News from the NTEN Connect Blog

NTEN Community People's Choice Awards

Submitted by Annaliese on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 3:35pm
At this year's Community Awards ceremony at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we want to acknowledge the organizations and people who have stood out with particularly effective, exciting, and memorable implementations of technology for their causes over the past year.

Please take a moment to tell us about your favorites in this short survey, and we'll announce the People's Choice in each category on Friday, March 21st.

> Vote today!

Where's Waldo, and Is He Coming to the NTC?

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 2:57pm

The NTC is just over a week away, and we bet you're starting to get as excited as we are (though we hope you're sleeping more and remembering to eat)! If you're looking to connect with other conference attendees, we've got a couple of suggestions for you.


1. Go to (you'll need to create an account if you don't have one already)

2. Join the group

3. Post a message to introduce yourself!


This year, the fine folks at MapBuzz have set up a map for NTC attendees. Mosey on over and add yourself today:

1. Head over to MapBuzz and add your information to the Attendees Map.

2. Enter your address and/or city and state into the search bar at the top of the page.

3. Click the ADD TO MAP button that appears, and enter your Name (and photo, bio or any other information you want) into the box.

4. Click SAVE and you're done.

Looking for a Content Management System?

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:25am

Flickr Photo: newramblerLooking for a Content Management System? Wouldn't it be nice to know what your peers and colleagues think your top choices are? You will soon! Share your experience with Content Management Systems in our short survey, and we'll compile the results into a handy report.

> Rate Your CMS today!

This short survey will deliver both quantitative AND qualitative results to you. Of course, the more people who participate, the better the results will be, so please take just a few moments now to share your experiences. When you're done, share the link with your colleagues and peers!

> Rate your CMS today!

Survey responses are anonymous. If you have any questions please email

Who Techs? Women Tech!

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 6:26pm

Flickr Photo: entr_pyHey ladies! What are you doing on March 31st? What? Nothing? Well, now you have a date. Join me at the Women Who Tech Telesummit!

Defying the stereotype that the tech world belongs to pocket-protector toting guys hooked on sci-fi and video games, hundreds of women are gearing up for the “Women Who Tech” national telesummit. These are no ordinary women either. The participants are the cadre of women from coast to coast who leverage their tech savvy to inspire change and transform the world.

Among the sessions:

  • Web 2.0: What’s Hot? What’s Not?
  • Cracking the Boys Club: Women and Social Capital
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Tech But Were Afraid To Ask (a man)
  • Breaking Through the Digital Ceiling

Panelists include a “who’s who” of women on the forefront of social change and technological progress. Among them: Arianna Huffington of; Joan Blades of and; and Lynne Johnson of Fast Company, just to name a few.

2008 NTC Widget

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 5:21pm

Scholarships for the 2008 NTC - Sign up and Spread the Word!

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 3:20pm

Since we chose New Orleans as the 2008 NTC location, we've been hard at work looking for ways to incorporate and showcase the local nonprofit scene while we're there. After all, it's these grassroots organizations who have been at the heart of the amazing comeback New Orleans is making.

We're very fortunate to have Vince Stehle and the Surdna Foundation in our corner. Thanks to them, we're able to offer 50 scholarships to Gulf Area nonprofits to attend the NTC for just $199.

If you're a Gulf Area organization, sign up today! If you know a Gulf Area organization, help spread the word. Here's how to get that special rate:

  • Go to and select a registration option.
  • On the registration form, select "Gulf Coast Orgs" in the "How did You Hear?" field.
  • The registration form will refresh and display the $199 rate option.

mFundraising: Fundraising on Mobile Phones

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 12:23pm

Mobile phones aren’t just for calls anymore. Text messaging and web-enabled phones have made it possible for individuals to donate via their cell phone. Join NTEN and a panel of experts on Thursday, March 6th for the webinar, "mFundraising: Fundraising on Mobile Phones". As presenter Katrin Verclas puts it, "This is going to be big!"

> Learn more and register today!

NTEN Members Online Round-Up: Toolboxes, the Future of TV, Tech Stars, Advice, Dealing with Criticism, and Twitter

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 1:48pm
LOLnptechAmy Sample Ward let us take a peek at her technology toolbox last week by describing 6 of the daily e-tools she incorporates into her online work and life.

Michelle Murrain has a new free and open source tool overview: Miro, a video tool you can use to play, organize, download, and disseminate online videos. She predicts that this is the future of television.

NTEN member Beth Dunn is profiled as a "tech star" over at @Bar. We're so proud!

Marnie Webb to all organizations thinking about social networking: start with the search. She gives some tips and links to begin your (re)search.

NTEN member Ed Schipul will be speaking on a panel (which includes NTEN superstar Beth Kanter) about web-based social media technologies for nonprofit organizational fundraising at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW). All you NTENners who will be at SXSW -- let us know what you learn!

A couple of familiar NTEN members and contributors joined our nptechies across the pond for the Circuit Riders 4.0 Conference last week. Laura's Notebook has a nice round up, including a video of Beth Kanter, who joined via Skype to discuss Web 2.0 for nonprofits. She also referred to NTEN superstar John Kenyon, who was invited by NTEN organizational member LASA to lead a workshop on nonprofit advising (or leadership, as we refer to it around here) the day after the Circuit Rider Conference. Good show!

Beth also has a great post addressing the issues of transparency and criticism in the world of social media. She offers a hypothetical scenario that anyone engaging constituencies in this user-generated environment should consider (hint: read the comments).

In response to Beth's post, NTEN member Kivi Leroux Miller offers some great advice for nonprofits dealing with negative user-generated content.

Joyce Harmon, of NPower Greater DC, posted slides she presented recently for nonprofit leaders about online strategies and tools for this generation of online fundraising and constituent engagement. Thanks, Joyce!

Speaking of giving stuff away, Katya Andresen wrote this enlightening post applying the business model of the "gift economy" to nonprofit organizations. The important takeaway for me here is that, with the low-cost of technology tools like email, e-newsletters, and of course social media tools, it not only makes sense but is fiscally possible for even the smallest nonprofit organization to use this model. Read Katya's post for more background and ideas.

Finally, I found a new form of online update from an NTEN member: this tweet about the upcoming Nonprofit Technology Conference from "Erica G." Why is this exciting? I used Google Alerts to search for "nten member" -- and was sent a link to this twitter update in my email. Implications? Tweeting has reach outside subscribed followers.

What's Your NTC Schedule Look Like?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 12:18pm

Flickr Photo: Joe LanmanWow.  There is a LOT going on at the NTC this year.  There are over 100 sessions and affinity groups, a very fun party at Tipitina's, a text messaging experiment, and lots of fun packed into the social schedule as well.  How WILL you keep up with it all? 

How about in your calendar?  We've packed the NTC schedule into one handy calendar feed.  Now you can subscribe and have the NTC schedule at your electronic finger-tips.  Choose from:

Looking forward to seeing you all there! Hat tip to member Camron Assadi for reminding us to get this done!

How Much Are You Getting Paid?

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 11:00am

Flickr Photo: c2k2eHow much does a nonprofit webmaster make every year? Are nonprofits actually paying to train their IT staff? And is anyone out there actually planning?

In order to shed some light on these questions, NTEN and the Nonprofit Times teamed up to create the Nonprofit IT Staffing Survey. We're pleased to release the second, and final, report from that survey, "Nonprofit IT Staffing: Budgets, Salaries, Training and Planning." This report will tell you what nonprofit IT professionals are earning, how much nonprofits are spending on IT, and how they are supporting IT through training, planning, and evaluation.

> Download the report for free!