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Building a Foundation for IT Innovation

Join Pat Sprehe, Carolyn Woodard, and Sarah Wolfe for insights from over 20 years supporting nonprofits into when to take a chance and innovate, and when to invest in the IT basics first.

For every success story you hear about an innovative new app or technique that a nonprofit used to change their sector, you probably know dozens of nonprofits with “big idea” tech projects that didn’t deliver.  

How can your leadership team tell the difference between an IT idea that your organization can support and one that will cause wide-reaching headaches? Is your nonprofit ready to innovate? Are you trying to cut corners where you shouldn’t?

When should you invest your resources first in getting your existing IT house in order and when should you go big? 

This webinar presents a framework to help identify when to take an IT chance, based on your nonprofit size, lifecycle stage, leadership, culture, cybersecurity needs, and existing IT status.

Having served nonprofits exclusively for 20+ years, we also provide a checklist of basic IT must-haves that every nonprofit executive needs to know about, whether or not you plan on an innovative project.


Patrick Sprehe joined Community IT in 2010 and has provided technical support to a variety of clients on a variety of issues. As IT Business Manager Team Lead, Patrick manages the team that guides our clients’ IT roadmaps and provides help with overcoming their nonprofit technology challenges. Patrick graduated from University of Maryland, University College with a B.S. in Information Technology.  Patrick is also a certified BRM (Business Relationship Management) Professional. Patrick enjoyed sharing insights from years of service and helping you shape your approach to innovation based on success stories.

Carolyn Woodard

Carolyn Woodard is currently head of Marketing at Community IT Innovators. She has served many roles at Community IT, from client to project manager to marketing. With over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit world, including as a nonprofit technology project manager and Director of IT at both large and small organizations, Carolyn knows the frustrations and delights of working with technology professionals, accidental techies, executives, and staff to deliver your organization’s mission and keep your IT infrastructure operating. She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University and received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Williams College.

Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe is Sales Manager at Community IT Innovators. A DC Area native, Sarah has years of experience interacting with nonprofits of all sizes in her role ensuring partner organizations are receiving the right combination of IT support services to meet their organizational needs and goals. She is a founder of the internal BLM working group at Community IT and recently organized and moderated panels on diversity in nonprofit tech and basic IT support for accidental techies. Prior to joining Community IT, Sarah was a science teacher at various schools in Maryland. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. This topic of the consequences of not building a foundation for IT innovation is one she thinks about a lot in her interactions with prospective clients and she loves sharing her insights and hearing your stories of risk and reward.

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