In this special monthly series of The NonProfit Voice, Mark Becker, founding partner of Cathexis Partners and editorial advisory board member of NonProfit PRO, has conversations with prominent nonprofit organizations and industry thought leaders to learn more about innovative digital tools and how to navigate the rapidly evolving technology landscape.

“Smart technology,” also known as artificial intelligence and advanced digital technologies, isn’t set out to replace people, but allow people to do what they do best. Additionally, it can prevent burnout among employees by allowing technology to help nonprofits to be human-centered. In this episode of The NonProfit Voice Tech Series, Mark is joined by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, nonprofit thought leaders and co-authors of a new book, "The Smart Nonprofit." They discuss how the Rainforest Action Network increased donor retention rates and The Trevor Project improved services by working smarter with technology while remaining human centered, as well as the potential challenges nonprofits may face when using smart technology.

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Beth Kanter is an internationally recognized thought leader and trainer in digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. She is the co-author of "Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Impact without Burnout" and co-author with Allison Fine of "The Smart Nonprofit."  Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and recipient of the NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award, she has more than three decades of experience in designing and delivering training programs for nonprofits and foundations. As a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader, she has presented at nonprofit conferences around the world to thousands of nonprofits.

Allison Fine is among the nation’s pre-eminent writers and strategists on the use of technology for social good. She is the author of “Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age” and “Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World,” and co-author with Beth Kanter “The Networked Nonprofit.” She is a member of the national board of Women of Reform Judaism and was chair of the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and a founding board member of Civic Hall. She has keynoted conferences around the world. She and her husband, Scott Freiman, have three sons and live in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Mark Becker founded Cathexis Partners in 2008 to help nonprofit organizations get the most from their existing technology tools, implement new technology to address gaps and find the best overall approach to using technology to support their missions. He previously served as director of IT consulting at a fundraising event production company focused on nonprofits. Mark also serves on the editorial advisory board for NonProfit PRO, where he contributes monthly to his blog, “Nonprofit Tech Matters.”

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