News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Healthy Developments

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 3:47pm
No less an authority than the News Hour with Jim Lehrer highlighted the increased use of telemedicine in international development last week. Jim Grady, who, with his wife, Peg, laid the foundations of Medical Missions for Children using $85,000 of their own retirement money, spoke about the video clinics MMC has set up in 27 top U.S. and European hospitals, as well as the new Medical Broadcasting Channel, which streams more than 25,000 hours of medical programming to thousands of institutions worldwide.

Does Your Data Tell a Story?

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 3:31pm

A picture is worth a thousand words, but, if you use it right, it might also be worth the life you change or the next donation you receive. The nonprofit sector is steeped in data, but rattling of statistics doesn't articulate the need for or impact of your work. For that, you need a picture.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data mapping is one of the best ways to add impact to your information. Resources include DataPlace, which offers a free set of online GIS tools tied to reliable data sources like the U.S. Census Bureau. In NTEN's upcoming webinar, we will show how nonprofit organizations use GIS mapping to make their case to funders and other stakeholders. Case studies include:

  • Food banks needing to demonstrate to funders that they are offering services in the right areas.
  • Advocacy organizations using elections data to strategize for the next campaign.
  • Local community development corporations wanting to determine whether the funding and services they provide to smaller organizations are reaching the areas where their target population lives.

Data takes on meaning only when you use it effectively. Join us on Tuesday, June 19th and add another tool to your kit.

Presented by Troy Anderson, DataPlace

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Goodmail Signs ISPs to Charge for Certified E-mails

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 3:04pm
Reports on CNET last week claimed that Goodmail, the certified email provider, has signed five of the largest Internet service providers in the U.S. "to start charging businesses for guaranteed delivery of their e-mails, in a bid to combat spam."

According to CNET, "Goodmail Systems, which provides a service called CertifiedEmail, announced Thursday that it had signed up Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable's Road Runner and Verizon as customers. E-mails certified using the system will be marked with a blue ribbon to show they come from a trusted source, thus bypassing spam filters--a privilege that will cost the sender a quarter of a U.S. cent per e-mail."

Google (for the) Earth?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 11:02am

I'm directionally challenged, which is to say that I get lost. A lot. Nearly every time I drive somewhere. Or walk. At any rate, I have found Google Earth to be the best defense against getting lost. Being able to fly virtually from point A to point B has really helped me understand how things are laid out here in my new home of Portland, OR. I get lost a little less now. Which is awesome.

As it turns out, lots of nonprofits are actually using Google Earth to give whole communities direction -- on how to make their world a better place. (Nice segue, don't you think?) Check out this article on CNET.

When you're done reading the article, register for our upcoming webinar on this very subject: Picture This: Using Data to Map Your Impact.

Does Online Engagement Lead to More Money?

Submitted by Ali on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 10:20am

Does online engagement help nonprofits raise money?

At first glance, this seems like a pretty straightforward question: engaging potential donors with your nonprofit’s mission is one of the most powerful cultivation tools you can employ, so it stands to reason that offering people a way to get involved through online advocacy, and keeping them informed with an online newsletter, would naturally garner more money for your organization.

Of course, when deciding how to spend your staff’s time and your organization’s money, you want more to go on than “it stands to reason”. There have been a number of studies that address this question, but when we start to unpack the results, things get a bit murky.

Promoting Your Cause in Facebook

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 11:33am

Everywhere you turn, you're hearing about the power of MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks. But can real nonprofits truly see the benefits behind all the hype?

Clearly, there's a lot of potential for gaining new supporters with these online tools, but many nonprofit organizations struggle to determine how they can fit into a social network application alongside for-profits and social groups. Project Agape is one of the initial Facebook Platform partners, launching Causes on Facebook. This new functionality extends the groups features and makes it possible for users to create causes, take donations, and recruit members. Join us as we explore the power of social networks and learn how to set up your own Cause on Facebook.

Presented by Randall Winston of Project Agape.

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NTEN Members: Last Chance to Register for the Bridge Conference at the Early Rate

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 10:03am

Are you an NTEN member? Of course you are! And as a special member benefit, you can register for the 2007 Bridge Conference in Washington, DC at a discounted rate. We're organizing the technology track at the conference and hope to see you there!

The Show: The 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising
The Dates: July 8 - 10, 2007
The Venue: The Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

With access to 90 cutting edge educational opportunities, the chance to network with more than 1,000 colleagues, and exposure to experts, the Bridge Conference is a truly great opportunity with an outstanding return on investment for you and your organization.

Register for the 2007 Bridge Conference before June 8 and get an additional Early Bird discount by visiting

(Oh, and if you're not an NTEN member yet, join today!)

Pizzigati Prize Nominations

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 2:05pm
The Tides Foundation has begun accepting nominations for the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The Pizzigati Prize "offers a $10,000 award to a software developer who has made, in the spirit of open source computing, an outstanding contribution to the nonprofit world and the ongoing work of social change."

New Web Analytics Wiki

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:56pm

WikiWebAnalyticsBy way of Avinash Kaushik's blog...

A new wiki, WikiWebAnalytics, has been set up for folks interested in web analytics. They are looking for a few good people to start write articles and help make it a good resource for those of us interested in the field of web analytics.

Check it out and make your contribution!

(And if you're into web analytics, Avinash's blog is a must read!)

The Google-Salesforce Partnership Begins

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:42pm
Google and have announced that Google AdWords will be integrated into existing Salesforce applications through a new product called Salesforce "Group Edition". The application, targeted at small to midsize organizations, will make it easier to create and manage AdWords campaigns. While some prognosticators and commentators downplay the significance of the alliance, "Group Edition" can benefit NPOs immediately: members of the Google Grants program and nonprofit Salesforce users will gain access to the application for free.