News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Things We Like

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 8:19am

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources.

1.’s powerful video calling for you to help “Stop the Clash of Civilizations,” and winner for the NTC Video Contest!

2. Friends for Peace’s photo booth at the NTC and its photostream on Flickr. NTEN for Peace!

3. Gavin Clabaugh’s sonnet recited at the Community Celebration at the NTC, and his subsequent haiku posted on his blog. Gavin is also a winner of an NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award.

Want to recommend something you like to the community? Post it in the comments.

How To: Start Putting Technology To Use

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 8:16am
Your guide to resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause.

Web 2.0 and New Media Tools

Telling Your Story

  • Some nonprofits are already telling their stories online, and using maps to do so. The Story Mapping Blog, a creation of the The Center for Digital Storytelling, has great examples of digital story maps.
Know of a great "how-to" resource? Tell us about it in the comments.

Nonprofit Techies Say What Inspires Them

Submitted by Bonnie on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 9:32am
At the NTC earlier this month, we interviewed nonprofit techies to find out why they do the work they do. And they had some great answers. Click here to watch more video testimonials and listen to podcasts of techies for good talking about their work and vision

Videos For Social Change

Submitted by Bonnie on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 4:10am

Video is a powerful way to communicate your message and cause. More and more nonprofits are using video to tell the story of their cause.

The NTC Video contest showcased some of the excellent videos out there urging people to act for social change.

Hats off to the, the winner of the NTC Video Contest for this powerful video asking you to help “Stop the Clash of Civilizations.”



You can watch all the finalists’ video on DoGooderTV, and many of the great videos we received here.

Thanks to See3 for sponsoring the contest!

Code For Change This Summer

Submitted by Bonnie on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 1:22am

If you’re a college student or soon to be graduate with programming skills, consider putting them to use for a good cause! This summer U.S. PIRG is hosting a new program in which interns will improve CiviCRM, the contact relationship management component of CivicSpace and many Drupal websites.

Specifically participants will work on improving features like online petitions and tell-a-friend functions, making CiviCRM a standalone application that integrates with CMS like WebGUI, and getting it ready to use for PIRG’s network of advocacy organizations. And since we’re talking about open source code, all this work will go back out to the community. This is great news for other nonprofit organizations that use, or want to use, CiviCRM.

Find out more about this program and how to apply.

Join NTEN at the Bridge Conference

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 9:43am

Whew! After the CRAZIEST (in a great way!) NTC ever, I can't believe I'm thinking about another conference, but here it is! NTEN is coming back to Washington, DC, for the Association of Fundraising Professionals' conference.


The Show: The 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising
The Dates: July 8 - 10, 2007
The Venue: The Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

With over 75 sessions ranging from Direct Response and Integrated Marketing to Major Gifts and Foundation Grant Sessions, focusing from Nonprofit to Business-to-Business Direct Marketing - this conference has something for everyone!

For a complete schedule of Tracks, go to!

Enter the Stockholm Challenge

Submitted by Bonnie on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 2:32am
The Stockholm Challenge is looking for submissions of innovative uses of technology in development projects to enter to win the prestigious 2008 Stockholm Challenge Award. We know that many of you in NTEN community have many fantastic projects working for human development and social change, and as a partner of the Stockholm Challenge we want you to apply! Read on for more details

Fundraising on the Edge

Submitted by Ali on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 1:31am

I had a great time at the NTC last week. When I wasn’t busy meeting the geeks (you know who you are) or collecting evaluation forms, I managed to find time to attend the "Not Your Mother’s Online Fundraising Campaign" session on Friday.

The presenters gave a lot of great examples of online campaigns that reach past the traditional get-an-email-address, get-that-person-interested, send-an-email-asking-for-money model (that would be Your Mother’s Online Fundraising Campaign, which is good, and the presenters hasten to add, still needed, it’s just "old skool").

Honoring the Creators of Great Nonprofit Software Projects

Submitted by Bonnie on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 9:43am

At the Community Celebration held on the last day of the NTC, we honored George Hotelling and Jo Lee who received the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest for their amazing work on CitizenSpeak. George built the open source code that runs CitizenSpeak, a free email advocacy service that gives grassroots organizations some fantastic email capabilities, and Jo manages the project. Congratulations again!

If you know of an organization or individual who has created software important to the nonprofit sector, it’s time to speak up! The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for this year’s Pizzigati Prize through July 1. You can find out more about the application process here.

Nominate the software projects that are helping your work, and help reward the individuals behind them with some fame and fortune, to the tune of $10,000.

Meeting the Geeks

Submitted by Ali on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 4:32am

This year was the first time I attended the NTC and one of my favorite jobs as your Special Project Fellows was getting to know the attendees and what they wanted to get out of the conference for our ‘Meet the Geeks’ feature in our onsite (printed) newsletter. I learned that one of the most important functions of the NTC for the people I talked to was the chance to meet and get to know other people working in nonprofit technology. For those of you who couldn’t attend (or those who did, but didn’t get to meet all the other 1,200 attendees) here is your chance to meet some of your fellow geeks. I hope that next year in New Orleans I’ll have the chance to meet many more of you.

Amit Asarauala, CompuMentor

What did you want to get out of the NTC?

The main reason I’m here is to connect with the people I’ve been I’ve been working with virtually for the last year. There must be 20 or 30 people I’ve seen in person. Coming here is a great way to meet them in person.