The Rise of Nonprofit Tech Hacking

| January 2, 2017

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Nonprofit managers tend to wear several hats. In fact, many manage their organization’s systems and technology alongside their program or development work. This fact became only more apparent in a recent meeting I had with Djibril Anthony, the summer programs manager at the Junior Statesmen Foundation, a civic youth leadership program in Washington D.C. In addition to his job running the organization’s core programs for youth, Djibril also manages all the technical systems for the Junior Statesman Foundation, including its Salesforce database. Many people would call Djibril an “accidental techie.” But I dislike that term, and I asked Djibril what he thought about it.  “I hate the term ‘accidental techie’ too. Because it undermines my real skill managing all these systems. The reality is I’d love to spend more time managing our database and other tools—but I’m stretched too thin—and the program work is my first priority.” “What would you call yourself?” I asked him.

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