October Member RoundUp

This Month’s Member Success Story

Rachel RamjattanRachel Ramjattan is President at Nonprofit Plus, LLC. As Rachel shares:

I co-founded a small nonprofit almost 10 years ago. It’s an all-volunteer driven organization with no employees. We desperately need to scale up our operations, so I applied for NTEN’s Spring 2015 NTA Cohort. Though I am a former computer engineer, most of my experience was in the for-profit sector with Fortune 500 companies. I was unfamiliar with many of the tools and processes for strategic technology planning. The NTA was a blessing! We learned:

  • Ways to make the case for support for technology investments
  • How to position IT projects so they are eligible for capacity-building grants
  • Strategic planning
  • Tools to present technical data in a way that everyone can understand

The ROI calculator for technology investments was particularly helpful, too! Little did I know how useful this training would be.

This Summer, I made a career change and launched Nonprofit Plus, LLC—a fundraising consulting firm that helps nonprofits increase their capacity through technology, donor communications, board training, grant writing, and more. What a joy it is to be able to share the skills I learned at the NTA with many more nonprofit organizations.

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Want to share your Member success story? Email us your latest technology win (and how NTEN helped you along the way), and we may feature it in an upcoming Member Newsletter and on the blog.

More highlights from NTEN Members:

  • There’s still time to register for the 2015 TechNow Conference! Hosted by the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, TechNow is the Pittsburgh region’s annual nonprofit technology conference. Learn more and register for TechNow and Post-Conference Workshop Day on Oct. 29-30.
  • Digital data has a lot of potential for helping with community stabilization. Neighborworks America describes new mobile tools that are helping to standardize data collection, crowdsource information on property conditions, and better inform neighborhood stabilization strategies.
  • What are the worst connected cities in the United States? The Digital Inclusion Alliance shares grim findings that point to the need for improvements—and yet another reason why we’re happy to have our Digital Inclusion Fellows working for change.
  • Why are scientists putting baby turtles in swimsuits, you ask? Care2 explains.
  • Beth Kanter offers a free resource, Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Playbook, a guide for young leaders at nonprofits and their mentors who want to make sense of the changing nature of leadership in a connected world and how to apply these skills to their organization’s work.
  • If you build it, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will come. Prichard Communications shares how you can use social proof to drive traffic to your organization’s website.
  • Thinking of diving into coding? Get some inspiration from Michelle Chaplin, as she reflects on her experience as an admin turned admin AND coder.
  • Want to create a video but feel confused by all the technical jargon? Never fear, See3 explains the 20 terms you need to know for making a video.

I know I speak for the entire NTEN team how shocked and saddened we are by the recent events that took place in Roseburg, Oregon on the Umpqua Community College campus—and our hearts go out to all of the families and friends impacted by this terrible tragedy. While awful events such as these can have a tremendous impact, the positive actions of caring individuals can in turn make a positive difference. Here are three ways you can show your support:

  1. Donate to UCC relief funds via the The Greater Douglas United Way or use the text-to-give number (541-214-2822)
  2. Give blood at your local Red Cross
  3. Support a UCC solidarity effort via social media by downloading and sharing the “I am UCC” image

Want to see yourself on this list? Let us know any news you have to share, and we may feature it in an upcoming Member News!

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