We'll be talking about data, data practices, and databases, one of the most challenging parts of nonprofit tech. We'll start by taking a quick overview of what folks in the room are doing to track data (paper records, spreadsheets, and more modern options). Then we'll move into a discussion on CiviCRM, an open source database platform that is geared specifically to the nonprofit sector, and take a look at a couple of implementations for specific kinds of data tracking. Organizers: Kara Carrell is a Board Member for
ProjectVIDA/ProjectLIFE, and as a Social Media Enthusiast, she moderates the
501 Tech Club of Chicago. Dave Chakrabarti is founding a startup! Nonprofitable.org builds
Drupal / CiviCRM solutions for nonprofits. Prior to this, Dave built Drupal-based websites as a project manager for the Chicago Technology Cooperative and was an internet marketing consultant.
Gordon Dymowski has over ten years' experience in public health community mobilization, from working on tobacco control and clean air policy to working with chemical dependency and the homeless. Currently, Gordon has shifted to the corporate side, working as social media analyst/strategist and researcher. Gordon also has over fifteen years involvement in the online realm, starting with the Prodigy BB, and currently blogs about comics, television, and pop culture.
Jonathan Eyler-Werve directs field operations for Global Integrity, an anti-corruption watchdog collaborating online in 92 countries.
Michael Maranda promoting digital excellence, media & social justice through purposive community and field-building. Heidi Massey is a nonprofit/community benefit organization specialist. She works with organizations to help them with outreach, diversity, volunteer recruitment/management and program/leadership/staff development.