Facebook: the video host of choice for nonprofits?

At Beat Nb, we’ve been using Facebook as our main video host for the past couple years. It’s a conscious decision which we made only after studying how our videos are discovered and interacted with. Our main reason for choosing Facebook is simple: it’s where people interact with our videos most. There’s tons of options for where to host your videos – YouTube being the obvious gorilla, and Vimeo as a savvy/professional alternative. We started video work for Beat Nb back in 2011, with much of our content being vignettes of kids and families who are benefiting from the neuroblastoma …

The Modern Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2019 Edition)

I wrote a list of my favorite tech for the modern nonprofit in 2016, and again in 2017. Here’s my updated 2019 recommendations. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for about 15 years, and am now full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids at Beat Nb. The quick list of what we use: Here’s the details of each and how we use them. Kindful is the hub of our donation / donor tracking. We keep a record of every donation made to Beat Nb here. We’re able to easily …

2

Running Ragnar as an Ultra Team: Ragnar Cape Cod 2018

6 of us ran Ragnar Cape Cod this past Fri/Sat as an Ultra team (6 people, 183.6 miles). 5 of us had participated in a traditional team (12 people) at Ragnar Michigan last year, so we had some familiarity with the event structure. Mandy, our 6th, had never run a Ragnar and joined the team when we were a week out. We ran it in 6 legs each. So we’d each be running about 30 miles total, anywhere from 2.3 to 10.9 miles at a time, with around 3.5 hours in between runs. We run as a fundraiser for Beat …

2

The Modern Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2017 Edition)

Last year, I wrote a post called “16 Technology Tools Your Nonprofit should be Using in 2016.” As we’ve continued to refine our process over the last year and a half, this article will update on the technology tools Beat Nb uses, and my recommendation on the technology a modern mid-size nonprofit should be using. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for the last 17 years or so, and am now full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids. The quick list of what we use: Kindful – our donor management …

3

How to display number of list subscribers from MailChimp in PHP with API 3.0

Today I was trying to show the total number of list subscribers for a Mailchimp list I maintain. I found some more complex solutions using API wrappers (like drewm’s wrapper on Github) but they were more complex than I needed, and still didn’t fully solve the issue – just presented the tools.  So a friend helped me work on figuring out the 3.0 API connection to get the subscriber total, and I combined that with the method outlined here to limit the API connections to one per minute. Here’s the code, which you’ll need to tweak slightly to get your …

Begin Again: Why I’m quitting the tech company I co-founded and going full time against childhood cancer.

My wife Robyn and I’s first born son Ezra died in 2010. He had been diagnosed with cancer on the 400th day of his life, and lived exactly 800 days. Ezra battled cancer half his life. He smiled through most of it. He was funny, curious, and compassionate. He flirted with strangers. He learned to walk and to talk in hospitals. We learned a lot from Ezra, like you can dance and laugh through cancer. We learned the pain from some losses never goes away; it just moves from your skin to your bones. We learned childhood cancer is not …

5

How to solve ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS with WooCommerce, WordPress, and Chrome

A quick note for anyone experiencing this ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS issue I spent half the day trying to fix today, since I found no blogs on it. Apparently, Chrome was the only browser throwing this issue. I had a client’s e-commerce site (WordPress and WooCommerce) which suddenly started throwing Too Many Redirects errors today. Safari, Firefox, and IE all worked fine. Typically, I would go to wp-admin first to try and fix this, then check the siteurl and home values in the options table in the WordPress db. Both, in this case, were fine. Googling turned up no help. I wound up finding the issue …

How to Start an LLC Lean

My friend Roy came by the office today asking me how to start a company. He already has good income coming in from his production business, and is ready to officially become a legitimate corporate entity. I was going to write him an email, but since this might be useful information to other up and coming businessfolk, here you go! tl;dr: I like LegalZoom, Quickbooks Online, Squarespace, and Chase. There are many other ways. 🙂 How to Start an LLC It’s really easy to set up a business, and you don’t need to hire a lawyer or consultant anymore. Note: it’s still a super …

3

24 hours with Canary

We were robbed a couple weeks ago. As far as robberies go, the outcome was about the best it could be. It could have been much worse. No one was hurt, and the jerk only stole $60 in cash (which was a donation for Because of Ezra a friend had given us!) Still, it was dangerous for our good friend who was watching our house, and the feeling of someone walking into your home to take your things and put your family at risk (he had priors for violence, too) is more violating than I realized it’d feel. Robyn has been noting our need …

1

Switching to Hyundai

Eventually in this post I’ll get to us switching to Hyundais in the Matthews home! Robyn and I first met Ashley Martin Burnette‘s mom Nicole at the NMTRC Symposium in 2014. She is a vibrant cancer-mom, much like Robyn, and I enjoyed hearing her words as we sat in group discussions around the future and present of childhood cancer research. She was surrounded by her mom and her (I think?) sister, in a room full of other cancer kid parents whom I’ve known for years, some I’d come to know only recently (hi Graeme!). We later found out Ashley, Nicole’s daughter and …