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Presentation given at NC AVA 2016 conference on technology tools available that may be helpful. I cover strategy first then examples of "freemium" resources available.

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Tech Tools for Nonprofits

  1. 1. TECH TOOLSGETTING THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Presented by Deron Tse dtse@ncnonprofits.org
  2. 2. .ME Themighty pencil—besttechnologicaltoolever! Technology assistantat the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits • Technology tinkerer for over 25 years • Advertising & design print carrer • Motionpicture production career • Road trip for change!
  3. 3. .NGO The center serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.
  4. 4. Every Dollar Stretched! www.flickr.com/photos/truthout AGENDA • WHO ARE YOU? • 70/30 TCO • TECHNOLOGY POLICY • BACKCASTING • LIGHTNING DEMO • CAVEAT • CONCLUDING REMARKS
  5. 5. .1 Hey, let’s take a Poll What is the state of your technology infrastructure www.clearbiology.com/wp-content/
  6. 6. BREAK IT DOWN • Cloud Services: Google Office 365 • On-Premise File Server • Sneaker Net • Devices: Desktop Smart Phone Tablet Org Employee Count: Less than 10 10-25 25-50 50-100 Over 100 • Social Media Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest Instagram Tumblr • CRM Hubspot Salesforce Volgistics • Surveys/Polling Twitter Survey Monkey Doodle • Operating Systems Windows Mac OS X Linux .1
  7. 7. .2 ah the oft used “TCO” The 70/30 Principle Of Total Cost of Ownership Whatever the cost of technology, it’s only 30% upfront, 70% is over time.
  8. 8. • TECHSOUP • TECHNET • LYNDA.COM • YOUTUBE • SLIDESHARE Develop your own Knowledge base .2
  9. 9. .3 • SOFTWAREUPDATES • OPERATING SYSTEM UPDATES • VIRUS PROTECTION • UTILITIES Regular Maintenance www.stephenblower.co.uk
  10. 10. DEVELOP A TECHNOLOGY POLICY .4 Maybeyou work for a largeorganization that has it’s own Technology Department. Ifso, more than likely,there’s a policy that already exists. Does it end there? Absolutely not! Develop a departmentalpolicy that contextualizes that org policy to fit the processes of your department. And if you don’t havean existing policy to contextualize,let’s developone.
  11. 11. S.M.A.R.T. Is it really? Specific, Measureable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-Related • One person’s specific is another’s useless detail • What are you really Measuring? • What criteria do you use to define “realistic”? • What criteria are we using to determine deadlines? When you step back, doesn’t it seem rather arbitrary .4
  12. 12. Consider an alternative Looking at the entire process as a whole • Define clearly what is your Org mission • Define what your department's mandate • Describe the processes within your department Questions: 1) Does the processes you have help you achieve your mandate? 2) Can we simplifyor remove steps? 3) Do we really need any “tech tool”to improveyour processes? .4
  13. 13. Once youanswer the previousquestionsthen youcan start to think abouttechnology solutions. All the technology in the world won’t help if the system is broken. Improve processes first then consider what technology (if any) is worth acquiring. Then you can look toward meeting your departmental mandate and in turn help your organization fulfill its mission. .4
  14. 14. Backcasting not your grandfather’s forecast www.naturalstep.ca .4
  15. 15. .5 Lightning Demo Streak for Gmail Wiggio LibreOffice LastPass HipChat Inky email Unroll.me NameChanger FastStone Image viewer LinkedIn SlideShare
  16. 16. .6 Trending vs. Opportunity Don’t get lulled intothe Ohs and Ahs of a new technology. What’s trending may not be an actionable opportunity. How can you tell the difference? You just learned the basicidea of SystemsThinking. Apply that to figure out your Technology Policy which then guides you in your decision-making.
  17. 17. TECH TOOLSGETTING THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Presented by Deron Tse dtse@ncnonprofits.org

Presentation given at NC AVA 2016 conference on technology tools available that may be helpful. I cover strategy first then examples of "freemium" resources available.

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