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Finally transferred!

March 3, 2010

After spending countless hours transferring posts from blogger to wordpress, this blog finally has all my past post on it – with pictures added to most posts. Over the next month or so I will be making more changes to the layout and look of the blog, but for now, enjoy!


Reflection & top 4 posts from 2009

February 26, 2010

Photo by SRivera

2009 has been a great year, having written 117 blog posts on a variety of topics. I know my resolution for 2010 will be to write more often and with better consistency! Here are the top 4 posts that were written in 2009 that have been the most popular.

1. Advertising on nonprofit websites?

2. Why can’t a nonprofit get its own credit card?

3. 3 reasons why you should have a twenty something on your board

4. Want to know how your nonprofit is doing financially?

Interestingly, they are not the most popular overall. Three posts I wrote in 2008 were more popular this year, with the SWOT post getting more hits than all four of the above combined:

1. Using SWOT Analysis for Strategic Planning

2. In-Kind Gifts 101: Definition, Acknowledgement & the Law

3. Nonprofit Blogging Tips from ProBlogger

Honor for NonprofitSOS

February 26, 2010

This blog was selected by the Daily Reviewer as one of the top 100 nonprofit blogs!

The first 10 people I followed on Twitter

February 26, 2010

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A few days ago I realized that I am almost at my 1,000th tweet. I figured that my 1,000th tweet should be something related to Twitter, so when researching potential blog topics I came upon an interesting and fun post by SocialButterfly “A Look Back: My First Twitter 10.” After reading it, I immediately went back and took a look at the first 10 people that I followed. There weren’t really any big surprises, but I thought I would share them with you in no particular order:

1. @thetattooedmama
Jess is the graphic designer that owners the Delicious Design Studio, and the person that did the original design of this blog. It makes sense she was one of the first I followed since she designed the blog that is NonprofitSOS.

2. @problogger
This is a no brainer. Darren is a genius when it comes to blogging and always has unique, thoughtful and well-written posts to help bloggers at ProBlogger. Which is why he was one of the first that I followed.

3. @staceyburns
I worked with Stacey at a nonprofit a few years back. She doesn’t tweet much now, but is an amazing person. I have never worked with someone that is so committed to her work. When I first joined Twitter, I’m sure I searched for those that I knew on Twitter, which is likely how I found Stacy and started following her.

4. @SmartNonprofits
This is the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s Twitter account. In Minnesota, we are very fortunate to have such an awesome state council for nonprofits. For those in the nonprofit sector, they are an obvious pick for someone worthwhile to follow.

5. @Deborah Howard
Deborah is the President and founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS). I’m sure she is one of the first I followed because of her work. I am on the board of an animal rescue, Pet Haven, and animal welfare is a cause I care about deeply.

6. @davemn
Dave Lee was one of the people who inspired me to really get active on Twitter. I remember sitting in the lower level of the capital building while Dave was tweeting about our day on his iphone (he was a presidential elector and I was an alternate). He kept an interesting blog with his take on the electoral college, Citizen Elector.

7. @daniamiwa
I first met Dania when she was working at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits at their annual conference. Dania is a fun, intelligent nonprofit professional that has interesting tweets and this year, just landed a job to help build the capacity for development at the Great Plains Institute. She is a great person to follow.

8. @Philanthropy
This is the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s twitter account. It’s no surprise this was one of the my first follows, they constantly provide links and info for those in the nonprofit sector.

9. @alexeaton01
I met Alex Eaton through my community involvement, he lives in my Senate District (62). He is young and impressive – click on his name to see his investment group. It’s just too bad he doesn’t tweet more!

10. @kellykay30
I first met Kelly last fall, when I was first getting on Twitter. I serve on the finance committee at the Charities Review Council where she works in Development. She impressed me from the start, at small nonprofits with only one development staff, you often find that there isn’t a lot of structure or planning – mainly because they just don’t have time. This was not the case for Kelly at the Charities Review Council, their thoughtfulness, planning and structure was very impressive and really a model for other nonprofits to follow. They have an active finance committee, and a well-thought out development plan. She is a great nonprofit person to follow.

How did I find these? I looked at the list of those I am following and clicked “next” until I got to the last page of those that I am following. It seems that Twitter lists both those that you follow and your followers in the order that they follow you, or you follow them. So, by going through those that I am following all the way to the beginning of the list revealed the first ten people that I followed.

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February 26, 2010

I’m thinking about having a monthly webinar for nonprofit workers. To aid in my decision, I have created an easy, quick seven question survey. Please take a moment to complete it by clicking here. Thank you in advance for your help!

Down to the wire

February 26, 2010

I have been lagging behind on posting lately and I am truly sorry for that. I actually have a few good posts lined up, I just haven’t had time to write them out.

The reason I am behind is two-fold really, I have a large evaluation contract that I am working on right now for a Minneapolis nonprofit and I am getting married this Friday, 5/22. Oh, and we leave on Saturday for a 3 week honeymoon in Africa. So, life has been a little hectic lately.

I have a couple housekeeping things – as of Friday, my new name will be Kristen Cici (no longer Kristen Denzer) – old fashioned I know, but I don’t want the hyphenated name – imagine if our kids married someone else with a hyphenated last name, their last name would be Denzer-Cici-etc-etc…four names long (yikes!). Also, while I am gone I will still be posting as much as I can (and when I have access to internet), but it may be in spurts, like several posts in one day and the no posts for a few days, but I do have a bunch of posts lined up for while I am gone, so make sure to check back soon!

2008 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference

February 19, 2010

I attended and presented at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference in St. Paul, MN. I presented a session: “Thinking Outside the Box: How to secure funding and relationships with cities, counties and watersheds.” The presentation slides are available here later today

A blog worth your time.

February 19, 2010

I recently happened upon a great blog- Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk, that I had to share. While Penelope does not work in the nonprofit world, her posts are still very relevant and interesting. I found myself on her blog for over an hour reading post after post- I especially like how her posts include “Posts that are probably related” and lists a few more posts you should read. A few posts I especially enjoyed were “The Wall Street Journal tries to guilt women into giving up maternity leave“, “You only need $40,000 to be happy“, “How to wait: Don’t” and “6 most violated resume writing rules.” But believe when I tell you that there are hundreds, yes hundreds of entertaining and useful posts on her blog. Enjoy.

Welcome to Nonprofit SOS

February 19, 2010

Welcome! This mission of this blog is to serve as a resource for all those in the nonprofit community. Feel free to send me questions at any time and I will do my best to either answer them on this blog, or email you with a response.

This blog was originally started on blogger – and I am in the process of transferring all of my old posts over to wordpress. So, if it looks like I wrote hundreds of posts in one day – I didn’t. I just want to make sure all my old posts are transferred over.