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 has been coding since the age of 13 and began his career as a pharmacy technician at 15. In 2009, he was brought on as 'Intern #2' at Stupid Cancer and promptly hired as 'Employee #2' to oversee operations, event management, and community organizing. As Co-Founder and COO, he oversees global operations, eCommerce, IT, content, social strategy, mobile health, HR, relationship management and more. His talent for social media integration, digital health platform development, graphic design, CRM design/implementation, and broadcast communications have redefined what is possible in the nonprofit sector. A young adult personally affected by cancer through the diagnosis of family members and friends, Kenny has proudly furthered the mission and the goals of the young adult cancer movement. Kenny received his BA in Communications from Farmingdale State College and currently resides in Brooklyn. He was also recently named the YNPN New York City 'Nonprofiteer of the Year.'