Resources by Topic: Budget, 2012

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Getting Intimate with Your Donors: Fundraising Trends of 2012

Submitted on Tue, 12/4/2012 - 1:08pm
As you wrap up another year of working toward your mission, here are a few things to add to your 2013 to-do lists.

New CMS Guide Available: Low Cost CMS Review from Idealware

Submitted by Annaliese on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:08pm

Idealware recently released an update to their "A Consumers Guide to Low Cost Nonprofit Content Management Systems," which you can download for free here.

It's a valuable resource for small and mid-sized organizations that are considering options for their CMS solution (for website content management). In addition to the detailed review of 11 systems -- including both proprietary and open source -- the report provides some helpful overview for approaching the CMS evaluation process in general, as well as some recommendations for making your selection process more focused and effective.

It's a large report -- 100+ pages! -- so you can be assured that it is not light on the details. It includes a summary comparison matrix for a quick reference, detailed product reviews, plus a directory of consultants that can help nonprofits select and/or implement solutions.

Looking at the comparison matrix at the front of the report, I was struck by a few things:

DIY Nonprofit Technology: 4 Steps for Measuring ROI on Your Next Tech Project

Submitted by Annaliese on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:10am

By Tanya Lee, Network for Good

Let’s say you’ve been asked to recommend a solution for your organization’s next big technology investment. Whether the initiative is purchasing smart phones for staff or replacing your accounting system, measuring the Return on Investment (ROI) should be a key aspect of your decision. While “measuring ROI” may seem like a daunting task, it can be broken down into a few simple steps which are feasible for projects of all sizes. Taking the time to think through these items will help to provide a clear picture of the value of the project and provide good material for socializing your decision across the organization.

What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?

Submitted on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 9:38am
What are the skills and mindsets that nonprofits need to embrace data for social change? What are the types of funding and capacity building that philanthropy should support to make this happen?

Product Spotlight: Social Network Fundraising: Facts, Myths, and Strategies that Work

Everyone keeps hearing about social networks Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-in- but how do they affect philanthropy? This webinar will focus on how non-profits use these tools and will also share key facts on how- or even if- social networks are affecting overall fundraising efforts. Learn more »

Product Spotlight: Cloud Financials for Nonprofits

Thousands of nonprofit organizations are adopting cloud computing to ensure proper stewardship of funds, to provide employees, volunteers, board members with real time access to financial information and to focus their precious cash and resources on their mission instead of IT. See a live demo of Intacct... Learn more »

Introducing the Nonprofit Technology Benchmarking Tool

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 9:13am

Understanding what organizations similar to you are doing when it comes to investments in their technology staffing and budgets can help you make better informed decisions, as well as better make your case to stakeholders.

That's why we're excited to announce a new online tool to help you do just that!

NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Benchmarking Tool is based on our annual research on technology staffing and spending. It will provide you with customized reports about your organizational staffing and budget levels compared to other nonprofits.

> Get started here!

Beyond Dashboards: Business Intelligence Tools for Program Analysis and Reporting

Submitted on Wed, 8/8/2012 - 4:29pm
Business Intelligence tools, or "BI" tools, take the dashboard idea to the next level. More than simply graphically displaying static data, they offer trend analysis, forecasting and drill-down capabilities that can dramatically expand your insight into program performance.

DIY Nonprofit Technology: Getting Funding for Tech at Your Org

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 10:57am

[Editor's note: The following is an article from NTEN:Change. Read the rest of the issue when you subscribe to the journal for free! ]

By Paula Jones, Director of Technology, The N. C. Center for Nonprofits

In my role at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, I have the opportunity to talk with many nonprofit board members and staff across North Carolina about their use of technology. In doing so, one statement that resonates with everyone is “No one funds technology.” Sounds familiar, right?

If you’ve found a funder that supports your technology needs, congratulations! For the rest of you, I’ve been in your shoes and know that it can be an uphill battle. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. I’d like to share what I’ve learned so that you might glean something from my experience to help you get the technology funds needed to achieve your mission.

Although I can’t offer the holy grail of technology funders, I’ve found that a combination of the following tactics work well:

A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Staffing Ratios

Submitted by Annaliese on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:08am

 

Another benchmark we think is importmant for nonprofits to consider is the ratio of organizational staff to their tech-responsible staff. While we took a look at the number of tech staff benchmark in the first post in this series, I'd like to now turn to the org staff-per-tech staff benchmark.