Archive for December, 2012

Good news for nonprofit budgets: Small, low cost ideas can make a world of difference

Ever mourn the fact that your nonprofit doesn’t have bags and bags of money to spend to meet your mission? Possibly wishing that upcoming 2013 budget were bigger?

Take a few minutes to watch this great TED video that came our way recently and be encouraged by Rory Sutherland:


Data import tips for Salesforce and the Nonprofit Starter Pack

If you’re looking to import data into Salesforce for your nonprofit organization, there are a number of training resources you have at your disposal from and the Foundation. Read more »


Three lessons on nonprofit SEO from my eBay experience

SEO and eBayAs a Project Manager at PICnet, I often give clients advice on how to optimize their web content for search engines. However, when posting some items to eBay the other day, I realized just how easy it is to make fatal Search Engine Optimization (SEO) flaws.

After spending a fairly tedious two hours posting nine items to eBay, here is what I have been reminded of when writing content for the web: Read more »


Sandy Hook, Mister Rogers, and why I work in non-profit technology

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Make a splash with social media for your nonprofit

From time to time, we like to share videos that have caught our eye on topics related to nonprofits and the web with bonus points awarded if they’re funny and memorable. This is a great one from a TED talk by Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit.

Enjoy and ask yourself this: what is your organization’s Mr. Splashy Pants?


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B Corporations Helping B Corporations: Back to the Roots

As many of you know, PICnet is a B Corporation, a socially responsible business with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. We’re grateful to be a part of an amazing group of businesses who are similar-minded.

One of those businesses is PICnet-client Back to the Roots (BTTR). Back to the Roots was founded by two UC Berkeley students, Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora, who were inspired to make a product from used coffee grounds. What they came up with was a mushroom kit where, in as little as 10 days, you can grow your own mushrooms from your kitchen windowsill! Skeptical? I was too…until we experimented in the DC office and got fabulous results. I even made myself a mushroom and cheese omelet with mushrooms from the kit! Read more »


Four reasons to track both client and donor data in Salesforce

One emerging approach we’ve witnessed in the nonprofit space is the manner of Salesforce adoption within organizations. Many organizations are taking a segmented approach to adoption with one department electing to use it and others not. Often the split falls between program and fundraising teams.

There are obvious reasons for this. Legacy systems are involved that vary from department to department. The reasons inspiring adoption by one team will not necessarily apply to the other. Change is difficult for one department let alone an entire organization. And Salesforce adoption is often driven by a key champion within the organization affecting a single department first rather than the entire organization.

Data silos
Photo: dsearls on Flickr

While the reasons for segmented adoption are clear, here are four compelling reasons why organizations would do well to push further to more comprehensive adoption and break out of their data silos: Read more »


Top 10 reasons to complete the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Spending Survey

NTEN logoNTEN is conducting the 7th annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey in order to provide both benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions and practices among nonprofit organizations.

Just in case your finger isn’t jumping to click the link to complete the survey just yet, here are ten reasons why you should (drum roll, please)…

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Customizing a Twitter Tweet Button for your nonprofit website

Does your website have social sharing buttons like ShareThis or AddThis but you find yourself wanting something more customized for a given situation?

Maybe you want a big button on your donation thank you page that encourages people to share the fact that they just supported your organization. Or one on an event reservation confirmation view to say they’re coming to your shindig. Read more »


PHOTO: Love for nonprofit accidental techies wearing many hats well

Know any nonprofit accidental techies wearing many hats and wearing them well? Maybe even you? Spread a little love by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, if the mood strikes.

Nonprofit Accidental Techies: Wearing them all and wearing them well


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