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Ask a question. Give advice. Share resources. Looking for software or hardware recommendations? Want to know how others are using text messaging in their work? Trying to find examples of IT policies? The NTEN Discuss forum is a great resource for all of the above and more! It's the general discussion list for the NTEN community, and folks all over the US (and the world) are sharing their questions, answers, and news about nonprofit technology.

Introductions

  • 1.  Introductions

    Posted Jun 30, 2016 13:28

    Hi everyone,

    This is NTEN's most long-standing and active online group, yet we don't have an introduction thread here. Let's change that. Let's meet!

    Here are some prompts to help get us started:

    • Organization and your role there (or what role you'd like to have)
    • Location
    • Recent win
    • Something you can offer, something you need, or something you're working on

    I’ll kick us off:

    I’m Bethany, the Community Program Manager here at NTEN headquarters in Portland, Oregon. I have the most excellent job of working with NTEN’s online community groups (like this one!), in-person community groups (aka Nonprofit Tech Clubs), and education programs (such as the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate).

    Recent wins: I'm in front of people all the time, but only recently gave my second-ever formal presentation. It was sooooo scary but also so awesome. I glowed for days after. Woohoo!

    Something I need: I'm looking for volunteers to help organize NTEN's online groups. Here's more info: http://www.nten.org/community/communities-of-practice/about/.
     
    Looking forward to reading more intros. Thanks for making this group great!
    Bethany
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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    bethany@nten.org
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  • 2.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 01, 2016 07:21

    Hello all,

    Steve McDonell, VP of IT at ACHIEVA in Pittsburgh.

    Recent wins:  high speed document scanning, placing smart televisions in all of our large meeting rooms, expansion of telephone based service reporting system

    Project:  developing KPIs to support our new strategic plan, selecting a new HCM/HRIS, electronic expense reporting and single sign on

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    Steve McDonell
    Vice President of Information Technology
    ACHIEVA
    Pittsburgh PA

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  • 3.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 01, 2016 09:35

    Hi Everyone and thanks, Beth!

     

    Who I am and where I am is in my signature, below.

     

    Recent win: Convinced organization's executives to pursue comprehensive and coherent approach to knowledge management, rather than piecemeal tool building.

     

    Tips of the Day:

    ·         Successful vendor management relies on a commitment to win-win relationships

    ·         IT leaders should be less fascinated with shiny toys and new ideas than with making their organizations more effective and efficient. Sometimes, this means going slow on change.

    ·         IT security requires enterprise-level protections/architecture changes, secure tools for end-users, and extensive/nonstop user education. (PS. I am in the process of creating a compendium of secure tools and resources for end-users. If interested in seeing or contributing, please contact me off-list.)

     

    --Keith

     

     

    Keith Berner

    Director, Information Technology

    Freedom House

     

    Phone: +1 202.747.7003

    Mobile: +1 301.588.5080

    berner@freedomhouse.org

    Skype: berner.freedomhouse

     

    1850 M Street, NW, Fl 11, Washington, DC 20036 USA

     




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  • 4.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 01, 2016 11:02
    • Organization and your role there (or what role you'd like to have)
      • Stuart F. McClain – Regional Access Project Foundation – Controller – that is my title – though I support all internal IT and software, with an outside IT support for real technical issues – so I handle finance/accounting and reporting.
    • Location
      • We are in Palm Desert, CA – which is part of the greater Palm Springs area
    • Recent win
      • Win? Well – we've just completed 1 year of online grant applications through Salesforce/FoundationConnect – and Im getting to have lots of FUN implementing and making the tech do things for us!
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    • Something you can offer, something you need, or something you're working on
      • I have a broad business background – and my focus in IT is more on solutions and using it to accomplish tasks, not so much on repair and coding etc.  I like to learn from this group and get feedback and find out how others in similar situations solve their problems.  This next fiscal year my main IT related projects 1) continue to implement SalesForce and workflows to further automate other areas of our operations and 2) looking at implementing Office 365 and OneDrive – to further facilitate our collaboration internally as well as externally with committee members.

     

     

    Stuart F. McClain, MBA, CPA(inactive), CITP

    Controller

    General Phone: (760) 674-9992 ext. 101

    Direct Dial: (760) 469-4371

    Website: http://www.rapfoundation.org

    AmazonSmile-RAP-Small IE Capaciteria

     

     

     




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  • 5.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Apr 24, 2017 12:45
    Hi Folks,
    I've been around nonprofit technology and NTEN before it was NTEN...  love this format and organization.

    • Organization and your role there (or what role you'd like to have)
      • Founder, Nonprofit Garden - Former Blackbaud employees helping nonprofits find the right solution for their unique CRM and online data needs.

    • Location
      • Consultants located in Denver, San Francisco, and Orlando
    • Recent win
      • Win? Newly signed partner programs with Little Green Light, NEON, Bloomerang and Donor Search! Excited to help nonprofits branch out from your current donor management solution, if it just doesn't work for you anymore or it's just too expensive.
    • Something you can offer, something you need, or something you're working on
      • If you are struggling with your donor management CRM or online CMS, feel free to give me a call. Sometimes it just means you may need additional training or a change in business process. Sometimes, it may mean you need to upgrade or adjust the tool you are currently using. When was the last time your organization did a full review of your technology needs as it relates to Donor Management? 


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    Lisa Lane
    Founder & CEO
    Nonprofit Garden
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  • 6.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 01, 2016 11:08

    Happy Friday! I'm Justyna and I am the Communications Director for The Andrew Goodman Foundation in Mahwah, NJ. Even though I've only been at this position for less than two months, I've really enjoyed laying the foundation for increasing our visibility and strengthening our brand.

    One recent win that has stuck with me was sending out my first newsletter at AGF and seeing donations come in as a result of it. It felt incredibly validating :).

    Something I need: A PR tool to help me streamline our Media Relations.

    Nice to meet ya'll. Hope everyone has a relaxing long weekend!
    Justyna

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    Justyna Krygowska
    Communications Director
    Andrew Goodman Foundation
    Mahwah NJ

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  • 7.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 05, 2016 06:25

    Excel is my world and sharing knowledge via workshops, YouTube tutorials, online courses and tutoring.

    I'm an Excel MVP as recognized by Microsoft.

    I founded a nonprofit back in 2009 and acted as ED for 4 years. That experience put me in touch with a lot of nonprofits and their data challenges. Even if they had an IT team there was still a need to be able to do ad hoc reporting and analysis in Excel.

    Recent Wins

    • Last week I launched an online course on cleansing data with Excel.
      Data-cleansing is where my Excel skill started. I worked at an international company that had an IT team and a massive database. But it was still necessary to be able to take raw data and do things like:
      • locate duplicate records,
      • extract data for which there were no existing reports,
      • merge multiple reports to get at details none of them had on their own

    It's exciting to have a course that teaches people the stuff that has to happen BEFORE any analysis or data visualization can happen.

    • My first international speaking gig has been confirmed for September. I'll be teaching an Excel Masterclass in Toronto! It's not as exotic as Hong Kong, but I do have to renew my passport.

    Needs & Offers

    • I'm open to all opportunities to empower people with Excel. I'm always open to answering basic questions, and may respond with a YouTube video. I can also be booked for workshops and webinars.
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    Oz du Soleil

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  • 8.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 01, 2016 12:55

    Thank you for the great kick-off introduction, Bethany.

    I'm Barbara Cohen, Executive Director of Animal Cancer Foundation in Norwalk, Connecticut.

    ACF funds comparative oncology research that studies the similarities of cancer in pets and people.

    You may be thinking, our pets - dogs & cats - also get cancer?

    Yes, one in four dogs and one in five cats develop cancer in their lifetimes!

    Something I'm always working on is to make pet parents aware of the warning signs of pet cancer, because early diagnosis leads to best prognosis, and of comparative oncology research to help everyone.  Right now, I'd love to see Vice President Biden's Cancer Moon Shot include comparative oncologists.  That's how Animal Cancer Foundation #CanServe!

    A recent win came from our teamwork with PetValu-US on our 3rd Annual Come Clean for Cancer campaign.  PetValu-US donated all the proceeds from their pet self-washes on May 14 & 15, 2016, raising over $35K to fund research.  I love working with corporate benefactors in the pet industry to help bring awareness and funds to the cause.

    Don't forget to have a great Fourth of July with your pets, keep them safe!

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    Barbara Cohen
    Executive Director
    Animal Cancer Foundation
    Norwalk CT

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  • 9.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 04, 2016 09:58

    Thanks for starting this chain, Bethany!

    I'm Elizabeth Brigham, Director of Marketing and Communications for Timshel, a technology company focused on elevating the social impact community.  We have offices in Chicago and NYC, as well as engineers all over the country including one coding from an RV!

    Recent win: I've met so many great guests for our podcast, Elevate Purpose, here on the NTEN community including Gillian Helm of Literacy KC and Michael Hoffman of See3, I can't wait to find other similar guests doing great work in their communities and bring them on to chat with Michael Slaby (our co-founder and former CTO for Obama's campaigns). 

    Something I need/can offer:

    We're looking for innovative front-end web developers (at nonprofits, at foundations, at digital agencies, etc) to help us expand our engagement and impact tool platform, the groundwork. Here's a link to our developer docs: The Groundwork Developer Center

    We're working with USA for UNHCR, Lonely Whale, Proud2Share, Fabretto and other nonprofits around the world already, but we want our platform to be as useful as possible for web developers doing great work. We'd love your help to improve it.

    Happy Fourth!

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    Elizabeth Brigham
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    Timshel

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  • 10.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 04, 2016 14:40

    Thanks Bethany, for getting this topic started, I am always open to information exchange and networking so here I am.

    Who am I; Neil Wiernik, Manager, Digital Engagement at YMCA Canada (ymca.ca). I am located in Toronto, Canada.

    I am fairly new to my role so my recent win would be getting this role (very excited about the role!!)

    I dont really need anything at the moment, just absorbing the information that NTEN has to offer, learning from peers is always so great!

    As I mentioned I am new to my role so I am just getting my feet wet looking at how I can optimize the Ys online presence and change the conversation from awareness to engagement. - Thanks and nice to meet everyone... Neil

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    Neil Wiernik
    Manager, Digital Engagement
    YMCA Canada
    Toronto ON

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  • 11.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 06, 2016 16:51

    This thread is so good! I see a few community regulars, some alums for NTEN's Nonprofit Tech Academy, a Portlander like moi, someone I met on this morning's Member Orientation call, and some folks who I've not yet met before. LOVE IT.

    Keep the intros coming, folks. Let's connect!

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    bethany@nten.org

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  • 12.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 07, 2016 16:19

    Hi, new (returning) NTEN member here!

    I'm Andy. I'm the founder of Deliberate Media Solutions, where I'm a WordPress consultant looking to serve nonprofits and service organizations, an industry where I worked for over a decade. My desire to serve the nonprofit world still burns brightly, so I'm here!

    I'm located right outside of Philadelphia.

    My most recent win is that I just submitted an application to have my LLC paperwork filed. And that I rejoined NTEN after having been out of the scene for two years! Great to be back in the mix.

    What I can offer is WordPress help for those who have their websites built on WordPress. Any questions about themes, plugins, or WordPress in general, I can help. Also have knowledge of Google Analytics, so I can help with that too.

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    Andy Stitt
    Founder and WordPress Consultant
    Deliberate Media Solutions
    http://deliberatemediasolutions.com

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  • 13.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 11, 2016 21:37

    Hi all!

    Chris Ferdinandi here. Quick highlights:

    • I'm responsible for web strategy at PAWS New England, an animal rescue.
    • I also run Go Make Things, a consultancy that helps nonprofits use raise more money with digital fundraising.
    • live near horse farms in rural Massachusetts.
    • I recently helped Harvard Business School reduce the load time of one of their websites by 82%—from 5 seconds to under 1 second.
    • I also helped PAWS double their annual donation revenue over a three year period.
    • If anyone is interested, I send out a short daily email with one simple thing you can do to improve your digital fundraising. You can sign up at https://gomakethings.com/newsletter/.

    Cheers!
    Chris

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    Chris Ferdinandi
    http://gomakethings.com

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  • 14.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 19, 2016 08:25

    Hey, Bethany -- congrats on the presentation! You know it gets easier with practice but I'll always have to deal with the butterfly-jitters, I think.

    So here's about me:

    • Organization and your role there (or what role you'd like to have)
      • I'm the IT Director at Family Service League (Home - Family Service League), a relatively large health and human services agency on  We have 20 locations and run 60 programs, providing services to families across the county. It is an amazing place to work, mission-driven and led by visionaries who also have their feet on the ground.
    • Location
      • Long Island, New York
    • Recent win(s)!
      • We were able to make two long-planned projects come off without a hitch: one was relocating our entire infrastructure to a private cloud, solidifying our physical and technical security and the second was to consolidate three offices into one. Within 14 days on weekends.
      • Another win was moving the agency off one enterprise software package on to another. We actually ditched our EHR and implemented a new one. It was painful but worth it.
    • Something you can offer, something you need, or something you're working on
      • Strategic plan for the next 18 months to 2 years
      • Intranet

    I've also been a member of NTEN for many years and attended just about all NTCs. I'd like to get an NTEN club going on Long Island again -- maybe in the fall.

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    Grace Barry
    Director of Information Technology
    Family Service League
    Huntington NY

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  • 15.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 20, 2016 11:30
    Welcome, Grace. Congrats on the successful projects! It would be awesome to hear more about these on next week's Tech Decision Maker's call: https://community.nten.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=cfdd325b-2e25-4469-8d5d-383167ab4791

    I would love to get a Nonprofit Tech Club together on Long Island! The awesome NYC team can give you some mentorship. When you're ready, here's more info: http://www.nten.org/community/nonprofit-tech-clubs/about/.

    Love these intros. Keep them coming!

    On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 5:25 AM, Grace Barry via NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network



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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network
    http://nten.org | @NTENorg
    503-272-8733

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  • 16.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 20, 2016 11:58

    Hi everyone,

    I'm Miriam Savad with the Center for Community Change (CCC) in the relatively new position of Director of Data and Technology. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CCC has been around nearly 50 years and works to build grassroots movements; our current focus areas are green jobs, child care, immigration, retirement security, affordable housing, racial justice and reinvestment. 

    As I'm new to this role, I'm working to change how technology is often viewed in the organization (e.g. my laptop is broken) and having it become a strategic partner in meeting the goals of our programs and campaigns. Right now I'm trying to develop a plan to modernize our infrastructure and move us to an enterprise CRM, from exchange to office 365, and from a file server to cloud-based data management. Lots of work ahead!

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    Miriam Savad
    Director of Data and Technology
    Center for Community Change

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  • 17.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Jul 20, 2016 17:04
    Welcome, Miriam! The 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference will be in DC next year: http://www.nten.org/ntc/. There's also a Nonprofit Tech Club in your neighborhood too: http://www.nten.org/community/nonprofit-tech-clubs/.

    Congrats on the new role!

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network
    http://nten.org | @NTENorg
    503-272-8733

    Take the 2016 Technology Staffing and Investments Survey for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card! Your insights will help us provide benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions for the nonprofit sector.



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  • 18.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 01, 2016 07:13

    Hello! Originally with an art background, I've been a computer graphic artist for investment banker, a website administrator and most recently the Director of Digital Engagement, Content and Communications at Women's eNews in New York City. I've worn a lot of hats! I'm currently with one foot in graduate school, earning my Masters of Public Administration, and one foot in the job market seeking employment as an administrator where nonprofit meets women meets the digital world. I'd love to help a new nonprofit catapult their message and brand.

    Recent win? How 'bout a 4.0 GPA while project managing a rebrand/redesign of a WordPress with 15 years of archived content?

    I can offer being the person who can figure almost anything out. People around me know to "just ask Ariel" because either I already know or I know how to find out. I love to learn (kind of an addiction, actually).

    I'm working on finding my next opportunity: ideally a part-time remote position where I can look at data, expand reach and engagement, and make recommendations. More ideally, implement those ideas and see what works! But really, I would love to find a position which activates and inspires me to use my talents to launch the organization in ways they never thought possible.

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    Ariel Jensen-Vargas

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  • 19.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 01, 2016 12:41

    Hi I am Tony Caufield. I am a current Tech Club Organizer in Las Vegas NV. I most recently worked for Three Square Food Bank as their Technology Manager. I am looking for consulting or perm positions.

    I am an IT Leader. I help organizations do more than just have computers. I believe IT should be part of the business team not just support for it. Technology can be a great tool for building efficiency and growth.  When you use an IT leader as part of the over all planning and development of your organization they can assist in helping improve processes and ensure that you get the correct technology to further your mission and keep the entire organization connected. When you allow each functional department manager choose and implement their own technology you create a disconnect and possible extra work when it comes to situations where data is needed beyond that functional dept. By seeking out someone in IT that can do more than just fix your computer you open your organization up to a more seamless process across more functional departments.

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    Anthony Caufield
    North Las Vegas

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  • 20.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 04, 2016 14:39

    Welcome Ariel and Tony!

    Ariel, I'm pumped for our chat about potentially serving as an NTEN online organizer!

    Tony, I'm so glad you're on our Nonprofit Tech Club team! 

    It sounds like both of you are searching for the next adventure. You might want to check out NTEN's job board every now and then: nten.org/jobs. A new job gets posted nearly every day. There's lots in the NYC area, not so much in Vegas but I'll be on the look out for you, Tony.

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    bethany@nten.org

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  • 21.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 05, 2016 08:53

    Thanks I look forward to learning a lot and being part of the NTEN community

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    Ariel Jensen-Vargas
    Masters of Public Administration candidate
    Baruch School of Public Affairs
    Queens, NY

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  • 22.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 10, 2016 22:10

    Organization: Currently working with Portland Clean Air on some pro-bono statistical analysis.

    Location: Portland, Or

    Win: I recently developed my first tabular results in R. It has seemed rather abstract, but was fun getting past the wall of abstraction.

    Ways I can help/be helped: Something I need: I need help finding the right place where I can get more practice with supporting organizations with Google, and some data visualization software. I can help with a lot of Microsoft based programming as well as Mathematical analysis, but I haven’t gotten as immersed into the open-source software scene as I would like. I would like to help the right non-profit/organization and get some connections that way.

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    Doug Loqa
    Portland, OR

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  • 23.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 11, 2016 11:25
    Welcome, Doug.

    Congrats on the R win! Our COO was messing around with that language recently--it sounds like a lot of fun.

    Since you're in Portland, have you checked out Free Geek (freegeek.org)? I volunteered there for several years in build, then education, fundraising, and outreach. I learned a ton. Free Geek is also a host site for NTEN's Digital Inclusion Fellowship program. Woohoo!

    Welcome again to this fabulous community!

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network
    http://nten.org | @NTENorg
    503-272-8733

    Take the 2016 Technology Staffing and Investments Survey for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card! Your insights will help us provide benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions for the nonprofit sector.



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  • 24.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 12, 2016 13:44

    I am Emily and I've been part of NTEN and the nonprofit technology community for 10+ years. I live in the DC area and I am a Full-Text Analyst in the journals department at the American Psychological Association.

    My recent win is improving the content of the intranet page for a committee I am a member of at work. I spent many months working on this and my changes finally became a reality. Another recent win is that I am now the organizer of NTEN's Washington, DC online community.

    Something I can offer, what I am working on, and what I need- I have a blog/website called the Nonprofit Blog Exchange which has been around for 11 years now. It is a resource I offer for others to learn what people are writing about in their nonprofit blogs. I write roundups and link to nonprofit blogs. I've been in the process of improving this great resource and have many ideas for the future. One thing I always need is more nonprofit blogs to add to my list - both blogs for organizations and about nonprofits. Message me directly if you have an addition.


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  • 25.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 15, 2016 11:19
    Hello, Emily! You've been such a great champion of nonprofit tech and NTEN for a long time. I'm excited about your helping us nurture the DC online community.

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Program Manager
    NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network
    http://nten.org | @NTENorg
    503-272-8733

    Take the 2016 Technology Staffing and Investments Survey for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card! Your insights will help us provide benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions for the nonprofit sector.



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  • 26.  RE: Introductions

    Posted Aug 15, 2016 15:26
    Thanks for that resource Emily, I will keep that in mind during my own web wanderings and let you know if I find any

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    regards,

    Ariel Jensen-Vargas


    twitter: @webmamma5000
    Skype: ariel.jensen.vargas
     



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