June 2013: Nonprofit Technology Leadership

Advice for Aspiring Nonprofit Tech Leaders

Submitted on Mon, 6/17/2013 - 5:58am
Karl Hedstrom, NTEN's IT Director, looks at how tech leadership doesn't occur in a vacuum. Looking to your peers and working together to share your knowledge and solve problems is an important part of being a leader, too.
By Karl Hedstrom – IT Director

Leading Through Failure

Submitted on Thu, 6/13/2013 - 7:00am
NTC session panelists share lessons learned during our session, which was supposed to focus on our organizations’ and others’ nonprofit technology failures. In the end, however, we all found that the failures were not of technology, but of leadership – and so were the lessons.
By Shari Ilsen – Senior Online Communications Manager

How Does Organization Structure Affect Online Success?

Submitted on Wed, 6/12/2013 - 7:00am
For those of us who have responsibilities in online fundraising / marketing / technology, often our work doesn’t fit within the traditional department structure of most nonprofit organizations. Effective leadership can come from anywhere in an organization.
By Norman Reiss – Project Manager, Technology

NTEN Community Voices: Nonprofit Tech Leaders Revisit Their Accidental Techie Roots

Submitted on Tue, 6/11/2013 - 7:00am
Nonprofit technology leaders are a special breed. Many of the species started down the nptech path from very surprising (and accidental) origins. Here are a few of their stories.
By Julia Smith – Community Project Manager, Communities of Impact Project

The New Normal: Shifting Organizational Resources to Thrive and Survive in a Rapidly Changing World.

Submitted on Mon, 6/10/2013 - 11:41am
As technology and human communication become more and more intertwined, relevance in this rapidly changing world requires organizations to become adept at adapting. Continually. This is the "New Normal" - constantly adapting to an incessant stream of change - environmental, political, social, economic, and technological.
By Ian Rhett – CEO

The Future Role of the CIO in the NonProfit

Submitted on Mon, 6/10/2013 - 7:00am
Everything we thought that technology would do to democratize information is happening, and it’s happening in ways that we didn’t dream of. So do we still need an IT department, or a CIO?
By Michael Enos – Chief Technology Officer

Effective Project Management: Three Critical Activities

Submitted on Thu, 6/6/2013 - 7:00am
Julia, a staff member at a nonprofit, offers her story about project management and personal growth.
By Laura Dallas Burford

Strategic Leadership: What a Nonprofit Leader Really Needs to Know about IT

Submitted on Wed, 6/5/2013 - 7:30am
Many executives don’t approach management and leadership in accounting or evaluation matters, for example, with the same trepidation as they do technology. And yet the same skills that make any leader effective are appropriate to managing technology.
By Lisa Rau – CEO and Co-Founder

A Brief History of Nonprofit Technology Leadership, And a Call to Action for New Circuit Riders

Submitted on Mon, 6/3/2013 - 7:30am
When someone asked me, "What is the role of circuit riders today?" I didn't have an immediate answer. But the question stuck with me, and I have an idea that I want to share, appropriately, with the NTEN community.
By Peter Campbell