Google has announced a new program for nonprofits, which they say will include a grant for adwords, exclusive tools, and collaboration forums. “Instead of applying to each Google product individually,” nonprofits can apply for a suite of tools here, according to Google’s blog posts.

For further details including video presentations, see:

http://www.google.com/nonprofits/

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/youre-changing-world-we-want-to-help.html

http://www.fastcompany.com/1739527/google-announces-new-service-for-nonprofits

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UNDP has just launched a new Human Development Index tool on Google! Not only is this a tangible way to visualize global human development statistics on gender, income, education, human security and more, but the data could be used for organizational objectives (logical frameworks), grant applications, development proposals, and evaluation and monitoring tools, and more.  Definitely, a valuable tool for all working so hard in international development.  Here is the link: http://hdr.undp.org/en/

StartSomeGood is a team comprised of four UCLA Bruins and an Aussie. The Bruins met while camping out for UCLA basketball games, and the co-founders met while working at Ashoka. All are connected by their passion for social entrepreneurship, and their dream of empowering people, anywhere and everywhere, to “do good” in the world.  Thus, they created www.StartSomeGood.com which connects social entrepreneurs with the financial and intellectual capital they need to transform an idea for improving the world into a reality, turning ideas into action and impact.

There are no shortages of problems in the world, and no shortage of people with ideas to address them, yet often people with brilliant ideas lack the resources that they need to get started.  Therefore, StartSomeGood provides social entrepreneurs with a platform to raise start-up funds and build a community of supporters — all in a fun, engaging and community-driven way.

Their site taps into the power of the crowd (aka, the “crowdfunding” model), allowing social entrepreneurs to ask for small amounts of money from supporters from around the world, in addition to providing social entrepreneurs with the tools to update their supporters, provide unique rewards in exchange for support, and run multiple campaigns over time.  Since there are several other valuable crowdfunding sites, they even encourage you to compare with other crowdfunding sites and see if StartSomeGood is the best option for you and your business:  http://startsomegood.com/Help/Difference

www.StartSomeGood.com was created specifically to make it easier for people to conceive, share and raise funds for innovative approaches to community problems and opportunities.  I recommend you visit their site today and check out some of the current campaigns: from SpeechForGood (a mobile app that connects people with their speech therapy while giving 20% back to clinics in the developing world) to urban agriculture projects in LA to community fitness programs which are addressing child obesity.

You can contact them directly at hello@startsomegood.com.

 

Key Findings From the 2009 Middleberg / SNCR Survey of Media in the Wired World

Author
Jennifer McClure
Don Middleberg

Society for New Communications Research
Publication Date
February 1, 2010

Summary

The Second Annual Middleberg/SNCR Survey of Media in the Wired World examines: 1) how journalists are adopting these new social media and citizen journalism tools and technologies, and 2) their attitudes about how social media and citizen journalism are affecting their profession. The study found growth in the use of these tools across all their data sets, in contrast to the 2008 study in which uptake was higher among younger versus older journalists.

* “Nearly 70 percent of journalists are using social networking sites, a 28% increase since the 2008 study
* 48 percent are using Twitter or other microblogging sites and tools, a 25% increase since 2008
* 66 percent are using blogs
* 48 percent are using online video
* 25 percent are using podcasts
* More than 90 percent of journalists agree that new media and communications tools and technologies are enhancing journalism to some extent”

“…91 percent of respondents agreed that new media and communications tools and technologies are enhancing journalism. Journalists that participated in the study reported that they are increasingly using social media to disseminate news, find story ideas and sources, monitor sentiments and discussions, research individuals and organizations, keep up on issues and topics of interest and participate in conversations. Additionally, journalists’ perception of the credibility of most social media channels is increasing. Nearly 80 percent of respondents agreed that new media and communications technologies allow them to report with greater accuracy, and 80 percent of journalists believe that bloggers have become important opinion shapers in the 21st century and many are increasingly incorporating citizen-generated media into their reporting.”

Click here to read this document in PDF format.

In order to expand our professional portfolio and create more connections with peer nonprofit organizations, 501(c)ommunications is currently doing some pro bono, project-based communications and marketing work with selected candidates. For example, we are currently working with Answer, a program created by the Rutgers University Center of Applied Psychology, on a social media marketing campaign.

About 501(c)ommunications:

Basically, 501(c)ommunications is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable, and multi-skilled communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and/or under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing, communications, and IT work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. We do everything from branding to project management.

Therefore, if you have a specific communications or marketing project that needs to be done yesterday, I suggest you contact me to see if your organization and your project qualify as a pro bono candidate.

For more information, contact me at Kelly@501communications.org

Well, I put out the energy I find work that was (a) meaningful to me, (b) fully utilized my 15 years of domestic and international NGO working experience, (c) allowed me to use my multi-media communications skills, especially writing, as a tool for education and positive change, and (d) allowed me to work, from anywhere in the world, on a variety of critical issues. And thus, 501(c)ommunications appeared.

Therefore, yesterday, I officially joined 501(c)ommunications, based in DC, which serves various 501c3-status organizations across the country. Basically, 501(c)ommunications (http://www.501communications.org/) is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing and communications work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. This is an economically savvy alternative, with various compensation options, to meeting an organization’s immediate, short and long-term PR, marketing and communications needs, when the budget does not allow in-house staff or team.

From branding to web design, content and maintenance; from e-CRM to online marketing and advertising; from e-newsletters to print publications; from old skool press releases to fact sheets–501(c)ommunications, among the 5 of us, will do it all. This also includes planning, consulting, and project management.

My new role is as sales advocate and consultant. If you have any questions about how we can work with your organization, please contact me at my new email address: Kelly@501communications.org

Pura vida,
Kelly N Patterson

The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change

Publication Date
March 1, 2009
Summary

This is a free, download-able, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators working with local organisations to function and develop in more healthy, human, and effective ways. The guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories, and activities. Its purpose is to help stimulate and enrich the practice of anyone supporting organisations and social movements in their challenges of working, learning, growing, and changing to meet the needs of our complex world. Although it is aimed at leaders and facilitators of civil society organisations, it is also designed to be useful to anyone interested in fostering a healthy human organisation in any sphere.

Contents include the following:

* Chapter 1 – Shaping our World:
New ways of looking at organisations and social change
* Chapter 2 – Inside Out:
Towards understanding ourselves, other people, and how we change
* Chapter 3 – People to People:
Creating and working with relationships in organisations
* Chapter 4 – Through the Looking Glass:
Observing and understanding organisations
* Chapter 5 – Stepping into the Unknown:
Facilitating change in organisations
* Chapter 6 – Finding a Home for Change:
Supporting, grounding, and sustaining change
* Chapter 7 – Staying Alive to Change:
Learning and innovating in organisations

Click here to access this document in PDF format in chapters or the entire resource.
Publisher
Barefoot Collective
Number of Pages

171
Contact
Doug Reeler
Community Development Resource Association (CDRA)

P.O. Box 221
Woodstock
South Africa
Tel: 027 21 462 3902
Fax: 027 21 462 3918
CDRA website
doug@cdra.org.za
for direct links: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/296953/348