News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Making the Right Tech Decisions

Submitted by Ali on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 1:04pm
Does more technology mean more mission? Charlie Brown from Ashoka’s Changemakers says that making the right technology decisions lets organizations expand their mission and make a greater impact on the world.

You can meet Charlie hanging around NTC events for the next few days and hear more from him in his NTC session “What Technology Can Do for Your Mission” tomorrow at 10:30. And read on to learn why he does what he does, and what his thoughts are on the latest trends in his field.

NTC Pipe

Submitted by Sonny Cloward on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:58pm

Riding the wave of yesterday's announcement of NTEN's NPTech Pipe, we have added an additional pipe to the NPTech Pipe that aggregates all NTC tagged/related postings and articles. You can search it (with the other pipes) or browse content and subscribe to it. Or you can skip the NPTech Pipe all together and subscribe here:

Remember to tag your articles and postings with 07NTC (or just put NTC in there somewhere).

Visit NTEN in Second Life

Submitted by Bonnie on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:40pm

NTEN has a new headquarters in Second Life!

If you get sick of all the face-to-face meetings at the NTC, take a break to come see what we're up to in Second Life and meet other nonprofit techies virtually.

Thanks to Andrew Hoppin and Trellon for getting us set up!

Looking for someone special?

Submitted by Bonnie on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 9:20am

There's no doubt that you'll meet a ton of people at the NTC, but will you meet the people you really need to meet? Maybe you're looking for an expert blogger to show you the ropes, or someone who's recently raised a lot of money online, or someone to fill that open position in your tech department, or even a date?

One way to be sure to meet the people you want to meet is to send in a personal ad. Really! Send us a short ad describing yourself, who you want to meet, and how you can be found. Feel free to show off your sense of humor here. We'll post the personals in the daily NTC newsletter and find some others ways to spread the word for you.

Just email your ads to editor [at] nten [dot] org.

The NTC Starts Today!

Submitted by Bonnie on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 8:49am
If you're joining us for the Nonprofit Technology Conference for the next three days - welcome! And if you couldn't make it, we'll be blogging about all that's going on here so you can follow along.

Almost 1,200 people will be coming together over the next few days to learn, swap knowledge and experiences, meet each other, and have fun. We'll be blogging about a lot of the action right here, including interviews with some of the attendees and speakers, commentary on sessions, podcasts and videocasts, and news and updates about the day's events.

I know a lot of you may be blogging, podcasting, or filming the conference too. If you are, tag in 07NTC so we can find it and feature select posts here on our blog.

There's a lot going on in the next three days. You can stay in the loop by joining our NTC Affinity Group for email updates and conversations and by signing up for text alerts by texting NTC to 75528.

If you're an NTEN member, come to the Member Reception in the Regency Ballroom at 12:00 noon - there will be lunch, prizes, new colleagues to meet, and old friends to reunite with.

See you soon!

Put that in Your Pipe and Search It

Submitted by Sonny Cloward on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 1:08pm

This article announces the beta release of the NPTech Pipe - a focused and vetted content stream for nonprofit staff and technology providers to efficiently search, browse, and subscribe to technology-specific content relevant to the nonprofit sector.

Being prone to gratuitous roamings down memory lane, I find myself on this eve of the 2007 Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC - which is turning out to be perhaps the largest coming together of geeky do-gooders ever assembled - remembering my first NTC way back in 2004. While much has changed at NTC in these three years (reliable wifi, pre-conference social networking, better targeted tracks, much better parties), it still brings together the most impassioned and brilliant people in our field. It's inspiring and overwhelming all at the same time.

NTC Buzz: Social Calendar

Submitted by Annaliese on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 12:46pm

We're gearing up for the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Washington, DC this week - where more than 1000 nonprofit technology professionals will be gathering for 3 days of sessions and networking.

But we also want to remind everyone of the the extra curricular activities available over the 3-day conference so that you can be prepared to take full advantage of the many opportunities for connecting, site-seeing, and good ol' fun.

Using Technology to Reach Low Income People

Submitted by Ali on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 8:18am
The success of your work depends, in part, on making sure you deliver services in the ways your constituents want and can use. Joyce Raby, a Program Services Analyst with Legal Services Corporation, knows that technology is often the best and most efficient way to deliver services, and that you need to look at technology differently when your services are targeted to low income people.

Read on for a quick look into Joyce and her work, and learn more about this topic at Joyce’s session “How Low Income Individuals – Your Clients - Use Technology” at the NTC on Thursday. April 5th, at 1:30 pm.

Welcome to the newest NTEN affinity group:

Submitted by Visitor on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:15am
Picture it - a gigantic black tour bus pulls up in front of your NTEN summer block party. Darkened windows, no visible activity... Who the heck is this and why are they crashing our party??

The "who" is us - the Blackbaud User Society. Our snazzy black bus gets us to where we need to go in our ongoing quest to change the world. We are doing this in two ways:

1. Ensure that clients of Blackbaud are getting the best value possible out of the software they've purchased.

2. Maintain close communication with Blackbaud product developers so they know what we our priorities are as users.

Why would we want to do that? The same reason NTEN exists at all. We have people and families to serve, and we all believe that by exploiting new and innovative technology we can get that work done more effectively. It is for these common goals that we are partnering with NTEN as an Affinity Group.

Our community has been around in various incarnations for several years, but the Blackbaud User Society was created in May 2006 under the banner of the "Raiser's Edge User Forum". Since that time we have grown and evolved into less of a passive community and a much more proactive force for our members. Partnering with NTEN is the latest proactive effort we have started in accomplishing our own mission and those of our members. We are not officially endorsed by Blackbaud or affiliated with them in any way. That being said, they are aware of who we are, and particpate regularly.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join our community, though we are primarily focused on those people who work at organizations that use Blackbaud products. Our biggest audience within that group is the fine folks who administer Raiser's Ege and other Blackbaud products for their organizations. Those of us who interact with the techology on the most fundamental levels, and ideally have the influence to change business processes in our organizations to exploit the technology as much as possible.

Come take a tour of the bus. It's comfy. Have a drink, and chat with us. We're here to join the party, not to crash it. and Peter Gulka

Telling the Story of What Drives You

Submitted by Ali on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 7:16am
What is your organization’s online personality? Susan Finkelpearl, the Director of Online Strategy at Free Range Studios, says your website if often the first impression people get of your organization. And we all know what people say about first impressions.

Get to know Susan a little here and learn how to show off your organization’s personality in her session “The Fundamentals of Storytelling in Online Communications” on Thursday, April 5, at the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

How did you get into helping nonprofits?

"I've always had a passion for helping organizations communicate effectively and started my career working in traditional PR, first for a relief agency and later for the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental think tank.