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Technology in the Nonprofit Sector

Technology is intended to increase productivity and equalize the capabilities of smaller organizations with those of larger organizations. Nowhere is this clearer than in the nonprofit sector, where technology can make a world of difference in the communication, fundraising, and outreach abilities of small nonprofits and associations. Technology projects, including everything from the implementation of software-based business applications to using web-based collaborative tools, should allow small associations to act like large, well-staffed entities. However, when poorly executed, technology can weigh down an organization for years. We’ll look at what can happen when technology projects are run poorly as well as what smaller organizations can do to ensure things are done right to achieve positive benefit from their IT investments.

Joining us in this discussion is Steve Thomas, a ten-year veteran of the nonprofit world and head of Firebird Agency, a management and consulting agency for the nonprofit community. Steve specializes in turnarounds and rapid growth projects. He recently served as head of the Cooperative Development Foundation, a 65 year old organization with an established history of helping move hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency. Prior to the CDF, he served as Executive Director of TiE-DC, an association of entrepreneurs and CEOs dedicated to helping entrepreneurs develop successful business enterprises. Steve, at Bernan Associates, coordinated the publication of the award-winning Handbook of North American Industry, the first industry-by-industry analysis of the affects of NAFTA on businesses. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he is also Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Economic Development Authority and a volunteer firefighter.

We’ll also take your calls again this week at 866-472-5790. Join us.

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April 1, 2010 - Posted by | Past Episodes

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