Nonprofit Technology News, Tips, Events, and Ideas


NTEN March Happy Hour

Join 501cTECH and Anybill Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 PM for the next NTEN FREE happy hour!

Meaghan MacIntire, Senior Account Executive at Anybill, will discuss some innovative SAAS-based ways for nonprofits to manage their accounts payable, and answer any and all of your questions related to that topic.

501cTECH will be raffling off a Google Chromecast and Anybill will provide some great door prizes. And, of course, food and drinks are on us!

Hope to see you there!

Register HERE before space fills up. The event will be held at the 501cTECH’s office located just north of DuPont Circle.

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0This is the third and final post from a series by Gratzer Graphics LLC Principal/Designer, Colleen Gratzer.

Since 2010, Gratzer Graphics LLC has provided design services to 501cTECH, including for the Celebration of Technology. Like 501cTECH, Gratzer Graphics is committed to serving nonprofits and understands their needs and budget. Gratzer has almost 20 years of experience serving nonprofits in the areas of branding, marketing collateral, online presence, events, and publication design and layout. Her expertise has resulted in increased fundraising and attendance at events, increased fundraising through direct mail and heightened awareness about a nonprofit’s mission. Below is the first part of a blog series written by Gratzer that details how to get the most bang for your buck when working with a graphic designer.

Submitting Revisions

pencilThis segment is all about conveying edits to your designer. Follow these guidelines and you will help yourself and your designer.

It is always more efficient for the designer to make changes when they are shown in the layout, in the design proof. There are a few ways to submit alterations in this manner, but the first two below also minimize the possibility for errors because they allow the designer to copy and paste (as opposed to retype) any replacement text:

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The awardees for the third cycle of 501cTECH’s Small Nonprofit Transformation Initiative (SNTI) have been announced!

Congratulations to Teens Run DC, Project Createand Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED).

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Though they improve our community in countless ways, local nonprofits like these face a challenge when it comes to technology. Even a small investment in improving their technology can be transformative as we have seen through our own work in the community.

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Guest post from iMyne, a fundraising tool that allows online shoppers to support their favorite charities. Read our AmazonSmile post for an example of a similar service. 

What do causes like Special Olympics, ArtsQuest, D.A.R.E., Folds of Honor, Ole Miss and other prominent colleges and universities have in common?  They use iMyne as a sustainable fundraising tool for their organizations and are earning automatic donations each time their supporters shop online at retailers they love.

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NTEN February Happy Hour

Join 501cTECH and Rad Campaign Thursday, February 26 at 6 PM for the next NTEN FREE happy hour! With NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference right around the corner, we’re dedicating this month’s gathering to gearing up for the big event.

This is a chance for NTC newcomers to plan, meet other attendees and hear tips from NTC veterans.

Avi Kaplan, Director of Online Strategy at Rad Campaign, and Peter Campbell, CIO at Legal Services Corporation will share their Top Ten Things to See at NTC, and answer all of your NTC-related questions.

Already an NTC veteran? Come share your expertise. If nothing else, come for the free food and drinks courtesy of NTEN and Rad Campaign.

Register HERE before space fills up. The event will be held at the Rad Campaign Offices located just north of DuPont Circle.

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0This is the second in a series of guest posts by Gratzer Graphics LLC Principal/Designer, Colleen Gratzer.

Since 2010, Gratzer Graphics LLC has provided design services to 501cTECH, including for the Celebration of Technology. Like 501cTECH, Gratzer Graphics is committed to serving nonprofits and understands their needs and budget. Gratzer has almost 20 years of experience serving nonprofits in the areas of branding, marketing collateral, online presence, events, and publication design and layout. Her expertise has resulted in increased fundraising and attendance at events, increased fundraising through direct mail and heightened awareness about a nonprofit’s mission. Below is the first part of a blog series written by Gratzer that details how to get the most bang for your buck when working with a graphic designer.

 

Help Your Designer, Help Yourself, Pt 2

Obtaining Images

In this installment of Help Your Designer, Help Yourself, we’ll cover everything you need to know about images. Follow these guidelines and you will help yourself and your designer.

  • Resolution: For print work, photos and other types of raster (pixel-based) images should beHYDHYS a minimum of 300 ppi at the actual size at which they will be printed. You may not know how large a photo will be used and you may not be able to check the resolution yourself. That’s OK! If you plan to send photos to your designer, obtain from your photographer the highest resolution photos possible. Your designer will let you know if there is an issue with the resolution. A photo can always be made smaller, while enlarging the photo only results in poor quality. If you plan to send a logo file, the best format is vector EPS (a resolution-independent file type), which is able to be scaled to any size without sacrificing resolution.
  • Permission for use: If you are providing an image to your designer, be sure you have gotten any necessary permission to use it—unless it is your own or not protected by copyright, such as one from the public domain. You may also need to procure written consent from people, especially minors, who appear in the photograph. A credit to the photographer or source may or may not be required to appear with the image. Always convey this information to your designer.
  • File types: Do not copy and paste images into a Word document. Send individual image files: PSD, TIFF, JPEG, AI or EPS. For web work or slide presentations, any format may be sent for images. If you have graphs or charts, these work best in their native format of Excel or Illustrator, or a PDF saved from Excel.
  • File names: Clearly name any images you make reference to in your text document in order to make it easy for the designer to identify each one.

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chapman-Columbia 2Like our friends at Exponent Philanthropy, a group that connects small foundations with philanthropic leaders, we hope that the new OMB Uniform Guidance, which requires government grant makers to reimburse indirect costs, really makes a difference in the way people across every sector view nonprofit spending.

Despite the encouraging progress this community has made in areas like innovation and technology, overhead—or, more appropriately, the lack of funds and support to cover overhead—continues to be an issue for far too many nonprofits. We encounter this everyday in our work helping organizations build their technology capacity. IT is one of those areas that is often sacrificed in a budget crunch, and that almost always stands in the way of an organization fully delivering on their mission. At the same time, technology has become ubiquitous in our personal lives, and our nonprofit client and staff are clamoring for more tech-based solutions.

We heard it again yesterday in a call with a wonderful early childhood education program located in Northern Virginia. They had some great ideas about how technology could help them to do their jobs better, and they were frustrated with erratic email service, an outdated development database, and an unstable website. But, alas, they had a very small annual technology budget and had made no provisions for ongoing support. Like many nonprofits, they wanted to put the lion share of their money and resources into running their programs, leaving very little for overhead, because that aligns with the traditional narrative of how a good nonprofit operates.

Now, I am not arguing that nonprofits should be free spending, but failing to invest in necessary technology infrastructure is not good management and counter to your goals as an organization. I am hoping that the changes in the OMB regulations will make it easier for funders and non profits to do the right thing.

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The third cycle of our Small Nonprofit Transformation Initiative (SNTI) is now underway!

If your nonprofit has an operating budget under $1M, serves wards 7 or 8, and is in need of a technology transformation, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

Three nonprofits will be selected by the end of February to receive a strategic assessment, key project implementation, and one year of technology support.

The deadline to apply for a Small Nonprofit Transformation is February 17th at 5:30 PM.

You can complete the application below, or submit through this window. If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Goliber, Director of Development and Outreach. For more on the Small Nonprofit Transformation, read our blog on the three winning nonprofits from the previous cycle.

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Relieve Your IT Fatigue: Technology Solutions to Reenergize Your Organization

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Date & Time

February 5, 2015
9:00 to 11:30 AM

Speaker

Todd Peterson – Vice President, Client Relations 501cTECH

Description

With technology impacting how nonprofits communicate with stakeholders and shifting how we approach our work, the myriad technologic options available in our work is easily overwhelming. The tools technology provides can support increased productivity and time efficiency. How then do we begin to learn about these tools while conveying our organization’s needs and limited resources? 501cTECH has been a regional leader in helping nonprofits make the best use of technology to impact their missions through strategic technology planning, hands on support and workshop presentations. Join us for a workshop that will highlight simple steps to revitalize your organization’s approach to computer systems and lessen the fatigue and frustration around technology use.

Purpose/Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Better understand how technology can complement how your organization works-whether it’s a traditional office set-up, program staff in the field or completely virtual-and help lessen obstacles to achieving your mission

Objective 2: Learn how a simple plan prepared for your organization can better match the needed technology to meet your program and service goals, and create an alternative preparedness plan should technology fail

Objective 3: Explore various technology solutions available to nonprofits, including free and free-based, that will help you and your staff work more efficiently and effectively

Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Registration, light breakfast, and networking
9:20 AM – 11:30 AM Session followed by Q&A

Location

Pepco Edison Gallery
702 Eighth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20068

Metro Accessible: Gallery Place/Chinatown

Registration Fee

$25

REGISTER HERE 


 

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Microsoft officially entered the world of augmented reality at yesterday’s Windows 10 event in Redmond, Washington with the unveiling of a new headset that allows interaction with holographic images. Microsoft is entering a competitive space with HoloLens, its VR headset, but early reviews of the product look exciting.

Wired has a pretty comprehensive look into the brand new product that I would recommend for those interested in ever expanding world of virtual reality!