Program & Service Delivery

The Equity Atlas: A data-driven conversation

September 17, 2014
The Regional Equity Atlas is a project that strives to ensure that everyone in the Portland metropolitan region benefits from the opportunities the region provides. Through the use of an online mapping tool, the Equity Atlas enables us to understand how well different neighborhoods and populations across the region are able to access the resources and opportunities necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being. CLF initiated the original Regional Equity Atlas project in 2002 in response to its members’ assessment that equity and its relationship to sustainable development was not generally understood by the public and policymakers. It created the second iteration last year. NTEN’s Steph Routh caught up with Scotty Ellis to ask about how the region's non-profits are using the Atlas.

Are you Sending Mixed Messages to your Members?

September 16, 2014
Imagine this scenario: A supporter clicks the “donate” link in one of your emails and gives to your organization through the website. Afterward, the supporter tweets her support and gets an enthusiastic re-tweet from your organization’s Twitter handle. She also receives an automated gift acknowledgement email from your donation system, as well as a mailed “Thank You” letter from your development department the following month.  Through this seemingly simple interaction, the donor has touched your communications, IT, and development departments.

The Six Simple Stages to Successful Campaign Planning

August 21, 2014
Are you looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or get a corporation or government body to change its policies? Follow this roadmap to put successful campaign strategies in place.

Helping Cancer Research with “Play to Cure: Genes in Space”

August 19, 2014
Data analysis poses a tremendous challenge for scientists today. While technology has vastly expanded our capacity for collecting massive amounts of information, our ability to translate those mountains of data into practical knowledge has remained quite limited. Scientists at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) recently pioneered some innovative methods for expediting the quest for a cure. In fact, the results of CRUK’s 2013 GameJam were so impressive that the event may very well establish a radically new model for disease research — one in which the public plays a crucial role in the scientific process. Gamification has certainly reached new levels. At first glance, Play to Cure: Genes in Space might not appear to be a game designed to aid advances in cancer research. However, it is hoped that gamers will help scientists find vital new clues in the fight against cancer.

Modernizing Nonprofits with Cloud Technology for Good

July 7, 2014
Nonprofits and charitable organizations are solving some of the world’s most complex problems, including extreme poverty, humanitarian crises and environmental degradation. For nonprofits, charities, and global development organizations dedicated to helping others, access to technology should never be a hurdle or a limitation. The question these groups must ask themselves is: why is now the time to modernize (and, in some cases, develop) an IT strategy to help achieve both the long and short-term goals of the organization?

Technology’s Emerging, Enthusiastic Leaders

June 18, 2014
Carl Sagan once said, “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” Nowadays it can be hard enough for some teenagers to graduate from high school, let alone keep an enthusiasm for science. Without teens staying inspired and graduating, the future does not look so bright; we’d miss out on the great ideas and collaborations they would bring to the world. This is where the iUrban Teen program comes in. We aim to bring back the wonder and enthusiasm that Carl Sagan spoke of, what we call the “technology spark.”

Connecting Healthcare to Underserved Communities with Crowdfunding & Mobile

April 17, 2014
In Nepal, an estimated 75 infants and 12 women die in childbirth every day, many of them needlessly due to inadequate care. The problem isn’t care. It’s coordination. Learn how Hope Phones by Medic Mobile and Samahope are partnering to further One Heart World-Wide's mission to ensure that more women give birth safely.

Last-Mile Impact Measurement: Mobile is the Way

April 14, 2014
Why use scissors to cut the grass when you can use a lawn mower? In the world of impact measurement with remote beneficiaries, mobile is the new lawn mower. Four nonprofits are leading the way in leveraging mobile technology to hear directly from remote beneficiaries. While each has a very different mission, all have the shared goal of hearing directly from their beneficiaries about whether their work is working, and mobile enables them to do it.

Reflections on 14NTC: Technology Experimentation and the Ad Hoc Open Source Society

March 26, 2014
Technological experimentation is often costly, and most nonprofits simply don’t have the budget for it. Following his Ignite presentation at the 14NTC, Craig Sinclair reflects on the ad hoc open source society that formed, and open venues start experimenting.