Friday, December 21, 2007

Nonprofit Technology Blog Gets a Face Lift in 2008

I am SUPER pleased to announce that Nonprofit Technology Blog will get a face lift in 2008!

Next year, my dear friend and co-worker, Ben Hendricks, Director of Technology for NPower Greater DC Region will begin sharing his insights regarding how technology can empower your nonprofit to increase productivity, improve employee morale AND innovate!

Ben has been at NPower for 2 years. Prior to joining us, he was Manager of Information Services for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. More important, he's funny, smart and has a knack for simplifying complicated stuff!

Not to worry, for those of you interested in learning how to use the Web and new Web-based technologies to market and raise money for your cause, I will still blog about online strategies and tools for success.

Please check back in January and join us for the ride. We hope to be a part of your continued success!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Help Your Favorite Charity Raise $50,000

Network for Good and Global Giving (an NPower client) are partnering with PARADE magazine and the Case Foundation on a very cool campaign, called America's Giving Challenge.

"The program aims to show how anyone and everyone can have greater impact in their community and bring more support to the charities and causes they care about.

Here's how it works!

Participants use charity badges to promote their causes and help their charity get $50,000. Or they can simply give to a cause to help it qualify for a $1,000 award. The America’s Giving Challenge runs from 3:00 p.m. EST on December 13, 2007 through 3:00 p.m. EST on January 31, 2008.

Learn more here!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tell Me A Story

When I was in graduate school I heard about a book called "The Wind Done Gone." As I recall it didn't get rave reviews but it did get a lot of press. Here's why.

Alice Randall decided to rewrite "Gone With the Wind" from the perspective of the mulatto maid. (Yikes!)

As you can imagine this didn't go over well with many folks. In particular, The Margaret Mitchell Estate was REALLY disturbed by this "illegitimate" interpretation of the hallowed southern classic. In fact, they were disturbed to the tune of a very expensive lawsuit which was eventually settled out of court.

While I can't say for sure whether or not any of the Estate's charges were valid, I do know this.

People have different perspectives on reality. Whether it's the reality of the antebellum South, the reality of abortion, or the reality of gay rights there are a multitude of frames on every issue. More important, these frames affect us. They inform our laws, our journals, our dinner conversation. And that is why it's SO IMPORTANT that diverse stories are told.

Until recently the privilege to tell a story and to frame the important issues of the day has been afforded to a small few - journalists, gatekeepers, media, folks with money and a distribution vehicle.

The good news is that the Internet is now providing an unparalleled opportunity for multiples stories and perspectives to be told.

I'm hear to say, don't get left out! Don't wait for The Press or The Thought Leaders to cover you. Tell your story. Seize the moment. Stake your place!