Best of the Web

In response to a few requests we received on Twitter, we're reposting our May 2012 Best of the Web email here. The Best of the Web brings you the best resources that we've posted to the Idealware blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed to help you choose software for your nonprofit. You can sign up for the Best of the Web and our monthly eNews on the main page of our website.

How to Use Your Computer to Draw (Idealware)
Illustrator Joe Rosshirt gives a quick lesson on using a computer to draw images and illustrations that can be used to add color and personality to your organization’s website, blog, Facebook page and print communications. 

10 Awesome Free Tools for Infographics (MakeUseOf)
The folks at MakeUseOf offer a list of tools and tips for creating infographics, an effective and increasingly popular way to share information. 

We’re All Snowflakes: Knowing When to be Unique (Idealware)
Andrea Berry ponders the idea of uniqueness, and when an organization can benefit from taking stock of the attributes that makes it more like others instead.

Email Service Provider Comparison (Groundwire)
Groundwire updated their report with information about the different broadcast email tools available to you, providing a baseline of information on email service providers they feel represent the "best of breed" for most nonprofit organizations from the very small to the very large.

Software to Curate Resources (Idealware)
Laura Quinn shares a few thoughts about software tools to curate resources for your different communications channels.

2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study (M+R Strategic Services/NTEN)
Did you know that, on average, for every 1,000 email subscribers, nonprofits have 103 Facebook fans, 29 Twitter followers and 12 mobile subscribers? Find out more of the latest and greatest information about online messaging, fundraising and advocacy metrics for nonprofits free with registration in this informative report.

What If Somebody Says Something Bad About Me on Facebook? (Idealware)
Someone writes something mean, vulgar, or unpleasant on your organization’s Facebook page. How you handle it matters. Andrea Berry has the answer.

Legal Risks in Social Media Use for Nonprofits (Law For Change)
Law for Change provides tips for avoiding the many potential legal traps your organization may face when communicating in the online world. 

How To Make a Forecast When You Feel Like You’re Being Asked to Take a Guess: Sensitivity Analysis (Idealware)
Numbers guy Henry Quinn provides a template for making a sensitivity analysis, a method for making maximum use of the things you do know while still allowing for one or more degrees of uncertainty—all without forcing you to commit to an unfounded guess.