Posts Tagged ‘CMS’

Brooklyn-based IceStone recovers from Superstorm Sandy

IceStone logoAfter five months of diligent cleaning and repair work in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, IceStone’s Brooklyn factory floor is humming again.

“The machines started running last week,” said Sarah Corey, Marketing Manager for IceStone.

IceStone factory post-Superstorm Sandy

IceStone factory floor in wake of Superstorm Sandy

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We are the 99%: extending the benefits of nonprofit tech beyond the few

we are the 99 % percent -occupy wallstreetIt is startling what technology can do as we begin 2012. The rate at which data can move and systems can be connected is astonishing. The potential for harnessing this to create positive social change is compelling and inspiring.

And then you look at the price tags being charged to leverage all of this fancy, powerful stuff. It can be staggering. It isn’t uncommon for us to attend conferences and sit in rooms with panel discussions showing off a nonprofit’s custom-built solution to integrate their website, constituent relationship management system, email marketing platform, and other communication channels. The screenshots are slick. The crowd is wowed. The mind races with the possibilities for one’s own organization.

Until the price tag is quoted. It’s usually toward the end of the presentation. It’s often mentioned almost as an afterthought.

“We paid $100,000 to a web development firm just for the front end web interface. The CRM setup was separate.”

Or, “we raised $200,000 for this implementation.”

Staggering. And everyone leaves the room feeling as if they live in a two-room shack and just watched an episode of Cribs that highlighted what they can never have. It’s all great and impressive and inspiring – but the real question rolling around in everyone’s head as they hit the hallway to go to the next session is:

“Damn! How in the world could they raise six figures for a web project?!?”

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Worthy Wage: a worthy cause deserving a worthy website

ccw_thumbSince 1978, the Center for the Childcare Workforce (CCW) has served as the leading national organization in the call for improving childcare jobs. A program of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), CCW’s mission is to improve the quality of child care by upgrading the compensation, working conditions and training opportunities for child care teachers and family child care providers.

Every year on May 1st, CCW and AFT promote recognition of Worthy Wage Day by organizing a variety of activities to recognize and honor the dedication of early childhood educators and staff and to draw attention to their low wages and minimal benefits. This national day of awareness is just one of the many lasting effects of the Worthy Wage Campaign that CCW organized from 1991-1999.

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TechSoup asks “Why Joomla?” We answer.

It seems nearly every day, I read about a brewing debate to determine what’s “best” for non-profits:  Joomla!, Drupal, Plone, or WordPress.  To be honest, I really think this debate is about as useful as a debate about the “best” color in the rainbow.  So you can imagine my surprise when I read a quite useful introductory review of Joomla by Tess Gadwa in TechSoup on Friday.

After an introduction on CMSes, Tess dives into a key question that folks ask me nearly every day:  Why Joomla?  With a question like that, I couldn’t help but pen a blog entry.

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