Operations & Organization Management

Into the Cloud: Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver

June 8, 2012
Across 17 locations, the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver has 330 computers, but just 155 full-time staff members using them most are used by kids participating in the programs it runs to provide a safe place for children to work on homework or just play after school and through the summer. Until last November, there was just one IT person on staff, and maintaining all those machines wasn't easy.

Into the Cloud: The Public Interest Network

June 8, 2012
The Public Interest Network, made up of about 60 environmental organizations, needed a better, more affordable method to support the email accounts of its 500 staff members. Because of its distributed and diverse nature, it had been reassessing much of its technology, trying to lower costs, and move away from highly specialized IT staff toward using more vendors as a way to save money and provide even better services to our members, said Jesse Littlewood, Director of the Web Presence Department.

Into the Cloud: NPOKI

June 8, 2012
Started in 2005, the NonProfit Organizations Knowledge Initiative, or NPOKI, is a collaboration among large global health organizations to provide performance measurement standards, information management tools and services to health-related Non-Government Organizations. Staff is almost entirely distributed, working out of their homes or on the road helping clients in every corner of the world.

What Are We Accomplishing and How Do We Know?

June 5, 2012
"What does your organization do?" That is a question most nonprofit folks can answer pretty easily. We have our elevator pitches ready to go. "What is your organization accomplishing?" Now that's a different question, one that's not as simple to answer for most of us. It's also one that is increasingly being asked by potential donors big and small.

2011 Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Survey Report

June 1, 2012
The results of the 2011 NTEN survey of the NTEN and The NonProfit Times communities regarding technology staffing, budgets, and practices are now available in this report.

5 Cloud Based Apps For Teams to Organize Events Better (and for FREE)

May 24, 2012
Many of us in the nonprofit space know how much effort goes into organizing large, annual events. Even though many of us are entrenched in the intersection between our work and technology, we often struggle with finding ways to make our lives simpler. In today's world, cloud technology can allow most nonprofits with an Internet connection to access hundreds of files, manage multiple teams, and keep track of others whether they are remote or across the office. Last year, our organization, Games for Change, put together the largest Festival in our 8 year history. With over 800+ attendees and another 10,000 viewing online, we've sold out the event while doubling attendance and income. Much of the organizing was done with new staff and new ambitions. While the Festival proves to be bigger than ever, yet easier to manage with a series of tools being used by the entire team.

Do It Yourself Cloud Databases

May 3, 2012
Ten years ago, if you had standard database needs (like CRM) you could use a desktop-based application like ACT or the Organizers DataBase – but if you had needs that were not served by a shrink-wrapped product, you would buy MS Access or Filemaker and someone would build a special database for you. Today, with the world moving to the cloud, the situation is similar, but the names are different. If you have standard database needs (like fundraising) you might choose Etapestry or Raiser's Edge, but if you have unique needs, you can build any kind of database application you want on cloud platforms like QuickBase, Zoho, Force.com, and others.

2009 IT Staffing & Spending Report

March 28, 2010
The nonprofit sector works hard to maximize the effective use of technology. Organizations face difficult challenges -- from insufficient data and lean budgets to overworked staffs -- just trying to keep up with changing technologies and trends, and with the rest of the sector.