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The Best of 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to a close. It seems like just the other day we were ringing in 2013. Even though the year has flown by, quite a bit has happened!

Some highlights for thedatabank during 2013: [More]

Databank Life

As a recent addition to thedatabank team, I have a fresh perspective of what it's like to work here. I thought it would be fun to share with our clients who thedatabank really is, and what makes us different. [More]

Getting Philosophical

I’ll admit it: as a senior in college, class is the last thing on my mind. I often find myself balancing between preparing for life after college and savoring the last few months I have of life as a student without “real world” responsibilities. With that in mind, when a class topic resonates with me, it’s because I truly see the value in it. Recently, in a class discussion the topic turned towards CRM and looking at it not just as technology, but also as a philosophy. [More]

Technology Changes Everything?

I was reading the paper this morning and saw an advertisement that got me thinking. The ad was for Ashford University, which I had never heard of, and featured a big picture of a tablet computer with the headline, “Technology Changes Everything™”. The subscript included the line, “Technology is the greatest populist force in our times”.

In 1998, when we started thedatabank, we came up with the tag line “Technology for Change” as a way to easily describe what we believed our software would be used for. At that time we saw the potential of our software being used by people in nonprofit organizations to help them fulfill their missions and therefore effect change. This ad moved the equation to a whole different level. What it said to me is that technology itself was the agent of change not those that used the technology... [More]

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Back in 2003, when I started working at thedatabank, my last name was Lemke and Twitter wasn't invented yet.

In the past nine years I've seen the rise of mobile devices and social media, a recession that hit nonprofits with greater demand for services at the same time funding was drying up, increased scrutiny of the public sector, and through it all, the growth of this company. Against this backdrop I learned the intricate dance of work-life balance, becoming a spouse and a mother of two, a manager, a board member, and a congregational leader.

Reflecting on my tenure at thedatabank, I see a few themes emerge, constants in the nonprofit technology equation. [More]