I've been blogging here since 2005 - almost three years now. I started by posting about Idealware's challenges and breakthroughs as a new organization, and then more and more, it's evolved into a place for me to post more general thoughts, comments, and news about nonprofit software for nonprofits. When I can. You may have noticed that I'm not the most frequent and consistent of bloggers.
But Idealware has never been about my own knowledge and experience. The whole idea is to gather the huge amount of knowledge that exists from the nonprofit staff, consultants, and vendors who are working with nonprofit software in the trenches.
So I'm thrilled to help launch the next iteration of the Idealware blog - a community blog, featuring the voices of some of Idealware's smartest and most popular contributors. They'll share their stories, opinions, and suggestions from more than 150 years of combined experience.
I'll continue to participate myself - with a similar mix of posts, annoucements, and resources as I've been doing - but a bunch of folks much smarter than me will generously provide more information and more opinions to help nonprofits choose software.
Who's included in this Idealware blog brain trust? In alphabetical order...Steve Backman
, the incredibly strategic and incredibly practical principal of Database Design Associates Peter Campbell
, IT Director extraordinaire of EarthJustice
, with a love for the nuts and bolts technologies that really help nonprofits runHeather Gardner-Madras
, of gardner-madras strategic | creative
, who helps make beautiful websites and cutting edge internet strategies available to smaller nonprofitsPaul Hagen
, the always insightful and practical advocate of effective constituent management and data exchange, now at Kairos StrategiesEric Leland
, of Leland Design
, with his nearly encyclopedic knowledge of website and constituent softwareMichelle Murrain
, who brings her even-handed and astute advice on technology and open source software for nonprofits to MetaCentric Technology Advisors
And then last and actually least - myself, Laura Quinn
, Director of Idealware
Read more about these folks from the (brand new!) sidebar for this blog.
So let the Idealware community blog begin! I hope you're as excited as I am.