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Top 5 summer iPhone apps for the nonprofit communicator


I know… some of you might be saying… “iPhone apps? What about Android and Blackbery?” Well, here at the Workshop a majority of us are iPhone users. But, we would love to hear what apps you are using on other platforms. Add your comments below!

Here’s what we love using lately… Read the rest of this entry »

Get your Nonprofit Brand Page set up on Google+

The Workshop is now on Google+, are you? Google+ (beta) has been up for some time now with a lot of us asking questions regarding it’s practical use to further reach out and engage with audiences. For nonprofits, the opportunity to directly engage with our audiences jumped one step further. Just the other day, the search giant announced the ability for organizations, businesses, nonprofits and more to create their own Brand Page. Read the rest of this entry »

The Promised Land of the Webinar

Special skills to talk on the phone? Are you crazy?

As Community Media Workshop has dipped a toe and then a foot and then a bit more in the webinar water, it seems like a good moment to reflect on what we’ve learned so far about the potential and the problems of connecting with nothing but a phone and a computer

We’ve learned that sometimes you get what you pay for (but free is good) and that yes, it does pay to have a bit of learning–ideally beyond just the basic learning that comes from the school of experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Best books for nonprofit communicators

I cross posted this at the Making Media Connections conference site

Pulling together a list of books for the bookseller’s table at Making Media Connections. Reams of reports on communications and other great resources are fresh and new:

  • Simon Perazza drew my attention to this one from Arts Work Fund, for arts groups, here
  • last fall’s evaluating communications guide under the auspices of the Communications Network by Edith Asibey here (you will need to scroll down to the 3rd item on the page),
  • Ford Foundation’s GrantCraft is producing a report on strategic communications next month, too

But we don’t have much between covers on our field.

Since we are having a book seller at our conference who helpfully asked us–what kind of books would your attendees find useful? we did some brainstorming but I suspect we are missing a few gems. Read the rest of this entry »

Aww, we’re (nonprofits) so great

Do you get email from Minnesota’s Fieldstone Alliance?

The tips from the agency, a publisher and training provider and home of Kellogg Action Lab, are on point (full disclosure, we are a “college of consultants” member of the Lab, not that anyone has ever contacted us about training through it or anything).

Fieldstone staff put some work into their enewsletter, “News You Can Use,” and it shows. Good links, good advice, not like “go do this” but “here’s something to think about” and you think, “yes, I should think about that.” I know, we all have a lot of those, but more ideas is better, no? 

Today, editor Rebecca Post riffs on Facebook to write “25 Random Things that Make the Nonprofit Sector Great.” Print and put in wallet for next time Uncle Ted or whoever asks what the hell you do and why you think it’s so special or whatever, or you’re asked with whatever level of politeness why you don’t get a real job. Check the links if you don’t know the groups she cites. And pat yourself on the back, you deserve it. Oh, and if you want to get more tips on nonprofit management, you can sign up for the email list here.


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