I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 11th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.
- An open letter to companies planning online communities | Community Building – I love this "open letter" from Martin Reed at CommunitySpark – it touches on so many "cultural" and infrastructure needs that organizations should think about BEFORE creating an online community space. I think it's great to revisit a list like this even if you are already working with your community online to be sure you haven't forgotten about some of the key foundations that will help you succeed.
- Red Cross and URDB Break Record for Most SMS Donations in One Room – "The Universal Record Database — a rad online resource that allows the Average Joe to make and break a myriad of records online — succeeded in breaking the record for most online donations made by text message in one room today — all with the help of the attendees of the Mashable Media Summit."
- Nine Ways Networked Nonprofits Use Slideshare | Beth’s Blog – Beth has a great post up about how organizations can use SlideShare. Are you familiar with the tool? It's a great online space to upload your presentations, notes and documents. I use it for all my presentations and it even allows me to share my speaker notes since most of my slides are usually just pictures. So, even when folks can't attend a presentation in person, they can still get all the content. Here are 9 ways Beth recommends organizations try out the tool.
- What is a nonprofit network builder? – "As nonprofits increasingly use social media as part of their fundraising, communications and educational strategies, nonprofit staff are stepping up to lead and manage those efforts. Recently, the Case Foundation hosted a group of these emerging nonprofit network managers for a conversation about what we called “network building.” We will share the highlights of this discussion in two posts. The first below, is focused on what network builders do and the second will discuss where this function is heading and the outstanding questions surrounding the role."
- Sixty days to turn one-off donors into regular givers – Third Sector – "One-off charity donors become much less likely to sign up to become regular givers after 60 days have passed since they made their donation, according to research by direct marketing agency DMS."