Introducing Mondays with Marissa

Happy New Year! I hope that your year-end celebrations were fun, and you are ready to tackle resolutions in the new year. Speaking of resolutions, I made a number of them, and a few of them had to do with the DonorDreams blog.

Specifically, it is easy to see how technology is dramatically changing the world around us, which is why I reached out to my friend and fellow blogger — Marissa Garza — and asked her to address technology issues every Monday. (A picture of Marissa is posted to the right on your screen . . . Hi Marissa! 🙂 )

Marissa graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Education. She has taught in the classroom, worked for Kaplan, and is one of the most curious self-taught students I’ve ever met when it comes to technology. In fact, every time we get together she is telling me about a some new technological piece of magic.

When I needed help customizing this blog, I turned to Marissa. When I needed feedback on the The Healthy Non-Profit’s website, I turned to Marissa. When I needed to test my webcam with regards to Skype, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and Google+, I turned to Marissa. When a former co-worker asked me for tips on how to get her blog up and running, I sent her to Marissa.

If you haven’t figured out that Marissa is my “go to gal” when it comes to technology, then let me just say for the record . . . she is super smart and someone I think of very highly. I am thrilled to death that she has agreed to become part of the DonorDreams family, and I predict you will fall in love with her.

The inspiration behind “Mondays with Marissa” came from the following two places:

  • One of National Public Radio’s (NPR) popular shows is Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan, and on Fridays Neal turns his show over to Ira Flatow who hosts a show branded “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday“. This approach to specialized content inspired me to add a new voice to DonorDreams one day a week.
  • Perhaps, more central to my decision to ask Marissa to join the team is how often non-profit friends ask me about technology related issues and those questions have been very broad including: websites, social media, email marketing, blogs, ePhilanthropy, e-commerce, donor databases, CRM, etc.

I’ve asked Marissa to write about all of these topics and more. As she does, I will use the comment section of this blog to weigh-in with my thoughts on how these technology topics apply to non-profit management, marketing, board development, programming/operations, and resource development (including prospect cultivation, donor solicitation, donor stewardship, etc).

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about 2012! I am very optimistic and excited to get started.

Please use the comment box below and weigh-in with a few technology topics that you’d like Marissa to write about over the next few Mondays. Your suggestions are very much appreciated. Please also help me welcome Marissa to our family.

Happy New Year and here’s to your health!

Erik Anderson
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC!/eanderson847


About DonorDreams

Erik got his start working in the non-profit field immediately upon graduation with his masters degree in 1994. His non-profit management and fundraising experience numbers nearly 20 years. His teachable point of view around resource development is influenced by the work of Penelope Burk and those professionals subscribing to a "donor centered" paradigm. Donors have dreams and it is our responsibility to be dream-makers because donors are not ATMs.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Mondays with Marissa, nonprofit, technology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks Erik! I’m looking forward to talking about one of my favorite subjects with all of your readers!

  2. Hello Erik and Marissa!

    Could you talk about don’t databases soon? A lot seems to have changed and Blackbaud no longer owns everything!

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