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Mobile Giving Foundation: Helping Tsunami Survivors

In any disaster, time is of the essence, as the images of the devastation in Japan were spreading throughout the world, relief organizations were already swinging into action. Along with deploying workers to the affected areas, charities looked for an effective way to collect donations from donors worldwide. Read more...

Radio Days:BlogTalkRadio Gives Non Profits a Voice

blogtalkradioIs your organization looking for a new way to promote your cause? Why not host a radio program? After all, nothing is more compelling then hearing someone’s story first hand. But instead of trying to buy airtime from your local radio station, why not use the internet? Read more...

Silent Auctions Go Wireless

silent_auctionTake the paper out of your silent auction by using a wireless bidding system like BidPal or iBid for your next auction event. Going wireless not only eliminates the cost of printing catalogs and bid sheets but it helps streamline the entire bidding process.

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Crowd Funding: A more casual way to fundraise

causevoxCrowd funding, which draws its inspiration from crowd sourcing, is gaining popularity in the non-profit sector as a way to raise money. Just like crowd sourcing, crowd funding uses media (usually the internet) to encourage a network of people to pool their money together to support a cause. Read more...

How to Respond to an Online Faux Pas

American-Red-CrossMany nonprofit organizations are learning the importance of harnessing the power of social media to spread the word about their causes, to encourage “buy in” from their constituents, and to solicit ideas for change. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen in the social media realm. The American Red Cross experienced just this last week, and other nonprofits can learn from the positive way that they handled what could have been a public relations nightmare. Read more...

Scan and Learn: QR Codes

nptechqrPage through any magazine and you are bound to spot a little square shape made up of black modules. It looks a little bit like abstract art or perhaps a funky new postage stamp, but what it really is a gateway to information. Read more...

Using an Email Signature

signature_sheetThe way we communicate has changed radically in the past couple of decades. The advent of the answering machine alone was revolutionary. The fax was the next big thing, allowing us to transmit written information practically instantaneously. Then came email. Again, this mode of communication was nothing less than revolutionary! Things are still changing, of course, with text messaging becoming increasingly useful, and “Facebook” being used as a verb. Read more...

Optimize Your Nonprofit's Web Site for the Search Engines

social_media_iconsThe whole point of having a web presence is to get people to learn more about your organization'ss mission. If all goes well, they'll become supporters and help you reach your goals. None of this can happen, however, if no one is actually visiting your web site. That's where search engine optimization, generally referred to as SEO, comes into play. Read more...

Analysis Exchange Helps Optimize Websites (For Free)

wad_logo_whiteIf your nonprofit has a web page (and it definitely should), how do you know if it's effective? Can you tell how many visitors it receives, how long they spend on the site, what they're clicking, or even how they found you? The answer is "yes." Probably the most important question to ask, however, is what all this data can do for you. Read more...

MAP TechWorks Uses Technology to Promote Technology

mapNonprofit organizations and modern technology have a lot in common. One of the biggest things is that both focus considerably on sharing information. Think about it. A nonprofit’s goal is generally to draw attention to a cause…to get people talking about it. So much of today’s technology is also focused on communication. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are all tools for sharing ideas with the masses. Read more...

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