My friend and colleague Johanna Bates recently wrote a great post for the NTEN blog previewing the upcoming breakout session that she, I, Tracy Kronzak and Jessie Lee will be giving at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference: Let’s Talk Accidental & Intentional Nonprofit Tech Careers. The recent planning phone call we had for that session made me think back to my own winding career into nonprofit technology, which I thought might be fun to document and share. Buckle up, things are about to … [Read more...] about My Own Accidental Techie/Nonprofit Career Path Story
Board portal software can be an excellent technology investments for a nonprofit organization. However, this type of specialty software has historically tended to be a bit pricey, so it's not uncommon for nonprofits with smaller budgets to hack together various free-but-unconnected software tools in an attempt to replicate board portal functionality.A few years ago, a local businesswoman named Marion Lewis showed me a demo of a software package her company had under development, BoardBookit. … [Read more...] about Pittsburgh-based Company Offers Board Portal Software Free to Nonprofits with Budgets Under $2M
Why I'm writing this post First off, I want to say that this is not one of those "I quit Facebook and here's why you should too" posts. This is a post about a personal decision to leave that particular social network, not because I feel the need to justify the decision or encourage other people to leave it, but because so many people have asked "why?" Coming to the decision to quit I joined Facebook in 2008. At first, I only checked it periodically, and it was lots of fun seeing friends' posts … [Read more...] about The End of My Romance with Facebook
Dear Reader,I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I'm taking a brief vacation from blogging (just a week) in order to celebrate Thanksgiving.I struggled with whether or not I should just (to quote my best friend's 10 year old daughter) "suck it up, buttercup" and find time to schedule some posts, but you know what? Maybe you could all use a break from reading emails, tweets, IMs and blog posts too. I hope you'll take some time to unplug during the holiday and spend that time with … [Read more...] about Making Time for Giving Thanks
A new top-level domain, .eco, will be available in early 2017. Organizations, businesses and people working for positive environmental change are able to apply before December 16, 2016 for up to three .eco domain names for an organization or an upcoming campaign. The domain creators are giving 500 domain names for free in this process, anticipating that the names will become expensive and competitive after the domain launches.According to their website "You can apply for a .eco domain grant … [Read more...] about Apply for a Free Dot Eco (.eco) Domain Name!