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Allyson Kapin 7 min read

SXSW Nonprofit Picks

SXSW is just around the corner. For five days, nonprofit campaigners, techies, and social media enthusiasts will gather for one of the largest and most anticipated conferences of the year. But with over 3K+ attendees and hundreds of panels, core conversations, workshops and parties, it can be overwhelming to get the most out of SXSW. No worries though. Frogloop has put together a short list of the best nonprofit and political campaign related panels as well as parties and gatherings for the nonprofit community. Read on!


Debunking the Myth of Social Media Fundraising
March 13 at 12:30 PM

This panel will discuss several case studies showing successful fundraising strategies that incorporate Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The panel will review results from a recently completed research project investigating social media fundraising strategies specifically supporting events.

Brooke McMillan, Stacey Monk, Frank Barry, Donna Wilkins and Jodie Kolkowski

2009 Iran Election: Women's Revolution? Twitter Revolution?
March 14 at 11:00 AM

By campaigning and protesting Iranian women surprised onlookers through their sociopolitical participation during the 2009 Iranian election. What led to the sudden appearance of an invisible part of Iranian society, and what role did emerging media play? This panel will discuss online political activity during and prior to the election.

Roja Bandari, Mona Kasra, Shireen Mitchell and Dr. David Parry

Not Just for Obama: New Media Gets Local
March 14 at 12:30 PM

Local political campaigns have adopted many of the tools of national campaigns but with varied success. This panel will examine the tools now being used in local races and by local activists (Facebook, Wordpress, Drupal, Twitter, SMS, etc) and give specific examples of success and failures.

Julie Blitzer and David Parmet

Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change
March 14 at 3:30 PM

Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change? The Social Change Challenge will crowdsource innovative ideas from nonprofits to change the world. We'll share big ideas for using social media for nonprofit program delivery and some good tips for crowdsourcing for social change.

Amy Sample Ward, Beth Kanter, David J Neff, Holly Ross, and Kari Saratovsky

Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? Donations 2.0
March 16 at 11:00 AM

Connecting donors directly to the beneficiaries of contributions is a game-changing fundraising strategy. Will traditional nonprofits need to adopt new technologies and fundraising models as donors demand greater accountability for their funds? This vibrant, moderated discussion will include representatives from Kiva, OptINnow, and 2 national advocacy organizations.

Skylar Woodward, Ruth-Anne Renaud, Milo Sybrant, Michael Cervino and Katie Bisbee

Frogloop Editors Note: I will be doing a core conversation with Susan Mernit and joined by Charlene Li and Deborah Schultz on the breaking through the glass ceiling on March 13 at 11AM in case that topic interests you too.  

Parties and Gatherings

Beacon Lounge
Want to grab breakfast, lunch, take a break or listen to some good music during the craziness of SXSW? Come to the Beacon Lounge, Room 8BC, March 12-16, a swanky lounge just for nonprofit campaigners and and the nonprofit geekeratti. 

Convio Party
Come party with the nonprofit technology community and Convio. Enjoy free eats, cocktails and the amazing patio at an Austin favorite, The Cedar Door, Home Original of the Mexican Martini, Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 PM.

SXSW NPTech Salt Lick Meetup!
Join fellow non-profit tech folks for brisket, networking and fun at one of the best barbeque joints in Texas, Friday, March 12th at 7:30PM.

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Allyson Kapin

Allyson has been named one of "Top Tech Titans" by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women In Tech by Fast Company, and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign, she leads the firm's client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns. She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact.