#15NTC – recap on another great conference

Tim Sarrantonio

Another Nonprofit Technology Conference has come and gone and as usual, it went by way too fast. We were excited to see so many nonprofit professionals, consultants, and partners learn from each other while also having a good time.

Here are some of the highlights that we saw in Austin this year:

Cloud is King
We’ve known this for years, but there were many sessions that focused on how important the cloud is not only to hosting nonprofit data but also to streamlining processes for organizations of all sizes. From the initial kick-off with WordPress and Drupal Day to the numerous talks relating to browser-based systems, it is clear that the days of relying on something installed on your computer are over.

It was also great to see so many of our partners who understand the importance of easily sharable and user-friendly systems, such as Double The Donation, One Click Politics, and DonorSearch.

Sharing is Caring
The ability to connect with other professionals in the lead up to the conference was an invaluable resource that we hope continues with future conferences, but we were also excited about the numerous “Bird of a Feather” discussions that sprang up organically during the conference itself.

Not only that, but many nonprofits have now realized the power of peer-to-peer social fundraising to share their stories and expand their mission. Three of our clients were able to do this with a panel that has also been shared when you login to the NTEN community area. Look for “Beyond The Finish Line: Integrated Social Fundraising” to see some great case studies on peer-to-peer.

Nonprofits Party Hard
We were extremely excited to host one of the Progressive Parties this year, filling Clive Bar with hundreds of folks looking to enjoy local beer, bluegrass music, and networking. We have posted a bunch of photos from the party itself here, but our favorite part was being able to give Texas-sized checks out to three lucky nonprofits. They were:

  • Pathfinder International: global leader in sexual and reproductive health
  • Friends of Francis: a global effort to encourage all people – believers and non-believers – to engage in action to make our world a better place.
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as we did and look forward to San Jose in 2016!


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