Blogging Tools for Social Entrepreneurs; Technologies to Optimize Your Time & Dime

22 03 2008

In this post, you will find a plethora of cool tools that will help you:

1) Save time reSEARCHing various resources by using RSS tools & Social bookmarking

2) Glean information, from various philanthropic websites like the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), Philanthropy Today and GuideStar so you can be “in-the-know” about current topics relevant to your org.

3) Model other non profits’ web presence so that you too can expand mission, service and success BEYOND your current scope.

The biggest time saver is RSS. Check out this video:

Quickly here is an intro video for Google Reader if you want more understanding its only 49 seconds long

Now you have a way to get relevant content to come to you (and allow your message to go out to subscribers) , this will be a key to trumpeting your mission, service and success.

It will be a regular, on-ongoing task for your org to obtain inbound links from all of your networked connections (Internet or real-Life). As you find stuff that can help your org, leave a comment at the site where you found it. And it would help all of us (including the site owner) if you shared what you found with the rest of us out in CyberSpace.

This brings us to del.icio.us–a Social bookmarking site that affords all of us the ability to find and share relevant Internet content more efficiently. Plus save links in a social framework that affords their users instant relevance on any given subject matter. Check out this brief 90 second, video on how to use del.icio.us:

I admit, it took me a considerable time (6 months, no less!) to get hip to del.icio.us. The layout of the site is weird (I mean different than most sites). The colors are drab (yet meaningful) and the initial use of it begs the question: So What?!

But after a few months, I found myself in love with del.icio.us. Instead of searching in Google and finding a Billiondy-Gazilliondy hits for irrelevant sites, I was able to search for exactly what I wanted. Now I was able to see the power of “meta data.” Most importantly, I was able to save time; which is the true objective of this post: to give each of us time to find what we need, but also to LEARN about things in more direct and relevant ways..

Donnies Del.icio.us

OK enuf about del.icio.us

Here are 3 newsletters that I subscribe to (among many others):

NVCF,

Guidestar and

Philanthropy Today

NVCF comes to me in Google Reader and the other newsletters come to me in my email inbox. NVCF is my local philanthropy org with news in my immediate geographic zone while the other two GuideStar and Philanthropy Today provide National and Worldwide coverage that keeps me savvy about trends and topics in the Non Profit sector. I highly recommend you visit and subscribe to all of these sites.

Here is what it looks like in my inbox below:

(Take note of the first story: “Google for Nonprofit Groups” and the “Round Up of Nonprofit Blogs” ~ These stories are about EXACTLY what I am talking about; model your orgs Internet presence after the orgs here AND put your org into these newsletters too!)

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Philanthropy Today

A service of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Wednesday, March 19

Today’s highlights:

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From The Chronicle: Google for Nonprofit GroupsThe Internet search company Google has opened a “new portal” for nonprofit groups that explains how to adopt various Google applications for charitable work, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
Whitney Museum Receives $131-Million DonationThe Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, will receive $131-million from Leonard A. Lauder, chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies and chairman of the Whitney board since 1994, The New York Times reports. The majority of the money will go toward the museum’s endowment.With the new money, the museum’s endowment will total $195-million, according to the newspaper.Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s director, said of the donation: “It will now be the first time our endowment will be large enough so that the Whitney can maintain its commitment to living artists and to adventurous programming.”(Free registration is required to view this article.)
Detroit Rescinds Nonprofit-Board Residency RequirementThe Detroit City Council decided unanimously on Tuesday to rescind a requirement that 51 percent of a nonprofit group’s board members reside in the city in order for the group to qualify for certain federal block-grant money, reports The Detroit News. Under the requirement, more than 100 area nonprofit groups were ineligible for the funds.Nonprofit groups throughout the city celebrated the decision, although The Detroit Free Press noted that the change is only for one year, with the council expected to revisit the matter after that.Greg Bowens, a spokesman for Mariners Inn, a homeless shelter and substance-abuse treatment center for men, told the Free Press that the board-residency requirement would have cost his organization $158,000 in Community Development Block Grant and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants.
Boston Financier Practices Unusual Philanthropy by Posting BailThe identity of an anonymous donor who posted over $200,000 in bail for 40 illegal immigrants who had been arrested in a federal factory raid in New Bedford, Mass., last year has been revealed, reports The Wall Street Journal.Bob Hildreth, a Boston financier who runs International Bank Services, a small firm that buys and sells corporate debt, says he was spurred to make the donations after seeing televised images of the shackled immigrants being sent to a detention center in Texas without the necessary time or resources to post bail and avoid deportation. Mr. Hildreth, 57, called the incident “extremely un-American.”Donations of bail money are considered risky and unusual in the philanthropic world, the newspaper notes. Mr. Hildreth has indeed been the object of scorn from some critics, including prominent New Bedford talk-radio host Ken Pittman, who said he would ask Mr. Hildreth “to show the same compassion for American workers displaced by these illegal aliens.”Mr. Hildreth, who has previously made donations to improve education for immigrants and to pay for literacy and citizenship classes in the Boston area, posted bail for the immigrants by working through the legal-aid group Greater Boston Legal Services. When he was told that the money would be returned to him once the cases were resolved, Mr. Hildreth said he would set it aside as a bail fund for future cases.
Leader of Va. Charity Confesses to EmbezzlementA volunteer executive director of Santa Pal, a nonprofit group in Bristol, Va., has been charged with embezzling more than $75,000 from the charity, reports The Bristol Herald Courier.Jimmie Clark, who ran the annual Christmas program for needy children for more than five years, admitted in a letter to the charity’s board that he took money from the organization to settle personal debts.“For the past two years, I have not been able to sleep at night and have contemplated committing suicide on numerous occasions,” Mr. Clark wrote to the board. “I truly do love this program and cannot believe that it has come to this. I am sorry for what I have done and will accept any consequence that comes with my actions ranging from incarceration to a lifetime of community service.”The letter arrived shortly after Santa Pal’s board questioned discrepancies in the charity’s financial records and began tracking bank transactions.
Consultants Offer Tips for New Board MembersThe first 90 days after joining a nonprofit board is a critical time for new members to assess an organization’s needs, as well as its leadership and management style, reports The Wall Street Journal.Terrie Temkin, a Florida consultant who founded the company Core Strategies for Nonprofits, says that, first and foremost, new members should be sure to attend all board-related events. These meetings provide critical face-to-face time with other members, but they also allow new members to observe the group dynamic and isolate hubs of leadership.A “new board member has to find out where the power lies on the board and where the force of gravity is,” says Jim Kristie, editor of Directors & Boards magazine, who also serves on several nonprofit boards. “It’s like any other group. There are cliques, there are leaders, and then there are other directors who aren’t pulling their weight.”(A paid subscription is required to view this article.)
Lapel Pins Spark Discussion on AutismThe Autism Speaks’ lapel pin starts conversations about the neurological disorder, reports The New York Times, in a first-person account of an activist’s interactions with strangers while wearing the pin.Mark Roithmayr, president of the national nonprofit organization Autism Speaks, in New York, sports the puzzle-shaped lapel pin to help raise awareness of the disorder, which affects an estimated 1 in every 150 children.He recounts how people initiate conversations with him about autism upon noticing the pin. Many of them have relatives affected with the disorder or are even affected themselves with a mild form of the disorder.“I always take off my pin and give it to someone who shares his or her story. I think of it as ‘pinning forward.’” Mr. Roithmayr tells The Times. “In fact, I have learned to take a small bag of pins with me whenever I travel because passengers and airline workers — even the security guys — regularly ask me for them.”(Free registration is required to view this article.)
From The Chronicle: Charities and the War in IraqMilitary and veterans charities have grown quickly in the five years since the war in Iraq began, but their leaders say they are still not meeting all the needs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
Give and Take, a Roundup of Nonprofit BlogsGive and Take is a service of The Chronicle of Philanthropy that rounds up the best postings that appear on blogs about the nonprofit world.Among the most-recent postings is a look at how philanthropy figured into the judge’s decision in the divorce case between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.You can also read previous postings on issues about philanthropic giving, fund raising, and management of nonprofit organizations.Give and Take is updated regularly throughout the day.

— Compiled by Noelle Barton, Sonya Behnke, Caroline Bermudez, Maria Di Mento, Audrey Hill, Anne W. Howard, and Sam Kean.

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So that wraps up this installment. Next time we will discuss developing your blog and doing the little things that make it successful. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

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22 03 2008
“What is your web site worth? Opportunities for Organizations that use blogging to trumpet their mission, service and success.” « Technology Training Solutions

[…] research on Google’s non profit programs and applications. That will be my next post: “Blogging Tools for Social Entrepreneurs; Technologies that Make the Most of Your Time and Your Dime.”  I can’t wait to show you all what cool stuff is out […]

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