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One of our favorite activities at the Nonprofit Tech Conference (NTC) 2011 was visiting the Science Fair, held on Thursday, March 17 in the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom. Complete with over 100 companies and organizations, exhibitors shared their innovative solutions for the nonprofit sector through presentations, hands-on demos and fun giveaways.
Some of the “hot” booths this year featured fundraising software, mobile giving and smartphone tools. We chatted with a few of the exhibitors to learn more about what they do and how it might be applicable to nonprofits and the issues they care about the most.
An important tool within nonprofit technology is online fundraising. With online fundraising systems like Give2Gether, Click& Pledge, and Razoo, organizations can raise large amounts of money for both general fundraising and charity events in a short time period – with little to no IT costs! Jacques Villarrea, a Graphic Designer at Razoo, told us more about online fundraising in the video below.
With donations at the top of the priority list for nonprofit organizations, many of the exhibitors this year addressed online and mobile giving. Additionally, some organizations have focused on just how much of an impact mobile giving can have.
mGive – a mobile giving platform – offers a method of mobile giving that uses text messaging for donor engagement and fundraising. Recently, they release a Text Giving Donor Survey Report that studies the demographic data, impact and usefulness of mobile giving. In the video below, Brian Leamy, Executive Vice President of mGive, tells us more about mGive and their report.
The importance of mobile pages has also risen in recent years, as more and more nonprofits and their target markets are using smartphones. Now more than ever, it’s important for an organization to make sure their site is viewable and accessible on both computers and mobile devices. SmartOnline, Inc. assists nonprofits in creating mobile pages so that information is always available on the go. Anusha Sethuraman, a product market associate at Smart Online, told us how Smart Online can help nonprofits in the video below.
For a list of vendors present at the NTC 2011 Science Fair, visit www.nten.org/ntc/science-fair.
Guest blogger Andrea Lum is an intern at the Case Foundation.
Reference to these companies does not imply any endorsement by the Case Foundation.