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Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders [Paperback]

by Holly Ross, Katrin Verclas, Alison Levine
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February 17, 2009 0470343656 978-0470343654 1

Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission is a practical resource that will help nonprofit professionals make smart, strategic decisions about technology. The book shows how to effectively manage technology and offers practical advice for decision makers and staff alike who often have little or no experience with technology.

With contributions from the top experts in the nonprofit technology field, this must-have guide addresses technology planning and people. It includes the tools you need to get the work done, and the knowledge that will help you communicate better, evaluate technology investments, raise money, and more. Written in nontechnical language the book covers a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • Achieving IT Alignment with Your Mission Steve Heye, YMCA of the USA
  • Managing Technology Change Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech

  • Measuring the Return on Investment of Technology Beth Kanter, trainer, blogger and consultant

  • IT Planning and Prioritizing Peter Campbell, Earthjustice

  • Finding and Keeping the Right PeopleJames L. Weinberg and Cassie Scarano, Commongood Careers

  • Budgeting For and Funding Technology Scott McCallum and Keith R. Thode, Aidmatrix Foundation

  • Introduction to IT and Systems Kevin Lo and Willow Cook, TechSoup Global

  • Where Are Your Stakeholders, and What Are They Doing Online? Michael Cervino, Beaconfire Consulting

  • Effective Online CommunicationsJohn Kenyon, nonprofit technology strategist

  • Effective Online Fundraising Madeline Stanionis, Watershed

  • The Future if IT in NonprofitsEdward Granger-Happ, Save the Children

Praise for Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission

"This invaluable guide for nonprofit leaders proves that nonprofit organizations can and should embrace technology, rather than being scared of or intimidated by it!"
—Kristie Ferketich, senior strategist, Google Grants, Google Inc.

"NTEN's Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission can help leaders craft a technology strategy that makes sense and builds ROI while also providing inspiration for their staff and supporters!"
—Jonathon D. Colman, associate director and web evangelista, digital marketing, The Nature Conservancy

"This book shows what NTEN does best: Bring together a wide range of voices to provide practical technology strategies and know-how to help nonprofits more efficiently and effectively move their own missions forward."
—Marnie Webb, TechSoup Global


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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Holly Ross is the executive director of The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

Katrin Verclas is a former executive director and current board member of NTEN. She is an IT consultant and project manager.

Alison Levine is a special projects fellow with NTEN and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years.

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) provides hands-on training, sector-wide research and a network of peers to nonprofit staff to help them effectively use technology in their work. They believe that technology allows nonprofits to work smarter, more efficiently, and with greater social impact.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470343656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470343654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CEO/ED primer February 3, 2010
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I like this book for several reasons...

It is written from a management perspective, not a technology perspective.

The chapters are very compartmentalized. If you have no interest in a specific topic, skip the chapter and move on to the next one. No penalty.

It covers the many aspects of technology and its role and application in any enterprise from budgeting to recruiting to social media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for accidental techies January 14, 2014
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This was the best book on the subject that I have come across - particularly for an accidental techie like me. While I didn't find every chapter to be a winner, overall I'd still give this five stars - it had examples without being all about case studies and was accessibly written without falling too far into academic-speak.
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Gotten through about half of it and will be sharing with my IT and Exeutive Directors this week. My previous career was in IT but didn't know quite how to architect the organization around it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable overview for non-profits May 15, 2009
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I work for a small (17 employees) non-profit, ([...]) and this book provides a great overview, particularly helpful for those of us who are balancing many functions. I particularly like the finding and keeping the right people section, and the section on how to make a technology plan. The book stays at a relatively high level, but is a good source for making sure we haven't forgotten to address any area. And technology is such a moving target, that it's hard to stay current, and yet not spend too much money! And this book takes that point of view.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Holly Ross and the Staff at NTEN did a great job pulling together some of the brightest people from the nonprofit technology field. Each chapter in this book represents a vast set of knowledge and experiences. So that when you combine them all into a single book, you get enormous value and real world examples. Each chapter is worth the price of the book. This book will provide strategies, ideas and tools that you can implement today and for years to come. (granted I am a bit biased as an author)
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