NYN's Nonprofit Techcon Program 2015

December 10, 2015  
Fordham University, Center for Nonprofit Leaders, Pope Auditorium
8:00AM - 5:30PM
How Technology has Changed Everything for Nonprofits
Event Description

On Thursday, December 10th, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit TechCon which will bring together technology, IT and executive leadership from nonprofits across New York to the impact technology, has had, has today and will have on the nonprofit community.  


The event will be held at:

Fordham University, Center for Nonprofit Leaders

Pope Auditorium

60th Street Entrance, Lincoln Center


8:00 -8:30 am Networking & Registration


8:30 -8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Elaine Congress, Associate Dean of Continuing Education, Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University


8:45- 9:40 am Technology 101: What is basic, cheap or free? A Checklist of Tools

While new technology continues to develop, more tools are available for nonprofits, higher education and other organizations. It’s no secret that smaller organizations generally have fewer resources, smaller staff and therefore less time to dedicate to enhancements than others, but there are incredible tools available at little or no cost to groups like these.  This panel will help attendees to compile a basic toolbox of resources that can benefit each organization and discuss these amazing products and services available by groups who understand their needs.



Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University


Manager Information Technology, Her Justice & Volunteer Partner, Operations Management-Disaster Response, American Red Cross

Senior Program Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM

Director of Social Impact, Netsuite

Assistant Vice President - Risk Management, Philadelphia Insurance Company


9:40 am Keynote Presentation

Seth Andrew, Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Founder, Democracy Prep Public Schools 


10:20 am Networking/Break


10:40 am

Session A:  Streamlining Operational Processes:  Nonprofits Need for 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 event will bring together top-level Board Members, Executive Directors and Chief Financial Officers from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to streamline operations processes and make smart choices that effect the day to day and year to year of nonprofit institutions. 



CEO, JMT Consulting Group


Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology

Executive Director of Information Technology, Lutheran Social Services

National Director, Business Solutions New Leaders 

Executive Director, Rising Stars Foundation


Session B Using Technology to Enhance Your Message: From Websites to Social Media to Mobile

Technology has changed the way we learn and the way we respond to the millions of messages we encounter in a day. For this reason, cross-platform messaging is key to maximizing an organization’s output. This session will cover the way digital media has become vital, and how strategies for successful messaging can vary across different mediums from websites to social media to mobile devices.



Chief Technology Officer, Alliance for Downtown New York


Social Media Engagement Strategist, Ford Foundation

CEO, Icreon

CEO, OurComm.org

Fundraising Consultant/Author, "The Thoughtful Approach"


11:30 am

Session A:  Avoiding Disaster: A Practical Guide for Backup Systems, Disaster Recovery Planning and Secure Private Computing

Though the use of technology has become a routine part of our days, it can be difficult to know what steps you need to take to keep your nonprofit safe and secure. With so much of your organization’s essential information reliant on technology, a disaster recovery (DR) plan should always be in place. This session is dedicated to educating participants on the basic planning systems. What items are critical to back up? Are Cloud-based backup systems reliable? What will the cost be to protect my organization? This session will discuss these questions and examine what the key parts of a DR plan should be regarding regular updates, testing and reviews of backup systems. Attendees will also learn about steps to take to ensure the security of your organization’s information and how to identify and resolve cyber security threats.



Chief Operating Officer, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College


Director of Operations and IT, The Coalition for the Homeless

Vice President for Information Technology, Comunilife, Inc.

Assistant Director of IT, Data Science Institute, Columbia University

President, Nonprofit Solutions Network


Session B:  Crowdfunding: Challenges & Opportunities

Sometimes crowdfunding is a large source of an organization’s budget, and for others, it may even be counterproductive. How do you know the pros and cons of crowdfunding for your organization or a specific project? How do you create specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely crowdfunding goals that benefit your nonprofit? This session will provide attendees with strategies for determining when crowdfunding is the best option for fundraising and spreading your organization’s message.



Director, Digital Fundraising and Marketing, International Rescue Committee


Senior Consultant, Armbruster Consulting 

Director, National Events, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

CEO, GiveGab

President, Yurgosky


12:20 pm Keynote Presentation

Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer, New York City

12:40pm Networking Luncheon

1:35pm CTO/CIO Roundtable: Introducing Technology into Existing, More Traditional Organizations

Technology truly has changed everything for nonprofits. New technology can increase productivity at your organization so that your employees can focus on your mission. While these technologies may warrant a new and different approach, they are vital and powerful tools to bringing more traditional nonprofits into the digital age. Hear from leaders in the field as they share success stories on the best ways for organizations to incorporate new technology and effectively communicate in our ever-changing digital world.



VP For Information Technology, Fordham University


Chief Information Officer, March of Dimes Foundation

Executive Director, Business & Technology Solutions, New Leaders

Vice President of Information Technology, Saint Dominic's Home

Business Analysis - Information Technology, Teach For America


2:20pm Keynote Presentation

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM and President, IBM Foundation


2:50pm Digital Media Monitoring, Analytics and Optimization

Utilizing digital media includes monitoring your success. How many people are seeing your content or hearing your message? How is your target audience reacting? Who is engaging with your organization and involved in your mission? How do you create specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely crowdfunding goals that benefit your nonprofit?



Chief Digital & Communications Officer, The Supportive Housing Network of New York


Project Manager, Technology, Center for Court Innovation

CTO & Founder, GiveGab

Digital Media Manager, The Rockefeller Foundation



3:35 pm Networking/Break


3:55 pm What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know about Cloud Computing

For many people, cloud computing seems like an abstract or challenging concept, but most don’t realize that the new technological norm is much less complex than it may seem. This forum will allow attendees to understand and discuss the benefits and risks surrounding the “Cloud.” Does cloud computing increase or decrease my organizations costs? Will my cloud computing systems rely on help from information technology gurus, or does it make my work easier? Attendees will learn the essentials of cloud computing so they can compare it with other models or strategies.



Executive Director, The New York Distance Learning Association


CFO, Esprit Data Ltd.

Of Counsel, Perlman & Perlman, LLP

Information Security Administrator, ISO, Siena College

Managing Partner, Synaptitude

4:40 pm The Growth and Impact of E-learning

More and more nonprofits, schools and associations are turning to eLearning to meet their needs. These platforms with features like content sharing, reporting, calendaring, and administrative tools can help everyone involved in your organization stay up-to-date and in sync with one another. They can help save time, paper and money by being based in the cloud, deployed in many major languages, and unite all users regardless of where they live or what languages they understand.  Further to this, there are many groups implementing programming as part of their lesson plans which diversifies the talent pipeline of students who pursue computer science and technology.



Director of Learning and Engagement. CodeNow


Lead Innovator, Farmingdale School District & Co-Founder, School Leadership 2.0

Director, Women Who Code NYC

President & Founder, Young Men For Gender Equality & President/ Founder, Pink Life Against Breast Cancer A.C. 


5:30pm Closing Announcements, Raffle Winners & End of Conference