Monthly Archives: February 2011

Revving Up with LinkedIn

Non-profits can have both profiles and groups on LinkedIn. In order to learn more about leveraging both for more conversations and connections, I started exploring more about what other NPO gurus had to say.

Here’s my reading list:
NTEN’s way-old intro overview
via DIOSA, an overview of what NPOs can do with LinkedIn
Everything our favorite NPO techie, Beth, has to say about LinkedIn
A Chronicle podcast on best practices as of 12/2010
The best page for getting a non-profit started with LinkedIn comes from WildApricot’s blog–plus they have other LinkedIn posts, too.
LinkedIn’s own non-profit guide page

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Petition Sites

In an effort to get the word out that Colorado is holding somewhere around $76 million in reserves (of TANF, or ‘welfare’, federal funding) (for what?!, a rainy day?? Isn’t that now?!), a group of folks wanted to put out an online petition.

I thought I’d do a little self-education and come up with some recommendations and next steps. Here’s what I’ve learned:
– Online petitions are best at public awareness-raising or gathering contact info of supporters.
– Very few petitions are effective–most never even leave the website and thus don’t reach any intended target.
– Petitions can be directly delivered to the target’s email box, but how effective is the same form letter delivered en masse to an inbox?! That seems more annoying

Here are some free sites to post petitions:
Care2’s Petition Site
Change.org
CitizenSpeak

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