Friday, November 08, 2013

Does Your Information Technology Department Report to the CEO? If Not, Why Not? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Does Your Information Technology Department Report to the CEO? If Not, Why Not? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: The accounting firm of Tate & Tyron has done a small survey of nonprofit leaders that finds that the IT departments of most nonprofits do not report to the executive, instead being held within operations or finance departments. In fact, only 13 percent report to the CEO, while 38 percent report to the CFO or COO. This finding differs from an ASAE 2011 report, Benchmarking in Association Management: Technology Policies and Procedures, which found that in 41 percent of the 1000 associations they surveyed, the highest-ranking IT staff reported to the CEO, twenty-seven percent reported to the COO, and 23 percent reported to the CFO.

NPQ is frankly surprised at these findings, and we find them shortsighted.

NRDC Launches the Solar Schools Revolution | Nathanael Greene's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

NRDC Launches the Solar Schools Revolution | Nathanael Greene's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC: We can do something, though. Something upbeat and local and smart: put solar on our kids’ schools. That’s why next week, NRDC is launching Solar Schools: Powering Classrooms, Empowering Communities. Our plan, ultimately, is to help every school in the country that wants solar to get it. But to get going, we need your help. To raise money and make sure that other people are as excited about solar schools as we are, we’re starting by crowdfunding our pilot project.

Legion trials cashless technology for Birmingham Poppy Appeal

Legion trials cashless technology for Birmingham Poppy Appeal: The Royal British Legion piloted a scheme this week allowing the public to buy poppies using cashless technology.

The ‘tap the poppy’ campaign took place in Birmingham last Tuesday where collection tins and posters have been enabled with near field communication (NFC) technology. The campaign, delivered by Proxama and Parthru, allows the public to tap the icon with their smartphones and donate to the charity.

What It’s Like To Ring The Opening Bell For Twitter As A 9-Year-Old In A Bird Tutu | Fast Company | Business Innovation

What It’s Like To Ring The Opening Bell For Twitter As A 9-Year-Old In A Bird Tutu | Fast Company | Business Innovation: ut instead, when time came to pronounce Twitter public Thursday morning, a 9-year-old girl dressed in a “little bluebird” tutu dress appeared behind the bell. She is Vivienne Harr, who recently raised more than $100,000 to fight childhood slavery by spending 365 days behind a lemonade stand.

What is it like to be 9 and dressed in a bird dress at the New York Stock Exchange to open one of the biggest Internet IPOs in history?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Giving through charity websites grows � Philanthropy North Carolina

Giving through charity websites grows � Philanthropy North Carolina: Donors, including a growing number age 60 and older, increasingly prefer to give through a charity’s website, often motivated by requests through direct mail and social media, a new study says.

As a results, “it is vital for charitable organizations to ensure they have created an easy and effective online giving experience for donors,” says the study by Dunham Company.

From 2010 to 2013, roughly one in two donors gave through charity websites, says the study, The Growing Importance of Charity Websites to Philanthropy.