Robbin’ the Rich: Strategies and Ideas for Advancing the Common Good

Connect to Others with a Social Mission Online
29 January, 2008, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Alliances/Collaborations, IT

There are a number of websites that exist to connect nonprofiteers, NGO-workers, and others with a social mission. To name a few:

Social Actions: “Social Actions helps individuals and organizations use social media to plan, implement, and support peer-to-peer social change campaigns.”

Web of Change: “Web of Change is an annual gathering connecting senior leaders working at the convergence of online strategy, technology, and social change.”

Social Edge: “Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.”

Building Movement Project: “[…] the Building Movement project, […] is designed to explore and challenge (1) the current assumptions and expectations of how US-based social change nonprofit organizations should operate and (2) their impact on building larger movements for change.”

WiserEarth: “WiserEarth serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations and individuals addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights and more.”

NetSquared: “Our mission is to spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations.”


To Podcast or Not To Podcast?
27 January, 2008, 9:07 pm
Filed under: IT | Tags: , , ,

This is indeed the question facing many nonprofits today. Podcasts can be an effective way to reach diverse audiences in a cost-sensitive and appealing way. However, many nonprofit workers do not understand how to create a podcast. For a helpful guide about creating a podcast, visit this page.

 For examples of how podcasts can be used effectively to convery information about the nonprofit sector, visit 501c3cast, Nonprofit Law Podcast, About Online Volunteering: Resources Nonprofits Can Use from Macdonald Youth Services, Tactical Philanthropy Podcast, Innovatorz: the Voices of Leading Social Entrepreneurs, and Third Sector New England.

The Fourth Sector — For-Benefit Organizations?
20 January, 2008, 1:59 am
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There is a great deal of discussion about the ever-blurring boundaries among and between nonprofits, for-profits, and governmental organizations. Earned income strategies, cause-related marketing, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurism, and venture philanthropy are all well-known examples of outgrowths of the relations among and between various types of organizations. A popular idea is that eventually a fourth sector will emerge to provide needed services in ways that are influenced and informed by all three sectors.

To read ideas about the Fourth Sector, visit this site. Also, read this paper published by the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund about potential new legal forms for Fourth Sector enterprises. Other interesting papers include this one from the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund about innovative approaches to solving social and economic problems, as well as this one from the Aspen Institute about visions, opportunities, and challenges for the business and nonprofit sectors.

The Leader to Leader Institute

The Leader to Leader Institute brings together leadership resources from all sectors to benefit nonprofit leaders. The Insititute was founded originally as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.

The Innovation in Practice section provides a searchable database of new methods of service delivery for nonprofits. Visit Innovation in Practice.

The Leader to Leader Journal “offers cutting-edge thinking on leadership, management, and strategy written by today’s top thought leaders from the private, public and social sectors.” Visit the Leader to Leader Journal.

For general information about Leader to Leader, visit their homepage.

Venture Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurism: The New Frontiers?

There are myriad interesting articles and studies on the topics of venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurism. These two ideas are examples of the intersections among the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors, both in terms of ideology and practice. To read more about venture philanthropy, visit: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3. To read more about social entrepreneurism, visit: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3.

TechSoup – The Technology Place for Nonprofits
19 January, 2008, 3:37 am
Filed under: IT | Tags: , , , , is a website that sells all sorts of software, as well as hardware, at deeply discounted rates for nonprofits. Some of the software is even available for free! The site also features helpful tips and FAQ’s on IT-related issues for nonprofits. Visit TechSoup.

YouTube It – Reach A Wider Audience Online
18 January, 2008, 8:39 pm
Filed under: IT | Tags: , , ,

YouTube has an excellent and informative video explaining how nonprofits can utilize YouTube effectively. Online videos are a visually-appealing, compelling way to communicate a message to a desired audience. For more information.