The Modern Small to Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2021 Edition)

I wrote a list of my favorite tech for the modern nonprofit in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Here’s my updated 2021 recommendations. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for 15 years, and am now several years into being full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids at the Beat Childhood Cancer Foundation. The quick list of what we use: Kindful – our donor management CRM WordPress – powering our website WP-Engine – the best WordPress hosting Give – managing all our online donations Stripe – payment processing Cornerstone – turbocharge your WordPress page building Gravity Forms …

Facebook: the video host of choice for nonprofits?

At Beat Nb, we’ve been using Facebook as our main video host for the past couple years. It’s a conscious decision which we made only after studying how our videos are discovered and interacted with. One of our recent videos – Hannah’s story, who’s beating neuroblastoma cancer in Sarasota, FL. Many of the videos we create are this type – telling the stories of the kids who are the reason we do our work. Our main reason for choosing Facebook is simple: it’s where people interact with our videos most. There’s tons of options for where to host your videos …

The Modern Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2019 Edition)

I wrote a list of my favorite tech for the modern nonprofit in 2016, and again in 2017. Here’s my updated 2019 recommendations. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for 15 years, and am now full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids at Beat Nb. The quick list of what we use: Kindful – our donor management CRM WordPress – powering our website WP-Engine – the best WordPress hosting Give – managing all our online donations Stripe – payment processing Cornerstone – turbocharge your WordPress page building Slack – team communication (with so many integrations!) G …

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Running Ragnar as an Ultra Team: Ragnar Cape Cod 2018

6 of us ran Ragnar Cape Cod this past Fri/Sat as an Ultra team (6 people, 183.6 miles). 5 of us had participated in a traditional team (12 people) at Ragnar Michigan last year, so we had some familiarity with the event structure. Mandy, our 6th, had never run a Ragnar and joined the team when we were a week out. We ran it in 6 legs each. So we’d each be running about 30 miles total, anywhere from 2.3 to 10.9 miles at a time, with around 3.5 hours in between runs. We run as a fundraiser for Beat …

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The Modern Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2017 Edition)

Last year, I wrote a post called “16 Technology Tools Your Nonprofit should be Using in 2016.” As we’ve continued to refine our process over the last year and a half, this article will update on the technology tools Beat Nb uses, and my recommendation on the technology a modern mid-size nonprofit should be using. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for the last 17 years or so, and am now full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids. The quick list of what we use: Kindful – our donor management …

8 Things I Learned Working from Home

I started working from home full time in 2008. I was 26, and ModMyi.com (then only a year old) had started making enough for me to quit my “normal person job.” While my wife Robyn worked at the local pie shop (really) to help cover the bills, we were living in a 1000 square foot apartment in lovely Lutz, FL. You can see one of my first office setups at the top of this post. I started with a $40 rolling cart from Walmart. I eventually made the jump to a $120 Target desk in the corner of my bedroom in that apartment. After 6 years of working …