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No matter what your field, the steady march of technology is certainly thrumming in your ears. For those of in the nonprofit sector, there can be significant obstacles in keeping up with all of the latest and greatest tools, applications, and information available to move our organizations forward. We often have to struggle to gain knowledge and training (not to mention the ever-present need for funds) as we strive to work in the most beneficial and efficient means possible.

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) is an organization that attempts to help its nonprofit members use technology in the most effective ways possible to carry out their missions. According to their web site: “NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within our community. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community.”

Through newsletters, analysis, and networking, NTEN works to bring various nonprofit technology professionals together to learn. To this end, they also host a large annual conference along with several smaller conferences. This year’s main event will be held in New Orleans from March 19-21, and the theme is “Building Community: Connections around the Globe and around the Corner.” Speakers include David Pogue from The New York Times, and more than 90 breakout sessions are scheduled throughout the conference.

I haven’t had personal experience with NTEN thus far, and I would be very interested to see what others had to say about their organization and its benefits or drawbacks. Membership seems to be reasonably priced at $60 to $85, but that is of course dependent on the overall value of the resource.

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