Event Replay: Leveraging Automation for Enhanced Donor Engagement: Insights from Dan Lombardi’s TechSoup Connect BC Presentation

Welcome to a world where automation is not just a buzzword but a transformative tool for nonprofits! Recently, at a TechSoup Connect BC event, Dan Lombardi from Mission Simplify demonstrated how strategic automation could fundamentally enhance donor engagement and operational efficiency. Here’s a snapshot of the insightful session, aimed at helping nonprofits harness the power of automation while still keeping personal connections at the core of their operations.

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A Message From Dan Lombardi

At Mission Simplify we specialize in providing tailored technological solutions for nonprofit organizations seeking to streamline their operations and amplify their impact. Leveraging our expertise in low-code and no-code applications, along with our deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by non-profits, we work closely with each client to develop customized workflows and automations that optimize their processes. From donor management and volunteer coordination to event planning and program delivery, our solutions are designed to save time, reduce manual effort, and enhance efficiency across all aspects of non-profit operations

Key Takeaways from the Session

1. Streamlining Operations:

Dan discussed the transformative power of automation in reducing staff burnout and optimizing resources. By automating routine tasks, nonprofits can redirect their focus towards meaningful engagement with their donors and beneficiaries.

2. Enhancing Donor Relationships:

Automation can significantly enhance the way nonprofits communicate and engage with their donors. Dan shared innovative examples, such as automated thank-you emails and segmented donor communications, which ensure that each donor feels acknowledged without overwhelming nonprofit staff.

3. Tools and Techniques for Efficiency:

Dan introduced several tools that facilitate automation, including Zapier, Google Workspace, and Sly Broadcast. These tools help bridge different applications, allowing for seamless integration and automation of tasks that traditionally require manual input.

4. Real-World Examples:

Practical illustrations, such as automating the process of sending ringless voicemails and managing donor databases via CSV files, showcased how nonprofits could implement these strategies effectively. One highlighted automation involved updating Facebook custom audiences automatically, ensuring that marketing efforts are targeted and efficient.

5. Emphasizing Personal Touch:

Despite the focus on automation, Dan emphasized maintaining a personal touch in automated communications. He discussed strategies for ensuring that automated emails and messages retain a personal feel, enhancing the donor’s connection to the cause without appearing mechanical or impersonal.


Dan Lombardi’s presentation at TechSoup Connect BC is a beacon for nonprofits aiming to adopt modern technological solutions to amplify their impact. By integrating thoughtful automation into everyday processes, nonprofits can not only save time but also foster stronger, more personal connections with their supporters. For those inspired to explore further, Dan’s open invitation to assist and provide guidance remains a valuable resource.

As nonprofits continue to navigate the challenges of digital transformation, the insights from this event are a powerful reminder of the potential of automation to revolutionize not just how work is done, but how relationships are nurtured and grown within the nonprofit sector.

Event Replay: Standardizing & Simplifying the Philanthropic Process

Imagine a marketplace where finding the right charitable match is streamlined and efficient. Jeff Golby discussed this groundbreaking concept at the latest TechSoup Connect BC event, proposing a solution to bridge the great divide between donors and charities.

TechSoup Connect BC’s June 4, 2024, event with Jeff Golby, featured insightful perspectives on reforming the philanthropic process. Golby, the CEO of Acts for Water and founder of WellFunded.io, explored the complexities and inefficiencies plaguing current fundraising and donation systems.

Jeff Golby, with a rich background in technology and law, and extensive experience in fundraising, emphasized the significant challenges faced by charities in securing funds. He pointed out the costly, inequitable, and often ineffective nature of major philanthropy today. Drawing from his experiences and over 100 conversations with both philanthropists and charity leaders, Golby highlighted the misalignments and missed opportunities for impact due to the current disjointed systems.

A Message From Jeff Golby

Thanks for coming to engage with the possibility of building a more equitable, efficient and effective philanthropic space. I’m inspired by connecting with doers like you and would love to build this with you.

Two next steps to continue the conversation:

Sign up to our site to get notified of the pre-launch information at WellFunded.io

Email me at Jeff@WellFunded.io if you are open to a quick conversation on:

  • How to represent your type of charity well on our WellFunded Portrait
  • What features or tools or design we’d need to include to be able to work together to either bridge this gap or eliminate this pain (of connecting philanthropists and charities).

The core issue, as Golby explained, is that both donors and charities aim to foster positive change, yet their efforts are hampered by a lack of coordination and understanding. His solution? A visionary proposal for a new marketplace model that aims to centralize, standardize, and streamline the interaction between donors and charities. This platform would not only reduce administrative burdens but also enhance the effectiveness of matching donor interests with charitable needs.

Golby’s initiative reflects a broader movement towards a more transparent, efficient, and equitable philanthropic environment. His approach encourages open dialogue and collaboration, inviting feedback and participation from all stakeholders in the philanthropic ecosystem.

As the event concluded, it was clear that while challenges are significant, the potential for reform is vast, with technology playing a pivotal role in bridging the gap between aspiration and reality in philanthropy. Jeff Golby’s call to action was a resonant reminder of the collective effort needed to foster a more impactful and meaningful philanthropic landscape.

June 4: Bridging the Great Divide – Standardizing & Simplifying the Philanthropic Process

TechSoup Connect BC is proud to present our next event, Bridging the Great Divide: Standardizing & Simplifying the Philanthropic Process Virtual Event, on June 4th, 2024, with Jeff Golby. The start time for this event is noon (PDT)

 It is the Foundation’s job to give away money, but it is also tough to get money from a Foundation as a charity. There is a disconnect in the philanthropic process, and this seminar hopes to address that. It also leads us to ask what’s so tricky about giving away money and how we can make it easier. 

Organizations looking for fundraising grants often use a spray-and-pray approach to get money. Philanthropists must find out where and to whom to give. This never-ending process involves both sides using old methods of philanthropic giving.

“Crappy funding practices are fast becoming a topic and a group on LinkedIn that is blowing up. Calling out funders for poor grant application processes and the hoops charities have to jump through to get money makes many charities angry,” says Jeff Golby. 

“It’s important to remember that we are doing something about this to unite those two worlds and not just focus on the anger.”   

Jeff Golby

This workshop will have participants examine how to re-engineer the process between philanthropists and charities and strengthen the connection of giving. What types of questions are essential to ask and be asked by a charity to a philanthropist and vice versa? 

An overview of the state of fundraising will be provided. Jeff will also share his discoveries about meeting with philanthropists and charities.  

He will show what a common middle ground could be when charities and philanthropists work together and agree on a philanthropic giving process.

About Jeff Golby

Jeff Golby is the CEO of Acts for Water, one of Canada’s oldest water charities, and the CEO and founder of WellFunded.io. Before these roles, he held senior leadership roles in technology companies and a law firm servicing the charitable sector and has worked extensively as a fundraising consultant.

Growing Member Engagement: Ideas to increase your nonprofit’s membership

Engaging and retaining members is, of course, crucial for nonprofits. TechSoup Connect BC’s recent event, “Growing Member Engagement: Ideas to Increase Your Nonprofit’s Membership,” provided an abundance of insights into boosting membership through strategic structuring and value enhancement.


More From Communal

Communal is an all-in-one solution designed for member-based nonprofits to manage memberships, programs & events, facility rentals, donations, volunteers and more. By reducing manual administrative tasks in these areas, nonprofits can maximize their community impact and save valuable time. 

Harnessing Technology for Growth

Wade Jacques, co-founder of Communal, a comprehensive membership solution for nonprofits, highlighted how leveraging digital tools can simplify membership management and enhance member engagement. With over a decade of experience working directly with member-based nonprofits, Jacques emphasized the importance of understanding membership structures—whether rolling or annual—and their impacts on member acquisition and retention.

Structural Insights for Effective Membership

Jacques advised attendees to review their membership structures and consider updates that could attract more members. For instance, shifting from fixed-term memberships to rolling memberships can offer continuity and avoid the drop-off in sign-ups as the membership year ends. Additionally, introducing tiered memberships could cater to a broader audience by providing options that suit various needs and financial capabilities.

Enhancing Member Value Beyond Transactions

Moving beyond mere transactional relationships with members, Jacques stressed the need for organizations to focus on the intrinsic value they offer. This involves understanding why individuals join and ensuring the organization continues to align with their expectations and interests. Whether it’s through exclusive events, content, or community-building activities, making members feel valued is key to retention.

Optimizing Online Engagement

Another critical factor is a robust online presence. Jacques pointed out the necessity of having a modern, mobile-responsive website and utilizing tools like Google Ad Grants to increase visibility. Moreover, engagement doesn’t stop at the membership sign-up; it extends into ongoing communication strategies. Welcome emails, targeted content based on member preferences, and regular updates can keep members involved and informed.

Leveraging Data for Personalized Interactions

Effective membership management systems can provide data insights that allow nonprofits to tailor their interactions and offerings to meet member needs precisely. Such systems facilitate the automation of tedious tasks like membership renewals and communication, freeing up time for more strategic activities.

Real-World Applications and Results

Jacques shared case studies demonstrating the tangible benefits of these strategies. Organizations that had adopted flexible membership structures and value-oriented engagement strategies saw notable increases in both member sign-ups and retention rates.

The session concluded with a vibrant Q&A, during which attendees engaged directly with Jacques. The knowledge exchanged in this event illuminated the pathway for nonprofits looking to thrive through active and satisfied memberships.

The journey to growing a nonprofit’s membership is multifaceted. It involves strategic structuring, embracing technology, and continuously delivering value that resonates with members’ expectations and needs. Nonprofits willing to adapt and innovate are well-positioned to expand their membership programs.

Unleashing AI’s Potential for Nonprofits

The Power of AI in the Nonprofit Sector

During the May 14 webinar hosted by TechSoup Connect BC, Deepa Chaudhary, founder of Grant Orb and an experienced nonprofit technologist, shed light on the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) for nonprofits. The session titled “Harnessing AI for Good: Empowering Nonprofits with Artificial Intelligence” delved into how this technology had drastically enhanced the capabilities of nonprofit organizations.

AI’s Revolutionary Impact

Deepa began by highlighting the revolutionary changes AI had brought about since the introduction of models like ChatGPT in late 2022. These advancements had democratized access to what she referred to as “superintelligence,” altering the operational landscapes for various sectors, especially nonprofits.

She discussed her extensive background in fundraising and technology adoption across different continents and how these experiences had provided her with insights into the struggles nonprofits face—struggles that AI could significantly mitigate.

Exploring Generative AI

A significant portion of the webinar focused on generative AI and its capabilities. Deepa explained that this new wave of AI could generate text, images, and even videos from simple prompts, transforming the way content was created. Tools like ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, and others have made it easier for nonprofits to produce marketing materials, manage databases, and even handle complex queries about their work.

Practical Applications for Nonprofits

The practical applications of AI for nonprofits were vast. AI could automate the generation of reports, facilitate efficient communication across different languages, simplify data analysis, and much more. Deepa shared examples from her own experience where AI tools had helped create visual content, manage data, and streamline communications, underscoring the efficiency AI brought to typically time-consuming tasks.

Grant Orb: A Case Study in AI’s Impact

Deepa introduced Grant Orb, an AI-powered tool designed to assist nonprofits in writing grant proposals. This tool leveraged AI to understand project details and craft comprehensive grant applications, which could significantly reduce the administrative burden on nonprofit teams. She provided a live demonstration of how Grant Orb created a structured grant proposal from basic project information, illustrating AI’s potential to save precious resources.

Empowering Nonprofits through AI

Concluding the webinar, Deepa emphasized that the future of AI in nonprofits looked promising, with the potential for specialized AI models tailored to specific tasks and challenges within the sector. These advancements could lead to more personalized and efficient operations, enabling nonprofits to focus more on their mission and less on administrative complexities.


The webinar highlighted the dynamic role AI could play in transforming nonprofit operations. As these technologies continued to evolve, they offered exciting possibilities for enhancing efficiency, creativity, and impact in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits eager to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world should consider integrating AI technologies into their operations, a move that could fundamentally change how they accomplish their goals.

Unlocking Accessible Online Learning

In the ever-evolving landscape of online education, the conversation around accessible learning has never been more crucial. To help us all improve our programs’ accessibility, TechSoup Connect BC recently hosted an illuminating session titled “10 Things All Nonprofits Should Know About Accessible Online Learning.” The session featured insights Leah Chang, CEO of Leah Chang Learning—a pioneer in accessible online learning.

Leah Chang: Breaking Down Barriers in Education

Leah Chang shared her journey and the vision behind Leah Chang Learning (LCL). With a focus on educational leadership and technological adoption, LCL is dedicated to developing inclusive curricula that cater to a diverse audience, including sectors that support mental health and neurodiversity. 

Leah provided an overview of LCL’s services, emphasizing their mission to remove barriers to online learning. From designing learning products to supporting organizations with technology, LCL is passionate about inclusion and accessible education.

A Message from Leah Chang Learning

We wanted to extend a big thank you to everyone who joined us for our recent session on enhancing accessibility in online learning with Leah Chang Learning.

If you’ve got any burning questions or just want to chat more about the topics we covered, Leah is here and ready to connect. You can shoot her an email at leah@leahchanglearning.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Thanks again for being a part of the conversation and for your commitment to making education more inclusive. We had a blast sharing insights with you, and we hope you found the session as valuable as we did!

Deep Dive into Accessibility and Online Learning

The core of the session delved into actionable insights and strategies for enhancing online learning accessibility. Leah Chang covered everything from understanding web accessibility terms and leveraging assistive technologies to engaging communities and integrating accessibility into strategic planning.

Boosting Accessibility Across Learning Formats: Leah emphasized the importance of making all forms of learning accessible, whether asynchronous, synchronous, in-person, or online.

Familiarizing with Web Accessibility Terms: A call to become acquainted with the language of web accessibility, including WCAG standards.

Prioritizing Different Levels of Accessibility: Insights into approaching accessibility practically by prioritizing certain aspects of learning content for enhancement.

Applying Universal Design: Leah shared the POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust) principles as a framework for creating accessible learning experiences.

Leveraging Technology Wisely: The session stressed the importance of choosing and utilizing technology that supports accessibility.

Community Engagement and Accessibility Testing: Leah advocated for involving community members in testing and providing feedback on online learning content to ensure it meets accessibility standards.

Incorporating Accessibility into Project Management: Leah advised embedding accessibility considerations into the foundation of project planning and execution.

Next Steps to Improve Learning Accessibility

The session concluded with Leah encouraging participants to integrate accessibility into their organizations’ philosophies and strategic plans. Leah urged attendees to consider how they could take actionable steps toward creating more inclusive online learning experiences.

For those seeking to delve deeper into the world of accessible online learning or to consult on specific projects, Leah Chang and her team welcome inquiries and are eager to share resources and guidance.

The Path Ahead

TechSoup Connect BC’s session with Leah Chang serves as a vibrant beacon for the importance of accessible online learning. The webinar not only highlighted the current achievements and future aspirations of leaders in the field but also provided practical, actionable insights for nonprofits looking to make their educational content more inclusive. As digital platforms continue to shape the educational landscape, the commitment to accessibility will ensure that learning remains a right, not a privilege, for all.

Navigating Product Management in Nonprofits: Insights from the TechSoup Connect Workshop

In the dynamic world of tech and nonprofit work, understanding the ins and outs of product management is crucial for leveraging technology to maximize impact. Recently, a TechSoup Connect British Columbia Western Canada event unveiled a wealth of knowledge on “Product Management Fundamentals for Nonprofits”. The workshop, led by product management expert Moshe Mikhanovsky, founder of Products for Good, aimed to bridge the gap between technology solutions and the real needs of clients within the nonprofit sector.

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Breaking Down Product Management

The term “product management” might conjure images of software development or commercial goods creation, but as Mikhanovsky pointed out, its application goes beyond the conventional. He clarified that product management encompasses a broad range of actions from ideation to delivery, ensuring products meet customer expectations and achieve desired outcomes.

Moshe Mikhanovsky shared his personal journey from an engineering background to a product management enthusiast, driven by the need to meet and exceed user expectations with lean, iterative product development techniques. His project, Products for Good, exemplifies applying product management to socially impactful initiatives, thus providing a learning platform for aspiring product managers aimed at building products that contribute positively to humanity.

Product Management for Nonprofits

The workshop specifically tailored its insights to the nonprofit sector, where product management principles can help in strategic planning and implementation of various programs and services. Mikhanovsky highlighted three critical areas where nonprofits can leverage product management:

1. Product Development: Nonprofits developing products as part of their offerings can benefit from a product management approach to ensure their services meet user needs and remain viable.

2. Service Delivery: Viewing services through a product management lens can help nonprofits streamline operations, improve service delivery, and ensure sustainability.

3. Digital Transformation: In the era of digitalization, nonprofits need to evaluate and sometimes reevaluate the tech tools and platforms they use. Product management can guide selecting, configuring, and integrating technology solutions to meet organizational and client needs effectively.

Applying Product Management Process

Moshe took the workshop attendees through the product management process, emphasizing the importance of continuous discovery, strategy, prioritization, development, and monitoring. He outlined the roles within a product team — engineering, design, and product management — and discussed the importance of reducing risks related to feasibility, usability, value, and viability.

One interesting point raised was about adapting product management to existing systems within an organization, particularly for digital teams in larger nonprofits. Moshe suggested a regular evaluation of these systems against organizational needs and goals, looking for gaps that might hamper effectiveness or growth. This approach ensures that organizations remain agile, making informed decisions about updating or replacing systems to better serve their mission.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead

The workshop made it clear that product management isn’t just about managing products; it’s about strategically aligning products or services with an organization’s goals to create maximum value for end-users. For nonprofits, applying these principles can mean more efficient services, better use of technological tools, and ultimately, a greater impact on the communities they serve.

As nonprofit organizations continue to navigate the complexities of serving their communities in an increasingly digital world, embracing the principals of product management offers a path to not just survive but thrive. The insights shared by Moshe Mikhanovsky during the TechSoup Connect event provide a solid foundation for any nonprofit looking to leverage product management for social good.

Whether you’re looking to improve your service delivery, embark on a digital transformation journey, or develop new products to better serve your community, the principles of product management hold the key to achieving your organization’s goals with efficiency and impact.

Survey: Building a Better Grant Writing Process

This message is posted on behalf of Mina Demian.

Hello, wonderful friends in the nonprofit world!

My name is Mina, and like you, I’m devoted to making a difference through our work. Today, I’m reaching out to ask for a small favor—a favor that comes with the promise of coffee!

I’m on a quest to make grant writing less intimidating and more rewarding. We’ve all faced those late nights, endless revisions, and the odd coffee mishap in our quest for the perfect application. That’s exactly what I want to address.

I’ve put together a quick survey (just 5 minutes!) to delve into our experiences with grant writing—the successes, the challenges, and everything in between. Your insights will be invaluable in shaping a tool designed to enhance our grant-writing efforts, making them more effective and less frustrating.

To show my appreciation for your time and insights, I’m offering a $5 Starbucks gift card for a coffee on me (or if you prefer, a dose of good karma). It’s a small way to say thank you and perhaps provide a little extra motivation to share your experiences.

If you’re willing to share your grant-writing stories, please visit the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2afeKnN_N5FhhMTSJofNCsdraZfHQxxWI6zP4VfKJ6OQx5A/viewform

Your feedback could significantly impact our collective future in grant writing, making it a smoother and more successful journey for us all.

Thank you for considering my request. Together, we can take some of the stress out of grant writing and turn it into a more rewarding experience.

Wishing you a day filled with positivity and productivity,


P.S. If you have any questions, are curious about the survey results, or if coffee isn’t your thing (tea, anyone?), don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to support you in any way I can.

Join the Wave: Corporate Volunteering and Your Nonprofit


Hey there! If you missed TechSoup Connect BC’s most recent webinar on corporate volunteering, we have you covered. Here’s the video:


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📊 See the brainstorm of corporate volunteer ideas

In the world of nonprofits, there’s a fantastic opportunity brewing – one that involves teaming up with corporate volunteers to supercharge your projects and make an even bigger impact. Recently, TechSoup Connect BC hosted a fantastic webinar where experts shared practical tips and exciting insights on how nonprofits can tap into the energy and skills of corporate volunteers. Let’s dive into the highlights and learn how your organization can benefit!

We would like to thank our expert presenters for sharing their expertise:

A Message from Purposely

Thank you to everyone who came out to our webinar on how to work with corporate volunteers. If you’d like to connect with Purposely and chat all things nonprofit, or how we can partner together, feel free to schedule a meeting with Cree. Stay up to date with us on LinkedIn for upcoming workshops, webinars and exciting news!”

Thanks again for hosting us, we loved having the opportunity to connect and share on this topic! Hopefully folks found it helpful 🙂

Corporate Volunteerism: Spicing Up Nonprofit Life

Picture this: a lively webinar where Elijah from TechSoup Connect BC set the stage for an inspiring discussion with some brilliant minds. We learned how bringing in corporate volunteers can jazz up traditional volunteering models. Cree Henderson, representing Purposely, highlighted the perks of getting these volunteers involved – from their fresh perspectives to their specialized skills. It’s like adding a dash of excitement and efficiency to your nonprofit recipe!

Revolutionizing Volunteer Engagement: Tips and Tricks

Next up, Eric Franzo shared a real-life success story about how corporate volunteer groups, like the one at Families Matter, can swoop in and make a big difference for local nonprofits. It’s all about showing how these teams can tackle tasks that might otherwise get pushed aside due to limited resources. Talk about a game-changer!

TechConnect Mentorship Model: Changing Lives, One Connection at a Time

Nasira Aziz from the YWCA wowed us with an amazing initiative where corporate pros mentor immigrant women aiming for careers in tech. This mentorship isn’t just about landing jobs; it’s about empowering dreams and guiding futures. It’s the kind of support that lights up both mentors and mentees.

Let’s Get Creative: Dreaming Up Volunteer Opportunities

One of the most exciting parts of the webinar? The brainstorming session! We all put our heads together and came up with tons of cool ideas for corporate volunteers. From sprucing up storage rooms to beautifying outdoor spaces, the possibilities are endless. It’s all about finding the perfect fit for their skills and your needs.

Cultivating Connections with Corporate Volunteers

Here’s the secret sauce: building lasting relationships with corporate volunteer groups. By staying in touch, showing appreciation, and inviting ongoing involvement, you can turn one-time gigs into long-term partnerships that benefit everyone involved.

Conclusion: Time to Take Action, Nonprofits!

So, what’s the big takeaway? Incorporating corporate volunteers isn’t just a trend – it’s a smart move for nonprofits looking to level up their impact. By understanding what makes corporate volunteers tick, finding meaningful ways to engage them, and nurturing those relationships, your nonprofit can tap into a goldmine of resources and fresh ideas.

Now’s the time to jump on board the corporate volunteer train! Let’s work together to make our communities stronger and more vibrant than ever before.

Get Ready to Soar: Embrace the Corporate Volunteer Movement

If you’re itching to bring the power of corporate volunteering to your nonprofit, take inspiration from the experts and get ready to elevate your game. With their support, you can take your projects to new heights and create positive change that ripples far and wide. Get ready to make magic happen!

REPLAY: The Top Technology Trends for Nonprofits in 2024

In the replay from our launch event of 2024, we delve further into the critical technology trends that are set to shape the landscape for nonprofits in the coming year.

From AI and process automation to cybersecurity and social trends, the nonprofit sector is experiencing an influx of technological advancements. The future is bright for nonprofits that are willing and ready to adapt to these changes. As we move into 2024, the focus will be on harnessing these trends to enhance operations, improve efficiency, and ultimately achieve mission goals. 

Social Media Trends

The importance of understanding and leveraging social trends cannot be understated. Trish Riswick, a team lead on the Hootsuite social team, highlighted how their annual trends report has been critical in discerning three major trends – ROI, platform, and AI. Nonprofits must focus on generating engaging content, eliminating self-promotion, and transitioning to a consumer-centric approach on social media platforms. Harnessing the power of entertainment and educational content can build stronger relationships with audiences and drive engagement.

AI: How Nonprofit Marketing Professionals Should Work With the Robot

Joel Harrison, a marketing and messaging consultant for nonprofits, focused on AI’s roles in optimizing efficiency in communications. There’s no denying how much AI has played a pivotal role in recent years, from email drafts and website copies to presentations and outlines. Despite its immense benefits, challenges like copyright infringement, accuracy, context, and repetitive content remain. Therefore, organizations need to establish rules to guide their utilization of AI, treating it as a junior staff member and retaining human control over final decisions, for more effective use.

Cybersecurity: A Rising Concern for Nonprofits

A look into the future isn’t complete without discussing cybersecurity. Sharlene Gandhi, a tech and data reporter at Future of Good, brought our attention to the increasing cyber threats targeting nonprofits. Dealing with cyber attacks requires a solid understanding of cybersecurity infrastructure, software, and training. It’s about protecting data, ensuring its availability and integrity while safeguarding its confidentiality. Running internal audits, creating policies, and paying keen attention to cybersecurity insurance were among the strategies shared.

Harnessing AI for Effective Grant Proposals

Deepa Chaudhary of @impactdaos demonstrated how AI could be used to generate grant proposals quickly. She showed the process of using AI to create a complete grant proposal for TechSoup Connect BC, streamlining and simplifying what is traditionally a time-consuming process. In the future, all nonprofits can look to leverage similar technologies to increase efficiency in their operations. 

Process Automation: The New Frontier

Kevin Mulhall of TechSoup dove into process automation, highlighting how repetitive tasks can be automated to increase efficiency and reduce human error. By using tools like Zapier and Power Automate, organizations are put in a prime position to streamline workflows, reducing redundancy and enhancing effectiveness.

Decentralization for Civil Society

Jesse McKee, the head of strategy for a nonprofit called 221A, discusses the trends and opportunities in the digital space for nonprofit organizations. He highlights the concept of decentralization and the emergence of Web3, where infrastructure and platforms are being dispersed into smaller spaces and individuals have more control over their own infrastructure. 221A has been conducting experimental research in areas such as blockchain technology and is working on projects like a community-run free Wi-Fi network and a Node Library for decentralized hardware and infrastructure. They believe that decentralized technology can be used alongside centralized technology to address the needs of civil society in the future.

5-Minute Data Analytics: The Bare Essentials for Busy Nonprofits

Amy Hooper, a content marketing and copywriting professional, discusses basic best practices for content marketing in the nonprofit sector. She emphasizes the importance of creating high-quality, audience-focused content and includes tips on using relevant links and calls to action. Amy also highlights key metrics to track, such as views, bounce rates, and conversions, to measure the performance of the content.

Applying Startup Innovation to Creating Social Impact

Mina Damian, a former nonprofit sector employee turned startup advisor, discusses the problem of leveraging technology in the nonprofit sector and highlights the benefits of using innovative startup solutions.

Human-Centered AI

A presentation by Meena Das, CEO of Namaste Data, on the importance of human-centric AI and five key considerations for nonprofits when implementing AI solutions.

Process & Workflow Automation

Process and workflow automation involve using technology to perform repetitive tasks or processes without human intervention. By automating routine activities, nonprofits can streamline and optimize workflows, reduce errors, and enhance efficiency. This technology utilizes algorithms, scripts, or workflows designed to execute and manage automated processes. TechSoup’s Kevin Mulhall takes a closer look at some examples and tools in the automation space.

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