Technology for Non-profits: Leaders Will Demonstrate Potential at Tech for Social Impact Day

The world’s needs are changing and expanding, so the demands on non-profits are becoming more intense. To support the growing need for these organizations, Microsoft formed its Technology for Social Impact group, dedicated to serving non-profits worldwide by helping them leverage technology like the cloud. As a Microsoft Partner that specializes in solutions for non-profits, AKA has aligned with Tech for Social Impact to ensure our nonprofit clients are able to take advantage of what Microsoft can offer.

As part of our joint effort to help non-profits, AKA is excited to be hosting Tech for Social Impact Day (TSI Day) on January 22nd at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City. TSI Day offers non-profits an educational opportunity to learn how technology can help them achieve greater social impact fulfill their missions.

In our experience, the non-profit community is always willing to share their experience and help each other in any way they can. TSI Day also presents an opportunity for them to do just that, not only through the educational sessions throughout the day, but also through networking with fellow attendees and the Microsoft Tech for Social Impact team, which will be at the event in force.

Unlike typical seminars, TSI Day is structured to facilitate interaction, featuring panel discussions with non-profit leaders that will bring different perspectives, experience, and best practices to each topic. Our guest speakers include leaders from Americares, The Commit Partnership (Commit2Dallas), NetHope, LifeWorks, International Rescue Committee, and more.

Justin Spelhaug, General Manager of the Tech for Social Impact group, will be kicking off the afternoon with the keynote address, discussing how leveraging technology and striving for digital transformation to battle the challenges facing non-profits can result in a greater impact.

The afternoon will continue with three powerful panel sessions, moderated by Katie Leonberger, President and CEO of CRE, a non-profit consulting firm that provides the strategies and tools needed to build sustainable, high-performing organizations:

Harnessing the Power of Data: How to Help Your Non-Profit Provide Evidence Based Outcomes and Manage Resources, Funding, and Reporting to Better Support the People You Serve

Outcomes are the ultimate measuring stick for non-profits. If they cannot be measured, there is no way to determine the success of a program or initiative. That can lead to a decline in service and loss of funding. How can you cost-effectively manage large amounts of data to gain critical, actionable insights that create a real impact on the people you serve?

Panel: Kyle Turk, IT Director at LifeWorks, Erica Adams, Managing Director of Strategic Relationships at The Commit Partnership, Ashwina Kirpalani, Managing Director of Analytics at The Commit Partnership, Ernest Ostro, Director of Applications at International Rescue Committee, Erik Arnold, Director of Industry Solutions at Microsoft, and Lori Kunick, Solution Architect at AKA Enterprise Solutions

To Protect and Serve: How Non-Profits Can Gain and Maintain the Trust of Beneficiaries, Donors, and Volunteers by Guarding Their Information Against Any Threat or Disaster

Studies show that 43% of organizations that lose a significant amount of data immediately shut down and never open back up again. Your non-profit organization and the people you serve can’t afford to take that risk. Are you prepared to protect the data that supports what you do from the next disaster—natural or otherwise?

Panel: Vish Jain, VP of IT at Americares; John Ryan Brooks, Director of Systems at Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Sonia Dua, Information Security Manager at Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Tim Walton, Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft; and Greg Inks, Cloud Practice Lead at AKA Enterprise Solutions

Making Connections that Serve Your Mission: How Non-Profits Can Break Down Barriers to Better Support Donors, Volunteers, and Beneficiaries

A non-profit cannot survive without those who support it. Employees, donors, and volunteers are the backbone of your organization—and part of your mission is to take care of them. How do you make sure everyone is on the same page, clearing the path for effective communication and collaboration across the board? Are your front and back office supporting your mission and contributing to positive outcomes? 

Panel: Kevin Gilrain, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Americares; Rob Bushway, Director of Application Architecture at Americares; Rochelle Eichner, Regional Lead, Americas, Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft; and Jim Bretschneider, Executive Vice President of Solutions at AKA Enterprise Solutions

Registration closes Friday, January 18 at 11:45 AM ET. If you can’t attend, we will be recording the keynote session and posting it on the AKA website. Learn more about this free event…and register today!

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Contributor: Bryn Forrest

As Director, Government, Not for Profit, Media Industries, and Existing Customer Marketing for AKA, Bryn has more than 26 years of experience in marketing management, 17 of those with AKA. Under her leadership, AKA has been recognized by Microsoft for excellence in marketing.

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