Archive for Non-Profit

Unfollow Twitter users who do not follow you!

By · February 22, 2010 · Filed in General IT Related, Marketing, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Ever built up your Twitter list and found yourself at your “twitter threshold?” I have searched out many tools in the past and never found that “perfect” tool.

In addition, not too long ago, Twitter changed their API so that you could not unfollow a large group of people!  So, when I found this tool, I was quite happy.

It will log into your Twitter account, find everybody that you follow that does not follow you and then YOU have the choice to unfollow the people you wish.

Simple and straight to the point!!

Unfollow Twitter users who do not follow you!

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Social Media Connector in Outlook 2010

By · February 22, 2010 · Filed in Marketing, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Looks like Microsoft is looking to bring Social Media and Social Networking into our business daily use took, Microsoft Outlook.  As described here on the beta page, here is what they call the Outlook Social Connector:

The all-new Outlook Social Connector connects you to the social and business networks you use, including Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Live, and other popular third-party sites, so you can get more information and stay in touch with the people in your network without leaving Outlook.

Connecting Outlook to each social network requires a provider. To get started, download and install social network provider for Outlook.

NOTE: The Outlook Social Connector included in the Office 2010 Beta is not compatible with the beta providers currently available online. Office 2010 Beta users must install the Outlook Social Connector 32-bit Beta in order to successfully use the social network providers currently available. Also, you cannot install the 32-bit OSC Beta on Outlook 2010 Beta 64-bit.

To learn more, go to the Microsoft beta download page at:
Outlook 2010 Features – Social Connector.

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Last chance to register for Fundraising With Social Media Seminar

By · February 17, 2010 · Filed in Marketing, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Last and final chance to register for the 2010 Florida Fundraising With Social Media Seminar this Friday, the 19th.  It is going to be a fantastic day filled with useful information for YOUR non profit.

I am just putting the finishing touches on my presentation and anybody who knows me, knows that it will be one to remember…. so what I am trying to say is YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

For more information and to register, please visit:
Fundraising With Social Media Seminar
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8 Tips to Design a Charity Website

By · December 15, 2009 · Filed in Marketing, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Here is an article I was reading today.  I think it will help quite a few of you out there who work for non profits.

charity1A lot of charities rely on voluntary funding. This funding is carefully distributed and there are often more important things ahead of a generous budget for the website.So how does a charity get the most out of its website? It needs to let users find out information about the charity, but the main objective of the site is to get people involved with the charity, usually resulting in the user donating money.

In this article, we look at 8 principles that you should follow when creating a charity website.

Read more… 8 Tips to Design a Charity Website | Webdesigner Depot.

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Radio interview about fundraising with Social Networking

By · December 14, 2009 · Filed in General IT Related, Marketing, Non-Profit, Podcasts · No Comments »

CLICK HERE TO PLAY: Skip Kimpel Radio Interview

radio-microphoneGet a sneak peak at the upcoming Fundraising with Social Media conference on February 19 at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, presented by the Forum for Nonprofits. Listen to Katya Andresen of Network for Good in Washington, D.C. discuss the role of social media in a nonprofit’s overall fundraising plan and how to set the proper goals for success. Skip Kimpel, the author of Social Networking for Nonprofits and another conference presenter, talks about how to blend together various social media tools and other ways to save time and increase effectiveness. For more information on the Social Media Conference, click here (PDF), or email trendsman@aol.comYou may also register online for this event

CLICK HERE TO PLAY: Skip Kimpel Radio Interview

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Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo on November 6-8, 2009 | Reuters

Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo on November 6-8, 2009 Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center to sponsor new Assistive Technology Pavilion ATLANTA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ — The cutting-edge of assistive technology–including both commercially available and next-generation AT products–will be showcased at the Assistive Technology Pavilion at Abilities Expo www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta on November 6-8, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this free, three-day expo and conference for a taste of the latest technologies, techniques and tips for improving their physical, technological and social environs.

The following products–many of which are still in development–will impact people of all ages with a wide range of physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

— Tongue Drive System TDS: Enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse-driven computer cursor using simple tongue movements.

— Accessible Wii: Custom-designed Nintendo Wii interface for quadriplegic users. — Cushion Pressure Mapping: Allows for the development of more comfortable and usable wheelchairs by mapping pressure points on seat cushions of various materials.

— Implanted Electrode Technology: Experimental technology which can actually be implanted in the body and, when used with external programmable control units, it can help provide function to paralyzed limbs.

— Auditory Menus and Deaf911 Phone: Exciting demonstrations of experimental technology currently under development for people with visual and manual limitations Auditory Menus and hearing loss Deaf911 Phone.

— Robotics technology: Displays on robots that retrieve and deliver objects using a laser pointer.

— Accessible Bluetooth headset options for people with manual limitations.

— Visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta/pavillions.html for more.

This unique peek into the future of AT is made possible by the Shepherd Center, NeuroTech Network and Georgia Tech's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access CATEA, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technology Wireless RERC and Aware Home Research Initiative. “In addition to providing an exciting forum for people with disabilities to gain knowledge and view products and services, we are thrilled to present the Community with the new Assistive Technology Pavilion,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The forward-thinking scientists and professionals at Georgia Tech and the Shepherd Center are revolutionizing accessibility and, at Abilities Expo Atlanta, attendees will find out how!” Registration for Abilities Expo is free. Preregister for priority access at www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta SOURCE Abilities Expo

Kevaleen Lara of Abilities Expo, +1-310-210-3138, klara@shomex.com

via Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo on November 6-8, 2009 | Reuters.

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Tongue-Powered Technology For The Disabled

Technology Assisting the Disabled

Technology Assisting the Disabled

Join us tomorrow, November 19th 2009 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm EST at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce conference room for a FREE presentation on this awesome technology.

Georgia Tech researchers believe a magnetic, tongue-powered system could transform a disabled person’s mouth into a virtual computer, teeth into a keyboard – and tongue into the key that manipulates it all!

Presented by Maysam Ghovanloo of the Georgia Institute of Technology in coordination with ARC Broward, Broward Children’s Center, The Wasie Foundation and the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Remember, this event is FREE and open to the public.  If you do plan on attending the event at the Chamber office, please RSVP to mleachman@arcbroward.com or by calling 954-746-9400.

The Ft. Lauderdale Chamber office is located at 512 NE 3rd Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301

Hope to see you there or online!

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The World’s First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park

Anybody living near San Antonio, TX needs to check out this park that will be opening up for kids that have disabilities.  This is the first accessible family fun park!  Here is some more information about this fantastic new opportunity for families.

The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation believes that a real need exists to create a special place for special friends . . . to provide an oasis for those needing a safe place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Millions of children and adults who suffer from cognitive and physical special needs generally do not have access to facilities specifically established to assist them in enjoying outdoor activities.  Currently, less than 10% of those with special needs participate in daily outdoor recreation. The Morgan’s Wonderland story began with a desire to re-imagine the possibilities of what an inclusive park could be . . . if everyone were free to soar. The creation of this new 25 acre special needs park will serve as a haven not only for those with special needs, but also for their families, caregivers and invited friends.

In 2007, Sports Outdoor And Recreation (SOAR) was created as a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization to A) raise the funds necessary to create the park and B) to insure that the park is professionally managed and maintained.  The SOAR Board of Directors chose to develop this one-of-a-kind park on the former site of the Longhorn Quarry in San Antonio, Texas.  To encourage the idea of inclusive recreation where individuals of all abilities can play side by side, Morgan’s Wonderland will be part of a larger 106 acre sports complex that will feature 14 fully lit, tournament quality soccer fields. In an exciting collaboration with SOAR, the North East Independent School District (NEISD) is also building their new 11,000 seat stadium, baseball complex and track & field facilities directly adjacent to the park. The construction of Morgan’s Wonderland and the soccer complex is underway and will be open for fun, friendship and new experiences in early 2010.

The funding for Morgan’s Wonderland began with an initial $1,000,000 donation from Gordon and Maggie Hartman inspired by the love of their daughter Morgan.  The park’s fundraising campaign has been bolstered by financial commitments from the City of San Antonio ($7,250,000), Bexar County ($5,000,000) and the State of Texas ($5,500,000). That total of $17.75 million, along with up to $10 million of additional funds to be raised from local foundations, corporations and individuals, will be used to complete the development of the park.

Upon completion, Morgan’s Wonderland will be the largest park of its kind in the world specifically designed for the recreation and enjoyment of individuals with special needs. Our vision for Morgan’s Wonderland is to play an instrumental role in helping to establish more Ultra Accessible Family Fun Parks throughout the country, thus establishing San Antonio as a national leader in the promotion of family-oriented outdoor activity and fun for these beloved members of our community.  Thank you again for helping us make this dream a reality and for caring enough to make a difference and change lives . . . one special friend at a time.

The mission of Morgan’s Wonderland is to set a new standard for excellence in providing outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. We believe that there is a real need for a special place for special people, one that provides an oasis for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers who need facilities specifically designed to assist them in enjoying outdoor activities.

via Morgan’s Wonderland – The World’s First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park.

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The HITECH Foundation for Information Exchange

By · November 12, 2009 · Filed in Medical Related, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Here is an interesting email I received today…….
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A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As the many activities mandated by the HITECH Act move forward, I want to take a moment to share my vision of the overarching goal and some of its implications.  Our goal, above all else, is to make care better for patients, and to make it patient-centered.  Information policy and health IT policy should serve that goal.

A key premise: information should follow the patient, and artificial obstacles – technical, business related, bureaucratic – should not get in the way.  As a doctor, I have many times wanted access to data that I knew were buried in the computers or paper records of another health system across town.  Neither my care nor my patients were well served in those instances.  That is what we must get beyond.  That is the goal we will pursue, and it will inform all our policy choices now and going forward.  This means that information exchange must cross institutional and business boundaries.  Because that is what patients need.  Exchange within business groups will not be sufficient – the goal is to have information flow seamlessly and effortlessly to every nook and cranny of our health system, when and where it is needed, just like the blood within our arteries and veins meets our bodies’ vital needs.

If we are to reap the benefit of information exchange, Americans must also be assured that the most advanced technology and proven business practices will be employed to secure the privacy and security of their personal health information, both within and across electronic systems, and that persons and organizations who hold personal health data are trustworthy custodians of the information.  We must have comprehensive, clear, and sustainable policies that strengthen existing protections, fill gaps as they emerge, fortify new opportunities for patients’ access to and control of their information, and align with evolving technologies.  I will devote a separate letter to this critical issue and the many activities mandated by the HITECH Act that we are developing.

On the question of exchange, however, the HITECH Act is pretty specific about eliminating inappropriate barriers.

It squarely tackles the commercial barriers.  The HITECH Act calls for the “development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that…promotes a more effective marketplace, greater competition…[and] increased consumer choice” among other goals.  (Section 3001(b))  This means we cannot support arrangements that restrict the secure, private exchange of information required for patient care across provider or network boundaries.  Some of these arrangements may improve care for those inside their walls.  But ultimately, they have the potential to carve the nation up into disconnected silos of information, and thus, to undermine the vision of a secure, interoperable, nationwide health information infrastructure, which the law requires us to establish.  Consumers, patients and their caretakers should never feel locked into a single health system or exchange arrangement because it does not permit or encourage the sharing of information.

It tackles the economic barriers.  The HITECH Act incentives for providers and hospitals are powerful tools.  While the official definition of “Meaningful Use” won’t be finalized until next year, the HITECH Act specifically highlights “information exchange” as one requirement for the incentives.

It tackles the technical barriers.  The HITECH Act focuses on “interoperability” or “interoperable products.”  In plain English, this means that our policies, programs, and incentives must aim for electronic health record (EHR) software and systems that can share information with different EHRs and networks so that information can follow patients wherever they go.  And to build the pipelines to carry this information, HHS is directed to invest in the infrastructure to “support the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information …including connecting health information exchanges…”  (Section 3011)  This means we will work with all our partners in the health and IT industries and with organizations that are committed to information sharing to develop the technologies and policies that can help us deliver information securely, privately, and accurately to whomever needs to see it on behalf of the patient’s health.  We must ensure interoperability for the future.

It provides building blocks for information exchange across jurisdictions.  The grants for states and state-designated entities in Section 3013 – which will total $564 million – target information exchange across boundaries, not only within each state but explicitly as part of a nationwide framework.  We will start announcing the awards this winter.  These grantees’ activities must support interoperability that lets patient data follow the patient across political and geographic boundaries.  The grantees will be our partners in building the nationwide infrastructure mentioned previously.

In short, the HITECH Act not only authorizes but requires us to mobilize all our policies, programs, and incentives to give the American people the patient-centric care they deserve and expect.

I look forward to engaging all our partners in this unique opportunity.

Regards,

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

By · November 11, 2009 · Filed in Causes, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Check out Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer

Alex at her front yard lemonade standAlex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) for Childhood Cancer is committed to finding a cure for all children with cancer. The foundation operates on the principle introduced by our founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott – “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation first began in 2000, when a then 4-year-old cancer patient named Alex voiced a simple wish – she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for all kids with cancer. The idea was put into action when Alex held her very first lemonade stand on her family’s front lawn in July of that same year. For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Alex raised a great deal of money through her annual stands, but in the early months of 2004, she set what to some seemed like an unreachable goal – Alex wanted to raised $1 million. Though her health was failing, Alex was determined to reach her goal, and when her parents asked how she would do it, she just said – “if people all around the country hold lemonade stands and send in their money, I think I can do it.” Alex was right, and during the weekend of her last lemonade stand in her neighborhood, thousands of volunteers of all ages from all corners of the country held lemonade stands, propelling Alex and her cause to reach $1 million. Shortly following, on August 1, 2004 Alex ultimately lost her life to childhood cancer, but her legacy of hope continues to live on through volunteers young and old.

Since Alex held her first front yard lemonade stand, the foundation bearing her name, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, has raised over $25 million, with nearly half of the funds originating from front yard lemonade stands like Alex’s. The money raised has been utilized to fund over 100 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to assist families who need to travel for treatment, and develop resources to help everyone touched by childhood cancer.

Our Mission

* To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.

* To encourage and educate others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex’s Lemonade Stands.

* To expedite the process of finding new cures and bringing them to children with cancer now.

Our Vision

* Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation shares the vision of its founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott – a cure for all children with cancer.

via About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer | Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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