Beth Kanter – Using Social Media for Good Causes

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Beth Kanter is a trainer, blogger, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of social media. Her expertise is how to use new web tools (blogging, tagging, wikis, photo sharing, video blogging, screencasting, social networking sites, and virtual worlds, etc) to support nonprofit. She has worked on projects that include: training, curriculum development, research, and evaluation. She is an experienced coach to “digital immigrants” in the personal mastery of these tools.

She is a professional blogger and writes about the use of social media tools in the nonprofit sector for social change. She was recently named one of the top fifty most influential female bloggers (#29 on the list) and the only blogger who focuses on the nonprofit sector and on a top ten list of female thought leaders in social media. In addition to her highly rated, award winning blog, Beth’s Blog, she is a Contributing Editor for nonprofits and social change for BlogHer and a contributor to NetSquared. Her articles have appeared many online nonprofit publications including TechSoup, Nonprofit Times, and others. She contributed a chapter to the NTEN’s forthcoming nonprofit technology book, to be published by Wiley, on Technology and ROI and she contributed a “thought leader” essay on social media adoption issues to the recently published book “Mobilizing Generation 2.0.”

She is an expert in the use of web 2.0 for fundraising, having raised over $200,000 for Cambodian orphans using her blog and other Web 2.0 tools. She was the first place winner of the Yahoo Network for Good Contest in 2007 (covered by the Wall Street Journal) and came in first place for global causes in America’s Giving Challenge sponsored by Case Foundation and Parade Magazine. Her case studies about using social media to raise money for charities are documented here.

Just after Beth’s presentation, Gnomedexer’s used the power of Twitter (social media at its finest) to raise funds to send a young Cambodian woman to college. In just 90 minutes, we raised nearly $2500.00. How amazing is that? Thanks to everyone who was there to make this happen, and to everyone who promised to donate.

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