Dreams of a Mobile Website for 2016

December 30, 2015
Organizations of all missions and sizes participate in NTEN Labs, one-day capacity building workshops, throughout the year to share their tech challenges, successes, and dreams with their peers. We asked Paula Jones, from N.C. Center for Nonprofits, to answer a few of our questions and share her organization's relationship to nonprofit technology.

Technology Failing Is Not Your Problem: A Case Study

December 29, 2015
Organizations of all missions and sizes come together throughout the year to share their tech challenges, successes, and dreams with other NTEN Lab participants. We asked Birgit Pauli-Haack, from NPTechProjects, to answer a few of our questions and share her organization's relationship to nonprofit technology.

Joining Hands and Building Community: Digital Inclusion Fellowship Voices

December 28, 2015
In May 2015, NTEN and Google Fiber launched the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, a new national program investing in local communities and nonprofit organizations to address the digital divide. Sixteen Fellows are working this year on projects that include setting up basic computer skills courses, increasing home Internet usage, and volunteer recruitment and training. Mike Byrd shares his recent work as a Fellow in Durham, North Carolina, working for the Kramden Institute.

Things We Like (December 2015)

December 25, 2015
Saying no to apologies, the looming hope of dumpling emoji, tech tats, and more in this month's roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies.

Year-end Reflections from the Community: Peter Campbell

December 24, 2015
As years go, 2015 was a significant one in my career. The work of a CIO, or IT Director, or whatever title you give the person primarily responsible for IT strategy and implementation, is (ideally) two parts planning and one part doing. So in 2015—my third year at Legal Services Corporation—we did a couple of the big things that we'd been planning in 2013 and 2014.

Discarding Our Assumptions: Digital Inclusion Fellowship Voices

December 23, 2015
In May 2015, NTEN and Google Fiber launched the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, a new national program investing in local communities and nonprofit organizations to address the digital divide. Sixteen Fellows are working this year on projects that include setting up basic computer skills courses, increasing home Internet usage, and volunteer recruitment and training. Dustin Steinacker shares his recent work as a Fellow in Provo, UT, working for the United Way of Utah County.

The Sign-up Sheet Is Dead

December 23, 2015
Could you imagine the potential of filling a room with 800 of your strongest supporters? This group of 800 people could sustain your organization (and many others!) for years. Your challenge is to activate them. What if, within 5 minutes, you had the mobile cell numbers, names, and email addresses of everyone in the audience?

Move That Mouse: Digital Inclusion Fellowship Voices

December 22, 2015
In May 2015, NTEN and Google Fiber launched the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, a new national program investing in local communities and nonprofit organizations to address the digital divide. Sixteen Fellows are working this year on projects that include setting up basic computer skills courses, increasing home Internet usage, and volunteer recruitment and training. James Butts shares his recent work as a Fellow in Raleigh, NC working for the Triangle Literacy Council.

Listen, Listen, Listen

December 22, 2015
“If you build it, they will come” is a frequently quoted but also frequently misguided philosophy for the design and development of technology and software. As organizations look to increase engagement with communities they often think technology is the answer, and many move quickly to choosing a platform. In the nonprofit sector often, the result is wasted resources in an already resource-scarce environment, and, worse, the creation of a product that few use.

Community Corner: December 2015

December 21, 2015
News and resources from NTEN’s Nonprofit Tech Clubs (volunteer-led local groups of nonprofit professionals and techies that get together for regular in-person events), Communities of Practice (CoPs) (volunteer-organized affinity groups), and the NTEN online community platform (conversations about all things nonprofit tech).