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Struggling with IT issues? We can help!

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has partnered with Idealware to offer a series of free classes to help local nonprofits create and carry out effective technology plans.

Space is limited to just 20 organizations. The 10-week workshop begins February 5.
Click here to to register today.


·         Free opportunity for local nonprofits to learn how to develop and carry out an IT plan

·         Five online class sessions over 10 weeks; includes time with instructors on alternate weeks

·         Self-assessments that guide nonprofits through each area of study

·         Includes instruction on core fundamentals and more complex subjects, such as:

o   Broadcast email best practices

o   Data back-up strategies

o   Role of social media in fundraising

o   Creating and maintaining engaging websites

o   Mission-specific software options

o   Constituent tracking methodologies


·         Nonprofit organizations located in Cambria, Bedford, and Somerset counties

·         Must have operating budgets between $25,000 and $1 million

·         IRS-designated 501c3 organizations only (no 501c4 designations or governmental organizations)

·         Limited to the first 25 organizations that sign up


Classes begin February 5th and are held every other Wednesday as noted below:

·         Feb 5th            11:30- 1:00      Introduction to the Technology Pyramid: Beginning a Technology Plan

·         Feb 19th          11:30- 1:00      Tool Focus: Infrastructure

·         Mar 5th           11:30- 1:00      Tool Focus: Data Management

·         Mar 19th         11:30- 1:00      Tool Focus: Online Communications

·         Apr 2nd           11:30- 1:00      Creating and Integrating: Strategically Creating and Integrating Your Technology Plan

At the end of the course, participants can submit their plan for consideration to receive one of six mini-grants for the most thoughtful and organization-appropriate technology plans.

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, click here to reserve your space. Space is limited to 25 participants.


Laura Quinn, Executive Director, Idealware, has been working in the software sector for more than 15 years. She has helped nonprofits create Internet strategies, select appropriate software, and build sophisticated websites on a limited budget. She has also selected software, designed interfaces and conducted user research for multi-million dollar software and website implementations with companies such as Accenture and iXL. She is a frequent speaker and writer on nonprofit technology topics.

Andrea Berry, Director of Partnerships and Learning, Idealware, oversees Idealware’s fundraising and training activities including sponsorship, corporate and individual giving, grants management and online seminars. Prior to joining Idealware, Andrea held fundraising positions in education, health research and museums and has taught math, performing arts and history in traditional and non-traditional educational settings. She brings a breadth of experience with fundraising software, particularly as it relates to small nonprofits, and has worked as a consultant with nonprofits to help identify appropriate donor management software.

Contact Angie Berzonski at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM by Angie Berzonski

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