A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Tech Adoption Levels

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[This is part three of a series taking a closer look at the key benchmarks from our 6th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Survey Report , conducted with The NonProfit Times. In this article, we're taking a closer look at what we mean by "Tech Adoption".

4 Steps to Ensure Your Nonprofit Technology Investment Pays Off in Months, Not Years.

Connection Cafe

In a recent paper, Making the Pitch to Nonprofit Leadership: How to Convey and Sell the Need to Invest in Fundraising Technology , my colleague Danielle Johnson-Vermenton and I explored how nonprofit fundraisers can advocate for investments in online fundraising technology. As social, mobile and multichannel engagement strategies have redefined how we build relationships with constituents, having the right technology at your disposal is a vital.

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Why Are There So Few Nonprofit CRM Admins?

Idealware

KG: What do you think holds orgs back from assigning/hiring a dedicated admin? Implementation costs (helping you design, build, and deploy your new technology). Have staff who are dedicated to the technology helped them double the impact they are having with New Yorkers.

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What lies beneath social media stress, fear, and barriers to adoption in nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

was adopted (or not) in the nonprofit workplace over the past 10-15 years, you'll notice that fear and silo culture are nothing new or unique as barriers to adoption. When nonprofits started using the web, it was largely disconnected from what the rest of the org was doing. was going mainstream in nonprofit workplaces, along with the need to develop technology plans. Similar adoption issues and themes surfaced as I identified in my recent post on social media policy.

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Web 2.0 Nonprofit 2.0 Widgets Org 2.0 Second Life | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Widgets Org 2.0 3C%3E+Widgets+%3C%3E+Org+2.0+%3C%3E+Second+Life I’ve seen a lot of blog postings in the nonprofit tech and marketing sector lately about Org 2.0 , widgets , Second Life and Web 2.0 It is TRUE that many nonprofits are missing the boat for whatever reason (my org included) on Web 2.0. It’s just that there are long-standing, non-technological barriers of entry to these new strategies and they underlie many other concerns. technologies.

How to: Getting Your Head (and Org) into the Clouds

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First, conduct an ad hoc technological assessment. How easy is the solution to adopt/learn? These organizations provide research material and support articles to help you make informed decisions about technology. You can think of them as consumer reports for non-profit technology. When considering cost of solution, keep in mind the solution you adopt will often be defined by the budget you have allocated for the project. Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting.

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How to: Getting Your Head (and Org) into the Clouds

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First, conduct an ad hoc technological assessment. How easy is the solution to adopt/learn? These organizations provide research material and support articles to help you make informed decisions about technology. You can think of them as consumer reports for non-profit technology. When considering cost of solution, keep in mind the solution you adopt will often be defined by the budget you have allocated for the project. Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting.

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Top 5 Content Management Systems Drive 62% of Nonprofit Websites [INFOGRAPHIC]

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As a free and open-source CMS with a vibrant user community, WordPress appeal is understandable for cash-strapped orgs who might still have a nascent online fundraising strategy. Quite eye-opening to discover so many nonprofits adopting Bootstrap since it’s fairly recent 2011 release.

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I’ve worked with about 10 orgs of various sizes–the largest being about 20 staff. I sit down with each org and talk about how they raise money, so that I can understand the work in enough detail to be sure the database I build will support them in that work.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home User adoption User adoption Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2008 09:05 Written by Steve Tuesday, 20 May 2008 09:05 You can build it, but will they use it? User adoption is key to CRM success.

How Organizations Can Use VR and AR Tech for Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Kayla Matthews is a researcher, writer and blogger covering topics related to technology, smart gadgets, the future of work and personal productivity. Fundraising is and will always be a necessity for nonprofit organizations, but times have changed — and so has the technology.

Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: Recap and Recordings of the ONTC

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Technology planning in nonprofits is too often thought about in terms of how many computers we need and the IT staff to maintain them from the basement of the organization. But technology is critical to an organization's success: all staff depend on it to deliver programs, communicate the organization's mission, raise money, etc. So why is technology still not a essential part of many organizations' overall strategies? Get org-wide buy-in.

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What Your NGO Needs to Know about.NGO and.ONG

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Long associated with nonprofit org anizations, in truth.ORG is open to individuals, companies, and organizations of all kinds. Early adopter nonprofit organizations and charities began registering.ORG in 1992. NGO” is the widely adopted acronym for “non-governmental organization.” “ONG”

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Long Term Success with Social Media

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As a result, the organizations were able to deploy (or not deploy) technologies because they were in tune with their communities. The technology became a tool to accomplish the community’s larger purposes and needs, rather than a shiny “must-have&# object.

Livestream Fundraising 101: What is Livestream Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

Understanding the nuances of these different types of livestream fundraising tactics will influence the technology decisions, promotional strategies, and recruiting tactics needed to execute a successful campaign. . If you are an animal rights organization, you might consider livestreaming a puppy adoption event. GameBlast is a fundraising campaign hosted by the nonprofit org anization Special Effect.

P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

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Additionally, these tech savvy supporters want to fundraise using the technology and communication channels they use on a daily basis. Since 2005, social media adoption has grown from 5% to 70%. These program range from small local orgs to national multi-affiliated orgs.

Integrated Marketing Key Findings

Connection Cafe

Motivations for adopting an integrated marketing philosophy vary. More than 50% of the $20M+ orgs are only considered Juniors (in the participant categories), just beginning their journey with integrated marketing. Author: Sara Spivey.

Moving on to my next adventure

Judi Sohn

I love nonprofit technology. Now, it’s like they’ve adopted me and I’m moving in. Convio’s decision to provide a Salesforce Force.com developed CRM application for Enterprise/large orgs (now rebranded as Convio Luminate ) and a separate application for medium/smaller orgs (retaining the Common Ground name/branding) was the best decision Convio could have made. This is a post that I’ve both been looking forward to and dreading.

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Two ways Google Plus will change how nonprofits connect with their supporters

John Haydon

Imagine key staff (the ones who can effectively represent the org) posting “open office hours&# where G+ users can pop into a Hangout and chat with them face-to-face about critical topics. Here’s what Andy had to say: Social media is about people, not technology.

Five steps to get the most from Facebook Places and Foursquare

John Haydon

This past Saturday I was on a Panel at the Nonprofit Technology Conference about using location-based services to create awareness and raise money for your organization. One thing I love about what Feeding America did with Waze , was that they didn’t wait for other orgs to pave the way.

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Walking the Line Between Web2.0 and Old Skool in Nonprofits

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a checklist helping orgs understand when they should not devote resources to Web 2.0. They are not early adopters. They are just on the slower side of the adoption curve. So does that mean that our org should not be investing time and energy in social media tools?

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The End of the Beginning of Online Giving

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In 1999, Blackbaud pioneered the nonprofit technology market by introducing reliable, secure, and donor-friendly online donation forms. It’s in our org charts. But digital technologies have transformed these techniques in amazing ways.

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Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” While the specific topics will emerge from the people in the room, impact leadership is focusing within, people, processes and plans to help the org reach it’s mission. I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.

Supported Open Source

Idealware

I was Technology & Strategy Director there. Like so many orgs around us, we went under a month ago due to the bad economy. A long time ago, other organizations and foundations started asking me lots of technology questions. I think the perception that you're on your own with open source is one of the barriers to its adoption for many businesses and nonprofits. And there are different ways of doing this based on your org's budget.

A reason to applaud Congress

Connection Cafe

In their #SocialCongress report , the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) shared some really great research about how quickly our elected officials have adopted Social Media as a channel for communicating with and listening to their constituents. Considering that the word “luddite” could accurately be used to describe Congress’s pace in adopting technologies like websites and email communication, this is remarkable news. Author: Michelle Shefter.

What is Your Plan For Google + Experimentation and Exploration?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

and looks like more NPTECH folks found their way into the sandbox. I’ve managed to find about 200 other people who work with nonprofits or nonprofit technology exploring it. No one has figured it out yet , so we are learning together. Simon Laustsen. What a day!

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How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” The idea was to get folks who do social media for nonprofits sharing best practices about social media adoption and culture change by balancing brief c ontent delivery with lots of interaction. Who’s running the parenting/running/makers community/community org, young donors, etc.

Why Private Communities Fail

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I think a lot of good work and thought was put into this by Joshua Paul so I’m reposting the links here in case you missed it: Big List of Why Online Communities Fail & How to Avoid It – Part 1 of 4 – This one focuses on high level goals and strategies – misaligned, too ambitious, not specific enough, or too much about the org, not the user.

Use TechSoup's Content for Free!

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We therefore want charities and libraries to make maximum use of our articles, blog pieces, how-tos, tech-for-good news, and other nonprofit technology information. That's the reason why TechSoup decided to adopt Creative Commons licensing in 2006.

Tell Us What You Think of the TechSoup Blog!

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so with that in mind, we've been trying new things, posting more frequently, and attempting to provide daily bytes of technology information that resonates with nonprofits, social benefit organizations, libraries, nptech consultants, and accidental techies alike.

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How Can We Jump the Shark of Connecting Nonprofits Online?

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How can we connect the dots so these orgs' sites can talk to each other and help us find the information we need from across their issue-based networks? How can we 'jump the shark' of webbing nonprofit & social change orgs together? Also posted on the NetSquared Community Blog!

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Twitter and Nonprofits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Twitter and Nonprofits April 10, 2008 This actually was a post to the Progressive Exchange discussion list. We are still in innovator phase here, not even early adopters have signed on. I feel like what happens all the time is that we nptechies grab onto a new technology, and the first thing we think is that we gotta get organizations using it.

The Future of Nonprofits: Thrive and Innovate in the Digital Age

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We've certainly encouraged you to adopt new technologies. But it's not about any particular technology. We've engaged Randal Moss and David Neff, authors of The Future of Nonprofits: Thrive and Innovate in the Digital Age , to lead a course on creating a culture of innovation that will help your org become a technology leader. Technology leaders don't need to be at the director level. Remember back when people said your nonprofit needed to be on MySpace?

Ask Idealware: CiviCRM and CiviMember | Idealware

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Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Ask Idealware: CiviCRM and CiviMember By Laura Quinn , September 18, 2007 Dan asks : I serve on the Technology Advisory Counsel of a San Francisco-based Arts non-profit. Anyway, there is some adoption momentum.

A Field Guide to Mobile Payments

Tech Soup Blog

We've compiled tools and resources on mobile payments from TechSoup and beyond and explain some of the technologies out there. This technology basically turns your phone into a credit card, allowing you to make payments by simply touching your phone to an authorized hub.

NTEN's Ask the Expert With Seth Godin: My Notes and Takeaways

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This conversation came about after Seth's provoking post " The Problem with Non " took a swing at nonprofits for lack of adoption of social media, saying it was all due to fear. We discussed the findings of some recent studies about nonprofits and social media adoption.

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We can now set them up in our template instance and copy and paste them into our customer org. This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 9:08 am and is filed under CRM , Technology. There is a quicker way to deploy your base template: DOT the org.

Webinar Shows Social Media with Volunteers in Action

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Up to you & the culture of your org- maybe add initials. I think you do need basic social media guidelines for your org. Look to other orgs for examples. Think about and decide who will have ownership of your orgs official social media outposts. Share the duties of social media posting with your volunteers to increase adoption of the technologies. to help with your orgs early efforts. Start w org website first, before getting on Facebook, etc.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Thoughts on the utility of CRM Thoughts on the utility of CRM Last Updated on Thursday, 5 June 2008 10:52 Written by Steve Thursday, 5 June 2008 10:52 Customer relationship management, or CRM, is often thought of as solely a technology system. CRM at scale is very difficult to implement without a technology system behind it. This entry was posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 10:52 am and is filed under CRM , Technology.

Change Happens. Are you ready?

SocialFish

According to Kitchen, “Many professional associations are very rigid in their processes and org-structure. We can then take these priorities and use them to drive the selection of vendors and technologies in an open and collaborative way using tools like AHP.

What do web stats mean, anyway?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What do web stats mean, anyway? It’s fairly easy to extrapolate that even with the poorest of clients, we’re seeing web adoption especially as traditional sources of information for job and apartment listings leave print media. If you don’t see the analogy to blogging or any adoption of social media, then you’re blind.

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Forget the Tech, Let’s Talk Mission

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Perhaps one of the most challenging questions a nonprofit can ask is, "What should our org's commitment to the use and leverage of technology actually be?" There's no question that information technology and the instantaneous access to data, when properly used, can become a significant tool in meeting your organization's mission -- but acceptance and alignment still seem to be incongruent. How do you do all of this and never put technology in front of the mission?

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Seven Random Metrics to Improve Your Nonprofit's Communications

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This week, as part of Member Appreciation Month, we're talking about technology that supports communications and information, so I thought I'd share some of the metrics we use to track our effectiveness that don't really warrant a complete blog post in-and-of themselves.