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Do you know a Digital hero who deserves £5,000? TalkTalk, in association with Citizens Online and The Daily Mirror, are launching the Digital Heroes Awards 2010 to find this years UK Digital Heroes. The Awards will be recognise outstanding individuals using the power of the internet to implement bright ideas which bring about positive social change. Nominations are open now until 30 September 2010. (more…)

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The Internet Advertising Bureau is a trade association for online advertising industry and has produced a number of excellent FREE guides that explains why search engines are so important when trying to reach your target audience. Although you may think of the internet as the preserve of the big brands the set includes an easy to use guide for charities that could be useful for anyone building an online fundraising strategy.

Download the Guide from the IAB website at http://bit.ly/clqVzg

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Microsoft has announced funding of up to £85,000 available for training in e-skills. See below for details and download the form at the end of the post.

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iHobo is a controversial new fundraising tool in the form of an iPhone App that reflects the growing use of the internet on mobile phones. It is being used to raise awareness and generate funds for Depaul UK, a charity that helps young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. It offers a glimpse into the life of a young homeless person and asks you to help them to decide what to do and how to survive. It is breaking new ground as a new generation of fundraising tools but it is also creating a storm of controversy as people say it is patronising and compares homeless people to Tamagotchi. (more…)

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The Washington Post has published a report that compares the value of using email as a core fundraising strategy rather than social networks such as Facebook. Although there is still a case for using such sites to raise awareness of your cause the income generated on Facebook was reportedly dwarfed by the fundraising from email campaigns and other tried-and-true methods.

I found this story on FrogLoop, a blog about nonprofit online marketing which you can find at www.frogloop.com/wpost

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Grassroots Grants

Looking for a pot to fund the IT needs of small groups? Have a look at Grassroots Grants, which funds small groups with grants of between £250 and £5,000, on a flexible basis that encourages people to work in manageable steps.

In terms of IT this could mean, for example, that a group buys a computer and then pays for training to learn how to get the best from it, such as investing in a laptop and training for a Treasurer in budgeting to manage the finances and support fundraising. Or it could pay for a training course for a neighbourhood group to set up and maintain its own website.

A full list of local Community Foundations that cover the south east is available on the Community Development Foundation’s website.

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MIX MEDIABOX OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS Mediabox, the fund that offers 13-19 year olds the chance to create their own media projects and get their voices heard, opens its Mix Mediabox strand today. More details at http://tr.im/wOrB

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