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Non-profit Sector Information Technology Assessment Research
                                          V1.0 - 6 JUL 1998

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits requests your assistance in
identifying important information technology planning and
development efforts involving non-profit sector (NGOs, community
and voluntary organizations) from around the world.

Please fill out the contact form and reply via e-mail to any or
all of the questions.  Please take a few minutes right now to
send a quick response.  Or respond in more detail by Thursday,
July 17, 1998 at the latest.

If you have reports or guides in paper or CD form that you would
like to contribute, please mail them to:  MN Nonprofit IT
Assessment, c/o Steven Clift, 3454 Fremont Ave S, Minneapolis,
MN 55408, USA

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Please provide your input on any or all 11 questions.

1. Seeking Experts - Who are some of the experts in your
field or community that you would recommend we contact or inform
about our research efforts? (Name, e-mail and other details if
you have them, please.)

2. Research Efforts - Are you aware of research efforts in
other states or countries exploring non-profit IT planning
and development issues?

3. Funding for Planning - What government (at any level) or
foundation funding programs are available that include options
for planning? Information about their funding levels and
identification of specific legislation or rules for government
programs would be helpful.

4. Shared Support - Are there examples of efforts where
non-profit organizations have developed or provide mutual or
shared support mechanisms for their IT planning or development

5. Planning Information - What information resources (reports,
books, websites, etc.) do you recommend for use in non-profit IT
planning?   This includes information that helps non-profits
understand their communications options, determine appropriate
technologies, and acquire and maximize use of IT among other

6. Private Sector Expertise - What model programs have extended
private sector IT planning expertise to non-profit organizations
in a given community or non-profit sub-sector?

7. Peer-to-Peer Communication - What examples of organized
peer-to-peer, cross-organizational online communication within
the non-profit sector have proven successful?  Of particular
interest is interaction among those in a specific geographic

8. Data Sharing and Standards - What non-profit "data sharing"
and standardization efforts exist?  What are some of the lessons

9. Internet Connections - Are there initiatives that help
non-profits with discounted rate direct Internet connections
(ISDN, DSL, T1, etc.), bring multiple non-profits into "wired"
buildings where they share connection costs, or help establish
purchasing cooperatives that bring down ongoing IT costs?

10. Internet Presence and Content - What sustainable
initiatives have provided cost effective, full service Internet
presence for multiple non-profits? (Web site, e-mail
address(es), e-mail list services, online conferencing, database
integration, etc.. ) What model community information
projects aggregate community information for broader access
by using the Internet as a distributed input tool?

11.  Non-Profit Involvement with Government Efforts - Which
governments encourage the participation of relevant non-profit
organizations in public sector IT efforts which impact the
activities of non-profit organizations?  Are you aware of
government leaders who advocate the participation of
non-profits in public sector IT initiatives?

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This research will be used for the Minnesota Nonprofit Sector
Information Technology Initiative to more fully understand the
technological capacity of non-profits to fulfill their missions
and communicate about programs.  It will give non-profits an
opportunity to understand what works with technology and how to
narrow the technological gap between nonprofits and government
or for-profit entities.

When results are released an announcement will be widely
distributed on appropriate e-mail distribution lists.  You may
also visit the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits web sites for
more information: