Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Trainer & Nonprofit Innovator in networks, learning, and social media, recognized by Business Week, Fast Co.

San Francisco Bay Area
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Beth Kanter's Summary

I have worked in the nonprofit sector for 33 years and dedicated my career to answering the question: How can nonprofits leverage online technology for social change? I'm a Master Trainer and have trained thousands of nonprofits on all continents of the world. I am the co-author of two books, "The Networked Nonprofit," and "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit," winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award. I have been blogging for more than a decade at Beth's Blog, one of the longest running and most popular blogs about nonprofits and networked approaches. I was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media." I am passionate about nonprofit training, capacity building, content curation, social media, measurement, learning, and networked approaches.

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Specialties: training delivery and design, train the trainers, coaching, coaching design, peer learning facilitation and design, online research, online facilitator, training design and delivery, one-on-one computer coaching social web and software tools, pattern analysis, multimedia creation, screencasting, instructional materials development, global thinker, creative, pattern analysis, online community building

Beth Kanter's Experience

Trainer and Consultant

April 1993Present (21 years 6 months)

I work with nonprofits on instructional design and delivery of workshops on topics in my books - strategic use of digital communications and networks, organizational learning with online tools, peer learning, curriculum development, training trainers, and more.

See for examples of my presentations, curriculum, articles, screencasts, and quotes from clients.


The Networked Nonprofit

April 2010Present (4 years 6 months)

I co-wrote the book The Networked Nonprofit that became a runaway nonprofit hit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, winner of 2013 Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2014Present (9 months)

Taught graduate course on strategic use of networks and social media based on my books, The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Visiting Scholar: Nonprofits and Social Media

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Fund-Raising industry

March 2009September 2013 (4 years 7 months)


Independent Consultant

Nonprofit Arts Sector

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 1986April 1993 (6 years 11 months)

Between 1986-1993, I worked as an independent consultant to nonprofit arts organizations in the area of market research, focus group facilitation, management assessment, strategic planning, and fundraising. My clients ranged from the National Endowment to the Arts to many local, regional, and national nonprofit arts organizations.

General Manager

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra

June 1984July 1986 (2 years 2 months)

As General Manager, I did everything from promoting the concerts, fundraising, board management, financial management and artist management.

Development Office

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Performing Arts industry

August 1982July 1984 (2 years)

I worked on annual fund raising projects for the Tanglewood Music Center.

Development Office

New England Conservatory

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1981August 1982 (1 year 1 month)

I worked on various annual fund projects.

Beth Kanter's Publications

  • The Networked Nonprofit

    • Wiley
    • June 8, 2010
    Authors: Beth Kanter

    Networked Nonprofits are simple and transparent organizations. They are easy for outsiders to get in and insiders to get out. They engage people to shape and share their work in order to raise awareness of social issues, organize communities to provide services or advocate for legislation. In the long run, they are helping to make the world a safer, fairer, healthier place to live.

  • Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission

    • Wiley & Sons
    • February 17, 2009

    Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission is a practical resource that will help nonprofit professionals make smart, strategic decisions about technology. The book shows how to effectively manage technology and offers practical advice for decision makers and staff alike who often have little or no experience with technology.

    With contributions from the top experts in the nonprofit technology field, this must-have guide addresses technology planning and people. It includes the tools you need to get the work done, and the knowledge that will help you communicate better, evaluate technology investments, raise money, and more.

Beth Kanter's Projects

Beth Kanter's Skills & Expertise

  1. Training & Development
  2. Large Group Facilitation
  3. Blogging
  4. Online Communities
  5. Coaching
  6. Multimedia
  7. social media
  8. blogging
  9. Presentations
  10. Instructional Design
  11. Workshop Facilitation
  12. Social Media
  13. Community Sites
  14. Online Research
  15. nonprofits
  16. Non-profits
  17. Networking
  18. Employee Training
  19. Published Author
  20. Innovation
  21. Social Networking
  22. Nonprofits
  23. Grant Writing
  24. Capacity Building
  25. Community Outreach
  26. Fundraising
  27. Social Entrepreneurship
  28. Public Speaking
  29. Philanthropy
  30. Public Relations
  31. Organizational Development
  32. Strategy
  33. Leadership
  34. Training
  35. Web 2.0
  36. Social Media Marketing
  37. Strategic Planning
  38. Content Development
  39. Publishing
  40. Social Media Outreach
  41. Volunteer Management
  42. Strategic Communications
  43. Program Management
  44. International Development
  45. Board Development
  46. Community Engagement
  47. Program Development
  48. Stewardship
  49. Entrepreneurship
  50. Editing

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Beth Kanter's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board Member

      The Sharing Foundation
      • Poverty Alleviation
      January 2000 present (14 years 9 months)

      The Sharing Foundation helps children in Cambodia. I've been an online and offline fundraiser for this organization for ten years. This past year, I'm donating my royalties from my book The Networked Nonprofit to support the charity.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Arts and Culture
      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Health
      • Poverty Alleviation
    • Organizations I support:

      • The Sharing Foundation

Beth Kanter's Education

New School of Music

Music Performance: Flute


Activities and Societies: I was preparing for a career as a classical music flutist and realized that there wasn't much of a future there.

Bennington College

BA, Music, Creative Writing, Visual Arts


Beth Kanter's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

NTEN CP Squared Social Media Club Boston MediaMakers Boston Podcamp Video Bloggers Berkman Bloggers Group

Honors and Awards:

Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award 2013

Business Week: Voices of Innovation

NTEN Award: Most Valuable Person in the Field

NTEN Award: People's Choice Award - Person Most People Turn To For Advice

One in a Million World from Success Blog

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