On the Road with InsideNGO in Atlanta

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February 06, 2017

On the Road with InsideNGO in Atlanta

At a January 2017 Inside NGO roundtable in Atlanta.

By Marie McNamee

Director, Program & Member Services

In January, InsideNGO traveled to Atlanta, where we were hosted by Habitat for Humanity for our cross-operations roundtable. This was our second “on the road” trip to convene roundtables in the last few months (read our blog about our cross-ops roundtables in Seattle and San Francisco). Twenty-six staff members representing seven InsideNGO member organizations came together for engaging discussions during both the general roundtable session and through informal networking.

The roundtable opened with a presentation on data privacy and security, covering its complexities and the new risks NGOs face. Habitat Director of International IT Neil McCollum described Habitat’s efforts around data privacy, including the important aspect of employee education—what every employee needs to know about data privacy—and coming into compliance with EU data privacy regulations that take effect in 2018. Patti Bunker, The Carter Center’s CITO, discussed her organization’s on-going initiatives to introduce policies and practices around the enormous risks and ramifications involved in data breaches of all sorts, and talked of her team’s exploration into Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security application.

Duty of Care—staff safety and security—followed in the general discussion. Members talked about policy development and procedure implementation; practices with respect to the assumption of risk for volunteers, donors, and independent consultants; the importance of training, including one member’s experience in HEAT training (Hostile Environment Awareness Training); travel tracking issues; and general resources such as free resources available from Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and DisasterReady.org. Overall, members agreed that the bar for proactive responsibility is increasing and the standard of care that employers will be measured against is something to be aware of.

The group then broke into functional area breakouts (finance, grants, and contracts; IT; human resources) and one topical area breakout group—data management and metrics—for more peer-to-peer discussions.

Roundtables like these also give InsideNGO a way to highlight its available resources in response to the questions that members pose to each other on the spot. In Atlanta, after a participant asked what subaward management systems members are using, we shared information from our 2015 Software Survey. (And FYI: We will launch our 2017 software survey later this year.) We also highlighted our list of member-recommended local lawyers in different countries, another popular resource. These and many other resources can be found on InsideNGO’s Member Community. If you’re not currently active in our Member Community but would like to be, please contact us.

The next cross operations roundtable is in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 5. Check back on our website for information on cross operations roundtables being organized for New York and Boston.

 

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