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.
"The point is that the LIKE is the start of the relationship, not the end."
Great, simple, easy-to-understand-for-non-techies video explanation of computer viruses and how you can protect yourself. (Note: video transcript is available here)
"It comes as no surprise that Momsrising embraces measurement and learning. It is embedded in the way they work and their organizational culture. It has fueled their growth from zero members in May of 2006, to over a million active members—moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles—today! And, they do not count “likes” on Facebook as victory. Instead, they identify key organizational results areas and associated metrics to define successes and failures."
This post shares tips from nonprofit CTOs on how to hire the best IT staff. In particular, I thought this point was interesting:
"While it's ideal to have an applicant pool that is already 100% behind your organization's mission, it's also okay to step outside of the mission and focus on the task at hand. When you're hiring folks with an engineering background, they may not necessarily be aware of the job opportunities that exist in the nonprofit sector.
It's more important that they can do the tasks asked of them, and can translate the technical information into non-technical language, than that they personally identify with your organizations mission. Most likely, you're working for an organization that you believe in and for a cause that you're passionate about and that passion is easily to spread to your team. Technical skills on the other hand, may not be."