April 28, 2015

How social media platforms are responding to the Nepal earthquake, and how you can help

by Caroline Avakian

  By Caroline Avakian / Photo above courtesy of Facebook It was just a few hours after I found out about the devastating Nepal earthquake that I noticed an alert on my Facebook feed that I hadn’t seen before. My colleague who works in Nepal had been marked “Safe” in Facebook’s new “Safety Check” feature, that instantly let me know how … Continue reading

April 21, 2015

5 Communications Lessons Learned Working at an Anti-Poverty Nonprofit

by Caroline Avakian

This post was originally published in the Huffington Post. Photo courtesy of Trickle Up. By: Caroline Avakian The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions. The MDGs target date expires this year, and as we collaboratively build out new goals for the next 15 years, it will be critical that … Continue reading

December 8, 2014

Initial reports for #GivingTuesday indicate astounding success!

by Guest

Black Friday sales were down 11% while #GivingTuesday had a banner year! By Ritu Sharma The final numbers are rolling in, and by all accounts the three-year-old day dedicated to giving known as #GivingTuesday, is proving once again that Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t the only spending days top of mind in our communities. That the long weekend of … Continue reading

March 19, 2014

Disrupting the nonprofit sector

by Caroline Avakian

A scene from last year’s NTC (Photo by JD Lasica). Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. The 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, which took place last week in DC, is a conference that so many nonprofit tech and communications staffers look forward to every year because of the great sessions, useful tips and … Continue reading

March 10, 2014

SourceRise: Connecting nonprofits/NGOs to journalists

by JD Lasica

SourceRise connects journalists and bloggers to sources at international NGOs and nonprofits in an effort to diversify the voices represented in the news and to increase the number of well researched, compelling development and foreign news stories in traditional media. Continue reading

January 16, 2014

5 mobile apps for humanitarian aid workers

by Caroline Avakian

The Global Emergency Overview app. Target audience: NGOs, nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, social enterprises, aid workers, journalists. Last week, I wrote a post on 10 Nonprofit Productivity Apps to Try in 2014, and it prompted a great discussion with a colleague regarding which apps could actually help humanitarians working in the field. In recent years, we’ve seen many exciting and innovative … Continue reading