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Tech4Good’s latest Meetup – Tonight!

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We are excited to re-launch Tech4Good this evening. Meeting event details are here.  The meeting will be held at a local non-profit – United Against Poverty (also known as UPOrlando)

Living and working in Orlando provides alot of benefits to residents and this is an opportunity to start to give back.  Today’s event will provide additional information about UPOrlando, its mission and its service in the community.

Our Keynote speech this evening will be by Mark Becker of Cathexis Partners.  Mark will speak on creative approaches for Peer-to-Peer fundraising.

Going forward, we’d like to spotlight other Non-profits during these meetings.  If you’re a Non-profit that would like to be featured, please email me.

We appreciate our partnership with NetSquared and TechSoup, without whose guidance, this group wouldn’t be reactivated.

Looking forward to seeing you this evening!

Any questions, please email us:

Thank you

Tony DiSanza

The Panel Has Spoken: Adopting a Tech-Centric Culture

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March 26th we held our very first panel event “Adopting a Tech-Centric Culture” at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. If you have not been to this facility yet you are missing out; it is amazing!! We had a powerhouse business women contribute their experiences to our topic.

Our panelists included:

  • Leslie Wilcott, instructor at University of Central Florida
  • Heather Norton, Vice President of education at the Orlando Science Center
  • Devin Dominguez, Director of development at Art & History museums-Maitland
  • Ally Hinton, Digital marketing coordinator/social media manager for rethink homeless

Throughout our discussion we asked our panel three main questions.

Is the investment in technology worth the return?

Our panelists replied with an absolute consensus that technology is a must in this day and age.

 “If you don’t adopt technology you might as well close your doors”-Ally

When it comes to adopting technology, where do organizations start and who needs to be involved in the process?

Devin advocates all aspects of the organization need to be involved in the decision and adoption but there needs to be e a “keeper” of the project. The keeper of the project should be someone who is open minded and passionate about the technology being adopted. Managing with empathy to foster the idea of technology growth will be instrumental in the adoption process. Understand all staff members have different day-to-day roles; they don’t walk in your shoes and you don’t walk in theirs.

“Everyone needs to be involved” – Heather

Leslie recommends sharing information with everyone so all aspects of the organization are involved in the change from the start.

Heather suggests understanding where the fear of technology and change is coming from to address it head on. Once we have an understanding of the reason behind resistance, we as leaders can make the change and adoption of technology less intimidating.

“Admit you don’t know” –Leslie

How do you make your case when investing in technology?

Leslie recommends putting yourself in the department heads shoes. Find the need and highlight the benefits of the investment for all departments to sell the idea.  “There has always been a need for the technology already integrated.”

Heather urges if it doesn’t work- don’t give up! Adopting technology can be intimidating and troublesome. Many times organizations will give up too quickly because they are trying to force the technology to conform to the organization rather than embracing the technology and letting the technology complete the task. Keeping an open mind will assist with the culture and process change.

Devin recommends quantify the time savings to sell the idea. Money is the bottom line right? So, why not put the money in the forefront? Quantifying the time savings for day-to-day tasks will allow organizations to get the most out of their staff member’s time, thus creating a more functional and efficient process.

“Technology upgrades are necessary.”-Leslie

Ally advises technology is hard- use your resources! Many staff members in small nonprofits do not have IT training and lack the knowledge to understand analytics and how to reach their market with the correct content. Make the most of your efforts and learn as much as possible about the new technology being adopted from the resources at hand. Hire a consultant if need be! Just don’t make a monetary investment without a time investment.

Poll Questions & Responses

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From Melissa’s Laptop

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Melissa YakimetzWhen the opportunity came to be a part of a nonprofit tech community right here in Orlando, I couldn’t refuse. My entire career has been for-profit. After having a small taste of a nonprofit I craved another opportunity I could lend my skills and talents to. I heard about Tech4Good for the first time when I stumbled upon this opportunity. I immediately fell in love with the mission and vision of Tech4Good!

As the event chair I hope to engage our community with stimulating events as well as provide a resource hub for nonprofits. In the future our members can expect more workshops, webinars, and panel discussion events! This June we are teaming up with Orlando Tech Association for their National Day of Civic Hacking. I am very excited to join OTA for this great event!

I have no doubt that Tech4Good will become a huge success here in Orlando. I am absolutely blown away by the welcoming we have received from the community! I am extremely excited to see our membership continue to grow so we can all create a wealth of information and success stories for nonprofits alike.