Category Archives: social media

Ten Ways Putnam Consulting Got It Right in 2016

Producing the Confident Giving newsletter is one my favorite things to do – in no small part because of readers like you who open, peruse, consider, and sometimes comment and share your thoughts with me. Thank you! As a weekly publication, Confident Giving covers a lot of ground in a single year. In January it’s always interesting to take a look back at the topics that attracted our readers the most. I’m happy to share 2016’s top 10 most read topics below. And if there’s something you’d like to hear more of in 2017, please let me know! 1.  The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward Before the 2016 election, our country was in a totally different place than it … Continue reading Ten Ways Putnam Consulting Got It Right in 2016

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Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named “Top 25 Philanthropy Speaker”

This week, I’m taking a quick time-out from my regular blog posts to share some exciting news. I am honored to have been named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers by Philanthropy Media! I was chosen from a survey of more than 25,000 philanthropy experts who submitted more than 1,000 names. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I’m both thrilled and humbled to share this news with you. What’s best about this news is that I truly love speaking about philanthropy and helping philanthropic audiences understand how to do the work of grantmaking more efficiently and effectively. In fact, I’m eager to do more of it! If you’re looking for a speaker for your board, conference, or … Continue reading Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named “Top 25 Philanthropy Speaker”

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Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter

Since publishing my first list of “90 Foundations That Tweet” in July 2009, I’ve been sporadically keeping track of foundations, foundation staff, and funder networks that are joining Twitter.  I’ve created the Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter (Part 1 and Part 2), which at the time of this post publication has 607 Twitter users. I’ve kept this list private and am now making it public for anyone to follow. There are other resources for finding foundations on Twitter that you should definitely check out. This includes: The Foundation Center’s fabulous Glass Pockets site, which provides links to foundations that seek to be transparent using social media and other tools, such as their Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter … Continue reading Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter

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Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 2

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Social Media Fellow, at the Levi Strauss Foundation. by Jorge Cino Note: You can access the first part of this post here. While in Philadelphia for the national conferences of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations, I shared the Levi Strauss Foundation’s social media strategy with other emerging colleagues. Most were surprised to know we focused our efforts on blogging and not on “viral” tools like Twitter and Facebook. I explained that, like Beth Kanter suggests in her book, “The Networked Nonprofit,” we prefer to narrow our focus on one element of social … Continue reading Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 2

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Trust is Cheaper than Control: Social Media Adoption Challenges

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Beth Kanter, author of The Networked Nonprofit and co-founder and partner of Zoetica. by Beth Kanter I participated on a panel called “Digital Age Giving: How Technology Impacts Everything & What You Can Do About It” The description:   New technologies are changing the world and impacting grantmaking areas as diverse as economic development, human and civil rights, civic engagement, education, the environment, arts and culture. This session helps you protect your investments and maximize your social return by simplifying the hottest topics and providing small group expert consultation. This panel featured Geoffrey Blackwell, chief of the Office of … Continue reading Trust is Cheaper than Control: Social Media Adoption Challenges

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Nonprofits, Social Media, and ROI

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Beth Kanter, author of The Networked Nonprofit and co-founder and partner of Zoetica. by Beth Kanter I participated on a panel called Face, Tweet, Link – Social Media, Grantmaking & A True Social ROI. Laura Elfurd, Vice President and Chief Community Investment Officer at ZeroDivide moderated a panel that included Stephen Downs, Assistant VP, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Alexandra Mitchell and Jeff Pryor from Pathfinder Solutions, and Kathy Reich, Program Officer, Organizational Effectiveness & Philanthropy, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation. I started with an overview of the state of social media measurement and ROI in the … Continue reading Nonprofits, Social Media, and ROI

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Three Examples and a Prize

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Daniel Silverman, Communications Director at the James Irvine Foundation. by Daniel Silverman I am in Philadelphia enjoying  this historic and world-class cultural city before the conference kicks-off with the opening luncheon plenary on Sunday (I highly recommend the Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art). I suppose it’s a bit odd for me to blog about a conference that hasn’t even started yet, but I was hoping to plant an idea before you begin attending sessions at the conference. As you attend plenaries and concurrents, site visits and social hours, I invite you to notice and share examples … Continue reading Three Examples and a Prize

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Fountain of Youth

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Richard Woo, CEO, of The Russell Family Foundation. by Richard Woo Tonight a boatload of folks celebrated the ten year birthday of EPIP: Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. I’m serious, it was a boatload because we were singing, dancing and celebrating on an historic clipper ship anchored along the Philadelphia waterfront! If you’ve been unplugged for the past decade and haven’t yet heard of EPIP, its vision is “of a day when all generations in philanthropy collaborate effectively to build better foundations for a better world”. Its mission is to “develop extraordinary new leaders for foundations to enhance organized … Continue reading Fountain of Youth

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Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 1

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Social Media Fellow, at the Levi Strauss Foundation . by Jorge Cino “You’re here to connect storytelling to social change,” Daniel Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, bluntly told me during our introductory work meeting in January. It was a tall order. He believes––as he states on his blog post, “Mutual Frontiers”––that, in the context of social media, storytelling can serve as a handmaiden to advance the Foundation’s goal of communicating its work in original and better ways. Program staff knew their portfolios were brimming with compelling narratives. They were eager to shine the … Continue reading Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 1

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How Rec.fm Can Change the World

This blog was written by Brenton Gieser, and was posted on his website, brentongieser.com, on December 31, 2010.  We are re-posting it here with his permission. A little over a month ago I began a stint as a consultant with Rec.fm, a new start-up out of the valley that is dedicated to merging social commerce with cause donations.  A month later I am becoming more and more aware of the Non-Profit landscape and the themes of creativity and innovation.  The majority of the charities I talked to sparked from a possibility, an idea that would make the world a better place…most got to where they are today through innovation and ingenuity.  Rec.fm is based on an idea that we direct a slice of the billions of dollars … Continue reading How Rec.fm Can Change the World

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