Demystifying Nonprofit IT Adoption and Innovation

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector (PDF). This paper is a follow-up to their work entitled Unleashing Technology to Advance Social Change (PDF) that presented their perspective on exciting IT trends and opportunities for the social sector. The new paper offers a simple framework to help nonprofit leaders develop their own vision and plan for adopting these IT innovations.

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NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption

NTEN

With this support, we can provide new ways to help our community connect with each other and learn about the most important technology strategies, tools, and trends. The funds from Google will be used to develop and distribute NTEN:Change, a free quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders, and to develop case studies, research, and curricula on cloud adoption and data use over the next two years. Teaser: We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15

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NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption

NTEN

With this support, we can provide new ways to help our community connect with each other and learn about the most important technology strategies, tools, and trends. The funds from Google will be used to develop and distribute NTEN:Change, a free quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders, and to develop case studies, research, and curricula on cloud adoption and data use over the next two years. We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15

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Launching a Collaboration or Content Management System: 8 Tricks for Adoption

Influence

User adoption is a tricky beast. Naturally, clients tend to focus on the technical aspects that surround adoption: picking a solution that meets the list of user needs they have identified. But what about the people/social factors that influence adoption? While there is no universal set of truths about user adoption (it inevitably depends on your needs, goals, users, and other situational variables), there are some tricks that we’ve discovered along the way!

Is your site optimized for mobile?

Connection Cafe

Nielsen reports that as of Q1 2010 , 23% of people with mobile devices now have a smartphone instead of a regular old boring/dumb cell phone. Boring/dumb is what I currently have, by the way - early adopter I'm not.) This is a trend that's only going to grow.

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HOW TO: Launch an iPhone App for Your Nonprofit for $25 a Month [Offer Extended to July 31, 2010]

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As I have said many times before, early adoption is key when it comes to new trends in the nonprofit sector. We saw that with social media in 2008 and 2009, and the same will be true of mobile technology in 2010. In October 2009, I wrote about a build-it-yourself iPhone App development service called SwebApps that was waving set-up fees (normally $400-800) for nonprofits until 12/31/2009. I personally took advantage of the offer and built an App for Nonprofit Tech 2.0.

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Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake

NTEN

The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. Blackbaud has been actively engaged in researching and analyzing trends in the nonprofit sector for quite a while. The analysis represents the largest study of online giving trends in the nonprofit sector.

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The Networked Nonprofit – #10NTC

Amy Sample Ward

This session will take a look about these trends and how nonprofits can equipment themselves to be networked nonprofits. Staff started to see the value in social media and it led to adoption of tools. This session with Beth Kanter and Allison Fine will be presented as a webinar and recorded as part of 10NTC Live. 10NTC Registrants can register for the free recording by entering the source code you received via email. Register Now!

Online Learning Trends That You Can’t Ignore

Gyrus

Almost two-thirds of Americans are predicted to own a smartphone by 2017, more than a threefold increase since 2010. While online learning will continue to evolve and change, organizations looking for long -term success must focus on these trends.

Five Reasons Why Nonprofit Communicators Need Smartphones

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Geo-location social networks like Foursquare and Gowalla are where the early adopters are flocking to these days. Nonprofit communicators should be signing up for text messaging campaigns from other nonprofits and businesses to personally experience what the early adopters are doing.

HOW TO: Launch a Group Text Messaging Campaign for Your Nonprofit for Free

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Also, the market is becoming increasingly flooded with low-cost vendors and this trend will likely continue. Many small to medium-sized nonprofits can not afford these vendors, but at least through tools like TextMarks and FrontlineSMS, they can at least be early adopters.

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Why Apple isn't the Nonprofit App Grinch | Nonprofit Trends with.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Why Apple isn’t the Nonprofit App Grinch Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on December 10th, 2010 Nonprofit social media expert Beth Kanter isn’t happy with Apple at the moment. Next up is to get carriers in other countries to adopt a similar practice.

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10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World – #10Ways

John Haydon

Since becoming widely adopted just a couple years ago, social media has supercharged social action, cause marketing, and social entrepreneurship. And we’ll continue this trend for social networking, social action, and commerce. The Elections app will soon be updated for 2010.).

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Integrating your message across traditional and digital channels

Connection Cafe

Most every industry whitepaper, blog post, and trends report points to a similar conclusion. Based on current trends as reported by Target Analytics and Convio, I think the typical organization will (or should) be raising at least 50% of its revenue from individuals via channels other than direct mail by 2016. As adoption increases, the decline accelerates. Author: Jill Ward. Reprinted from Grizzard , original post by Chip Grizzard on 6/3/2010.

10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Since becoming widely adopted just a couple years ago, social media has supercharged social action, cause marketing, and social entrepreneurship. And we’ll continue this trend for social networking, social action, and commerce. The Elections app will soon be updated for 2010.).

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10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World – #10Ways

John Haydon

Since becoming widely adopted just a couple years ago, social media has supercharged social action, cause marketing, and social entrepreneurship. And we’ll continue this trend for social networking, social action, and commerce. The Elections app will soon be updated for 2010.).

Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's still in the early stages of development, but if and when more sites adopt adding the Facebook "like" button, collecting this data will be become more important to informing your strategy. Photo by Metro Library and Archive.

Social Networks to Replace Email? NOT!!!

Frogloop

Yes, but on social networks like Twitter, the adoption rate is actually low. Online Fundraising Online Marketing Social Networking Trends Web 2.0Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg fired up the death of email debate at the Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference Yesterday.

Social Media for Social Good Video Roundup from #BBCon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rather than trying to write it out it thought I’d point you to the graphic blog post or Cartoon by Rob Cottingham of Social Signal … I found it on Beth’s Blog where she recapped her time at Blog World Expo 2010. Nonprofit Marketing Trends with Roger Craver & Steve MacLaughlin.

What about Pscyho Socialgraphics?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

His recent post Why User Competencies Matter in Social Design was a major breakthrough for me and circled me back to Jennifer Aaker's research. In designing for social participation, Adrian Chan urges us to consider user goals and needs — even interests, features, functionality, and adoption.

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Research Friday: Tracking trends in nonprofit benefit practices

ASU Lodestar Center

In our 2010 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report, 94 percent of responding organizations provided health insurance coverage to their full-time employees, paying an average of 94 percent of the premium for employees and 46 percent for family coverage. Welcome to Research Friday !

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The Real Deal on Foursquare and Geosocial Apps

Frogloop

Or are they just embraced by early adopters who are itching to use new shiny tools? Tags: Online Advocacy Online Fundraising Social Networking Trends Are geo-location services like Foursquare and Gowalla really here to stay?

Webinar: Connecting Advocacy to Fundraising

Frogloop

Make sure you start 2010 off right by adopting the latest best practices for online advocacy as a proven strategy to recruit and retain donors, while advancing your mission. Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2 pm EST. We have a limited amount of webinar lines, so please take a moment to sign up now. Did you know that activists on your nonprofit’s email list are seven times more likely to donate money to your organization than non-activists are?

South by Southwest: Laboratory for the Future?

Influence

This leads to some valuable opportunities for product designers, who have often used SxSW to release their wares into this hungry ecosystem of early adopters. Tags: Influence Events Events Tips & Trends

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5 Questions: Bringing Community Organizing Into Online Campaigns

NTEN

Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010?

The Future of the Nonprofit Office: Working from Home v2.0

NTEN

A growing trend among organizations is to get out of the business of owning servers entirely. Another emerging trend is cloud-based computing , which enables organizations to pay only for processor cycles, memory, and storage as it's used. is dependent on which technologies are heavily adopted and integrated into our everyday lives. By Grant Howe, VP Research and Development, Nonprofit Solutions, Sage Business Solutions. What will the nonprofit office of the future look like?

A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector (PDF). This paper is a follow-up to their work entitled Unleashing Technology to Advance Social Change (PDF) that presented their perspective on exciting IT trends and opportunities for the social sector. The new paper offers a simple framework to help nonprofit leaders develop their own vision and plan for adopting these IT innovations.

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Social Identity Applications: Manage Your Career Online

Influence

As scare stories of " what you put on the web will haunt you forever and completely mess up your next job interview, you crazy kids" crested and waned in popularity, I began to notice another trend in how web professionals were using these social media tools, especially a core few. Professionals who are a part of this trend will want to master online reputation-building. Successful policy professionals will likely adopt the strict separation approach.

5 Questions: The Networked Nonprofit

NTEN

Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? Beth says that it is important for nonprofits to adopt an approach to rapid retieration and action learning.

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Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

NTEN

They support and extend the larger trends that are shaping both charity and business operations -- whether those trends are flex time, impact measurement, real time data, or open APIs -- and allow you to gain the benefits of those larger trends without really having to think about it much. Cloud platforms implement "clicks not code" customization, allowing relatively unskilled users to change existing workflows and adopt new ones on the fly.

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5 Questions: Anatomy of a Video

NTEN

Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? The widespread adoption of social media is clearly the most important trend for nonprofit technology in 2010. That there is no reason not to do a lot more video in 2010 than they did in 2009.

Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

NTEN

They support and extend the larger trends that are shaping both charity and business operations -- whether those trends are flex time, impact measurement, real time data, or open APIs -- and allow you to gain the benefits of those larger trends without really having to think about it much. Cloud platforms implement "clicks not code" customization, allowing relatively unskilled users to change existing workflows and adopt new ones on the fly.

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Online Engagement and Giving: Making the Most of Real Numbers

NTEN

While system data and trends show online giving is growing, consumer research reinforces the need for nonprofits to focus on how they integrate online and other technology into their marketing and development programs – not just for today, but for the future. . Some of the key trends supporting rapid adoption of technology by nonprofits are: 1) Online lifestyle, behavior and giving of consumers and donors leading to success. Alan Cooke, Convio.

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Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud

NTEN

Broadband continues to expand and become more accessible in remote places in the world -- we're not there yet, but the trends over the next 3-5 years will allow much greater access for those in the developing world. Together, we should all take a more proactive and methodical approach to ensuring nonprofits are adopting IT effectively and planning appropriately so that they can directly engage in the solutions and platforms that will be available. Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation.

Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud

NTEN

Broadband continues to expand and become more accessible in remote places in the world -- we're not there yet, but the trends over the next 3-5 years will allow much greater access for those in the developing world. Together, we should all take a more proactive and methodical approach to ensuring nonprofits are adopting IT effectively and planning appropriately so that they can directly engage in the solutions and platforms that will be available. Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation.

5 Questions: Working with Open Source Software and Vendors

NTEN

Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? I think that many nonprofit organizations are looking at these open source tools as they have really matured and been adopted by government and big companies including many fortune 500s.

Creating Public Transparency: Bringing GuideStar to Israel

NTEN

Nonprofit managers have expressed a need for support from a trusted partner to help decision making and adoption processes of ICT tools in their organizations. How do these needs compare with worldwide trends? . Most of the findings are quite similar to the common challenges nonprofits face when trying to adopt technologies into their organizations. We intend to launch the program during the last quarter of 2010. . Debra Askanase, Community Organizer 2.0.

Collaboration for Funders: Use the Right Tools

Influence

You'll create better-quality programs, gain greater traction with community members, obtain more focused feedback, and enable yourself to be more responsive to initial usage trends and to rapidly change course if needed. If your organization is ready to adopt this more comprehensive approach, here are two helpful guides: CMS Watch has a detailed for-fee report on collaboration solutions, aimed at the corporate market.

How Telecommunications Is Changing Work for Nonprofits

NTEN

This growing trend, often described as telecommuting or e-commuting, reflects a fundamental change from the traditional concept of work (performed in an office, on a nine-to-five schedule) to a more adaptive, results-based one. An organizational telecommunications system that allows for the greatest adoption of an open work environment may look something like this: VoIP and PBX. Jacob Griscom, BetterWorld Telecom. [Ed.

Who's Knocking at My Firewall Door? Simple Security for the Nonprofit IT Professional

NTEN

First off, for 2010, there are some security questions you should ask yourself as trends emerge: Are robots attacking my servers? (Ro)bots Many web-based applications and SaaS products are beginning to adopt [link] standards. Bruce M. Wolfe , Marin Institute. Security is always changing and evolving.

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Ready, Set, Go Mobile - Press - AFP

AFP Blog

Ready, Set, Go Mobile - Press - AFP : "The report, New Directions, shows a growing trend toward nonprofits' adoption of mobile giving and other donor outreach campaigns using smartphones and mobile devices. From 2010 to 2011, the percentage of nonprofits using mobile to fundraise has nearly doubled to 9 percent, and is expected to reach 20 percent by the end of 2011, according to the report released today

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80 Email Subject Lines from End of Year Fundraising

NonProfit Trends

Back in 2010, I wrote about all the direct mail pieces that I had collected over a year. Adoption Fees for ALL Adult Animals Underwritten by an Animal Angel! Nonprofit Trends Email Email Marketing Fundraising Online Giving

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The Big Twitter Question

Frogloop

The network suffered a bad year in 2010 which saw it lose a lot of ground , and become relegated to a second tier network behind Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn in user visits. Here are applicable pointers for those wondering whether to adopt Twitter in their online strategy.