Beth Kanter’s Blog

Beth Kanter's Blog

Age of Automation and Nonprofits: Hiv.Gov ChatBot, Bots in Workplace, and More

Here is a recent roundup of articles, blog posts, and research on the “Age of Automation” and what it means for nonprofits. Special Report:  AI for Good:  Earlier this month, Allison Fine and I wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy on the age of automation and it implications for fundraisers. It is part…

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Nonprofit Professionals: Don’t Let Email Spoil Your Summer Vacation

Mobile phones and 24/7 connectivity blur the lines between personal and work time, especially during summer break or vacation.  And according to recent polls, some 62% of people check their work email while on vacation. And that can ruin your time at the beach and more importantly prevent you from reaping the full benefits of…


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The Well-Being & Equity Bridging (WEB) Network

The last few months I have been honored to serve on a team as a trainer, a team lead by  Leadership Learning Community with the purpose to activate a network focused on the intersectionality of equity, well-being, and health. This concept is very exciting to me as I’ve noticed in my own work as a trainer focusing…

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Facebook Live: A Tool for Parent Mobilization and Engagement in Diverse Communities

Note from Beth:  Momsrising continues to forge ahead with innovative and effective ways to use social media for engagement and results. Here’s a guest post that shares how they are using Facebook Live. Facebook Live: A Tool for Parent Mobilization and Engagement in Diverse Communities Guest Post by Jeannina Perez, Senior Campaign Director MomsRising.Org / MamásConPoder.Org…


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New Pew Research Report: The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being

The Pew Research Center has released a research report called “The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being.”  Pew interviewed technology experts and scholars (including me) about the benefits and drawbacks of our digital lives.  The expert predictions  about the impact of the internet over the next 10 years came in response to questions asked by Pew…

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The Age of Automation: How Bots and Artificial Intelligence Help Nonprofits Work Smarter

NYC Event: On Thursday, July 12th, Allison Fine and I will be leading an event at the NYC Tech Club on Bots, AI, and Nonprofits.  If you are in NYC, you are invited to join us!  We will be talking about emerging best practices for using bots and artificial intelligence for nonprofits for fundraising, marketing,…


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Turn Your Stress Into Meaning: A Few Tips

Drawing by Rob Cottingham I’m hearing from many nonprofit folks that they are feeling the exhaustion from a perpetual cycle of outrage.  Many felt stressed and exhausted back in Nov. 2016, and have been fighting for important causes for 18 months now.  The environment nonprofits find themselves operating in is going to last for awhile….

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Last week at the IFC-Asia, I co-designed and facilitated a 90 minute workshop with Marco Kuntze titled “The Digital NGO: The Journey from Paper to Screen.” Jo Wolfe, Aseem Thakur, Gillian Tan, Cherisse Beh, Katie Bengaard, and Toral Cowieson joined our session as small group facilitators. Just A Little Content To Get Started  There are…


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How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

I’m just back from spending a week in Bangkok, Thailand at the IFC-ASIA: Ecosystems for Good. I co-lead a workshop on digital transformation, co-facilitated a master class on digital fundraising campaigns, co-hosted a learning breakfast for scholarship participants, co-designed a Big Room session on Technology for Good, and in between attended some amazing sessions.  I…

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Why Nonprofit Workplaces Are Stressful and What To Do About It

In light of the recent high profile suicides by Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain,  Vu Le wrote an excellent piece on what nonprofits need to know about mental illness.  One of the points he brings up is the importance of creating an environment where life/work balance flourish.  Overwork and stress can lead to burnout and…