Member Round-Up: SXSW for good, content strategies, and technology social changemakers

Our members have marched into March like lions! We continue to be impressed with the outpouring of useful tips and inspiring work from our nonprofit technology community and their eagerness to share with others. We’re just as eager to keen to pass on the handy guides, fundraising insights, expert advice, among other events and happenings in nptech land.

The SXSW Conference is going on and many nonprofit folks are not just attending the conference; they’re doing social good in styleBeaconfire‘s Beacon Lounge is the conference home of social changemakers like VolunteerMatch,, and Salsa Labs, with all kinds of great events happening there. Whether you’re there in person or not, you can take part in the SXSW by following the #sxgood hashtag on Twitter and check out the Philanthro Tech blog posts from a number of nonprofit leaders like Carie Lewis, David Neff, and Danielle Brigidiba.

Are your online outreach efforts falling flat? John Hoffman advises to stop looking at tech as the only source of the problem. There are a lot of guidelines out there for using new technologies, but it’s crucial to look beyond technology tools to non-technological barriers that might be hindering your efforts. Is your content compelling? Allyson Kapin pinpoints 10 Ways to Indentify if Your Web Content Sucks to help you troubleshoot where you might be going wrong and gives tips for How to Rock Your Website Content Planning.

What about social media content? Well, To Raise Money with Social Media Start with Social Data, counsels Casey Golden. Those instant fundraising success stories are rare, so it’s important to use the social data you receive from social media itself so you too will be finding social media fundraising triumphs.  Smart Social Media Objectives are key, as Beth Kanter‘s infographic points out. But sometimes it’s hard to tell what all that social data means and how it all connects. The Case Foundation explores just How a New Type of Social Graph Could Change Philanthropy to harness and make sense of social data.

If you thought it was only millennials getting savvy with social tools, think again. Carolyn Appelton updates how Baby Boomers and Seniors are Embracing Social Media. is recognizing older changemakers with the Purpose Prize to invest in people over 60 who are making a difference. Each winner will receive $100,000 to further their work, so be sure to submit your nominations by April 4th.

While we’re talking technology change for good, big congratulations are in order to Grizzard Communications for winning a “Best in Class” Interactive Media Award for their design United Rescue Mission’s website. Just in time for International Women’s Day, Games for Change launched their Half the Sky game aimed at empowering women and girls. You can play the game or learn more about how developers got started creating and designing the game.

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!