Science Experiment: A Semi-Technical Lowdown on Working with iBeacons

Submitted on Thu, 4/10/2014 - 4:09pm
iBeacons are the first mainstream technology to provide indoor location information to phones. Check out the experiment that the team at ThoughtWorks did to test the performance of iBeacons, and learn about its potential applications for nonprofits.

4 Strategies from 4 Mobile Trends

Submitted on Wed, 4/9/2014 - 1:06pm
Online giving is on the rise: how can you use the boost in mobile activity to its advantage? Learn four strategies to consider based on four trends in mobile.

Grassroots Advocacy in the Mobile Age

Submitted on Tue, 4/8/2014 - 11:57am
Advocacy as an industry exists because of people’s desire to improve the world. How can advocacy initiatives reach their goals by leveraging technology?

#SXSWGood: Articles from NTEN on SXSW Social Good Sessions

Submitted by Megan on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 3:47pm

NTEN Marketing & Publications Director, Joleen Ong (@joleendearest) and I (@penguinasana) attended SXSW on March 7-11 and reported for the Nonprofit Times. Find out more about the social good action at SXSW by checking out our articles below in the Nonprofit Times.

Interview with NTEN's Community Program Coordinator

Submitted by Amy on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:08pm

Cats and nptech? That sounds like NTEN! Check out this interview with NTEN's newest cat-loving nptech-er.

Leaders Leveraging Wireless: 10 Ways to Lead by Leaving Your Desk

If you or anyone in your organization has a laptop, we want to encourage you to leave your desk! This webinar will explore the many facets of your organization including communication, fundraising, programs, community outreach and staffing/volunteerism, and challenge your thinking on ways to leverage wireless technology in each area. Learn more »

5 Things Your Online Community Should be Doing

Submitted on Fri, 3/21/2014 - 11:30am
Building a community online isn’t just about you and your organization, it’s about embracing the people who share your vision, purpose, and cause outside of your immediate organization. It should establish commonality, shared identity, and culture that seeks to address and solve problems together.

3 Ways to Make Your Website the Center of Your Online Community

Submitted on Thu, 3/20/2014 - 10:12am
The truth is that no matter how hard we try, we cannot survive without the aid of the community that surrounds us. Donations, volunteers, and message lift are all achievable through your community of stakeholders – the people who have an interest for your nonprofit or cause. Here are three ways that you can help ensure that your website is the centerpiece of your online community.

Town Hall: April 2014

NTEN is the community where changemakers come together to find new collaborators, learn from other organizations, and share big ideas about the ways we can use technology to meet our missions and change the world. Pretty lofty stuff. Pretty amazing people.We want to hear from you, and these quarterly Town Halls are a way to create a dedicated, open line for NTEN staff to provide updates and insights about our work, and hear from you (yes, you) about what you're working on, how we can better serve you and your team, and discuss hot topics in the community. Learn more »

NTC Plenary Day 3: Change is Coming. Are You Ready?

Submitted on Sat, 3/15/2014 - 1:04pm
The crowd was a bit slower moving this morning after last night’s revelries, but eager nonetheless to hear Willa Seldon from Bridgespan Group discuss new trends in the intersection of technology and philanthropy.

At the 14NTC: Announcing the NTENnies

Submitted by Michael on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:51am

While we’re grateful to all members of NTEN, there are, of course, those of you who go beyond the proverbial "call of duty" and impact the NTEN community by providing extra time, resources, and wisdom to assist NTEN's work in this sector. We call you "rockstars" here on this blog (a lot), but each spring, at NTEN's annual conference, we like to do more than that. We like to annoint a new crop of these nonprofit tech warriors.

Today, at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., we unveiled the #14ntc NTENnies and their unique contributions to the NTEN community:

Most likely to . . .

NTC Plenary Day 2: Tech is Everywhere and We’re All In Charge

Submitted on Fri, 3/14/2014 - 7:47am
There may have been less tears on stage this morning, but Friday’s opening plenary at #14NTC was inspiring nonetheless. The session started with the announcement of several awards given to organizations and individuals using technology for good in the nonprofit space. That was followed up by a touching Microsoft video showcasing its efforts to use technology to unite and inspire people.

Breakthrough Trends & Strategies for Online Peer-to-Peer Campaigns

Submitted on Wed, 3/12/2014 - 7:31am
If you’ve ever rolled your eyes at the suggestion that Facebook is a significant channel for online fundraising, you are not alone! The non-profit sector has a much more pragmatic attitude towards social fundraising now than we did when popular networks like Facebook or Twitter were new. Why do we see general negativity around the idea that social media helps to raise money? The answer lies in how most of us are tracking social donations.

Webinar: 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study

There comes a time in every online organizer and fundraiser’s life when they ask themselves: is this normal? Are other groups getting this growth? Am I the only one with these trendlines? The 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study has the answers. We’ve crunched the numbers from 53 leading nonprofits to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. Join us to see how you stack up against nonprofits in your sector, and learn how you can use this data to transform your online program.> Get the recording & download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study!  Learn more »

Taking Cues From My Daughter About Building Communities Online

Submitted on Fri, 3/7/2014 - 8:00am
The truth is, it takes more than just a “field of dreams” for people to come to and participate in a community. Here are a few cues we can learn from my daughter about building online communities before we dive deeper into something we can truly embrace.

Dataviz! Tips, Tools, and How-Tos for Visualizing Your Data

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 11:53am
Memos and metrics, emails and texts, newsletters and reports: is your nonprofit suffering from information overload? We consume 34 gigabytes, or 100,500 words, of information every day. Our brains are overwhelmed and struggling to keep up. Data visualization—or dataviz—is one of your nonprofit’s strongest weapons against information overload.

Online Communities Depend on Online Volunteers

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 8:03am
The Internet is a volunteer-rich environment on a global scale, and nowhere is this more evident than in its online communities. These online communities are mostly started by one or two highly motivated individuals and operate on the principle of exchange. If you manage an online community, here are some tips on thinking about your community members as your volunteers.

Welcoming New Board Members and Staff

Submitted by Amy on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:16pm

The NTEN team continues to grow with four new board members and a new team member! Join us in welcoming Bethany, Gayle, Jereme, Maddie, and Miriam.

NTEN is going Southwest! Join in the SXSW social good

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am

NTEN is excited to once again head to SXSW in Austin, TX! We're continuing our tradition of being a part of the Beacon Lounge, a comfy conference oasis where geeks and social changemakers - or both! - can relax and find inspiring conversations and connections.

Will you be there? We want to meet you! Here's how you can take part in the SXSW in Austin or virtually.

The Four Surefire Ways to Ensure Your Nonprofit Technology Training Is Successful

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 11:00am
Wondering what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training. The design work you do prior to delivering your session, if done well, can have a huge impact on whether your participants walk away inspired to practice their skills or apply their knowledge in the real world. Here are four tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops.