Benton Best Practices Toolkit: great tools for nonprofits FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 08:54:20 -0700 (PDT)


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BENTON BEST PRACTICES TOOLKIT
UPDATE: 24 April 1998


Benton's "Best Practices Toolkit" (http://www.benton.org/Practice/Toolkit)
is a list of Internet and other resources aimed at helping nonprofits
make better use of information and communications technologies in their work.

If someone forwarded this message to you and you'd like to receive this
email update directly from us, just send a request to
<mailto:best@benton.org>.

New items in the Toolkit between 4/14/98 and 4/24/98:


Great tools for nonprofits
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Strategic planning and evaluation have been challenging areas in the
nonprofit sector.  Now there's an online tool that can help you do these
and more.  The InnoNet Toolbox (http://www.inetwork.org) walks you through
a step-by-step procedure, online, to help you develop detailed program,
evaluation, and fundraising plans.  While the service is free, you must
register and get a password to use the online tools.  Part of the reason
for this is that your work is maintained-- confidentially-- on the site for
60 days, allowing you to work on it over time in case you can't run through
each of the exercises in one sitting.  The service does take some time, and
you should be prepared to write about your organization's mission and
goals, then go into each of those goals to identify specific activities,
outputs and outcomes you will seek. This innovative site is really pushing
the envelope in terms of the web as a tool. We're eager to hear what you
think of it.

John Aravosis has been helping nonprofits use the Internet for a long time.
More recenty, his company, Wired Strategies, ran the successful online
campaign to save the job of Timothy McVeigh (not the Oklahoma City bomber)
when McVeigh's boss, the military, tricked AOL (relatively effortlessly)
into releasing personal information about him that they used to fire him.
While we can't advertise John's consulting business, we do want to point
out some freebies he gives away, including "John's Top Tips for Effective
Cyber-Disobedience" (http://www.wiredstrategies.com/toptips.html), which
compares the cost of mail vs. fax vs. email, among other things.

How'd Congress vote? To find U.S. House roll call votes, go to House Roll
Call Votes (http://clerkweb.house.gov/evs/index.htm).  For U.S. Senate
votes, go
to Senate Roll Call Votes (http://www.senate.gov/activities/rollcall.html).

Nonprofit-related electronic newsletters
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PULSE!, the electronic newsletter of the National Alliance for Nonprofit
Management, is intended for nonprofit management support organizations and
professionals as well as those interested in nonprofit management issues.
Distributed via e-mail twice a month to over 1900 subscribers, PULSE!
provides
a brief digest of what's happening in the management support community and
the nonprofit sector as well as interesting ideas and relevant resources.

Technology Funding for Nonprofits
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The Nonprofits and Technology Project (http://ombwatch.org/www/ombw/npt) --
coordinated by OMB Watch and including more than two dozen community-based
organizations, technology programs, and foundations -- explores new and
powerful ways to use technology for civic participation, greater
responsiveness, and more creative and effective forms of democratic
intervention in political processes. Their Awards Project
(http://ombwatch.org/www/ombw/npt/nominate.html) and
Pilots Project (http://ombwatch.org/www/ombw/npt/rfp.html) both provide
cash awards to existing and new projects.  Deadline for Awards nominations
is May 15, 1998, and for Pilot proposals is June 1, 1998.


The U.S. Department of Education has released its request for proposals for
the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants
(http://www.ed.gov/Technology/challenge), a *very* competitive grant
program (they estimate making only 20 new grants) to support teacher
preparation and professional development efforts that support the
integration of educational technology into curriculum. Deadline for
applications is May 29, 1998.

Nonprofit Technical Assistance Providers
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LibertyNet (http://www.libertynet.org), the community network in Philadelphia,
also provides Internet training and web design volunteers to nonprofit
organizations in the Philadelphia region.  Classes offered include
Managing Email, HTML, and Fundraising on the Internet.


Tip of the Day - New meaning to the smell of old garbage...
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Are you a Windows 95 user?  Have you emptied your "Recycled" bin lately?
Unless you've changed your default settings (and I haven't yet figured out
how to do that), Windows 95 does not automatically delete what's in
"Recycled."  So whenever you delete a file on your system, it sits forever
in "Recycled" until you go into Explore and tell Windows to really delete
your deleted files. To see the status of your "deleted files," right click
on the Start icon, select Explore, scroll through your C: drive and click
on "Recycled." The window pane on the right will list everything that's in
there. To really get rid of those files, select "Empty Recycled Bin" from
the "File" menu. (This can only be done if you're within the Recycled Bin
already.)  This activity is particularly important if you have limited hard
disk space.  Even here at Benton, where most of us have 1 gigabyte hard
drives, a colleague ran out of space recently.  Turned out she hadn't
emptied her trash in quite some time...

   Note: This "feature" of Windows 95 has actually saved me
   a couple of times, when I needed a file I had thrown out,
   thinking I had a copy of it elsewhere. I found it in the
   Recycled Bin many weeks later...

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