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Free Webinars for NTEN Members

Submitted by Annaliese on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 7:55am

We've been thanking a member every day in November with giveaways, and today we're happy to send Jane Anderson, of the Fulbright Association, a coupon for a free NTEN webinar of her choice for being a member of NTEN!

But you don't need a coupon to attend our free webinars for all NTEN members this month, including:

Thank you for being members of NTEN!


We're Still Appreciating You . . .

Submitted by Annaliese on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 8:08am

It's the 5th day of our Membership Appreciation Month giveaways, and I'm still excited to be able to express some of our appreciation for NTEN members by giving away nonprofit technology prizes to one NTEN member every day. Today I get to thank:

Chaya Abelsky, from the NonProfit HelpDesk in NYC.

Chaya is a long-time member of NTEN, and we're happy to send her:

Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, by Allison Fine (another NTEN member we're thankful for!).

And thanks to Jossey-Bass/Wiley for providing this book and being an NTEN Member Discount partner.

There are a lot of work days left in the month, and many ways you can take advantage of your membership. Don't forget the free webinars for members this month.

Not a member yet? Join the network!

Congratulations to Today's NTEN Member

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 7:54am

For the 4th work day of NTEN Member Appreciation Month, we are happy to send a special gift of appreciation to:

Robb Ebright, of!

Thank you for being a member of NTEN, Robb. We're sending you some complimentary NTEN Gear!

We're giving away things all month because we're thankful for our members.

What are you thankful for? November's NTEN e-newsletter will be generated by submissions from NTEN members. It's the perfect opportunity to share your nonprofit technology stories, be they success, rants, how-to's, or case studies. We'll compile the best for you and send them out to thousands of NPTech professionals.

Send your submissions to

Appreciation Month Winners!

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 8:10am

For our third day of Member Appreciation giveaways, we're happy to extend a special apprection gift to:

Ede Taylor of the Belair-Edison Healthy Community Coalition in Baltimore, Maryland!

Ede will get to attend an NTEN webinar of her choice for free. Thank you for being a member of NTEN, Ede!

And because there just aren't enough days in November to give all our members free webinar coupons, we've scheduled two webinars that will be free for all NTEN members:

All NTEN members all winners this month! Not a member of NTEN yet? Join today.

Is Facebook Causes Worth the Effort?

Submitted by Brett on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 11:15am

NTEN Affinity Groups member Ari Davidow recently prompted a discussion by asking:

Have people had success fundraising by setting up causes in Facebook? For what organizations do they work best? Is there a way to market joining the cause other than virally?

Responses ranged from the pragmatic:

I think creating the official Cause, with as much membership as you can is a good idea... Go after the long tail. A good example of the long tail is the amazing online work of the team at the Humane Society of the United States.

to the dubious:

Since it is so uncontrolled I wonder about the reputation that Causes will develop and if it will be a good thing to be listed there.  Also, it is fine to try it as a learning experience if you are interested but I wouldn't suggest putting in an effort as though this was going to be effective.

Today NTEN Appreciates . . .

Submitted by Annaliese on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 7:46am

Jose Fernandez, of NeighborWorks America.

To thank Jose for being a member of NTEN, we're sending him:

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, compliments of Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons, who also offer discounts on all their titles to NTEN members.

We're just getting started on our month of Member Appreciation giveaways and programming, so stay tuned for more.

Not a member yet? Join today!

It's NTEN Member Appreciation Month!

Submitted by Annaliese on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 5:32am

November is Member Appreciation Month here at NTEN, and we'll be giving away nonprofit technology prizes every work day this month, including books, NTEN gear, webinars, complimentary 2008 NTEN membership, and even a free registration to the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

We're starting things off today by giving away a FREE NTEN Webinar to one of our NTEN members (drum roll please):

By Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 10/31/2007 - 10:38am

While you should be concerned about zombie attacks every day, it's trickier on Halloween: How can you tell an actual zombie from a child dressed as a zombie? The very funny people at Common Craft provide the answer in their new production, "Zombies in Plain English":


Before you head to Costco, you may want to explore these other zombie survival resources:

And remember, you don't have to be able to run faster than the zombies, you just have to be able to run faster than your friends.

Donor Recognition Contest

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 3:11pm
Katya Andresen and Stacie Mann, authors of the report "The Wired Fundraiser", mention a couple of times that contests are a great way to engage constituents.  In that spirit, Planned Legacy, a provider of technology to nonprofits, is running a contest to collect best practices and suggestions for interacting with donors. One randomly selected entrant will win an iPod Touch; everyone who enters (presumably with real suggestions) will receive a copy of the final document.  Hopefully, the document will be released to the nonprofit community at large, as it may well gather some interesting information.

As Simple as Posting a Widget

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 2:26pm

Network for Good has released a new study, "The Wired Fundraiser: How technology is making fundraising 'good to go'" (PDF). Based largely on Network for Good's experience (and data) from offering some of the first charity widgets, the key findings are, in brief:

  • When Wired Fundraisers Talk, People Listen: The messenger matters even more than the message.
  • Not Every Wired Fundraiser Is a Champion: The successful Wired Fundraiser has a relatively rare combination of true passion and a means to lend a sense of urgency to their cause.
  • Technology Makes a Difference: Widgets and social networks make existing personal fundraisers more effective.
  • Smart Charities Embrace the Wired Fundraiser: And they find their own, “inner” Wired Fundraiser.