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Choosing a nonprofit accounting tool: top six questions to ask

After a fundraising campaign, many nonprofits often realize the gaps in their technology strategies. During large campaigns or projects, you’re working with all of your software as a “cohesive” unit, which makes it especially easy to identify these gaps. While it may seem frustrating in the moment, this is a good thing for your nonprofit. […]
Posted: April 10, 2019
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The 4 pillars of responsible use of nonprofit data

Trust, humanity, equity, and privacy are the four pillars of the responsible use of data. These themes emerged spontaneously from presentations given at Data on Purpose: The Promises and Pitfalls of the Connected World, hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) in February 2018. The conference was about the current state of data for […]
Posted: June 17, 2018
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2018 State of the Nonprofit Cloud - Research Open

It’s time again to evaluate how nonprofits are using the cloud! NTEN and Microsoft have created a survey to assess the extent of and use of cloud computing in the nonprofit sector. For the purposes of this survey, cloud computing refers to hosted software and/or technology infrastructure, which is shared by many users and accessed […]
Posted: April 30, 2018
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Avoid Technology Traps to Achieve Fundraising Success

We all know in this day and age that technology plays an increasingly important role in fundraising, as it does in many other aspects of our lives. As someone who works in implementing technology for nonprofits, I am passionate about the enormous benefits that the right technologies can bring to nonprofits. If chosen and implemented […]
Posted: July 6, 2016
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Getting Technology to Work for Your Evaluation Needs

A few months ago, I asked, “Are You an Accidental Evaluator?” If you find yourself in this position, you may soon realize that the amount of data that you need to collect and analyze is daunting. Luckily, there is a lot of available technology to support evaluation, but the process to determine what you need […]
Posted: December 9, 2014
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Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Learning Management System

Historically, e-learning technology has primarily been designed to support universities, k-12 schools, and corporate training departments. With the rise in popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Udacity, Coursera, and Khan Academy, online learning technologies and practices have moved into the mainstream; nonprofits are building e-learning sites to expand service reach, improve service […]
Posted: August 15, 2014
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How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Board Portal

Inefficient nonprofit boards lead to disengaged board members. Combine that with the weighty responsibilities of board members—which include rallying community support, spearheading fundraising efforts, and bringing invaluable strategic consult to the table—and low board engagement can put your organization’s future in jeopardy. Many nonprofits are turning to board portals to remedy low board engagement. Board […]
Posted: August 13, 2014
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Build Your Best Website: A guide for nonprofits

Where do you begin? Start by reading up on the latest web design trends. See Frogloop and Mashable articles for what’s hot in 2014. Did you know that research shows that carousels or sliders don’t get much traffic at all past the first slide? Worse yet, they can confuse or annoy your audience and make […]
Posted: July 15, 2014
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Making Smarter Decisions when Selecting Technology

I love grocery shopping at the beach. There’s something really festive about that trip to an unfamiliar grocery store at a time when I’m spending money totally differently than when I’m at home. Vacation money can feel like monopoly money. The gathered family spends long, lazy beach days that terminate in bacchanalian cocktail hours in […]
Posted: June 5, 2014
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Nonprofit Innovation and the Cloud

Recently NTEN posed an interesting question to us: Is there a connection between cloud technology and innovation in nonprofit organizations? There’s no doubt that many organizations are using cloud technologies in innovative ways. But, more specifically, what links might we find between the unique aspects of cloud technology, and the conditions and success factors for innovation? This article explores […]
Posted: December 5, 2013