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First head of tech-assistance network steps down after four years.

By Todd Cohen

The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, or NTEN, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to help nonprofits use technology more effectively, is losing its executive director.

Ed Batista is stepping down at the end of the year after four years as the organization’s first executive director to pursue other work, probably in the nonprofit sector.

Under Batista, NTEN has enlisted more than 650 dues-paying members, signed up more than 1,100 subscribers for its bi-weekly email newsletter and spawned informal nonprofit technology social-networking groups in 17 communities throughout that U.S. that have attracted more than 1,400 subscribers.

NTEN also has hosted three national nonprofit technology conferences that have attracted more than 1,100 individuals, and 15 regional conferences that have drawn more than 1,400 individuals, with two more planned for 2004.

And in partnership with San Francisco-based TechSoup, NTEN developed TechFinder, a searchable, online directory of nearly 1,000 individuals and organizations that provide tech products and services to nonprofits.

In addition to continued growth among its core constituencies of tech consultants, assistance providers and vendors, a big challenge for the organization is to reach out to managers and tech staff at nonprofits, and help them think about the “larger strategic goals of how to use technology to get their message into the community, reach advocates and volunteers, and raise money more effectively,” Batista says.

“So many nonprofits still are not aware these resources exist to help do their job more effectively,” he says.

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