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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 01:11

Over the years, we’ve had lots of requests for a job board for the NTEN community. We aim to please and we’re thrilled to announce a beta version of NTEN’s brand new job board.

NTEN’s Nonprofit Tech Job Board is a platform dedicated exclusively to paid nonprofit technology career opportunities. You can visit jobs.nten.org or access the link from the navigation menu either at my.NTEN.org or on any NTEN page under the Community section, to browse, search, or post a job listing.

The job board will present a change as we’ve currently pointed people to our NTEN Discuss group to post job opportunities. Job postings in the NTEN Discuss group and other myNTEN discussion groups have increased in the last couple of years and we've heard about it: many group members have flagged these posts as spam, asked staff to delete them, and often requested discussions stay on topic. We don't want to discourage hiring from this community! Instead, we've taken the feedback from community members, our committees, and board and launched the Nonprofit Tech Job Board specifically for these types of postings. With the new job board, any job postings made to the Discuss group or other myNTEN groups will be deleted. This way we are keeping the focus of the online groups on the conversations, information sharing, and connections between community members.

The charge for posting a job is also a significant change, but we believe the added value of the formal job board more than makes up for this cost. With a dedicated job board, your postings will be in a prominent place on the Web and the NTEN website. The job board will be featured in NTEN’s monthly Member Newsletter that goes to over 8,000 individuals, and in our monthly Connect Newsletter with over 33,000 subscribers. Job postings will also receive social media promotion. We’ve been very conscious to keep the price affordable and below the cost of most job posting sites. As an NTEN Member, you’ll receive 50% off any job postings - which represents a substantial savings, especially with multiple job postings.

Nonprofit Tech Jobs is still in beta. As we continue NTEN.org's website redesign, we will continue to gather feedback, request your recommendations, and further refine and integrate the job board with NTEN's website and resources.

Got questions? Suggestions? Head over to the Job Board FAQs, drop us an email or comment below.

Author: "Amy" Tags: "careers, community, jobs, nptech, nten, ..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 22:14
Director
The White House's Social Innovation Fund has developed a new program evaluation guide based on best practices. And it's not even our birthday!
Author: "Steph" Tags: "Data, evaluation, grantmaking, social in..."
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 19:00
Director of Evaluation
How to get started navigating the trials and tribulations of the person tasked with "pulling a few numbers" for their nonprofit.
Author: "Steph" Tags: "Data, evaluation, measuring impact, Prog..."
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 23:15

November is Member Appreciation Month over here at NTEN. To celebrate, Members take over Connect! That means the guest articles on the NTEN Blog and the featured content in the NTEN Connect monthly come from our Members.

Are you a Member? If so, we crave your content. We need your content. Your content completes us. Send us your original or popular prose about nonprofit technology. NTEN operators are standing by!

How it works:

We'll post your submissions on the NTEN Blog throughout next month. The best reviewed articles — as determined by page views, time on page, social media mentions, and number of comments — will be published in our monthly Connect email.

How you participate:

  • You must be an NTEN Member. (Don't think we won't check!!)
  • Send your nonprofit technology-related article (800-1200 words) to editor@nten.org by October 21st.
  • Once your post is up, convince your friends and family to read it.

Plus: If you have a nifty link you think would fit in the "Things We Like" section, post that in comments, below. We'll try our darndest to include as many of them as we can in one epic linkfest.

We look forward to reading your work!

Author: "Steph" Tags: "Community, community-generated content, ..."
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 16:21

Cover of the 2014 NTEN Community Survey Report Every year, NTEN conducts an annual Community Survey to find out more about the individuals and organizations in the NTEN Community. We strive to be a community-driven organization, in all aspects of our work, to offer the kinds of programs and services that will benefit our constituents. Our annual Community Survey is one way we listen to your needs and experiences to inform our work.

The annual Community Survey serves us in two critical ways. First, as a key mechanism for collecting and distilling feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, about what’s working, which programs are most valued, and where we have opportunities to make changes or additions. Second, components of this annual research are put directly into our public evaluation data - indicators of where we may be making impact towards the outcomes we are striving for in this community and with the nonprofit sector. The report also gives us a chance to share how we are integrating your feedback into new improvements, initiatives, and resources based on your needs.

Here are a few key findings from the report:

• We continue to see Executive Directors/CEOs as a growing constituency among the community,
especially among Non-members, and see more Fundraising/Development professionals participating
in the community as Members this year.
• As we saw last year, when asked about key organizational challenges regarding technology,
respondents make clear that as technology becomes more necessary across all job functions at an
organization, the burden of training all staff to execute projects and strategies consistently has
become greater: they feel challenged to find the time, funding, and the right resources to train
their staff.
• Respondents this year also emphasize “integration” as a key challenge their organizations are
currently facing: once organizations have tools, and the staff to use them, their big challenge
becomes integrating their data, channels, systems, etc., across departments.

Learn more about what we found this year by downloading the full survey report.

What do you think about the survey findings? Let us know in the comments.

Author: "Megan" Tags: "community, Community, community survey, ..."
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 13:16

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events, such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round-up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month; we'd love to link up with you.

In-person Events

Online Events

Deadlines

Author: "bethany" Tags: "agenda, deadlines, local events, weekly ..."
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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 22:37
Chief Executive Officer
Outcomes management is the journey your mission should travel in order to be useful to the world you wish to better.
Author: "Steph" Tags: "data culture, Leadership, outcomes manag..."
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 17:59

As the grand finale to NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit, a number of intrepid 14LCS attendees pitched and developed 24 awe-inspiring projects during the Idea Accelerator.

The Idea Accelerator was designed by LimeRed Studio’s Emily Lonigro Boylan, Owner and Creative Director, and Demetrio Cardona Maguigad, Director of Strategic Design, who teamed up with NTEN to carry out the finale event.

The Summit may have ended, but many of these projects are only beginning. Today, we want to introduce you to "Text, Talk, Act," an idea pitched by Rebecca Reyes and her team.

What is Text, Talk, Act?
Text, Talk, Act is a one-hour conversation with 3-5 people with discussion questions sent via text. There are some opportunities to text in response to questions, allowing for a statewide, regional, or national conversation on a particular topic. We’ve done several rounds of Text, Talk, Act on the topic of mental health, and it has been a great way to reach young people. Our goal is to make this idea/platform available for other issues, and to look for a way to make it sustainable.

Who could use this?
Nonprofits and community groups could use this platform to target people ages 13-26 to start conversations on important topics.

What does this project need?
Funders and people/partners interested in helping to develop this platform on other issue areas (you could be interested in using this idea for a particular issue and/or interested in the idea in general)

What’s next for this project?
Gather statistics about who has participated, solicit ideas for using this platform for other issue areas, and develop a plan for sustainability.

Rebecca Reyes is Communications Manager for Everyday Democracy.

Read more about the Idea Accelerator and pitched projects on NTEN's blog.

Author: "Steph" Tags: "14lcs, Community, idea accelerator, Prog..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 13:43

 Change, September 2014The 15th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, focusing on Advocacy and Visual Communications: How to Rise Above the Noise.

This issue is packed with actionable ideas, intriguing interviews, and impactful case examples that'll help you show what your mission means, and why it's important.

>>Read the September 2014 issue! (read it on your desktop, mobile device, or Issuu app)

Articles and interviews in this issue examines visual communications and advocacy across a range of angles. Features include:

We also go behind the scenes with the Ad Council, Global Voices, Forward Together, and Free Geek, and both Coalition for a Livable Future and the Westchester Children's Association demonstrate how they transformed heaps of data to put their mission priorities on the map. Also, meet Omar Vulpinari, the man behind some of the most provocative visual campaigns.

Plus, learn how to use Storify to capture insights at your next event, discover low-cost tools for visual communications, and tips on how to build a compelling visual library.

>>Enjoy, and subscribe! Get this journal for free every quarter in your inbox by subscribing today. 

Author: "Joleen Ong" Tags: "change journal, Leadership, Leadership, ..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 05:28

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events, such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round-up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month; we'd love to link up with you. 

In-person Events

Online Events

Deadlines

Author: "Joleen Ong" Tags: "agenda, deadlines, local events, weekly ..."
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 23:57

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

  1. Here’s a Thing We Love: Ash Shepherd is NTEN's new Education Director! We’d welcome him to the party, but he’s been rocking the NTEN party for a good long while already. Drop him a line at his new email address: ash@nten.org.
  2. Makers of the world united digitally this summer to host 2,513 events in 86 countries. But “just because Maker Party 2014 is over doesn’t mean that the party has to end.” Truer words …
  3. If you feel like (re)making history, the British Museum is looking for help to create its own digital clone in Minecraft.
  4. Speaking of remakes, we at NTEN HQ have been recently enthralled with Puddles the Clown’s video remake of Lorde’s “Royals.”
  5. Enthrall others with your own video via PM & Co.’s “Shoot. Win. Inspire” video contest. Shoot an awesome video, get a brand makeover.
  6. Give others the gift of an inbox makeover by following this Email Charter. Make the Internet (and your email) more human-friendly.
  7. Meowbify seeks to make the whole Internet more cat-friendly. Could the Internet be more cat-friendly, you may well ask? It’s certainly a challenge!
  8. Here are 7 challenges inspired by the Icebucket Challenge, the viral campaign that sparked wild card success. Disclosure: we like any opportunity to link to the “Nonprofits with Balls” blog, because it’s wondrous.
  9. In an effort to challenge wild card success, 14LCS keynote speaker Matt Groch and colleague/CEO Jason Saul introduced the Impact Genome Project (or “Moneyball for social impact”).
  10. Could laser-etched produce have an impact on raising food access awareness? Experiment coming live to a zucchini or watermelon near you.
  11. Should the Internet be more easily available to cable companies than nonprofits and individuals? The Battle for the Net is raising awareness of net neutrality.
  12. Raise your glass for the RFP drinking game if you’re frustrated by proposal guidelines.
  13. Finally, in honor of today’s first #WomenInTech Community of Practice call, we raise our glasses to Emma Watson's recent speech in support of the HeForShe Campaign.
Author: "Steph" Tags: "Community, NTEN Connect, Things We Like,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 23:02
Founder
"Data can create real value for your organization, but it isn’t pixie dust you can just sprinkle down for magical results."
Author: "Steph" Tags: "Data, data culture, process improvement,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 19:21
Marketing Specialist
You can’t take it with you. And by "it," we mean all of your legacy data, of course.
Author: "Steph" Tags: "constituent database, Data, data migrati..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 00:23
Director of Solution Development
Data sets come in many forms ... and go to many places in the average nonprofit. What's happening with your nonprofit's data?
Author: "Steph" Tags: "CRM, Data, data mining, spreadsheets"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:31

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month, we'd love to link up with you. 

In-person Events

Online Events

Deadlines

Author: "bethany" Tags: "Community, local events, nten"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:42
Senior Manager, Online Fundraising
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison
Author: "Steph" Tags: "data, Data, Leadership, learning from fa..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:13

“Ash ShepherdWe are excited to welcome longtime NTEN Member, Ash Shepherd, to the NTEN team. As the Education Director, Ash will be responsible for overseeing and designing programs for the NTEN Community to help them transform technology into social change. 

For many of you, no introductions are needed! Ash has been a go-to resource for NTEN staff and members for years. From a Tech Club organizer, to NTEN Lab facilitator, to NTC speaker, to Editorial Committee member, he has demonstrated his commitment for nearly a decade. 

Learn more about Ash's journey through the NTEN Community, lessons learned along the way, tips, and something that might surprise you about him. 

1. Describe yourself in three words
Eager, Translator, Empathetic.

I am constantly driven to see the world become a better place with a knack for making connections as I speak both fluent nonprofit and technology. I am also continually grateful for the value I get when others share their insights and point of view.

2. How did you first get involved with the NTEN Community?
My first introduction to the NTEN Community was through the 501 Tech Club here in Portland, PDXTech4Good. I was initially asked to present but quickly worked my way into co-organizing with a couple of amazing women. After doing that for a number of years, I got the opportunity to be one of the initial members of the Editorial Committee for the NTEN: Change Journal. I was so proud to serve a full three-year term and get a chance to work with such an impressive group of folks to see that effort get off the ground and thrive like it is today.

I couldn't just leave it at that. I jumped on every opportunity I could find to support the NTEN Community from volunteering at NTC conferences, facilitating NTEN Lab events about data, and most recently, participating in the Leading Change Summit. If NTEN was doing it, I wanted to support it.

3. What are some of the lessons you've learned from your previous roles focusing on the intersection of technology and community?
How easy it is to forget that the role of technology in building community is that of simply a tool to support better connections and relationships. It is easy as a staff member trying to stay on top of everything, or for a member of the leadership team trying to sign off on a strategy, to simply focus on the technology, features, and cost. "Does this support our community and the mission?" should be the first question, not an unspoken one.

4. What about lessons learned from being a former Tech Club leader? Any organizing tips?
The biggest danger as a volunteer running an all volunteer group is taking too much on and burning out quickly. We tried to remember that in addition to being super fans of nonprofit technology, as organizers we were people with other things going on in our lives. We tried to always have 3-4 folks carry the main load, and some opportunities for others to have a role that was between organizers and participants. Some ownership and contribution, but not quite the same level of steady commitment.

The other main lesson learned was just to keep it really focused on the experience for the community. Sometimes the topic, presenter, or format just doesn't work (I have been a part of a few bombs for sure) but as long as the conversation is open about what was learned and how to improve, it can remain a positive experience.

5. What are you most excited about as you transition into your new role on staff?
I am truly fascinated by what happens at the "intersections" of things. From how people interact with their environment, how they interact with each other, to how those interactions can be enhanced for social good through the use of technology. Working at NTEN is an opportunity to contribute to the amazing work already underway to evolve the intersection between building community and empowering nonprofits in their use of technology.

Put simply, there is nothing that could be more exciting than being a part of this community as my actual job.

6. Tell us one thing about yourself that might surprise people.
I can juggle.

I know, it doesn't seem very surprising to me either, but the other day my wife walked into a room and saw me juggling for our kids. We have been together for more than a decade and she never knew I possessed that skill. The look on her face indicated it was, in fact, a pretty surprising thing to learn about me.

Author: "Joleen Ong" Tags: "Leadership"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:02
Director of Security Consulting
How can a nonprofit protect the data it holds in the cloud?
Author: "Steph" Tags: "cloud back-up, compliance, Data, IT Staf..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 15:00

We kicked off September by launching the 2014 Leading Change Summit...and we couldn't have done it without you.

All of us all NTEN are amazed (but not too surprised, really) by the degree of engagement at the 14LCS, and by the movement of individual ideas into actionable projects during the Idea Accelerator. We're grateful for the articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and more from the 14LCS community. Relive the experience and learn what attendees absorbed during the four days at 14LCS through this content round-up.

Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments.

Also, check out the #14LCS experience on Twitter and Instagram, along with the hashtags for each track: Impact Leadership (#14LCSImpact), Digital Strategy (#14LCSDigital), and Future of Technology (#14LCSFuture). Also, check out the #14LCS community discussion forum.

Blog Posts

Media Articles

Storifys

Videos

Photos

  • 14LCSPhotos, Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography (Official 14LCS Photos)
Author: "Joleen Ong" Tags: "14lcs, idea accelerator, lcs, leading ch..."
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 23:36
Communications Specialist
What do the Beverly Hillbillies theme song and data science have in common?
Author: "Steph" Tags: "big data, Data, data science, Program"
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