Ask The Expert: Innovation Through Technology

Technology has the power to fuel innovation and social change, but technology is often an afterthought for nonprofits constrained by not enough money, time, and/or staff. In this Ask the Expert session, we’ll look at ways nonprofits can leverage technology to maximize their impact. We’ll discuss practical ways to improve efficiency using technology and innovate with limited resources.

You’ll walk away with technology tools and tips for working smarter, not harder, plus action steps you can take now to up your technological effectiveness.

Speaker: Shannon Farley
Shannon is an experienced social entrepreneur. She was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Spark has the distinction of being the only women's organization in the world with 5 0% male members. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. Shannon has been awarded the New Leader’s Council “Top 40 under 40 Award”, The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Scholar Fellowship, and The Women’s Funding Network’s Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award. Under her leadership, Spark won the 2010 Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served in the Inaugural Congressional Conference on Philanthropy and Innovation. Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Speaker: Kenny Kane
Kenny Kane was a high school senior when his father was diagnosed with stage 2b testicular cancer at age 50. This experience led him down a path of cancer advocacy out of college, where he was hired as employee #2 at Stupid Cancer, a non-profit focusing on the needs of young adults with cancer. In 2016, Kenny relocated from New York City to Austin, TX where he assumed the role of TCF CEO. Kenny lives at the intersection of non-profit and technology, exploring what’s possible with emerging web technology and apps to further the mission of TCF. Through low-cost solutions, TCF is able to expand its reach and ultimately save more lives.