March 2014: Community

Online Communities Depend on Online Volunteers

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 9:03am
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.
By Susan Ellis – President

Taking Cues From My Daughter About Building Communities Online

Submitted on Fri, 3/7/2014 - 9:00am
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.
By Demetrio Maguigad – Director of Strategic Design

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.
By Laura Iancu – PR Specialist

5 Things Your Online Community Should be Doing

Submitted on Fri, 3/21/2014 - 11:30am
Building a community online isn’t just about you and your organization, it’s about embracing the people who share your vision, purpose, and cause outside of your immediate organization. It should establish commonality, shared identity, and culture that seeks to address and solve problems together.
By Demetrio Maguigad – Director of Strategic Design

CiviCRM: Software Built and Sustained by Community

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 11:00am
Founded nearly a decade ago, CiviCRM is now being used by more than 10,000 nonprofits worldwide, with over 15,000 members that help to generate the software’s development, and has been translated into over 20 languages. With a modest core team of six, and its founder just winning the 2014 Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest at the 14NTC, learn how CiviCRM is helping nonprofit communities worldwide build relationships with their constituents.
By David Greenberg – Co-founder and Project Manager

What Madison Avenue Ad Agencies Know about Facebook that You Don’t

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 12:27pm
Creating an online community for your own organization is a way that you can take control of your social presence, and not be at the whim of Facebook.
By Ben Martin – Chief Engagement Officer

You CAN Capture Lightning in a Bottle: Meaningful Strategic Impact Measurement

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 1:08pm
By Lauren Girardin – Marketing and Communications Consultant

Five Nonprofit Online Communities that Inspire Action & Generate Results

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 2:30pm
These five examples of nonprofit communities show the diversity of options and ideas for engaging people around a mission.
By Michael Wilson – CEO & Founder

Building a Supportive Environment for Your Online Community

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 2:49pm
To build a supportive environment for your online community, we should incorporate what we've learned from history, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.
By Darby Burn Strong – Flight Coordinator

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 3:46pm
The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia?
By Sarah Mirk – Online Editor

Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 5:12pm
After an action-packed Drupal Day event at the 14NTC, Stephanie Gutowski shares her key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal.
By Stephanie Gutowski – Community Engagement Organizer

Reflections on 14NTC: Technology Experimentation and the Ad Hoc Open Source Society

Submitted on Wed, 3/26/2014 - 6:42pm
In the true spirit of collaboration, NTC attendees collectively stewarded an ad hoc open source society. Craig Sinclair reflects on his experience, why he supports the open source movement, and shares examples of open venues for experimentation.
By Craig Sinclair – Digital Media Manager