Topic: Organizational Culture

Marriage Counseling for IT and Communications: Get Better Results Together

January 14, 2014
More and more IT groups are building up strategic capacity, serving many business goals and needs across an organization. At the same time, Communications groups are moving more into technology system decisions and driving resource and process needs. This convergence can often lead to painful struggles over resource decisions and project planning, but there are some easy steps you can take to make the relationship work.

Moving to the Cloud: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 10, 2013

I had decided in early 2011 that moving our small company from a physical office space to the cloud would be good for our business in a variety of ways: allow us to employ and contract with top-of-the-line workers and take advantage of cutting edge technologies for both internal and external communications and operations. And because I travel so much (my husband is a composer, so we’re always going hither and yon for performances, residencies, etc.) and had learned how to work efficiently from almost anywhere, it seemed like a smart move.  Making the decision was fairly easy, the reasons straight-forward, but implementing it proved to be a combination of amazingly simple to disturbingly complex. 

Let me share with you what I now refer to as the good, the bad, and the ugly.

7 Ways for Nonprofits to Make the Most of Google Hangout

March 4, 2013
Google Hangout is a super easy way to hold video conferences with multiple individuals or groups of people. In addition to being easy, it is accessible to all of your employees, constituents and volunteers as anyone with a Google account can take part in a Hangout without having to download any additional software or sign up for anything new. With the ability to video chat with up to 10 people or accounts, Hangout (technically “Hangouts,” but most folks seem to drop the s) is a great option for personal live chats with key stakeholders.

Nonprofit Data: The Case of the Women’s Center of Montgomery County

January 7, 2013
Based in Pennsylvania's third-largest county, the Women's Center of Montgomery County serves as many as 4,200 women each year through a domestic violence program and two hospitals. Director Maria Macaluso said the 800-member organizations 14 staff-members and 185 volunteers use data in a number of different ways across its seven offices—primarily to improve the services it is able to offer clients.

Nonprofit Data: The Case of Neighbors, Inc.

January 7, 2013
With a $1 million budget, Neighbors, Inc., runs a food shelf that serves more than 400 families a month, a secondhand clothing store and 14 other programs that reach a variety of clientele with services aimed at reducing poverty, promoting self-sufficiency and building community. The various programs offer a number of opportunities to collect and track data to better manage services and improve outcomes, and the nonprofit wisely decided to take advantage of those opportunities by hiring a director of development with a passion—and a mandate—for data.