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Suggested session topics

The volunteer Session Advisory Committee crafted these lists of suggested session topics based on their knowledge as knowledgeable practitioners and experience as NTC attendees. Think of them as a jumping-off point for your brainstorming, so don't feel obligated to limit yourself to these suggestions. You're encouraged to put your best idea forward when sharing a proposal, even if it's not listed.

  • Digital literacy: assessing donor/client experience and facilitating access for diverse demographics
  • Leveraging digital to facilitate work environments that consider neurodivergent team members
  • Architecting technology solutions for a neurodiverse population.
  • Managing teams in hybrid environments: bridging and coordinating digital and face-to-face
  • Internal frameworks and processes to promote digital literacy. Lots of software/tool changes throughout pandemic, many happening without proper training or rollout
  • Supporting donors/clients who have limited access or interest in technology
  • The role of offline in a digital world
  • Architecting technology solutions to work in countries with limited bandwidth.
  • State of broadband in rural areas
  • How hotspots can work, what are the best/worst
  • Remote work: increase inclusion & remote work in a broadband dessert
  • Advocating for digital equity (e.g., encourage your organization to support The Digital Equity Act of 2019)
  • Digital equity resource guides
  • Expanding racial and gender equality in technology hiring
  • Including technologically underserved populations in the creation of digital inclusion strategies.
  • Best practices and emerging trends for digital fundraising: all channels
  • Donor Loyalty in the Digital Age: Developing meaningful connections through digital channels
  • Crypto 101
  • KPIs: What should we be tracking? And how do we use that information to inform future plans?
  • How to re-engage and win back lapsed donors
  • Digital acquisition: Any new strategies that are finding success?
  • Community-centered fundraising
  • Pitfalls to avoid: What you need to know/think about when selecting databases and CRMs
  • How can my org be more inclusive regarding digital fundraising?
  • Fundraising ethics
  • Developing online volunteer portals for donor solicitations
  • Strategies for a successful hybrid phone-a-thon
  • Finding the right balance of time spent on fundraising analytics vs. just going out and fundraising
  • How does your data leverage change when new staff comes in with different philosophies on how data is treated?
  • Top ten best practices for every CRM: what you should be doing on a regular basis to keep your database in good shape.
  • Disaster recovery
  • Single sign-on and multifactor authentication
  • Five year-tech plans
  • IT policies: why you need them and how to write them
  • Five Processes to automate right now: some common automation time-savers that are popular with nonprofits, through programs like Zapier
  • Cybersecurity 101: simple ways to keep your organization safe from a data breach
  • Using your CRM for both program and donor data: how to do it while maintaining privacy and confidentiality
  • Abandoned carts: how not to structure an online donation platform page
  • The science of measurement & evaluation: how to design a program to easily capture data from the field and turn it into useful statistics for your organization, especially for those operating in remote areas with no internet
  • The science of measurement & evaluation: how to design a program to easily capture data from the field and turn it into useful statistics for your organization, especially for those operating in remote areas with no internet
  • What web 3.0 technologies like Blockchain, AI/ML, etc. have for nonprofits?
  • Business intelligence and data integration for real-time and informed decision-making.
  • Can technology help volunteers and Nonprofits find the right match?
  • ROI in technology: are your technology spends worth it? It's imperative that you understand and accurately gauge whether your technology initiatives (and what you spend on them) are having an impact.
  • Artificial intelligence readiness: Do you truly understand the benefits and limitations of AI? Are you able to determine the use cases that are quick wins and will work best in your organization?
  • Even in a remote work environment, you still need a network
  • Selecting a managed services provider - finding the best fit
  • Staying in your lane: using swim lane process maps to enhance and automate your work
  • User-informed IT: how to structure your IT department to be a successful business partner
  • Self-assessing your security: how to develop and use a baseline security plan
  • Essential Care Package for First-time Executive Directors/CEOs/Leaders
  • Leading with influence: Strategies for change-makers without leadership titles
  • Designing an inclusive hiring process
  • What it takes to create an effective feedback culture
  • The art of the exit: Lessons from great (leadership) transitions
  • Revolving door- bringing new board members up to speed and staying on course with your strategic plan
  • Another task force? Leadership decision pathways for when your board wants to outsource to a task force
  • Tech tools to support effective governance for small nonprofits
  • Cultivation: how to attract good board members and keep them engaged without burning out
  • Loudest voice in the room- navigating big egos and keeping an inclusive culture in the board room
  • You are the executive director, the only employee, and therefore the accidental techie: what you need to think about and know
  • Helping your board of directors understand and prioritize tech needs in governance practices and the budget
  • Leading from the middle - how to influence good technology strategy and practices when you aren't a manager or director
  • How leaders can tell the difference between actual tech needs and shiny new object syndrome when dealing with IT staff and other staff
  • Technology options and best practices for managing the board of directors (board software, communications, etc.)
  • The benefits of executive and leadership coaching (internal or external) in your organization.
  • Leading in a post-pandemic world: navigating through the psychological aftermath
  • Maintaining organizational culture with telecommuters
  • Employee Engagement: ensure your teams remain passionate and committed to their jobs
  • Leading technology migration projects
  • Transformational Leadership in Reorganizations - Practices in managing re-orgs
  • Leading matrixed or cross-departmental omnichannel teams under a single strategy
  • Insights and Roadmaps for newly hired executives leading existing teams
  • Marketing research strategies for small nonprofits
  • Effective data storytelling to drive action
  • Most important skills to develop to become a data-savvy marketer
  • How to design impactful marketing dashboards
  • Measuring what matters to improve marketing effectiveness
  • How to connect with your audiences through the thoughtful, inclusive deployment of hybrid events
  • Effective messaging to an older audience in the era of Reels and TikToks
  • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, and others — how to decide which social channels to use and determine social media goals for your organization
  • Successful press outreach when your organization is not used to being "in the news"; How to prepare for crisis responses (social justice, natural disasters, etc)
  • Distilling complex policy issues to simpler messages
  • Ambassador-->advocate-->activist: how to communicate your organization's level of engagement on an issue with clear content and calls to action
  • Using data to tell a story
  • Creating accessible content: what creators should know
  • Developing trauma-informed marketing materials
  • Across channels: how to write messaging for emails, social, texting, and phone calls: The art of repackaging digital content
  • How to write an integrated marketing campaign plan that everyone can understand and implement
  • Marketing strategies for social media - the good, the bad, and the trending
  • Visual storytelling 101
  • Purposeful Marketing: What is it and how does my organization start doing it?
  • Google Ads Grant and paid SEM: the differences, limitations, and value of having both
  • Ethical storytelling or message development for a CCF focused organization
  • Email — how to balance many organizational priorities & audiences in one channel
  • What makes a great e-newsletter?
  • Pitching a new program to your board/leadership for approval
  • Making your data work for you: ways to utilize the data you have and how to identify the gaps you need to fill
  • Building internal connections for greater impact and change in a remote world
  • Using engagement tactics to inspire action
  • Developing programs using human-centered design
  • How to prototype, test, and validate before scaling your programs.
  • How can partnerships help you create a more programmatic impact
  • How to build a learning journey to gather feedback and optimize programming
  • How to leverage thematic analysis to create more representative programming
  • Is your organization tracking its DEI initiatives? Not only should you be tracking and quantifying your DEI progress but you should also be setting benchmarks and improving on them to remain competitive.
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