RA Blog Round Up


While I was away at the Communications Network conference learning how to be a better communicator, it turns out all I really had to do was look to the work of my peers. The regional association blog community has been on fire lately. Here’s a few posts that I particularly liked. You can check out all the regional blogs in our blogroll on the right.

It’s Not Your Father’s Revolution: Gladwell Gets an Online Earful
Northern California Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers lassos together all the arguments around social media and activism sparked by Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker piece, featuring rebuttals by Allison Fine, Beth Kanter, Lina Srivastava, and Anil Dash, along with some of NCG’s own smart commentary.

Last week the interwebs [read sarcasm] burned up with chatter about Malcolm Gladwell‘s New Yorker article “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.” . . . [E]ssentially, Gladwell is arguing that social media isn’t capable of sustaining “real activism.” This is where the cadre of nonprofit social media bloggers, tweeters and gurus take him to task.

Ralph Smith:  Don’t let energy, imagination, and innovation go to waste
Washington Grantmakers

Washington Grantmakers were able to get a quick interview with Ralph Smith, executive vice president for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a member of President Obama’s advisory committee on philanthropy, after a recent program on large-scale federal programs and local philanthropy.

What’s Different and What’s the Same in How and Where We’re Asked to Give
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Chris Murakami Noonan, MCF communications associate, breaks down the numbers in Convio’s The Next Generation of American Giving report.

The report sought to answer what every nonprofit wants to know: How do we attract the next generations of donors without compromising current revenue from mature donors?

The short answer: The best fundraising is profoundly multi-channel. Seek ways to integrate those channels for stronger results.

The long answer is, of course, much more complicated….

If you like what you’ve seen here, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feeds of these and other regional association blogs for more great content, commentary, and questions.

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