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Visualizing the role of data for mission-based organizations

Visualizing the role of data for mission-based organizations | NPtech | Scoop.it
First of all, I want to say that I distrust the term "data-driven organization," even though some very highly respected colleagues use it in their writings and their conversations. I firmly believe...
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Measuring what we value, and presenting the findings more interactively than ever

Measuring what we value, and presenting the findings more interactively than ever | NPtech | Scoop.it
First of all, a personal resolution:  I will not whine. The Boston Indicators Project, which is an initiative by the Boston Foundation and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, relaunched its web...
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A few thoughts about the recently relaunched Boston Indicators Project web site.

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The state of nonprofit data: Uh-oh!

The state of nonprofit data: Uh-oh! | NPtech | Scoop.it
The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) has released a report prepared by Idealware on the current state of nonprofit data.  Highly recommended! Some of the news it contains is scary.  In our secto...
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A few thoughts about the report on nonprofit data that was prepared by Idealware.Org.

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My idea of fun

My idea of fun | NPtech | Scoop.it
  I had a lovely time on Wednesday at the Providers Council conference and expo.  All told, I put in about six hours at the Annkissam table, along with Kevin Palmer and Matteo Ramos-Mucci.  As...
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Reflections on my experience of spending a day offering pro bono strategic technology consultations at a statewide conference for human service providers.

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Should a nonprofit use a free email service? Gavin Murphy of Annkissam knows.

Should a nonprofit use a free email service?  Gavin Murphy of Annkissam knows. | NPtech | Scoop.it
NTEN: Change is a quarterly journal for nonprofit executives, and I’m pleased to say that the “askDeborah” podcast is one of its regular features.  The journal is available by sub...
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Another "askDeborah" podcast, in which guest experts respond to strategic tech questions from nonprofit professionals.  This once is featured in the Nonprofit Technology Network's quarterly online journal.

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Outputs, outcomes – what’s the difference for nonprofits?

Outputs, outcomes – what’s the difference for nonprofits? | NPtech | Scoop.it
These days, I deal with a lot of people in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector for whom the topic of programmatic outcomes is fraught with anxiety. It’s always unnerving when I discover that t...
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Kudos to Deborah Linnell for explaining the difference between outputs and outcmes for nonprofits doing outcomes management.

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Recommended Readings and Resources

Recommended Readings and Resources | NPtech | Scoop.it
2012 State of Nonprofit Data Report Amy Sample Ward’s Version of Nptech askDeborah (podcast) Aspiration Beth’s Blog Community TechKnowledge Blog Delicious Nptech Electronic Advocacy Goo...
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It’s All About Fulfilling Your Mission

It’s All About Fulfilling Your Mission | NPtech | Scoop.it
I  live to bring resources and needs together seamlessly for nonprofits and philanthropies, mostly through strategic use of information and communication technologies. I focus first of all on fulfi...
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Nonprofit Technology 101: A Case Study

Nonprofit Technology 101: A Case Study | NPtech | Scoop.it
This fall, I made presentation about nonprofit technology at a local university.  The 200 students in the course were master’s degree candidates in the school of computer and information scie...
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Common Impact, Hands On Tech Boston, and Volunteer Management

Common Impact, Hands On Tech Boston, and Volunteer Management | NPtech | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of meeting with some colleagues at Common Impact and Hands On Tech Boston. We talked about a number of subjects (and a few ways that I might be able to be helpfu...
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Reconstructing my list of links

Reconstructing my list of links | NPtech | Scoop.it
On my old Blogware site (1), I maintained an extensive list of online resources that would be of general interest to nonprofit professionals, and of especial interest to those who sought to use inf...
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Virtual Volunteering | Community Techknowledge

Virtual Volunteering | Community Techknowledge | NPtech | Scoop.it

Jayne Cravens, an internationally acclaimed expert on virtual volunteering, is the guest expert in this "askDeborah" podcast segment.

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Six Pieces of Advice to Demystify Evaluation by Johanna Morariu of Innovation Network | Community Techknowledge

Six Pieces of Advice to Demystify Evaluation by Johanna Morariu of Innovation Network | Community Techknowledge | NPtech | Scoop.it
Johanna Morariu, director of the Innovation Network, offers some reassuring suggestions to nonprofit organizations that are just getting started with evaluation.
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NPO Connect: Not just a skill sharing tool, but an important proof of concept

NPO Connect: Not just a skill sharing tool, but an important proof of concept | NPtech | Scoop.it
NPO Connect is based on a very strong premise:  nearly every nonprofit professional has skills to share with others in the sector.  When it comes to professional development, we can look to our col...
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Let's develop online tools that can match all sorts of under-utilized resources with unmet needs!

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“Please pose all questions in the form of a compliment”

“Please pose all questions in the form of a compliment” | NPtech | Scoop.it
I have just had the amusing experience of reading an article in the Nonprofit Quarterly, entitled “Thanking Your Nonprofit Techie:  A Holiday Wishlist,” and finding that none of the gif...
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Every nonprofit technology professional should receive one of these!

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Nonprofits, vendors, and the RFP process

Nonprofits, vendors, and the RFP process | NPtech | Scoop.it
I’m not really enthusiastic about the “Request For Proposals” (RFP) model of identifying the right vendor for the job.  However, there are times when a much-loved nonprofit client...
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Includes some tips for vendors who are submitting tech proposals to nonprofit organizations.

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Farewell to Holly Ross – NTEN’s loss is the Drupal Association’s gain

Farewell to Holly Ross – NTEN’s loss is the Drupal Association’s gain | NPtech | Scoop.it
It’s official.  Holly Ross, the executive director of our professional association, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), is leaving to become the E.D. of the Drupal Association. I know th...
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A tribute to the Nonprofit Technology Network's executive director, who is leaving to lead the Drupal Association.

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The agony of choice

The agony of choice | NPtech | Scoop.it
I recently had both the pleasure and the pain of sitting in with a much-loved nonprofit, as its staff members interviewed several nonprofit technology assistance firms regarding a contract for serv...
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Choosing a technology vendor can be painful for nonprofits, but it's better than having no choices at all.

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Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Strategist and Consultant

Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Strategist and Consultant | NPtech | Scoop.it
Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector...
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Pro Bono Assistance

Pro Bono Assistance | NPtech | Scoop.it
If your organization is small, is strapped for cash, and has a great mission, then you may be eligible for a pro bono strategic technology consultation.  The Data Collaborative generously underwrit...
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Current and Past Clients

Current and Past Clients | NPtech | Scoop.it
  Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation America SCORES New England AnnKissam Archventures Arsenal Center for the Arts Ask Your Lawmaker / Capitol News Connection Blue Kitabu Boston Car...
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Pro bono strategic technology consultations for human service professionals

Pro bono strategic technology consultations for human service professionals | NPtech | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers‘ 37th conference and expo will take place on November 28th at the Copley Place Marriott in Boston.  Thanks to generous underwriting from A...
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A word of gratitude for an online community: Mission-Based Massachusetts

A word of gratitude for an online community:  Mission-Based Massachusetts | NPtech | Scoop.it
Today is Thanksgiving, so I want to express some gratitude to a community of colleagues here in Massachusetts. I started the “Mission-Based Massachusetts” (MBM for short) email list in ...
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“Storified” Data Collection: Making the Most of Your Results by Sidney R. Hargro of the Community Foundation of South Jersey | Community Techknowledge

“Storified” Data Collection: Making the Most of Your Results by Sidney R. Hargro of the Community Foundation of South Jersey | Community Techknowledge | NPtech | Scoop.it
Sidney Hargro, the executive director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, offers practical advice on using both narrative and analysis of data to report on a nonprofit's programmatic outcomes.
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Donor Database | Community Techknowledge

In this segment of the "askDeborah" podcast, Marc Baizman explains the basics of donor databases for nonprofit organizations.

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