Feb 29, 2008

Convio promotes Hart to CTO

Convio, Inc., Austin, promoted Dave Hart to chief technology officer.

Feb 29, 2008

Ohio funder launches networking tool

The Columbus Foundation has launched an online networking tool to connect people with nonprofits in central Ohio.

Feb 18, 2008

True costs of low-cost software

Taking a deeper look at bargain software, this article offers concise checklists designed to help highlight potential hidden costs in dollars, time and staff sanity.

Apr 13, 2006

Digital divide, Part 6

Todd Cohen

While many nonprofits are trying to improve their own use of technology, some are focused on helping to bridge the digital divide for their constituents, particularly in the face of a big retreat in efforts to close that gap.

Federal and private support for tech-access efforts has plunged in the wake of a “perfect storm” of challenges that included the bursting of the dot-com bubble, 9/11 and the war on terrorism, says Andy Carvin, director of the Digital Divide Network at the EDC Center for Media and Community in

Apr 6, 2006

Digital divide, Part 5

Todd Cohen

Small nonprofits may assign staff or volunteers to handle their tech needs, but even qualified staff may lack the time for tech work, and volunteers can come and go, creating gaps in continuity and making it hard to evaluate their work, according to a new study.

The study, by the Institute of Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco, also found that a continuing gap divide between Americans with access to technology and those without access can directly affect the extent to which technology

Mar 30, 2006

Digital divide, Part 4

Todd Cohen

While they continue to face challenges in paying for technology, and figuring out who should operate and maintain it, nonprofits have changed the way they fund and staff their tech needs, experts say.

The San Francisco-based Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, for example, has shifted its focus from serving mainly technology assistance groups and consultants, to supporting nonprofit staff who handle technology.

Joe Baker, NTEN’s executive director, says fewer foundations are supporting tech-assistance

Mar 23, 2006

Digital divide, Part 3

Todd Cohen

As nonprofits think more about using technology strategically, they also are adjusting to a shift in the way technology is delivered.

The past five years, for example, have seen big expansion in the number of “application service providers,” or ASPs, that provide a broad array of leased services to nonprofits, says Joe Baker, executive director of the San Francisco-based Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, or NTEN.

The growth of the ASP marketplace, offering services that range from email, fundraising

Mar 14, 2006

Digital divide, Part 2

Todd Cohen

Flush with excitement about the internet and the peak of the dot-com boom, nonprofits five years ago increasingly viewed technology as a basic operating tool, says Barbara Chang, executive director of NpowerNY.

With basic hardware and software in place, she says, the tech issues nonprofits typically faced involved routine tech maintenance and support.

Today, while nonprofits still must deal with the upkeep of their software and the training to use it, they generally have integrated technology into their

Mar 6, 2006

Digital divide, Part 1

Todd Cohen

Ten years ago, when he took a job in the Los Angeles office of Amnesty International, Joe Baker learned quickly about the big gap in technology resources between the corporate and nonprofit worlds.

In his previous job, conducting telecommunications research for Rockwell International, Baker had six computers in his office.

At Amnesty, the entire L.A. staff shared a computer modem, and once a month mailed a computer disc to the organization’s