Nonprofits + the Cloud: Technology in the Stratosphere

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NTEN continues to lead the field in calling for nonprofits to minimize time spent on mundane tasks like server maintenance, encouraging them instead to focus their 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.

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 in Dallas, 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, not the livestream, which is available here.

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
  • 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.


Event Details

When: November 14, 2012 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PT

Where: Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225

Other details:

  • A light lunch will be served at the event.
  • The event will be livestreamed, and by attending the Nonprofit Cloud Summit, you grant NTEN permission to use the video produced.


(Click on a session title to see the description)

9:00 - 9:30 Registration & Networking

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome from NTEN

9:45 - 10:30 Plenary

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:45 Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Leadership: Getting Started in the Nonprofit Cloud - Richard Dietz

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

1:30 - 1:45 Break

1:45 - 2:45 Closing Plenary:

2:45 - 3:00 Thank you and closing


Offered in partnership with


About the Presenters

Michael A. Ross Aidmatrix
Global CIO and Vice President, Delivery

Mr. Ross holds the title of Global CIO and Vice President, Delivery responsible for all of Aidmatrix technology development, product delivery, systems management, as well as architecture formation and budget implementation. He has managed many large Availability and Disaster Recovery projects, most recently as Director of Product Management at Lakeview Technology. He also has extensive experience with the integration of High Availability software in J.D. Edwards World and One World ERP solution environments. Prior to Lakeview, Mr. Ross served as the Enterprise Technology Specialist for DeVry Inc. and as an Operations/Project manager with Graward General Inc., giving him first-hand knowledge of the demanding realities of managing all aspects of IT operations, from implementing 50,000 node WANs to managing the architecture, planning and capital budgeting for multi-platform technology investments. Mr. Ross received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds many IT industry credentials and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

Richard Dietz
Nonprofit R+D

Richard Dietz, Founder, Nonprofit R+D (@nonprofit_rd) began his nonprofit career when he was the director of a mentoring organization in college, and went on to get a Masters in Social Work. He has spent the last 20 years working both in and with a wide variety of nonprofit, political, and government organizations as well as technology companies focused on the nonprofit sector, including Sage Nonprofit, Convio and KIMBIA. It is this unique background and experience – working directly in nonprofit organizations AND working on the technology side – that allows him to better understand and assist nonprofit organizations with their technology needs. Richard holds a M.S.W. from the University of California – Berkeley as well as a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA
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.  

Brian Byrne
meshIP Managing Partner

Brian Byrne is the founder and Managing Partner of Dallas based meshIP, a technology services firm offering cloud computing strategies and services. He is an accomplished executive with senior management experience in all facets of the technology, telecom, cloud computing, SaaS, CRM and social media industry. He has proven success in developing, financing and executing strategic plans as well as launching new ventures. His background includes a record of significant achievement in international business development and his credentials include an MS from the School of Computer Science at DePaul University as well as an MBA in Marketing and Management Strategy from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Specialties: His experience and expertise includes cloud computing, hosted PBX, virtualization, social media, business formation, venture funding, technology services go-to-market strategy development, SaaS, CRM, product development and launch, financial modeling, new market entry, sales, business development, and sales management.

Erine Gray

Erine has been working on business and technology consulting projects for more than 12 years. His current company Aunt Bertha is making it easy for people to find food, health, housing and education programs. Aunt Bertha's mission is to make human service program information more accessible to both people and programs. Prior to founding Aunt Bertha, he directed more than 60 employees within a project responsible for administering the application process for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He delivered more than 40 software and operational improvement projects that saved the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) more than $5 million dollars per year in operating expenses. He studied economics at Indiana University, public policy at the University of Texas and spent eleven years consulting (five of which were spent helping governments run better). He founded Aunt Bertha in 2010 because he strongly believes people can and will help themselves if given the right tools.

Keith Thode
Aidmatrix COO & CTO

Mr. Thode leads the daily operations of Aidmatrix, after serving in consulting and leadership roles in major technology firms like Accenture and i2 Technologies. As COO he governs business development, technology research and production, constituent relations, marketing and development, programming and systems management. He has been a founding force, building Aidmatrix since its foundation in 2001. He holds a Summa Cum Laude masters degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of science in Economics and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his work with Aidmatrix, Mr. Thode serves on several boards and holds officer capacities in other nonprofit organizations including 121 Community Church, NPower Texas and The European Committee of Young Life International. Mr. Thode is a co-author of "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders" published by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). He is lead-author on the article “Manufacture-for-Donation: Driving Bottom-Line Performance Through Contributions to Run Strategy Optimization,” published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Mr. Thode is also a frequent speaker at nonprofit industry conferences.