Posts Tagged ‘nonprofit’

In a previous posting about Social Justice Networks, I profiled NetSquared, a nonprofit helping community organizers improve their communities through technology. NetSquared had coordinated a world-wide network of local groups organized around the idea of Internet-based meet-ups…using online social media to connect people with common community concerns. I attempted to join and participate in my local community’s group, however, even after reaching out to them multiple times…I have never been contacted back.

I am happy to see, however, that NetSquared has recognized the intrinsic difficulties in online organizing and recently released an open letter to their organizing groups. To read this letter and learn more about NetSquared, go to Open Letter at http://netsquared.org/blog/vanessa-rhinesmith/open-letter-netsquared-local-organizers-0

Another of my favorite website’s that are advancing technology and its use for social change is the Organizer’s Collaborative, a Boston-based group that provides technology, tools and training, especially focusing on open-source and low-cost technology. They have a fantastic blog on their website and are engaged in several projects making technology available to grassroots organizations to increase their capacity.

Organizers Database

One of the projects that the Organizer’s Collaborative sponsors is the Organizers Database. For the small to medium nonprofit, it is very effective fundraising software. It’s free to download, runs on Windows and is easy to use. It manages emails and addresses, generates labels, prints thank you letters and incorporates custom codes to target your appeals. The website also includes an active Forum and Organizer’s Collaborative also offers very low cost support if you are a very inexperienced user of these kinds of databases.


One of my favorite sites that I have used for over 10 years is the amazing  Free Management Library,    updated and maintained by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. The Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles covering over 650 topics with over 10,000 links. What I like about the Library is that there are articles for the individual’s professional growth and also provides articles and resources to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Library Content

I really like how the Library focuses on free resources and information that you can quickly use and apply to your work. The Library topics are soup to nuts for professional and personal development…covering Jobs, Facilitation, Work-Life Balance, and Problem-Solving, to mention a few. The Library also has a wealth of resources that address Organizational Development, Starting a Non-profit, Fundraising and Employee Management & Development. The Library also has an extensive list of blogs hosted by experts in each topic with opportunities for posts from guest writers. Again, the blogs are practical in nature, focusing on tools and tips. The other piece of the Library I like is the list of Free Management Training Programs, which provides links to free, online training programs that provide free materials and ways to confirm your learning.

So you get an idea of extensive the Library is, I have provided one of the topic lists for Fundraising:

Fundraising Basics
Are You Ready for Fundraising?
Fundraising Laws and Ethics
Fundraising Leadership: Board, Development Directors and Others
Development Staff: Defining, Hiring, Evaluating and Firing)
Direct Appeals
Grants: Foundation and Corporate
Grants: Government (Public Grants)
Special Events
Annual Funds
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Capital Campaign and Endowment Fundraising
Fundraising Online (including social media, online malls, corporations that accept online proposals)
Fundraising Software
Donor Communications, Feedback and Recognition
Fundraising Planning (Tying It All Together)
Hiring Fundraisers and Paid Solicitors

General Resources
Library’s Fundraising Blog

Additional Resources
Free, Online, Self-Paced Program to Completely Build/Strengthen Your Nonprofit
Basic Guide to Nonprofit Program Design and Marketing
Nonprofit Grantseeking Resources