Every other month, 501cTECH partners with the Nonprofit Roundtable to host Technology for Nonprofits. An informal breakfast discussion (bagels and coffee a welcome addition), these exercises are a favorite part of my job. They bring together technology leaders with nonprofit professionals, many of whom have become the “accidental techie” within their organizations. In truth, this is how I came to work for a technology nonprofit. A fundraiser by training and chance, I fell into managing my former organization’s database and becoming the technology troubleshooter. My story is not unusual.
Every week, the 501cTECH staff rounds up some of the interesting things we've been reading. Here's a list of things that piqued our interest. Have you read anything interesting that we haven't listed? Share in the comments!
On April 24, Google announced the much anticipated Google Drive service, a cloud-based “disk drive” where individuals and organizations can store there documents, spreadsheets and a host of other electronic files. That may sound like a big deal but organizations and individuals with Google accounts could do that already using Google Docs. So does Google Drive really matter?
Many nonprofits are quick to discount adopting new technology for fear that the implementation and learning will be far too expensive and time consuming to make the investment worthwhile. A recent study conducted by MAP for nonprofits and Idealware concluded that it is a misconception to think that all innovation must come from flashy, glamorous, high tech solutions and in many cases, innovation is just as likely to come from using less-exciting technologies to respond to real, everyday needs at nonprofits.