ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

Transparency Report

We’ve said it time and time again: user privacy is important to us. We’re vigilant about protecting it on WordPress.com, and we’re always on the lookout, ready to weigh in on policy proposals that might curtail the privacy that we and our users value so highly.

Today, our focus turns to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the internet’s naming system, such as domain names. ICANN is currently considering a proposal that would prohibit many domain owners from using privacy and proxy registration services.

What exactly does this mean? If you’ve ever registered a domain (and millions of you on WordPress.com have), you may have noticed an option to make your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, private. This is great for those who want to publish anonymously or those who simply value more privacy. However, ICANN is considering precluding anyone who uses a domain for “commercial” purposes from private…

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J and I just gave to the Ada…

I originally posted this over on one of Mach 30’s sites, but the lessons for fundraisers are good ones–plus I’m a little in love with the Ada Initiative right now and it’s a cause that might not be familiar to all of my nonprofit peeps. Enjoy!

Mach 30 Discussions

J and I just gave to the Ada Initiative and there are a lot of things about their fundraising process that is well done. I’m sharing it here as inspiration/ideas to steal for Mach 30:

Twitter stream is full of reasons to support their work with Retweets, photos, everything. All of it geared toward the cause, not the organization: https://twitter.com/adainitiative

Website includes specific asks to help spread the word–including sample social media posts: https://adainitiative.org/how-you-can-help/spread-the-word/

Site lists concrete ways people can support the mission of the organization with or without giving money: https://adainitiative.org/how-you-can-help/

Donate page makes it easy to give, has unique funding levels, and includes short, powerful reasons to support the initiative: https://adainitiative.org/donate/

Provides easy ways for supporters to do matching campaigns. Here’s an example campaign: http://bookmaniac.org/make-hackerspaces-better-support-ada-initiative/ –It’s not clear to me how you start a matching campaign which is less good, but that might be because they are nearly…

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Hello, Strangers!

Salsola tragus, dry

Time to clean out the tumbleweeds!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Long time, no type!

A lot has happened since I last shared this space with you, most notably, I left the solopreneur  world to become the Program Manager for the National Robotics League.  It’s a wonderful position, (what’s not fun about robots that fight each other in an arena and teach students STEM skills at the same time?) but it has seriously cut into my free writing time.  After 5 months I feel like I’m starting to get things under control, and I missed the creative outlet of this space, so I’m taking a shot at doing both at once.

The question is, what should we talk about?  My new position means I don’t have the time or energy to do in-depth “how-to” posts, and I’ve cut my consulting way back so I have fewer avenues for case studies.

Here are some of the ideas that come to mind:

  • Work-life balance, especially in nonprofit/change professions
  • Stories from the field:  lessons from my own program management experiences, as well as guest posts from other nonprofit professionals
  • Organizational development advice and discussions.  I am especially interested in what separates good meetings and bad meetings and would love to spend time helping people have more good meetings and fewer bad ones
  • Musings about on-line communications.  Just random thoughts based on my own work, or the work of others I come across
  • Probably fewer “how to” posts than before, more like a seminar course than a training program
  • Online Book Club:  a place for us to read non-fiction together and discuss its impact on our life and work
  • A brilliant idea that you just had that I didn’t think of

So, what do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see for the next chapter of Low Hanging Fruit.

2010 Wrap Up

Plateful of Christmas Cookies

Image via Wikipedia

As the year winds to a close, I’ll be spending most of my time focused on three things:

  1. Helping two nonprofits with which I work (Pandora Theatre and Mach 30) make the most of their year-end fundraising.  (Here’s why you should focus on December fundraising too)
  2. Baking Cookies
  3. Developing plans to help nonprofit leaders reach more people through social media in 2011.  If you’d like to be one of those leaders,  click the links below before you go bake your own cookies:
    1. Sign up for the newsletter to get all the free resources from the blog delivered to your inbox–along with discounts on paid resources.
    2. Jump-start your fundraising with the ideas in this free guide– so you’ll have the funds you need to take advantage of premium content.

See you next year!!

While I was out

I'm on a boat!

I went on vacation last week with my family–so it’s been a little quiet around here.  Now I’m back and getting  into the swing of things. I’m working on the next  Adventures in Fundraising update (hint, it’s all about the 1023)–but meantime, I want to make sure you don’t miss out on two cool things that happened while I was away.

  1. Pamela Grow invited me to write a guest post on how autoresponders can help nonprofits turn prospects into donors–you can read it here.
  2. Remember the tool Susan Johnstone created to help us out-smart resistance?  She’s expanded her offerings.  If you’ve noticed that you can’t seem to force yourself to do the stuff you know you need to do–Susan can help you learn how to stop fighting your resistance and start using it.   Check out the free teleclass and other great offerings here.  If you are ready to jump into the full 5 week class, click here to sign up.

Your turn

What have you been up to?  Post links to your latest posts, info about upcoming events or just general plugs for your awesome organizations and/or projects in the comments section.

See you next week!