News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Netsquared Technology Innovation Fund

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 9:03pm

NTEN is supporting Netsquared's Technology Innovation Awards, and I would like to encourage all of the NTEN community to take part. More than 100,000 is on the table for selected projects as part of the second Netsquared gathering.

See the guidelines, whether you are eligible, and important deadlines. To nominate a project, go here. Projects are voted on by the community and 20 featured finalists be be flown out to the next Netsquared gathering in May. Both nonprofit and for-profit ventures can apply. Good luck!

Disclosure: I am a project advisor to Netsquared's Innovation Fund.

More books on Nonprofit Technology - New Collection of Research by NTEN members

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 8:46am

The line-up of books focused on nonprofit tech continues (and all of our NTEN authors will be at the NTC, ready to sign and read!) with a NEW one that I was part of at the very beginning a few years back:

Nonprofit Technology: Emerging Research for Usable Knowledge by Michael Cortess and Kevin Rafter are the editors;both are at the University of San Francisco.

United Way/United eWay is Premier Sponsor of NTC

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Mon, 02/26/2007 - 1:32pm
We are pleased that United Way/United eWay is joining NTEN in producing the 2007 Nonprofit Technology Conference. We are especially thrilled to have United eWay and the United Way as our premier nonprofit partners on board. You can read the press release here, and if you have not registered yet for the 2007 NTC, please do so here - register in the next three days to save on registration!

Municipal Wireless and Why Nonprofits Should Care

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:00pm

"Muni wifi projects are popping up all over the country. Big cities and small towns alike are providing free or low-cost access to the Internet. We asked what this mean for nonprofit organizations. Can they play a role in shaping a city or town’s wireless program? How do nonprofit organizations ensure that there are relevant resources for their communities of interest? And how can nonprofit organizations best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that wireless access offers for the delivery of programs and services?"

NTEN's Special Projects Fellow Ali Levine summarizes in a two-part report on nonprofit's role in muni wireless programs about how to get involved in the planning and implementation of these programs, and describes how nonprofits can creatively use the potential of ubiquitous wireless for their programs and services.

The On-Demand Nonprofit

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 9:57am
The announcement of Google to offer Google Premier Apps, a suite of on-demand Google services such as its calendar, email, IM, VOIP, docs and spreadsheets bundled for $50/year. A free version targeted at educational institutions — Google Apps Education Edition — offers the same features as the premier edition except for the storage size. There is also the free Google Apps Standard Edition with less features.

This is not only starting to seriously compete with Microsoft but has the potential to tip the way we all operate. Salesforce.com's success and growing adoption by the nonprofit market is already showing that the on-demand nonprofit working in a hosted environment for critical business functions is here to stay. This true especially for office productivity, communications, and other core functions, such as CRM.

NP Software Developers Conference: Integration is King

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 4:31pm

I'm taking a couple of days to hang out at Aspiration's Nonprofit Software Developer's Conference here in (not so) sunny California. I've had a great time chatting with NTEN community members I just don't get to spend enough time with. The most common topic of conversation? Integration! And I didn't have to bring it up myself (most of the time).

It's definitely the topic du jour.  Dabid Geilhufe says that in five years, this will all be moot.  But here's where we're at today.

Grant for Communications and Design Services

Submitted by Bonnie on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 4:28pm
On Wednesday Free Range Studios, a progressive communications and design company and NTEN member, announced that it's giving away a grant of up to $15,000 in its services to important causes. This is a great way for a lucky nonprofit to move on some of the ideas that have been floating around the office and make them a reality. The only criteria to apply is that you have a concrete goal and mission - and that it goes towards making the world a better place for all of us.

When blogging sucks

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 4:14pm

I scan the nptech listings on Technorati once a day or so. Today I ran across this post, which led me to this post. I am really getting annoyed.

I'm a big believer in blogs. They are a great outlet for sharing, tips, tricks, ideas, experiences, knowledge, and INFORMED opinions. Lately though, I feel like there's a lot of UNINFORMED opinion sharing going on. There are more and more bloggers embracing the role of "watchdog" who are misprepresenting organizations (like my own!) who are just trying to do good. It's not right.

Can We Talk? Data Integration and Nonprofit Organizations

Submitted by Bonnie on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 9:58am

As part of our continuing coverage of data integration, we asked Dahna and Jennifer to guest blog on the topic. For an explanation of one possible solution to this issue, read our report How Open APIs Can Change How Nonprofits Manage Data.

By Dahna Goldstein from PhilanTech and Jennifer Bagnell Stuart from Innovation Network



"Can we talk?" If your donor database is asking your accounting software, the answer is probably "no." And this lack of communication between systems is causing increasing problems for nonprofit organizations.

Today’s typical nonprofit uses a variety of information management systems for collecting and storing data ranging from client and constituent contacts to program tracking and evaluation. While standards for data exchange and inter-software communication are developing in the nonprofit sector, the vast majority of nonprofit organizations face steep barriers to realizing the benefits and leveraging the power of technology.

A nonprofit’s greatest asset is its people. Human resources become even more valuable over time as they gain knowledge and increase their understanding of the organization’s mission, programs, and operational strengths and weaknesses. Indeed, the effective use of information and knowledge is critical to the survival and success of today’s nonprofit organization. Read more here.

Applications Now Being Accepted for The Techies!

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 9:29am
NTEN community member Grassroots.org wants to celebrate the ingenuity and innovativeness of the nonprofit sector with a new award, the Techies. Every day, nonprofits are building their own web-based tools to help them do their work better. And we think you should be recognized!