Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 134

Charity:Water Sends Personal Video Thank Yous


Four years ago,  charity:water launched its September birthday fundraiser where it asked its supporters and friends to give up their birthdays and ask for donations instead of gifts.

Every year, the fundraising campaign involved more people and successfully raised more money using social fundraising tactics and channels.  … Read More

Rethinking Books: Buy A Good Book for A Good Cause


Not too long ago Seth Godin announced on his blog that he was going to reinvent the way books were published and read with The Domino Project.   In his words:

The notion of the paper book as merely a package for information is slowly becoming obsolete.

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Measuring the Return on Relationships


Note from Beth: A few weeks ago,  I suggested that nonprofits stop using the phrase “ROI” or questions like “What’s the Return?” and ask “What’s the Change?”   I had a quick chat with Claire about this idea and invited her write a guest post to celebrate the launch of her new book, Twitter for Good – which is filled with great insights and practical advice about making Twitter power your nonprofit’s mission.

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On Networks, Love, and Death: Cookie Love


I first started reading “Cog Dog Blog” by Alan Levine since his first post in 2003,  ”I Blog Therefore I Am.”    Although he was blogging about how to integrate social media into education and the classroom, his ideas have always been transferable to nonprofits.  … Read More

Can Stories Be Data?


Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?   Do numbers only matter?

There are lots of debates in the amazing world of measurement and learning.

The only valid data is quantitative data
Real time analysis is not useful because it is drive by analysis
Make data-driven decisions only, don’t trust your gut ever
Only measure impact, not process

And so it goes ……

Yesterday I came to the conclusion that it isn’t an either/or, but a both/and.  … Read More