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Pinterest and privacy

I was planning to check out Pinterest to see what the buzz is about, but their privacy policy gives me the creeps. I can only sign up by linking a Pinterest account to my Facebook or Twitter account. The description on the Twitter link page says this allows them to: Read Tweets from your timeline. […]

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Predictions for Nonprofit Fundraising Technology in 2012

NTEN published my somewhat snarky predictions for nonprofits’ use of fundraising technologies in 2012. My overall predictions are that most things will be pretty much the same as last year (and 2010 and 2009, etc.): many nonprofits will struggle with out-of-date systems.  No surprise — many will also lack the funding to replace them.  But […]

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Getting RSS Feeds Via Email

Do you want to be alerted when certain blogs or Twitter feeds are updated?  The surest way for me to be sure see new items is to have them delivered as email messages.  Some blogs offer email subscriptions, but most don’t.  However, I found a way to do this even for feeds that don’t offer […]

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Feed My Inbox — RSS feeds by email

Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks: I like to get information by email.  I prefer listserves over online forums and email to IM.  And I don’t like having to look at a web page/feed reader every day to find out whether anything new has appeared on an RSS feed.  I want information to come to me […]

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Facebook Causes: Not a Cash Cow (Yet)

The recent analysis of giving through Facebook Causes by The Washington Post was not encouraging. It found that only a fraction of the 179,000 nonprofits that signed up for the Causes application have brought in even $1000, and only two have brought in over $100,000. A recent survey published by NTEN, Common Knowledge, and ThePort […]

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Optimize Your Web Pages

Do you know about Google’s Website Optimizer? It’s a free tool that allows you to test how different versions of the same web page perform. The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a brief article (subscription required) describing how the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program used Website Optimizer to determine which of three versions […]

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No One Likes Your Web Site

Seems like everyone’s taking potshots at nonprofit Web sites these days. A few weeks ago I wrote about Jakob Nielsen’s study of nonprofit Web site usability. He found that 47% of the sites studied had problems relating to page and site design; users couldn’t find where to make a donation on 17% of the sites; […]

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Jakob Nielsen Thinks Your Web Site Sucks

Well, maybe it doesn’t exactly suck, but potential donors can’t figure it out. In a recent study of nonprofit Web sites, usability guru Jakob Nielsen asked participants "what information they want to see on nonprofit Web sites before they decide whether to donate?" The most heavily requested information was: read more

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Anatomy of My Web Site

Several friends who have decided to explore WordPress have asked how I built my site. Here are the steps I went through: 1) I hired a designer, Robyn Smith ( Robyn installed WP on my existing web host ( Fortunately, they offered support for WP, since I was paid up for the year. I decided […]

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Fundraising Survival Guide

Network for Good recently published The 2008 Online Fundraising Survival Guide: 12 Winning Strategies to Survive & Thrive in a Down Economy. This 45-page guide includes sections on avoiding “the four most common fundraising mistakes,” answering the four questions required to get a donation (Why Me? Why Now? What For? and Who Says?), optimizing your […]

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