We did. In fact, at Idealware, we’ve been planning for 2018 for six months—ever since our audience survey last summer. Our staff combined that data with what we learned from interviews with people knowledgeable about nonprofits and technology trends to develop a list of research efforts, publications, and courses for the coming year. (You can read more about how data informs our editorial calendar and other aspects of our work in a recent blog series I wrote.)
So, what did we come up with? Here’s a preview of what you can expect for Idealware training options in 2018:
- Tech Trends 2018, a free webinar on February 1.
- Nonprofit Data for Beginners, a course beginning February 8.
- Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter, a free webinar on March 1.
- Visual Storytelling: The Complete Infographic Toolkit for Nonprofits, a course beginning March 8.
- Options for Accounting and Financial Management Software, a free webinar on April 4.
- Online Communications: The Basics, a course beginning April 12.
- Understanding Software Integration, a free webinar on September 6.
- Tactical Technology Planning, a course beginning September 13.
- Telling Your Story with Blogs, Photos, and Video, a free webinar on October 18.
- The Accidental Designer, a course beginning October 25.
- How to Get Technology Funded, a course beginning November 29.
In addition, we’re planning several other free webinars you’ll hear more about in coming months. What about our publications? Here’s what we’re working on so far:
- Case Management Market Trends, an article designed as an interim update to our 2015 Consumers Guide to Case Management Systems, to be published next week.
- Selecting Financial Management Software for Your Nonprofit, a report to be published in March.
- A Nonprofit’s Guide to CRM Integration, a report and workbook to be published in June.
- The Landscape of Salesforce Apps for Nonprofits, an update to the 2015 edition, to be published in September.
- Tools for Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, a report to be published in November.
We’re also planning a number of articles. It’s a lot, right? Well, it wouldn’t be possible without the generous outpouring of support we received in our year-end fundraising campaign. We exceeded our goal of $10,000 thanks to gifts from people like you—people who want to make sure impartial knowledge resources are freely available to help nonprofits use technology for good. I can’t thank you enough for that.
We’re not only finalizing and announcing our editorial calendar; we’re also doing some other kinds of planning and auditing right now. January is a good time to organize your technology documentation and make sure the right policies are in place. For help developing and evaluating policies, have a look at our Nonprofit Technology Policy Workbook and our Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook.
Need to get your shared information organized? Here are Six Tips to Help Share Knowledge. And if security is on your mind, What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk will help you assess your organization’s vulnerabilities and get the right tools in place so that you can relax.
Best wishes in your endeavors in 2018. May this be the year when you use technology better than ever before to support your work and advance your organization’s goals. I will look forward to learning about the great things you accomplish.