As you may know, since 2003 501cTECH’s Technology Innovation Awardshave recognized D.C. area nonprofits who put technology to use in an innovative way to improve key aspects of their operations and help advance their missions. It has also served as a reminder that technology is just as important to nonprofits as it is to large corporations.
Nonprofits may submit applications in the following three programmatic areas:
PreK-12 and STEM Education, sponsored by CenturyLink
Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development, Sponsored by Accenture
Veterans and Military Families, Sponsored by BAE Systems
Applicants must designate which one they believe most closely aligns with their project idea, but the cause area you select does not need to be the sole focus of the organization. If you can explain how your project applies to one of these categories and advances your nonprofit’s mission, we strongly encourage you to apply.
Past winners have included the YWCA of the National Capital Area, The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Winners have completed a wide range of projects that empowered them through digital capabilities, including web-based learning portals, comprehensive salesforce customization, mobile application development, and innovative social media strategy. Their stories can be found on 501cTECH’s blog, and a full list of past winners and their projects are available on 501cTECH’s website.
This is a unique opportunity to turn that great idea you’ve been holding onto into a reality and we would love to help you do it. The deadline to apply isFriday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
Is your nonprofit organization thinking about moving to Box.org? 501cTECH’s Technology Program Manager, Quizaira Recio, offers a few things to consider before jumping into the project. While this advice is tailored to nonprofits considering Box.org, the decision process can be applied to a variety of technology projects.
The biggest challenge nonprofits face when it comes to implementing new solutions, such as Box, is that they don’t have the time or resources on hand to provide a smooth and painless transition for their staff members.
Since we first discovered Box about 2 years ago, we’ve been encouraging nonprofits to consider the possibility of transitioning to a cloud based document management solution, but not diving in until they were ready to absorb the impact of such a transition. While this technology can be considered colloquial in the consumer market, nonprofits (and for profits for that matter) still view this technology as cutting edge – primarily because of the uptake. Acclimating to a new technology solution is not always easy. Using a solution such as Box requires you to take a few things into consideration:
For most of us in the nonprofit world, Microsoft's Outlook is all we know when it comes to online communications. That's because not only is the Office software quite good, but Microsoft has long been very generous in giving software grants to charitable organizations like yours through partners like TechSoup.
How much do you know about the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s programs? If your organization mentors students, do you know how many of them go on to graduate high school and college? If you work to supply affordable housing, do you know the percent of the target population without access to those resources? Numbers like these can help organizations measure the current effectiveness of programs and identify areas for improvement.