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149: Intro to AI & Using it in Your Nonprofit with Dena Vongchanh

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“Nonprofits need to remember that other organizations are adopting AI now, and waiting could impact the communities they serve.”

Dena Vongchanh
Episode #149

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Welcome to a thought-provoking episode that’s set to redefine the way nonprofits approach technology and innovation. Join us in unraveling the layers of AI adoption, from overcoming fears and ethical considerations to practical steps for implementation.

In this engaging podcast episode, we have the privilege of having Dena Vongchanh, a passionate advocate for integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in nonprofit organizations. She is the Associate Director of Development at Students Rising Above, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underprivileged youth through education and mentorship. With a passion for technology and its potential to drive positive change, Dena brings her expertise to the nonprofit sector, helping the organization harness the benefits of AI and data-driven solutions to further its mission. 

The conversation kicks off with an exploration of the tech landscape within nonprofits. Dena shares valuable insights into the varying comfort levels and technology adoption across nonprofit teams. She emphasizes the need to bridge the gap between tech enthusiasts and those who may feel overwhelmed by the fast-paced changes in the digital world.

Dena sheds light on the urgency of AI adoption in nonprofits and how it can optimize operations, allowing organizations to focus on their core missions. The discussion also touches upon the ethical considerations surrounding AI, particularly the importance of addressing biases in AI data.

Dena offers practical advice for nonprofits eager to embrace AI. She introduces using familiar tools like Grammarly and Canva as entry points into AI adoption, highlighting their behind-the-scenes AI functionalities.

The conversation takes a deeper dive into privacy concerns as Dena and Mallory discuss the responsibility of nonprofit leaders in safeguarding donor data and ensuring ethical AI usage. Dena provides actionable tips on navigating privacy settings and policies to protect sensitive information.

Join us for this enlightening episode to understand AI’s potential in nonprofits and delve into the challenges and opportunities it presents!

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  • Many thanks to our sponsor, iWave for making this episode possible. Our friends at iWave help nonprofits identify, qualify, and retain donors to raise more major gifts. Using their comprehensive software, iWave gives you access to the industry’s highest quality wealth and philanthropic information so you can determine who to ask, how much to ask for, and when to ask. To get a demo and learn more, check out iWave.
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Get to know Dena Vongchanh:

Dena Vongchanh is deeply committed to leveraging technology in the nonprofit sector to promote racial and economic equity. As the Associate Director of Development at Students Rising Above, Dena ensures that technology initiatives both enhance operations and foster meaningful relationships with donors, all while pushing for significant societal change. With a foundation built at industry leaders like AT&T and Verizon, she seamlessly blends technological expertise with a heartfelt desire to enact change. Moreover, via her consultancy, Dena Vongchanh & Co., she provides workshops like “Empowering Nonprofits: The A.I. Edge in Fundraising and Marketing,” guiding organizations to harness the benefits of artificial intelligence, and offers deep expertise in CRM database management and process refinement. All these efforts stem from her overarching vision: shaping a society where inclusivity and fairness are enhanced by technology and understanding.

 

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