Dan Rivas

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Cloud IT Case Study: Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

The Canadian government created the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) in 1997 to learn what practices and treatments work best, and to spread that information across the country. To carry out this mission CFHI has to be flexible and collaborative with health care providers and ...
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SMS Case Study: Text Messaging Helps a School Community Grow

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. The Jewish population in particular has grown by 70 percent since 2001, according to a study commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. While the population is growing, enrollment in local Jewish private schools and summer ...
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Best of the Web: September 2017

Insecure Our social media feeds are jammed with news about information security right now.
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eLearning: Texting for Nonprofit Program Delivery

Texting can be a powerful tool in your program toolbox. Take this short eLearning course to consider whether texting is right for your nonprofit, how you might use texting in your programs, and how to get started with texting.
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Can You Really See Your Website?

Kids have a way of noticing things the rest of us have stopped seeing. Why is there a wreath on that door? What is that black camera thing hanging from the ceiling? Why does that lady have blue hair? They so often leave you gazing in the direction of that little pointer finger and stalling for an ...
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Overcoming the Obstacles to Innovation

Technology can trigger conflicting emotions. On one hand, most of us enjoy “shiny objects” in our regular lives: phones, flat screen TVs, smart thermostats, sound systems. Maybe you have one of those devices that you can tell to order more laundry soap, or ask about the agricultural products of ...
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Best of the Web: July 2017

Magic Is Not Magic A couple of weeks ago, This American Life aired an interview between Ira Glass and the magician David Blaine where they talked about Blaine’s glass eating trick. But here’s the thing. It’s not a trick. Blaine really eats glass. In fact, he’s done it so many times that his teeth ...
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SMS Case Study: Pathways to Education Canada

Helping High School Students Stay on Track Thousands of Canadian teenagers living in low-income communities drop out of school each year. Why? The reasons are complex, but it’s widely agreed that staying connected with them and providing ongoing support increases the likelihood that a student will ...
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Best of the Web: June 2017

Help Is on the Way I’m a little blown away by how many really useful resources have popped up on social media this month. If your nonprofit uses the summer to dig in and solve a handful of persistent problems, you have a lot of free help this year.
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SMS Case Study: Chicago Scholars

High school students live mobile lives. They’re always on the move between home, school, after-school activities, work, friends’ houses, and hangout spots. Email is typically unreliable and phone calls are nearly impossible. For an organization that serves talented low-income students, it can be ...
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