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Learn how to make the most out of your nonprofit technology with this free podcast. Only 50% of nonprofit technology projects succeed. The technology moves forward, but the organization stays in place. Why? Because although new technology can be powerful, it can’t transform a nonprofit on its own. Technology change is organizational change. Change management is key. Build Consulting has extensive experience transforming nonprofit organizations. We combine deep data and information technology experience with an on-the-ground knowledge of the daily realities of life at a nonprofit. Because of our experience, we understand your unique challenges… and can ground your organization in what is needed to get the most from your investments.

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Learn how to make the most out of your nonprofit technology with this free podcast. Only 50% of nonprofit technology projects succeed. The technology moves forward, but the organization stays in place. Why? Because although new technology can be powerful, it can’t transform a nonprofit on its own. Technology change is organizational change. Change management is key. Build Consulting has extensive experience transforming nonprofit organizations. We combine deep data and information technology experience with an on-the-ground knowledge of the daily realities of life at a nonprofit. Because of our experience, we understand your unique challenges… and can ground your organization in what is needed to get the most from your investments.

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Episodes

Fireside Chat: Johan Hammerstrom on AI

12/22/2023
This episode is all about AI and how it is impacting our working and personal lives now, particularly if you work at a nonprofit and you are trying to figure out where to invest in AI tools, and where to wait for the technology to develop further. Kyle Haines and guest Johan Hammerstom discuss fear of missing out, where to be cautious, and where to test-drive AI before taking the plunge. They discuss Microsoft’s Copilot at length as an AI application that everyone using Microsoft products will eventually see integrate across the Microsoft Office. Johan is CEO of Community IT Innovators, an MSP providing outsourced IT support exclusively to nonprofits. Community IT and Build Consulting have a long history of partnership and have worked with many of the same clients over the years. Kyle and Johan also go way back. Sometimes those conversations between colleagues and friends of longstanding are the best kind to listen in on, and this discussion explores questions and cautions that these experts have about this “wild west” phase of AI we are living through now as the technology sorts itself into products and services. They also touch on the ways different generations interact with knowledge, and the way our algorithms can make echo chambers out of the media we consume. Our Fireside Chats are designed for audiences with varied experiences with technology. In this Fireside Chat with Johan Hammerstrom on AI, learn more about leading nonprofits by understanding new technologies as they emerge, and how those new tools can fit your use case.

Duration:00:37:09

Fireside Chat: Katie McFadden and Ryan Ozimek on Dreamforce

9/22/2023
In this episode, Kyle Haines from Build Consulting catches up with Katie McFadden from Common Voyage and Ryan Ozimek from Picnet/Soapbox Engage after the Dreamforce conference from Salesforce, to learn their impressions and what they will be looking for in the next few years from Salesforce for nonprofits. This conversation centers on integrating Salesforce into the way nonprofits work, and integrating Salesforce into the activities that are driving their nonprofit impact. Our Fireside Chats are designed for audiences with varied experiences with technology. In this Fireside Chat with Katie McFadden and Ryan Ozimek on Dreamforce, learn more about what nonprofits can expect from Salesforce, and how Salesforce integrated with your organization can be transformative.

Duration:00:22:21

Fireside Chat: Miriam Dicks on Culture

7/21/2023
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Duration:00:47:15

Fireside Chat: Karen Graham on Learning

6/9/2023
Some of the best conversations are inspired by sitting around the fire and thinking of possibilities and visions – large and small. Guest Karen Graham has a long academic and practitioner career working with technology and nonprofits and asking the question “What is learning?” Listen to her conversation with Kyle to understand more about learning nonprofits. How you can work to define learning for your organization? How do you ensure your technology projects embrace learning as you implement and evaluate your nonprofit tech? How can your organization utilize learning as a differentiator, and what does that do to create tech successes? In this fireside chat Karen and Kyle discuss software selection and learning platforms, but their conversation is not limited to education platforms alone. Is your organization fully involving your stakeholders in design and decision making? What do your clients, grantees, and staff have to teach you? Where are you missing the expertise in your own network, and how can you build cultures and technology tools that help everyone contribute to what your nonprofit is learning? Our Fireside Chats are designed for audiences with varied experiences with technology. In this Fireside Chat with Karen Graham learn more about learning itself – how we learn, where learning occurs, and why being a learning organization is essential to nonprofits as they embrace technology.

Duration:00:48:29

Leadership in IT at Nonprofits pt 2

5/19/2023
Conversation and advice from Build Consulting's David Deal and Community IT Innovators' CEO Johan Hammerstrom. Learn how to grow leadership potential and manage IT without being pigeonholed into leadership OR tech - our nonprofit community needs leaders who can do both. Between them, Johan and David have decades of experience both in being executive leaders and in interacting with IT leaders at nonprofit clients, from large to small, with a variety of IT needs. In this webinar on leadership in IT at nonprofits, David and Johan took questions and shared practical advice and tips for developing leadership skills around IT management, whether or not you are “the IT person.” Part 1 includes a discussion and advice on how to grow your career as a leader if you start out in IT, including resources from the experts, which we share in the transcript. Part 2 covers how to align your IT strategy and your organizational strategy as a nonprofit leader. Johan and David also touch on how to nurture three essential leadership traits in the second part of this podcast. As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. Build and Community IT are passionately vendor-agnostic. This conversation delves into the career paths and resources to become a leader in IT and create tech opportunities for your nonprofit.

Duration:00:27:30

Leadership in IT at Nonprofits pt 1

5/19/2023
Conversation and advice from Build Consulting's David Deal and Community IT Innovators' CEO Johan Hammerstrom. Learn how to grow leadership potential and manage IT without being pigeonholed into leadership OR tech - our nonprofit community needs leaders who can do both. Between them, Johan and David have decades of experience both in being executive leaders and in interacting with IT leaders at nonprofit clients, from large to small, with a variety of IT needs. In this webinar on leadership in IT at nonprofits, David and Johan took questions and shared practical advice and tips for developing leadership skills around IT management, whether or not you are “the IT person.” Part 1 includes a discussion and advice on how to grow your career as a leader if you start out in IT, including resources from the experts, which we share in the transcript. Part 2 covers how to align your IT strategy and your organizational strategy as a nonprofit leader. Johan and David also touch on how to nurture three essential leadership traits in the second part of this podcast. As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. Build and Community IT are passionately vendor-agnostic. This conversation delves into the career paths and resources to become a leader in IT and create tech opportunities for your nonprofit.

Duration:00:21:16

Fireside Chat: Justin Melnick on the Power of Brand

4/14/2023
Some of the best conversations are inspired by sitting around the fire and thinking of possibilities and visions – large and small. Guest Justin Melnik has a rich experience working with major brands like QVC. He also is a professor at Temple University where he teaches branding and marketing strategy. For any nonprofit that’s thinking about doing a brand refresh, has recently completed one, or is thinking about how to invest in branding, read on for a deep discussion on what branding has to do for nonprofits.

Duration:00:35:56

Nonprofit Change Management Framework for Technology Projects

3/10/2023
A powerful, practical framework for change Nonprofit Technology Change Management Most technology projects have non-technological goals: raise more money, reach more supporters, serve more program participants, or become more efficient. To reach those goals, not only must the technology improve, but the habits and behaviors of system users must change – sometimes significantly. In this video, we share a framework on how to manage the challenges of aligning organizational change with technology projects. Learn how to examine the impacts of a technology change and identify the steps required for an organization to manage the change. Peter Gross and Johan Hammerstrom also answer questions from the audience on specific change management issues such as communication, the role of leadership, and how to address siloed departments with organization-wide technology change. Download the free framework here: https://buildconsulting.com/learning/resource-change-management-template-free/

Duration:00:33:06

We Are All Data Managers: Learn How To Up Your Game

2/10/2023
What are the Six Steps to Becoming a Data Management Ninja? This episode discusses the skills, many of which are non-technical, that any nonprofit staff member can use to improve their role in data management and help their organization tell their stories better. The Six Steps to Becoming a Data Management Ninja In ways both large and small, every person working at a non-profit shares some data management responsibility whether you’re in development, programs, finance, HR, IT, the executive office or any other department, you’ve got to manage data effectively. Managing data could be entering data and keeping it up to date or running imports, exports or reports but it could also mean just conducting the kind of operations that create the environment for good data management. From building an organization’s culture to hiring the right people, designing and managing a program or a campaign or simply properly executing a process that leads to a good outcome. So, like it or not, we are all data managers and we all have skills that we need to develop to go along with that. The better the data we have, the better we can tell the story of our nonprofit's mission and work - to donors, board members, the public at large, volunteers, clients, and employees.

Duration:00:24:48

Successful Nonprofit Change Management

1/16/2023
A powerful, practical framework for change Nonprofit Technology Change Management Most technology projects have non-technological goals: raise more money, reach more supporters, serve more program participants, or become more efficient. To reach those goals, not only must the technology improve, but the habits and behaviors of system users must change – sometimes significantly. In this podcast presentation, former founding Partner Peter Gross defines nonprofit change maangement and walks through a brief case study. He then answered audience questions from nonprofit practitioners. This presentation was originally hosted by Data Analysts for Good. Download the Build Consulting Change Management template.

Duration:00:37:29

Improving Donor Data: A Real-Life Story

12/16/2022
Organizations often have years of donor data that doesn’t inform action. Information about donors and prospects contained in CRM for nonprofits—when properly managed and analyzed—can have a dramatic impact! Luckily, there are techniques to transform data into information—improving donor data to drive outcomes. In this episode, we share a story of how one nonprofit organization improved their donor data. This story is organized into three parts: Clearing for Action Taking Action Assessing the Outcomes This story includes key lessons that can be leveraged by any nonprofit to increase organizational knowledge of its constituents while turning that information into outcomes. You’ll learn a variety of helpful strategies and tactics to create better donor data. You can apply these lessons to improve your own donor data and create your own success story!

Duration:00:27:33

5 Hacks to Weave Constituent Experience Into Your Organzation pt 2

12/2/2022
Being an expert in user experience doesn’t mean that you’re an expert designer or programmer. User experience is about how constituents experience your nonprofit organization. Learn five user experience “hacks” that come before technology—and how to create a “user-centric” experience of your organization. In pt 2 of this webinar hosted by Community IT Innovators' Johan Hammerstrom, Kyle Haines, Co-Founding Partner of Build Consulting, answers registrant and attendee questions to dig a little deeper into the concepts and how they can transform your thinking about your tech projects. The Five Hacks

Duration:00:20:54

5 Hacks to Weave Constituent Experience Into Your Organization pt 1

11/18/2022
Being an expert in user experience doesn’t mean that you’re an expert designer or programmer. User experience is about how constituents experience your nonprofit organization. Learn five user experience “hacks” that come before technology—and how to create a “user-centric” experience of your organization. In pt 1 of this webinar hosted by Community IT Innovators' Johan Hammerstrom, Kyle Haines, Co-Founding Partner of Build Consulting, walks us through a novel process for thinking about delivering nonprofit technology projects. In pt 2 Johan and Kyle answer registrant and attendee questions to dig a little deeper into the concepts and how they can transform your thinking about your tech projects. The Five Hacks

Duration:00:29:28

Ask the Experts on Nonprofit Development Operations and Technology pt 2

11/4/2022
In part 2, moderated by former Partner Peter Mirus, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion about the challenges facing modern development/fundraising operations. We answer questions from the audience about development operations and technology challenges, and share insights and experience from our combined decades of experience in nonprofit strategy and constituent relationship management (CRM). The Questions I’m starting an individual giving program from the ground up. What should be my major focus points? What are the potential pitfalls in selecting a new CRM system for my organization? Our CRM seemed perfect during the sales pitch in but reality, there are a lot of workarounds that are taking up a lot of my time. What’s the role of leadership and supporting good constituent relationship management practices?

Duration:00:32:35

Ask the Experts on Nonprofit Development Operations and Technology pt 1

10/20/2022
In this episode, moderated by former Partner Peter Mirus, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion about the challenges facing modern development/fundraising operations. We answer questions from the audience about development operations and technology challenges, and share insights and experience from our combined decades of experience in nonprofit strategy and constituent relationship management (CRM). The Questions We shared our thoughts in answer to the following questions: What have been the major fundraising development, technology trends and evolutions over the past three to four years? It seems that Salesforce has dominated the market. Do you think, Microsoft or any other company has a chance to be competitive? What should non-profit fundraising and development look for in the future evolution of CRM technology? What are the kinds of improvements or enhancements that we should expect to see maybe over the next year or two or even longer than that? Do you think there are more advancements that can be made with data visualization or have those peaks been reached?

Duration:00:24:15

SharePoint for Nonprofits pt 2

10/6/2022
In Pt 2, Kyle and Steve dig further into listener questions and talk about those 1000+ unedited photos from the 2011 Gala you want to migrate and store in your new online SharePoint, and how to manage a migration in general. Do you have questions about file sharing and collaboration at your nonprofit? Do you use Microsoft 365? If you use Teams to share files with colleagues, you use SharePoint. Have you been confused about SharePoint in the past? Sometimes SharePoint training can be overwhelming. SharePoint can also be over-built and overly complicated for the basic user. In this webinar, we answer your most common questions and walk you through the ways SharePoint makes sharing files easier. Kyle Haines, Partner at Build Consulting, and Steve Longenecker, Director of IT Consulting at Community IT, have an expert discussion on SharePoint for Nonprofits. Between them the panelists have a breadth of knowledge on nonprofit use of SharePoint. They cover the advantages and challenges of this tool; migrations, training, and change management; and how to set up file architecture to match your organization’s style. SharePoint is a powerful tool for many applications; in this webinar we focus on using it for file sharing. We got so many questions on moving from a “sites” model for SharePoint (if you implemented SharePoint a few years ago) to using folders and accessing files through Teams that we plan another webinar specific to those questions for the future. SharePoint is the tool within the Microsoft Office 365 online suite that provides a platform for storing, sharing and collaborating on documents. If you have Microsoft 365, you have SharePoint. If you are not using it to collaborate with your colleagues, or if you are finding it frustrating or hard to use, this webinar gives some tips and answers to your questions! As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. Build and Community IT are passionately vendor-agnostic.

Duration:00:34:39

SharePoint for Nonprofits pt 1

9/23/2022
Do you have questions about file sharing and collaboration at your nonprofit? Do you use Microsoft 365? If you use Teams to share files with colleagues, you use SharePoint. Have you been confused about SharePoint in the past? Sometimes SharePoint training can be overwhelming. SharePoint can also be over-built and overly complicated for the basic user. In this webinar, we answer your most common questions and walk you through the ways SharePoint makes sharing files easier. Kyle Haines, Partner at Build Consulting, and Steve Longenecker, Director of IT Consulting at Community IT, have an expert discussion on SharePoint for Nonprofits. Between them the panelists have a breadth of knowledge on nonprofit use of SharePoint. They cover the advantages and challenges of this tool; migrations, training, and change management; and how to set up file architecture to match your organization’s style. SharePoint is a powerful tool for many applications; in this webinar we focus on using it for file sharing. We got so many questions on moving from a “sites” model for SharePoint (if you implemented SharePoint a few years ago) to using folders and accessing files through Teams that we plan another webinar specific to those questions for the future. SharePoint is the tool within the Microsoft Office 365 online suite that provides a platform for storing, sharing and collaborating on documents. If you have Microsoft 365, you have SharePoint. If you are not using it to collaborate with your colleagues, or if you are finding it frustrating or hard to use, this webinar gives some tips and answers to your questions! As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. Build and Community IT are passionately vendor-agnostic.

Duration:00:28:48

Nonprofit Development, Meet Accounting pt 2

8/26/2022
Nonprofit organizations often enter and manage key financial data in places other than their accounting system—and require that the data flow into the general ledger. But getting the data from those systems—for managing fundraising, membership, grants, or services—into the accounting system is rarely as straightforward as we would like it to be. In this episode part 2, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion on how nonprofit development and accounting teams can better work together in managing financial data. The Questions We shared our thoughts in answer to the following questions:

Duration:00:28:26

Nonprofit Development, Meet Accounting pt 1

8/12/2022
Nonprofit organizations often enter and manage key financial data in places other than their accounting system—and require that the data flow into the general ledger. But getting the data from those systems—for managing fundraising, membership, grants, or services—into the accounting system is rarely as straightforward as we would like it to be. In this episode part 1, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion on how nonprofit development and accounting teams can better work together in managing financial data. The Questions We shared our thoughts in answer to the following questions:

Duration:00:27:32

Change Management: Practical Solutions, Not Just Buzzwords pt 2

7/29/2022
In Part 2 of this presentation, Build’s newest Partner Debbie Cameron presents Change Management: Practical Solutions, Not Just Buzzwords virtually at the 202 Good Tech Fest conference. This accessible explanation of her consulting passion is a timeless exploration of practical steps your organization can implement right now. “Change management” is a discipline with rigorous methodologies but applying it to your organization or technology project is an art. Debbie helps demystify the discipline and walks through practical and innovative tools to help you apply change management principles to your unique situation. Part 2 covers the steps and tools of change management planning in more depth.

Duration:00:40:49