Play this post, make sweet music

Make some music. Click in the frame below and press any key from a-z. Tapping ‘w’ and ‘e’ at around 105 BPM makes a nice ambient house soundtrack, if that’s your thing. This piece of internet genius is brought to you by patatap.

The JustGiving numbers behind #nomakeupselfie

Now that we’ve had the selfies, and the blogs against selfies, and the blogs for selfies, and the blogs about what charities can learn from selfies, there’s really not much left to say about the #nomakeupselfie campaign. So I won’t bother (or perhaps leave it to my sessions at Fundraising Online or the IoF National Convention) and direct you to…

On innovations in digital fundraising

Today I gave a presentation  to a bunch of young charity sector professionals who are part of the Charity works scheme. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the UK charity sector’s graduate scheme and is a great thing. Check them out (and then come back here). As part of their training, they regularly come together to hear from various…

Hacking into Jurassic Park

Ever wanted to hack into Jurassic Park? Now you can, by going to this little gem of a site. It’s what the internet exists for. And whilst you’re at it, try using the Jurassic Park lorem ipsum generator, for all your pre-historic wireframes. Or the Jurassic Park font generator. Who knew the internet was so fond of Jurassic Park?

How to: make a donation on JustGiving using bananas

Last September, I posed the ultimate question (and one you’ve no doubt asked many times before): can you donate using a banana? At the time, the answer was, “in theory”. But yesterday, after a bit of work, I made a breakthrough, and can now answer the question with a fully caps YES. Here’s a quick instagram video as proof:  …

The future of Facebook fundraising

This is an article I wrote back in October 2012 and has just been published in the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing (you’ll know it as the IJNVSM). It’s predominantly based on a presentation I gave at the IoF National Convention in 2012, so some of the data is now a bit old – for the most up-to-date data check…

Notes from #barcampnfp

Copying my notes live from the barcampnfp sessions. Apologies for brevity and typos… Thanking One friend donated, so I donated. Cartoon – fantasy hospital Took everyone who donated, got twitter pics, and animated into a film. The gut cracker Inspired me to follow the film. Sub $10 level. Personalisation. Charity water. Diabetes uk to thank vine. Identify key influencers to…

The Internet of Things, #leweb and other ‘zings’

Last week I was lucky to go to Paris for le web conference, which focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). This describes the shift to a time when all your devices are connected to the Internet, and talk to each other through machine to machine (m2m) communication. This has been big for a while, although we maybe didn’t notice.…