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 about 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: Here’s the details of each and how we use them. Kindful is the hub of our donation / donor tracking. We keep a record of every donation made to Beat Nb here. We’re able to easily …

How to Start an LLC Lean

My friend Roy came by the office today asking me how to start a company. He already has good income coming in from his production business, and is ready to officially become a legitimate corporate entity. I was going to write him an email, but since this might be useful information to other up and coming businessfolk, here you go! tl;dr: I like LegalZoom, Quickbooks Online, Squarespace, and Chase. There are many other ways. 🙂 How to Start an LLC It’s really easy to set up a business, and you don’t need to hire a lawyer or consultant anymore. Note: it’s still a super …

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24 hours with Canary

We were robbed a couple weeks ago. As far as robberies go, the outcome was about the best it could be. It could have been much worse. No one was hurt, and the jerk only stole $60 in cash (which was a donation for Because of Ezra a friend had given us!) Still, it was dangerous for our good friend who was watching our house, and the feeling of someone walking into your home to take your things and put your family at risk (he had priors for violence, too) is more violating than I realized it’d feel. Robyn has been noting our need …

Canceling Cable

We recently canceled our cable. It’s been about 4 months now, so I thought I’d share how it’s gone. In a nutshell – great. Our Setup Pre-Cancel We had Brighthouse cable here in Tampa, with high-speed internet (40 MB/s). The total cost each month with HBO/Showtime was around $240/month. As digital video has become more and more prevalent, with content on demand services ruling the web now, I figured we could get the most out of our TV experience without cable. We have three TVs (two full size and one small – two had a cable box), as well as …