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e-Clarity Monthly Tips - Issue #10-06 - October 2006

Published by Randy Guffey and Clare Iacobelli
   
CONTENTS                                 


1. Nonprofit Resources on the Internet

2. Universities Mining Social Networking Sites

3. Search Engine News

4. You Should Know

5. Higher Education Sites Online


Nonprofit Resources on the Internet


Interviews with nonprofit executives found fund raising most often ranked as their top concern.  Other main focal points were operations, budgeting, strategic planning, Board development, and technology.

The two most comprehensive Internet sites for funding sources are The Foundation Center and the federal government’s Grants.gov.  Also noteworthy are the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (see Types of Assistance and Applying for Assistance); U of M’s Grants & Related Resources; Tony Poderis Exhibit List and Library; and Ray Pisney’s Nonprofit Publications.  Review funding programs with this PDF form.

The best overall resource lists found were FirstGov for Nonprofits; Association of Fundraising Professional’s Resource Center; Summit Resources 50 Fabulous Web Resources; The Foundation Center Links; NCNA’s Resource Links; APRAs Research Links; C. McNamara’s Free Management Library; ASAE’s Articles & Whitepapers, Idealist’s Nonprofit FAQ and Community Tool Box.

Operational sites worthy of mention are Nonprofit Governance Guide; BoardSource; Guide for Breakeven Analysis (Word format); Idealist’s Insurance Questions for Nonprofits, McNamara’s Developing Your Strategic Plan, and  Network for Good Internet fundraising start.

Best resources for finding information about nonprofits are Guidestar; BBB’s Give; IRS Search for Charities; Navigator’s Charity Search and Just Give.

Best programs for analyzing nonprofit prospects include WealthEngine, DonorScape, Kintera/PIN, Wealthpoint, Acxiom Household Profiles, and a host of other products that draw data from various sources.

The resources listed here will locate the information needed for nonprofits to excel in growth, operations, strategy, quality, management and future capabilities.  


Universities Mining Social Networking Sites


Universities join a growing list of agencies mining social networking sites.  The data is collected by  private and public agencies worldwide.  Conclusion? Everything done on the Internet is public.


Search Engine News


· Pandia picks its best five search engines that trail the Big 3:  AskGigablastFactbitesExaleadSnap

· Google News Archive now allows search of some news sources past 300 years ago. 

· Movies, TV shows and other videos are now for sale through Amazon.

· Now out of Beta, Microsoft Live Search replaces MSN search and features improved image and local search, also new user interface and search tools.

· Web 2.0 Winners lists over 300 sites that thrived in Web 2.0 this past year.

· NewsDirectory provides links to newspapers, magazines, and government and more. 

What is Web 2.0? is a video broadcast that explains the core technologies of Web 2.0 in less than three (3) minutes.


You Should Know


Public record “how to” articles and review of major records sites now available from Record Site Reviews.  Reviews on records sites throughout the Internet.


Higher Education Sites Online

Get a college education online has free university courses, and Intute finds higher education global sites by subject.


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