News from the NTEN Connect Blog

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.

Welcoming New Board Members and Staff

Submitted by Amy on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:16pm

The NTEN team continues to grow with four new board members and a new team member! Join us in welcoming Bethany, Gayle, Jereme, Maddie, and Miriam.

NTEN is going South...by Southwest! Join in the SXSW social good

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am

NTEN is excited to once again head to SXSW in Austin, TX! We're continuing our tradition of being a part of the Beacon Lounge, a comfy conference oasis where geeks and social changemakers - or both! - can relax and find inspiring conversations and connections.

Will you be there? We want to meet you! Here's how you can take part in the SXSW in Austin or virtually.

The Four Surefire Ways to Ensure Your Nonprofit Technology Training Is Successful

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 11:00am
Wondering what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training. The design work you do prior to delivering your session, if done well, can have a huge impact on whether your participants walk away inspired to practice their skills or apply their knowledge in the real world. Here are four tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops.

How Do Questions Improve Nonprofit Technology Training?

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 8:00am
What are some ways you can use questions to improve your technology trainings? Questions ask your brain to mine your experience and expertise to come up with answers. You become aware of what your thoughts and understandings are about the topic. You are then able to build on this as you incorporate new information. You connect any new knowledge to that which you already know.

6 Ways to Create Content Your Donors & Members Will Value

Submitted on Thu, 2/27/2014 - 9:02am
A recent survey by the Content Marketing Institute showed that 92% nonprofits are using content marketing. While nonprofits are using a wide variety of sites and services to distribute their content, the effectiveness of these efforts is often uncertain. Without a plan for content creation, it’s pretty hard to gauge success. Here are 6 ways you can develop a content strategy and create content your audience will value.