Social Media for Nonprofits Conference: How to Use Facebook Effectively

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With social media bringing a giant wave of change to society, nonprofit leaders who felt as if it was all about to crash down on them instead learned ways to ride the wave to success at the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference last Thursday.

I attended the day long event at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View with about 300 others representing dozens of local nonprofits. Some of the people I spoke with before the conference said they felt overwhelmed at times by a dizzying array of social media sites, new apps and technologies.

Ritu Sharma, executive director of Social Media for Nonprofits, and Darian Rodriguez Heyman, co-founder and head of external partnerships, as well as author of Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, brought an impressive lineup of speakers from Facebook, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Change.org, and others, including Beth Kanter, an influential blogger and co-author of The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting With Social Media to Drive Change.

“We didn’t realize when we started out that there’s no other conference series in the country focused on social media for social good, so there really is a gap out there that we are doing our best to fill,” Heyman said, to a round of applause.

By the end of the day, some of the same people I spoke to at the start said the conference gave them the confidence to navigate social media more effectively.

Throughout the week I’ll be sharing highlights from the conference. Today I’m featuring notes from the Facebook presentation. [Read more…]

Guest Post: Scholarships Available for Social Media for Nonprofits Conference

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Is your nonprofit focused on digital inclusion and working with communities of color and low-income populations? Are you looking to learn how to use social media to reach and better serve constituents, as well as advance your fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and recruitment efforts?

If so, we have some exciting news for you: The Knight Foundation is underwriting 50 scholarships for the upcoming Social Media for Nonprofits Silicon Valley conference in Mountain View on July 26, 2012, featuring keynote speaker Beth Kanter. The scholarship includes access to the full-day of program, plus breakfast, lunch, and entry to the evening networking cocktail reception. Apply now!

Social Media for Nonprofits is the world’s only conference series devoted to social media for social good. We provide nonprofits with the tools and resources to create, manage, and maximize their social media presence and we focus on sharing practical, actionable insights, vs. vague concepts or theories. [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: June 10-16

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting a treasure trove of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, June 10

Save The Bay (SF) @saveSFbay

Our Restoration Education Programs yield positive results for students and the Bay. http://bit.ly/KjzLJQ

Palo Alto Medical @paloaltomedical

Tips to Avoid Dehydration & Heat Related Illnesses in Kids http://ow.ly/btVBf #sunsafety #parenting #healthtips

SVEF @svefoundation

Want to help middle school students get on the college track? Be a tutor in our Stepping Up To Algebra (SUTA) program http://ow.ly/bsJDk [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: June 3-9

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting a treasure trove of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, June 3

GLIDE @glidesf

“I just think what they do is extraordinary,” Warren Buffett (on GLIDE). #BuffettAuction begins live on #eBay http://ow.ly/bkqMD

Amy Jussel @ShapingYouth

NYT: Super-sized soda “gigantic enough for a small marine mammal to do laps in” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/bruni-trimming-a-fat-city.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y Nanny state or Necessary? #kids #health

Save The Bay (SF) @saveSFbay

Test your Bay knowledge and play Battle for the Bay! http://bit.ly/battleforsfbay

Monday, June 4

The SF Foundation @tsff

We’re proud to be the first funder of @HPP_SF‘s incredible work and vision! http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/change-agents/nurse-offers-health-welfare-services/ via @TheBayCitizen [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: May 6-12

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting a treasure trove of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, May 6

Save The Bay (SF) @saveSFbay

When was the last time you had a really great #Saturday? Spend a morning on #SFBay with us: http://www.savesfbay.org/volunteer

Red Cross Bay Area @RedCrossBayArea

Volunteers assisted 37 people w/ food, shelter, and emotional support in today’s 4-alarm fire in San Francisco.

Homeless Connect SF @PHCSF

We need volunteer podiatrists for our May 9th event. Know anyone that can help? #PHCdailyneed

Monday, May 7

EHC LifeBuilders @EHCLifeBuilders

Did you know that EHC LifeBuilders has over 15 programs?! Read about them here: http://www.ehclifebuilders.org/our-programs/ Let us know if you want to help! [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: April 29-May 5

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, April 29

Homeless Connect SF  @PHCSF

We need a karate instructor who can lead classes for kids at our July 27th Family Connect. Know anyone who can help? #PHCdailyneed

Habitat Greater SF @HabitatGSF

“After paying rent in February they had $4 left in the bank” – A Mission family, profiled http://ow.ly/aAQhb

4others @4others

GOALLLLL! Our volunteers helped us pack 241,056 meals in our 2-day Food 4others MobilePack, exceeding our 225,000 goal! @fmsc_org #sanjose

Monday, April 30

Bay_Area_UW  @Bay_Area_UW

News You Can Use: As More Charities Promote Matching Gifts, Donors Grow Skeptical of Campaign Pleas http://philanthropy.com/article/As-More-Charities-Promote/131704/ [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: April 8-14

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, April 8

Homeless Connect SF ‏ @PHCSF

We need baby shampoo donated for our Family Connect toiletry kits. Know anyone who could help? #PHCdailyneed

Bay Nature ‏ @BayNature

Urban coyote spotted in Golden Gate Park. Nice photos! http://ow.ly/a9UkN

Monday, April 9

Habitat Greater SF ‏ @HabitatGSF

Best way to prevent recessions: Teach money-management early http://ow.ly/aabbW @vcstar

Make a Birthday Wish ‏ @MakeaBdayWish

wrapping gifts! 🙂 http://fb.me/1FSmJd1Kq [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: April 1-7

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, April 1

The Commute ‏ @WalkTheCommute

It was a beautiful day in Shanghai. so a couple friends and I did a ~4 mile walking loop. We were not alone; it… http://fb.me/1NLI8GZR

Habitat Greater SF ‏ @HabitatGSF

There is a quiet market for homes, but how do you get into that club? http://ow.ly/9ZtZl @sfgate

Monday, April 2

Bay Nature ‏ @BayNature

Best time of the year to spot a mountain lion? April and May. http://ow.ly/a1FOI [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: March 25-31

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter list, “Silicon Valley Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, March 25

Save The Bay (SF) ‏ @saveSFbay

Looking for #environmental #policy experience? Volunteer with @SaveSFBay_Wonks this summer: http://bit.ly/GWuXKf

Monday, March 26

Peninsula Family Svc ‏ @PeninsulaFamily

Photos: Oracle Volunteers with the Young and Elderly – Redwood City, CA Patch http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/oracle-volunteers-with-the-young-and-elderly [Read more…]

Wow! Facebook Post Got A Lot of Notice/Welcome New Readers!

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goodneighborstories.com logoToday has been an interesting day. I posted about the whole Facebook “change your profile picture for child abuse awareness” issue last night. In the morning I found about 25 people had viewed the post after finding it through a search engine. And then more views started racking up. And then the comments started coming in. At one point one of the commenters said “congratulations on getting pressed.” I have to admit, I didn’t know what the term “pressed” meant right away. And then it dawned on me that the post had been featured by WordPress on their home page. A quick check, and yes, there it was, front and center.

The post has had more than 3,500 views since last night, and more than 100 comments (I think I accidentally deleted a good one I wanted to reply to; so sorry whoever you are). Plus a lot of “likes” from all over North America and four other continents. Plus some new subscriptions.

If you’re new to this blog, welcome! So glad you found me, and hope you come back often. To everyone who reads this blog, thank you! I very much appreciate your readership, comments, and supportive words. I hope all of you will also check out the goodneighborstories.com website on a regular basis.

Tomorrow I’m starting a three-part series on “30 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor This Holiday Season”.  Hope you’ll join me.