News from the NTEN Connect Blog

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.

Weekly Event Round-Up (Oct. 13-Oct.18)

Submitted by bethany on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:17pm

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month, we'd love to link up with you. 

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Kelly Fitzsimmons on a New Blueprint for Evaluation Plans

Submitted on Thu, 10/9/2014 - 1:05pm
How can a foundation understand *how* a program works, not just *if* a program works?

The Nonprofit Tech Jobs Board is here!

Submitted by Amy on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:11pm

That's right, your one-stop-shop for all things nonprofit tech has just become even more one-stop-shop-y: The NTEN community now has a job board!

Beyond the Idea Accelerator with Spencer Bolles: "Nonprofit InfoSec"

Submitted by Steph on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:41pm

As the grand finale to NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit, a number of intrepid 14LCS attendees pitched and developed 24 awe-inspiring projects during the Idea Accelerator. The Summit may have ended, but many of these projects are only beginning. Today, we want to introduce you to "Nonprofit InfoSec," an idea pitched by Spencer Bolles and his team.

Evidence = Funding: A new blueprint for evaluation plans

Submitted on Wed, 10/8/2014 - 3:14pm
The White House's Social Innovation Fund has developed a new program evaluation guide based on best practices. And it's not even our birthday!