June 26, 2006
Topic: community building tools and member support
Greetings! I am writing to update you on our pledge to deliver robust
community building tools per your request, and to ask you to consider a
small financial contribution in support of this important knowledge
sharing program of the Development Gateway Foundation.
Your financial support, no matter how small, sends a clear message that
you value dgCommunities as a high quality resource for global knowledge
sharing, collaboration, and professional development. Since we began
our fundraising campaign in January, we have been greatly encouraged by
the donations we've received. For those of you who may still be
considering a contribution, and increasingly rely on us to keep you well
informed within your areas of interest and specialization, won't you consider
making a donation today at
(https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=7947)? For regular
and/or long-term users, please consider making a recurring donation.
Simply select "I want to make a recurring donation", and choose the
frequency that best suits your budget (e.g. quarterly, or annual basis).
Contributions to the Development Gateway Foundation, a tax-exempt
public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are
deductible for computing income and estate taxes in the United States. Our
annual report can be viewed online at
Your contributions help cover the costs of providing the dgCommunities
platform. Is it worth it? Consider the truly global composition of the
community of practitioners that have gathered together to share and
collaborate on dgCommunities:
East Asia & Pacific: 11%
Europe & Central Asia: 21%
Latin America & Caribbean: 11%
Middle East & North Africa: 4%
North America: 23%
South Asia: 16%
Sub-Saharan Africa: 14%
dgCommunities serves over 30,000 broadcast subscribed members, and
we've recently had record breaking months in terms of usage, with over
200,000 unique visitors to dgCommunities!
ENHANCED MEMBER DIRECTORY
The Member Directory now provides a one-stop shop for key contacts and
collaboration worldwide. We invite you to take advantage of this
unprecedented collaborative tool and add your profile today!
Our new Member Directory enables you to more easily contact fellow
professionals in the international development community for expert advice,
and collaboration. You will be able to find development practitioners
from over 200 countries, with interests and expertise in dozens of
areas, including your own! We invite you to update your member profile to
let your colleagues in development know more about your interests and
expertise. You"ll find the profiles very useful when using the Member
Directory to communicate and collaborate with fellow members on your next
program or project. From http://www.developmentgateway.org?intcmp=504
simply click on "My Gateway" in the upper right corner, log in, scroll
down to "My Member Profile" and click "Edit this information."
Quick Start - 4 Easy Steps:
-ESTABLISH YOUR PROFILE
Let your colleagues in development know more about your interests and
expertise through your dgCommunities profile. Simply log in, go to My
Gateway, scroll down to "My Member Profile", and click "Edit this
-SEARCH FOR MEMBERS
Log in to the Development Gateway, and click the Member Directory link
located in the right column on any dgCommunity home page. You can
search by: name, country, interest, expertise, organization, organization
type, or by keywords in member bios. Search results will show you a list
of members with a link to their profiles. You can also reach the Member
Directory when you log in, go to My Gateway and click on "Add Members
to My Contacts".
-COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS
When viewing a member"s profile, click "Contact this user". This will
open a message box in which you can type and send a message through our
message forwarding system.
-CREATE OWN CONTACT LIST OF MEMBERS
You can build a list of key contacts and form your own network of
members. Searching for members will produce a results list; you can then
select members to be added to your "My Contacts" list by clicking on the
plus sign under "Status" for each desired contact. Or, when viewing a
particular member"s profile, click "Add this member to My Contacts". Your
full "My Contacts" list can be viewed when you log in, go to My
Gateway, scroll down to "My Contacts" and click "View My Contacts."
People are talking! Our new Member Forum provides a platform for your
views and comments on a wide range discussion topics (see
In addition, the Member Forum is now being used as an official venue
for civic engagement in the formulation of public policy. dgCommunities
members are invited to share their views in a virtual consultation forum
with civil society and indigenous peoples sponsored by the Government
of Bolivia and the Organization of American States, in cooperation with
the Development Gateway Foundation. The forum will address sustainable
development issues. A summary of dgCommunities member comments will be
presented by the OAS to the First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers
and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable
Development, to be held in Bolivia on October 5-6.
To participate in the consultation in English:
To participate in the consultation in Spanish:
To explore similar collaborative opportunities with the Development
Gateway, please contact us at email@example.com
Thanks very much for your generous support and continued participation!
Please don't hesitate to contact us with your comments, requests and
Director, Global Online Communities
Development Gateway Foundation
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
"connect-collaborate-change your world"