Press Release

Using Data to Drive Impact Symposium on May 8

PORTLAND, Maine — Common Good Ventures, Know Technology, and Bernstein Shur present a symposium for nonprofit organizations on Using Data to Drive Impact with support from the Bank of Maine, Wednesday, May 8 at Bernstein Shur, 100 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101, from 8:15am to noon.

Nonprofit attendees will learn how to best leverage data to support strategy and operations, from best management practices to the infrastructure needed for data security and compliance. The event is recommended for Executive Directors, CEO/CFO/CIO/COOs, and program or senior managers, and will feature a mix of presentations and interactive exercises.

As technology advances and business practices evolve, data is increasingly important to building sustainable models to impact social issues. Relevant, reliable data can inform both strategy and managing operations. However, nonprofits face unique challenges to investing in technology and processes to track, store, and use data, as resources are increasingly scarce.

The symposium agenda will include networking opportunities, as well as:

• Frameworks for using data towards social impact

• Approaches to creating and maintaining the infrastructure needed to leverage data

• Best practices in security and compliance

The symposium is free, with limited seating- participants need to register by April 30. A light breakfast is included. To register for this event


Attorneys Asha Echeverria, Jack Montgomery and Josh Silver – Bernstein Shur

Bernstein Shur is a law firm with more than 100 attorneys in offices in Maine and New Hampshire. Founded in 1915, the firm provides practical and innovative counsel to clients throughout the region and around the world. Asha Echeverria, Jack Montgomery and Josh Silver are members of the firm’s Data Security Team. They will discuss how to navigate the technical, legal and insurance issues related to data security. More information is available at

Chad Sclove, Senior Consultant – Common Good Ventures

CGV is a nonprofit which provides expert business advice and hands-on guidance to the nonprofit sector to help improve its performance, maximize its impact, and successfully address social and economic challenges. Chad’s work with CGV nonprofit clients includes developing and evaluating alternative scenarios for organizational growth and restructuring, analyzing program and organizational costs, developing and implementing tracking systems for service delivery and evaluating the efficacy of back-office services. Chad will discuss use of data towards strategic planning, streamlining back-office, and program sustainability.

Stephen Hand, CEO and CTO – Know Technology

Know Technology is a Camden and Portland, Maine based provider of IT Professional and Managed Services. Stephen is the company’s founder, and manages the IT Professional Services Division. In his role, he works with clients to develop the technology roadmap that enables their organization to focus on their mission instead of technology. Steve will discuss managing the supporting computing infrastructure to address data access, usage, storage and security.

Symposium sponsor, The Bank of Maine, couples high-level banking and financial services with a strong commitment to the communities and people of the region and is one of the leading and most financially sound banks in the Northeast.

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