News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Evaluating Evaluation: Behind the scenes of NTEN's new worksheets

Submitted on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:29am
"Check your assumptions at the meeting room door" and other lessons learned from NTEN's meta-evaluation process.

On Transparency, Data, and Trust

Submitted on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00pm
"What kind of relationship would donors and other stakeholders have with you if they knew your data handling practices?"

Data Therapy: 10 tips to optimize your Database Administrator

Submitted on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00am
Help database administrators (DBAs) help you.

Measure what Matters

Submitted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:44pm
Are these the data you're looking for? Exploring what to measure is the first step on a journey to greater impact.

How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact

Submitted on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:00pm
One organization's efforts to bring you a catalog of tools to track your impact in the field. Thanks, team.

Measuring Digital Maturity

Submitted on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:06pm
Why your nonprofit needs to focus on the right data, and how to know what that is.

Austin-ites: Join the 15NTC Sustainability Committee!

Submitted by Eileigh on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:00pm

NTEN loves bringing the nonprofit technology community together, but we realize that our flagship event generates a tremendous amount of waste and CO2. As we’re all working to strengthen the nonprofit sector, it’s critical for us to be conscious of our social and environmental impact.   

This year – we need your help! While NTEN is taking steps to ensure that the conference experience within the Austin Convention Center is socially and environmentally conscious, there’s a lot more we can be doing to ensure that participants are informed of all green options within and outside of the Convention Center.

We are looking for new Sustainability Committee members, preferably those that are either based in Austin or are familiar with the Austin area, to help share their local knowledge to steward a green experience. Let us know by October 30 if you’re interested in joining the committee.

Data Visualizations to Effectively Communicate Impact

Submitted on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:44pm
How to buck the unfortunate trend of data visualizations in evaluation that suck.

New Fundraising Study Provides Insights on Effective Technology Use

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:02pm

There's no shortage of technology options available to nonprofits today for fundraising. The wide variety of choices out there can be daunting, with so many questions to ask: What's the best management software platform? Which web communication channels are the most effective? What's the benefit of supporting new means and methods of payment acceptance? 

The newly published 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study draws on the experiences of 142 fundraising organizations with technology to answer these questions. The study was authored by software matching service Find Accounting Software and co-sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as nonprofit software providers Cougar Mountain, and Araize

October Member Round-Up: Measure It, snap a picture, and say Ello!

Submitted by Megan on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:17pm

From Ello tips to new service to fall conferences, here are the latest news and events from NTEN Members.