September 11, 2001 Tragedy: Resources to Help

Our hearts, minds, thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to every family, friend, colleague, and life affected by the horrific set of tragedies of September 11, 2001. There is so much feeling and so many words one could try to express. All the space in the world would never be sufficient to accommodate or do justice to them all. Please take a moment to put aside differences, honor the departed, respect those suffering and in need in this time, and provide assistance when and where possible. Our hope is that the following resources may help facilitate this.

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Strategic Fundraising Through E-mail

The following material is provided merely for background and reference information, and should not be considered or substituted for legal advice. Please consult with your organization's legal counsel for more information.

The past three years have seen the development of an overwhelming number of online fundraising resources, and the subsequent shakeout of more than a few third party online fundraising services.

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Impact of Administrative Advocacy Online

One type of nonprofit advocacy that does not always get a lot of attention in the context of online advocacy is administrative advocacy. This describes attempts to understand and intercede in agency deliberations and rulemaking processes on the federal, state, or local level.

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Spam and Bulk E-mail

The following material is provided merely for background and reference information, and should not be considered or substituted for legal advice. Please consult with your organization's legal counsel for more information.

I'm not one to touch it in a can
I'm not prone to read it at 9 a.m.
I do not like e-mail called spam
I do not like it, spam. I am...

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Congressional Attitudes Towards Constituent E-mail

The Congress Online Project is a two-year effort run by the Congressional Management Foundation to help address issues regarding the information and communications flow among Congress, citizens, public interest groups, and lobbyists. On March 19th, COP released "E-Mail Overload in Congress: Managing a Communications Crisis," a report based on work done in conjunction with George Washington University.

The report indicates that as many as 55,000 and 8,000 e-mail messages are directed to members of the U.S.

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Public Interest Policy Information and Media Advocacy

Portions of the following information are drawn from previous postings on the NPTalk discussion list.

It is difficult to know for certain whether the Internet has helped to make more high-quality policy information available to the public, or simply more information.

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Advocacy and Virtual Organizations: Theory and Considerations

The following material is provided merely for background and reference information, and should not be considered or substituted for legal advice. Please consult with your organization's legal counsel for more information.

Can an advocacy group exist on the Internet only, without any offline component? Discussion on the NPTalk list attempted to provide a framework to begin consideration around this topic.

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The Benefits of Zaplets to Nonprofits

Think about what you like about e-mail. It's pretty basic, easy to use regardless of the specific client, platform, operating system, etc. Now think about what you don't like about e-mail.

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Conservative and Progressive Online News Sites

Concerned that mainstream media is too left of center, and you can't find anywhere to turn for right-of-center commentary online? J.D. Lasica wrote about the growing popularity of conservative online news websites and communities, evidenced during the presidential campaign, in an 11/21/00 Online Journalism Review article.

Generally right-leaning mainstream news entities-- like the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard-- have a generally established niche in the mainstream news pool.

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Access to Electronic and Online Federal Court Records

A staggering amount of personal information is contained in federal court records, almost all of which is available to the public by federal law-- but relatively little of it available in electronic formats that promote greatest public accessibility, ease of use, and remote public access through online means. Locating information about, and within, the legal arena, therefore, can be a time-consuming task, requiring no small amount of digging among paper courthouse records in an attempt to piece together information to inform advocacy activity.

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