Finding Funding for Technology Projects, an “Ask the Expert” Phone Call

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) is organizing a discussion on this topic which will explore funding sources, how to estimate technology costs, and what kind of staffing, training, and resources are needed to successfully invest in a new technology initiative. The call is free for NTEN members and will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:00am PT/2:00pm  ET.

The presenters include:

Cynthia Adams is the President/CEO of GrantStation. Cynthia founded GrantStation because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life’s work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.

David Krumlauf works as the Chief Technologist for the Pierce Family Charitable Foundation, a private family foundation based in Chicago, IL, where he helps grantees with all their technology needs. He’s a former biology teacher, ISP owner, and now lives in a green-built home in NW lower Michigan. You can find David on Twitter @dkrumlauf.

For any nonprofit looking to find funding for technology projects, seeking key metrics for ROI on technology investment or looking to increase buy-in from stakeholders, we encourage you to register for the event.

A great opportunity for nonprofits

Does your nonprofit have a great board? Tech Networks of Boston would like to draw your attention to an exciting opportunity! BoardSource and Prudential are awarding Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards in addition to scholarships for emerging nonprofit leaders. The awards will recognize nonprofit boards and leaders that exemplify exceptional governance. Applications are due by June 25th. The awards include one $15,000 Grand Prize and two $3,000 Honorable Mentions!

Details for the applications can be viewed here:

Exceptional Nonprofit Boards

Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships

If you are a Tech Networks’ client, we would be honored to be listed as a contact for recommendations. Please let us know which TNB employee you would like to use when you complete the application.

Good luck to all!

Joint Meeting: TNB Roundtable and CWU Outcomes Workgroup

Please join us for a special joint gathering of the Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) Outcomes Workgroup and the Tech Networks of Boston (TNB)Roundtable Series on Friday, June 5th at CWU.  Ellen Bass, director of the Capacity Institute at the Black Ministerial Alliance, will be our featured guest. The topic under discussion will be “Are you ready to build your performance management system?”

Here’s what Ellen says about the session:

Does your agency have the right data to determine if you are meeting your mission?  Come to this session to determine exactly what you need to do to build a comprehensive performance management system for your agency.  Participants will complete a performance management agency self-assessment, then consider their agency’s readiness and next steps to advocate to build their system.  

Here’s a bit about Ellen:

Ellen G. Bass is director of the Capacity Institute, which helps nonprofits build performance management systems, leading to improved measurable participant outcomes. Since 2002, she helped the BMA raise and redistribute more than $10 million in grants and capacity-building services to youth agencies in Boston. With an MBA in public and nonprofit management, Ellen has served in resource development for 15 years and in program development for 30 years, focusing on logic models and outcome measurement plans, in both secular and faith-based organizations.

Please note that this will be a sales-pitch-free event.

We look forward to seeing you on June 5th!

Register for this event here.

TNB Roundtable: What nonprofits need to know about S.T.E.A.M.

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as TNB) is pleased to invite local employees of nonprofit organizations to a Roundtable session with Nettrice GaskinsSTEAM Lab director at the Boston Arts Academy.

The focus of this session will be on STEAM, which stands for “Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.” The benefits of learning about this innovative, inter-disciplinary educational movement will seem most apparent to those work in schools, after school programs, and arts programs – however, we believe that a wide range of professionals from mission-based organizations will be inspired and informed by this Roundtable session.

To help you start thinking about how STEAM can be incorporated into your operations and programs, Nettrice has provided these links to information about nonprofit organizations that have moved forward with it:


Here’s a little more about Nettrice:

Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D. was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She majored in Visual Art at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY. She earned a BFA in Computer Graphics with Honors from Pratt Institute in 1992 and a MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She worked for several years in K-12 and post-secondary education, community media and technology before enrolling at Georgia Tech where she received a doctorate in Digital Media in 2014. Her model for ‘techno-vernacular creativity’ is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of this production and its application in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Currently, Nettrice is director of the STEAM Lab at Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts serving over 440 students that reflect the diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods.

When she is not advancing interdisciplinary education, Nettrice blogs for Art21, the producer of the Peabody award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century and publishes articles about topics such as Afrofuturism. Her essay was included in “Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader” published by ETC Press. Nettrice “Afro-Futurism: Countering Mass Culture’s Reductional Breakdown Through Creative Forms of Representation” for Nictoglobe Magazine, and “Urban Metaphysics: Creating Game Layers on Top of the World” for UCLA’s Mediascape.

In the past Nettrice has supported the use of digital technologies by students and faculty in all art/media disciplines; worked as a teaching artist for the Boston 100K Artscience Innovation Prize; and was a youth media/technology trainer for Adobe Youth Voices. She was board president of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and on the board of the Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet).

Nettrice presented Black Futurism at We Are City 2014 in Indianapolis, Cybism and Decoding the Letter at ISEA2011 in Istanbul and co-facilitated Augmented Reality in Open Spaces (AROS) at ISEA2012 in Albuquerque, NM. She moderated Enlightenment, Strange Mathematics & Rhythmic Equations at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014). She was a Digital STEAM research intern at the Smithsonian Institution (2013) and received funding from the National Science Foundation for Advancing STEM Through Culturally Situated Arts-Based Learning (2014).

In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. The Roundtable is an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

Register for this event here.

TNB Roundtable: Best practices for nonprofits to slay zombie data projects

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as TNB) is pleased to invite local employees of nonprofit organizations to a Roundtable session with Holly St. Clair, the director of data services at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

The focus of this session will be on creating systems and tools to manage data in a changing, mission-driven, budget-constrained environment.

Here’s what Holly says about the session:

“Does your organization want to use more data in their mission-driven work, but are overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of data?

“Zombie data projects are never finished: they’re not quite dead but not alive, either. Zombie projects arise when staff members leave mid-project, when data is changed or updated, or when your approach to the analysis hits a wall. Some zombie data projects return on a regular basis, including indicator reports, benchmarking, grant applications, and annual member surveys.”

Holly will share the systems, tools, and methods she uses with her team to ensure quality data and analysis outputs, facilitate continuity despite staff turnover, and keep staff up-to-date on the newest data resources and techniques.

Register for this event here.