Fundraising Technology & NFP 24/7

Fundraising Technology & NFP 24/7
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Highlighting smart uses of technology in the charity fundraising sector.
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Nov. 12, 2007
Sorry for the massive delay in posting any new blogs, but I have decided to take a year out to concentrate on my daughter - so at the moment no new posts. Take care and thanks for reading.
July 6, 2007
Saw this on Fundraising UK "The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign on social networking website Facebook to encourage a new generation of potential Poppy People to sign up as volunteer collectors for the Poppy Appeal in November...." Good try by the Royal British Legion(RBL) and I hope it succeeds but the fact they're announcing it means it will fail. Why do I think that? Because because most of the "new generation of potential Poppy People" don't like organisations invading "their" spaces and trying to hijack it. The RBL would have been better off identifying some existing supporters with blogs, say, and encouraging them to create a Facebook group, and then shutting up about it and letting the network work its magic
May 23, 2007
Sorry for the delay - we have been away for our first holiday since the baby was born visiting friends down under. Anyway whilst I have been off I have had a couple of emails regarding a couple of social networking sites. To be honest I haven't checked either of them out fully yet (will do so and comment later) but I thought I would share them with you too. One is called Cauzoo, the other Helpalot - any feedback from current users would be welcome.
April 19, 2007
Buzz has brought to my attention an article in Business Week about the establishment of a new organisation in the US called New Progressive Coalition (NPC) which brings politics and venture capitalists techniques together. Here is an extract from the article which explains the business model, 2NPC bases its business model on the idea that the progressive movement has historically supported candidates, not organizations�??donations rise and fall with political races, while between elections, ideas and issues lag. The right, on the other hand, benefits from a robust network of think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute that keep ideas alive even when there's no election in the offing. NPC hopes to use the Web to build a similar kind of infrastructure by connecting left-leaning organizations�??many of which are newly formed grassroots groups with inexperienced leadership�??with investors who are keen to provide ongoing time and money." To fund it each member organisation pay $5000 annual dues (membership)on a sliding scale and each investor pays an annual fee of $250.Thus enabling them access to events, database, advice etc. Kirsten Falk, Executive Director explains one of the aims behind this is that " setting up NPC as a business, [she] hopes to be able to grow the matchmaking service to a size that will make it a one-stop shop for anyone interested in making a political donation to a liberal cause" Could this help solve the political party funding in the UK?
April 18, 2007
It is poignant to realise that much of the information on the students involved in the massacre in the US is being produced from social tools such as blogs or myspace profiles.
March 26, 2007
For those of you thinking of a mobile campaign read Marc Sirkin's post on their experience and results. As Marc puts it the good news was that they had 5,800 mobile message sign ups to support an online petition to stop violence against women. Just one thought if  I signed online why would I want to receive messages on my mobile rather than email? Thanks for sharing the information Marc.
March 5, 2007
I have mentioned that the small charity I am trustee of Thusanani has taken small steps trying to fundraise (maybe using "chuggers") in Second Life in order to raise funds and profile. Our thinking is to try and exploit technology and online service currently available. So I was interested to read about the NSPCC who have created a partnership to have  a presence in the virtual hotel, Habbo Hotel. According to the BBC, "The charity will host events and activities on the website aimed at getting young people involved in its anti-bullying campaign."
Feb. 19, 2007
  NFP 24/7 Edition 6 Welcome to the sixth edition of our podcast for anyone interested in the intersection of not-for-profits and social media, with a focus on the UK. Thank you for all your comments - please keep them coming in as we really do appreciate the feedback. Show notes for 19 February 2007: Welcome to NFP 24/7, a 17-minute 08 second  podcast on non-profit issues recorded in London, United Kingdom.   Download the file here (3.91MB)or sign up for the RSS feed (iTunes users click here) to get this and future editions automatically. (For automatic synchronisation with an iPod or other MP3 player, you'll need software such as Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes, Yahoo! Podcasts or an RSS reader that supports podcasts.) In this edition: Welcome to the showMark reports on a social networking platform created by Action Aid. Links to the people, companies and organisations mentioned: Guardian News Story; My Action Aid; Action Aid; My Space; Ian MacQuillan's Blog; You Tube; Typepad; Flickr   If you have comments or questions about this edition, or suggestions for future editions, email us at [email protected] You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment). We�??ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in an edition.
Feb. 19, 2007
Selfish Giving reports that Body Bags are now the latest charity gimmick to get your £1+ donation or in this case $18! So any thoughts on what will be the latest accessory? These are the ones I think are around at the moment..- ribbons (v popular with HIV/AIDs, breast cancer and now most good causes)- pin badges (favourite children's characters seem to be the most popular now)- red noses (Comic Relief)- dog tags (who hasn't got one?)- bracelets (Lance started it) then you have mugs, tea-towels, t-shirts etc etc So my new ideas include - hand cuffs (keep you chained to that cause ;- )- keys (why not get your house key cut in the colours of your favourite charity .. a constant reminder!)- charity mobile phoned (Forget the LG Chocolate phone have  a  XXX phone - show everyone  how socially aware you are) and finally instead of  Desk Top Motty you have a Desk Top Chugger? All suggestions welcome.
Feb. 16, 2007
According to press reports there will be 8 concerts held to highlite global warming. How much damage to the environment do you think they will create?