to say that I'm really impressed. I'm impressed because it's not just a product launch, it's an inspiration. They did a great job of highlighting organizations that have been using Google Earth already - a great way to spark your imagination!

It was also inspiring because the nonprofits highlighted at the event are doing amazing work, and the mapping technology really brings it to life. In our line of work, it's easy to feel disconnected from mission. But these are all very clear examples of technology helping to make social change. You'll get to hear from Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Foundation, the UN Foundation, and Earthwatch. These and other examples are also available on the Google Earth Outreach site.

Open Source Software for NGOs

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 1:21pm
The growth of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – what we in the U.S. loosely refer to as "nonprofits" – has been not only worldwide, but deep, as NGOs have intertwined themselves with the development world. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has experienced rapid growth as well, and given the competition NGOs face for limited resources, free software, so long as it works, and works well, can give budget-conscious managers the chance to allocate money to more pressing concerns. The problem is, with so much FOSS, how can you choose the right package for your organization?

.org Registry Gets a New CEO

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 4:20pm
The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the agency that manages the .org domain. They've just appointed a new CEO, as detailed in this press release:

 

PUBLIC INTEREST REGISTRY NAMES ALEXA A. S. RAAD AS NEW CEO

RESTON, Va. July 2, 2007 The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexa A. S. Raad, an entrepreneurial technology executive, as its new CEO. The appointment is effective July 9, 2007.

NTEN's Tools You Should Know: Episode 02

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 2:06pm

A monthly podcast about a few good tools you should know! If you're like me, you're always on the hunt for the one little thing that will help you get through your to-do list a little faster, or make your work a little bit better. That's what this podcast is all about!

This month, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Director of Content at Splashcast Media tells us about:

Earthwatch on Google Earth

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 2:05pm

Google Earth is an incredible tool that Earthwatch has found a number of ways to use.

At its simplest, Google Earth is a free software program that allows you to see aerial views of any place on the globe from any elevation: you can zoom out to see the whole country, for example, or zoom in and see your own neighborhood. These aerial views are based on satellite photos taken within the last 3 years. Depending on the area you're looking at, the photos may be sharp enough to see the cars in your driveway.

But that's just the start. You can create "placemarks" -- virtual stick pins in the globe -- and associate those spots with photos, information and web links. And you can share these placemarks easily, with the community at large, or just within your organization.

Join us for NP.IT: Midsummer Mixer at Google Headquarters

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 3:31pm

Innovation in Online Giving: NTEN is Educational Partner at the 2007 AFP/Bridge Conference

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 8:14am

More than 1,000 fundraisers will be convening in Washington, DC at the 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference , July 8-10, 2007, at the Hilton Washington. NTEN is the educational partner at the conference, featuring several tracks focused on online fundraising and using technology in development. We are honored to share our network's vast expertise in using technology and the web in fundraising with the Washington DC AFP community.

Growth in online giving has seen a surge: $6.87 billion was donated online in the US in 2006, a 51% increase over 2005, driven by significant increases in online giving for both small and large organizations and the unprecedented use of the Internet by individuals for non-disaster and disaster support efforts.

“The Internet is fundamentally changing the way people connect with causes and is forcing organizations to re-think the traditional models for communication and fundraising,” said Gene Austin, CEO, Convio, Inc.

While online giving is still small overall, there is steep growth. A surge of interest in philanthropy and civic engagement, with people of all ages online, presents a huge opportunity. Generations X and M -- younger people -- are the next generation of donors. They have money and they're online. Smart nonprofit organizations that want to further their causes go to where their donors are. And they are online.

A joint press release can be found here. NTEN members interested in attending the conference are eligible for a significant member discount.