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Strategic & legal tips for nonprofits choosing a web platform & developer

Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, January 17, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) hosts roundtables every other Friday afternoon. These are informal discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

Our featured speaker on January 17th will be Tim Gassert, who is not only the Boston Foundation's director of web communications but an attorney; he will focus on strategic and legal advice for mission-based organizations that are selecting a web platform and a web developer.

Here’s a bit more about Tim:

Tim Gassert is Director of Web Communications and Corporate Secretary at the Boston Foundation where he oversees the Boston Foundation stable websites.  Before working with the Foundation in 2002, he was Counsel and Vice President for New Media at Community Newspaper Company’s Town Online where he managed the editorial staff, developed an online community of 2000 nonprofit websites and won awards for his virtual town hall program and online political chat series.  He also negotiated and drafted dozens of technology contracts and partnership agreements and managed the migration of 400 reporter and editor workstations to a web-based platform.  Before joining Town Online, he worked at Unisys, where he was a manager for the Northeast Public Administration Practice.

Tim began his career as a staff attorney in the Secretary of State’s office, where he became First Assistant Legal Counsel and a Deputy Secretary of State.  He regulated public records request, lobbying and elections, and oversaw the design and implementation of the state’s Motor Voter system, the first network connecting all municipalities to a state database.  While in office, he wrote and spoke extensively on First Amendment principles and the issues surrounding automation of public information.

Here’s how Tim describes the Roundtable session on January 17th:

Your organization needs a new website and there are so many issues to consider.  Where do you start?  

This presentation will review the legal and practical issues that should be considered when an organization needs to update its web presence: how much work should be completed before engaging with a designer or developer; whether to use an RFP; establishing a relationship with a developer; open source v. proprietary platforms; the right hosting environment; the need to connect your site with other systems; how to use your site to engage with your targeted audiences; determining how to set goals and perform analytics; training; the level of dependence on your developer post-launch for ongoing support and maintenance; licensing and warranties; optimizing your site to interact with the social networks; and how long before you start all over again!

Please note that this will not be a sales pitch for any product or service; it will be an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending.  We are running a very popular series in a very small conference room, so a definite answer is real help to us.

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn  |  Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place  |  South Boston, MA  02127
617.504.8188  |  888.527.9333 Fax |

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Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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