Note from Beth: I first learned about this project last year, when Shiree Teng, the project leader, interviewed me as part of some research on capacity building consultants that lead to the design of ImpactRising. ImpactRising.org helps to make standards of practice explicit, so that social se
Note From Beth: Last month, I did a webinar for the SalesForce Foundation on measuring social media. The Foundation is offering webinars and publishing white papers for nonprofits. Two recent papers that caught my eye were: "How to Use Social Media for Social Good" and "Build
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a convening of "network practitioners" (consultants and others who are working with or networks of people and organizations on social change goals) at the Packard Foundation and designed and facilitated by consultants Gigi Barsoum and Heather Grant-McLeod.
What creative ways are people using tech for good? The folks at SXSW Interactive want to know! They are seeking the latest and greatest ideas in the social good / nonprofit space, and will reward you for telling them all about it. What is the 2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarship Program?
As part of your organization's digital strategy, you need to create engaging content for your web site, email newsletter, or blog. This content can be easily optimized for social channels like Facebook or Twitter - with a focus on making it visual. And, of course, there are bene
If you have been following me on Twitter, Facebook, this blog or other social media channels, you know that my father passed away several weeks ago.
Online Memorial: July 3, 2013 In Loving Memory of Earl Kanter MD Tweet or Facebook your favorite story about the ocean or share an ocean conservation link with #oceanLoveEarl hashtag My Dad passed away this past week after long and courageous battle with Parkinson's. Please join me
RIP: Earl Kanter, MD Love Never Dies December 23, 1921 - June 23, 2013 After a long and painful battle with Parkinson's disease, my father passed away peacefully this week.
Yesterday, at the Points of Light annual Conference on Volunteering and Service I attended a session called " It's About Science! Unpacking the Relationship Between Volunteering, the Brain and the Body" featuring author Adam Grant, " Give and Take." The session was focused on the connection between volunteering and business benefits.
My second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World co-authored with Katie Delahaye Paine and featuring a foreword by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has been chosen as one of four finalists for the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Points of Light annual Conference on Volunteering and Service kicks off today. Best Selling Author Adam Grant, " Give and Take" will be doing a big session called " It's About Science! Unpacking the Relationship Between Volunteering, the Brain and the Body " on June 20th.
Note from Beth: This one of my favorite photos of a workshop I designed and facilitated at SXSW called "Peer Learning Session for Nonprofit Social Media Managers." The idea was to get folks who do social media for nonprofits sharing best practices about social media adoption and
Note from Beth: Two years ago on this blog, Porter Gale published a guest post asking "Can Social Media Save Lives?" and described how Amit Gupta was leveraging his network and social media to find a bone marrow match. This story became a case study in "Measuring the Networke
Note from Beth: If I could wave a magic wand, and ask for a wish related to my work to come true, it would be this: I'd like to spend a year to attend conferences where I don't know a lot of the content or people and learn and network and blog about the experience.
Note from Beth: I'm thrilled to participate in the LinkedIn Influencer Program where I get to write regular posts about leadership, failure, analytics, big data, presenting, and training from a nonprofit perspective. But even better, I've had a chance to connect with some of the ot
Stanford University lecturer Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen teaches students at Stanford about how to master philanthropy. The author of the book, Giving 2.0, has just released all her teaching notes and syllabi, along with philanthropy library. The idea is simple - by open sourcing her materials, she hopes to inspire more colleges to incorporate courses on philanthropy in their curriculum.
Note from Beth: My friend Porter Gale has just launched a new book called " Your Network is Net Worth." Porter's definition about networking is about charting your own course, following your passions, and making meaningful connections, which in turn increase your happiness and productivity. Her book shares the secrets of how to do this.
Note from Beth: I am looking forward to the NCVS Conference. I will be doing a panel on using social media as part of volunteer recruitment and looking forward to hearing author Adam Grant talk about the ideas in his book, Give and Take.
See3, YouTube and Edelman have released a new report and guide for nonprofits about using video. The report, "Into Focus: Benchmarks for Video and A Guide for Creators," is based on a survey of 500 nonprofits and interviews with experts (including me). The report describes cur
I've been facilitating a peer learning group with Packard Foundation grantees during the past year with a goal of improving measurement practice for social media and based on my book, " Measuring the Networked Nonprofit." Each organization is working on an action learning project that is a small, doable measurement project that applies the frameworks and steps in the book.
A few days ago, I noticed that my long-time nonprofit technology colleague, Ruby Sinreich, had her digital life hacked and stolen from her. The hacker accessed many of her accounts and locked her out, and took over her Twitter, deleting her followers and changing the profile. Chronicled
Last month, Stephanie Evergreen wrote an awesome guest post called "Six Steps to Great Charts" with lots of practical tips for using the Excel chart feature to visualize your social media measurement data. The six steps: Step 1: Which Chart is Best? Step 2: Use Color To Empha
I've been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement. Last week, I came across this excellent deck and blog post from the Knight Foundation's VP of Strategy and Assessment, Mayur H. Patel.
Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be in New Zealand, leading a workshop on social media and I facilitated a module on mindful social media. It seemed very appropriate given that my host, Stephen Blyth, collaborated with Peter Sykes, CEO & Founder at Mangere East Family Service Centre