Non-Profits & Technology  Technology Project  June 4, 1999 “ Circuit Riders to the Rescue ”
Presentation Overview <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>What’s a Circuit Rider </li></ul><ul><li>What they do for gr...
Foundations Pioneering the Field <ul><li>W.A. Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Brainerd/Bullitt </li></ul><ul><li>Joyce Foundation ...
Technology Project <ul><li>Direct Service to Grantee Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 250 groups trained/supported </li><...
Why the Circuit Riding Approach <ul><li>Groups struggling </li></ul><ul><li>Market failing most non-profits </li></ul><ul>...
What’s a ‘Circuit Rider’?
The Problem <ul><li>Groups struggling with technology options </li></ul><ul><li>Technology seen as adjunct to organization...
Technology as Opportunity <ul><li>Common platform for efficient information exchange between people, groups & institutions...
What’s the  Challenge? <ul><li>Hardware? </li></ul><ul><li>Software? </li></ul><ul><li>Training opportunities? </li></ul><...
Findings -- What the Group’s say   <ul><li>Biggest Barrier is Understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Knowledge cited ...
What Makes Technology Work? Hardware Software People *  Developed at Circuit Rider “Round-Up”  April 1997
What does a Circuit Rider Do? <ul><li>Demonstrates power of technology to leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of  grou...
Case Study - Alliance for Justice <ul><li>Started at the top w/demo </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented the basics (E-Mail, Web)...
Case Study - Alliance for Justice <ul><li>Effective Use of E-Mail for Alerts and Press Communications </li></ul><ul><li>We...
Lessons Learned <ul><li>Proactive strategy accelerates rate of a group’s technological change </li></ul><ul><li>“ One on O...
The Challenge   to You <ul><li>Use It  -  Lead by example and integrate electronic communication applications </li></ul><u...
Next Steps <ul><li>Implement Technology Enterprise  Network (Nten) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate strategic alliances & coll...
More Information & Resources Technology Project [email_address] http://www.techproject.org
National Strategy for Non-Profit Technology  Call for Action... <ul><li>What is it?  -- Nine month planning process funded...
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Original "Circuit Riders to the Rescue" slide deck by Rob Stuart -- Presented at the annual Council on Foundations conference - dated June 1999

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  • Circuit Riders to the Rescue - Circa 1999

    1. 1. Non-Profits & Technology Technology Project June 4, 1999 “ Circuit Riders to the Rescue ”
    2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>What’s a Circuit Rider </li></ul><ul><li>What they do for groups </li></ul><ul><li>Why they Work </li></ul><ul><li>What we’ve Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul>
    3. 3. Foundations Pioneering the Field <ul><li>W.A. Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Brainerd/Bullitt </li></ul><ul><li>Joyce Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Z. Smith Reynolds </li></ul><ul><li>Rockefeller Family </li></ul><ul><li>Surdna Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Soros - Open Society </li></ul>
    4. 4. Technology Project <ul><li>Direct Service to Grantee Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 250 groups trained/supported </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foundation Education & Affinity Group Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put into practice what we preach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promote Strategic Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circuit Riders Round Up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Strategy for Non-Profit Technology </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Why the Circuit Riding Approach <ul><li>Groups struggling </li></ul><ul><li>Market failing most non-profits </li></ul><ul><li>Technology offers new solutions to old problems </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic intervention extremely cost effective </li></ul>
    6. 6. What’s a ‘Circuit Rider’?
    7. 7. The Problem <ul><li>Groups struggling with technology options </li></ul><ul><li>Technology seen as adjunct to organization not critical to program functions </li></ul><ul><li>Too few groups & foundations pushing for technological advances </li></ul>
    8. 8. Technology as Opportunity <ul><li>Common platform for efficient information exchange between people, groups & institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness less dependent on resource base </li></ul><ul><li>Tools allow “new” & powerful communication </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm shift in information creation </li></ul><ul><li>Quality service automatically </li></ul>
    9. 9. What’s the Challenge? <ul><li>Hardware? </li></ul><ul><li>Software? </li></ul><ul><li>Training opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Findings -- What the Group’s say <ul><li>Biggest Barrier is Understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Knowledge cited more than equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Want someone to come to them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best if a disinterested ally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be from non- profit community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has to translate “tech speak” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on solving real problems </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What Makes Technology Work? Hardware Software People * Developed at Circuit Rider “Round-Up” April 1997
    12. 12. What does a Circuit Rider Do? <ul><li>Demonstrates power of technology to leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of group’s technology capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Develops strategy & help implement technology to advance the group’s objective </li></ul><ul><li>Implements technology use, access & training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes collaboration between groups using technology & service providers </li></ul>
    13. 13. Case Study - Alliance for Justice <ul><li>Started at the top w/demo </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented the basics (E-Mail, Web) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated group planning </li></ul><ul><li>Give ongoing feedback & Advice </li></ul>
    14. 14. Case Study - Alliance for Justice <ul><li>Effective Use of E-Mail for Alerts and Press Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Web Pages for Member Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Publication Orders Increasing </li></ul><ul><li>Network installed </li></ul><ul><li>Staff better trained </li></ul>http://www. afj .org 20 hours of Circuit Rider’s time - no additional $ grant
    15. 15. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Proactive strategy accelerates rate of a group’s technological change </li></ul><ul><li>“ One on One” leadership training critical to success </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose, Ease of Use & Repetition key elements for effective adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Need More “Circuit Riders” & National Network of Technology Service Providers </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Challenge to You <ul><li>Use It - Lead by example and integrate electronic communication applications </li></ul><ul><li>Fund It - Support communication capacity as critical to achieving program goals </li></ul><ul><li>Teach It - Promote technology training </li></ul><ul><li>Lead It - Put a another ‘Rider’ on the Circuit </li></ul>
    17. 17. Next Steps <ul><li>Implement Technology Enterprise Network (Nten) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate strategic alliances & collaborative activities between groups </li></ul><ul><li>Idenify, link, improve and grow locally based capacity to serve the sector </li></ul>
    18. 18. More Information & Resources Technology Project [email_address] http://www.techproject.org
    19. 19. National Strategy for Non-Profit Technology Call for Action... <ul><li>What is it? -- Nine month planning process funded by industry and foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Who is it? -- Creative, and collaborative leaders committed to using technology to leverage social change </li></ul><ul><li>What will it Do? -- Map sector’s technology capacity -what’s needed…what’s available…where? & Propose new strategies for capacity building </li></ul>

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