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Addicted to Sudoku, Solitaire, Popping Bubbles? Even that can do some good

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Recently, I came across an interesting site.

Twestivals Going Local

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At the beginning of the year, I wrote on this blog about an interesting new concept on Twitter: The Twestival."

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Mobile Tech for Social Change and Micro-volunteering

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Today, I attended "Mobile Tech for Social Change DC", sponsored by Mobile Active and Google. It was a great day full of learning, sharing, and musing with professionals from all walks of life--community organizers, vendors, academics, nonprofit and government professionals, you name it.

When Will The "Twitter" of Mobile Payments Hit Mainstream?

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A colleague recently forwarded me an article from MediaPost about a new study from Pew about the role of mobile web in people’s “digital lives.” Love that phrase, digital lives.).

Where is the Nonprofit "Apprentice"?

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The other day, I was watching a show on Style Network called " Running in Heels." In this show, three interns compete for a position at Marie Claire magazine. What a great promo for the mag, I thought to myself.

A Gen Y Strategy Director in Crisis: The Cell Phone Went Dark

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Recently, I faced a situation that while it has nothing to do with fundraising, upon post traumatic reflection, I think is a good example of the Gen Y mind at work and shows just how reliant we are on technology and have become accustomed to being plugged in.

Why is Feedback's "Open Source" Missing from nonprofits?

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What would make you more likely to purchase a new television? The manufacturer telling you it's the best TV ever made, or reading 20 reviews from consumers who have actually purchased said television and have provided feedback on either the manufacturer's or distributor's site?

Festivals, Twestivals: Twitter gets into fundraising

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Recently, I finally signed up for a Twitter account. For months, I had been holding back, convinced that my network really didn't need to know what I was doing at any given point of my day.

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User-generated video: nonprofits' next frontier

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While more and more nonprofit organizations are starting to utilize videos: links in email appeals, embedded on home pages, uploaded to YouTube, few appear to have a clear video strategy, and even fewer, (none that I can think of), allow users to interact with them through user-generated content.

Museums in Distress

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Every once in a while, I like to write about our fellow fundraisers in the arts, which while still fitting under the umbrella of "nonprofit fundraising" is, as many of us know, a totally different animal.

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Getting to the point, quickly.

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My dad sometimes asks me when I am sending or happen to receive a text message, why I don't just actually call the person, and (gasp) talk to them?!

Environmental Defense Fund hits the mark with Polar Bear Ad.

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I know I promised my next post to be about video, but as I work on that, here is an ad that really caught my attention recently. I saw this on TV and think it is very effective.

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Pre-empted: Catalogs

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I made my first purchase from a catalog more than 10 year ago (gasp!) when I was in high school and somehow got my hands on a Delia's catalog.

Economic Crisis: Gen Y to the Rescue?

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Someone recently asked me in a comment on a different post what I thought about the current economic situation, how it was affecting fundraisers, and in particular, what Gen Y might have to do with all this.

Corporate Do-Gooding the Social Way

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Marketing through corporate "do-gooding" is not a new concept. For several years now GE has been showing us commercials promoting their " ecomagination." BP is no longer British Petroleum but the much less planet-threatening Beyond Petroleum.

Time for Nonprofits' sites to Morph?

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This morning's Research Brief from the MediaPost blogs announced that direct marketing accounted for 53% of 2008 Ad spend. This included data from commercial and nonprofit marketers.) What jumped out at me is that the spend direct and indirect on "New Media and other" was more than half that of DM.

Inspiration: Gen Y Widows

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"Taryn Davis was just 21 years old when her husband was killed in Iraq. As a young widow, she felt bereft and very alone." So began a story about the American Widow Project on NPR's Morning Edition yesterday, Veteran's Day in the U.S.

Does Gen Y Have A Spiritual Side? Part I

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The Dancing Canary

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Have you ever noticed how once you start thinking about something, or notice a pattern, suddenly it's everywhere? Recently, I wondered on this blog about the relationship between Gen Y and Arts-related fundraising.

Accountability

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If someone managed to figure out what motivates people to give, he/she/they would certainly have found fundraising's holy grail. Is it guilt, passion, compassion, belief, faith, memory?

The generational privacy gap

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In a recent discussion with a client about virtual donor walls, the client expressed apprehension that donors would not want their names plastered on the web for all to see, and wondered what implications this might have not only for donors' privacy, but also in terms of identity theft.

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Could Catalogs be Gen Y's Direct Mail?

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A few days back I found a story on Marketing Charts that summarized the findings about Gen Y from Deloitte’s “2007 State of the Media Democracy."

Is voting just a game?

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An article on Yahoo News this week reported that gamers can now register to vote through Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console. I am not a gamer, but if you've ever met one, they are hardcore, and devoted!

Part I: Mobileization: Is it keeping you up at night?

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If the first thing you thought when you read that was "mobileization? Can she not spell? I do want to mobilize my donors and volunteers, but it doesn't keep me up at night." I wouldn't blame you. That's probably what most of us would think.

Wild about the Wild Animal Sanctuary

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Generally, I try not to write about particular nonprofits, but sometimes one just comes along that I have to mention. I particularly love to find out about smaller organizations - just tells me that any of us could do a lot to help the world if we put our mind to it. (I

Barack Obama-Presidential Candidate, Fundraiser Blackbelt

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Anonymity-giving's greatest foe

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The other day, I was standing at an intersection. A man holding a sign was walking between the two rows of cars-"Homeless, please help." When I was younger, I went back and forth about giving money to the homeless-are these people really homeless? How do I know they won't spend the money on drugs?

Part II: The Demographic Time Bomb

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( As a P.S. to this blog post, my "legal" advisor has noted that in order to prevent offending anyone at the Lexington airport, I should have been a little kinder with my assessment of what the airport offers to weary travelers.

Great site, good info, what else could one ask for?

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A few days ago, my most devoted reader (someone I also like to call "mom") sent me a link to a really neat site: the Giving Forum from the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (whew, that was long to type, I wonder if they call themselves FRAG?).

Getting the whole world to sit in on your cause.

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This week while on a very long train ride from DC to see a client's co-vendor up in Connecticut, I was reading my favorite magazine- The Economist - when I came across an article about bloggers, authoritarian governments, and the game of cat and mouse they play with each other.

Are sneezers going to wipe us out?

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Growing up, every little girl dreams of being a. Well whatever it is, I doubt that any little girl or boy grows up thinking to themselves, "When I grow up, I'd like to be a nonprofit direct-response fundraiser!" Almost every I have ever met in this field have taken a zig-zag path to get here.

Fundraising Tycoons in the Making: Trickle Up Fundraising

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Last week I saw a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle about Jewish teenagers in the Bay Area who had raised more than $200,000 that were then distributed as grants to all kinds of great causes and projects like water pumps in Africa.

Sneezing for Donations

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In round 2 of Miriam's whirlwind weekend of conferences, we turn to the Nonprofit Social Networking Symposium hosted by the ePhilanthropy Foundation on Saturday in NYC. First, a shoutout to the organizers-Great Job girls!

Budgeting and measuring online conversations

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Special note: I am updating my blogroll with many of the cool blogs I learned about this week. Keep an eye out for the next week or so for new adds. The last few days have been crazy! I attended 2 conference on social media and web 2.0. Complete information overload.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, is doing it

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There were three interesting items I saw this week that I did not have a chance to blog about earlier, so I figure, what's better than one interesting news item? Three interesting news items!

$2.5 million and you didn't lift a finger

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Last week, an article in the Washington Post reported that since its founding last year, the Facebook and MySpacec "Causes" Applications have raised over $2.5 million for nearly 20,000 non-profits and charities.

Are you a Jetson or A Flintstone?

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"Preparing for the eventual extinction of its DVD-by-mail rental service." is how the article I read about a service I love- Netflix -today on the Washington Post online started.

Generation Who?

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So before we go any further, it’s probably good to pause here and provide a little bit of background on “Generation Y” (aka the Millennials aka the Internet Generation aka Echo Boomers aka Generation Next aka…).

It's a CAUSEWORLD after all!

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I have not posted to this blog for a while, but today I came across something that HAD to be shared! Recently, I received a e-newsletter from one of our clients, and it listed all sorts of ways one could get involved, one of which was "dowloading a Causeworld application." Being the curious bee that I am, I had to go check this out, and I found something totally amazing! So, what is CauseWorld ?

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Democracy 2.0 Summit: The ROI of Gen Y

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This week I am joining us 150 Millennials in Chicago and thousands more on the Web will gather to discuss, debate and act on timely topics and ideas on civic engagement and public policy at the Mobilize.org Democracy 2.0 Award Summit Exploring the Millennial Generation’s ROI. BusinessBoomer will provide live and interactive webcasts from Tuesday, November 17th to Friday, November 20th.