Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 239

Microsoft’s Networked Approach To Accelerating Social Change Through Technology

Philanthropy

Ed Granger-Happ, Nethope; Claire Bonilla, Disaster Response Microsoft; Daniel Ben-Horin, TechSoup Global, Vida Durant, CARE USA

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to attend Microsoft’s  “Accelerator Summit,” a day of conversation with Microsoft employees, partners, academics,  journalists, and bloggers about their corporate citizenship program.   … Read More

Actionable Listening: Learning from Watching Other Nonprofits

Listening, Tips, Tools and Tactics

Actionable listening on social media channels means transforming a “river of noise” into insights that are actionable.   That is, you gain insight, can make a decision, or do something.   Listening can help your organization craft conversation starters, figure out how to best start engaging,  identify social content that you can incorporate into your content strategy, identify potential brand ambassadors,  or address a potential crisis early in the game.… Read More

What’s the ROI of Online Voting and Fundraising Contests?

Fundraising, Strategy

Source:  Extreme Foods

For the third and final Conversational Case Study on America’s Giving Challenge from Allison Fine and I, we  pose a question rather than answer one: Is there a “special sauce” for successful participation in online fundraising contests?  … Read More

Minnesota Open Idea: Crowdsourcing Contest For Social Change Done Right

Case Studies, Philanthropy

The Minnesota Open Idea is an example of an online social good contest that works.  It combines expert judging with popular vote, online strategy with good old fashion off line organizing, links objectives to a theory of change, and incorporates a fun and engaging way for people to learn about and take action on a timely community problem.  … Read More

9 Ways Nonprofits Can Excel Using Social Media

Conferences, Tips

I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Bay Area Microsoft/TechSoup Global  Connection Day on Monday.   This post summarizes the content I shared in my presentation and offers some reflection on the conversational keynote.… Read More