Overcoming barriers to digital literacy programs

June 12, 2017
What are the barriers to implementing digital literacy programs at your organization? Panelists from a 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference session on the subject discuss challenges and solutions, and offer resources to overcome those barriers.
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Technical SEO Glossary

June 8, 2017
How do you drive more people to your website and get them engaging with your nonprofit's programs and content? There are many factors in search engine optimization (SEO), and understanding the technical side is crucial to get the impact you need. Here is a technical SEO glossary of 7 high-priority factors so you can make important changes, even if you don't have technical knowledge.
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Digital Empowerment

June 7, 2017
My job as a teacher is to envision a future for our students that includes technology as a tool for realizing their dreams. It's an educational investment that’s worth the time: Students emerge from our program confident in their ability to use technology to be problem solvers and motivated to become lifelong learners of technology. Here are some key aspects of our program design.
NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward high-fives some of the Certificate earners at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Congratulations to the first 20 Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate earners!

June 5, 2017
It's official: 20 movers and shakers have now earned their Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate! This first group to earn their Certificate represent an amazing group of diverse and driven individuals. They fill a wide range of roles from IT directors to communications staff to consultants.
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Meet your donors where they are

June 1, 2017
The data indicates that SMS donations can increase your overall reach, giving you new audiences that you wouldn't otherwise be able to connect with. As younger audiences have begun to move away from traditional giving and towards mobile giving, adding this technology to your fundraising mix means your nonprofit will be better positioned to meet prospective donors where they are.
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Facts and feelings

May 31, 2017
Habitat for Humanity decided to test the power of technology to increase resident engagement in neighborhoods they serve. They launched a pilot project with 12 Habitat organizations across the country to determine whether using feedback loops increased participation by community residents. They share the results and the lessons learned.

How many fundraising platforms do you have?

May 25, 2017
When it comes to fundraising platforms, it's all too easy to start using a shiny new tool and end up with several systems that don't talk to each other—leading to extra expenses and duplication of work. Find out how one organization evaluated and consolidated platforms, saving time and money.

Your guide to nonprofit IT investment

May 24, 2017
NTEN has been collecting data for a decade on how nonprofits invest in technology staff and tools. Here is the 10th Annual Technology Staffing and Investments Report.

6 ways to be cooler than school

May 22, 2017
The daunting task of dealing with new technology can feel so overwhelming to adult learners that they need a space designed where they can take a breath, have a laugh, and try again. Digital Inclusion Fellow Jamie Littlefield shares how she learned to help clients feel more at ease and make more progress in her Computer Help Lab.
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5 common pitfalls to avoid with IT service providers

May 19, 2017
Using managed IT services can be great for nonprofits small and large, but it does come with some risks. Here are a few ways you can avoid those risks and get the best IT support for your organization.