News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Friday Fun: Learn to End Hunger

Submitted by Brett on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 2:59pm
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 - 9:26am
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 - 6:55am

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 - 4:04pm

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 - 12:07pm

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.

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.