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DEARTH OF NONPROFIT INNOVATIVE THOUGHT

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Don't know where I fit in the scheme of things here, but I have to start somewhere.  It's time to strike up a conversation backed by sound research, philosophy and experience.  How is it we don't have our own "Wall Street Journal" by now.  So much of the real-estate space in nonprofit rags is devoted to a) our own salaries; b) how to raise money; or c) what nifty new accounting software we should buy.  I've launched my own blog, the Nonprofit to do my part - kickoff some discussion on real stuff, like revenue recognition, the meaning of charity, the hazards of promising too much, the oxymoron of performance outcomes, etc. etc.  Join in, viva la revolution!

What do small nonprofits need to know about fundraising for technology?

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As I've previously mentioned in my blog, , and the current challenge to create a workshop that will help these small grassroots organizations incorporate funding for in their overall development strategies.

This seems to be the most pressing issue for any nonprofit executive - finding the money to support the that sustains the organization.  In small nonprofits, lack of money is the deal-breaker.  Before they can make decisions about , , , , the organization's leaders need to have a plan for paying the bills for these and other mission-critical

Unfortunately, I don't have a magic formula for funding that I can offer these folks.  In the world of , the is that most donors and grantmakers give money to organizations with great missions; with a few notable exceptions, funders are seldom passionate about writing checks to buy .

So that's the bad news.

The good news is that last year I attended a terrific workshop on this topic at the .  It was organized by fellow , so I went to her and requested permission to replicate her idea.  She very graciously agreed, coaching me about how to proceed, and encouraging me to recruit as many panelists as possible from the session that she designed.

Here's the plan.  Four of our panelists will be from the philanthropic world, folks with plenty of practical experience:

Incentivizing viral promotion: an interview with vendor Peter Caputa

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Peter Caputa IV is the founder of , an events organizing and promotion company based in Westborough, MA. He also writes a savvy blog about Web 2.0 style promotion called . In the following interview Peter and I discussed the use of blogs, MySpace, tracking technology and incentives to promote events. WizSpark does some work with nonprofits, helping with a recent , for example.

My principles get a little rankled by some of Peter's ideas, but maybe I'm just uptight. In a world desperate for drastic change - agents of change should consider all possible options. At the very least, I hope you will find this interview to be an interesting look inside the mind of an intelligent specimen, a trail blazer, of a type of vendor ready to burst upon the scene: the social media fueled organizer/promoter. I appreciate Peter taking the time to answer my questions.

3 Great Speakers at Net Tuesday Washington DC, August 15th

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The has some great speakers lined up this month:

Raj Aggarwai,
Andrew Courtney,
Josh Goldblum,

The group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM at in Adams Morgan, 2451 18th St, NW.

If you would like to start a NetSquared Meetup group in your city, email Gina Cardazone at .

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