Apps for Disaster Planning

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TechSoup recently updated its disaster planning and recovery guide, The Resilient Organization , to include the new ways nonprofits, charities, and public libraries are using technology. To supplement this section, we compiled the best disaster preparedness apps from TechSoup donation partners, government agencies, other nonprofits, and more. Android, iOS, Windows Phone) connects you with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane.

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now


7, 2015 – From now through October 31st, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center ( ), Humanity Road ( ), and VisionLink ( ), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for the survivors of the South Carolina floods. The police and fire department can save your life in an emergency, but they do not have the time or resources to help you clean out your home,” said Dr. Douglas Zimmerman, president and CEO of VisionLink.

Research Friday: Government contracting in the new normal

ASU Lodestar Center

Particularly in the last several years, in the wake of the financial crisis, organizations have struggled with a variety of challenges related to government support. In the United States, we rely on government to provide key economic supports. We expect the federal, state, and local governments to play a role in educating our children, helping communities rebuild after natural disasters, and improving our collective quality of life. posted by.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


We opened ourselves up, invited communities, and created an expectation that asking for help in these spaces will result in real-life action. Unfortunately, this isn't Domino's Pizza and disaster response can't work as if it is. The American Red Cross is now looking into how best to give the public an increased role in disaster response. "We can help prevent emergencies from becoming disasters," said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

11NTC Preview: Technology in Times of Disaster: The Important Role of Social media in Disaster Response and Awareness


The magnitude of the destruction and the heart-breaking images have remained with us as organizations, governments, and private individuals have struggled beyond the immediate aftermath to effect long-term change and economic impact within Haiti. Nonprofits, government agencies, and private citizens increasingly rely upon social media for news, updates, and reliable on-the-ground information in the wake of serious incidents.

UNICEF Shares How You Can Support India Today Amidst the COVID-19 Surge

Saleforce Nonprofit

Indirectly, many children’s lives are impacted as more households get pushed into poverty, schools are closed, and strained health systems and by disruptions to life-saving health care like immunizations. Donor Experience Fundraising Nonprofit Disaster Relief India Leading Through Change

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Veterans Leverage Their Pro Bono Skills to Rise to the Call of Duty from Afar

Saleforce Nonprofit

When the Afghanistan government fell to the Taliban just days after the U.S. Government. The Allied Airlift 21 story is one of many examples of our employees using their skills to help organizations delivering life saving support to communities around the world.

Americans' Urge to Help Overcomes Lock Down Limitations


Thousands of COVID-19 volunteers and donated essential supplies are matched with states’ needs through an innovative pro bono tech and volunteer partnership BOULDER, CO, April 9, 2020 – Americans are no strangers to disasters.

Forum One Staff Share OpenGov Ideas

Forum One

On January 21, 2009, the White House issued the Transparency and Open Government Memorandum. The memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies on implementing open government. The memorandum outlined the three pillars of open government thereby narrowing the discussion to transparency, participation, and collaboration. Disaster Response. International Disaster Community of Practice.

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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and receives no government funding - it depends on contributions from supporters around the country. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's mission is to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all levels of government. It acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.

Grave Work

Non Profit Quarterly

Whether the tasks power autonomous weapons systems raining disaster down on slum districts or else power geographic data for humanitarian agencies that provide aid to such disaster zones is knowledge not available to the workers.

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My Organization is in “the cloud”! – What does that mean?

3rd Sector Labs

Like their meteorological namesakes, data clouds can be life sustaining, or they can rain down havoc on your business, wash away your profits, and leave you in a state of emergency. This is a problem for all industries, but especially for the nonprofit sector, because the private sector and government will typically pay more for the talent. How many stories have we read about banks, retailers, and our government being hacked and sensitive data being stolen?

Updates from TechSoup's Partner and Friends in Japan

Tech Soup Blog

We are relieved to have heard from our TechSoup Global Network colleagues in Japan, who are safe in Tokyo, though rolling blackouts, public transportation interruptions, and threats of radiation from devastated nuclear plants are certainly impacting their day-to-day life. Words cannot describe the devastation that has engulfed Japan, and pictures paint a grim scenario that will affect the region for years to come.

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How an Effective Partner Ecosystem Strives for Collaboration Over Competition

Saleforce Nonprofit

Are we doing enough on the front end to prevent personal and professional disasters from happening? Lorenzo has over ten years of experience in public policy, government, talent pipeline development, diversity, and inclusion.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance. Governance / @usdsoles. Governance. NCRC’s Annual Conference is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of community nonprofits, policymakers, government officials, small businesses, banks, and academia, all coming together to create a just economy.

A History of How Modern ESG Came to Be


While not a new concept or strategy, environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs are on the rise. Additionally, this decade saw several environmental disasters at the hands of companies including a massive oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Introducing the 2021 Classy Awards Leadership Council


The Fletcher School & Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. His work examines the challenges of performance measurement, accountability, and governance facing organizations with a social purpose . Senior Vice President for Military, Veteran and Government Affairs.

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Knight Foundation | Reporter Analysis

AFP Blog

Knight Foundation | Reporter Analysis : "We asked our partner, Monitor Institute, to take a critical look at the role of networks in community life. We were not looking for prescriptions for how citizens and government should interact. The pages are rich with useful examples and lessons about how networks are unlocking assets in communities to support open government, care for the elderly, help disaster victims and advance women’s rights.

What Attributes do Nonprofits Need to Build Cross-Sector Collaboration?

ASU Lodestar Center

Cross-sector collaboration can be defined as partnerships between nonprofit, private, and government entities working together towards mutual goals to produce change (Simo & Bies, 2007). Department of Housing and Urban Development dropped the bombshell of defunding all but one nonprofit transitional housing provider for homeless families in Maricopa County, Arizona, the local nonprofit, private and government organizations began to scramble (Polletta, 2016).

Interview: Kedar Iyer, PickyPolly

Amy Sample Ward

His learnings come from experiences that span an education in electronics and telecommunications, multi-cultural professional engagements in software development and communications, a business administration student life in pretty Paris and experiments in implementing technological solutions for social challenges. Government policy: Rewarding citizens for their behavioral changes and better regulating toxic products.

Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

Connection Cafe

Not enough funding from Federal / state government. Raise awareness of critical, life-saving COVID-19 measures. HEALTH & DISASTER RESPONSE. COVID-19 is forcing nonprofits to think differently about engaging supporters.

Memorial Day 2012


Of course, this resonates with us at VisionLink, as we are in the business of building technology that integrates all aspects of successful communities from opportunities for youth, to workforce development, the web of social services, and the making of resilient communities ready for disasters. It was here I was taught that we are all created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Nancy Jo Craig’s Lifetime Achievement Award In Nonprofit Computer Refurbishment

Tech Soup Blog

She is a poet, an environmental activist, and a nonprofit management expert with a masters degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Nancy Jo's and CACRC's work in frontline disaster relief was featured in Sundance Channel's "Big Ideas For A Small Planet" series. ” Her bio in the book sums her up: “She shares her life with happy dogs, grumpy cats, box turtles, and some rare humans.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

The Red Cross has been around for 130 years and so much has changed – for example with text-to-give after disasters. I just had the honor of being part of a new leaders group studying how different generations were leading in the work force and we found there were lots of differences between where people were in life. You look around the world at the collaborations happening between organizations and governments, etc.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Outside of our organizations, we have government institutions, and service providers. The community, partners, government, are all necessary for really making a change. The event happens in the week leading up to Mother’s Day and provides a platform where anyone can build a heartspace with text, photos and videos to show their love for their mother, an important woman in their life, or even people that inspire them.

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TechSoup Global NGO Cloud Survey: What We Found Out and What To Do About It – Part Three

Tech Soup Blog

Like the Pew Internet & American Life Project , we believe that over the next decade most people will access software applications online using several different types of devices rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers. And that means advocacy and access can happen in ways similar to open government efforts."

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5 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech

Beth Kanter

The Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre teamed up with Parsons The New School of Design’s PETLab to develop Games for a New Climate , a series of games about disaster preparedness in the face of flooding, drought, and other climate change issues. government and encouraging participatory democracy. Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since.

Unlocking the Magic of Creativity with a Cloud Business Productivity Platform

Tech Soup Blog

Life at nonprofits can be tough. As government aid keeps shrinking and the demand for nonprofits’ services continues to climb, more and more organizations are struggling to make ends meet. The Japan Center for International Exchange has built a searchable donor database to track donations from all over the world as a major part of their Japan disaster relief efforts.

Nonprofits and App Developers Combine Forces for Community Change

Tech Soup Blog

The Community Resilience Platform also pulls together important information for citizens, but specifically in times of disaster. Yo Yoshida, the founder, said that the Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco was the first to use the platform for government and nonprofit leaders to collaborate. These stories are then collected on each pet's profile page at the shelter's website, resulting in a scrolling diary of the pet's life.

How the NetSquared Challenges Have Accelerated Tech for Good

Tech Soup Blog

" Ushahidi has since supported critical information gathering to provide a picture of human needs for many natural disasters, political violence, and human rights violations. It is a $250 Wi-Fi router and mobile modem with eight hours of battery life; it addresses the problem of frequent Internet service and electricity outages in much of the developing world.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

Governance & Management factors – How does your Board feel about how much you should have in reserve vs spending on programs? Organization life cycle stage – What stage of the organization’s life cycle are you in? Likelihood of severe weather or natural disasters that would affect implementation of programs (e.g. if the organization’s mission involves disaster relief).

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Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story


Battery-life permitting, this would mean (albeit at a low resolution) you’d be able save your whole life by dangling your iPhone around your neck and recording every moment. This is often referred to as life caching or lifelogging. And now with his own iPhone app Daytum , you too can be as obsessive about your life data as he is. For his 2010 Annual Report he compiled and presented data around his father’s life. A newborn life wins over death.

Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

Connection Cafe

Our organization plays an active role by convening our own network of corporate and nonprofit partners to discuss topics such as trends in corporate pro bono and disaster relief. Large scale citywide challenges require a collaborative solution approach and the Skills for Cities model will unite the perspectives and resources of the nonprofit, business and government sector to create sustained community change.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 3

Connection Cafe

He said that this tragic event brought out many heroes to step up and respond when there was a failure of local and federal government. There was a significant disaster response effort, which then turned into recovery and rebuilding efforts that are still ongoing. As I mentioned in my previous two blog posts about the GMN 2016 annual conference , we asked conference attendees to respond to the following question: Where are you on your journey to measuring outcomes and impact?

[VIDEO] Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation


Government grants, which include state and U.S. Now, some of you are probably like, “Oh, that sounds like a disaster.” I hear a lot of terminology systemic change, change throughout the community that’s going to last beyond the life of a grant.

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Watch Video from 2011 Speed Geek


Groundwire CRM consultant Evan Callahan shows off an online carbon calculator that government officials use to determine the amount of CO2 their cities, counties, utilities, etc. This tool was custom built by Groundwire for ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), but can be replicated and built upon for other groups looking for a technology tool to calculate CO2 emissions.

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What We Learned at 17NTC: Day 2

Tech Soup Blog

Visualizations Bring Good Data to Life. Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) as a source for data (free). Nonprofits can use HoloLens technology to present an interactive, engaging world to potential donors, re-create sceneries for users who can't travel, or survey disaster areas with the help of drones. We learned a lot at this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference — so much that one post couldn't contain it all!

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NpTech Tag Summary: Highlights from the NpDev and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There's an interesting idea for "emergency NGO in a box" in the notes about Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Tools and an interview with Gregg Swanson of HumiNet by Britt Bravo from the Summit. Lucy Bernholz summarizes what NY Times Columnist, David Pogue has shared about his experience in Second Life and suggests his comments are revealing regarding the development of an independent sector in the virtual world.

NetCentric Advocacy: Madoffs Fraud Destroyed my Job and Threatens my Cause: Ongoing Network Failure.

Network-Centric Advocacy

The people that can say "Madoff Fraud Destroyed my job and threatens my life work and cause." " I am inspired to look at the reactions these people in the Madoff fraud ecosystem as a early warning of how our broader sector may react to the looming collapse of individual donor, foundation and government revenues in 2009 - 2010.  As in natural disasters, there are both short-term and long-term needs and responses.

Day 1: Connecting Up Conference: Brisbane, Australia

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How would you organization cope with a natural disaster? What if organizations did not have government funding or pursue it? Disaster Relief: Described their efforts for Tsunami and Katrina and mentioned efforts for Burma and China. What is the balance of government, private, and earned income? They will be using Skype, Second Life, Facebook, and MySpace. More Flickr Photos here.