Email newsletters boost offline giving

Rick Christ at NPAdvisors.com recently published some research showing that folks who receive email newsletters are more likely to give in response to traditional direct-mail asks. Rick’s experiment is similar to a more comprehsensive study conducted in 2001 by the Stanford University development department showing that, overall, folks who received Stanford’s email newsletter were much more engaged with the institution, financially and otherwise.

These results are not surprising, because anything that makes your members feel more connected to your organization is likely to boost their actual engagement.

Getting Things Done

Carl Coryell-Martin just did a great little lunchtime presentation on “How to Empty Your Email Inbox” based on the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen.

It’s a little long to summzarize here, but this is an incredibly powerful set of processes for, well, getting things done. It has huge implications for how one organizes email and to-do lists in general. I and others at ONE/Northwest will be implementing this for ourselves in the coming months, and maybe we will think about how to help the environmental community implement some of these ideas.

I love it when somebody expands my mind. Thanks, Carl.

Exchange 2003 may not require VPN for remote access!

Another short article on the forthcoming Exchange Server 2003. Interesting tidbit: “Microsoft has enhanced the Mail Application Programming Interface (MAPI), so that remote workers or telecommuters no longer need a virtual private network (VPN) connection to check e-mail on an Exchange server.” This would be huge for us.

This article has a few more details, including the inclusion of spam filtering.

Open-source Outlook-killer?

Mitch Kapor’s new project, codenamed Chandler , is worth keeping an eye on. Although it’s not planned for release until late 2003, it promises an impressive level of peer-to-peer collaboration in an open-source, full-featured email/personal information manager, with no Exchange Server required.