Archive Tips

Archived tips provide helpful pointers for grassroots organizers on using technology. These tips were written many years ago and may be outdated. All PowerBase releated tips can be found on the PowerBase Tips Page.

Hi--we are getting ready to send out an RFP for our website redesign.

We are looking for a firm that is familiar with nonprofits/social justice, has reasonable rates, and can advise us on both design and content (including the best CMS for us).

Any leads? They can be anywhere in the US.



Here's a short list of resources and interesting articles - sort of a primer - on Social Media. These resources were suggested during the 'Social Media for Social Justice' workshop, facilitated by Jack Aponte, with Palante Technology, and Alice Aguilar, with Progressive Technology Project, at the NYC Strategic Communications and Media Conference on October 28, 2010, sponsored by the New York City Funders' Collaborative.


Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

A few excellent online tutorials already exist, so we've provided a link to them for you.

A tutorial from the makers of Audacity.


This training will focus on what you'll want to consider in making your database useful and making your data meaningful for your fundraising campaigns.

The following topics will be covered in the webinar:

  • Making sense of your data and keeping it clean
  • Tips in setting up your data needs based on your fundraising plan

I download data from our database and it downloads as two tables which I can save as Excel worksheets. One table has the demographic info (name, address, etc). The other table might have our "contact" info (attendance at an event, letter we may have sent them, etc). I'm wanting to manipulate the data. In the past I've sent it into access but I thought it might be easier in excel.



I'm working with a bunch of new organizations that are growing out of the collapse of ACORN. As new organizations concentrating on organizing low and moderate income families they recognize the need to utilize new media and the internet to help them organize well, but they face challenges related to skill sets and cost.


Katherine Mackenzie, a consultant for M+R Strategic Services will take us behind the scenes of the Obama Campaign’s new media strategy. She will be presenting key findings from the report Online Tactics and Success: An Examination of the Obama for American New Media Campaign that M+R Strategic Services prepared for the Wilburforce and Brainerd Foundations.


Thanks in advance for reading my LOOOOONG question :)

Basically, I am trying to figure out a simpler way to get and share information with people. Different people would need access to different sets of information.


Here is an interesting NYT article about using sms/text messages strategically. The target audience is for-profit businesses, but the tips go beyond making money to talk about how to develop relationships with clientele (i.e. constituents), and the potential that texting has, if used strategically, to collect information on recipients.