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NTC 2008 Registration Now Open!

Submitted by Brett on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 3:51pm

Plan on joining us in New Orleans, March 19-21, because registration for the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference is officially open.

You know the NTC: More than 1,000 people will come together at the Sheraton New Orleans to connect with colleagues, learn about the issues, share their knowledge with others, and, of course, have fun. But there are a few things you may not know yet:

  • This year's theme is "Building Community: Connections around the globe and around the corner"
  • David Pogue, the personal technology columnist for the New York Times, will be the plenary speaker. Will he favor us with a song?
  • The After Party will be held on Thursday, March 20th, at New Orleans' legendary Tipitina's. You can sign up to get down when you register for the NTC.
  • NTEN members save $200 on their NTC registrations, substantially more than the cost of becoming a member. If you're planning on attending our conference, it just makes good economic sense to join NTEN today.

Learn more from our recenty updated NTC pages. See you in New Orleans!

Bev Magda in InformationWeek

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 2:56pm

NTEN Members are making news again! The Humane Society of the United States has been a member of NTEN for some time now. This weekend, Bev Magda, their CIO, was featured in InformationWeek. Check out her profile!

(Bev, I love Visio, too).

LinkedIn as a Fundraising Tool?

Submitted by Anna on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 12:39pm

Recently, NTEN Member Paul Lamb presented to the NTEN Discuss Affinity Group his LinkedIn fundraising experiment: using the social network as a tool to create dollars for Street Tech students through the LinkedIn Answers feature.

A few Affinity Group members felt this was on the borderline of the LinkedIn user agreement and social network etiquette.

Blogs in Plain English

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 11/30/2007 - 9:56am

CommonCraft is at it again. The most recent installment of their "In Plain English" series: blogs. Happy Friday! Enjoy!

Why Don't You Shut Up?

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 11/30/2007 - 9:13am

Flickr Photo: johnmukA couple of weeks ago, my 2-year-old was kind enough to let me listen to NPR on our way downtown, and I heard a funny little snippet about Spain's most popular ringtone:

...a royal voice saying “Why don't you shut up?” — the recent outburst of Spain's King Juan Carlos to President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela at a summit in Santiago, Chile.

I meant to blog it but forgot. (I think my mind was trying to erase the subsequent event of that car ride, namely listening to "A Spoonful of Sugar" 13 time in a row.)

Imagine my delight when Katrin Verclas, esteemed former NTEN ED, tweeted a link to an Economist piece stemming from an event she ran in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It's a great summary of some of the cutting edge mobile work that's going on around the world, from election monitoring in Nigeria to getting around censorship in Pakistan -- and it references the King Juan Carlos ringtone.

Are mobile phones really the next big thing? It certainly looks that way. An article in the Baltimore Sun points out that the US market is really busy right now making sure that the next generation of mobile phones will be much more than phones:

Drum Roll Please . . .

Submitted by Annaliese on Fri, 11/30/2007 - 7:49am

It's the final day of Member Appreciation Month here at NTEN, and we've saved the most coveted prize for last: we're giving away a free registration to the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference!

We're happy to invite:

Maria Palomino, from America's Second Harvest to join us in New Orleans, March 19-21, for the biggest -- and most fun, I might add -- conference for nonprofit technology professionals!

Thank you for being a member of NTEN, Maria and America's Second Harvest. And thank you NTEN Members one and all, for your support and participation in the nonprofit technology community.

Don't forget: Registration for the 2008 NTC opens December 1st.

We Said It and We Meant It: We're Giving Away a Membership

Submitted by Annaliese on Thu, 11/29/2007 - 8:42am

We've been announcing programming, discounts, and prize giveaways for NTEN members all month here on our blog, and it's all been leading up to these last two days of Member Appreciation Month. Today, we're giving away a complimentary Individual Membership for 2008 to an NTEN member:

William H. P. Kaung, of the Organization of Chinese Americans. Thank you, William, for being a member of NTEN!

There are just two days left to take advantage of the special Member Appreciation Month offers, and only one more day of prizes. Tomorrow, we will be giving away a free registration to the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

From Google to Green

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 11:06am

The Al Gore affect on the environment continues to play itself out. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Google is going green. Or at least, greener.

Over the next several years, the tech giant and its foundation will invest tens of millions of dollars in renewable energy research and development; it will also invest in renewable energy companies. Part of the plan also includes building solar power plants.

The motive? Start with this little statistic from the article:

"Google officials decline to say just how much power its data centers use to run its vast Internet search site and its other businesses.
But by some estimates, the company spends more than $2 million per month on electricity to power its network of an estimated 450,000 computer servers."

We're sure the greater good figures somewhere in there as a motivation, too.

Thank You NTEN Members

Submitted by Annaliese on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 7:47am

Thank You, NTEN members, for your membership support and particiaption in the nptech community. Just because we're coming to the end of Member Appreciation Month doesn't mean that our appreciation for NTEN members is drawing to a close. Speaking of drawings...

To continue our nptech giveaways, we're sending a copy of AdWords for Dummies, courtesy of Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers, to today's appreciated member:

Elaine Tola of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Thank you, Elaine, for being a member of NTEN and doing the work that you do every day!

And all NTEN members can get this book, and all books offered from Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers, for 20% off with their member discount!

Stay tuned for the final two days of Member Appreciation Month giveaways - the big ones are coming up:

  • Complimentary NTEN Membership
  • Free Registration for the 2008 NTC!

Community Buzz

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 3:59pm
News and buzz from people and organizations in the nonprofit tech sector. Read our posts on the NTEN blog.

Award Season

> Convio announced their first annual Innovator Awards, featuring 15 nonprofits. The ASPCA was honored for its MySpace site. America's Second Harvest won best Online Fundraising Campaign.

> PR News has published the list of finalists for its awards. Winners will be announced December 4th.

> Next up: the 2008 NTC Video Contest. We'll begin accepting submissions on December 1st, 2007, the same day registration for the biggest nonprofit technology conference of the year opens.

End World Hunger

> When last we blogged about it, FreeRice had donated more than 1,000,000,000 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. Just three weeks later, that total up to about 4,000,000,000. We're not sure what 4 billion grains of rice looks like, but we suspect it would fill our office. Do your part -- while building your vocabulary -- today.