Unpacking an Association’s Project Management Bag


Project managers head into a new project with that same sense of excitement and caution. And, like backpackers, they only achieve success if everything they need is in their metaphorical association project management backpack. Let’s see what association project managers carry in their backpacks. A backcountry camping trip is a project. But sometimes, a colleague without any project management experience is put in charge of the project. Tools.

Tom’s Planner Project Manager is Free for One Year

Wild Apricot

“Easier than MS Project & faster than Excel,” Tom’s Planner is a web-based project management tool with a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy for even non-techies to collaborate on, create, manage, and share project schedules. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech collaboration project management application


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100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot

Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.( Tags: Non-profit technology Fundraising nptech Web 2.0

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Engage Your Membership with Social Technology [Case Study]

Higher Logic

So it gave members a voice and a platform with powerful social networking, discussion, and information-sharing tools. The Challenge: Increase engagement by upgrading online collaboration tools. The association turned to Higher Logic’s online community platform, an industry leader in cloud-based networking, collaboration and mobile membership tools for associations and nonprofits. Online Community Engagement Member Engagement Collaboration Tools Integration

Technology in the Workplace: Merging Boomers and Millennials


As even the most traditional workplaces are modernizing their technology systems and creating technology-based strategies, the lines between younger and older generations are clear. Their native understanding of technology widens the gap among a workforce even more. How then do organizations harness the intuitive understanding of younger generations and the strong-work ethic and resourceful old generations to make a technology-based strategy the most effective?

6 Signs You’re Putting up with Association Technology That Deserves to Go


The question is: can your association’s technology support your association’s goals in 2021 and beyond? In 2020, you relied on technology to quickly shift direction so you could continue to deliver value to members and attendees. Was it because of your technology?

7 Must-Have Technologies for a Remote Workplace


But regardless of your organization’s complexities, the important thing is to use cloud-based technologies. We have compiled the seven most essential technology categories every organization should have to operate remotely successfully. #1: 6: Project Management Tool.

Interview with an Expert: Emilio Arocho, Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at FDLI

Blue Sky eLearn

As Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), he facilitates data-driven decision making across teams and tailors cloud architecture and business processes to anticipate and exceed stakeholder demands. How long have you been involved with technology in the association space? What are some of the most common questions you get about technology? Ignoring emerging technology and digital practices is a bad idea.

3 Add-on Tools to Drive Association Revenue + Amplify Member Engagement

Higher Logic

Is your association leveraging technology to its fullest potential? As you strategize for the future, consider a few add-on tools to help you amplify the impact of your online community and strengthen your ability to meet the personalized needs of your members while driving association revenue, among other business objectives like recruitment and advocacy. Bundle Integrated SaaS Tools to Increase Association Revenue + Platform Impact.

100 More Online Tools for Non-Profits – Part 1

Wild Apricot

You’ll find a variety of tech tools in this 2-part series, from volunteer and member management, to web publishing and document sharing, to back office tasks, project management, and more.( application nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications Non-profit technology nptech Web 2.0 read more ). web based software web-based software

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Ten Criteria for Vetting Event Technology Solution Providers (Updated)

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past decade, there have been significant upgrades and newcomers in the event technology space. There are several hundred event technology providers competing to win your business. Before you take a look under the hood or consider test driving a core technology that you’re going to make part of your event and business processes, consider these ten criteria for vetting: 1. It’s never a good idea to be on the bleeding edge with any technology.

48 No-Brainer Tools Every Marketer Needs

Higher Logic

Whether you’re on a small team, a team of one, or a large team with divided responsibilities and resources, marketers all have a few things in common: We need to accomplish things quickly, handle multiple projects at once, stay inspired, keep ourselves updated about current events, and collaborate with others across our team or departments. Tools, technology, and coffee keep us running. Google also offers a free certification to help you get up to speed with the tool.

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5 Ways Technology Can Push Your Fundraising Strategy Forward

Higher Logic

We all know it’s true: technology is becoming more vital with each passing day. As useful (and addictive ) as technology can be, many nonprofits still don’t know how to reap the full benefits of their various software platforms. Between donation tools, donor or member management software, online community platforms, and other technological tools, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the capabilities and forget to make the most of these amazing solutions.

How to Tame Technology

Association Adviser

” But, according to the association technology experts we consulted, if you don’t get some more features soon, you ain’t going to have more members. feature, you’ll see that our research shows association leaders are more likely to invest in new tools, technologies and processes than they are in hiring more people. Technology is no longer a siloed department. Common association technology mistakes. Technology success stories.

Small but Mighty – Tech Tools on a Budget


A small budget doesn’t mean your organization’s technology can’t be mighty. If you weren’t able to hear their recent presentations, here are some tools that level the IT playing field and help minnows swim alongside the sharks. If you’re looking to staff a special project, you might find the people you need here. This software gives you the tools to create attention grabbing email campaigns that turn leads into customers.

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Technology: The Communication Enabler

Association Success

As a systems developer for 10+ years, a manager for about a year, and yes, a huge techy, I have firmly come to believe in the importance of technology for assisting in building bridges and opening communications between people. One primary example of how problems manifest between silos is when different departments use overlapping and incompatible technologies while still expecting them to work together. Harness the power of your IT department to break down silos.

Technology Considerations for Moving to a Virtual Office


These organizations have leveraged digital workplace tools to get work completed, communicate, and collaborate all from outside of a physical office. What follows are some key technology considerations before you make the leap. Choose Your Technology Infrastructure Wisely.

Panorama Council Celebrates Cyclorama Preservation Project

Associations Now

A large-scale project is underway in Atlanta to preserve a football-field-sized painting, and the International Panorama Council applauds the efforts to save it. The project involves transferring the cyclorama, “The Battle of Atlanta,” from its previous home at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum to the Atlanta History Center. Velas specifically compared the purpose of a panorama to that of emerging virtual reality technology.

How to Improve Technology the Agile Way

Association Success

When I think of organizations looking to make improvements to their technology, I always picture this cartoon : a team of cavemen pushing materials on a cart made of square wheels while two friends stand next to them waiting to install round wheels. Of course, it takes more effort overall to use the older technology yet human nature will still resist the obvious improvement. Data is accessible and there are so many great business analytics tools available to make the most it.

How the Hyperledger Project Is Pushing the Blockchain Forward

Associations Now

The Hyperledger Project, which just added American Express as a member, isn’t interested in creating a bitcoin-style currency. Instead, it’s looking to make the blockchain a useful tool for all kinds of businesses. There’s a lot of potential for the blockchain—the secure distributed database tool closely associated with bitcoin and other virtual currencies—in the business world. That’s where the Hyperledger Project comes in.

Lunchtime Links: 3 Essential Project Management Skills

Associations Now

How to keep important projects moving forward. Faced with the emergence of new technologies, it’s only natural that we seek out tools and resources to help us work smarter. But technology is only useful if we first have a plan in place to get us where we intend to go. The essentials of effective project management, and more, in today’s Lunchtime Links. Stay on task: Technology is a wonderful thing.

What to Do When Your Members Hate Technology


Maybe they’re less experienced with web-based technology. More Members Are Using (and Enjoying) Technology Than You Might Think. First, why do you think your members will hate your new technology? Whether we’re talking about membership management software, a new interactive website, or a new event system, a lot has changed in technology over the past few years. They will be comfortable navigating your new AMS platform or other technology system as well.

Technology Assessments and Association IT: Part 2


WHAT 2 YEARS OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENTS REVEAL ABOUT ASSOCIATION IT: Infrastructure & Management. When we perform technology assessments for clients, we use our IT Maturity Model to gauge how effectively they’re managing IT across four domains: data, digital, infrastructure, and management. What are the most common technology issues for these associations? Standardize on a file sharing and collaboration tool. Develop a project portfolio management process.

Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Associations Now

Is your association relying on the wrong tools to help staff collaborate? Instead, find out why your current tools are losing out to email and phone calls. And you may be the big decision-maker on some major projects, no matter your current location. And those cool tools like Slack or Box? When you’re trying to improve collaboration, don’t start with the tools—instead, focus on the problems you’re trying to solve.

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Creating a Knowledge Community: Where Technology Meets Need

Association Success

How we are using digital tools to be present at the point of need for our members. I believe that technologists too often focus on technology. Key organizational problems are no longer technology specific, and technology issues themselves are not the target of our broader problem-solving efforts (or at least they shouldn’t be). Instead, technology is implicated on a broader, more strategic level, across the entire structure of the organization.

DelCor’s Guide to the 2018 ASAE Technology Conference


ASAE’s 2018 Technology Conference & Expo ( #asaetech18 ) is packed with sessions led by industry experts that will provide valuable information about current technology trends that you can take back and put into action in your own association. The sessions will cover multiple topics within the world of technology and have been broken down into 5 categories or “pathways” to help you identify the sessions of interest to you and create a personalized schedule.

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Higher Logic

According to the Harvard Business Review , before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people. And, by using an online community’s tailored tools and techniques, teams can come together in ways that acknowledge each member’s individual contribution while working together to meet the end goal. Collaboration Tools

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A Failed Consumer App Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

Associations Now

There’s only so much room for success stories in technology, and that means eventually some formerly dominant players, overtaken by competition, are aging out. But a funny thing happened in the case of both of these services—even as their consumer-facing services prepared to close up shop, both tools will live on in forms intended specifically for the business world. The consumer junkyard may be hiding tools that make a lot more sense fortified with some enterprise-grade know-how.

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Mobile Task Force Develops Password-Free Security Tool

Associations Now

carriers, working together in a task force launched earlier this year, announced a mobile login tool that they say could improve mobile security. The initiative bore its first fruit last week with the announcement of Project Verify , which aims to combine authentication with secure network access so that users can log in securely without having to remember individual passwords. The mobile providers are currently looking into ways to launch the technology to their users.

TechCamp: Empowering Women Through Technology

Beth Kanter

initiative – an effort to galvanize the technology community to assist civil society organizations (CSOs) across the globe by providing capabilities, resources and assistance to harness the latest information and communications technology (ICT) advances to build their digital capacity. Unfortunately, that was not possible. TechCamp: Empowering women through technology - guest post by Ma’ayan Alexander. Technology does not solve problems.

Social Media Roundup: Trello, a Tool Worth Trying

Associations Now

Managing a project can get confusing or even painful with the wrong tools. He says the board-based to-do tool “works flawlessly” on a number of platforms, and it can handle complexity without getting too complex. There’s never been a better time for organizations worldwide to leverage their data and technology to create meaningful and personalized interactions to fulfill their missions, add member value, and increase revenue.”.

Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth : Over the past six months, I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. Based on the research, they have launched a platform that helps connect practitioners with tools and resources to tell better stories of impact. I particularly like the sections about how to create a culture of storytelling and measurement.

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Encouraging “Play” for Association Websites and Technology

Vanguard Tech

My third grade son is doing a school project that requires a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation. I wish adults had this philosophy about learning technology. In many associations the keys to technology – especially the association website – are controlled by the IT department. People have “learned” to be afraid of technology and that they might “break” something. At Vanguard Technology, we find that technology adopters pick up how to use Sitefinity within minutes.

Take a Second Look at Google Wave

Wild Apricot

Google Wave's steep learning curve and "invitation only" policy made the collaboration tool less than useful for most nonprofits, when it first launched. online community Non-profit Communications collaboration project management application Google Wave Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Web 2.0 But take another look: Wave is now faster and more stable, with quick-start templates and tutorials - and it's finally open for everyone to use.( read more ).

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

We had a wide ranging conversations about how to apply network mapping and visualization and debated about its use as a measurement technique vs strategy tool. For example, the Irvine New Leadership Network project that has used network mapping for two purposes: 1) evaluation 2) direct network engagement. He started with a simple tool call Netviz that analyzed how his friends were connect. There are even simpler technology tools to use to map your professional network.

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Are Your Teams Cooperating or Collaborating?

Higher Logic

The project’s deadline is extended and the workload increases. At the other end of the spectrum is a highly structured, hierarchical project like an association committee using their private community to work together and finalize a white paper central to an organization’s mission. Unlike coordination, cooperation typically has a tighter, project-based focus. Collaboration Tools Online CommunityImagine you’re customizing a product for a client.

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AUDC 13 Recap: Community and Innovation for Association Websites & Technology

Vanguard Tech

You might not want to admit it, but technology is now the most important tool you use on a daily basis. Technology is now part of every facet of your association and is part of every transaction and interaction between your association staff and membership. There it is… technology. Every staffer must know how the technology works to make associations thrive and survive. How can technology help you innovate?

A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas

Wild Apricot

There’s no question that blogging is one of the most powerful communications tools a nonprofit can have in its online arsenal, if you’ve got the resources to put behind it. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Best practices Blogging Non-profit Communications project management social media content But yes, maintaining a blog can take a lot of time and mental energy – especially if you frequently find yourself running out of blog post ideas.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

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Jumpstart 2012: A Planning Tool for AEs to Use : Off Stage

Off Stage

12, 2011 - Jumpstart 2012: A Planning Tool for AEs to Use. One of the new projects I’m working on is a 1-day presentation for Realtor association leadership and staff: “J umpstart 2012 ” My goal for this program is to aim association leadership in the right direction to have a productive year—a year which concentrates on the priorities of each individual organization and strategizes on the highest and best use of that association’s resources. Off Stage.

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