Topic: System Integration

Becoming a Digital-First Organization

May 19, 2016
We still hear far too many organizations obsessing about specific channel approaches. This narrow vision must be replaced by bigger-picture, multi-channel engagement goals in order to position an organization for long-term success. It’s critical for nonprofits to embrace a more modern, durable model if they’re going to stay relevant.

Dear Educators: How to Get the Data You Have to Work for You

March 24, 2016
The data we hold are often considered the keys to success: if we can just use data to tell stories and support our goals, we’ll win that grant, manage the board better, respond in real time, and better understand the ebb and flow of our programs. Yet effective data use is also one of the biggest challenges organizations meet: how to trust it, build transparency, support the stories that need telling, and make sure the right people have access to it, over many years.

An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome

January 13, 2016
Are major technology decisions at your organization characterized by any of the following six red flags?

A Note About Those Notes

May 22, 2015
For a number of years at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), we have created “Collaborations Notes” for each of the sessions. This is a Google Doc that anyone can access and contribute to before, during, or after the session. We have found it adds great value for those who attended and also for folks who, for whatever reason, couldn’t attend that particular session.

When Should You Use an Existing Tool/Service and When Should You Build Your Own?

March 18, 2015
When it comes to web technology, there are solutions for just about everything. Do you need CRM, online fundraising, discussion forums, social networks, or job listings? You can likely find a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution to sign up for, a license to purchase, or open source solution to download all that offer complete working solutions to use "out of the box" to address your need. How do you know when to use what someone else has built to do the job you need or whether it may be time to build something of your own?

NTA Case Study: Image Journal

November 18, 2014
When Stuart Scadron-Wattles joined Image three years ago as Director of Resource Development, he was charged with boosting unearned income to help make the 25-year-old organization as sustainable as possible.

What You Should Do Before an Enterprise-Wide CRM Implementation

November 10, 2014
Implementing a constituent relationship management (CRM) application can be a difficult project for organizations with multiple large, complex departments. Rolling out a solution that caters to your development, marketing, program, and HR departments could be challenging due to the different strategies, processes, and products.

How to Choose an Email Service Provider: Key Findings

August 22, 2014
Although email is one of the oldest forms of digital communication, even highly technical users (looking at you, NTEN community!) continue to discuss the best tools for mass distribution and database integration. Marketing automation, CRM integration, and social listening are all common features of email service providers now, and it can be challenging to weigh the benefits of different solutions.

Stay (Mission) Focused: A Simple Tool to Help You Save Time and Speed Up Your Organization

August 21, 2014
Most of us are both time- and budget-strapped. We want to stay focused on our mission, but, try as we may, it seems there is always more to do than there is time to do it. Yet, the people we serve and the funders who underwrite our efforts expect us to produce results. So, what's a time- and cash-strapped nonprofit to do? Here’s an answer: Automate time-consuming, but necessary processes using modern technology.