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DIY Social Media Management

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Yesterday, I had a lot of fun giving another webinar for Nonprofit Webinars, this time focused on DIY Social Media Management. There are so many tools out there and so many different options pulling us in so many directions that I’ve found many organizations, especially very small organizers, can feel like they are getting tied […]

February 23, 2012 13 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Great reads from around the web on January 24th

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 January 24th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

January 24, 2012 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Guest Lecture: NYU – Data and Storytelling

Date: April 28, 2011 Location: New York, NY Topic: Nonprofits & Social Media Description: This class is part of the Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program at NYU. I will join Laurel Hart’s class to discuss some of the key ways social media has impacted nonprofit organizations and the opportunities for […]

April 28, 2011 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Great reads from around the web on April 8th

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 April 8th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

April 8, 2011 4 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Great reads from around the web on June 7th

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 7th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks).

  • Building and Sustaining Strong, Engaged Programs – Part 1 – "What does it take to build real sustainability for the work being done by Community Benefit Organizations? If we were talking about building and sustaining a house instead of an organization, we would instantly know the answer. To sustain for the long term, the house would need strong infrastructure – a strong foundation, roof and bearing walls. However, no matter how strong that infrastructure might be, if the house is to remain strong over time, it will also need people to take care of it. The same holds true for building and sustaining strong, engaged programs."
  • Does Nonprofit Consulting = Nonprofit Leadership? | Rosetta Thurman – "Ever since I became a full-time nonprofit consultant, I’ve had a hard time putting myself in that category. And it’s not hard to see why. The title “consultant” can definitely have its negative connotations, especially in Washington, DC where everybody and their mama is a consultant. It doesn’t mean anything without context, but even with explanation behind it, people can look at you sideways at networking events. At conferences, I even notice the body language shift that sometimes happens when an executive director encounters one of us “consultants,” as if our aim is to pick their pockets. Oh my, would you look at the time… Instead, I still think of myself as a nonprofit leader."
  • Heye-Tech: Social Media Comments Gone Wild! What to do? – "So in addition to the Air Force Blog Assessment we decided to create a comment escalation flow chart. This is intended to help our social media authors decide what action to take in addition to the reply. We wanted to have a documented process for our employees to use and to find a way to keep our Communications & Risk Management departments in the loop."
  • The secret steps to commenting like a rockstar | Heroic Destiny – For all those organizations looking to increase readership and visits to your blog, this is a great read! I always recommend that organizations should spend just as much effort commenting on other blogs as writing on their own. The conversations aren't ONLY on your site, and that's okay! "Read much about blog promotion and you’ll eventually encounter commenting as a strategy to increase your readership. The premise is that people will find your comment valuable and click on your link to visit your site. However, I’ve been using a modified version with great success. Today I’m going to tell you my secret strategy that has brought the majority of my readers to my site."
  • 24 tools for fundraising with social media | Socialbrite – Here's a great list of 24 tools for fundraising online – any others that you use that aren't mentioned?
  • PEP-NET » Blog Archive » Best methods for undemocratic participation – "We must ensure that the addition or integration of new digital channels does not make existing power structures less socially representative, and if possible, should improve democratic systems, for example by providing voices to people who previously would have struggled to be heard. Mastery of new technologies and ownership of expensive equipment must not become pre-requisites for engagement in e-participation."
June 7, 2010 8 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

What’s ahead in 2010?

I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 weeks offline with friends and family for the holidays.  As much as my life is fueled by my work and connections online, it sure was wonderful to unplug and recharge.  I’ve also been thinking quite a bit about what’s to come this year and wanted to stat a […]

January 3, 2010 30 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

New on SSIR: The Power of Vision, Review of “The Pollyanna Principles”

I have a new post up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review and this is a special post because it’s actually a book review.  Hildy Gottlieb, a colleague (but really growing into a friend) sent me a copy of her new book, The Pollyanna Principles.  I read it on the plane to and from N2Y4 […]

June 11, 2009 2 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

09NTC How to Decide: IT Planning & Prioritizing

The internet connection may hold up a bit better this time around but I don’t want to risk it, so I’m going to do the same as the last session and just type up the notes in real time and post as soon as the session is over.  Hopefully tomorrow the connection will sustain some […]

April 27, 2009 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…

Net2ThinkTank: Key Questions about Social Media Training

Originally posted on the NetSquared blog. This month’s Net2ThinkTank Question was: What are the key questions nonprofit organizations should ask to help them determine how to prioritize social media training and experimentation as they do their technology and organization-strengthening planning? Below is a roundup of your answers! Beth Kanter reminds us to choose a social […]

October 21, 2008 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE…