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  • How to Bring Facebook Fans to Your Nonprofit Blog - Part 2

    Lori Halley 29 January 2010 9 comments
    "How can our nonprofit move the active conversation from our Facebook fan Page to our organization’s own blog‌?" The nonprofit that asked this question might be a small one, but their challenge certainly isn’t! Here's one way to tackle it.
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  • How to Bring Facebook Fans to Your Nonprofit Blog: Part 1

    Lori Halley 21 January 2010 8 comments
    A challenging social media question came in from a very small health-related nonprofit support group, recently: How can we move the active conversation on our Facebook fan Page over to our organization’s blog?
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  • Association Chat (#assnchat) Blog Launched

    Lori Halley 11 January 2010 2 comments
    Launched today, Association Chat’s new blog helps association folks to connect with colleagues in the weekly #assnchat Twitter chat, and extends the conversation's reach from Twitter to the wider Web. Could your own organization and its chapters (or a network of nonprofits that share a common cause) do something similar, to help amplify your own online message?
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  • Showcase Your Members' Videos with YouTube Direct

    Lori Halley 23 November 2009 4 comments
    What if you could display a playlist of member-created videos on your non-profit's website, just like the big mainstream news media websites? YouTube Direct makes it easy.
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  • Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profit & Public Sector Organizations

    Lori Halley 03 November 2009 3 comments
    Jay Moonah's presentation on Social Media Best Practices for Non-Profit & Public Sector Organizations was streamed live online as part of The Canadian Institute’s recent “Managing Social Media” conference recently - but if you missed it, no worries! We’ve got the highlights right here.
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  • 8 Best Free Video-Sharing Sites for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 22 October 2009 14 comments
    Thanks to low-cost cameras, and free or inexpensive software tools, there’s a place for video production within the budget of even small nonprofits and associations. And distributing your videos on the Internet has never been cheaper or easier...
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  • Facebook Groups Get a Page-style Makeover

    Lori Halley 20 October 2009 9 comments
    Facebook has just begun to introduce a new design for its Groups application that looks a lot more like Pages and personal Profiles. "Giving Groups a Stronger Voice" should be good news for the many nonprofit folks frustrated by the limitations of Facebook Groups, compared to what the spiffy new Fan Pages offer.
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  • 100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

    Lori Halley 05 August 2009 39 comments
    Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.
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  • Digital Storytelling with VoiceThread: Create a Collaborative Multi-Media Presentation

    Lori Halley 31 July 2009 1 comments
    VoiceThread, named one of Webware's top 100 web apps for 2008, is an online media album tool that lets a group of people easily add their comments to a collection of images, videos, and documents. Gayle Thorsen has some great ideas for how non-profits can use VoiceThread to engage their supporters in a compelling, collaborative online story — and you’ll have plenty of your own ideas, when you see what VoiceThread can do!
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  • How to Find Local People on Twitter

    Lori Halley 28 July 2009 1 comments
    It’s great to interact with others around the world in social networks — to learn what other organizations are doing, and to reap fresh ideas for your own nonprofit — but what a many small nonprofit often needs most is to connect with potential volunteers and supporters in your own community. Here are a few tools to help you find local Twitter users.
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  • What Have You Done for Me Lately? - Keeping Score in Social Media

    Lori Halley 25 July 2009 15 comments
    Do you ever feel pressured to friend someone on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, simply because they chose to friend or follow you? The expectation of reciprocity can turn a pleasant social media connection into an uncomfortable transaction - sometimes against your best interests.
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  • Free Popcorn: a Case Study in Social Networking

    Lori Halley 13 June 2009 4 comments
    I just received a real-world lesson in social networking done right — and a free bag of popcorn — thanks to Love Your City, a community outreach program by churches across Canada. What does this have to do with using social media to recruit new members to your non-profit? There are a number of lessons here.
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  • 5 Quick Free Ways to Set Up Your Own Chat Room

    Lori Halley 26 May 2009 1 comments
    For quick consultations with colleagues, or staying in touch with your contacts, free instant messaging (IM) services like Google Chat, Skype, AIM, and many others will fit the bill. But if you need a user-friendly way to interact directly with those...
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  • Social Media for Non-Profits: 26 Great Slideshare Presentations You Can Use

    Lori Halley 12 May 2009 20 comments
    Great new presentations on social media are coming out almost daily, and many are directed specifically to the needs of non-profits. But it can be time-consuming to search out those that are up-to-date, actionable, and appropriate to nonprofits. Here's a hand-picked selection of slideshow presentations to get you started.
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  • Is Blogging Right for Your Organization?

    Lori Halley 01 May 2009 2 comments
    Have you been wondering if your organization needs a blog? In this guest post, Michael Faye of AssociaDirect talks about how blogging can help you to connect more effectively with your community of members, and outlines 5 basic considerations in planning...
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