News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Be a ZFellow

Submitted by Ali on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 11:25am

Nominations are open for the Community Technology Foundation of California’s Zero Divide Fellowships (ZFellows).  If you live in the state of California and are committed to social change, apply before June 29th for this two year training fellowship.

ZFellows meet five times over the course of two years to gain the tools and leadership skills they need to help bring about social change in their communities, engage in network-building activities and complete a Strategic Impact Project. This is an unpaid fellowship, though all travel and lodging, and meal expenses will be covered by the CTFC.

Priority will be given to applicants involved in technology-based community or social enterprises and specifically those nterested in mobile, wireless and social media technologies.

Take the 2007 NTEN Community Survey

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 4:29pm

Tell us what you like, don't like, and more importantly, what you NEED - and get the chance to win a FREE registration to the 2008 NTC!

It's time for the annual NTEN Community Survey!

As you know, NTEN is the membership organization serving the needs of the nonprofit technology community; our goal is to help you harness the tools that will help you get your job done better and make a bigger impact on your mission. And that means we need YOU to tell us how we can better help this community of nonprofit and technology professionals Connect, Learn, and Advocate:

Your feedback is instrumental in our decisions about what programs and services to offer over the next year, and how to improve our current services.

Help shape the direction of NTEN and the nonprofit technology community by taking the survey today.

NTEN Members Get Best Rate at AFP Bridges Conference

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 2:41pm

We've partnered with the 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference and now NTEN members can register for this great event at the member rate!   

So you can find answers to questions like:

  • What are the most effective and innovative ways to get your message out there?
  • How do you integrate web and mail to maximize your fundraising and marketng campagins?
  • How do you develop innovative cause marketing campaings?

Here's how:

Goodbye, 1264 Market Street

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 4:29pm

Goodbye 1264 Market Street!  We will miss you!

1264 Door





Karl moving

Google Does It Again: Google Analytics v.2 is Astounding

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 9:04am
Google released a new version of its web stats application and it is beautiful. The interface is significantly revised and, thanks to Jeff Veen, formerly of Adapative Path and now a Google lead designer, and his team, usable, beautiful, and highly informative. The application is free to users and a must-have for non-profit web sites. Avinash Kaushik, one of our favorite bloggers on all things web stats, has a great post on his Occam's Razor blog that walks you through the major improvements. Read more.

Salesforce Foundation Releases Documentation Wiki for Nonprofit Users

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 8:41am

The growing user community of Salesforce and the Salesforce Foundation have releases a wiki documenting the nonprofit template; one of the main customizations for nonprofit use that Saleforce has released.

The wiki can be found here. It is a very useful resource for nonprofit thinking about or implementing Salesforce in their organizations. As many of you know, the Salesforce Foundation offers the powerful CRM (constituency relationship management) platform free to nonprofit (up to ten seats). The Foundation also offers a grant program that is aimed at development and dissemination of nonprofit applications and customizations useful for the sector.

We here at NTEN use Salesforce (albeit not with the nonprofit platform). The Salesforce Foundation is also an underwriter of the National Technology Conference.

The Internet as...a Lava Lamp?

Submitted by Ali on Tue, 05/15/2007 - 12:29pm

The Gilbert Center turns 10 this year, and to celebrate its contributions to the field of nonprofit technology, Gavin Clabaugh, an NTEN board member emritus, takes us back through ten years of internet history (100 years of real time history with a nod to Marquez) and peeks forward to see what the next 10 have in store for us. Along the way Gavin tells us how the internet is like a lava lamp, and how ownership, identity, trust, privacy and community will shape the future of online communications.

Take a moment to visit Gavin’s Digital Diner to ponder the past and future of the internet. As an added bonus Gavin lets slip that he’s willing to work in exchange for some good Chinese take-out. And say "Happy Birthday" to the Gilbert Center (Michael Gilbert is another NTEN board member emeritus).

Who is Participating in the Great Web 2.0 World?

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Mon, 05/14/2007 - 2:00pm

 Whether you call it the participatory web, read/write web, Web 2.0, or communities dominating brands (my current favorite), there comes a point when all of us have looked up from the MySpace page or blog that we are reading and wondered if anyone outside of our geeky friends is actually looking at this stuff. And perhaps more to the point, many nonprofits are wondering if all this social networking and online participation is a good investment, or just a fun diversion.

Two new studies offer insights into this question by taking a look at who is using participatory technology.  Read more. 

Who Should Keynote the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference?

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 5:58pm
The Nonprofit Tech Conference 07 is hardly over but we are already gearing up for New Orleans in 08. And we want your input!  Who would be a GREAT keynote speaker? Who would be inspiring and interesting on using tech for social change? Submit your suggestions here.

The Innovation Divide, Alive and Well

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 1:56pm

Why is it so hard for nonprofits to effectively use technology and what can we do about it? The California-based research outfit PolicyLink sets out to answers these questions in their report “Bridging the Innovation Divide: An Agenda for Disseminating Technology Innovations within the Nonprofit Sector”.

The report looks at twelve case studies in order to answer the following questions:

1. What are the causes of the innovation divide?

2. How and why do nonprofit organizations adopt new technology innovations and assimilate them into their work?

3. What can be done to speed up the diffusion of innovations within the nonprofit sector?

The case studies explore the development, adoption and diffusion of technological innovations in the nonprofit sector. After exploring the successes and challenges faced by these nonprofits, PolicyLink sets out a five point agenda to help nonprofits make better use of information and communications technologies:

1. Establish new federal, state, philanthropic, and corporate funding programs to develop and disseminate technology innovations within the nonprofit sector.

2. Create forums and intermediaries—at the local and national levels—to facilitate the adoption and dissemination of technology innovations.

3. Support universal service reforms that enable nonprofits to gain broadband access to best take advantage of ICT innovations.

4. Create forums for learning from the private sector about the adoption and use of new ICTs.

5. Establish standards and mechanisms for data sharing and interoperability.

Clearly funding and information sharing play a large role in addressing our sector’s technology needs. We here at NTEN are fully bought into this agenda in our strategic goals for our work and for the sector. Learn more about PolcyLink’s agenda, and how you can be a part of the solution, by reading the report.