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Nonprofit Tech Academy
NTEN believes that technology is less like science fiction and more like the oversight of accounting: you don't need to be a CPA to manage your organization's finances, but you do need to understand key concepts to make the right decisions for your organization.
To that end, the Nonprofit Tech Academy's (NTA) mission it to build technology leadership so that you and your organization can effectively manage your mission. Regardless of the project or program you want to undertake, the NTA will ensure you have the knowledge and tools to be successful.
- What is the NTA?
- Who should participate?
- Why should my organization participate?
- How much does it cost to participate?
- Do I have to apply? Are there guidelines?
- What does a potential syllabus or calendar of the course look like?
The NTA is an eight-week training that focuses on building technology readiness and leadership in your organization. Guided by experts and thought leaders from the nonprofit technology sector, the NTA is delivered through on-demand and weekly collaborative web conferences, worksheets, and resources for each topic, and regular discussions to ensure you have opportunities to learn, connect, and put those concepts to use.
Participants will work through core competencies with other members of their cohort. The core competencies include:
- Understanding the Role of Technology in Nonprofits
- IT Planning and Implementation
- The Human Side of Technology: Staffing, Operations, and Change Management
- Introduction to Technology Systems, Tools, and Trends
- Information Management Systems: What is Data and How Do We Use It
- Effective Internet Presence
- Social Media Strategy
- The ROI of Technology: Evaluation and Assessment
Nonprofit staff who want high-quality training content, work well in an e-learning environment, and have a commitment to collaboration and inquiry. The content is prepared for those at the novice to intermediate level of understanding how and why technology should and can play a role in nonprofits.
Participants should plan to spend at least 3-5 hours a week on the NTA. For our spring 2014 cohort, this will most likely include a 90 minute training every Tuesday from 2:00-3:30PM EST, with a homework assignment to be completed by the end of the Thursday immediately following, and a chance to have faculty members review homework and respond to follow-up questions that Friday. (Exact details TBA upon enrollment.)
We highly recommend that each participating organization enroll at least two people in the NTA. We have found that having both an executive level staffer and a technology responsible staffer ensures that the lessons learned are actually put into practice.
Besides the learning benefits and increased technology capacity at your organization, your full participation makes you eligible for some enticing extra benefits if you complete and meet the course requirements and expectations:
- Discounted registration for our annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) (the 2015 NTC will take place in Austin, Texas on March 3-5)
- Discounts towards future NTEN online trainings
- Increased organizational technology capacity: priceless!
- Increased collaborative peer network: priceless!
Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NTEN is able to offer the NTA at no charge to qualifying organizations who are eligible to receive financial assistance.
Eligibility requirements are that your organization:
- Must be a nonprofit organization
- Has an operating budget of less than $2 million dollars per year
- Must verify that both an executive level staffer as well as a technology responsible staffer will participate
For organizations who do not meet the financial assistance requirements, the NTA features a tiered pricing structure based on the size of your organization:
- Operating budget $2 million-$5 million: $275
- Operating budget of more than $5 million: $375
If you apply to participate solo, the fee is a sliding scale based on your operational budget.
This fee will pay for two members of your staff to take part in the eight week training and allow access to on-demand archives of the sessions. If you would like to enroll a larger team or wish to participate in the NTA as a single participant, please contact Julia Smith, our Education Manager, to discuss rates.
You must apply for acceptance to the Academy. NTEN has an application process because we want to ensure that participants are committed and will participate fully. Additionally, the application helps NTEN do a pre-assessment of your organization's technology needs to help us best place you in a cohort and provide you with a strong peer network. NTEN will carefully evaluate all applicants for appropriate placement at the Academy. To this end, applicants should consider:
- The application is to be completed by whomever wants to participate.
- Our strong preference is that the organization will have two staff members (one executive level, one tech-responsible) attend each of the weekly webinars.
- Acceptance to the Academy is also contingent upon:
- Organizational capacity: Desire to turn Academy training into substantive organizational change
- Organization's clarity of focus: On its specific technology needs and challenges
- Application deadline for the upcoming three cohorts (fall 2014 cohorts to be made available at a later date):
- April 2014 - Must apply by April 8, 2014 (Cohort begins April 22, 2014)
- June 2014 - Must apply by May 5, 2014 (Cohort begins June 17, 2014)
- August 2014 - Must apply by July 8, 2014 (Cohort begins August 12, 2014)
- Systems Requirements: A reliable phone & internet connection will be required to participate.
If you have questions, please contact NTEN Education Manager, Julia Smith.