TechNow 2018 Conference Registration closes Sept. 28!

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the 15th anniversary of the TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Anyone who has an interest or stake in their nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2018 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Registration opened July 1. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.

Registration Fees

This year, thanks to Microsoft sponsorship assistance, we are able to offer nonprofit organizations tiered, budget-based pricing for TechNow registration:

  • Nonprofits (Based on annual budget)
    • Under $500,000: $25/person
    • $500,001 – 2,000,000: $50/person
    • $2,000,001 – 5,000,000: $75/person
    • $5,000,001 and up: $100/person
  • For-profit companies and independent consultants: $200/person
  • University and college students: $25/person

Learn more and register at: http://technowconference.org/registration/.


Headline sponsor

Microsoft

TechNow 2018 Conference Registration is Open!

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the 15th anniversary of the TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in their nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2018 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Registration opened July 1. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.

Registration Fees

This year, thanks to Microsoft sponsorship assistance, we are able to offer nonprofit organizations tiered, budget-based pricing for TechNow registration:

  • Nonprofits (Based on annual budget)
    • Under $500,000: $25/person
    • $500,001 – 2,000,000: $50/person
    • $2,000,001 – 5,000,000: $75/person
    • $5,000,001 and up: $100/person
  • For-profit companies and independent consultants: $200/person
  • University and college students: $25/person

Learn more and register at: http://technowconference.org/registration/.


Headline sponsor

Microsoft

TechNow 2018 Conference Registration Opens in 2 Weeks!

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the 15th anniversary of the TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2018 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Registration opens July 1. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Our Keynote Speaker

Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Lucy Bernholz

Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com.

She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @p2173


Headline sponsor

Microsoft

NEW at the Bayer Center: Microsoft Summer Bootcamp 2018

MicrosoftAbout the program

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Microsoft Corporation, the Bayer Center is offering a two-day intensive Microsoft product and technology training program FREE of charge to nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region. (A $250 value!)

There are a limited number of seats available. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2018. We will notify applicants about acceptance in early July 2018.


The program will be held in two separate cohort groups on the following dates:

  • July 25-26, 2018
  • August 22-23, 2018

Applicants must attend both days of one cohort or the other (e.g.. cannot select to attend Day 1 from one cohort date and Day 2 from the other cohort date).

Both program cohorts will be located at:

The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at RMU Downtown
339 Sixth Avenue, Suite 750
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Laptops will be provided for the hands-on instruction portions of the program.

Program Agenda:

Day 1
9 am – 10 am: Getting to Know Windows 10
10 am – 11 am: Microsoft Word 2016 Tips and Tricks
11 am – 12 pm: Fundamentals of PowerPoint 2016
12 pm – 1 pm: LUNCH (please plan to bring brown bag or eat out)
1 pm – 2 pm: Online Safety – What You Need to Know
2 pm – 3 pm: Fundamentals of OneNote 2016
3 pm – 4 pm: Cybersecurity Basics for Nonprofits
Day 2
9 am – 12 pm: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
12 pm – 1 pm: LUNCH (please plan to bring brown bag or eat out)
1 pm – 4 pm: Intermediate Excel 2016

Program Instructors:

Cindy Leonard is Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She manages the consulting program and technology program, working with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Her own consulting specialty is helping nonprofits leverage technology to meet their missions. In addition to technology assessments, planning and decision support, she specializes in website development on the WordPress platform and community organizing around nonprofits+technology. She presently serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She holds a B.S. in computer science, an M.B.A. and a M.Ed. in instructional design technology, all from Seton Hill University.

Gina McGrath is the Technology Director at the YWCA Westmoreland County. In addition to being the network administrator for the organization’s two sites, Gina also manages the YWCA Technology Center, creating the curriculum and class schedules and regularly teaches technology classes to adult learners. She also manages the afterschool YWCA TechGYRLS robotics program, organizes the nonprofit technology meetup group, Bagels & Bytes in Westmoreland County and is an adjunct instructor at Westmoreland County Community College. Gina holds an associate degree in computer science from Westmoreland County Community College and a bachelor of science in business management/information technology from Seton Hill University.

Additional Information:

  • There is no registration fee for this program. (Course value is $250.)
  • Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2018.
  • Only one applicant per organization will be accepted.
  • Preference will be given to organizations with small- to medium-sized annual budgets.
  • Parking, travel and lunch costs are the responsibility of the applicant or the applicant’s organization and will not be reimbursed.
  • If an applicant is accepted to the program and is unable to attend, the organization is responsible for giving the Bayer Center notice 5 days prior to the start date of the program and must send another staff member in the applicant’s place.

How to Apply:

Apply for the program today!

Questions?

Please email Cindy Leonard, leonard@rmu.edu, with any questions you may have about the program.

Call for Breakout Proposals: TechNow 2018 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

Share your technology knowledge or “lessons learned” story with other nonprofits at a TechNow 2018 breakout session!

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive breakout sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 60-minute session. Vendors and consultants are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included. (We can help you find one, if needed.)

To complete the breakout session proposal form easily, you’ll want to have the following information ready:

  • Working title for session
  • Session description (100 words max)
  • Three key takeaways
  • Name, contact information (including address, email and phone) and a bio (100 words max) for at least one speaker

Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, May 18, 2018.


Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.

Save the Date: TechNow 2018 Conference is Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the 15th anniversary of the TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2018 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Registration opens July 1. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Our Keynote Speaker

Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Lucy Bernholz

Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com.

She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @p2173

April 2018 Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Tech Wizard - this could be you!Taking a tech class at the Bayer Center is an affordable way to sharpen your skills in a user-friendly, comfortable environment!

To register for any of these classes:


SERIES: Work Smarter Not Harder – Technology Integration for any Size Organization

Social media, email, marketing, accounting – everything has a system. Does it feel like managing a circus? Don’t throw your hands up! This fast-paced, practical course will demystify systems and teach you how to pull the pieces together effectively and efficiently. Integrating your technology saves time, money, headaches, and expedites growth. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of how digital systems work together, an integration plan for your organization, and a toolbox of resources to help you learn more and implement your plan.

Intro to Integration:What it Means, How It Works and Why It Matters 
Monday, April 9 from 1– 4 p.m.

Discover why integrating technology is essential to the growth of your organization and how to keep your sanity during the process. Learn commonly-used technical terms and techniques, and what it means to integrate technology. We will also explore why technology integration is a mindset and leadership issue, and how to foster collaboration.

Doing Your Homework: Creating a Technology Plan That Grows with Your Organization
Monday, April 16 from 1– 4 p.m.

Learn how to identify the technology needs of your organization now, while keeping an eye on the future. We will discuss how to evaluate systems like Mailchimp, Quickbooks, etc., to create ease-of-use and compatibility for your organization. Additionally, you’ll learn how systems can help you identify new opportunities.

Organizing and Using Your Data
Monday, April 23 from 1– 4 p.m.

Discuss different data metrics, what they mean, and how to decide which metrics matter for your organization. You’ll learn how to use data to tell your story and we’ll cover data visualization as well – what it means and how to do it.

Instructor: Connie Capiotis, Digital Bridges Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $150 for all three classes in the series


Writing for the Web and Social Media
Tuesday, April 17 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


Advanced Excel
Thursday, April 19 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

The deeper you go into Excel, the more directions you can pursue. In this full-day class, we’ll have plenty of time to go beyond the typical functions and into more magic, time-saving techniques you may not have used before. We’ll cover creating links between sheets, text manipulation, pivot tables, advanced formulas and customizing charts beyond the wizard. This session will combine context for techniques, guided practice and ample time for questions.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Get answers to your tech questions at Bagels & Bytes Meetups

Bagels & Bytes meeting at the Frick Art & Historical Center

Why come to a nonprofit technology meetup?

If you are managing technology at your nonprofit, whether intentionally or accidentally, it’s useful and healthy to connect with other people doing similar work. The Bayer Center organizes the Bagels & Bytes meetups to provide space for the #NPtech community to connect and communicate.

About Bagels & Bytes meetups

If you’ve never attended Bagels & Bytes, we welcome you to check us out! If you used to attend, but haven’t in a while, make 2018 your year to come back. Everyone needs to take time out for “sharpening the saw” – we all need to build in time for stepping back, reflecting and getting our creative juices flowing again. Bagels & Bytes is just one way to do this.

2018 meetup dates

Check out the Bagels & Bytes blog to see past meeting notes or join us on Meetup.com for easy reminders and meeting RSVPs! Here are the B&B dates and locations booked so far for 2018:

Bagels & Bytes – Allegheny group

The first Wednesday of each month except for January and July from 8:30-10 AM.

  • January – No meetup this month
  • February 7 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • March 7 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • April 4 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • May 2 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • June 6 – TBD
  • July – No meetup this month
  • August 1 – Jewish Residential Services
  • September 5 – Jewish Residential Services
  • October 3 – ACHIEVA
  • November 7 – ACHIEVA
  • December 14 (1-4 pm) – Dave & Busters (“Bagels & Bytes Holiday Meetup”)

Bagels & Bytes – Westmoreland group

The third Tuesday of every other month, January/March/May/July/September/November, from 8:00-9:30 AM, typically at King’s Restaurant on Rte. 30, west of Greensburg.

Cool Tech Tool: Canva

Have you ever wanted to create an infographic to display your nonprofit’s data in a visual format but just don’t have the graphic design chops? Give Canva a try!

Canva is an amazing tool for creating infographics of all kinds. You choose a template, then add your data. You can then modify font sizes and styles, colors, add stock photos and graphics, then download your infographic for use on your website or anywhere else you’d like.

You can also use Canva to design ads, postcards, flyers, business cards and more.

Best of all, Canva offers its premium version (all the best templates and stock photos/graphics) for FREE to nonprofits!

Learn more and sign up at Canva.com.

Screenshot of Canva software tool

Upcoming Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

LearnTaking a tech class at the Bayer Center is an affordable way to sharpen your skills in a user-friendly, comfortable environment!

To register for any of these classes:


Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


120,000 Reasons to Learn About Google AdWords Grants
Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Google offers free advertising to nonprofits through AdWords, a tool that powers 3 billion search queries per day. This course helps nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and an active website qualify for $120,000 of annual ad spend, and explores how to use AdWords to drive more website traffic and donations. Unfortunately, government programs, hospitals and schools are excluded from the program.

Instructor: Andy Garberson, LunaMetrics
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Organizing and Using Your Data
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Discuss different data metrics, what they mean, and how to decide which metrics matter for your organization. You’ll learn how to use data to tell your story and we’ll cover data visualization as well – what it means and how to do it.

Instructor: Connie Capiotis, Digital Bridges Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Upcoming Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicBecome a technology wizard this Halloween! Learn about building a website with WordPress, analyzing technology risk, using Microsoft Excel, creating a press kit for your website or writing grants for technology!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

DIY Websites with WordPress
Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that is easy to update and has room for future expansion? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and experienced web designers who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


Assessment and Analysis of Technology Risk 
Monday, Nov. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.

What is Technology Risk management and where do you begin? This course is intended to give management a baseline to develop an infrastructure that is manageable to navigate the risk related to the technology structure within the organization.

Instructor: Stephanie Bucklew, SLB Consulting
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Excel Day: Introduction to Excel 2010 
Friday, November 10 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including worksheet creation, formula creation, cell formatting using “mouse pointers,” absolute cell references, and printing your worksheet.

Excel Day: Intermediate Excel 2010
Friday, November 10 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including worksheet templates creation and use, using functions, creating links between worksheets, database features, and chart creation and formatting.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day


How to Create a Press Kit for Your Website
Monday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Having a press kit on your website is a smart way to attract media coverage and attention that doesn’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn a you step-by-step process to create a complete press kit, including the five components of a press kit; how to write a bio that stands out; common mistakes made with press photos; what to include in your fact sheet; how to write a press release that gets attention; wow to invite media to your special event.

Instructor: Beth Caldwell, author, columnist and publicity expert
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Grant Writing for Technology 
Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon

This session is for anyone who is serving in nonprofit roles with responsibility for technology infrastructure, educational programs and grants/fundraising. Both new and experienced grant writers will find helpful information and action-oriented tools to identify funders, and develop and improve grant proposals for technology grant requests. Topics to be covered include grant seeking process; identifying best fit funders (BFF’s); ten issues to address in grant proposals to foundations; preparing online grant submissions; grant strategies for technology.

Instructor: Katherine F.H. Heart, Heart Resources, LLC
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $150 for all three grant writing sessions

Still time to register: Aliza Sherman to keynote TechNow 2017 Conference on 10/19

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Aliza ShermanOur Keynote Speaker

Aliza Sherman
Digital Strategist, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Aliza Sherman helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry. She is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.

She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.

She has written 11 books, most recently The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter.

Follow Aliza on Twitter: @alizasherman

September Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicLearn something new in September! Classes include Introduction to Excel and Intermediate Excel!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

Excel Day

Introduction to Excel
Thursday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including worksheet creation, formula creation, cell formatting using “mouse pointers,” absolute cell references, and printing your worksheet.

Intermediate Excel
Thursday, Sept. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including worksheet templates creation and use, using functions, creating links between
worksheets, database features, and chart creation and formatting.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR
$100 for the whole day

TechNow 2017 Breakout Sessions & Speakers Announced!

About TechNow

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsBreakout sessions and speakers have been posted for the 14th annual TechNow Conference! TechNow is slated for Thursday, October 19 and is organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend. TechNow has something for everyone!

A preview of session titles and speakers follows. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information about each session!


Breakout Sessions 1 (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

  • Security Soup to Nuts: Assessing and Addressing Risk
    Speakers: Stephanie L. Bucklew, SLB Consulting; Katie Robson, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • One Small Step for Technology: The Art of the Micro-Improvement
    Speaker: Dan Fang, Tickets for Kids Charities
  • Meet Your Mission without Breaking the Bank: Free and Pro Bono Technology for Your Cause
    Speaker: Peggy Duvette, Oracle+NetSuite

Breakout Sessions 2 (1:00 – 2:15 PM)

  • Technology Manual: You DO need one!
    Speaker: Arwen Lavengood Davis, MPA
  • Keeping IT Afloat: What to Expect When a Techie Decides to Leave
    Speaker: Nicole DeVault, ACHIEVA
  • Leveraging Technology for Mission-Critical Results: Two Local Case Studies
    Speakers: Colleen O. Fedor, The Mentoring Partnership; David J. Mosey, Smart Futures; Kate Brennan, M.Ed., NurturePA

Breakout Sessions 3 (2:30 – 3:45 PM)

  • Square Pegs and Round Holes: How We Upgraded Our Database
    Speaker: Brittany Zuckerman, Breathe Pennsylvania
  • Better Together: Organizing and Scaling Volunteer Management with Technology
    Speaker: Connor Sites-Bowen, Global Links
  • Accidental Techie: How to Balance the Workload without Losing Your Mind
    Speakers: Arwen Lavengood Davis, MPA; Bethany Hemingway, Staunton Farm Foundation

Summer Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicLearn something new this summer! Classes include Writing for the Web & Social Media and Telling an Impactful Story with Data!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).


Writing for the Web and Social Media
Wednesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


Telling an Impactful Story with Data
Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. – noon

Finding stories in data can be a challenge. Where should you turn for sources? How can you confidently report them? This workshop will introduce the typical kinds of stories that can be found in data, provide an introduction to economic impact and the types of data used in an analysis, and give you practice in finding your own data stories. You’ll feel more confident “reading” datasets to uncover the stories they contain. A great resource for grant writers, project evaluators, strategic planning, or anyone interested in learning more about the communities you serve.

Come and learn how to access and extract community data, hone your data-storytelling skills, and understand how economic impact
reporting can benefit your organization!

Instructor: David Primm, IMPLAN
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

NTEN Releases its 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report

Cover of the 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments ReportThe Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) recently released its 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report. This report is invaluable for benchmarking your nonprofit’s technology spending and staffing:

“How do you know how many tech staff is the right number for your organization? How much is an appropriate investment for a nonprofit of your size? Find out how other nonprofits are investing in technology staff, hardware, and services and see how they compare to yours.

The tenth annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report comprises data from more than 250 organizations. This one-of-a-kind resource will help you guide your nonprofit to smarter, more agile and sustainable engagement with tech.”

Download the report for free today!

Protecting Your Organization from Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is a type of cyber attack that locks a users files and forces a payment in return for unlocking the files.

Last week’s ransomware attack was possibly the most widespread and complex global cyber attack to date. In the wake of this incident, we think it’s important to reiterate things you can do to protect your nonprofit (and yourself) from becoming a victim during similar attacks in the future.

On the hardware and software side:

  1. Run updates as soon as they are available. Use the auto-update feature if the software has one. This applies to your operating system, Java, drivers and any other software you have installed.
  2. Backup your files. Preferably in the cloud, but even an external hard drive is better than no backup at all.
  3. Use anti-virus software, anti-malware software and make sure you have hardware and software firewalls in place.

On the user side (and this is the harder part to control):

  1. Educate users about not clicking links in emails from senders they don’t know.
  2. Educate users not to download files from emails and websites they don’t know or trust.
  3. Educate users about “phishing” – how emails can look like they come from a reputable source but aren’t the real deal.

Finally, here’s an article advising what to do if you get hacked by ransomware.

 

It’s Time for Bagels & Bytes: Open Source Summer Fiesta!

Computer Reach, Humanitarian Computer OutreachIt’s time for our special June B&B meetup!  This year, we will hold our summer meetup, the “Open Source Summer Fiesta,” at Computer Reach on June 7.

As usual, bring your tech questions, ideas, and issues. Join our fellowship of nonprofit techies (all levels of knowledge are equally welcome) as we brainstorm, share ideas and solutions, and support each other.

Additionally, we will receive a demo of the Linux operating system and other open source software from the Computer Reach folks, who will explain how they refurbish computers for nonprofits using these tools!

Bagels & Bytes: Open Source Summer Fiesta

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Computer Reach, 214 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA (East End, inside Construction Junction)
  • Parking is available in Construction Junction’s lot.
  • The meeting is FREE to attend, but you must register online or via Meetup.com.

Save the Date: TechNow 2017 Conference happening October 19

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Aliza ShermanOur Keynote Speaker

Aliza Sherman
Digital Strategist, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Aliza Sherman helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry. She is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.

She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.

She has written 11 books, most recently The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter.

Follow Aliza on Twitter: @alizasherman

Call for Breakout Proposals: TechNow 2017 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

Share your technology knowledge or “lessons learned” story with other nonprofits at a TechNow 2017 breakout session!

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive breakout sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 75-minute session.  Vendors are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included.  (We can help you find one, if needed.)


Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, June 2, 2017.


Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.

April Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicLearn something new in April! Classes include Writing for the Web & Social Media, DIY Websites with WordPress and Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

Writing for the Web and Social Media
Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


DIY Websites with WordPress
Thursday, April 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that is easy to update and has room for future expansion? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and experienced web designers who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Celebrate the wrap-up of Steel City CodeFest at “NextFest” on April 7

About NextFest

Steel City Codefest 2017Steel City Codefest and Inclusive Innovation Week are teaming up to bring you a fair of tech for social good in Pittsburgh. Join us as we close out Inclusive Innovation Week and celebrate the participants of Steel City Codefest with food, speakers, and activities for all ages.

Featuring:

  • Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
  • Councilman Burgess, City of Pittsburgh
  • Kate Dewey, The Forbes Fund
  • Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue
  • Awards to Steel City Codefest participants
  • Activities from Inclusive Innovation Week participants

Doors open at 4:30PM. Programming begins at 5:30PM.

Registration is free to all, get your tickets here!

Volunteers wanted for HackFest Pittsburgh event in April

Please note that the Bayer Center is not affiliated with this event. All inquiries should be directed to Presbyterian SeniorCare Network at srcarehackfest@srcare.org.


About HackFest Pittsburgh

Hackfest Pittsburgh is coming up on April 7-9. The event is being hosted by Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, who is seeking additional volunteers from a variety of backgrounds including developers, engineers, application designers, healthcare professionals, gerontologists, marketing professionals and business experts.

Here are the event details that have been provided by Presbyterian SeniorCareNetwork. You can also download their event flyer here or register for the event here.

Event Details

We’re looking for a good mix of talented people from a variety of backgrounds – both students and nonstudents – to be part of our local LeadingAge HackFest, where you will use technology to solve challenges facing older adults.

The local event will be held at Longwood at Oakmont, A Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Community, located in Verona, PA, from Friday, April 7 until Sunday, April 9.

FREE transportation available from the Oakland area to the Longwood at Oakmont location.

Rough agenda

  • Friday, April 7: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (includes dinner)
  • Saturday, April 8: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Sunday, April 9: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (includes breakfast and lunch)

Cash prizes! Winning team from HackFest Pittsburgh will compete in the national HackFest competition in New Orleans, LA, October 29-November 1. Your travel, lodging and conference access paid!

Instructions

  • Please apply as an individual. Our coordinators will develop teams of 4 to 6 participants. You may indicate in the notes section of the registration page if you want to be on a team with others you know. We will provide the tools you need to hack.
  • Remember: You must be 18 years of age to participate.
  • To round out the teams, we are looking for developers, engineers, application designers, healthcare professionals, gerontologists, marketing professionals and business experts.
  • The application period closes on Tuesday, March 21, at 11:30 p.m.
  • Your deposit is 100% refundable, which means we’ll give it back to you once you show up and participate in our HackFest.
  • Ideas will be generated at the event itself since we are seeking unique new ideas.
  • Please read and accept the HackFest official rules and legal disclosures (included as a waiver on the registration page).
  • If you have any questions, send an email to srcarehackfest@srcare.org.

February Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicFebruary kicks off our spring semester of tech classes with Excel Day! Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

EXCEL DAY

Introduction to Excel
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including:

  • Worksheet creation
  • Formula creation
  • Cell formatting using “mouse pointers”
  • Absolute cell references
  • Printing your worksheet

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

Intermediate Excel
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including:

  • Worksheet templates creation and use
  • Using functions
  • Creating links between worksheets
  • Database features
  • Chart creation and formatting

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

New Year’s Resolution: Attend Bagels & Bytes Meetups!

Bagels & Bytes attendees sitting around a table talking about techWhy a nonprofit tech meetup is good for you

If you are managing technology at your nonprofit, whether intentionally or accidentally, it’s useful and healthy to connect with other people doing similar work. The Bayer Center organizes the Bagels & Bytes meetups to provide space for the nptech community to connect and communicate.

About Bagels & Bytes meetups

If you’ve never attended Bagels & Bytes, we welcome you to check us out! If you used to attend, but haven’t in a while, make 2017 your year to come back. Everyone needs to take time out for “sharpening the saw” – we all need to build in time for stepping back, reflecting and getting our creative juices flowing again. Bagels & Bytes is just one way to do this.

2017 meetup dates

Check out the Bagels & Bytes blog to see past meeting notes or join us on Meetup.com for easy reminders and meeting RSVPs! Here are the B&B dates and locations booked so far for 2017:

Bagels & Bytes – Allegheny group

The first Wednesday of each month except for January and July from 8:30-10 AM.

  • February 1 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • March 1 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • April 5 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • May 3 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • June 7 – Computer Reach (a.k.a. the “Bagels & Bytes Open Source Summer Fiesta”)
  • August 2 – Location TBD
  • September 6 – Location TBD
  • October 4 – Location TBD
  • November 1 – Location TBD
  • December 8 (1-4 pm) – Dave & Busters (“Bagels & Bytes Holiday Party”)

Bagels & Bytes – Westmoreland group

The second Tuesday of every other month, January/March/May/July/September/November, from 8:00-9:30 AM, typically at King’s Restaurant on Rte. 30, west of Greensburg.

Registration for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference is Open

ntc2017logoThis year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) comes to the east coast. Produced annually by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the NTC is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. Over 2,000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world assemble to collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.

The conference will take place from March 23 – 25, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

With over 100 sessions exploring technologies, best strategies, and pressing issues; an exhibit hall highlighting the latest nonprofit products and services; and networking events every evening, the 17NTC is an event that cannot be missed!

The Bayer Center’s own Cindy Leonard will be giving two breakout sessions at the conference:

She is a regular NTC attendee and is happy to speak with anyone who wants to learn more about the conference (email her at leonard@rmu.edu).

Learn more and register here.

Coming in January 2017: “Is There an App for That?” Community Series

Steel City Codefest presents: is there an app for that?

The “Is There An App for That?” community series – hosted by the Steel City Codefest team – invites individuals from local nonprofits, government agencies, or social good programs to think through challenges that could be helped or solved through technology. If their panel of local technology experts is unable to provide you with ideas of already existing solutions, we may select your challenge to be developed as a custom app during the 2017 Codefest.

Join them at one of the Carnegie Library Branches for a free evening of problem-solving and find out more about submitting a challenge to the 2017 Codefest.

Visit steelcitycodefest.eventbrite.com to register.

BoardBookit Provided Free to Nonprofits with Budgets Under $2 Million

Board BookitIn a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, Joyce Gannon reported that a local company, BoardBookit, would be giving away it’s board portal software at no cost to nonprofit organizations that have annual budgets under $2 million. From the article:

“When BoardBookit was launched three years ago, founders Marion Lewis and Jeanette Thomas hoped nonprofits like Renewal could generate a steady stream of business for their product. But they soon realized many of those charitable organizations couldn’t afford the $7,000- to $9,500-a-year price, which is set depending on how many board members and administrators are connected to it.

Now that BoardBookit has built a portfolio of for-profit customers including Bigelow Tea, streaming service Roku, Vantage Health and women’s fashion brand St. John Knits, the company is offering its product free of charge to nonprofits that have less than $2 million in annual revenues.”

Read the entire story here.

Watch TechNow Conference Speaker Videos

TechNow: a technology conference for nonprofitsIf you missed the TechNow conference on Oct. 27, you can still benefit from some of the knowledge shared by watching the recorded video of the opening plenary by Leon Wilson and the afternoon keynote by Marnie Webb.

Save the date! TechNow 2017 is tentatively scheduled for 10/26/17, location TBD.

Opening plenary speaker:
Leon Wilson, Chief Technology and Information Officer, The Cleveland Foundation


Afternoon keynote speaker:
Marnie Webb, CEO, Caravan Studios, a Division of TechSoup