Do you accept donations online? According to a recent study published by researchers M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) from the US, online fundraising increased by 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. If the US market is anything to go by, nonprofit organizations around the world should take their cue from this trend and spend time thinking about their online fundraising strategy. Even if widespread Internet connectivity is a few years off in your country, laying the foundation now could set you up to be ahead of the curve when online donations become more popular. In this issue, we bring you research, cool tools and case studies that will help you capture those online donations.
Discover • Research on Online Advocacy, Fundraising & Social Media M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) released their sixth annual eNonprofit Benchmarks Study of what is working today in online advocacy, fundraising and social networking. The study is based on primary research with 44 participating nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, Planned Parenthood and the World Wildlife Fund. All of the nonprofits covered fall under the categories of environmental, international, human rights, wildlife, animal welfare and other causes. eNonprofit Benchmark Study & Infographic • Integrating Fundraising with Constitute Relationship Management (CRM) StratusLIVE® is a comprehensive nonprofit fundraising and donor management software solution developed on the Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM platform. This whitepaper and case study help bring to life the benefits of integrating fundraising solutions and CRM. StratusLive Whitepaper United Way Case Study • Tools for Fundraising on Social Media Socialbrite, a consultancy offering social tools for social change, shares information on cool tools for fundraising with social media. Fundraising Tools Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
Friend-to-Friend Fundraising Enlist your supporters to fundraise for you. A number of online tools make it easy for staff, or anyone eager to help your organization, to set up individual donation pages to engage friends and family in a fundraiser. In this article, Idealware outlines expert advice on tools and best practices that make this fundraising technique work. Best Practices • Enabling International Donations Tech solution ammado connects nonprofits, companies and individuals dedicated to positive change. Their global donations and engagement platform allows nonprofits to accept donations from all around the world — in more than 75 currencies and through all major and many local payment methods. Accepting Worldwide Donations TechCrunch Article on ammado • Nitty Gritty of Online Donations This detailed Webinar, offered by Comodo and Techsoup, will outline exactly what’s required to make online fundraising a reality for your organization. Webinar: Make it Easy to Give: Taking Online Donations
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day". Upcoming dates: Friday, June 15, 2012 - Seoul, Korea For more information, contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. • The International Computer Refurbishing Summits are coming to Asia-Pacific August 1 to 2 - Sydney, Australia August 6 to 7 - Singapore Bringing together industry-related individuals and businesses in the computer recycling and reuse fields, the conferences are a unique opportunity for refurbishers to come together to share best practices, learn from each other and discuss new developments in the industry. Click here to register for the Sydney event. Click here to register for the Singapore event.
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How often do you use your mobile phone? According to IDC research, there are more than 5.9 billion mobile subscribers in the world today, and last year alone, total smartphone shipment volumes reached 491.4 million units. Growth in the mobile market is led by China and India, which now accounts for more than 30 percent of world subscriptions. Given these statistics, one could argue that if your nonprofit does not have a mobile strategy, you're missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with your beneficiaries, donors, volunteers and other stakeholders. Read on to learn more about the role of mobile in social change.
Wireless Technology for Social Change The UN and Vodafone Foundations produced a white paper which provides an overview of trends in mobile use in the nonprofit sector. Case studies span the globe showing innovations in global health, humanitarian assistance and environmental conservation.Trends in NGO Mobile Use
• The Potential of Mobile for Nonprofits
In this TEDTalk, Paul Conneally of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies shares his perspective on digital humanitarianism which developed in the wake of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Examples of the power of mobile span the globe and show the future potential of mobile tech to allow humanitarian and other nonprofit organizations to empower grassroots communities, and deliver results faster and cheaper than ever before. (TED, a nonprofit started in 1984, is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design.)Watch this TEDTalk
• Why & How Nonprofits are Using Text Messaging
Text messaging can be a far-reaching tool for immediate engagement. This paper provides an analysis of mobile advocacy and mobile fundraising metrics through a benchmarking survey written by M+R Strategic Services and MobileActive.org.Non-Profit Text Messaging BenchmarksInterested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
The Potential of Windows Phone Windows Phone 7.5 delivers smarter and easier mobile apps, web and communication.Discover the Windows Phone Explore how to use Microsoft Office on Windows Phone and how to save to the cloud using Skydrive in www.live.com. Using Office on the Windows Phone
• Skype on your Windows Phone
Make and receive voice/video calls and instant messages to anyone else using Skype on your Windows Phone. Use your Skype account for free at home, at work or on-the-go (WiFi connection or mobile data plan required). Read this article and download the Beta app for your phone.Download the appSkype for Windows Phone available now
• Mobile Fundraising for Nonprofits
The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) discusses the mobile options available to nonprofits for fundraising, such as SMS/text donation systems, building your own native app, developing a mobile website, and using embedded mobile web apps to improve constituent and donor engagement.Pros & Cons of Mobile Fundraising
Microsoft Connection Days Get together with other nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft Connection Day. Upcoming dates: Monday, 14 May 2012 – Taipei, Taiwan Friday, 18 May 2012 – Hualien, Taiwan Tuesday, 29 May 2012 – Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, 30 May 2012 – Hong Kong, China Friday, 15 June 2012 – Seoul, Korea
• Connecting Up 2012 Conference
As nonprofits continue to look at new ways to innovate in all aspects of their organizations, Connecting Up 2012 will be a conference not to miss. Technology, Social Media and Marketing for Not For Profits and Charities Tuesday, 1 May - Thursday, 3 May 2012 Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, Sydney To view the full program and to register, visit Connecting Up
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Making technology easier to see, hear and use is very important to us at Microsoft. As nonprofits we know this is important to you, too. Whether it's ensuring your website is accessible, or providing better services to communities with hearing, vision or other types of impairment, we think the articles, case studies and tutorials in this month's Tech4Good will help ensure your programs are more accessible to all.
• What is Accessible Computing? Read Wikipedia's definition of Accessible Computing: “In human-computer interaction, computer accessibility (also known as Accessible Computing) refers to the accessibility of a computer system to all people, regardless of disability or severity of impairment.” Read More... • Forrester Research on Accessible Technology Microsoft Corporation commissioned Forrester Research, Inc., to conduct a comprehensive, two-part study to measure the current and potential market of accessible technology in the United States, and understand how accessible technology is being used today. Take a Look at the Report • A Nonprofit's Work on Accessibility Media Access Australia is the country’s only independent not-for-profit organization devoted to increasing access to media for people with disabilities. Read about their work. Media Access Australia Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Built Right In Windows 7 includes accessibility options and programs that make it easier to see, hear and use your computer, including ways to personalize your PC. Accessibility Features in Windows 7 Operating System (OS) • Accessible Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010 programs have many helpful accessibility features that both make it easier for people with disabilities to use these products, and for all content creators to make more accessible documents, presentations and other materials. Learn more about Office Suite • Is your Website Accessible? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) outline steps that website owners can take to make their sites usable by persons with disabilities such as low vision, color-blindness and limited mobility. Read More about the Guidelines Ensure your Website is Accessible • Students in Thailand Microsoft technology MultiPoint and Mouse Mischief are used at school for students who are deaf in Thailand. Making Learning Fun
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day". Upcoming dates: Thursday, 5 April 2012 - Penang, Malaysia (an NGO Round Table event) Week of 28 May 2012 - Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - Hong Kong, China Dates to be confirmed - Taiwan For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know by email@example.com
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