News from the NTEN Connect Blog

NTEN Community Call: What Kintera’s Open Platform Means for the Nonprofit Sector

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 9:03am

Wednesday, August 15 at 11am PT/2 pm ET for a free community call with Kintera CTO Scott Crowder.

Kintera recently announced Kintera Connect, an upcoming open application integration platform that provides nonprofits with the opportunity to select industry solutions that best meet their unique needs. But what does an open platform mean for you? And what types of solutions and capabilities will an open platform offer to nonprofits? What impact could an open platform have on fundraising and constituent engagement efforts? Learn from Scott Crowder, Kintera’s chief technology officer (CTO), how developers and partners will be integrating directly with Kintera technology and what technology possibilities could be available to your nonprofit. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered.

This is a FREE event. No registration is required. To participate:

  • Phone: 866.740.1260 / passcode: 3979000
  • Web: / passcode: 3979000
This call will last one hour.

Michelle Murrain Joins NTEN Board

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00pm

Michelle MurrainNTEN is pleased to announce that Michelle Murrain of MetaCentric Technology Advising and NOSI: The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative, has joined the NTEN board. Michelle is a long-time technology consultant, and an advocate for open source software. She is the author of the NOSI Primer for Nonprofits, and blogs at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology.

I have worked with Michelle in the past, and am thrilled to have her 'on board.' We are very lucky here at NTEN. Please extend your warmest welcome to Michelle as NTEN's newest board member.

Muni WiFi as Disaster Relief Tool

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 10:41am

Add one more item to the long list of reasons that Municipal Wifi is so important in our communities, and to nonprofits in particular: Muni Wifi is playing a critical role post bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Looking for ways to bring Muni Wifi to your community? Check out our guide.

Many thanks to Sheldon Mains for the heads up, and CTFC for supporting the guide!

Blackbaud gets Bigger, Buys eTapestry

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00am

Blackbaud continues its roll into the eCRM market by acquiring eTapestry.  From the Nonprofit Times article:

"Nonprofit software provider Blackbaud has made its second major acquisition this year, buying online donor management and advocacy tool eTapestry. During the past two years Blackbaud has spent more than $90 million on acquisitions in the nonprofit software and advocacy marketplace."

Blackbaud's first acquisition this year? Target Software. We'll all have to keep our eyes peeled for what happens next.

Gavin Clabaugh Named in NP Times Top 50

Submitted by Holly on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 8:25pm

The Nonprofit Times released its 10th annual list of the top 50 nonprofit executives, and long-time NTEN member (and recently departed board member) Gavin Clabaugh is on the list.

According to the Nonprofit Times,

"These executives were selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector. We also offer a roll call of the executives who have shaped this list during the past decade."

Congratulations Gavin! You can find him and the 49 others here.

From the Affinity Groups: Recommendations for Web Design and Asset Management Tools

Submitted by Visitor on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 11:01am

Recently, folks in the Affinity Groups, our online community platform, discussed recommendations for simple web design and asset management tools -- certainly stuff that could be useful to any nonprofit technology organization. Participants in the DC area 501 Tech Club had a candid discussion about applications that can help create quick and easy websites. Solutions that were mentioned:

  • Installing the wide range of full featured content management systems (CMS) in order to automate a lot of work associated with creating and maintaing a website
  • Microsoft's Office Live, which is easy to use yet only fully supported on Internet Explorer
  • The open source Wild Apricot, Square Space, and Site Kreator toolsets, which are supported on a wide range of platforms and browsers
  • Possible free website creation tools provided by one's domain hosts
  • A recent article by Idealware that may be worth checking out for more recommendations

NPTech Well Represented in 50 Most Influential People: Gavin Clabaugh and Daniel Ben-Horin

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 8:04am

Gavin Clabaugh, board member emeritus of NTEN and CTO at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, was named one of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector by the Nonprofit Times. This honor is bestowed to those individuals “for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector.”

In addition to Gavin, Daniel Ben-Horin, President of Compumentor, was honored again this year for his innovative work with Compumentor and Techsoup.

Both are very dear colleagues and friends, and we congratulate them for the recognition of their great work in the NPTech field!

Pulling for Network Neutrality

Submitted by Brett on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 3:50pm

Hard though it may be to take a pink site seriously, if you care about the future of internet access, you owe it to yourself to read David Weinberger’s broadside against the telecommunications industry, “Delamination Now!” David worries that “the incumbent carriers” are trying to turn the Internet into cable television, with a pricing model that will allow them to charge different amounts for different types of data or favor one content provider over another.

Network neutrality, the flipside of the current carriers’ model, would treat a bit as a bit, and nothing more. Payment to wholesale providers would be made for bandwidth used, while a new breed of ISPs could compete by offering different services: anonymity from one, outrageous connection speeds from another. David’s piece is passionate, heartfelt, and sure to provoke debate.

Are You a Web 2.0 Curmudgeon?

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 8:17am
Just got into the office and found this lovely bit on Marshall K's blog. Marshall is a Web 2.0 believer. John Dvorak of PC Magazine, is clearly not. The debate on Marshall's blog is a great read, no matter which side of the fence you are on. Especially the part about the dramatic chipmunk.

Nonprofits Get a Second Life

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 4:44pm

Anshe Chung, the world's first virtual millionaire, has donated virtual space in Second Life – space which can cost hundreds or thousands of real dollars per month – to set up the Nonprofit Commons. According to the New York Times, more than 30 nonprofits have already opened offices in this "virtual business incubator".

According to their wiki, the Nonprofit Commons "was designed as a pilot project to lower the barriers of access to Second Life, and to create a community of practice for nonprofits to explore and learn about the virtual world." The "sim" – which looks like a cross between an idealized European college campus and a French sidewalk cafe – will be formally launched on Tuesday, August 14, at 5:30 PT with a mixed-reality event. The live event will be part of NetSquared's Net Tuesday, while simultaneous events will take place in Second Life. You can learn more from their press release.