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Random Samples and Signals

By on Jul 15, 2008


This is a busy travelling work week for me. So here are some things of note and some tunes for a Tuesday:

We Are Media
's Social Media curriculum project where the community is the curriculum. Each week there will be a new theme related to social media and nonprofits. One of the goals of the project is to help identify the best existing resources, people, and case studies that will give nonprofit organizations the knowledge and resources they need to use social media to change the world. This week's theme: Dealing with Resistance

The Baudcast – Episode 11
This episode's panel discusses the Target Index of National Fundraising Q1 2008 findings, CAN-SPAM rule changes, the NTEN We Are Media project, PCI compliance, eTapestry in Spanish, the Kintera acquisition, the iPhone 3G, increased volume levels, and more. The panel discussion includes Chad Norman (Internet Marketing Manager), Melanie Milonas (Public Relations Manager), Jamie Holiday (Internal Communication Coordinator), Chris Harris (Email Services Specialist), Nigel Tufnel, and me.

Building Your Presence on a Budget
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's
latest live discussion is today and it's all about building your online presence on a budget. Beth Kanter, nonprofit social media guru, and The Nature Conservancy's Jonathon Colman are the guests on this panel discussion. If you can't join in at 12pm today then just wait for the transcript to be posted.

The Workin' Man
What does it say about the influence of gaming when Rock Band helps to unearth a never released guitar solo on the classic Rush song Working Man? Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson did an interview where the hidden track came from. You can give "the vault" version of the song a listen on YouTube. Next stop could be re-releasing the song on iTunes.


Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits.

MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, The NonProfit Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Bloomberg, and has appeared on NPR.

He is a frequent speaker at events including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American Marketing Association (AMA), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA), Giving Institute Summer Symposium, National Association of Independent School (NAIS), Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), Institute of Fundraising National Convention (United Kingdom), Civil Society Conference (Netherlands), International Fundraising Congress (Netherlands), Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School (Ireland), and a keynote speaker at several conferences across the social good sector.

Steve previously served on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University.

He is a frequent blogger, published author of a chapter in the book People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and is a co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. His latest book, Data Driven Nonprofits, became a bestseller in 2016.

Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

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