Stuart McClain has been an NTEN member since 2015.
What’s your current position?
I’ve been a Controller for about 2 years as a full-time employee and part-time for the previous 3 years, for a total of 3 years. I am responsible for all the accounting and financial reporting. Internally I have done some basic IT support on-premises along with our outside support. With our new CEO has come increased transparency and a more involved board. As a result, new reports and information have had to be generated and that has fallen to me. I also do payroll and most of the internal operations.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
I LOVE using technology to accomplish goals, to help support people succeed and do better. It really gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can use technology to solve a problem.
What’s been the most helpful for you about being in the NTEN member community?
I would have to say the people: great peer support. Not just about technology answers – but the fact that everyone has a fairly common use base – nonprofit – so they understand what each other want and need better. So being able to ask questions on best practices or recommendations has been a great value.
What’s a nonprofit tech-related tip have you learned recently that has blown your mind?
Not sure this is so much a tip but thanks to all the sharing by NTEN members, I have managed to find a lot of low or no-cost tech tools for nonprofits. One of these was Canva; my boss had just wanted to design a flyer with a collage of photos for our new capital campaign. This tool let me easily insert photos into a flyer much faster than any of the other tools I had been using.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I help my 88-year-old mother and usually take her to a movie most every weekend to get her out other than to doctors appointments. I am a geek, so I also spend a lot of time reading about tech and learning how to use software—new software or new ways to use existing software.