News from the NTEN Connect Blog

MacArthur Foundation Announces $2 Million New Digital Media & Learning Competition

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:22pm

If you work with kids and education, you should know about the new competition just announced by the MacArthur Foundation. Hat tip to Andy Carvin for the heads up (via Twitter). From the release:

Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Innovation Awards will support learning pioneers, entrepreneurs, and builders of new digital learning environments for formal and informal learning. These innovations might range from a teacher add-on for MySpace that allows for safe assigning of a class group discussion, to a platform co-developed by teachers and students to facilitate digital literacy and peer-mentoring between college students and high-school drop-outs earning their GED degrees, to a digital learning festival for the leaders of a worldwide youth environmental campaign.
  • Knowledge Networking Awards will support communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating or translating new ideas around digital media and learning. For example, a team of teacher bloggers who already reach hundreds of thousands of readers may now seek to provide multimedia coverage and translation of MIT Professor Henry Jenkins’ recent white paper on media literacy.

eNewsletter Advice

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 8:01am
There's nothing revolutionary about the idea that your most important eNewsletter article should be at the top of your newsletter. Still, there's some good, practical advice in the the 2-page article just released by M+R, "Digging Into eNewsletters." As usual, my favorite part is that there are some actual numbers in the report, giving us a chance to compare our own.

In the News: Our Own Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 10:34am
NTEN Board member Lauren-Glenn Davitian was just honored by the Alliance for Community Media with the George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication. And, she has a great write-up in the Vermont Weekly, Seven Days.

If you don't know Lauren-Glenn, you should! She's wrestling with some of the biggest issues central to how and why we do our work - who has access to and how are we able to use media, including the Internet. My favorite quote from the piece:

Davitian says that while the Internet has enormous potential as a democratizing agent, there remains a huge digital divide, mostly along economic lines. “Time magazine can say, ‘You are the person of the year,’” she explains. “But the reality is, the ownership structure is still in the hands of the few.”


Resources on Blogs, Social Networks, and Tags for Nonprofits

Submitted by Brett on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 8:08pm
As part of our association with the Neighborhood Networks Conference, NTEN asked for a list of resources on social networks, blogging, and tagging, as they relate to nonprofits.  This amazing community came through, and the aggregated resources can now be found in a single Google Document we’ve shared with the world.

But this is only the beginning.  I’m sure we haven’t begun to tap the accumulated knowledge of the NTEN community, so if you have a related resource you think we should add, please post it in a comment, below.

NTEN Community Call: What Kintera’s Open Platform Means for the Nonprofit Sector

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 9:03am

Wednesday, August 15 at 11am PT/2 pm ET for a free community call with Kintera CTO Scott Crowder.

Kintera recently announced Kintera Connect, an upcoming open application integration platform that provides nonprofits with the opportunity to select industry solutions that best meet their unique needs. But what does an open platform mean for you? And what types of solutions and capabilities will an open platform offer to nonprofits? What impact could an open platform have on fundraising and constituent engagement efforts? Learn from Scott Crowder, Kintera’s chief technology officer (CTO), how developers and partners will be integrating directly with Kintera technology and what technology possibilities could be available to your nonprofit. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered.

This is a FREE event. No registration is required. To participate:

  • Phone: 866.740.1260 / passcode: 3979000
  • Web: / passcode: 3979000
This call will last one hour.

Michelle Murrain Joins NTEN Board

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00pm

Michelle MurrainNTEN is pleased to announce that Michelle Murrain of MetaCentric Technology Advising and NOSI: The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative, has joined the NTEN board. Michelle is a long-time technology consultant, and an advocate for open source software. She is the author of the NOSI Primer for Nonprofits, and blogs at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology.

I have worked with Michelle in the past, and am thrilled to have her 'on board.' We are very lucky here at NTEN. Please extend your warmest welcome to Michelle as NTEN's newest board member.

Muni WiFi as Disaster Relief Tool

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 10:41am

Add one more item to the long list of reasons that Municipal Wifi is so important in our communities, and to nonprofits in particular: Muni Wifi is playing a critical role post bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Looking for ways to bring Muni Wifi to your community? Check out our guide.

Many thanks to Sheldon Mains for the heads up, and CTFC for supporting the guide!

Blackbaud gets Bigger, Buys eTapestry

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00am

Blackbaud continues its roll into the eCRM market by acquiring eTapestry.  From the Nonprofit Times article:

"Nonprofit software provider Blackbaud has made its second major acquisition this year, buying online donor management and advocacy tool eTapestry. During the past two years Blackbaud has spent more than $90 million on acquisitions in the nonprofit software and advocacy marketplace."

Blackbaud's first acquisition this year? Target Software. We'll all have to keep our eyes peeled for what happens next.

Gavin Clabaugh Named in NP Times Top 50

Submitted by Holly on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 8:25pm

The Nonprofit Times released its 10th annual list of the top 50 nonprofit executives, and long-time NTEN member (and recently departed board member) Gavin Clabaugh is on the list.

According to the Nonprofit Times,

"These executives were selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector. We also offer a roll call of the executives who have shaped this list during the past decade."

Congratulations Gavin! You can find him and the 49 others here.

From the Affinity Groups: Recommendations for Web Design and Asset Management Tools

Submitted by Visitor on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 11:01am

Recently, folks in the Affinity Groups, our online community platform, discussed recommendations for simple web design and asset management tools -- certainly stuff that could be useful to any nonprofit technology organization. Participants in the DC area 501 Tech Club had a candid discussion about applications that can help create quick and easy websites. Solutions that were mentioned:

  • Installing the wide range of full featured content management systems (CMS) in order to automate a lot of work associated with creating and maintaing a website
  • Microsoft's Office Live, which is easy to use yet only fully supported on Internet Explorer
  • The open source Wild Apricot, Square Space, and Site Kreator toolsets, which are supported on a wide range of platforms and browsers
  • Possible free website creation tools provided by one's domain hosts
  • A recent article by Idealware that may be worth checking out for more recommendations