Community IT Innovators Nonprofit Technology Topics

How to Hire a Nonprofit IT Provider Pt 1

February 06, 2022 Community IT Innovators Season 3 Episode 6
Community IT Innovators Nonprofit Technology Topics
How to Hire a Nonprofit IT Provider Pt 1
Show Notes

Are you afraid to think about what IT your nonprofit needs? 
Do you know what to look for in an Outsourced IT provider? 
Do you have any idea where to start?

Join Community IT CEO Johan Hammerstrom and Director of IT Steve Longenecker in part 1 of a new webinar hosted by the Nonprofit Learning Lab.

“Managed services” can mean different things to different people, especially when you are just embarking on a quest to find an IT provider. To understand what you need, what a provider is offering – and whether they’ll be able to deliver – Community IT Innovators developed a list of basic questions to ask. 

These questions will help any nonprofit director, no matter what your IT experience and background, have confidence finding an IT Managed Services Provider (MSP). 

In our 25 years in serving the nonprofit IT community nationally, we’ve heard lots of stories of IT support that didn’t work out. We used our experience to develop this list of 12 questions you can use to vet any managed service provider as you evaluate your needs and their services.

Community IT Innovators is pleased to partner with Nonprofit Learning Lab to present this webinar. As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. 

Community IT and Nonprofit Learning Lab are proudly vendor-agnostic and our webinars cover a range of topics and discussions. Webinars are never a sales pitch, always a way to share our knowledge with our community.

Presenters:

CEO Johan Hammerstrom has always been interested in using technology as a force for good that can improve our world.  In college, he pursued this interest through science, first studying Chemistry, Physics and Biology at Stanford University, graduating with Honors with a BS in Chemistry.  He then studied Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University and received a Masters Degree.

The time spent in Baltimore convinced Johan that there were more pressing and immediate problems that technology could and should be used to address. He pursued a career in Information Technology, with the express goal of improving our communities and our world.  He started at Community IT in 1999 as a Network Administrator.  Since that time, Johan has been a Network Engineer, a Team Lead, the Director of Services, Vice President of Services, Chief Operating Officer, and beginning July 2015 President and CEO. Working directly with over 200 nonprofit organizations, to help them plan around and use technology to accomplish their missions, has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of his life.

As Director of IT Consulting, Steve Longenecker divides his time at Community IT primarily between managing the company’s Projects Team and consulting with clients on IT planning. Steve’s appreciation for working at Community IT Innovators is rooted in respect for the company’s dream and vision, and for the excellent colleagues that that dream and vision attract.

Before coming to Community IT in September 2004, Steve was an 8th grade science teacher at Takoma Park Middle School, and – though that was a long time ago now – he still draws on lessons learned in that first career. Steve is MCSE certified. He has a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College in Richmond, IN and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Steve is married and has two children. One of his favorite activities is playing Ultimate Frisbee.