News from the NTEN Connect Blog

How To: Start Putting Technology To Use

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 6:09am

Your guide to resources that will help you put technology to work for your cause.

Engage Your Community

> Rob Cottingham at Social Signal tells you how to make friends and influence people online.

> Learn how to engage all those new friends with handy grid and summary of cheap (or free) web-based organizing and collaboration tools by Arthur Prokosch and Deborah Elizabeth Finn. Both can be found at Finn’s blog.

> Looking for fairly cheap and easy to-set-up tools to motivate your new friends to donate? Check out Paul Lamb’s Top 11 Online Ways to Raise Money.

Staff Your IT Department

> Find out what other organizations are paying their IT staff, when they are outsourcing IT functions, and how staff time is allocated to technology. NTEN’s report on Nonprofit IT Staffing:Spending, Salaries, and an Infrastructure for Success Results covers all this and more.

Things We Like

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 6:06am

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources from our blog.

1. Gavin Clabaugh’s One Hundred Years of Internet. The past and future of the internet, Chinese food, lava lamps and Gabriel García Márquez. What more could you want?

2. Our new event feed– find or submit any NPTech event or add your own to the schedule and add it to your RSS feed.

3. Social Innovation Conversations’ interview with Bridgespan’s Tom Tierney about the nonprofit leadership gap.

4. Wakoopa let’s you track and share what you use on your desktop, and helps you find the best applications and games to suit your tastes. The Social Source Commons gone commercial.

Know of a great resource you'd like to share? Post it in the comments.

Community Buzz

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 5:56am

News and buzz from people and organizations in the nonprofit tech sector.

Getting the Lay of the Land – Research on Critical Matters

And speaking of funding…

Get Rewarded For Your Good Work

> The Florence and Frances Family Fund at Tides Foundation has announced the second Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. If you have developed software that is available at no-cost to nonprofits and advocacy groups, has demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit organization, and can serve multiple nonprofits apply here for the $10,000 prize. Applications are open until August 1st.

> Cisco’s 2007 Growing with Technology Award is open through June 22nd. The nonprofit category is for organizations that have fewer than 999 employees with a grand prize of $25,000. The first runner up gets $15,000. Cisco’s award “recognizes the creative ways that non-profit organizations are using the Internet and networking technologies to provide a broader geographical reach of services, expand or maintain services, or serve the organization’s employees or clients better.”

The New and Improved NTEN Member Directory

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 3:06pm

The much anticipated NTEN Member Directory is back online!

As you know, NTEN is about helping this community of nonprofit and technology professionals CONNECT, and the searchable directory of NTEN Members is another way to do that.

Here are the specs:

  • Search by name, organization, city, or state - or add the advanced search options
  • Anyone can search the database (log-in required)
  • Only NTEN Members can access the full contact information

You can access the directory from our side navigation or from our Member Services page.

Curious? Try it out here.

Make the Case for Technology Investment in Fundraising

Submitted by Ali on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 12:05pm
Whether it is a better database, or online engagement with donors, there are many ways technology can help fundraising. This week's enewsetter from Fundraising Success is all about getting buy-in from organizational leaders. One of the features is on how to convince your leadership to invest in technology, and is based on the NTC session "The ROI Question: Demonstrating the Value of Technology to Your Organization” (see the session materials here).

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.