Archive for November, 2010

We’re hiring! Looking for a Business Development Associate

Were looking for a new penguin to join our team!

This year has been quite a ride for us at PICnet, especially with strong pickup in the community of our Non-Profit Soapbox services.  After hiring a new project manager (great to have you aboard, Alex!), we’re continuing our recession-busting expansion.  We’re looking to keep pace with the project inquiries coming in to us on a daily basis, and we could certainly use another set of hands and a sharp mind to keep pace with the proposal writing needed.

Needless to say, we need more hands on deck!  So, we’re hiring for our new Business Development Associate position.

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NTEN Happy Hour Results in Tons of Penguin Photos

I’m now in charge of coordinating the monthly NTEN happy hours. What is NTEN you ask? Well, it’s the non-profit technology network connecting thousands of non-profit workers across the United States.  Here in DC, we have a chapter that meets for educational sessions, poses questions for other members to answer via our listserv, and gathers monthly for social outings.

Last night was the first of many happy hours for the DC NTEN community. We had it at James Hoban’s in Dupont Circle where there were great drink specials and appetizers for all to enjoy.  We had a turnout of about thirty non-profit tech folks but are always welcoming more.

But the best part of the happy hour had to be when Phil, accidental techie of and star of his own youtube videos, showed up to take pictures (but not sign autographs!) for the NTENers.  Check out some pictures below!

I hope Phil can make it to our next happy hour too.  Mark your calendars as it will be Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Mad Hatter on Connecticut Ave. in DC.  See you there!


Soapbox Salon: Podcasts for Your Non-Profit

Thanks to all of you for joining our Soapbox Salon event for November!  For those of you that couldn’t make it, you can check out the slides from our presentation below.  In it, we walk you through why you should consider creating a podcast for your Non-Profit and the steps and best practices to make it happen.   Enjoy!

Soapbox Salon: Podcasts for your Non-Profit

Be sure to keep on the lookout for our next Soapbox Salon!


Putting NYC Charter Schools on the map

The NYC Charter School Center believes that charters are one tool to help build and maintain a great system of public schools for all children in NYC.  They serve as a resource for connecting those schools and the community.

When they approached us about enhancing the site we launched with them earlier this year by creating an interactive, easy-to-manage map that allowed parents to find schools, we jumped at the chance.

Enter Soapbox Mapper, a new tool developed as a powerful add on for the Soapbox platform.  With Soapbox Mapper, parents can search through more than 130 schools by name, location, grade level, school district, and borough quickly and easily to find the right school for their child.

NYC Charter School mapInterested in putting the power of Soapbox Mapper on your site? Contact us to find out more!


Soapbox Throwdown: Sing it, brother!

May we present to you the vocal stylings of Mr. Tony Larson:

Are you not entertained?

Why, you ask? Behold, the history of the Soapbox Throwdown!


Soapbox Throwdown: Votes are in, results have been tallied

The Vote

Three contestants entered. Three sites were featured. Voters flocked to the polls and the results have been tallied:

Soapbox Throwdown Results

The Sites

Sustainable Sudamerica 41%: A socially-responsible business emphasizing environmental sustainable travel, Sustainable Sudamerica offers treks throughout South America.

Bread & Hope 33.3%: Operating in Washington D.C., Bread & Hope provides short-term assistance and long-term strategies out of poverty for those in our nation’s capital.

Truth and Justice Foundation 25.6%: The Truth and Justice Foundation is an internationally-focused organization promoting the rule of law across the globe.

The Contestants

The Victor Alex Budak The Natural Quickly on his way to a Rookie of the Year fall season, the kid lived up to his potential in nabbing first place with Sustainable Sudamerica.

The Middle of the Pack Tim Forbes The Wiley Veteran Not spry enough to claim top prize but wiley and cunning enough to avoid putting his vocal chords on the line, the gray beard of the bunch showed that guile and trickery have their place in the Throwdown with Bread & Hope.

The Songbird Tony Larson The Woolliest PICnetter Like Samson, Larson may have lost valuable strength for the contest with the shearing of his once woollier locks in offering the Truth and Justice Foundation.

The Song

Will it be Bohemian Rhapsody? Baby Got Back? Hips Don’t Lie? Tune in tomorrow to the blog for the answer and the vocal stylings of Mr. Tony Larson.


Soapbox Throwdown: Voting closes at noon ET today

The time is nigh to decide victor and vanquished in the inaugural Soapbox Throwdown. Let your voice be heard!

VOTE NOW before polls close at noon Eastern.


Soapbox Throwdown: Have you cast your ballot? Voting closes Monday at noon Eastern

With the inaugural Soapbox Throwdown voting underway, PICnetters are exhaustively researching the best and worst karaoke songs of all time in preparation for the losing contestant’s cringe-worthy vocal performance to be posted on this blog next week.

Voting closes Monday at noon Eastern. Will it be the Natural, the Wiley Veteran, or the Woolliest PICnetter to quake before the camera?  Your vote decides.

Review the sites and vote for your favorite!


Soapbox 2.2.0 Release: Create powerful maps to convey your message and mission

Some nonprofits stories don’t fit fully within the confines of words and sentences.  To convey the scope of their activities, they need to offer not just the what but the where.  They want to do more than tell.  They want to show.

We’re suckers for a good story and want to provide the tools you need to weave a good one.  That’s why we’ve created Soapbox Mapper, a powerful add on service for Soapbox that allows you to take your story to a whole new dimension – from north to south and east to west – with interactive and searchable maps customizable to meet your needs.

Soapbox Mapper screen shot

Interested in learning more about how Soapbox Mapper can open whole new directions for your nonprofit’s website? Check out the Soapbox Mapper overview and demo site.

Ready to chart a new direction for your site with Soapbox Mapper? Contact us today!


New Site Launch: Who’s Watching What? GAP – Food Integrity Campaign

dinner-pizzaEver wonder which government agencies oversee the items that end up on your dinner table? Well, as you may have guessed, the answer to that question isn’t so simple. For example, a slice of pizza? Well that depends on whether the slice has meat on it or not. I’m no expert on the matter, so let me leave it to the folks at the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign to explain:

Easy one! The FDA. Wait, the USDA! Wait! Actually, it depends on what’s on your pizza. Does your pizza have meat on it? If so, the USDA is regulating it. Plain cheese? The FDA gets that slice of the pie! Under the system, each agency performs its own pizza inspections. The USDA inspects meat pizza plants daily. Meanwhile, the FDA will inspect the same plant’s cheese pizza every one to five years. Does that make any sense?

Hmm, yeah, I’m still confused, but that’s the point! That’s why I’m so glad to roll out the red carpet for one of our newest Soapbox sites:!

For those of you keeping track, you may remember was mentioned here a little less than a year ago when we launched their main soapbox site. That’s why we were so pleased when the Government Accountability Project approached us shortly thereafter about putting together a second site for their new Food Integrity Campaign. Anytime an existing client comes back looking for additional work, we couldn’t be happier, but in this case I was double excited just because it seemed like such a fun project. Read more »