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.

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.

Photo recap: A hands-on introduction to programmatic outcomes management for nonprofit professionals

We really enjoyed our first-ever TNB training event last Wednesday, thanks to co-hosts: the College of Public and Community Service at Umass-Boston, and the Mel King Institute at the Mass Association of Community Development Corporations. Our team of trainers from Community TechKnowledge, Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk, Derek Hansen, and Jessi Engelke did a wonderful job and we enjoyed having them in the office last week. It was interesting to learn a new software platform and to see how it can help nonprofits achieve “more mission”.

The goal of this hands-on training was to enable nonprofit professionals to be leaders in outcomes management initiatives within their own organizations. Participants learned about the tactics and strategy required for managing outcomes.We hope they were able to return to their work places the next day with a plan for building organizational capacity in order to phase in an outcomes management initiative!

Check out the photos from the event, as well as our upcoming events at TNB.IMG_2156 IMG_2141 IMG_2138 IMG_2131

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Boston Businesses Against Rising Seas Launch Event: Climate Adaptation for Small Businesses

The rising sea levels in Boston have been a rising concern in recent months. Businesses are realizing they need to put climate change in their business plans and take precautionary measures to protect their data.

Please join us June 24th, as Tech Networks of Boston, the Climate Action Liaison Coalition and the City of Boston launch the Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (BARS Boston) program. Tech Networks of Boston’s President Susan Labandibar, and other key speakers will focus on specific steps business can take to prepare for rising sea levels and other anticipated climate disruptions, including moving data storage to the cloud to improve business continuity.

The BARS Boston launch event will take place on June 24th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at the District Hall in Boston, MA and you can register here. This event is free and open to the public.

Check out these scenes of how the rising sea levels will eventually impact our city! We hope you will join us!
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Extreme Weather and the Small Business Bottom Line

Five foot storm surge in Boston


Water, water everywhere!

If the last thirty years are any indication of the future, it looks like Boston could be in for more flooding.  Sea levels in Boston are rising at three to four times the global average1.  Annual precipitation has increased ten percent.2 -The amount of rain that falls during severe weather events has increased 74%3  What does this mean for our small business community?

In conjunction with the American Sustainable Business Council , the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and A Better City, we are pleased to present “Extreme Weather Events and the Small Business Bottom Line.” Boston’s leading climate adaptation experts will  brief the small business community on possible near-term climate change effects in our city.

  • How does climate change create risks for Boston’s small business community?
  • How does the City of Boston plan to protect property, road access and municipal services during severe weather events?
  • What measures can you take to protect your business and educate your employees?

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The cost of this event has been generously underwritten by The American Sustainable Business Council.  Your $15 donation will benefit CALC. Please click here to download the invitation or click here to register.

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Elizabeth Warren Visits Tech Networks; Small Business Roundtable

Elizabeth Warren Visits Tech Networks of Boston; August 30, 2012


On August 30, Tech Networks hosted U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and local leaders for a women and business roundtable moderated by Massachusetts State Representative Marty Waltz.

Focusing on local businesses and economic health, Warren’s economic plan includes $100 billion in infrastructure funding to spur local jobs creation. Warren lauded the Massachusetts Jobs strategy co-authored by Rep. Waltz that has been effective locally, and which has been used nationally as a model. “Every time a person has a paycheck, that means there is more money to spend locally,” said Warren.

TNB’s Susan Labandibar, who participated on the panel, noted that 72% of TNB revenue is spent locally. Labandibar also shared her frustration that billions of dollars are going to support big businesses while “the infrastructure that TNB values is local and focused on education and transportation.”

All the women on the roundtable panel agreed that there is no such thing as “a women’s issue.” Every issue affects everyone. Equal pay for equal work should not be a topic for conversation because unequal pay affects families everywhere.

Engaging in civic life, such as regional and national political campaigns, local government, and non-governmental organizations was a broad priority for all the panelists.

According to Warren, “This is about our involvement with the issues,” and “our goal is to motivate people to get involved.  We are all called to speak up for what we believe in.  I am drawn to this race by the urgency of the moment.” Please get involved and vote.

March 24: Southie Trees Volunteering and Film

Please join Southie Trees and our neighborhood partners for a volunteer event on March 24.  Starting at 10:30, we’ll care for tree pits (the patches of soil where street trees grow) focusing on East Broadway, followed by a screening of Southie Trees’ own short film Uprooted at the South Boston Public Library.  Meet at 10:30 at the Library, 646 East Broadway, South Boston.

In the morning, we’ll renovate tree pits with mulch, garbage removal (it will be a week after the Parade), weeding and flower planting.  We will also plant shrubs and flowers in the South Boston Public Library garden.  Then we’ll see the film Uprooted, a documentary made about the work of Southie Trees improving the urban forest setting in South Boston.

RSVP to or (617) 269-0299 x310.  See you there!

Click here to read this month’s full Boston Techie.

Susan Labandibar on Entrepreneurship Panel

Suffolk University has invited Tech Networks of Boston CEO Susan Labandibar for a panel discussion on Women Making a Difference in Entrepreneurship. This panel is part of a lifelong learning program offered each year by the Sawyer Business School to feature outstanding Boston leaders from a variety of fields.

The panel will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Suffolk Law School Function Room at 120 Tremont St., Boston. The $50 cost includes lunch. Register here:

Click here to read the full March 2012 Boston Techie newsletter.