We asked, and you answered. We surveyed NTEN members and others in the nonprofit technology community to find out who you are and what you want from your professional association. You came back and told us what your needs are and how NTEN can meet them.
We surveyed 516 people, of which about half were NTEN members and all were involved in nonprofit technology in some way. We’ve summarized what you told us about who you are and what you need below. A more detailed synopsis can be found in the 2006 Community Survey Analysis (PDF).
Who You Are
Almost 60 percent of you work for a nonprofit organization and many others work for technology consulting firms (10.7%) and associations (7.7%). About a quarter of you are IT staff, while about 13 percent are Executive Directors/CEOs or consultants. We also have a lot (12.4%) of marketing and communications staff in our community.
Many of you work toward social change every day and share common goals with others in NTEN. The most common areas our members work in are education, human services, and public and social benefit organizations.
What You Need
From this survey we learned that you have very different needs depending on your profession.
New and Accidental Techies: You want information in non-tech speak, resources you can put to immediate use, and access to knowledgeable community you can tap into for advice.
IT Staff: You’re already tech savvy, but want some help staying on top of new trends. You want access to resources and training, and you want advice on how to convince management to fund technology.
Senior Staff: You want to know how technology can make your organization more productive and you want information to help you confidently work with vendors and make technology purchasing decisions.
Consultants and Vendors: You want technology news and information that speaks to the needs of nonprofit organizations – your clients. You also want to reach out to the nonprofits in our community and potentially work with them in the future.
International Organizations: Your top priority is being a part of a vibrant community. You want to connect with others in nonprofit technology who are located around the world and help each other out.
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