Taking Action, Making Change

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  • NPower Northwest is where savvy nonprofits turn for technology. At NPower, we’re guided by the belief that technology can transform the nonprofit sector and play a pivotal role in creating greater good.  When you work with us, you understand all your options and can move forward with an approach that you are confident makes most sense for your organization, in terms of both impact and cost. Check out our website at www.npowernw.org to learn more about what we do and how we work.
  • Audience poll (10 minutes)Who’s in the room – role by show of hands (ED, Program Director, IT Director, program staff, IT staff, consultant to nonprofits, Board members…)Do you have a working definition for what a theory of change is? (stand up) Get a few examplesIf you have a TOC for your organization,stay standingIf you have it written down,stay standingHow do you use it? (open responses from those still standing)
  • Audience participation: Guided enactment of the NPower Northwest Theory of Change (10 minutes)
  • A building block of the Theory of Change: Clarity about what we care about, what we do best, and what sustains us
  • Activity: Draw what you see NPower becoming in 2012-14Afew shares (15 minutes)
  • Presentation: Annual Goals matrix and the story of our strategic plan (15 minutes)
  • Session Takeaways 1. NPower Northwest Annual Goals matrix2. Change management handout3. NPower Northwest Theory of Change handout
  • Taking Action, Making Change

    1. 1. Taking Action,Making Change12NTCActionAlison Carl WhitePeg Giffels
    2. 2. Evaluate This Session!Each entry is a chance to win an NTEN engraved iPad! or Online at www.nten.org/ntc/eval
    3. 3. Introductions Alison Carl White Executive Director NPower Northwest Peg Giffels Director or Community Engagement NPower Northwest
    4. 4. NPower Northwest• Vision – A thriving community with high performing nonprofits.• Mission – To strengthen the nonprofit sector by catalyzing innovation and driving adoption of technology solutions.
    5. 5. Workshop Road Map• What is a “theory of change”?• Where does “the theory” point us?• Things to keep in mind• Q&A
    6. 6. Introductions• Primary role representing here today?• Do you have a working definition for what a theory of change is?• How do you use your Theory of Change?
    7. 7. NPower Northwest’s Theory of Change
    8. 8. NPower Northwest’s Theory of Change High performing nonprofits are needed to ensure healthy, vibrant communities Sector Needs Strategy GoalsHigh Performance Requires: Broad, Deep, Methodical Client Better decision-making………………………………………………….. Engagement• Capacity Investment …………………………………………………..• Leadership Development Accessible Solutions & Delivery• Planning and Strategy Methods Higher impact programming• Leveraged and integrated ………………………………………………….. technology Tools for Impact More effective communications Raise more money
    9. 9. Where we started: Hedgehog Concept What are we deeply passionately about? Optimal Technology, applied to the non-profit sector, is a catalyst for improving the world The Financial and Social Impact We understand the unique “Double Bottom Line” of our needs of the nonprofit sector Social Enterprise Business Model and deliver technology attracts bright and talented solutions that enable positive people, enables donors to impact on important issues leverage their philanthropy, and being addressed by our provides incentive for clients to customers maximize value of their investmentsWhat can we be the bestin the world at? What drives our resource engine?
    10. 10. Strategic Direction: NPower’s Evolution In The Year 2000 In The Year 2012Our Strategy Our Strategy• Technology Provider • Technology Strategist • Capacity BuilderOur Goals Our GoalsHigh Performing Nonprofits through integration of High Performing Nonprofits through integration of technology fortechnology into organizations operational efficiency and mission impact………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………..….• Provide access • Clarity of goals• Shift mindset of leaders • Integration of technology tools & organizational processes • Standardization of tools & processes for leveraged investment in technology
    11. 11. NPower Northwest’s Theory of Change
    12. 12. Questions#12NTCAction
    13. 13. Where does the theory point us? Making informed decisions Creating the impact we seek to have
    14. 14. The Impact We Seek to Have
    15. 15. Strategic Direction: Annual Goals
    16. 16. Sector Leadership: Best Practices Model
    17. 17. Questions#12NTCAction
    18. 18. Theory of Change
    19. 19. Major ImplicationsUnlocking the secrets of technology success
    20. 20. Major Implications Having the impact you want to have
    21. 21. Things To Keep In Mind Technology is not a silver bullet
    22. 22. Things To Keep In Mind Failure to plan is planning to fail
    23. 23. Questions#12NTCAction
    24. 24. Take Aways• Technology is always changing• The potential is enormous• Always a work in progress
    25. 25. Thank You Alison Carl White Executive Director alisonw@npowernw.org Twitter: @alisoncarlwhite Peg Giffels Director of Community Engagement pegg@npowernw.org Twitter: @pgiffels NPower Northwest Website: www.npowernw.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/npowernw Twitter: @npowernw
    26. 26. Evaluate This Session!Each entry is a chance to win an NTEN engraved iPad! INSERT QR CODE HERE or Online at www.nten.org/ntc/eval

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