Free Community Brown Bag: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit with Beth Kanter, 12/7

Beth Kanter brown bag at VolunteerMatchIf you are in the Bay Area this week, please join us in our San Francisco office this Friday, December 7. We’ll be hosting Beth Kanter, one of our favorite experts on social change and technology, for a discussion based on the ideas in her latest influential book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.”

The brown bag is from 12-1pm with time for questions afterward. Bring your lunch and your questions about measurement, metrics and social networking. Please RSVP to attend here:

Beth Kanter Brown Bag at VolunteerMatch HQ

Tools for Managing Change in a New Era

It was only 1996, but when it comes to engaging supporters, my first nonprofit job might as well have been during the Cold War.

We shared a single database file, sent out direct mail and made phone calls, and tormented ourselves over ever character in our quarterly newsletter. We tried to fit ourselves to the requirements of whatever grant or gift we were asking for. And we rarely, if ever, looked closely at whether our supporters truly understood our mission or our social impact.

Today’s nonprofit work is changing – especially when it comes to why, how and when we engage supporters in our mission. Beth Kanter captured this change clearly in her 2010 book with Alison Fine, “The Networked Nonprofit,” which presented a vision of the successful nonprofit as one that is simple, transparent, and purposely built to harness the connections of its supporters in order to produce change.

Measuring the Networked NonprofitWith “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” Beth picks up where she left off, presenting a framework to help networked social change organizations thrive off of change. During the brown bag event Beth will share her ideas about what to measure, how to measure, which tools to use, and — perhaps most important — how to develop an organizational culture that is committed to measuring its success.

Volunteer Coordination at the Networked Nonprofit

While they focus on social networking and technology, Beth’s ideas apply to all aspects of work at a nonprofit — even volunteer coordination. If this is you, I’ve written quite a bit about how to extend these ideas to the recruitment, recognition and retention of your volunteers:

How Can Volunteer Coordinators Help Their Organizations Become Networked Nonprofits?

Volunteer Engagement at a Networked Nonprofit

I also cover these ideas in this presentation I gave earlier this year at Social Media for Nonprofits:

Social Media & the 3Rs: Content Strategy Basics for Engaging Volunteers

But don’t take it from me: at the brown bag you can hear directly from Beth and ask her questions about how to apply networking and measurement to your work.

RSVP to Attend

Space is still available. Please sign up to attend here:

https://kanterbrownbag.eventbrite.com/

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