Conference/workshop notes

What do you want your database to do for your nonprofit?

If you could have your database do anything for your nonprofit, what would it do?

I would want my database to do everything--manage and track my donors, foundations and grants, constituents and events, send mass e-mails, manage my staff records, vendor records and store contact information gathered on my website as well as push financial information like donations into QuickBooks so I won't have to re-enter everything twice.

I am now rested after the Nonprofit Technology Conference

Wow! I attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference last week in DC and I have to say it is the most exhausting conference I attend all year. I think the exhaustion stems from the combination of attending great workshops during the day, then social events in the evening, and preparing for Aspiration's Penguin Day which occurs immediately following the NTC each year.

Gaps in Nonprofit Software

I'm here at the Nonprofit Software Development Summit and have been doing mostly logistics, however today I was able to attend a session facilitated by Laura Quinn of Idealware called "Gaps in Nonprofit Software" the notes from the session can be found here.

Nonprofit Operations Wiki

Today was the second Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion. The topic we discussed today was Risk Management. It was interesting to learn about all the different types of risk there is within any nonprofit.

Notes from this discussion as well as the first discussion about Mass E-mail for Nonprofits can be found in the wiki that I created. If you are interested you can log on to the Nonprofit Operations wiki and add resources and or nonprofit operations suggestions. I created the wiki so that folks who are not able to attend the Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussions can still participate and read the notes from the discussions. 


Nonprofit Research Rocks! ARNOVA Conference

I recently attended the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Chicago. (My alma mater--North Park University was one of the host colleges.) This conference was a great gathering of Nonprofit Professors, Researchers and Practitioners who presented relevant research findings and presentations about the Nonprofit Sector.

I especially enjoyed the session about Nonprofit Fraud which reported about some nonprofit fraud statistics as well as provided suggestions how to prevent it. Some of the suggestions included:

Wireless for Everyone

After attending NTEN's event-"No Strings Attached: How Municipal Wireless will change the way you create social change." I was reminded of the time that I was working at my previous nonprofit and my IT consultant helped me install a router that gave us the ability to have wireless throughout the entire office. This was a huge deal for us to get wireless!

Imagine this on a much larger scale--wireless that everyone can access. The folks at San Francisco Tech Connect are trying to create city wide wireless here in SF. How does this relate to Nonprofit Operations? Imagine all the things that nonprofits will be able to do with city wide wireless.

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