The Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit: Using the Cloud to Meet Your Mission

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For several years, NTEN has led the field in calling for nonprofits to minimize time spent on mundane tasks like server maintenance, instead focusing resources on technology that will actually serve their mission. One of the greatest tools at our disposal to accomplish this is the Cloud.

The Cloud can bring the ease of automatic software updates, organization-wide e-mail, and remote access to your constituent database to your nonprofit's infrastructure – without the need to host your own servers. For what used to be the price of a word processing program, the Cloud can deliver enterprise-level document collaboration.

The list goes on, but in short, cloud computing opens the opportunity for your organization to shift from using technology exclusively in the back office to using technology as a strategic part of its work.

During this one-day workshop, taking place in San Francisco, you will gain the knowledge you need to analyze whether a transition to the Cloud makes sense for your organization – from both a management and a technical perspective. Thanks to the generous support of Google, we're able to bring this program to you for free!

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Note that this will register you for the in-person event in San Francisco, not the livestream, which is available here.

Specifically, the Cloud Summit will:

  • Teach you how to distinguish hype vs. reality
  • Walk you through specific Cloud solutions for everyday applications, like email and office productivity
  • Help you assess the costs of migrating to a Cloud computing solution, including how to do an apple-to-apples comparison with your existing systems
  • Highlight the potential risks of Cloud computing, as well as some risk-management techniques
  • And take a look at the human side of the Cloud – staff training and technology adoption

The workshop will be divided into two tracks, Leadership and Technical. You are encouraged to bring more than one person from your organization, so you can gain both perspectives.

Leadership Sessions Include:

  • Cloud Computing & the Opportunity for Your Nonprofit / Peter Campbell
  • Financing the Cloud / Donny Shimamoto

Technical Sessions Include:

  • Security in the Cloud / Donny Shimamoto
  • Migrating Your Data to the Cloud

Joint Session: The Human Side of the Cloud / Allen Gunn & Holly Ross

Takeaways from the Cloud Summit will include:

  • An understanding of how to make informed decisions about various Cloud services, including:
    • Assessing the available options
    • A cost/benefit analysis for one-time and ongoing costs
    • Risk management
    • Usability and training requirements
  • Strategies for managing resistance from leadership and staff.


Event Details

When: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on August 29, 2011

Where: Marine's Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

Other details:

  • A light breakfast and lunch will be served at the event.
  • The event will be live streamed and by attending the Cloud Computing Summit, you grant NTEN permission to use the video produced.
  • The meeting rooms will have wireless internet access.



8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome - Holly Ross

9:15 - 10:30 Plenary - Allen Gunn on The Opportunity of the Cloud for Good

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Breakout I -- Choose one of the following:

Leadership: Cloud Computing and the Opportunity for Your Nonprofit - Peter Campbell

Technical: Security in the Cloud - Donny Shimamoto

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 1:45 Breakout II -- Choose one of the following:

Leadership: Financing the Cloud - Donny Shimamoto

Technical: Migrating Your Data to the Cloud - Timothy Stockert

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 3:00 The Human Side of the Cloud - Holly Ross & Allen Gunn


About the Presenters

Peter Campbell, IT Director, Earth Justice

Earthjustice is a non-profit law firm that performs litigation and other services in support of our planet. The company slogan says it all: "Because the earth needs a good lawyer." As IT Director, Peter leads the IT Staff and sets thes trategic direction for technology initiatives in support of the mission. These include deploying a global infrastructure that will seamlessly connect the firm's eight offices, which stretch from Honolulu to Tallahassee; supporting the litigation practice, fund development efforts, and communications strategies; and, in particular, enhancing the infrastructure to support shared knowledge and improved communication across all divisions. Peter Campbell received the 2011 NTEN Award.

Allen Gunn, Executive Director, Aspiration

Allen Gunn has over twenty years of software development and capacity building expertise. He has shepherded large software projects through all stages of development: from inception, design, development, and testing to deployment, support and marketing in environments ranging from start-up to large corporation to nonprofit. Drawing on engineering, senior management, and volunteer experiences, gunner is a skilled communicator, trainer and facilitator in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors who is passionate about helping nonprofits and NGOs make better use of software technology. He has been closely involved with the US and international technology activist communities; the Silicon Valley engineering, venture, and funding world; environmental activists and organizations, and academic communities. He is a firm believer in melding hard work with serious fun.

Holly Ross, Executive Director of NTEN

Holly has spent more than seven years at NTEN, working with community members to identify the technology trends that will reshape the nonprofit sector. From ubiquitous access to technology leadership to social media, Holly brings the wisdom of the NTEN crowd to the nonprofit sector. Holly has been recognized as one of the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 twice, in 2009 and 2010. Holly is also editor of "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders", available from Jossey-Bass.

Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, Founder, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC

Donny is the founder of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, a CPA firm focused on organizational development and advisory services for the middle market. An active CPA and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Donny helps many not-for-profits by bridging accounting and IT to strengthen organizational governance and risk management, improve business processes, and increase the effectiveness of decision making throughout the organization. Donny has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent national speaker and author on business intelligence and IT management. Donny received the 2009-2010 President's Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 list in 2007 & 2009 and was also a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004. Donny's notable not-for-profit clients include the American Institute of CPAs, Catholic Charities Hawaii, and Hawaii Community Foundation.

Timothy Stockert, MBA, MSW, Director of Training and Information Technology, Council on

Timothy is the Director of Training and Information Technology at the Council on
Accreditation (COA), an international, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting
organization. COA accredits over 1,500 private and public organizations that serve more that 7 million
individuals throughout the United States and Canada in over 50 different service areas from adoption
and foster care to counseling and case management.

Tim currently manages two teams; the training team which provides classroom and web-based training
for all COA customers as well as 1000 volunteers who staff the COA site visits; and the Information
Technology team which manages COA’s network and data systems.

In the 10 years that Tim has been at COA, he has helped transform the organization from a completely
paper-based process to one that is almost completely paper-free. The last phase of this process is
currently underway with the creation of a cloud-based portal to allow organizations and volunteers to
manage all accreditation data and communicate seamlessly with COA. Tim’s expertise lies in helping
internal staff design more efficient processes for managing their work and communicating with
customers, and for training and engaging staff in using these systems effectively.

Outside of COA, Tim is an avid athlete and spends most of his time in Central Park working out. He has
completed 33 marathons and numerous triathlons including 5 Ironman triathlons. He also loves to read,
cook, travel the world, and discover new technologies.