The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

The NTEN community is filled with amazing individuals who change the world every day. Each year, we honor an individual who has been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and paved the way for the rest of us. Past winners have had a hand in creating and funding the biggest organizations in our space, built nonprofit technology communities large and small, and are exploring and sharing some of the most interesting and innovative technology models.

The 2014 Award Winner

Whenever we talk about the Lifetime Achievement Award, we always remind people that it is not an award signifying the “end” of a career or the close of a legacy of service to this sector. What sets the recipients of this award apart from most of us is that they have made a lifetime’s worth of impact usually well before they decide to retire. Lynn has served NTEN in so many ways, but before NTEN was a community and an organization she was working at the intersection of the technology and nonprofit sectors. We are so thankful for Lynn’s participation on the NTEN Board of Directors and grateful for her leadership and vision in this community.


Lynn Labieniec has been helping the nonprofit sector apply technology to their business operations since 1980 and is currently the CEO of and a strategy consultant for Beaconfire Consulting. She has developed technology strategies for clients such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research FoundationUnited Way of AmericaPlanned Parenthood, and others.

Before co-founding Beaconfire, Lynn served on Commerce One‘s Nonprofit Leadership Team, as well as a leader within Commerce One’s project management skill track. Previously, Lynn was a founding partner of RivCom Limited, in the United Kingdom, a consultancy firm specializing in applying XML technologies to knowledge and information management problems. She has also held various management positions at Blackbaud Inc. and Riverside Software Inc., with a particular focus on helping corporate and private foundations effectively implement and integrate grants management and employee gift matching software. She started her career at IBM‘s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. During her tenure of nearly seven years, she worked on many projects with the corporate philanthropy department, including leading the technology development of IBM’s employee matching gift program.

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.