TechConnect is the educational arm of TechFoundation, bringing technology expertise to the nonprofit community. Created specifically for nonprofit decision makers who may or may not have a technical background, TechConnect is a series of events designed to bring local nonprofit communities together while providing high-quality educational seminars.
The TechConnect curriculum focuses on issues facing nonprofits today and is developed in conjunction with nonprofit leaders, technology experts, and consultants. By offering these seminars, TechConnect facilitates peer-learning, establishes peer-support networks within local nonprofit communities, and fosters critical dialogue about integrating mission-based technology.
TechConnect was conceived in late 2001 as an informal lunch forum where nonprofit decision-makers could discuss pressing technology issues. In less than a year, TechConnect has grown into an esteemed national seminar series with events from coast to coast, drawing an audience of thousands of nonprofit decision-makers.
Responding to the nonprofit community’s overwhelming need for technology information, TechConnect has created eight, 90-minute curriculum modules:
- IT Budgeting and Planning
- A Checklist for Healthy IT Systems
- Technical Decision Making for the Non-Technical Manager
- IT Staffing Strategies
- IT Sustainability
- IT Fundraising
- IT Security
In 2002, local technology leaders presented TechConnect seminars in thirteen different cities across the United States, including New York, San Diego, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston. As it has grown, TechConnect has drawn the attention of respected funders such as the Boston Foundation and the Verizon Foundation, who generously sponsor TechConnect events throughout the Northeast.
By the end of 2003, TechConnect had offered its quarterly seminar series in twenty different locations around the United States.
Keeping pace with the shifting technology landscape, TechConnect continued to hone and update its existing curriculum, while at the same time doubling the total number of technology topics in 2004-2005. TechConnectalso secured additional partnerships with funders as the program expanded.
Momentum is strong as TechConnect enters 2006-2007 with a history of success, a growing demand for its services, and a continued commitment to bridging the digital divide and bringing the nonprofit community much-needed technology education resources.