February 21, 2013

Member Round-Up: Contribute, cultivate community, and consider new opportunities

It may have been a short week with the Presidents’ Day holiday, but there was no shortage of creative work from our members. From social media advice to events to new opportunites, there are all kinds of ways to plug into your nonprofit technology community. Maybe you’ve heard of the cloud? In their newly published slideshow report: Cloud: What Every Charity Leader Should Know 2013 Report, Lasa shares why cloud technologies are the way of the future for charitable organizations. Charities and supporters alike share how they are using the cloud to change and enhance their work.

Social media tips abound, but HubSpot warns about 30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore. But don’t ignore the insightful Debra Askanase who explains why Social Media Requires Patronage and Community. Most social media campaigns aren’t a success right away, however, Debra explores how your organization can reap the rewards of your social media efforts over time. Writing is a often a big part of effective social media too. Katya Anderson offers Three thoughts on writing that can help you in any kind of writing you do.

How do you share your heart with family and friends? Submit a video, photo, or another description sharing a creative way you share your heart to the CaringBridge Share Your Heart contest. Besides the chance to win prizes, the best part is getting to browse and vote on the other entries–and have your own heart warmed in the process.

If you’re looking for other ways to contribute, McKinsey & Co. are looking for those in the social sector to respond to a survey: The State of Social Sector Leadership. Through the survey, the firm hopes to learn about how leaders are approaching collaboration and identify changes and key trends in the sector. Your contributions are also wanted by Resource Media‘s Nicole Lampe. Nicole is looking for examples of effective nonprofit infographics to showcase in her upcoming NTC workshop. Post your examples and read more about creating compelling infographics, and check out her collection of infographics so far.

Creative Commons has an exciting new opportunity. You can apply now for a Google Policy Fellowship to work at Creative Commons in a 10-week Fellowship Program. If you’ve got ideas and a particular interest in education and advocacy efforts, apply away! And on the topic of fellows, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) announced their 2013 MediaMaker Fellows, so be sure to check out the inspiring work of these independent filmmakers.

Lucky DC! Longtime member, Peter Campbell, just relocated to DC area, and  fellow community members are getting together to celebrate his arrival. Local folks, come join the celebration!

Speaking of events, what happens when 47 local charities mistakenly have gala fundraiser all on the same night? We enjoyed this fictional news story from John Suart‘s Non-Profit Humor blog. John’s blog is full of other “news” that can give you a chuckle as you’re making a difference in the world.

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!