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7 Habits of Successful Social Media for Grantmakers

Social media is a powerful tool in leading and creating social change. Think about the Occupy Wall Street efforts, the Arab Spring protests, and Hurricane Sandy reports: social media played a critical role in getting the word out and served as a central organizing tool for mobilizing people. Against that backdrop, more and more grantmakers, … Continued

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The Allure of Social Media: Influence and Engagement

In 2009, the blog “Philanthropy 411” identified 90 foundations with a Twitter presence. Fast forward to 2013, where a Twitter search reveals hundreds of foundations that tweet. The early adopters have been joined by many peer organizations, with a large number of philanthropic organizations absent. Social networking has a much deeper role than simply spreading … Continued

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Time to Go Social

The Importance of Social Networking to Grantmaking When I decided to apply for the position of Grants Manager and Social Media Coordinator at The Burton D. Morgan Foundation last year, I had to ask my 15-year-old daughter to give me a brief Twitter tutorial. While I was quite comfortable with Facebook, I didn’t know a … Continued

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Beyond Selfies & #GrumpyCat

Using Social Media for Personal and Organizational Success When asked what three things organizations need more of to really make an impact on their work, the response is often: time, talent, and treasure. Even in our own lives, this ubiquitous trinity is what we crave; we want more time, sharper skills (in ourselves and our … Continued

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The Personal and the Professional Merge on Twitter

How It’s Inevitable and Why You Should Embrace It After you make the decision to tweet with a personal Twitter handle, you have to decide what you’ll actually tweet about. As a philanthropy professional, it’s important to put your likeable, intelligent side forward so as to represent your employer, and yourself, well. Your tweets become … Continued

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New Ethics for a New World

Since the first of our ancestors chipped stone into weapon, technology has divided us. Seldom more than today, however: a connected, always-on society promises health, wisdom, and efficiency even as it threatens an end to privacy and the rise of prejudice masked as science. On its surface, a data-driven society is more transparent, and makes … Continued

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Dashboards: Driving Strategy With Data

The word dashboard evokes images of cruising down the open road at 70-miles-per-hour or being stuck in traffic, praying that the gas light does not flip on. In both cases, the car’s dashboard is compiling and signaling information to the driver in a way that is easy to access, interpret, and then act upon, like … Continued

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Data for Good

What Can Data Do for Philanthropy? So, on top of everything else, foundations are supposed to compile and maintain data on their activities? And share it with other foundations? And perhaps even make it public? And do all of this willingly, because it will make philanthropy more effective? It is up to foundations to decide … Continued

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Big Data Barges In

More than Mere Numbers From Malte Spitz’s musings that cell phone records could have prevented the fall of the Berlin Wallto the White House’s $200 million commitment to “greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data,” big data is everywhere, and the philanthropic sector … Continued

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Big Data in Small Pieces

Big Data is confusing (both the concept and the data itself). As more grantmakers begin to explore how their data can work in a larger context, and how that context relates to the mission and vision that are at the center of all their activities, we need more and better explanations, examples, and ideas about … Continued