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Love it or hate it, technology is unavoidable. The field of technology is changing rapidly and our target audiences are beginning to expect a certain level of technological competence and in many cases technological interactivity. How can nonprofits keep up in such a fast changing and costly field? This page pulls together resources to help you make decisions about and manage technology.

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Posted on: October 10, 2018
Topics: Online Tools | Cost savings | Featured

9th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report

Source: NTEN
NTEN's 9th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report compiles data from more than 700 nonprofits on technology staffing, budget, ROI, and more.
Posted on: October 14, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Operations | Planning | Technology

More Than a Ticket: Rethinking the Annual Report

Source: NTEN
In the September 2015 issue of NTEN: Change, the Seattle Theatre Group and Pyramid Communications describe the strategies they used to nearly double readership of their online annual report and share their message and mission with a broader audience.
Posted on: October 14, 2015
Topics: Communications | Marketing | Technology

Idealware's Review of Board Portal Solutions

Source: Idealware
Nonprofit technology research group Idealware published an exhaustive review of board portal solutions.
Posted on: June 29, 2015
Topics: Board | Online Tools | Technology

.NGO and .ONG Web Domains

Source: National Council of Nonprofits
This article from the National Council of Nonprofits covers everything you need to know about the new .NGO and .ONG domains and includes a discount code for new registrations at Register.NGO.
Posted on: May 12, 2015
Topics: Marketing | Technology

NTEN’s Digital Outlook Report

Source: NTEN
NTEN’s 2015 Digital Outlook Report, published in partnership with Care2 and hjc, compiles data on technology strategy, staffing, tools, and more from a survey of almost 500 nonprofits. In addition to data from the survey, the report also includes case studies of three nonprofits: Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Covenant House International, and Ontario SPCA.
Posted on: March 12, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Online Tools | Technology

8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report

Source: NTEN
With NTEN's theory of change in mind, this report examines technology staffing levels, technology budgets, overall organizational approach to technology decisions, as well as technology oversight and management practices. Over 750 individuals from nonprofits participated in taking the survey, ranging from various operating budget size, staff size, and more.
Posted on: July 23, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Human Resources | Technology

2013 Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Source: NTEN
Idealware and NTEN partnered to compile and release the 2013 Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems. The 160-page guide summarizes and compares 36 different systems, all of which cost under $10,500, gives in-depth reviews of the 11 most popular systems, and has a directory of consultants if you need help choosing or with implementaiton.
Posted on: November 1, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Technology

6 Key Steps to Post-Implementation Tech Project Success

Source: NTEN Blog
Missy Longshore, from the nonprofit IT consultant group Longshore Consulting, shares six key steps you can take to make sure your technology project succeeds after launch.
Posted on: October 4, 2013
Topics: Technology

The Magic of the Welcome Email for New Subscribers

Source: Future Fundraising Now
Citing a recent blog post by email marketing company Emma, Jeff Brooks makes the case for welcome emails for new subscribers, which have open rates or 50%, can increase long-term engagement by 33%, and have transaction rates nine times greater than other emails.
Posted on: September 24, 2013
Topics: Best Practice | Communications | Data & Research | Fundraising | Marketing | Technology

The Art of Creating Online Communities

Source: The Communications Network
Kate Emanuel of the Ad Council highlights four nonprofits who made the right decisions and took the right steps to create successful online communities, and are now benefiting from their hard work.
Posted on: September 24, 2013
Topics: Best Practice | Communications | Marketing | Online Tools | Social Media | Technology

Idealware Social Media Report

Source: Idealware
New social media startups are appearing all the time, and the lines that distinguish existing tools blur more each day. Facebook is still the dominant channel, but even there, usage is on the decline. Is your organization’s social media presence still cutting it? While many of these newer tools may be unfamiliar to you, each has its own audience—and if your targeted demographic overlaps, you might want to add it to your existing arsenal to help you reach and engage constituents. Idealware’s latest report, Exploring Cutting Edge Social Media, details many of these less-familiar social media tools and offers guidance to help your organization think about whether to incorporate them into your communications mix.
Posted on: August 16, 2013
Topics: Communications | Marketing | Social Media | Technology

7th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report

Source: NTEN
In their seventh year of collecting and reporting on nonprofit technology spending and practices data, NTEN's newest report examines: technology staffing levels, technology budgets, overall organizational approach to technology decisions, as well as technology oversight and management practices.
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Posted on: May 10, 2013
Topics: Technology | Human Resources

Measuring Your Social Media Success

Social media has provided nonprofits with a whole new toolbox for marketing themselves and engaging constituents. Though each tool is a little different, they all create opportunities for your organization to start conversations and to show off your work. And though we are making huge strides as a sector to understand the most effective techniques and approaches to using these tools, we still have a lot to learn about one of the most important areas of social media: measuring impact.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Technology | Social Media

The Nonprofit Quarterly

This article proposes that when a nonprofit website is fully embedded in the life of the organization, it becomes a mission-delivery engine, simultaneously creating public value and promoting an intuitive understanding of what the organization is about. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Technology

Tech Soup

Tech Soup's website has resources for planning and implementing technology in nonprofits and offers access to greatly discounted software. Vendors include Microsoft, Intuit, Norton and many others.
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Technology


NTEN connects those with a goal of helping nonprofits use technology more effectively. Its programs include an annual Nonprofit Technology Conference; regional conferences; TechFinder (an online directory of technology service providers); 501 Tech Clubs (local nonprofit technology networking groups); and online resources to help nonprofits make effective use of technology.
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Technology

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