TNotes: What is your job title?
JG: Information Systems Manager
TNotes: How did you get into working in nonprofit technology?
JG: I was always interested in computers since I got my first one in high school (it was a Commodore 64). Went to school for it and my first job was at a nonprofit working as an Information Technician. I’m still working with computers after 25 years.
TNotes: What do you like best about dealing with your organization’s technology?
JG: We structured it pretty well when we got our new system in 2004, so it’s relatively easy to maintain.
TNotes: What do you least like about dealing with your organization’s technology?
JG: As a nonprofit, financial resources are pretty limited in getting the latest technology. That and making sure staff know that they have a lot available to them.
TNotes: What is your big dream for technology in your organization?
JG: To be able to afford the fastest, latest technology to make our jobs easier.
TNotes: How do you manage your technology role within your organization?
JG: One day at a time. I have my daily routine, list of things I need to get done, and whatever comes along during the day (and night LOL).
TNotes: You are a regular attendee at one of the Bayer Center’s Bagels & Bytes group – what do you get from going to those meetings?
JG: I like going to Bagels & Bytes to get new perspectives on things, be able to talk with people who understand the techie lingo, have had similar problems and successes, and know that I’m not alone.
TNotes: Any words of advice or encouragement for other nonprofit techies out there?
JG: If you’re an accidental nonprofit techie or a seasoned one, remember you’re not alone and we all share similar challenges.