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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.

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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.

Two Free Fundraising Webinars

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 10:26am
Tis the season, NTENers: the fundraising season. Join NTEN for two free Product Spotlight Webinars exploring popular fundraising software.

First up, on Tuesday, October 30th, is "Donor Management using Sage Fundraising 50". This demonstration is on the importance of donor management in supporting a development plan, and how Sage Fundraising 50 software fits in. Learn the features and functionality of this popular package, formerly known as Paradigm.

When: Tuesday, October 30th, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Cost: Free!

> Learn More and Register Today

Come back on Thursday, November 1st, for "Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts with the Exceed! Product Suite", a webinar on how to make the most of your fundraising efforts with Exceed! Premier, by Telosa Software. We’ll discuss ways to make the best use of your donor database to facilitate the major gift process. See first-hand how our comprehensive, affordable, and easy-to-use solution can help your development staff organize your donor data, maximize your fundraising efforts and cultivate your relationships with your donors, prospects and other constituents.

When: Thursday, November 1st, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Cost: Free!

> Learn More and Register Today!

November is NTEN Member Appreciation Month!

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 7:11am

Don't get us wrong, we appreciate our members every day of the year -- but we don't always get to show it. That's why we're setting aside an entire month to shower NTEN members with our appreciation. And what better month than November? What we're most thankful for is our members!

Just what does "appreciation" mean, you ask? It means:

Net Neutrality Back in Congress?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 2:02pm

Looks like the recent exploits of Comcast and Verizon have garnered the attention of Capitol Hill. Calls for Congressional hearings have been made. According to the AP:

Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said the incidents involving several companies, including Comcast Corp., Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., have raised serious concerns over the companies' "power to discriminate against content."
They want the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to investigate whether such incidents were based on legitimate business policies or unfair and anticompetitive practices and if more federal regulation is needed.

Who Are You, Really?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 10:00am

I came across an interesting report from the IBM Global Innovation Outlook project today.

If you've been exploring new media a lot, it's full of things you probably already know, but somehow, they articulate it better. If you're just getting into all this new media/web2.0 hoopla, it's a very well written primer about the possibilities and limitations and just what kind of organization you need to be to make it all work well.

There are several little gems in the report that I would like to explore more, but the thing that stuck with me most after an initial read was the importance of authenticity. It stayed with me, because it's one of my core values, and NTEN's as well:

  • We strive to be authentic and honest in all of our communications so our community knows that we say what we mean forthrightly, and mean what we say.


  • We are accountable to you and to your needs and strive to engage, listen, and be responsive to you, our members, in all that we do.

These are the two parts to getting the authenticity thing right:

2007 IT Staffing Survey: Take it Now!

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 7:56am
Flickr Photo: jisc_infonetFlickr Photo: jisc_infonetIn your leadership role, have you ever had to:
  • Convince your board or leadership to invest in staff or training?
  • Try to figure out how much to pay technology staff?
  • Determine if your technology spending compares to other organizations like yours?

NTEN and The Nonprofit Times are making it easy for you to fill the gap between expensive benchmarking services costing thousands of dollars, and going it alone. We’re surveying thousands of staff at nonprofits big and small to find out what it takes to make technology work for them and what qualified staff they need. In turn, we want to give you the hard numbers you need to invest in technology.

> Take the Online Survey