Category: IT

Emerging tech trends such as AI, bots, livestreaming, deepfake videos, influencer/creator culture, and the “internet of things” are changing the world we live in. Tik Tok already has 500 million users, over half as many as Instagram. This session can help you understand what’s coming next by providing a high-level overview of the emerging tech trends of 2020. We’ll examine thoughts on what’s relevant for nonprofit organizations and how you can navigate or even take advantage of coming innovations to propel your organization’s mission.

We’ll discuss how trends will affect our ability to connect and communicate, and how they’ll impact causes and campaigns. We’ll dispel myths and incorrect theories about emerging tech and tell you what you need to know to begin recalibrating in advance of the next tech wave.

When it comes to complex technology projects, the challenges of scope, budget, vendor relations, ROI, timelines, change management, and resources can be overwhelming obstacles to success. Nonprofits often have limited capacity to manage technology projects effectively.

Learn how you can overcome those obstacles and successfully take on complete complex projects. This course will help you ask the hard question that is critical to any project’s success: What problem are you solving?

Once you’ve established that a project is worth taking on, we’ll guide you through a sample project charter. The project charter is a guide to essential questions to be addressed at the beginning of a project and serves as a reference point throughout. Finally, we’ll look at some of the tools and techniques you can use as a project manager to help with a well-conceived and planned project stay on course through completion.

Deepen your understanding of data constructs such as references, normalized data, and survey question types. We will unpack the feedback loop cycle and evaluate how feedback is integrated (or not) into current data management practices within your organization. We’ll demonstrate sample key performance indicators (KPIs) and survey data in use at other organizations, including an overview of website analytics.

You will also work on documenting your existing KPIs, if any, and develop a plan to investigate desired KPIs which are not currently tracked. We will discuss processes to identify and prioritize the adoption of internal reporting team-wide and strategies to implement a culture of decision-making that is driven by data.

This course was previously titled Advanced Data Management.

If you’re storing and working with data regarding members, donors, volunteers, clients, donors, credit cards, and so forth, you are a potential target. You must have a robust IT security strategy. Information breaches and other hacks cost organizations significant amounts of money to resolve and damage supporter confidence.

Nonprofits of all sizes are often at greater risk for the following reasons:

  • Nonprofits typically lack IT and IT security knowledge.
  • Nonprofits tend to have fewer IT-related staffing resources.
  • Hackers can steal as much information from 10 small nonprofits as they can from one large business.

In this training, we will provide a general overview of what IT security is and why it’s essential. We’ll walk through some lax practices commonly found in nonprofits and the potential security risks in those practices, and we’ll provide some necessary procedures and recommendations you can implement immediately.

This course was previously titled Intro to IT Security.