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5 Things Your Online Community Should be Doing

Submitted on Fri, 3/21/2014 - 11:30am
Building a community online isn’t just about you and your organization, it’s about embracing the people who share your vision, purpose, and cause outside of your immediate organization. It should establish commonality, shared identity, and culture that seeks to address and solve problems together.

3 Ways to Make Your Website the Center of Your Online Community

Submitted on Thu, 3/20/2014 - 10:12am
The truth is that no matter how hard we try, we cannot survive without the aid of the community that surrounds us. Donations, volunteers, and message lift are all achievable through your community of stakeholders – the people who have an interest for your nonprofit or cause. Here are three ways that you can help ensure that your website is the centerpiece of your online community.

NTC Plenary Day 3: Change is Coming. Are You Ready?

Submitted on Sat, 3/15/2014 - 1:04pm
The crowd was a bit slower moving this morning after last night’s revelries, but eager nonetheless to hear Willa Seldon from Bridgespan Group discuss new trends in the intersection of technology and philanthropy.

At the 14NTC: Announcing the NTENnies

Submitted by Michael on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:51am

While we’re grateful to all members of NTEN, there are, of course, those of you who go beyond the proverbial "call of duty" and impact the NTEN community by providing extra time, resources, and wisdom to assist NTEN's work in this sector. We call you "rockstars" here on this blog (a lot), but each spring, at NTEN's annual conference, we like to do more than that. We like to annoint a new crop of these nonprofit tech warriors.

Today, at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., we unveiled the #14ntc NTENnies and their unique contributions to the NTEN community:

Most likely to . . .

NTC Plenary Day 2: Tech is Everywhere and We’re All In Charge

Submitted on Fri, 3/14/2014 - 7:47am
There may have been less tears on stage this morning, but Friday’s opening plenary at #14NTC was inspiring nonetheless. The session started with the announcement of several awards given to organizations and individuals using technology for good in the nonprofit space. That was followed up by a touching Microsoft video showcasing its efforts to use technology to unite and inspire people.

NTC Plenary Day 1: Consider Me Ignited with Ideas (or at the Very Least with Energy)

Submitted on Thu, 3/13/2014 - 11:26am
I got a bird’s-eye view from the Live Media Hub for this morning’s 90 minute rip-roaring start to NTEN’s 2014 NTC Conference. If you were fortunate enough to be there, and I do hope you were, you know that there was a massive amount of information and energy shared. What seemed like a half-empty gigantic conference room at the start quickly was busting at the seams with enthusiasm.

Breakthrough Trends & Strategies for Online Peer-to-Peer Campaigns

Submitted on Wed, 3/12/2014 - 7:31am
If you’ve ever rolled your eyes at the suggestion that Facebook is a significant channel for online fundraising, you are not alone! The non-profit sector has a much more pragmatic attitude towards social fundraising now than we did when popular networks like Facebook or Twitter were new. Why do we see general negativity around the idea that social media helps to raise money? The answer lies in how most of us are tracking social donations.

Taking Cues From My Daughter About Building Communities Online

Submitted on Fri, 3/7/2014 - 8:00am
The truth is, it takes more than just a “field of dreams” for people to come to and participate in a community. Here are a few cues we can learn from my daughter about building online communities before we dive deeper into something we can truly embrace.

Dataviz! Tips, Tools, and How-Tos for Visualizing Your Data

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 11:53am
Memos and metrics, emails and texts, newsletters and reports: is your nonprofit suffering from information overload? We consume 34 gigabytes, or 100,500 words, of information every day. Our brains are overwhelmed and struggling to keep up. Data visualization—or dataviz—is one of your nonprofit’s strongest weapons against information overload.

Online Communities Depend on Online Volunteers

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 8:03am
The Internet is a volunteer-rich environment on a global scale, and nowhere is this more evident than in its online communities. These online communities are mostly started by one or two highly motivated individuals and operate on the principle of exchange. If you manage an online community, here are some tips on thinking about your community members as your volunteers.