May 28, 2013

Member Round Up: TweetUps and Donations and Data, Oh My!

It might’ve been Memorial Day weekend, but baseball and barbecues are hardly the only things going on with NTEN members. Inspiration, innovation, events – and of course, cat videos – are just some of the latest news in nonprofit tech land.

Itching for another event after that weekend cookout? There’s less than a month to register for the 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival, New York City’s largest gaming event. The festival unites creators of games for change with those interested in accessing the positive social impact of games. The NTEN community (that’s you!) gets 10% off registration with the code “nten”. Register now to get your ticket!

Those New Yorkers really seem to get all the luck! Also coming up soon is the NYC Workshop & Happy Hour: Crafting the Arc of Powerhouse Campaigns, which features a line-up of NTEN member experts including strategist, Nancy Schwartz; Maureen Wallbeoff of Firefly Partners, and Bryan Casler of Salsa Labs.

Heller Consulting recently issued a new report that share analysis of business intelligence (BI) apps for nonprofits. Download the report for an introduction to BI for nonprofits strategy overview, and a review of eight BI applications, looking at each product’s pricing, complexity, and experience in the nonprofit sector. And with perfect timing for this month’s NTEN cloud theme, 501cTech shares the results of a recent cloud survey and looks at how the results can help nonprofits harness the benefits of cloud technology.

What does better data about nonprofit programs look like? If you’re feeling cloudy about the answer, Laura Quinn from Idealware, shares her ideas about how the nonprofit sector can produce more and better data about nonprofit effectiveness, performance, and impact.

Want to increase support for your cause? Shane Jones on the SocialFish blog explains how you can start by improving your social media call to action. While you’re at it, take a look at your donation page. DonationPay suggests some best practices for optimizing your donation page to increase your fundraising dollars. Consider another way to engage your community: TweetUps! Annie Lyson of SmallAct shares how the Smithsonian uses exclusive tweetups to engage supporters.

Talking tactics is important, but sometimes you want to think big. Nonprofit Chapin stresses the importance of nonprofit innovation – after all, nonprofits are the ones working to solve the biggest problems. Caroline Avakian of CauseSmart explains how you can avoid ideas and insights staying stuck in your organization and steps you can take to establish thought leadership in your nonprofit.

When it comes to social change, you’re never too young to start. We loved reading this Points of Light blog post from an inspiring fourth grader who describes his work to fight hunger. But also never underestimate the power of cats to inspire. Cat videos may be taking over the internet – and perhaps traveling to a city near you.