Member Round Up: Research, Reports, and a chance to win FREE registration to 2014 SXSW!

Summer sun and vacation days haven’t slowed down the NTEN community! This edition of Member Round Up shows folks busy doing research, releasing reports, and unveiling a new community platform to help nptechies connect and learn.

Miss out on #GivingTuesday last year, but considering participating for 2014? Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday, and Christine Schaefer, VP of Community and Marketing at Salsa Labs, will teach you how to boost your fundraising through this movement in the upcoming webinar, #GivingTuesday in July: Get Ready for December Now! on Wednesday, July 24. Register here! Speaking of fundraising, ever ask the question, “Why is our nonprofit not raising more money on social media?” Alia with Sea Change Strategies reminds you not to forget that “social media is an engagement channel” and encourages you to change the question to “what kind of relationships are we nurturing there?” Read her entire post here.

Wild Apricot shares highlights from the recently released fifth edition of MGI’s Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report, including findings on membership growth, renewal rates, top challenges to growing membership, top membership goals, reasons members join, reasons members don’t renew, and top communications methods.

Blackbaud is partnering with CMI to conduct the first content marketing research for nonprofits to help better understand how it is being used in the sector. They’re looking for folks to take a short survey about the content marketing practices of their organization so they can produce their report. Read more about the research project and, even better, take part in the survey! In other Blackbaud news, npVOICES episode #6 is now available, featuring Roger Craver with The Agitator and DonorTrends, Will Cary with the Portland Museum of Art, and Amy Braiterman with Blackbaud.

Last week, Salesforce launched the “Power of US Hub”, a new online community for their nonprofit and higher ed users. Members can come here to get support, join and create groups, and connect with their peers. Learn more about the Power of US Hub and follow its development, or sign up for the Introduction to the Power of Us HUB webinar on July 25.

What creative ways are people using tech for good in our community? The folks at SXSW Interactive need to know! They are seeking the latest and greatest ideas in the social good / nonprofit space, and will reward you for telling us all about it. Give them the lowdown on the people and organizations making use of technology for the betterment of the community and YOU AND YOUR NOMINEE could win a FREE registration to SXSW Interactive (happing March 7-11, 2014). Send in your 300-word essay by the deadline of 11:59pm CDT on July 26, 2013. Essays should answer the question, “Who is using technology or new media to do the most innovative work for good within their community?” Check out the full details and learn how to enter on the SXSW Interactive scholarship page.

Is your nonprofit daunted by the process for to selecting new software? Idealware to the rescue! They’ve just released the fourth edition of the Idealware Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits, a reference tool that covers 75 plus types of software for fundraising, communications, collaboration, constituent management, and more. Learn more and find where to get it here. If you’re specifically looking for nonprofit CRM, thedatabank has created a vendor-neutral resource to help! Download The Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Nonprofit CRM for free here. You can follow the trials and tribulations of one nonprofit on their quest to fulfill their “nonprofit technology dreams”–two years ago, Maryland Nonprofits set out to do just this. Check out their blog to see what they’ve learned. It may just help your organization.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.