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.
Hopecam received the 2015 Technology Innovation Award in the K-12 & STEM Education category, sponsored by CenturyLink. Earlier this year, I caught up with Brad Hawkins, a member of Hopecam’s Board of Directors, and learned about the history of the organization and how the $7,500 award is making a big difference.
Brad became involved with Hopecam four years ago after hearing Hopecam’s founder, Len Forkas, speak about his 2011 Race Across America. Over the span of only 12 days, Len biked over 3,000 miles from San Diego to Annapolis in what is considered one of the toughest bike races in the world. Each day of the race, Len rode in honor of a different child with cancer. “I had the luxury of choosing to put my body through the physical challenge” Len said when reflecting on the race, “children with cancer don’t have that choice. I wanted to raise greater awareness of childhood cancer and the resources available to children and families.”
For Len, this bike ride was deeply personal – his own son had been diagnosed with Leukemia 9 years earlier.
Helping students set goals and work towards them is a huge step in empowering underserved youth. That’s the idea behind Teens Run DC, a nonprofit that promotes the physical, social and emotional well-being of DC students through running and mentoring programs.
Questions answered by Joyce Raezer, Executive Director at the National Military Family Association. This follow-up survey was designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
The Project was to add a new, crucial feature to a recently launched mobile app, MyMilitaryFamily. According to the application, this feature would allow military spouses to add content and recommend resources to their peers around the country. This was expected to be an essential tool to capture the more informal community support that was currently happening on platforms like Facebook. The hypothesis was that this social feature would increase engagement and habitual usage of the app.
NTEN’s annual nationwide Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) just wrapped up down the street from our office in DuPont, and the experience, enlightening though it was, reminded me of how difficult it can be for nonprofit professionals to navigate the technology world on their own as it expands at breakneck pace.
Every GOTR practice focuses on fitness, character development, positive reinforcement and having fun, while training each girl to run a celebratory 5K at the end of the season.
How do you use technology to achieve your mission?
Our program in Northern Virginia started in 2000 with two schools and 27 girls. Once our council began serving more than several hundred girls, we quickly realized we needed to replace the paper-based forms, spreadsheets, and manual processes required to deliver and manage our program. The only way to serve the growing number of girls in Northern Virginia who wanted to participate in Girls on the Run was to find smart ways to scale our operations. That meant investing in technology solutions that could automate our key processes for program delivery.
Our ideal solution would have been to implement a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system, but like most nonprofits, we don’t operate in an ideal world. Even with the free nonprofit licenses offered by some CRM vendors, we still couldn’t afford the consulting fees to configure the CRM and build out our program delivery processes.
So we started a project to map out our program deliverables and pain points, and identify a set of low-cost, off-the-shelf tools that matched our requirements and budget. We also wanted solutions that were cloud-based and platform agnostic, so employees could easily telecommute using their own computers.
Guest post from InstanTek founder and CEO Robert Geller.
You probably knew Google Apps could do a lot: email, calendaring, documents in the cloud, and maybe you even knew it could do a whole lot more, even if you weren’t quite sure what. But we find that a lot of our clients don’t know the full extent of Google’s Apps potential and capabilities.
So we decided to write this blog post for 501cTECH in the hopes that it would help nonprofits more effectively leverage Google Apps to streamline operations and further their core mission!
Without further ado, here are just 11 (of many!) potential uses or features of Google Apps you may not have known about.
If you’re on Twitter, then you have no doubt encountered hashtags at one point or another. They’re those words, or collections of words jumbled together, with a pound sign in front of them (e.g. #Technology, #Nonprofits, #SleepyCats).