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About Beth


Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.  Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing.  Beth is an internationally recognized trainer who has developed and implemented effective sector capacity building programs that help organizations integrate social media, network building, and relationship marketing best practices.  Beth is an expert in facilitating online and offline peer learning, curriculum development based on traditional adult learning theory, and other instructional approaches.  She has trained thousands of nonprofits around the world.

She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that introduced the nonprofit field to a new way of working in an age of connected networks.    Her second book,  Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,  with Co-Author KD Paine, was published in October, 2012 and awarded the Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award for 2013.  Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon and used in college courses around the world.

She was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”  She is Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2013.  She was a Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.

A frequent contributor to many nonprofit technology web sites, blogs, and magazines, Beth has authored chapters in several books, including “Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders,” edited by NTEN both published in 2009 and the 2011 Craigslist Bootcamp Nonprofit Management Guide to be published by J Wiley in 2011.

A much-in-demand trainer, Beth was the keynote speaker for the Cambodian Bloggers Conference in Phnom Penh, The Connecting Up Conference in Brisbane, Australia, State Department’s Tech@State Conference, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits, Making Media Conference in Chicago and many others. She has presented about nonprofits and social media at some of the leading social media industry conferences including O’Reilly’s Graphing Social Patterns, Gnomedex, SXSW, Blogher, Podcamp, and many others.

Beth has designed and deliver workshops that include interactive key notes,  90 minute “sprints”, half-day, one-day, two-day and for international projects, week long training programs.

She is currently working with the Knight Foundation to design and facilitate a Peer Learning Exchange with Community Foundation Partners on hosting Giving Days.

She is served as the instructional designer for the E-Mediat project, a networked approach to capacity building of NGOs to use social media the Middle East.  She curated NTEN’s “We Are Media: Nonprofit Social Media Starter Kit,” an online community of people from nonprofits who are interested in learning and teaching about how social media strategies and tools can enable nonprofit organizations to create, compile, and distribute their stories and change the world.



Beth Kanter:  Thought Leader in Goodwill Fundraising in Forbes by Shel Israel

Beth Kanter:  The New Nonprofit is Transparent in Fast Company


Awards and Recognition

100 Most Influential Tech Women on Twitter

UN Foundation’s List of Top Social Good Bloggers

Tops the Nonprofit-A List of Bloggers

Top of the list of 50 best social good tweeters

KRED List of Top Social Media Bloggers

Traackr A-List Nonprofit Marketing

All Top Nonprofit List

Nonprofit Technology


50 Educational Social Media Rock Stars

Top Blogs To Read in 2012 by Neal Schaffer

Number 4 on the 2010 SXSW Top Influencers List
AdAge Power 150 Marketing Blogs

Twitter Power 150 List

Twenty Best Social Media and Marketing Blogs by Market like a Chick and on Forbes.com
Twenty Leading Women in Social Media by Media Style
Named one of BusinessWeek’s Social Media Innovators Stephen Baker
One of the World’s First Social Networkers by BusinessWeek Stephen Baker
The Most Influential Women in Technologyby Fast Company – Lynne D Johnson
Top 10 Speakers at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference 2008
NTC People’s Choice Award 2008 – Person In Nonprofit Tech Field Most Likely To Go For Advice
NTEN Prize 2007 – Most Valuable Person in NpTech Field
The 150 Top Social Media Blogs (I’m #44) by ecarin
100 Awesome Blogs By Women
50 Most Influential Women Bloggers (I’m 29)
What Makes Beth Kanter A Successful Social Networker by Dan Morrill, Techwag
Ten Pioneering Women of Web 2.0 by Allison Kapin, Huffington Post

Recent Interviews and Press Mentions

The ALS IceBucket Challenge:  NPR Morning Edition

Nonprofits Get the Most from Social Media with Metrics – Interview in MIT Sloan Management Review

Is Remote Working Worth It? HP Blog

George Town Center for Social Impact Communications with John Trybus
Nonprofits Find Social Media Presents Challenges, NPR interview

Ning Planning To Remain Free for Teachers, quote in New York Times
Leveraging Social Media for Social Good, interview with Campaign India
Communications Network, Interview with Susan Herr
Digital Speakeasy, Pepsico/SXSW interview with Zadi Diaz
Social Media and the Bottom of the Pyramid Interview with Saabira Chaudhuri at MINT in India.
Should Nonprofit Leaders Have Ghostwriters?, Peter Panepento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Interview in India Information Week
Social Media Plays a Star Role in Haiti Efforts for Better or Worse from Dallas Morning News
5 Ways Social Networking Strengthens a Campaign Discovery News
Reporter’s Roundtable Charity 2.0 Podcast
The World, PRI – Text Donations Aid Haitian Relief
Text Campaign Raises Millions for Haiti Relief, David Louie, Channel 7/ABC News, San Jose/SF
Interview for Rule 53 Podcast
GIVEmn Raises $14 Million in 24 Hours, Minnesota Tribune (Quote)
Interview with Coach Judy Nelson on BlogTalk Radio

Fast Company Blog: Leverage Your Twitter Network
Is Social Networking the Next Big Thing? AFP Blog and Convio
An Interview with David Cohn with comment here
An Interview with Alex Steed at the Make Something Happen Blog
An Interview with Shel Israel
An Interview with Jon Udell
An Interview with Alex Krotoski, Guardian Tech Weekly Podcas
Wall Street Journal Article
YouTube Interview
Global Voices Online: Social Media and Outreach: Nonprofits Are Key
Go Big Always, Ten Female Thought Leaders Bioled Down
CauseWired, Raising Money Online Takes Leadership
.ORG 2.0 Blog – An Interview