Anne Stanton pointed me to several sources on blogging for non-profits which are the focus of today’s posts. I am merely passing this stuff on, as well as building my own library on the topic. It is one use of blogs that I certainly support but I am too new to it to try to offer more than descriptions and links at this point. I will have more examples of this topic later in the week after talking with Rebecca McKinnon who writes RConversation, another excellent blog on the topic.
One link was to the blog, Gift Hub which has the stated purpose of “Connecting Advisors, Active Citizens, and Funders” and an impressive list of active citizens. The writer, Phil Cubeta, works as “Chief of Staff and "Charitable Cheerleader" for a division of a financial services firm.” I am curious why Phil does not name himself in the about section or on the blog since the title on the web address does provide his name. Perhaps he is trying to be modest or subtle?
In the post, Non-Profit Blogs, Gift Hub links to the blog, Beneficence, “personal musings on the complexities of doing good in a free society.” It has intelligent and thoughtful posts. Beneficence is written by Lenore Ealy, President of Thinkitecture, Inc., “a consulting firm engaged in understanding and promoting the transformative work of philanthropy and the voluntary sector in America and around the globe. “ There is much on the impressive background of the writer including a picture but, like Gift Hub, there is no name on the blog.
Gift Hub also linked to “What's a Blog, and Why Should Nonprofits Care?” written by Zafar S. Shah for the Winter 2003 issue of The Non-Profit Quarterly. Zafar offers a good definition of blogging for those new to it and concrete and useful steps to get started. He talks about blogs as both internal knowledge sharing tools and external facing vehicles to better communicate with the outside world. Their low cost and personal voices are both appealing to small non-profits.
Gift Hub links to Marty Kearns, who writes the blog, Network-centric Advocacy, “Promoting the adaptation of advocacy and traditional grassroots organizing to the age of connectivity,” provides commentary on the Zafar Shah article and offers five reasons why he blogs. There is much detail on each of these reasons as well as good general commentary on the issues of non-profit blogging. Marty Kearns also follows the trend of not mentioning his name on the blog but Phil gives away his name with the link. This is a very minor point but there is something I am missing here. I am sure there is a simple explanation and I mean no criticism. Here are the five reasons but go to the original to get the details.
1. "Online Thinking Space"
2. "Build my research library"
3. Vanity and Dreams of Greater things
4. Virtual Mentor
5. Comfort with Mistakes and Being Wrong