FW: Changes at NTEN
- (Dear ISF Colleagues: This is bittersweet news from my point of view,
since I thought Katrin was a brilliant choice for executive director
of the Nonprofit Technology Network. Now for the sweet part: Holly
Ross is an equally brilliant choice for her successor, and Katrin will
stay on as a board member. Best regards from Deborah)
From: Katrin Verclas <katrin@...>
Date: 30 Aug 2007 13:09:43 -0400
Subject: Changes at NTEN
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Dear Deborah ,
We are writing you, our NTEN members, to let you know of a leadership
change here at NTEN.
After a very wonderful time here at NTEN, I have decided to step down
as Executive Director, effective November 1, 2007. The board has
appointed Holly Ross, NTEN's Program Director, to become the next ED.
You probably know Holly well already. For many years, she has been
the soul and spirit of NTEN. I am thrilled she has agreed to take
NTEN to the next level; you are in great hands with her.
The NTEN Board has invited me to join in November as a Board Member. I
am excited and grateful to continue to be part of the field and
involved in NTEN's health and well-being in that capacity.
This last year has been incredibly exciting and busy as we have grown
NTEN in reach and scope. I fondly remember seeing 1,200 of you at the
NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington DC this spring - a
growth in attendance of 50% compared to the year before. Our
membership has grown to over 2,000, and the online community is
thriving, with thousands of active participants. We have a vibrant
professional development program with weekly webinars and are
publishing critical and groundbreaking industry research, such as our
annual salary and investment survey. In short, it is clear that NTEN
is a strong membership organization, filling a critical niche in the
nonprofit technology sector, and I am delighted to see Holly take the
I am looking forward to working with Holly, the Board, and our great
team over the next few months to make this a smooth transition. I will
be taking a bit of time off to think about my next steps. I can be
reached until November here at katrin@..., and always at
kverclas@... and katrinverclas@....
Thank you for your membership, for the great know-how and community
spirit you bring, and for your continued support of NTEN and all of
our work. As our tag line says: People who change the world need the
tools to do it.
Please read on for a few words from Holly, the incoming Executive Director.
It's truly been a pleasure.
All the best,
Executive Director, NTEN
Hello Deborah ,
When I started at NTEN, blogging was just a twinkle in someone's eye
and practically no one had heard of del.icio.us. Now, Technorati
tracks more than 70 million blogs and, well, still practically no one
has heard of del.icio.us. Which just goes to show that so much has
changed in the last five years in the field of nonprofit technology
while some things have stayed much the same - a little bit like NTEN
itself. I continue to be energized by watching our community grow by
leaps and bounds as it tackles the important social, economic, and
environmental issues with an ever-wider array of tools and resources.
At the same time, we are still dealing with some of the very same
issues we were talking about five years ago, when I joined NTEN:
> What do you need to know about technology to make it serve you, instead of the other way around?As the next Executive Director of NTEN, I very much look forward to
> How does technology planning, budgeting, and implementation fit into the rest of the organization?
> With all the trends and hype, how can you tell what's real and going to last?
tapping this amazing community to stay on top of the innovations and
tackle the age-old questions. You are a remarkable group of
individuals with diverse experiences, expertise, and points of view. I
am privileged to work with you.
I want to thank Katrin for all the work she's done to re-energize and
re-imagine NTEN. She's been an inspiration and has expanded our
vision of what NTEN can and should be. Many thanks also to Lynn
Labieniec, our Board Chair, for her leadership and support.
We want every one of you to have the tools, resources, and community
you need to use technology to change the world. The NTEN team -
Annaliese, Brett, Karl, Rob, and I - are committed to that vision and
look forward to working with you to make it a reality.
As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, I look forward to
hearing them. You can reach me at holly@... or 415 397 9000.
Director of Programs, NTEN
Nonprofit Technology Network
- Deborah, thanks for this.
NTEN is in great hands with Holly. It's been a pleasure to work with you all, and no fears -- I will be around after a bit of time off. Thanks for all of your warm wishes, support and spirit of community. You all make NTEN as amazing as it is -- a truly remarkable group of people who are passionate and professional about using technology to make the world a bit better. Thank you for that.
>>This is bittersweet news from my point of view, since I thought Katrin was a brilliant choice for executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network. Now for the sweet part: Holly Ross is an equally brilliant choice for her successor, and Katrin will stay on as a board member.>>[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]