News from the NTEN Connect Blog

14LCS Idea Accelerator Pitches - Onward!

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:39am

It takes a lot to jump onstage and pitch a brand new idea in front of a new group of people. Will they laugh, start, cheer, or be intrigued? On September 5-6, during the Microsoft evening reception and Idea Accelerator finale at the 2014 Leading Change Summit, 24 brave individuals and teams pitched ideas for social good. It was an incredible testament to the commitment and dedication of the nonprofit sector to put words to action - identifying needs and proposing concrete solutions.  

You can learn about the three winners here. Right now, though, we want to share the 21 other fresh ideas that were pitched. They didn’t make the final cut at the Idea Accelerator, but we are still rooting for them. Interested in any of these ideas? Want to learn more? Leave a comment below and we’ll connect you to the masterminds (and note that the ideas written here are just the initial starting pitches from the opening reception on Friday night; they may have evolved and morphed throughout the day on Saturday).

14LCS Idea Accelerator: Transforming Technology into Social Change

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:10pm

On September 6 in San Francisco, over 250 attendees at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit (14LCS) convened for its finale event: the Idea Accelerator. After three days of exploring ideas, gathering feedback on projects and concepts, and thinking critically amongst nonprofit peers, the Idea Accelerator gave participants the chance to switch gears and think about how to put their ideas into action. 

The Future of Data

Submitted on Fri, 9/5/2014 - 5:06pm
Is your organization data-driven or "HiPPO-driven?"

Coming soon: NTEN’s Nonprofit Tech Job Board

Submitted by Amy on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:41am

“Where can I post a job?” That’s one of the most common questions we get at NTEN, and we’ve repeatedly heard from many of you in the NTEN community that you’d like to see a job board on Well, we take your requests seriously; and we are excited to announce that a job board is underway!

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

Submitted by bethany on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:32pm

In honor of our August theme of "Tools," we invited several of our beloved Tech Club and Communities of Practice (CoPs) organizers to give short presentations about their favorite community organizing tools during the Community Organizing Tools from the Experts webinar on August 21. Did you miss it? Here's a quick recap of some of the helpful tools and resources that they shared. You can also view the entire presentation on Slideshare, and recap on Storify

NTEN's Website Redesign: Survey results from the community

Submitted by Megan on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:27pm

With NTEN's website redesign project underway, we took a step back and asked, "How do we know how our users use our site and what they want if we don't ask? So we turned to the NTEN community, as we will continue to do at various stages of the redesign process, for their candid feedback about the NTEN website. We conducted a website survey with about 80 respondents, and conducted some one-on-one interviews with eleven members of the NTEN community. Here's what they had to say.

Things We Like (August 2014)

Submitted by Steph on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:31pm

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

How to Choose an Email Service Provider: Key Findings

Submitted on Fri, 8/22/2014 - 4:52pm
"How is an organization to go about evaluating email service providers?" and other questions answered with key findings from a new report.

Crowdfunding: From Threat to Friend

Submitted on Fri, 8/22/2014 - 3:57pm
Crowdfunding, how much do we love thee? Let us count the ways (that nonprofits are using and leveraging crowdfunding as a fundraising tool)

14LCS: Idea Accelerator Coaches & Judges Announced

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:37pm

The Leading Change Summit is just 12 days away. We're packing, preparing, designing, and more just to make sure this first Summit is up to NTEN standards. Whether you can attend the full Summit or just a part of it we're making these options available with a two-day Idea Accelerator package for $40 that includes access to the Microsoft evening reception on Friday, September 5, Idea Accelerator on Saturday, Sept. 6, and more.