Monthly Archives: December 2010

CMF’s Robert Collier Appointed to Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Rob CollierGovernor Jennifer M. Granholm and Governor-elect Rick Snyder, in an unprecedented sign of cooperation between incoming and outgoing administrations, announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation — the state’s economic development agency — will be governed in 2011 by a new leadership team that includes appointees of both the incoming and outgoing governors. Among the new appointees is Council of Michigan Foundation’s President & CEO (also a Forum board member) Rob Collier.

Congrats, Rob!


Top Ten Blog Posts of 2010

We launched this here blog back in March and we’ve seen steady growth across 2010. Let’s take a look back at the posts that meant the most to you (at least in terms of visits).

What was popular this year? Technology, people, and the economy.

User Scenarios for KM 2.0

This post was also our most-commented. No surprise there since we needle the Knowledge Management Partners pretty hard to give us feedback. Who will be using the new Drupal-based CMS we’re designing? This post lays out some possible profiles.

10 Questions or Less for Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz

Who doesn’t love Buffy? The Forum network’s resident social media maven, she’s always ready to share a resource or get us thinking about the next big thing.

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Happy Holidays!

The blog will be shutting down for the next week, but we’ll be back in time for the new year. In the meantime…

Image by Andrew* on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons.

Jumo as Dashboard

I have to admit, like most others in the nonprofit tech community, I’ve been disappointed by Jumo‘s debut. I won’t reiterate the litany of complaints (you can read some of the most well wrought ones in this post by Amy Sample Ward here; don’t forget the smart comments on that thread, too), but I will say that it would be nearly impossible for Jumo to live up to the expectations that many brought to the new platform.

Expectations is exactly what I want to talk about today. Jumo says it is “a social network connecting individuals and organizations who want to change the world.” It’s been called Yelp for nonprofits. With its Facebook pedigree (and mandatory integration),  we in the nonprofit community had high hopes. A social network for nonprofits and world-changers? Sign me up. Continue reading

10 Questions or Less for David Biemesderfer

10 Questions or Less is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum in which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week,  David Biemesderfer, President & CEO at Florida Philanthropic Network.

Dave BYou’re the Foundations on the Hill delegation captain for Florida. What issues do you plan on addressing with Congress this spring?

First and foremost, we plan to update members of Florida’s congressional delegation on some of the great work our members have been doing across Florida recently, and to continue to strengthen relationships between FPN, our members, and our representatives and senators. As is true with many other states, Florida has several new members of our congressional delegation, so we plan to inform these members, in particular, about FPN and how we can be a resource to help them with their work and with their constituents. Of course, we also plan to discuss the top federal-level issues that are of high importance for the field. Continue reading

NCG’s Snapshots of Philanthropy

NCG Snapshots of PhilanthropyNorthern California Grantmakers (NCG) has launched Snapshots of Philanthropy, a year-long series that aims to better demonstrate the scope and impact of NCG’s members’ work.  Initially developed in response to member requests to help them share their stories, these short “snapshots” showcase the positive impact organized philanthropy has in northern California.  In addition to sharing them with members and partners, NCG plans to use them to educate external audiences about NCG members’ funding choices and what changes are happening as a result of these investments.

The Snapshot series is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of NCG’s 30th Anniversary throughout 2011.  You can read the following snapshots online:

NCG joins other regionals who have published their own snapshots of philanthropy in their regions in recently like San Diego Grantmakers, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, and Donors Forum of Wisconsin.

Social Media Round Up

I’ve been reading a lot of great social media posts lately. Here’s the cream of the crop.

The Engagement Pyramid: Six Levels of Connecting People and Social Change
What does it mean to “engage people”? Gideon Rosenblatt talks through six different levels of engagement people can have with your organization– from Observing and Following, all the way to Owning and Leading, in an article reprinted from Groundwire. (via Idealware)

“Controlling” Your Social Media Message
Laura Quinn takes a look at the myth that your social media message is either completely controlled or entirely out of your control: the truth, as always, is somewhere in between. (via Idealware)

Are Nonprofits Wasting Time Developing Mobile Apps?
As nonprofit campaigners, it’s our job to engage our constituency, move them up the ladder of engagement, and of course raise more money. New tools and mobile apps should always be on our radar. But have nonprofit campaigners in the U.S. been drinking too much Kool-aid these past couple of years and putting too much faith in mobile apps? Allyson Kapin gives us the facts.

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