As a small team we are very fortunate to have a full roster of environmentally focused dev and mapping projects for the year, but when deadlines are tight it’s easy to let best practices fall by the wayside or go out the window all together. Chesapeake Commons and our partners at Viable Industries have been working to design, develop, and deploy open source tech solutions for just over three years. In that time span, three of the major take homes that we’ve learned as a team consist of the following:
Always question why the system is being built in the first place
Plan more so you can code less
Communicate openly and frequently
In nearly all the projects we’ve worked on, our attention to items 1 - 3 have directly correlated with the project outcome.
Did you know nonprofits raise over $20 billion every year from individual donors? That figure is quickly growing every day as the usage and reach of Internet continues to rise among both younger and older populations. The giving environment is changing and it is important that all nonprofits are prepared to embark on this new fundraising adventure. But don’t be intimidated; thankfully, there are plenty of new tech tools already developed to make this transition run smoothly within your organization. It is important, however, that you start becoming familiarized with the processes and terms that these platforms utilize. The more you know about them, the better decisions you will be able to take about what kind of platforms and technologies will adapt best to your nonprofit’s structure and needs.
So you've just landed in the driver seat of a great nonprofit—congratulations! What better way to start the new year. You'll have plenty to focus on over the next several months, like delivering services, securing finances, and hiring the right people, but we're here to remind you that technology is one of the more important pieces of the puzzle and should be addressed within your first sixty days.
As a new or interim ED, what should you do? How do you know if you have a problem? And, if you do, how do you solve it? Here is a quick, four-step checklist to get you started.
Tomorrow morning, two months after a record number of DC-area nonprofits applied to the 2014 Technology Innovation Awards, an expert panel of technology executives from 24 major companies, and two representatives from last year's winning nonprofits, will review each technology idea and choose two finalists in each of the three cause categories: PreK-12 & STEMEducation, WorkforceDevelopment&SkillstoSucceed, and Veterans&MilitaryFamilies.
501cTECH will be the featured nonprofit at EZGSA's GovCon monthly networking event on September 10 at the UberOffices in Bethesda, Maryland. This event is geared towards facilitating connections between prime contractors, sub contractors and business owners. Technology professionals and Vets will connect, network and gain insight into contracting with the Department of Veterans Affairs.