Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Scrabble Night in Canada Update

Excerpts from a recent e-mail:

The last tiles have been counted, and the final score has been tallied. The SCRABBLE® Night in Canada Friends and Family Challenge raised approximately $20,000 in support of Frontier Colleges Literacy outreach activities!


The statistics are staggering:
- 42% of adult Canadians have trouble using reading and writing to participate in everyday life!
- Perhaps more shocking, 18% of grade 10 students in Ontario failed the mandatory literacy test last year.

With sincere thanks,
Barbara Fraser
Development Coordinator

PS. Cant wait for February to have another SCRABBLE® party? Our online fundraising tool is available to you all year long, so set up a summer SCRABBLE® party and help Frontier College spread literacy across Canada one word, one tile and one person at a time.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Review of Blogging Software for Non-Profits

A review of blogging software for non-profits. (A membership is required to read the full article, but membership is free.)

(The link also provides some other interesting articles on various aspects of IT, all with a non-profit org. focus.)

Also, I stumbled across another good list of ways to improve your blog.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

MySpace: Using Its Powers for Good

I've fiddled with Facebook, Flickr and Friendster. I'm a Blogger and a LiveJournal-ist, too.

I love the Web 2.0. (If you do too, check out the list of note-taking toys I found.)

All that to say, I'm not a MySpace Cadet...yet.... but I thought their recent announcement of a Volunteerism promotion campaign was worth a nod.

The contest requires teens to submit a 15-30 second video PSA promoting social activism. Winners will be featured in Seventeen magazine (which like, so totally rawks!).

From the article:
"We wanted to use our two mediums for greater good," said Atoosa Rubenstein, editor in chief of Seventeen, who said the magazine and its editors all started their own MySpace pages to keep in touch with their readers. With 13 million readers, Seventeen is the top-ranked magazine among teenage girls, while MySpace ranks No. 1 among teens' favorite Web sites, she said. "We're almost organizers with a powerful megaphone."

Hmm. I've got visions of Students for Literacy getting MySpaced-out and setting up a visual, virtual, hyperlinked community in cyberspace. (They're pretty visions...)