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This web site is a “safe” space for all those harried non-profit IT directors/sysadmins/developers to share experiences and wisdom regarding the IT non-profit sector. While consultants and vendors are more than welcome to engage in comments, we prefer comments from the non-profit worker/manager/director. At the same time, let’s not get too afraid to get technical; let’s turn this blog into a “Make” magazine for the non-profit nerd. I’m also really dedicated to accountability and transparency in the nonprofit IT sector.

I was the IT director for a medium-size non-profit in hovering at $10 million dollars revenue a year. I’ve been in and out of the non-profit sector having also worked as the first Webmaster at the California Courts (www.courtinfo.ca.gov) and as a Web consultant during the bad old days of the Internet bubble.

I’m now the Executive Director for socialmarkets. We are creating a marketplace that will allow donors to connect to nonprofits in a meaningful by providing donors with reports that outline what happened to the money they donated. By providing these outcomes to donors, we hope to change the focus on what nonprofits purchase, to what they accomplish.

Traffic statistics for this Web site are available at http://www.quantcast.com/nonprofittechblog.org/traffic. The blog serves roughly 10,000 page views every month.

For the Press

Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] or call me at 347-229-1375. I do interviews but please try to give me at least 24 hours notice.

For PR Firms
I do not do product reviews of  technology that are primarily for the private sector. There are plenty of sites that do that. If you want me to talk about your nonprofit Web site, please be prepared to do a telephone interview and have your engineers ready to talk about your technology.

Rules for Commentary

What’s banned

Racist, sexist, and/or homophobic remarks and unsolicited commercial content will probably never make it out of moderation unless I feel that the post should be brought to light on the Web so that the poster would have to live it down until the end of his or her days.

My moderation policy
I will try to release every post untouched. It’s not a promise but let’s face it – editing a comment is just a bit sneaky.

I will also try to answer every post if it’s directly addressed to me. However, the ban policy still applies so your comment won’t get posted if you call me some nasty name.

9 Comments

  • On 04.20.08 Garth More said:

    new site looks good… how was the upgrade?

  • On 04.20.08 Allan Benamer said:

    Thanks! The upgrade was scary as usual. I tend to do a lot of customizations in any WordPress theme I install so it’s always a pain to try to migrate those customizations to a new theme. I also brought back some older features like rating posts that just didn’t fit well in the old theme. I’m also doing some SEO changes on the back end to see if that will improve PageRank for any of these articles. I’m glad I waited though to move to WordPress 2.5. I had to wait until all the plugins I used were converted over to the new version.

  • On 07.30.08 Shyam said:

    Plz review Scour…It is an interesting search engine… i dont understand social searching..

  • On 09.09.08 andrew simon said:

    I think we played email tag a couple of months ago, but i cant find your contact information. Working on a new project helping non profits. Like to speak with you.

    My email is – [email protected] and direct dial is 212-260-1036
    Thanks! – Andrew

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