Guiding Nonprofits Into the 21st Century

Even while the economy falters, there are still people who are proving that access to information technology can make a real difference. So-called “circuit riders,” for example, are high-tech advisors to nonprofits that travel from one organization to another, managing their technology needs. “I believe in technology as a strategic instrument for helping nonprofits develop themselves,” says circuit rider Asma Ramadan of Technology Works for Good (www.technologyworks.org), a DC-based nonprofit committed to connecting other nonprofits to the Internet. Circuit riders, who often have previous experience or interest in working with nonprofits, face the challenge of working with groups that have a wide range of technology experience. Some of the riders would like to be fully integrated as nonprofit staff. “Hopefully by then the technology side and the nonprofit side will have converged,” said Colin Moffett, who works in health and advocacy issues.

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