Guest Post: Murphy’s Law — sometimes simpler is better in technology for volunteer management

Twenty Hats

Thus came my introduction to the wonderful world of Google Sheets for scheduling and the nightmare of sending scheduling emails before we had scheduling apps and volunteer management systems to simplify this laborious task. When low(er) tech is the answer to our scheduling needs.

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Why Vulnerable Kids Depend on Government & Big Tech Getting Data Privacy Laws Right

Saleforce Nonprofit

While IJM’s core expertise involves strengthening public justice systems, CSEM production and livestreaming are technology-enabled crimes that require technology-enabled solutions. law enforcement to help launch IJM’s project against online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.


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Women’s Law Project Looks to the Future Switch to Office 365


When the Women’s Law Project decided to upgrade their computing capabilities earlier this year, IT Director and Programs Manager Barbara DiTullio knew she wanted a system that would provide flexibility, efficiency, and security.

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How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System?


How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System? As you are planning to transition from your outdated Learning Management System (LMS) to your new LMS application it is important to keep in mind your users’ perception of the change. If it turns out that the only reason your users’ dislike their current LMS is due to the lack of one particular feature, the work leading up to a new system could be lighter than you anticipate.

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Bay Area Nonprofit Collaborative Pilots High-Tech Social Service Referral System

Non Profit Quarterly

Said notes, “Her goals in participating in Service Net mirror those of the pilot itself: improve the overall system, share the data United Way collects, stop duplicating efforts and make it easier for service providers to enter information.”. From

Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: What does the repeal of Arizona's solicitation law mean to my nonprofit?

ASU Lodestar Center

The Arizona legislature recently passed legislation that repeals Arizona’s solicitation registration laws and the requirement that nonprofit organizations file annual solicitation registration or renewal forms with the Secretary of State. Most states typically regulate nonprofit organizations through solicitation laws that are concerned with charitable solicitations from the general public. posted by. Anne Byrne , Professional-in-Residence, ASU Lodestar Center.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

My colleagues, Heather McLeod Grant and Adene Sacks, have just published a new workbook called “ Leading Systems Change.” ” The book describes a new approach to leadership and community engagement in the Central Valley , that has empowered local leaders to tackle a host of issues facing the community in an entirely new way–from designing education programs and services for immigrant communities to law enforcement reform, and boosting entrepreneurship in the region.

Great reads from around the web on January 26th

Amy Sample Ward

That’s because Apple doesn’t allow nonprofits or other organizations to include a direct donation system in the phone’s applications, so the only way to give is to go to a charity’s Web site, a cumbersome process with a small phone-size keyboard. " roundup apple bookmarks casestudies contest development law list mobile nonprofit policy postalicious privacy resources socialmedia strategy twitter

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NetCentric Advocacy: Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | GrandCentral Blog » September 17, 2007 Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources They leave out political networks but I will keep an eye on the work the develop. Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? Link: Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems. Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law?

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month


Southern Poverty Law Center. The Southern Poverty Law center also has an intelligence project working to track and expose hate groups across the country and a Teaching Tolerance Program that produces and distributes (entirely for free) anti-bias documentary films, books, and lesson plans! BlackPAC uses the power of political engagement to implement change in the country’s economic, justice, and political systems.

7 Nonprofits Fighting for Immigrant Rights


The American Immigration Council is at the forefront of defending immigrant rights in the court system. They hold the government accountable for unjust immigration laws and educate the American public on the longstanding importance of immigrants in the US. National Immigration Law Center. Using impact litigation they have helped to stop unjust immigration laws and millions of workers from losing their jobs.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


The organization also operates a Mental Health Fund for Queer and Trans People of Color, which provides financial assistance in order to increase access to mental health support and address the economic barriers many queer and trans people of color face within the healthcare system. Transgender Law Center. Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people.

NetCentric Advocacy: Civil Disobedient Lawmaking

Network-Centric Advocacy

Interesting system disruption as applied to the underpinning laws hat give corporations more rights than people. Link: Conservative Pennsylvanians Pass ‘Radical Laws Defying U.S. More than 100 largely Republican municipalities have passed laws to abolish the constitutional rights of corporations, inventing what some critics are calling a "radical" new kind of environmental activism. Link: Conservative Pennsylvanians Pass ‘Radical Laws Defying U.S.

Ode Magazine : Microjustice: Helping those who are excluded from the legal system

Network-Centric Advocacy

The Microjustice Initiative may still be small but its approach reflects a big change in the way non-governmental organizations think about poverty, law and development. In the past, policymakers tried to improve legal systems in developing nations by working with national governments on court reform. Ode Magazine : Microjustice: Helping those who are excluded from the legal system. This is another absolutely beautiful example of networks connecting.

We’re Shocked: IRS Announces 2021 Key Filing Dates, Tax Season Starts February 12th

Blue Fox

The February 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the December 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.”

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The Wealth of Networks, Part II

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The book is " The Wealth of Networks ", by Yochai Benkler, who is a professor at Yale Law School. I think I’m liking the book so much because it’s an amazing combination of some of my favorite things: technology, law and economics. (No,

NetCentric Advocacy: Peer to Patent: Distributed Research on Patents

Network-Centric Advocacy

In a bid to shake up the beleaguered American patent system, a law professor has crafted a proposal that would shift the patent-application process away from individual examiners to an internet-based, peer-review method. Called Peer to Patent, the proposal by Beth Noveck, director of New York Law Schools Institute for Information Law and Policy, aims to relieve the current system, in which the U.S. Inventors could also choose to use the existing system.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

law--positions that would be hard for me to imagine passing our Congress. One of the most powerful industries on the planet, which already has loads of treaties and laws protecting its interests, needs to find balance against some of the most economically and information disadvantaged people on the planet? Especially since the Treaty for the Blind, if it were written to actually help the blind, would comply with all of those treaties and laws. Conflicts with American Law.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Reproductive Health Access Project


It wasn’t just the training, but the systems and laws in place that made it difficult to provide care. We made the transition to EveryAction after we decided that our old system didn't really match our growing needs. Reproductive Health Access Project works at the crossroads of the medical community and the reproductive rights space to mobilize and train clinicians to ensure access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care.

Effective Tips to Help Make Your Payroll Processing Easier

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

In Germany, the relations between employees and their German employers are stringently regulated under the employment and labor laws of the country. Employers tend to use limited-term employment contracts even though they are subject to restrictions according to employment and labor laws.

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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The DATA Act in the Age of Transparency

Connection Cafe

In 2017, the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) moved from a pilot phase to full implementation. Let’s take a look at the roots of this open data law, which is carrying the federal government kicking and screaming into the Age of Big Data. Finally, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) was signed into law by the second President Bush on September 26, 2006.

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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.

Keeping Your Data Safe: Protecting HIPAA with Salesforce

Cloud 4 Good

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) Similar to HIPAA, PIPEDA is Canada’s federal law protecting patient privacy. Application Integration System integration is often one of the first areas of a project where budget cuts are attempted to be made.

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Charities fear new EU rules on website cookies will deter users | Third Sector

AFP Blog

Charities fear new EU rules on website cookies will deter users | Third Sector : Website operators will have to get permission from users before putting cookies on computer systems Charities are concerned about what new EU cookie laws will mean in practice and how they should comply. From 26 May, all website operators must gain the consent of web users before putting cookies on their computer systems.

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What You Need to Do to Get CCPA Compliant?

Byte Technology

There is also a lot of confusion regarding how the law can be enforced and how it will affect consumerism on a daily basis. Companies that refuse to comply with the law could be facing fines of up to $7500. Companies must start by verifying customer’s identities, finding all records about the person in their system and sending all the data to that customer or deleting it. Cybersecurity is an issue that’s on everyone’s mind.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law). copyright law, also known as the Chafee Amendment.

What You Need to Do to Get CCPA Compliant?

Byte Technology

There is also a lot of confusion regarding how the law can be enforced and how it will affect consumerism on a daily basis. Companies that refuse to comply with the law could be facing fines of up to $7500. Cybersecurity is an issue that’s on everyone’s mind.

What is the distinction between social media for charity and social good/systemic change?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The term " social good " implies that there is social impact, a change of behavior on the ground or systemic change. Obviously this isn't systemic, societal change. Lina Srivastava says much better: As a sector, we still have work to do to clarify the distinction between charity and social good/systemic change. I wonder if this law suit over the harmful ingredients in the detergent has any connection to this campaign?

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Comply with laws, regulations and policies. Broken laws. But what exactly does an internal control system look like and what are the moving parts? When you think of strengthening a system, it starts with understanding the framework it is built on. Like the house built of bricks, a strong internal control system will have strength in multiple components from the framework to the defenses against risks. That system includes five main components: .

From the Collective Desk of NTEN Discuss


used the group for last week, asking about his project to evaluate and implement an organization-wide document management system. Peter Campbell, TechCafeteria , chimed up first to share his experience starting a Document Management System with KnowledgeTree : There is a challenge for staff to get used to them -- it can seem, going in, like something that will limit and control their behavior. Tags: discuss document management system knowledgetree NPTech NTEN sharepoint

Nonprofit Technology Planning for Disasters (and Turnover)

John Kenyon

A nonprofit without a disaster recovery plan may suffer permanent data losses and can struggle for weeks to reconstruct the systems, data, and networks that keep an organization running smoothly. Never let the login information for any essential system rest with one person.

What to Expect When You’re Anticipating an Auditor

Connection Cafe

The control system should be communicated widely and involve multiple departments of the organization such that there is reasonable assurance that the federal award is managed in compliance with federal statutes, regulations, and, let’s not forget, the specific award terms and conditions. Both provide extensive guidance for auditors and others about a well-functioning internal control system. Focus Area: Compliance with Laws and Regulations. Are you expecting an audit?

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The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Such action, the Court decided, didn’t constitute copyright infringement because it was fair use , that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation. It’s because our mission depends on a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation. copyright law.

What the Creative in 'Creative Commons' Really Means - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

AFP Blog

What the Creative in 'Creative Commons' Really Means - News and Analysis by PC Magazine: "It gives creators who never went to law school the vocabulary they need to work through the copyright system,' says Vaidhyanathan. 'It It lets creators understand that copyright is not one right; it's a bundle of rights. And that if you create a work, you have the ability to let the world use it in useful and.

Congressional Testimony Statement before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In my prepared statement, I explained why well-balanced intellectual property laws inspire technology innovation and social good, and described how our Bookshare initiative models the good that copyright exceptions can create. We depend on an intellectual property system that works and is friendly to innovation.

An Open (Online) Book: What SB 272 Means for California Public Records

Byte Technology

Johnson signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a sweeping measure that suddenly allowed all American citizens access to public records that where previously out of reach to anyone but government employees. And in the five decades that FOIA has been in place, trillions of pieces of information have been digested by a wide array of Americans eager for a more transparent system of government. It may seem hard to imagine but it’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B.

Get the fastest vpn service

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Installing this type of services means improving the conditions of the systems and the well-being of the user, it would be useless if this is not met. Devices protected within the company with the VPN service can be confident that they are not breaking any law.

Read the Fine Print: Who Actually Owns Your Website?

Byte Technology

The old saying goes that possession is nine-tenths the law. They may not own the domain name; they may be barred from taking the site to another server or designer; they may have become saddled with a proprietary Content Management System (CMS) that requires a professional to access and utilize; the list can go on and on. Too often these custom systems require someone who is highly skilled with the platform to make changes and edits to the site on behalf of the client.

How can nonprofits implement a strategic public policy agenda to achieve greater impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

Engaging with both allows nonprofits to address the immediate needs of their beneficiaries, while advocating works to reform the larger system to benefit them. The most effective of these strategies utilize a combination of tactics that work both inside and outside of the political system.

Just Joined a New Federal Commission!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The law that Congress passed that directed the creation of the Commission has quite a number of issues we're supposed to work on, including definitions of qualifying students and instructional materials as well as considering what systems might be established to help accessibility be better delivered. The details are linked to here in the Federal Register , and includes a pointer to the actual law section.

Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

Connection Cafe

What’s even cooler is how the value jumps higher when volunteers give their professional skills in law, finance, marketing, operations, you name it. But everyone who does it knows that it’s also a huge endorphin rush, a positive jolt to the system that helps us truly feel like citizens active in making our world what we want it to be. The news is out, and it’s good! What news? Volunteerism news, of course. For those of you who know me, that’s not much of a surprise.

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10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


Since 1922, they have put significant international pressure on governments to enforce and enact laws that defend women’s rights. Operating under the basic principle of “all people have fundamental human rights,” Amnesty has established a record of winning critical protections for individuals and systemic change affecting millions. August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder that humanitarian crises around the world are far from over.