Don’t have Jedi-level skills in tech? There’s an assessment for that.

July 25, 2017
We want a shiny new website (or a new email marketing platform, or a new CRM system…) like yesterday, but we don’t always fully understand what that means or have the words to explain what we’re really trying to solve for. That’s where being inquisitive comes into play. The Discovery Assessment is a tool that can help organizations prioritize their needs, uncover risks and constraints, and analyze the impact of a project on their current systems—all before diving into that project. 

It’s okay to break things

July 19, 2017
Part of learning, growing, and understanding tools/technologies is being in the muck before we have clarity around how something works, where something should go, and how something should be built. There’s something to be said for having the courage to try things even if it means they won’t necessarily work out.

Make a tastier communications cake: A recipe for multichannel marketing

July 17, 2017
Digital marketing strategies come in all shapes and sizes. Even if you don't have a fully baked strategy, you probably have all the ingredients you need. So let's mix it up!

Join us for a day of action to save net neutrality

July 11, 2017
Net neutrality is an issue that affects every one of us. Regardless of our mission or community, a free and open web enables all of us to share ideas, find supporters, advocate for change, and move our missions forward.

Submit your session proposal for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference

July 6, 2017
We are excited to announce that session proposals are now open for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (18NTC)! Learn more about the proposal process, suggested topics, and get tips & more information.
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Winter is coming: Start preparing now for year-end fundraising

July 6, 2017
You’ve seen year-end fundraising before: you know that, however busy you are this summer, you’ll be busier come year-end. Anything you do now to set yourself up for stronger fundraising will help you succeed when it matters.
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How I learned to code (and you should too)

July 3, 2017
Way back in the late 1990s, I learned HTML on a whim. I had no idea the effect it would have on my career, and how it would eventually change my life.
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6 steps to implement a password manager at your nonprofit

June 20, 2017
Back in 2012, we implemented an organization-wide password manager here at NTEN, finally replacing our comically insecure “Shared Passwords” document, and the all-too-common practice of reusing the same password across a variety of different sites. Five years later, this change may be the most significant stress-reducing and time-saving policy I’ve ever put in place at NTEN since I started working here more than 10 years ago.
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Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice

June 14, 2017
There is a huge opportunity for organizations and activists to use automation in constructive ways that further social justice causes, but doing so is not without risk. What follows is a set of questions aimed at helping advocates better understand the challenges and risks that bots and automated activism present.

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.