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Effective and Efficient: Tech Upgrades for the Modern Nonprofit

About this event

Nonprofits of today have taken new approaches to their operations by integrating technology into their workflows. Better team collaboration, efficiency in donor outreach, enhanced mission marketing, and improved donor data security are just a few of the many benefits nonprofits enjoy thanks to tech. But how can you continue to grow your use of technology as a nonprofit? What problems could technology solve for your team? Join us as we discuss the relationship between tech and nonprofit success in this panel.

Meet the Panelists

Laurie Hochman, Marketing Director at Auctria

Laurie Hochman has a passion for helping groups exceed their fundraising goals. After using Auctria for many auction fundraisers, she joined the team to help others boost their auction fundraising for many wonderful causes. Auctria has been utilized in over 45,000 event fundraisers raising over $500M.

“The beauty in what is done with the money raised with Auctria is what motivates me every day to help auction teams succeed. Hope all your bids soar!” - Laurie Hochman

Melissa Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at DipJar

Melissa is the VP of Marketing and Strategy at DipJar where she is responsible for building the company’s public outreach and brand relationships, including overseeing a growing social presence and sales partnership profile.

She worked extensively with nonprofit organizations prior to joining the DipJar team. Through her work, Melissa has gained extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the experience that enables her to understand nonprofit organizations and their needs.

Michael Gorriarán, President at Arjuna Solutions

Michael Gorriarán is the President of Arjuna Solutions, the leading provider of Behavioral Economics Modeling powered by patented A.I. Services designed to optimize lifetime giving while lowering the cost per dollar raised.

Prior to joining Arjuna Solutions, Michael served in key executive roles in the global technology sector for more than 30 years, with companies like Microsoft, Xerox, and other early-stage, high-growth business ventures.

Michael holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with concentrated studies in Economics and Spanish, from the University of Rhode Island.

He is an avid distance runner, outdoor enthusiast, and active parent of two with his wife Kris. Michael was also the Chairman of the Board of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement.

Rick Bawcum, CEO & Founder at Cimatri

Rick describes himself as a 'Disruptioneer' working with clients to help them benefit from radical change in business models due to technological innovation. His superpowers lie at the intersection of change management and technology; working with associations and non-profits to connect their strategies to tangible value for members and staff. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University specializing in Finance, HR and Business Administration. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia and they love to travel and visit with their children and grandchildren.

What will be discussed?

  • Features nonprofits should include in their tech stack
  • Common mistakes and misconceptions on nonprofit tech
  • Benefits of including tech in nonprofit operations

Who should attend?

While we firmly believe that anyone in the nonprofit sector could benefit from learning and thinking about the inclusion of technology in their organization’s operations, nonprofit leadership and tech professionals will find this panel the most pertinent.

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Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Melissa Smith VP of Marketing and Strategy @ DipJar

  • Guest speaker
    Michael Gorriarán President @ Arjuna Solutions

  • Guest speaker
    Laurie Hochman Marketing Director @ Auctria

  • Guest speaker
    Rick Bawcum CEO & Founder @ Cimatri

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