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[liberationtech] For nonprofit professionals: "So, a database has landed in your lap. Now what?"

Deborah Elizabeth Finn deborah_elizabeth_finn at post.harvard.edu
Mon Aug 17 10:18:36 PDT 2015


Dear Liberation Tech Colleagues,

(Putting on my TNB hat.)

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as TNB) is pleased to invite local
employees of nonprofit organizations to a Roundtable session on database
management with Nicole Shiner of United Way of Massachusetts Bay/Merrimack
Valley and Shane Culliton of Codman Square Neighborhood Development
Corporation.

This session is for you if your situation can be described in this way:

"I’m new to a nonprofit organization, and now the database responsibility
falls to me. Help!"

or in this way:

"My predecessor just left this nonprofit organization, and now the database
responsibility falls to me. Help!"

Here's what Nicole and Shane say about this session:

"This discussion will go over a process of beginning to understand how your
current database works and if the data collected is the right data to track
your org’s progress toward desired outcomes.  We will start with first
understanding what you want your system to collect, moving into how it is
aligned with your organization's data needs and how that aligns with what
data is currently collected and what changes need to be made.  Once armed
with any necessary changes, we can then discuss ways to present your
findings and build your case for data collection change."

Here's a little bit about Nicole:

Nicole Shiner joined the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in 2004, and is
now the operations manager for community impact.  In this role, Nicole’s
primary responsibility is managing and maintaining data about United Way
investments in agencies and the outputs and outcomes associated with those
investments.

Nicole comes to the United Way with a background as a paralegal from
Washington State and numerous awards for outstanding Customer Service.

Here's a little bit about Shane:

Shane Culliton joined Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in
April of 2014 as their Systems and Data Manager.  Over the last year, he
has been guiding the program staff through the processes of pertinent data
capture, analysis, and impact measurement.

His past positions include Project Manager of the Choice Neighborhood
Planning Initiative and Program Manager of the Woonsocket Main Street
Program at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. He holds an undergraduate
degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, and an
MBA from Webster University.

Please note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session
will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service.  It will be a
professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want
to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not
designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants,
job-seekers, and others.

3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by
nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts
Nonprofit Network.

4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit
professionals. However, you must have a confirmed reservation in order to
attend.

5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register
for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a
good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the
waiting list.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation!

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place | South Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 617.504.8188 | Fax: 888.527.9333
deborah at techboston.com | techboston.com
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