Michael Gilbert offers 14 more free white papers and reports

Howard Lake | 27 June 2007 | News

US nonprofit technology thinker and practitioner Michael Gilbert has added another 14 white papers and reports to his growing list of free downloads. Issues covered include nonprofits and blogs, online donor cultivation, and the role of the executive director in nonprofit technology.

Gilbert, publisher of Nonprofit Online News and other pioneering online resources and tools for nonprofits, offers an expanded range of his incisive, considered and occasionally iconoclastic writings on nonprofits, technology, new media, governance and management.

He ably sums up in a single sentence for each paper what is on offer from these new downloads:


“A Practical Approach to Collaboration” presents an approach to inter-organizational cooperation that emphasizes function, rather than purpose.

“Asking the Wrong Questions” is a critique of the technocentric method of technology planning that is in widespread use.

“How to Write a Book in One Year” describes a basic approach to large scale writing discipline.

“Nonprofits and Weblogs” presents a natural, integrative way for organizations to embrace personal publishing.

“Online Donor Cultivation” presents a basic model for measuring and nurturing, in an online context, a donor’s readiness to give.

“RSS Grants Channels” is the proposal for a new way of sharing foundation data that gave rise to the current Grantsfire project.

“Seven Knowledge Management Mistakes” is exactly what it sounds like.

“The HIMS Matrix” is a method for analyzing our communication with stakeholders to assess whether they feel heard.

“The Mission-Resource Matrix” is a deceptively obvious framework for program evaluation and planning.

“The Permeable Organization” is a manifesto calling for new organizational boundaries in the age of networks.

“The Role of the Executive Director in Nonprofit Technology” explains how leaders can manage conversations about technology to better serve their organizational interests.

“To Be Heard Above the Din”, by Samantha Moscheck, explains how spam threatens civil society and what organizations and funders can do about it.

“Toward Network-Centric Philanthropy” is a report on insights from a survey of grantmakers on the RSS grants concept for sharing information.

“Understanding E-Relationships”, by Michael Soper, calls on us to take more responsibility for managing the transitions in our relationships with our stakeholders.