Every nonprofit uses technology, whether or not they have a tech team or technologist on staff. When we first approached this topic we realized that questions ranged from one end of the spectrum to the other.
If I don't know what my technology needs are, how do I hire a tech savvy person to join my team? How do I create efficiencies when my primary tech goal is to know and understand my donors? What should I know about IT and security? How do I know when to build custom software? Where do I find good off the shelf tools for nonprofits? What are some of the free or reduced cost tech resources?
If you are struggling with tech or wondering how to make better tech decisions for your nonprofit, join us for this lunch and learn session. We’ve gathered panelists from a variety of industries to offer tips, resources and best practices. We'd also love to hear about your tips, resources and upcoming nonprofit events!
Dean Eli Mercer, Dean of Technology, Health and Business at Tarrant County College
Jeff Howard, Founder of Net Res
Cheryle Hays, Director of Outreach and Development at Rising Tide Initiative
Michael Gillihan, Founder of PurposeWP and Organizer for the Fort Worth WordPress User Group Meetup
We are grateful to NetRes for sponsoring our lunches! NetRes is a local managed IT service provider who provides technology support to many local DFW nonprofits. Learn more about them at:
WeWork Clearfork is on the 4th floor of the Frost Bank building in Clearfork. There is a parking garage next to the building that you can use. On the 4th floor take a right into the main lobby and we'll have signage posted from there.
Image credit: Stone Soup Creative from their post about the 2015 NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).
Eli D. Mercer is honored to join the team at Tarrant County College – Northeast and serve as the new Divisional Dean of Technology, Health and Business. His academic area of specialization is Entrepreneurship and his career has been focused on launching new businesses and growing global collaborations between education, business, and government in the areas of innovation, technology commercialization, and economic development.
Eli has held leadership positions in higher education since 2005 when he brought 15 years of experience in the private sector as an entrepreneur and business owner to the role of founding General Manager of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2008 he joined the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas in Austin where he served as Manager of Global Technology Commercialization Programs as well as McCombs School of Business as Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Eli has worked with and consulted community colleges since 2009 when he joined the Austin Community College International Business Institute as an Adjunct Professor of International Business.
Mr. Mercer’s doctoral research is focused on the role of the Community College in Regional Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development. He is excited to join the Tarrant County College team and looks forward to working with faculty, staff, and partner institutions to develop outstanding teaching and learning opportunities to enrich the lives of students and meet the needs of employers.
Bio coming soon. In the meantime, here is Cheryle's Linkedin Profile: https://linkedin.com/in/cheryle-hays-099a8a9
Michael Gillihan is a highly adaptable technology executive with a proven ability to lead teams in fast-paced, mission-critical environments. An innovative and strategic partner helping mission-driven organizations adopt digital technology to enhance their operations, achieve their goals and grow their impact. Military veteran and lifelong learner eager to meet new challenges head-on.
Michael is the founder of PurposeWP, co-organizer for the Fort Worth WordPress Meetup and co-organizer of WordCamp DFW.