Are you leveraging technology to do more good? How are you using tools to reach more constituents? Hear from nonprofit leaders and the funding community about investments they are making to fundamentally change service delivery through technology. With an ever-changing technology landscape, even small organizations can take advantage of incredible advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data processing and dozens of other buzzwords. Learn how the availability of these technologies can change the way you work.


Session and Breakouts

Plenary Panel: What is Digital Transformation to a Nonprofit?

Monday, 3:45 – 5:00pm, General Session Room

Efficiency is the key to best serve your mission. Move away from boots on the ground and physical services and utilize technology solutions to better reach your beneficiaries. Hear examples of how organizations transformed and reaped the benefits in this panel discussion on digital transformation in nonprofits across the country.

  • Moderator: James Rooney, Microsoft
  • Ryan Reif, Water Mission
  • Khuloud Odeh, Urban Institute
  • James McGowan, Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • David Danylewich, Right to Play International


Plenary Panel: Funding and Social Impact

Tuesday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hear a different perspective in this panel discussion of funders, donors, services providers and philanthropy departments. Discuss their missions , what excites them, and how they see technology advancement changing the NGO sector.

  • Moderator: Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Information, CIO, Cleveland Foundation
  • James Rooney, Sr. Global Program Manager, Microsoft Philanthropy
  • Peggy Duvette, Head of Social Impact, Oracle + NetSuite
  • Kristin Teti, Director of Program Development, Taproot Foundation


Leadership Breakout: “Why Fund Technology Innovation in Nonprofits?” – Leon Wilson, The Cleveland Foundation

Monday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

If you agree that we’re experiencing what’s called the “digitization of society”, and the disruption of every industry due to technology – we’d be naive to think that nonprofits are immune to this mode of progress.

Join Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at The Cleveland Foundation for a discussion on why nonprofits must begin thinking ahead of the curve about how can they leverage technology in a transformational way to support their social missions as well as what to watch out for. Nonprofits must begin thinking disruptively; about how they operate, how they deliver their services and how they build and maintain a relationship with the community they serve.

More precisely, nonprofits must begin thinking how best to position funding requests that will help position them to think, act and operate disruptively.


Program Breakout: “Working Together for the Greater Good” – Marnie Webb, Caravan Studios

Monday, 10:45am – 11:45am

Marnie Webb works with Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. There, she works with communities to design technology products that address pressing social issues.  Hear Marnie talk about the participatory methodology they’ve developed at Caravan Studios and the opportunities available for public good technology projects of all sorts. Listen to concrete examples of the benefits of using participatory methodologies and the resources to learn more.


Technical Breakout: “Telling Stories, Making Decisions, and Identifying Trends – The Power of Data Visualization Tools” – Sam Chenkin, Tech Impact

Tuesday, 10:25 – 11:25am

Have all the data you need, but no way to use it? Struggling to find compelling ways to tell your organization’s story for grants, donors, board members, and the public? Don’t get lost in the world of graphs and templates to showcase your nonprofit’s great work – learn about the tools and software available to you at little or no cost.

Come and hear real stories about how Tech Impact utilizes data visualization tools to inform its work, uses data to tell stories, but also uses it to determine staffing levels, price services, and dig into complex trends. Get a behind the scenes look at how to use data visualization every day to advance the cause of nonprofit technology.


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