The past three years have thrown the world plenty of curveballs and nonprofits have had to remain nimble. They’ve adapted to remote and hyrbid work environments while figuring out new ways to deliver services and raise money digitally.
Nonprofits aren’t always known for their tech savvy but it’s more important than ever that they stay up to date with the latest trends and offerings in the tech world. To help, BizTech has assembled a list of 30 top nonprofit IT influencers who can keep you informed, engaged — and even entertained. These are the bloggers, social media personalities and podcasters worth a follow right now. If you’re on the list, spread the news and grab our IT influencer cover image for your social media pages or websites.
Afua Bruce is a management consultant and author working at the intersection of strtaegy, technology and the public interest. Her latest book, cowritten with Amy Sample Ward, also a member of our list, is The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Technologists and Philanthropists Can Build an Equitable World.
Allison Fine is an author and activist for using technology for social good. She's a nonprofit futurist who frequently wades into topics such as automation and artificial intelligence, and how organizations can use these technologies to build resiliency for the future in a particularly precarious time.
As the founder and executive director of Nonprofit Tech, Alnisa Allgood is an enthusiast for nonprofits, technology, web design and social media. Her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts are chock-full of practical technology advice and strategies for nonprofits.
Amy Neumann is the founder of Resourceful Nonprofit, an organization that helps supply nonprofits with tools and resources to get the most out of technology. In addition to being an advocate for diversity and inclusion in nonprofits, Neumann is also a thought leader on using artificial intelligence for the sector.
Education is at the heart of technology use in the nonprofit sector, and NTEN is a group focused exclusively on that. CEO Amy Sample Ward is at the forefront of tech use in the industry, most recently around the area of ethical technology.
The AFP is an essential source of information and support for fundraising professionals throughout the nonprofit industry, and it provides its 19,000 Twitter followers with regular tips, invitations to webinars, links to research and more.
This group of professionals strives to empower, advance and recognize women technologists working in nonprofit trade associations. Though its social media following is small (so far), it influences its industry by hositng well-attended events on women in association technology throughout the year.
A national nonprofit harnessing the power of data, tech, & policy to improve people's health and build pathways to economic mobility.
Beth Kanter leads the nonprofit tech conversation on Twitter, her blog and LinkedIn. She provides practical advice for nonprofit IT leaders and tech insights on both foundational and emerging tech.
Birgit Pauli-Haack specializes in web strategy and coding for nonprofits. In addition to her extensive customer service management knowledge, Pauli-Haack also leads the conversation in site editing and security. She runs the Gutenberg Times, an aggregator of news about the Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor, which has been downloaded by tens of thousands of users.
A partner at fundraising consulting firm, Broccoli, and author of "From the Ground Up: Digital Fundraising for Nonprofits," Brock Warner is an expert at helping organizations connect to donors through technology.
A leader in the nonprofit tech space, Classy uses its blog to share the latest research, insights and trends that can help nonprofits use technology to advance their missions.
Knowing about technology and its benefits is one thing, but successfully applying that knowledge is another. This is where Debra Askanase shines. The social impact senior manager at NetSuite, Askanase's Twitter feed is packed with advice and best practices for organizations looking to expand their use of technology.
Working at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and technology developers, Digital Promise is a national nonprofit authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
Farra Trompeter is co-director and member-owner at Big Duck, a communications firm that specializes in helping nonprofits get their message out. In addition to promoting digital communication trends through Big Duck, the former NTEN board member is vocal about topics ranging from conducting online audits to using data to better understand audiences.
The gender gap in tech is bad and getting worse, but Girls Who Code is a nonprofit working to change that through its online and in-person training.
Harlan Yu is a technologist and executive director of Upturn, an organization that works to advance equity and justice in the design, governance and use of technology. Yu, who is also an alum of the Center for Information Technology at Princeton University, explores how organizations can use artificial intelligence equitably and the positive use of technology throughout society, among other tech-related topics.
Ian Adair is director of Director of Leadership Development & Credentialing at the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He's also a frequent contributor to Twitter and LinkedIn, where he shares about fundraising, leadership and technology in the nonprofit world.
Johanna Bates is the co-owner and technical lead of DevCollaborative, a web developer for nonprofit organizations.
Julia Campbell is the founder of a nonprofit marketing company and a frequent voice on LinkedIn and Twitter. She uses her website to tout the ways that technology and digital tools can improve nonprofit marketing and fundraising efforts.
The former vice president of ATL Tech Village, an Atlanta technology incubator, Karen Houghton is the founder of Infinite Giving, a provider of software that automates nonprofits' investment strategy and grows their giving.
Kate Meyers Emery, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and the digital communications manager for nonprofit research organization Candid. She's also a keen observer about the world of nonprofits on Twitter, where she has more than 4,600 followers.
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science.
Maddie Grant is an expert digital strategist and culture change consultant whose superpower is skillful shepherding of organizations through cultural and digital transformation. Maddie has a big following in the nonprofit sector, especially among professional associations.
This expert in fundraising delivers advice to her 20,000+ Twitter followers on how nonprofits can harness social media and other digital tools to craft and amplify their stories for potential donors.
Steve Heye is a nonprofit technology expert working for NetSuite’s social impact team. In addition to promoting grants that the team gives to various organizations, Heye is active in conversations on such topics as data resilience and digital transformation.
TechBridge is a nonprofit that helps equip other nonprofits with the technology they need, with the broader goal of fighting poverty. The organization’s 20-year history makes it deeply embedded in the sector.
The product of Tiny Blue Sky, a website designer and digital marketing agency for nonprofits the Tech Savvy Nonprofit podcast explores digital communications in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, covering such topics as email marketing, Google Analytics and search engine optimization.
Like TechBridge, TechSoup helps connect mission-based and community-based organizations to technology resources, knowledge & community.
Tony Martignetti is the creator and host of Nonprofit Radio. Along with tech, he also talks data, talent sourcing and all things nonprofit, both on his show and via his Twitter feed.