Friday, June 12, 2009

New to Nonprofit Technology -- Here's a Brief Overview

My colleague Tom Cesarini and I did a brief seminar about nonprofit technology during USD's nonprofit innovation event last Friday. It was fun, but most likely overwhelming to people who are new to the nonprofit technology arena. (Here's a link to our brief presentation).

So I decided to write another brief overview, this one about Nonprofit Technology. This is great timing because I just wrote the chapter about nonprofit technology for Sage's new Handbook: Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations due out next spring.

Overall great nonprofit technology websites
  • Tech Soup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support.
  • Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network is the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals whose members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
  • NTEN has Affinity Groups where anyone can post nonprofit technology questions, find technology consultants and learn great technology tips.
  • My favorite groups are: (there are groups for practically every metropolitan area) & There are also groups about blogging, social media and other np tech topics.
  • NPower a network of locally based nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, high-quality and affordable technology assistance to other nonprofit groups nationally.
Selecting hardware for your nonprofit
Selecting software for your nonprofit
Web Presence & Using Technology to Fundraise
Nonprofit Technology Events and Conferences
  • Nonprofit Technology Conference The event to learn about nonprofit technology hardware, software, professional development and to connect with nonprofit techies.
  • Penguin Day is a day long conferences where non-profit organizations explore the range of issues and options involved using Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS). The host of Penguin Day, Aspiration also organizes a variety of other nonprofit technology events including the Nonprofit Software Development Summit, Managing Technology Projects, eAdvocacy trainings and more.
  • Netsquared is a two-day meeting that brings together the minds of unlikely allies from different professional fields including: leaders in philanthropy, corporate philanthropy, engineering, media and world-class innovators driving the development, distribution and use of social technologies for progressive change.
  • Other Nonprofit Technology Events listed on Tech Soup's Website
Helpful Nonprofit Technology Books and Reports
Social Media for your nonprofit
For the true techies
As a Caveat: I know many nonprofit techies read my blog, so if there are sites and resources I am missing please let me know and I will add those resources to this page. I am not going to delve into the nonprofit marketing arena on this post because I know my favorite nonprofit marketing consultants Kivi Miller, Katya Andresen & Nedra Weinreich would do a much better job at providing a brief overview of nonprofit marketing. :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for including me. I suggest you might want to also include the WeAreMedia project and wiki

Maya Norton said...

Great resource, Heather. Thanks.

~ Maya Norton
The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy

Rebecca said...

Thanks for including mentions of TechSoup in your list of resources.

Just to add to the list, TechSoup also has a great nonprofit tech blog ( and an active community of discussion forums ( with professional nonprofit consultants, IT administrators, and accidental techies asking and answering questions all day long.

Another individual blogger you could add to your list might be Robert Weiner. (

Thanks for compiling a great list!

Kivi Leroux Miller said...

This is great Heather! I'll try to follow up with a similar list on nonprofit marketing soon!

Robert Weiner said...

Thanks so much for including me, Heather! This is a great list of resources -- and not just because I'm mentioned ;-).

-- Robert

Ian said...

Great list! Could I make a suggestion of Lasa's ICT Knowledgebase

Thanks, Ian @ Lasa

Anonymous said...

Great resources! Also, a non profit event management software company, does free online registration and online donation pages for other non profits. They really helped my budget this year!