News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Summertime, and the IT's Easy

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 1:47pm
Jess Daniel, Google

IT infrastructure is hard work for any organization. Having worked at a nonprofit prior to coming to Google, I know that the combination of long-standing legacy systems and limited resources certainly doesn't make things any easier. Now that I'm member of the Google Apps team, I spend my time working on simple but powerful communication and collaboration tools for organizations. And so it's with special satisfaction that I share this bit of news: Google has extended the Education Edition of Google Apps to registered 501(c)(3)s.

You may already be familiar with Google's standard suite of free hosted services, including private-label email, calendaring, and online-document sharing. But the Education Edition offers a number of value-added admin features at no additional cost, including email migration tools, phone support for critical issues, and extensibility APIs. (Ads are also optional, in case you're curious.) There's no need to take my word for it, though: if you attended NP.IT recently -- the Google-NTEN midsummer mixer -- you may have bumped into a few nonprofits with their own Google Apps success stories.

At the end of the day, enabling good works through Google Apps -- in any capacity -- both inspires and humbles us. We're excited to offer this worthy sector a low-investment, feature-rich IT choice. Find out more or apply for an account.

From the Affinity Groups: Recommendations for Hardware & Software Resellers

Submitted by Visitor on Fri, 07/13/2007 - 6:21pm

The Affinity Groups aren't just any ol' collection of mailing lists. Focusing on a variety of issues, they serve as a great resource on many levels. Quite frequently, there are recommendations on numerous nonprofit technology issues. One such discussion recently took place in the 501 Tech Club for the DC area about responsive hardware and software resellers that offer competitive pricing and online ordering.

Your best fundraiser? Your donors!

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 07/13/2007 - 3:56pm

Who could be better at raising money for your organization than your current supporters? Group fundraising helps you tap the knowledge, enthusiasm, and most importantly, the peer network of people already giving to your cause. So whether you call it person-to-person fundraising, badge fundraising, or micro-philahnthropy, join us on Tuesday, July 17th to get behind the buzz words and learn how group fundraising can help your organization reach new donors while deepening your relationships with existing supporters.

To help you assess the value of putting supporters in charge of their own online campaigns, nonprofit consultant Peter Deitz will present his original benchmark figures for group fundraising. Published last month on TechSoup, the benchmark figures were derived from the internal statistics of five leading services (ChipIn, Firstgiving, GiveMeaning, SixDegrees, and This webinar will explain how nonprofits can use the benchmark figures to integrate group fundraising into larger annual or capital campaigns, while featuring success stories of non-profits currently using group fundraising.


  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
  • Presented by: Peter Dietz, Founder of foik

> Register Now!

And don't forget that NTEN members pay only $25 for our webinars. Join today!

Google Announces Apps Ed Edition Now Free for Nonprofits

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 07/13/2007 - 7:36am

As you may know, NTEN hosted a midsummer mixer with Google at their campus in the South Bay. By all accounts it was lively and fun! I couldn't be there for the free food, cocktails, or the sounds of DJ Hey Man, but I am lucky enough to share with you the big announcement from the event (drum roll please!):

Google is now extending Google Apps Education Edition to all registered nonprofits.

For those of you who are already using the free standard edition, this means that you will now have access to:

  • Email migration assistance
  • 24/7 support
  • Integration APIs.

You can read more about the features here.

Why is this important? First, Google provides powerful and usable tools already, often for free.

Guttenberg Would be a Mobile Blogger: Mobile Phones as Mass Media

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 1:44pm

We here at NTEN spend a lot of time thinking about how nonprofits can use mobile phones in their work. Why? Because we believe that mobile phones are game changers, with the ability to shift -- fundamentally shift -- the way we communicate. Mobile phones are powerful tools in your media arsenal. No one has said it as eloquently as Alan Moore.

Robin Good just republished his essay, Mobile as the 7th Mass Media (part one is available here, part two is available here). In a word, this paper is delicious. It's a concise, smart, and at times funny take on the history of media. Each iteration receives a short history, with concrete lessons learned. Then, Robin tackles mobile phones as the next wave of media, applying everything he has just covered.

If your organization is thinking about starting, or is currently running, a mobile campaign of any sort, you need to read this paper. If your boss remains unconvinced, text her the URL.

Some highlights

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?