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.

Town Hall: April 2014

NTEN is the community where changemakers come together to find new collaborators, learn from other organizations, and share big ideas about the ways we can use technology to meet our missions and change the world. Pretty lofty stuff. Pretty amazing people.We want to hear from you, and these quarterly Town Halls are a way to create a dedicated, open line for NTEN staff to provide updates and insights about our work, and hear from you (yes, you) about what you're working on, how we can better serve you and your team, and discuss hot topics in the community. Learn more »

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.

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.

Webinar: 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study

There comes a time in every online organizer and fundraiser’s life when they ask themselves: is this normal? Are other groups getting this growth? Am I the only one with these trendlines? The 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study has the answers. We’ve crunched the numbers from 53 leading nonprofits to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. Join us to see how you stack up against nonprofits in your sector, and learn how you can use this data to transform your online program.> Get the recording & download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study!  Learn more »

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 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.

Three Easy Tips for Boosting Your Organization's Signal

Submitted on Wed, 2/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Since launching, Speek has been covered by numerous major publications both in print and online. They were the subject of a Wall Street Journal documentary and have won countless awards. We rank on the first page of Google search results for all relevant search terms. And they achieved all of this without a PR firm and with a negligible marketing budget. They decided to take three easy steps to help get their message out and help grow their company.

Webinar: Building Community Online

Do you want to build a community online, but you're not sure how? It seems like everyone's talking about bringing people together online to accomplish a goal. We know it takes a lot of work, research, and planning to get people rallied around a cause. In this session we'll look at the groundwork for building communities, online tools to support a community, audience behaviors, and internal capacity so you can build a vibrant and successful community around your mission. Learn more »

Test, Send, Adjust, Repeat

Submitted on Tue, 2/25/2014 - 9:12am
In order to make sure that you get your message out effectively, you need to regularly check the data that shows what works, what messages did well, and where you can improve. Sometimes the answer isn't just one metric, but in a combination of metrics that you can find by testing your messages.

Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:30pm

14NTC is just around the corner and the community is buzzing with tips, recommendations, and other advice on making your Washington D.C. and NTC experience a rewarding one. We'll be crossing our fingers for a blizzard-free time (13NTC, anyone?) and some early cherry blossoms. But besides packing that warm jacket just in case, you can plan your D.C. trip with the help of your fellow nonprofit attendees.

Ten Video Tips for Nonprofits

Submitted on Fri, 2/21/2014 - 9:00am
A well thought out video strategy can accomplish all of these goals and more. If your organization has not yet produced video, odds are that you have been talking about it for some time. Now that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, now is the perfect time to create content that will inform, inspire and engage donors.