Tech notes – Volunteer online search on tap

By Todd Cohen

* Atlanta-based CityCares, umbrella group for a national alliance of volunteer organizations, has received $1.1 million from The Omidyar Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif., to develop technology to let volunteers search online for projects based on field of interest and geographic location, and to track volunteer activity.

* The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, or NTEN, a San Francisco-based group that supports people who provide tech help to nonprofits, has found in a survey that while tech-assistance groups are its most committed members, compared to nonprofit and for-profit groups, they are the members who are least satisfied with its services.

* Training was the biggest single need cited by nonprofits in Western Pennsylvania that said they needed to improve their computer systems, while money to pay for tech solutions was the top technology challenge cited among all groups responding to a study by the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

The study also found that more than seven in 10 of the 266 nonprofits surveyed used database software for client management, nearly six in 10 used it for fundraising, and more than four in 10 used it for volunteer management.

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