These days, it feels like most nonprofits/charities send out email newsletters to your supporters. There’s a lot that can be said (and has been said) on why you should have a e-newsletter (or not), what things you should think about, how often you should send emails, what you should talk about, etc.
20/20 Hindsight has struck everyone who has ever come to an end of a project. There is that brilliant moment of clarity that is only revealed after completion, that moment where one realizes those key practices that could have saved time, energy, and money. Unfortunately these moments are hard to anticipate and are usually recognized only after it’s too late to do anything to address the particular problem, but record and take note with improving best practices in mind for the next project cycle.
The most recent Toronto Net Tuesday session on “Collaboration and Productivity”, held in the lovely new Annex CSI building, was the perfect storm of technology and policy to help participants maximize output with simple methods using both the latest technology and old favourites. The experienced and energetic speakers were chock full of information to share and the results were terrific.
This month's Toronto Net Tuesday was the first in our Technology Planning Series so it was all about introducing the idea of technology planning and sharing experiences. If there was one big idea from the evening it was this: Technology is a tool, not a solution. Before thinking about technology you need to first understand the people who will be using the tool and their processes.
At our webinar last month, All About CRM, a lot of people had questions about privacy laws: Does federal and provincial privacy legislation apply to nonprofits? What does this mean for us and how we store our data? What do we need to be aware of if our data is stored in the US? These are all great questions and I’ll admit that I didn’t know the answer - so I decided to dive in and do some research.
In order to stay up to date on what's going on in the world of technology - and nonprofit technology in particular - I follow quite a few blogs and twitter feeds. There's a lot of great content out there but if you don't have the time to stay on top of things (and even if you do!) it can be overwhelming. So, for those of you who have less time to do all this "listening" on nonprofit technology, I'm posting a blog each Friday with the top resources I found in the last week.