March 26, 2014

The 13th Issue of NTEN: Change is Out – “Competitive & Innovative Nonprofits”

cover_march2014changejournal.jpgWhen the words of our quarterly theme, “innovative and competitive” come to mind, I think about what we can learn from farmers.

To enjoy the fruits of our labor, we need to be flexible and responsive to external conditions, and have the patience to see it through to harvest. You can’t rush nature, but you can set yourself up for success.

The articles in the March issue of the NTEN: Change journal capture stories of nonprofits in transition; they’re transforming from one stage to another, using technology to fuel their campaigns, initiatives, and to optimize their day-to-day work.

>>Read the March 2014 issue! (online or mobile device)

Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s in this issue:

We also go behind the scenes with Ask Big Questions and Text, Talk, and Act, and Bonnie McEwan explores the campaign tactics behind PETA’s campaign against SeaWorld.  We converse with the team from the Ashoka Empathy Intiative and DataKind demonstrates how data can, in fact, save lives.

Plus, check out 15 Minutes to Better Website SEO, and the NTEN Voices section: community tweets, our transition to become a community-driven organization, sustainability, and more!

>>Enjoy, and subscribe! The NTEN: Change publication, designed especially for busy nonprofit executive directors, departmental directors, boards, and other leadership staff, is free and ready to download!

True to its name, the Change journal is changing. We’re proud to welcome new Editorial Committee members, and introduce Ashley Paulisick, the artist behind the cover painting. Look inside to learn the story behind the cover portrait, a tribute to Juanita Baltodano, President of the APPTA Fair Trade cacao and banana cooperative in Costa Rica. She is the real farmer that brought inspiration to this issue – even age-old farming practices can be revitalized for broader community impact.

Joleen Ong
Joleen is a strong advocate of the nonprofit sector’s role in bringing about social change, and the power of technology to make this happen. At NTEN, Joleen is the editor of NTEN: Change, the quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders, and helps to support NTEN’s 50,000+ community members meet their mission through technology. Joleen is a published writer and researcher on the topic of nonprofit fundraising, communications, marketing, as well as international human rights and labor relations in Asia and Latin America. Prior to NTEN, she was the Communications Manager at Social Accountability International in New York for five years, where she focused on supporting programs to advance workers rights in factories around the world. Joleen earned her MS in Nonprofit Management from the New School, and BA in International Studies and Spanish/Anthropology at the College of New Jersey. She has led presentations on the topic of nonprofit marketing, communications, and sustainability worldwide. She is also a member/blogger of the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (IMAB) and frequent webinar trainer for FundsForNGOs. Joleen is also the editor of two award-winning social justice documentaries that focus on responsible procurement with Fair Trade on college campuses, and military recruitment.