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Rockefeller tech project regroups – Tech assistance, advocacy on agenda

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The Technology Project, a pioneer advocate of nonprofit tech use, is becoming a supporting organization to its parent, the Rockefeller Family Fund in New York, and changing its name to egroup.

The Fund will control egroup’s board, which will be chaired by former Fund President Richard Rockefeller.

Principals of egroup, which will be based in Philadelphia, are Rob Stuart, who created the Technology Project in 1996, and Marshall Mayer, whose Montana-based Desktop Assistance merged with the Technology Project last year.

Stuart and Mayer also spearheaded the National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology, which has evolved into the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, or NTEN.

Lisa Dill, former chief information officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, has been named egroup’s managing director.

egroup has a staff 14 in nine offices. Its programs include:

  • eriding, with traveling tech missionaries who “ride the range for social change” to help public policy advocacy groups make better use of technology.
  • ebase, free relationship-management software that has been downloaded by more than 8,000 nonprofits.
  • emediacy, an online advocacy project that includes ourforest.org and greencar.org.
  • estrategy, an effort to cultivate nonprofit use of technology.

— Todd Cohen

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