Fall 2005

Technology Assistance for Nonprofits: Resource Sites and Tools

Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (N-TEN) - national membership organization of nonprofit technology assistance providers, including staff, consultants, some CTCs, and stand-alone support organizations, sponsoring TechFinder, email groups, local 501c3 tech clubs, national and regional conferences.

NPower, a national network of TA to NPO providers. Resources includeTechAtlas, a tool to help assess an organization's technology readiness; includes modules for communications planning and staff training. TCO & ROI Calculators help determine the Total Cost of [technology] Ownership and the Return On Investment in terms of time saved. Technology Literacy Benchmarks, with telecommunications and Internet access components.

CompuMentorandTechSoup– well known resources for technology support and information for nonprofits including articles and message boards.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management – Membership organization of nonprofit management assistance groups, some of whom provide technology assistance; resources include database of service providers, career bank and extensive resource bank.

Consultant Commons– an online collaborative and information-sharing space for nonprofit technology assistance providers.

ContentBank.org – a project of The Children's Partnership to promote the development of online content and tools for and by low-income and other under-served communities.

Addressing Nonprofit Technology Needs and Resources: A Community Toolkit– This Benton Foundation resource is part of their communications capacity building program.

The IT Service Capability Maturity Model– provides papers and resources for improving management of hardware and software, operations.

Technology Success in Organizations: A Checklist for Leaders– Check out these lessons learned from the fields of technology assistance and organizational development that indicate how technology is more likely to support your programmatic outcomes when leadership is actively involved.


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