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Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (Partner Series)

Three sessions on Thursdays starting Nov. 7 and ending Nov. 21, 2019


This series is being offered in partnership with Idealware

Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face.

During this course you will learn:

  • Familiarize yourself with the basics of your organization’s infrastructure.
  • Learn the fundamentals of networking and backing up shared files.
  • Discover best practices of an effective software administrator.
  • Explore new software options.
  • Review security risks and safety principles.
  • Discuss technology planning and how to help organizations get what they need from their technology resources.
  • Learn how to keep IT responsibilities from taking over your job.

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 1pm-2:30pm

November 7: Hardware Infrastructure Basics
Computers, printers, phones, routers—there are a lot of gadgets that can turn glitchy. This session will cover the basics you need to know about the various pieces of hardware in a typical office and review common troubleshooting techniques to keep them up and running. We’ll also look at what you need to know to network computers, keep them connected, and reliably back up files.  

November 14: Managing Software and Security
How do you decide what software to choose when there are hundreds of options, each with their own unique features? And once you’ve chosen a software package, how do you manage it so that your organization gets what it needs and is protected from security threats? We’ll answer these questions and more by reviewing frameworks to choose and administer your organization’s software.  

November 21: The Human Side of Technology
IT isn’t just IT. A big part of the job is working directly with people—both to fix small problems and undertake long-term planning. We’ll help you develop strategies for leading large-scale technology projects and pass on tips from our own in-house IT expert on the best ways to work one-on-one with your colleagues.

Cost + Registration

  • MANP Members save $47!
  • $188 MANP Members (Use discount code 19-ME at checkout)
  • Registration for this event is managed through our partner, Idealware. Click here to register.
Other Important Info
  • This course includes weekly homework assignments. 
  • Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar. Also, be sure to add training@idealware.org to your contacts to ensure meeting details do not get caught in your spam folder.
  • All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session. Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.
About the Presenter 

Joshua Peskay is the Vice President of Technical Strategy at RoundTable Technology and is an
accomplished technology leader with two decades of experience managing technology for literally hundreds of New York City nonprofit organizations. Joshua is committed to helping organizations sort through the rapid pace of technological change to select the best products and services and use them effectively. Joshua is a highly effective communicator, an experienced public speaker and has a proven track-record of implementing and supporting a wide range of technology solutions that help nonprofit organizations operate their technology to effectively support their mission. 

Questions? Email Idealware at info@idealware.org

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