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Friday Feed - Great resources from the web - February 17, 2012

VideoDatabases & Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)

In order to stay up to date on what's going on in the world of technology - and nonprofit technology in particular - I follow quite a few blogs and twitter feeds. There's a lot of great content out there but if you don't have the time to stay on top of things (and even if you do!) it can be overwhelming. So, for those of you who have less time to do all this "listening" on nonprofit technology, I'm posting a blog each Friday with the top resources I found in the last week.

Typing on a laptopWhat Digital Non-Profits Can Learn From Companies Like Google

There's a lot that technology can do do help us as nonprofits be more efficient in our fundraising and operations, but I think the really interesting opportunities that are only starting to be explored is how technology can directly affect our mission. In other words, can technology actually change how we go about saving the world? This post gives a few examples of just that, but it's also clear that there's still lots of room for innovation in this area.

How To Track Everyone Who's Anyone To You: Is A Single Database Right for Your Org?

This is a great article to read if you're thinking at all about getting a new database (you'll have to subscribe to NTEN:Change to get the full article, but it's free and totally worth it). The best part is that it walks you through a simple exercise to help you think this through.

Things That Can Go Wrong With Social Reporting

Too initimidated to get started with video? You're not the only newbie out there, so don't worry, just jump in and start learning. In this article, Sarah Lord Soares from Lasa shares her first time out with a camera, and all of the things she learned.

10 Reasons Why This Is The Best Advocacy Video Ever

It's called "Meet Mr. Toilet". It didn't look like what I would have expected from an advocacy video, but it sure is impactful and memorable. See this blog for some thoughts on what this video does so well.

Meet Mr. Toilet | Jessica Yu from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, TommL


The power of "shit"

Eliza Olson THis is fantastic. I just saw a video of a man in Nova Scotia who has a tiolet depicted on the side of his truck. It makes it look like he is sitting on a toilet as he drives down the street!