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Hello everyone. I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part
of the TechSoup blogger community, and I’m excited to get started with my first
blog post. Rather than jump in with my "8 Things You Need to Know about Technology" post, I thought I’d do a more complete
introduction first. Here goes …
experience in the nonprofit sector started a little differently than most. In
the early part of 2000, I was working for a large engineering company, SAIC, when I was approached by
two coworkers about setting up a technology nonprofit. The idea was that we
would take used computers from a customer, the county of San Diego, refurbish
them, and donate them to nonprofits, schools, and families.
didn’t know much about nonprofits, but I knew plenty about technology, computer
distribution, and technical training. It sounded like an interesting and worthy
project, and I figured I could set it up quickly and then return to technical
project management and business development.
couple years in, I began to realize that my engagement with the nonprofit
sector would last longer than I had originally expected. Whenever I thought I was "done,"
there always seemed to be "one more thing" I needed to stay and do. This
happened over and over until, in November 2012, I was finally "done," and I
left the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF).
I left, SDFF had a staff of 36 and a budget of $4.5 million. The value of the
resources we provided to the community was estimated to exceed $25 million. We
had distributed more than 25,000 computers to 1,000+ nonprofits. In 2008, with
support from the California
Emerging Technology Fund, we established a formal digital divide program
and, with the help of our community partners, connected more than 10,000
previously disconnected homes to broadband Internet. In August 2012, the Public
Policy Institute of California reported that San Diego’s digital divide had
narrowed by 20 percent since 2008, and San Diego had pulled even with San Francisco as
the most connected county in California.
left SDFF for the same reason I stayed: because there was one more thing to do.
This time, the one more thing was to take what I learned at SDFF and see if I
could help other nonprofits make better use of technology. So, in November, I
created a company, Adapt∞Impact, to do just that. Having spent 12 years working with
nonprofits and focusing on technology, I realized that my knowledge and
experience could probably benefit others. And since I grew SDFF from the ground
up, I know firsthand the challenges that nonprofit executives and program
managers face. I know how technology can help, and I definitely know how it can
on the TechSoup blog, I plan to talk about my experiences including my extensive
work with cloud computing, and I’ll give advice and opinions on other newer
technologies like social media and mobile computing. I’ll probably spend as much time
on the more mundane but very important things like network management, backups,
security, data, funding for technology, funder reporting, etc. I hope
you’ll consider following my posts and submitting comments, questions, and feedback — positive or otherwise.