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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day – Announcing the launch of theSector.ca

Hello everyone,

You might be here because of the new free service we launched today. We’re thinking of it as a St. Valentine’s gift to the Canadian non-profit sector that won’t get eaten and won’t wilt. We had a great time working on it. Please let us know your thoughts or comments on it.

Here is some more info about the project in our press release:

MONTREAL, 13 February 2011 – Ajah, the makers of Fundtracker, a leading fundraising tool for Canadian non-profit organizations, today announced the launch of TheSector.ca. This new online service is a free tool which provides insight into the Canadian non-profit sector.

Ajah created theSector in order to provide the non-profit sector with constantly-updated information. The website helps non-profits identify possible allies, learn about norms in areas like staffing and fundraising, and see how these vary from province to province.

Even though the non-profit sector is a large, dynamic and vital part of society, it is underserved by technology providers. This is a problem that Ajah is addressing by developing solutions tailored specifically for their needs.

Michael Lenczner, CEO of Ajah, explained the motivation for launching the free site, “Non-profits are under an increasing pressure – especially from changing funding practices. We are happy to provide a tool which makes staying informed quicker and easier.”

About Ajah
Ajah is a Montreal-based software company which uses the latest web technologies to help Canadian non-profits identify funding partners. Their service, Fundtracker, launched in 2010, makes researching funders easy for executive directors and fundraisers.

Links

http://thesector.ca

http://ajah.ca

For further information:
Michael Lenczner
CEO Ajah
michael@ajah.ca
+1 514 406 2524

Nicolas and Yannick saying hi.

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(Another) Event: Spread the Word – A Web and Information Technology Training Event

We also participated in an event organized by the Center for Community Organizations / le Centre des organismes communautaires (a.k.a. COCo).

Web and Information Technology Training

This afternoon event will include workshops on a variety of Web and IT tools and solutions for community groups, an opportunity for community groups to consult with Web and IT specialists, and open discussion blocks to explore future Web and IT ideas and projects.

Some of the workshops included:

Effective Web Development – how to manage the process of evaluating existing websites and developing new web sites and web content
The Best Open Source Solutions for Community Groups
Hassle-Free and On-the-Cheap IT Solutions for Your Office
Social Media Tools – which should you use for your community group?
Get the Most for Your Money – How to budget effectively for IT
The Great Web Platform Showdown – WordPress vs. Drupal

Almost 100 people showed up -even though you can’t tell by the only picture I managed to take.

Ajah ran a speed geeking station on using technology to help with fundraising. We showed off Fundtracker to people, but we also talked about donor management systems, donation processing services, and a lot of other stuff. Bhavya, Jesse and I took turns running the station and attending other workshops and talking to other service providers. It was a really great event and I hope COCo repeats it in the near future.

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Event: Using technology for grant (researching, writing, etc.)

We were invited to be on a panel in Toronto last week on our favorite subject.

Using Technology for Grants, a NetTuesday event organized by a wonderful team from TechSoup Canada.

Are you using technology to seek, research, organize, write your grants??? Should you be?

Grant writing and grant seeking is very familiar territory for most nonprofits and charities. There is lots of planning, lots of writing and lots of organizing of time, information and processes; it is hard to keep it all straight. Grants and technology usually get limited resources in an organization so optimizing is key. We hope to help nonprofits optimize their time and their effectiveness with the use of technology for researching, seeking, and organizing while doing grant writing as well as for organizing once you have been successful in the granting process.

Grant yourself access to better grants.

It was great being on a panel with Imagine Canada, Frontline Partners Youth Network and Jessica Hazen from CSI. And Techsoup Canada has some really nice volunteers (that’s them below with the staff).

As a sidenote, I have to admit that the first couple of times I was at CSI I didn’t really “get” it. But now I’m a convert. We need one in Montreal.

TechSoup Canada team and volunteers

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