Friday, February 27, 2015

The Nonprofit Technology Network NTEN: Where the Nonprofit Technology Community Meets


The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions.

We are the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.

We believe that technology allows nonprofits to work with greater social impact. We enable our members to strategically use technology to make the world a better, just, and equitable place.

NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within our community. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community.

Read the values we hold as an organization, explore our services and programs and become a member of NTEN today!NTEN is a 501(c)(3) organization. You can download our latest 990 below. You can find our GuideStar listing here.

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MUSC approved for $2.6 million by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

From The Moultrie News

Researchers to tackle lower back pain affecting millions of Americans
A research team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)’s College of Health Professions has been approved for a $2.6 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study interventions for chronic lower back pain.

David Morrisette, Ph.D., College of Health Professions professor and Physical Therapy program director, will serve as the lead principal investigator (PI) for the MUSC site, with support from co-PI Kit Simpson, Dr.PH., Health Care Leadership and Management and Public Health professor, and Howard Evert, M.D., MUSC Internal Medicine study co-investigator and Carolina Family Care president. The national, multi-site $14 million study will be led by Antony Delitto, Ph.D., vice president of education and research for the Centers for Rehab Services, associate dean for research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

MUSC research will focus on targeted interventions to prevent chronic lower back pain in high risk patients. According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain, and lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits

By Steve Boland
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)

The Internet is full of acronyms. Some were born of necessity from Twitter’s limited character count, but others are created by the unique nature of ubiquitous, virtual networks. There was never a need to talk about IRL before the Internet, because almost all personal communications were In Real Life. The ease and low cost of all this virtual communication means a great deal of messaging—including social fundraising—happens asynchronously (a $50 word for “whenever people happen to get to it”).

People, however, are still people. People schedule events. People go to stores. Sharing an experience in real time and space means a lot for many. Donors get more excited for—and more moved by—things that happen with other people in the same space. Ask any nonprofit that ever had an auctioneer at a gala or scheduled a fun run.

Not all social giving IRL has to be tied to hosting a gala or 5K. People gather in places for lots of other reasons, and those are opportunities for the right charities with the right tools. The growth rate of U.S. adults with Internet-enabled phones (already surpassed two-thirds of the population) is huge; most donors can now give wherever they are rather than waiting to get to a desktop screen somewhere. New tools are just now coming into the market, with more players and ideas likely to join soon.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems

By Tycely Williams
Regional Chief Development Officer
American Red Cross


Nancy loves her job.

Nancy works at a local animal shelter. Nancy ensures neglected animals receive proper care. She would do almost anything for those animals. While Nancy is among the 10% of Americans working within the nonprofit sector; she has never played an active role in raising resources for the shelter.

Nancy, like many nonprofit employees, didn’t get the memo. As a leader of a nonprofit organization, you must create sustainable systems for managing the organization and the expectations of employees. Your goal is to develop a system to measure and reward everyone for charitable fundraising. You cannot fuel your mission without revenue. You want every member of your team to actively engage in the execution of the resource development strategy. That’s right—every employee (even Nancy) is a charitable fundraiser.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Room for Improvement: Clean up cities. Give the homeless a place to live. And save money, too?

By Scott Carrier
Mother Jones Magazine

IT'S EARLY DECEMBER, 10:30 in the morning, and Rene Zepeda is driving a Volunteers of America minivan around Salt Lake City, looking for reclusive homeless people, those camping out next to the railroad tracks or down by the river or up in the foothills. The winter has been unseasonably warm so far—it's 60 degrees today—but the cold weather is coming and the van is stacked with sleeping bags, warm coats, thermal underwear, socks, boots, hats, hand warmers, protein bars, nutrition drinks, canned goods. By the end of the day, Rene says, it will all be gone.

 These supplies make life a little easier for people who live outside, but Rene's main goal is to develop a relationship of trust with them, and act as a bridge to get them off the street. "I want to get them into homes," Rene says. "I tell them, 'I'm working for you. I want to get you out of the homeless situation.'"

 And he does. He and all the other people who work with the homeless here have perhaps the best track record in the country. In the past nine years, Utah has decreased the number of homeless by 72 percent—largely by finding and building apartments where they can live, permanently, with no strings attached. It's a program, or more accurately a philosophy, called Housing First.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 lessons from 5 years leading digital at a nonprofit

By Paul Young
Ragan's PR Daily

I’ve spent every waking moment of the past five years working with a brilliant team to inspire people to make a difference for people they’ve never met.

 In that time the fundraising website I’ve been responsible for,, has raised more than $37 million—with 100 percent of that directly funding clean drinking water for people in need around the world.

 As I reflect on my last day in the office, here are the five biggest things I’ve learned:

 1. Inspire — activate — experience.

It took me a few years to learn that the strategic link between all of our most effective marketing efforts was a very simple model:

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Nine Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

From The Social Media Monthly
MacArthur last week named nine organizations as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Award, which recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the Foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with $350,000 to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget.

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