Nonprofit TechCon

December 04, 2018  
National Geographic Encounter
226 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Event Description

We have all learned to accept technology at different rates. We explore the innovation and challenges of new tools, apps and gadgets in our own personal ways.  Whether you're an early tech adopter or more careful user, we all have a role to play in advancing our organizations in a quickly changing world! This event will cater to everything from entry-level learning about the current state of technology to more advanced discussions.  Nonprofit TechCon is the place to go to stay informed of tools and developments now and looking into the future.


Networking & Registration


Opening Remarks


Streamlining Processes With Technology:  Why Nonprofits Need Automation

Because of budgets and funding it appears that all nonprofits need automated systems, strong financial practices, smart real estate strategies and multiple grant tracking capabilities.  This session will bring together top-level executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to streamline operations processes, how to set up automated campaigns for renewal, appeal, sustainer, and acquisition campaigns and how to make smart choices that affect the day to day and year to year of nonprofit institutions.

  • Executive Director, Hunger Action Network of NYS (moderator)
  • Chief Financial Officer, RiseBoro Community Partnership
  • Executive Director of Information Technology, Lutheran Social Services of New York
  • VP of Information Technology, New York Road Runners
  • Information Systems Business Analyst. Anderson Center For Autism
  • Product Manager & Team Lead, Harbor Compliance
  • President, Yurgosky

The Data Explosion! Making Sense of Data within Your Organization

Data analytics, big data, data science, data viz, business intelligence, machine learning, artificial intelligence… it can be difficult to keep up while keeping things at a reasonable cost. Nonprofits play an important role in this data revolution with the opportunity to transform human services, but many don’t know where to start. Whether you’re on your way to becoming a data-centric organization or you’re just beginning to study data accuracy and extraction, you can find more value in and maximize the application of data within your organization.

  • Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (moderator)
  • Senior Director of Programming, Generation Citizen
  • Director, Data Services, Breaking Ground
  • CEO, Co-Founder, GiveGab
  • Chief People Officer & Director, Keyrus US
  • Chief Revenue Officer, JMT Consulting

Networking Break


Nonprofit Privacy and Cybersecurity: Why Pay Attention?

Nonprofits collect sensitive data, but very few organizations can be confident that they do not store any of this information, so it needs to be protected.  Cyber-crimes cause donors to lose faith in organizations, and hacking exposes vulnerabilities in nonprofits’ systems that can make donors feel as though the organization did not value them enough to enforce proper safeguards to protect their information. The session will examine what information should be kept private, what are the key threats to that information, how to support good cyber security with good employment practices and policies, how to implement the best security program and what to do if there should be a breach.

  • Director of Administration, Columbia School of Social Work (moderator)
  • Communications Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland County
  • STEM Specialist, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • President, Nonprofit Solutions Network
  • Security Services Team Lead, American Technology Services, Inc.
  • Risk & Advisory Services Principal, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman

How to Succeed in Digital Youth Engagement

This session will detail case studies, tactics, and tools that have been used to engage a national community of youth across multiple channels including email, text messaging, social media, messaging platforms, and face-to-face interactions.  Get the right message to the right person at the right time by automating some of your key fundraising campaigns so that strategy and technology meet. It will talk about how to get millennials more involved in donations, participating on boards and changing the landscape of fundraising with the advent of digital currency, or crypto currency, and other innovative methods.

  • Director of Development, The Tyler Clementi Foundation (moderator)
  • Data Director, The New York Civic Engagement Table
  • Founder & CEO, Pitch In For Baseball and Softball
  • Executive Director, New York On Tech, Inc.
  • Co-Founder, Inspire Hearts Fundraising



Upgrading Your IT System without Breaking the Bank

This session will demonstrate how organizations can modernize their data and information systems to achieve stronger programmatic and impact evaluation—and how this can be done largely in-house at a reasonable cost!  It will further explain how to design for operational program needs alongside reporting and evaluation needs, and to understand the considerations required for integrating data between programs.

  • Co-Founder & CEO, Sweet Readers (moderator)
  • Chief Operating Officer, Charity Navigator 
  • Chief Administrative Officer, Help USA
  • Business Analyst, Union for Reform Judaism
  • TBA, Oracle/Netsuite

Networking Break


Strategies to Create a Digital-First Culture

Today’s nonprofits are responsible for seamlessly integrating technology with mission fulfillment and demonstrated impact. To reach these technology goals for your organization, the leadership team’s vision must bring staff together, excite and support them through the transition, and encourage new technological development. Topics will include transferring your organization's workflow to the cloud era in a smooth and effective way, connecting technological systems on a limited budget, and maximizing staff impact in the community through the use of technology.

  • Associate Executive Director for Management Services, InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities, Inc.  (moderator)
  • Director of Information Technology Services, DOROT, Inc.
  • Director, Learning Platforms, New Leaders
  • Product Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Director, DataCenter + Productivity Solutions, ATSG
  • CEO, Funraise
  • Founding Partner + Head of Strategy, Seam Social Labs

TechCon Takeaways: Tips and Trends on Tech & Innovation:  Web, Mobile, Social Media, Automation

We come together to summarize what to take away from the day, each session and what we’ve heard.  In this comprehensive session, a panel of experts will provide essential tips, allowing the audience to come away with practical and applicable ideas for improving their email, using digital clues to predict their next move, social media, digital acquisition and online renewal campaigns. This session will demonstrate glimpses of fresh techniques and tools that are proving successful for other organizations.

  • Director of Technology, Center for Court Innovation (moderator)
  • Founder & CEO, DonorUP
  • CEO, Give Lively
  • Co-founder & Director, New York On Tech

Event concludes

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