Posts tagged "web-based tools"

Nonprofit Freelancing: Lessons From Vancouver

(Special thanks to Nik Badminton for taking time out of his schedule for this discussion. What follows is a general summary). When I wrote my recent review of The Economy of You, I might have expected more discussion around the challenges of social venture/nonprofit freelancing. However, I was elated when Nik Badminton of Freelancer.com reached... Read more »

Writing for Fun and Nonprofit

As a nonprofit professional, writing has been a key cornerstone of my saily work. Everything from web content to grant proposals, from brochures to formal clinical reports  – at some point, much of my professional life has been behind a keyboard of some kind. In fact, it became a nice substitute for a failed fiction-writing... Read more »

Non-Profit Funding Opportunity: Humana Foundation

Non-Profit Funding Opportunity: Humana Foundation
One of the many benefits of writing this blog is that I have the opportunity to provide resources, including opportunities for non-profit funding. Many non-profits are finding that the constant search for new funding can impede their ability to make greater impact, and this week’s post focuses on an opportunity through the Humana Foundation. The... Read more »
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Letters to a New Mom: Online Resources

With Mother’s Day around the corner (meaning tomorrow), helping a new mom find online resources is critical. There are plenty of great opportunities to help, and along with my fellow Chicago Now bloggers, I’ll be writing another in a series of “Letters to a New Mom”, hoping to bring light to a few online resources.... Read more »

Online Resources - Alcohol Awareness Month

Online Resources - Alcohol Awareness Month
Every April, the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month, an effort to educate the general public about the nature of alcoholism and the dangers of problem drinking. (Admittedly, I have a personal interest in this – not only was my training in chemical dependency, ut I once worked for their companion... Read more »

How Agents of Social Change Can Shield Themselves With Good Intel

(Minor spoilers for Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier follow) As the weather gets warmer in Chicago (relatively speaking, of course), efforts to raise funds for non-profits begin to appear with greater familiarity. However, the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and last night’s episode of Agents of SHIELD show an... Read more »
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Hookers & Hackers & Buffer - Oh, My!

This past week has been busy for me, prepping for Friday’s panel discussion at DexCon2013 (thanks to Pierre Clark of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance for the invitation), but I didn’t want to let this week pass without addressing several pieces of recent news and commentary on the tech scene….and their implications for non-profits, social... Read more »

Blog Action Day: Digital Excellence As a Human Right

Blog Action Day: Digital Excellence As a Human Right
For bloggers around the world (including this one), today is Blog Action Day, which focuses attention on issues and trends in social justice. This year’s theme – centered around human rights – proved to be challenge, until I realized that there was a basic concept which drives tech and the social good, that impacts individuals... Read more »

Next Intro: Professional Networking Made Simple

One of the challenges that many non-profits, social entrepreneurs  and other social change agents face is professional networking. More specifically, the number of high-priced networking events that unknowingly exclude these professionals, and the number of “gatekeepers” who focus on contacts as customers rather than as key components of their professional network. Thanks to an e-mail from... Read more »
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Ben Affleck, Batman, and Slacktivism

Current social media conversations have generated a large amount of interest…and controversy. Recent casting news about Ben Affleck as Batman has generated a great deal of awareness, controversy, and in some cases….online petitions. And it provides a great cautionary tale for non-profits, social ventures, community organizations, and other social change agents in Chicago. It’s called slacktivism, defined... Read more »