It’s been a few years since I wrote a Best of the Web. Back when we first conceived of this email, we saw it as a way to compile and share some of the best things we’d read about nonprofit technology in the last month. For us, it’s always been a dotted line defining the topic—we’ve often shared articles and blog posts that intrigued us even if they weren’t exactly a perfect fit, because we’re more than just techies, and so are you.

Increasingly, technology is a part of everything we do, from how we work to how we socialize to how we learn. We’re interested not just in the technology itself, but in the overlap. How does it affect us? What does it mean? What do we gain by incorporating so much technology into our lives, and what do we surrender by relying on it?

Now that I’m back at the helm of this email, I’d like to continue the fine work my colleague Dan Rivas did compiling this collection of links each month. I’d like your help doing so. Have you read something you think we should share? Did you write something compelling and relevant? Let me know about it and I’ll add it to the pool of links we consider for Best of the Web.

I look forward to hearing from you.



P.S. Thanks for all you do for nonprofits. Please keep them, and us, in mind on this #GivingTuesday.

Playbook: Make Messenger A Marketing Channel
Michael Sabat at @mssg wrote this overview of the top four marketing use cases for Facebook Messenger that serves as a step-by-step guide for nonprofits interested in digital marketing to launch and grow messaging campaigns.

25 Must Know Global Trends in Giving
Based upon the survey results of more than 4,000 donors around the world, Nonprofit Tech For Good’s 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report is an annual research project that examines how donors prefer to give and engage with their favorite causes and charitable organizations.

Responding to the Demand for Cybersecurity Experts: A Call to Action
“Increasingly, I see small- to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits become targets of data breaches and other security threats,” writes Patrick Callihan of Tech Impact. “Ransomware, phishing, denial of service, and malware are just a few of the threats organizations face. But because of the differing definitions of security expert skill sets, many nonprofits are struggling to find the right security resources.” On the Tech Soup blog, he lays out the problem and considers the solution.

Education and Empowerment: Powerful Tools for Girls in STEM
Martha Rook believes the push for young minds to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers is more prevalent now than ever before. But, according to the National Science Foundation, “women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce.” Writing for Social Earth, she offers some thoughtful ideas for how we can change perceptions and encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
The pen is mightier than… the laptop? Writing in the New York Times, Susan Dynarski looks at mounting evidence that students learn better when they’re not distracted by the laptops they use for notetaking, and ponders what it means for those of us who use them to similar ends during meetings at work.

Notes From the Field: What I Have Learned About Being Effective and Happy at Work
On the eJewish Philanthropy site, Shayna Kreisler reflects on best practices for being an effective nonprofit manager and leader, and how to take control of your own happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happy and effective at work?

How can you ensure a quick and easy culture change? (Hint: You can’t.)
In March 2016, Ilene Weismehl’s organization embarked on an agency-wide database migration from one CRM to another. While her colleagues ended up happy about the switch, the transition wasn’t always smooth. She’s got some good advice for others who might face something similar.