30 episodes

Why does anything we do matter? What can we do to increase our impact, change our perspective, and make a difference in our worlds? Why IT Matters is a series of conversations hosted by Tracy Kronzak and Tim Lockie of Now IT Matters, about change, especially as experienced by nonprofits, technology experts, and the worlds that are served by the impact economy. What are we willing to do to change the course of our work, and who are the leaders, executives, and everyday heroes offering ideas and actions? We invite you to listen to conversations that begin with nonprofit technologists and continue to encompass philanthropy, faith, business leadership, and systemic racism. This podcast is about not being defined, and our conversations evolve and grow, accordingly.

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Why does anything we do matter? What can we do to increase our impact, change our perspective, and make a difference in our worlds? Why IT Matters is a series of conversations hosted by Tracy Kronzak and Tim Lockie of Now IT Matters, about change, especially as experienced by nonprofits, technology experts, and the worlds that are served by the impact economy. What are we willing to do to change the course of our work, and who are the leaders, executives, and everyday heroes offering ideas and actions? We invite you to listen to conversations that begin with nonprofit technologists and continue to encompass philanthropy, faith, business leadership, and systemic racism. This podcast is about not being defined, and our conversations evolve and grow, accordingly.

    The Soul of Nonprofits with Liz Moore

    The Soul of Nonprofits with Liz Moore

    Leading a state association of nonprofits, particularly in a state like Montana, is a balancing act.  Our guest Liz Moore, Executive Director of Montana Nonprofit Association, talks through these challenges and opportunities creating a vibrant and localized nonprofit community.  The common assumptions of access, education, and infrastructure change when considering rural communities and how nonprofits fill critical service gaps.  When a state like Montana moves through a crisis like Covid-19, Liz tells us how nonprofits have survived and where urgent needs remain.  This is a case study in thinking about meeting community, funding, and professional development needs across a myriad of organizations that span a broad social and political gamut.  Understanding the roles that healthy government, business vitality, and nonprofits can play together and shifting our mindset related to nonprofit infrastructure needs from “Why are nonprofits asking for more?” to “Why would we make a decision that hurts nonprofits?” is how these three entities can best work together.  For listeners unaware of how nonprofit state associations partner with governments, keep nonprofits alive, preserve and help change cultures, and form national policy networks, this is a highly educational conversation.
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    Technology is Dignity with Cheryl Porro

    Technology is Dignity with Cheryl Porro

    The farther we travel, the more we return to our roots.  This conversation with longtime friend Cheryl Porro reminds us that sometimes we're given the opportunity for a hard and soft reset in our lives.  Coming out of what "Why IT Matters" calls "Salesforcelandia" and into bigger worlds before and through the Pandemic and how we take care of ourselves and the world around us are the values that drive how we adapt to highly-disruptive moments in our lives, and this is especially relevant to Cheryl's current work at Curve Health.  We investigate how technology can offer dignity in palliative care and how our fears hold us back.  This episode is a great listen for anyone seeking a new narrative and new tools to inform their well-being and the more significant conversation around how our health informs our decision-making, leadership, and capacity to create a culture change for a more inclusive technology industry.  The more we focus on what is reflexive and expected to drive preordained ideas of success, the less inclusive and less connected we become - join us for a far-ranging exploration of how we as humans can show up better and stronger.
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    Find the Light with Rakia Finley

    Find the Light with Rakia Finley

    What happens when we wake up every day knowing that we are intentionally here and love solving problems more than anything? Tim Lockie and Tracy Kronzak are joined by guest Rakia Finley, Founding Partner at Copper & Vine Studio, Co for Why IT Matters: Find the Light. You’re probably like Rakia, a successful entrepreneur and advocate for taking on tough challenges, discussions, and circumstances head-on.  The other title for this episode could be “Comfortable in Our Own Soul,” because Rakia digs deep on both her personal and professional journey and how these have enabled her to find win-win opportunities in her work.  Rakia has also created a restoration and executive leadership retreat called By Grace to help entrepreneurs rest, recenter, reconnect, and (re)find their intentionality.  We also talk about the lack of accountability structures that permit racism and other biases to continue to perpetuate in the corporate world and paths forward that begin with transforming anger, playing on teams, and creating actionable space for new leaders.
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    • 54 min
    Hung Up On Impact with Sam Caplan

    Hung Up On Impact with Sam Caplan

    In this episode, Why IT Matters is joined by guest Sam Caplan, Vice President of Social Impact at Submittable. So much of nonprofit technology is how we as an industry, philanthropy, and applications respond to it.  The past 18 months and global pandemic have called forth the need to unpick power dynamics, privilege, and ownership of destiny for the impact economy.  This conversation begins with trust-based philanthropy and continues to take a step back to how we can create better transparency and more robust nonprofit technology infrastructures. The way forward is through philanthropy, better cooperation between technology platforms and applications serving nonprofits, and stronger ties between nonprofits creating a unified voice that makes requests of both philanthropy and technology.  Ultimately, we can facilitate community, cooperation, collaboration and center on values rooted in cooperate responsibility that can help break through perceived logjams and territorial actors.
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    • 57 min
    The Book I Wish I Had with Cheryl Contee

    The Book I Wish I Had with Cheryl Contee

    The other title for this episode was going to be “Love is What Gives Us Hope,” but you’ll need to listen all the way through to know why.  Tune in with Cheryl Contee, both a visionary futurist and pragmatic, highly-successful business owner and entrepreneur.  We dig back into the systemic forces that drive investment in technology and how they shape outcomes that have real consequences for equity of all kinds.  Rather than run away from what we call “The System” and allow the people and forces who have perennially benefited from retaining their power and privilege, we walk through how to completely eradicate “meritocracy” in favor of inclusion and the corporate and cultural structures that need revision.  We also talk about Chery’s book, “The Mechanical Bull,” and her successes, journey, and lessons from building businesses - this is a must-learn for underrepresented application developers and business owners.
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    For Good with Adam Rosenzweig

    For Good with Adam Rosenzweig

    What does it mean when a business has something that can unlock time for good and chooses to act charitably towards nonprofits above and beyond a technology donation? Adam Rosenzweig from Okta for Good walks us through Okta’s nonprofit product and ecosystem support structure, including acting as a risk capital investor in nonprofit technology infrastructure and talks about the transparency necessary for businesses that serve nonprofits.  We also talk about funding for technology infrastructure for nonprofits and the new requirements for donors, philanthropy, and companies giving to them. Adam introduces the concepts of philanthropy as a service and subscription philanthropy as new solutions.  Nonprofits using technology with maximum efficiency require vulnerability, understanding the myths of what technology purports to solve, and willingness to bridge generational divides within organizations. Adam also is the only respondent to go on record in response to our Six Questions challenge for businesses serving nonprofits.
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    • 58 min

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