Nonprofit Technology Planning for Disasters (and Turnover)

John Kenyon

Every year we face natural disasters from fires to hurricanes to earthquakes to tornadoes and flooding. We never know when disaster may strike. Turnover & Disaster Planning similarities. A good transition/disaster plan includes, but is not limited to: Documentation.

Navigating Regulatory Requirements for Disaster and Hardship Relief Funds: A Guide for CSR Leaders


Relief funds offer a vehicle to provide much-needed financial assistance to individuals during unforeseen disasters and personal hardships. Events might be natural disasters, serious illnesses or injuries, an impact to the applicant’s primary residence (i.e.,

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URL Shorteners: Blind(ly) Heading Towards Disaster?


has been seized by the Libyan government for failure to comply with Islamic law. is used and operated by Libya, they are within in their jurisdiction to seize domains that don't comply with their laws. the Libyan trustee felt that " that the content of [their] website was offensive, obscene and illegal according to Libyan Islamic Sharia Law. ".

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


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. In a June 2010 survey of the DomPrep40, an advisory board of disaster response practitioners and opinion leaders, nine out of 10 respondents said they are not staffed to monitor social media applications and respond in a major event.

Send Your Feedback to the FCC: Net Neutrality Needs You


There have been a tremendous amount of issues and disasters in the news recently, but I want to draw your attention to a critically important story that is developing as you read this: once again, our open Internet is in danger. Advocacy Communications fcc internet issues law net neutrality open web


Two Tax Policies Affecting Foundations and Nonprofits in 2020

Connection Cafe

Harking back to December 2017, the House and Senate passed, and the President signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, also known as TCJA or Tax Reform 2017. Foundations Nonprofit Nonprofit Management Private Foundation Excise Tax public policy tax law Unrelated Business Income Ta

Great reads from around the web on October 14th

Amy Sample Ward

" URL Shorteners: Blind(ly) Heading Towards Disaster? has been seized by the Libyan government for failure to comply with Islamic law. " Tags: roundup bookmarks casestudies facebook future honesty innovation internet law list marketing millennials politics postalicious research resources twitter I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Please Join VisionLink In Welcoming Aaron Titus To Our Proud Family!


As the new Disaster Product Manager for VisionLink, Aaron comes from an extensive and distinguished background. As a former member of the New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NJ VOAD), Aaron coordinated Hurricane Sandy and Irene response efforts for Mormon Helping Hands. from the George Washington School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Utah.

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Tax Benefits of Corporate Giving, with Jon Liff, CPA at Edelstein


However, as described under the CARES Act implemented in 2020, Jon explained, “A big change in the tax law as it relates to corporations and corporate giving right now is the increased percentage that is allowable for deduction.

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


Southern Poverty Law Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Lakota People's Law Project. Lakota People’s Law Project has been partnering with tribes and leaders in South Dakota since 2005, exposing serious ongoing State violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act. National Immigration Law Center.

Digital Must-Haves for Fall Fundraising Success Part 5: Digital Advocacy Forms


It’s also important to note that advocacy doesn’t always mean endorsing candidates or running a political action committee—and if you’re a registered 501(c)(3), you already know your organization is prohibited by law from participating in those specific kinds of activity!

What we know about MacKenzie Scott’s 2020 grants


Her grantmaking in 2020 appears to follow a regular pattern of proportionality—perhaps a “power law distribution,” a mathematical pattern found across natural and socioeconomic systems where one quantity varies as a power of another.

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Giving Trends in Kenya: How the Growth of Mobile Payments Are Transforming Community Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

According to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law , there are 6,500+ NGOs registered with the NGOs Coordination Board in Kenya. The top three causes are medical expenses (54%), disaster relief (12%), and education costs (12%). 67% donate in response to natural disasters. ? An Interview with Matt Roberts-Davies , General Manager of M-Changa – an official partner of the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report.

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How Drones Are Being Used to Benefit Humankind

Tech Soup Blog

However, drones are also being used for humanitarian purposes, such as delivering aid, tracking environmental conditions, and helping out in disaster relief. Assessing disaster-stricken areas. Drones also show promise for delivering goods to rural or disaster-stricken areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. They are perfect for wildlife conservation, search and rescue, and understanding what is needed in disaster relief.

A History of How Modern ESG Came to Be


According to, “b y the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act,?the

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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Why Community Climate Action is Critical to Global Action

Saleforce Nonprofit

Students became citizen scientists, measuring their local environment, studying and sharing the results with the global citizen science network, and affecting local law by presenting data that showed the severe impact of annual New Year’s fireworks in Davos on local air quality.

COVID-19 and the nonprofit response: Social enterprise?

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofits will see a rise in need stemming from people on the margins of the disaster recovery response. Charitable giving declined in 2018 due to tax law changes. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

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10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


To mark the courage and strength of the brave men and women working on the front lines of conflict and raise awareness for those affected by disasters around the world, we’re highlighting 10 nonprofits that are making a difference by driving action and support for aid efforts. Since 1922, they have put significant international pressure on governments to enforce and enact laws that defend women’s rights.

20 Ways to Raise Money if You Are at Risk of Not Reaching Your Fundraising Goal

Get Fully Funded

A major event like a war or a natural disaster can pull support away from many organizations, as people give to unsettling, immediate needs. The first law firm she contacted said yes and made a $1,000 donation!

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50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Because they are always the first to arrive on the scene after a natural disaster. Southern Poverty Law Center. American Diabetes Association. Because 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Google+ || LinkedIn || Flickr. Americans for the Arts. Because without art our children’s minds will not grow to comprehend life beyond the obvious. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || LinkedIn || Flickr.

[New Report] Giving in an Uncertain Year

Connection Cafe

We saw our landscape shaped by political divides, natural disasters, and tense reform. As political rifts deepened around us and natural disasters called on our reflexes to help, more and more people started to get involved directly with the causes that matter to them. Perhaps the most momentous change to philanthropy in 2017 happened in the last few weeks of the year: the passing of the new federal tax law. Across the world, 2017 was a year defined by change and uncertainty.

Don’t Just Celebrate – Advocate. Getting back down to the Roots of Earth Day: Tips for CSR Professionals


The first Earth Day inspired and brought to life major legislative moments, including the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passing of laws like the Clean Water Act, OSHA, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act. The National Centers for Environmental Information has been tracking ‘billion-dollar disasters’ since 1980. Since they started collecting this data, there have been 291 Billion Dollar disasters in the United States alone, totaling over $1.9

Davos Codes: Connecting Students’ Passion for Their Planet with Technology

Saleforce Nonprofit

This data supported a new law, enacted in 2020, to prohibit private fireworks in order to protect air and water from toxic chemicals and wildlife from distressingly loud noise levels.

50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Because they are always the first to arrive on the scene after a natural disaster. Southern Poverty Law Center. View Larger. In the spirit of gratitude and giving and in celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving , below is a list of 50 nonprofits that serve American society. Of course 50 is just a tiny percentage of the nonprofits that work and sacrafice to make our country a better place to live.

How to Protect Your Member Data and Reduce Risk for Your Association

Nimble AMS

We all hear a lot about data security these days — from state, federal, and international data privacy and protection laws to consumer demands for privacy. Their disaster recovery mechanisms use real-time replication to disk at each data center, and near real-time data replication between the production data center and the disaster recovery center.

Breaking down the CARES Act:  How the New Stimulus Bill Could Provide Relief for Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

On Friday, March 27, the House of Representatives and the President signed into law H.R. 748, the third relief package Congress has passed, and the President has signed into law to address the US response to COVID-19. International Disaster Assistance – $50 Million.

American Rescue Plan Act: Impact on Nonprofits and Other Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law to provide an additional $1.9 The package also includes $15B in new funding for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants providing flexible grant relief.

Create a Fundraising Plan that Plays to Your Fundraising Strengths

Get Fully Funded

That would be a disaster! This is why many nonprofits often seek Board members who are CEOs of large companies, partners in law firms, and other high-profile executives. When mapping out your fundraising plan, think about your fundraising strengths. .

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Microsoft’s Networked Approach To Accelerating Social Change Through Technology

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ed Granger-Happ, Nethope; Claire Bonilla, Disaster Response Microsoft; Daniel Ben-Horin, TechSoup Global, Vida Durant, CARE USA. Ed Granger-Happ shows off his office server in a carry on bag that disaster relief workers can use to set up IT support in the field.

Stick To Our Knitting? What Is TechSoup?

Tech Soup Blog

tax law that cleared the way for this service — ultimately reducing costs, complexity, and duplication of efforts for both grantmakers and their global grantees. Topics include disaster preparedness and relief, and how to choose and use tools for crowdfunding to advance social causes.

Emergency Response Guide

Connection Cafe

Being prepared for an unforeseen surge of donations is something every nonprofit should be positioned for, and the swell of attention doesn’t need to come only from a natural disaster. Unanticipated press coverage and subsequent attention on your cause can be the result of change of law or a court’s ruling. Author: Kent Gilliam. Is your organization working to ready itself to respond to the needs caused by the earthquake in Japan? Convio wants to help you.

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5 Nonprofit Resolutions for 2018

Connection Cafe

From tax changes to political divides and natural disasters, each day seemed to bring a new, unprecedented challenge. While it’s too early to say for certain how much the new tax laws will affect charitable giving, it is possible that fewer people will be seeking to donate for tax benefits. It’s no secret that 2017 was a tempestuous year.

How To Create A WordPress Website For Nonprofits On A Budget

Nonprofits Source

Thorn’s website is structured around sharing educational material about child sexual exploitation on the internet while providing tools to companies and law enforcement offices to help identify child sex abuse images. Direct Relief is an organization with the mission to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest.” Creating a website for your nonprofit can be an intimidating, lengthy, and often expensive process.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute features leading nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government to discuss the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit. AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit.

Nonprofit Technology News for May 2014

Tech Soup Blog

" The ruling establishes that a search engine such as Google must be regarded as a "data controller" under the data protection laws in those EU countries where it operates. Disaster Relief in Eastern Europe. Our TechSoup Global partners there are also working hard on disaster relief in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia through the Community Boost r program and also a project called Mapa Poplava.

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Let the Donor Decide: Don’t Assume Giving is Off the Table During a Crisis

Connection Cafe

“Humanitarian crises, natural disasters, disease outbreaks – the needs today as pressing as ever,” stated Martha C. She reflected that the way we give is evolving impacted by tax law and technology along with changing consciousness and shifting social mores. White in a TIME Magazine article in 2018. At that time, COVID-19 was not on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Guest Post: Infusing “Social” into Social Justice Organizations

Beth Kanter

Check out this manual with vital nuggets of information about knowing your rights in the wake of natural disasters, or this article explaining how immigrants who are victims of crime may apply for a U.S. Infusing Social Into Social Justice Organizations – Guest Post by Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

Beth Kanter

This is one of the first reports using “Personal Health Data” in aggregate, using data points around sleep tracking to look at a natural disaster. As Jacob Harold mused on Twitter, “In such a moment of something so powerful and scary as an earthquake, technology can only observe.” This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t

Sending Prayers and Concrete Help to the Philippines: Bayanihan’ Spirit

Beth Kanter

Almost twenty years ago, he took trip back to that rural village and my sister-in-law, who is from the Philippines snapped this photo. She and her family live in the US now and like many American Filipinos they are rushing to send aid to their homeland. Image: American Red Cross. Yesterday, Veteran’s Day, was a sad day for me. I remembered my Dad, who passed away this year, who was a WW2 Vet and stationed in the Philippines.

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

Beth Kanter

Humanitarian organizations are actively researching and testing how the use of messaging and bots can help refugees or those directly impacted by a natural disaster, according a recent report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. However, some experts have raised privacy concerns as robot to human conversations are not covered by doctor-patient confidentiality laws.

Rapid Response at Critical Times of Need – An Essential Guide with Real World Examples

Connection Cafe

Being prepared for an unforeseen surge of donations is something every nonprofit should be positioned for, and the swell of attention doesn’t need to come only from a natural disaster. Unanticipated press coverage and subsequent attention on your cause can be the result of change of law or a court’s ruling. Author: Jordan Viator. Rapid response is a top-of-mind topic for nonprofits of all shapes and sizes right now.

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Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations

Tech Soup Blog

Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) in Japan is a humanitarian educational association NGO that supports disadvantaged children and youth in Asia who are on the street, are victims of trafficking, forced labor, and natural disasters, or in conflict with the law. I did a post a few weeks ago on youth programs in TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map and decided I hadn’t covered this resource nearly enough. Our Local Impact Map.

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