Tech Systems Review

Help Fostering Media Connections understand how to optimize their technical infrastructure to improve their operational efficiency, and lower their overall IT costs.
Fostering Media Connections
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Los Angeles, CA, USA


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Posted September 7th

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What We Need
  • An assessment of Organization's IT infrastructure including costs, speed, reliability and security
  • Advice on various IT services and the cost-benefit associated with each option
  • Potentially more efficient and secure services
  • Note: This does not include tech systems set up or implementation
Additional Details

Our team stores secure data in a way that we might want to change, including a google doc with organization-wide passwords. We have been receiving more phishing emails and would want to find ways that our team knows will keep everything secure.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have google docs with secure information, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have dropbox, airtable and other tools that might help, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $8,001 , allowing us to produce more stories about youth and families, and support more youth to share their stories

This project will ensure we can keep our information secure and operate effectively organization-wide.

Project Plan

Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager describes current tech resources
  • Volunteer Manager describes the tasks and behaviors the Organization needs to complete regularly, and any associated technological constraints
  • Volunteer Manager conveys any budget considerations that might apply
Milestone 1: Analysis & Recommendations
  • Professional assesses current tech resources and stated needs
  • Professional provides a list of recommended actions, along with estimated costs to implement and an assessment of how critical each item is
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which is incorporated
Milestone 2: Final Deliverable
  • Professional provides revised list of recommendations, along with cost estimates and preferred vendors to use for implementation
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About The Org

Fostering Media Connections
Our Mission

Fostering Media Connections is a non-profit news organization that uses a mix of investigative, accountability and solution-oriented journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families.

Beyond producing stories, FMC employs an aggressive dissemination strategy to see its stories re-published in other media outlets. Last fiscal year, FMC-produced stories were picked up 753 times, a 50.2 percent increase from the previous year.

What We Do

Our work primarily serves children, youth and families caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by driving reform to those systems, and by teaching systems-experienced youth to produce their own journalism. We actively share our journalism with mainstream media partners to amplify our work and grab the attention of policymakers and thought-leaders in positions to change child welfare policy and practice.

We have three main programs:
* The Chronicle of Social Change (CSC): FMC's flagship daily news site covering child welfare and juvenile justice news nationally, with editorial staff in California, New York, Arizona, Wyoming and Michigan. Since its inception, The Chronicle has run nearly 4,000 articles on issues impacting children, youth and families.
* Fostering Families Today (FFT): an award-winning bi-monthly print and online magazine that is distributed to over 30,000 readers - all resource families and kin caregivers - across the country. This magazine ensures caregivers are educated about the latest developments in trauma-informed care, and provides them with an opportunity to earn continuing education credits through reading comprehension.
* Youth Voice: a journalism training program for young people with lived experience in the foster care or juvenile justice systems. In 2018, we trained and worked on editing stories with more than 30 youth, published 46 youth stories and ran successful national writing and photo contests for young people. One youth's story was nominated for a Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Over the last two years, more than 100 Youth Voice pieces have been published.

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