Beth Kanter is a nonprofit technology consultant working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of training, planning, research, curriculum development and evaluation. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, beginning her work with nonprofit arts organizations. Her formal training is in the arts – she has a BA in music from Bennington College and studied classical flute at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She has worked as an administrative staff member for New England Conservatory and Boston Symphony before assuming the post of general manager of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
She worked as a management evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts for its Challenge and Advancement Programs for over eight years. As a decade-long consultant with the New York Foundation for the Arts, she designed and managed many arts and technology programs, including Arts Wire where she served as the online community builder. She has worked with a wide range of nonprofit technology providers on various projects over the past five years to the present, including N-TEN, Npower, CTCnet, Summit Collaborative, New York Alliance of Arts Organizations, Legal Services Corporation, CompuMentor, and others.
Beth has been blogging about nonprofits and technology for several years on her professional blog, Beth’s Blog (http://beth.typepad.com). She is the nonprofit contributing editor for the Blogher (http://www.blogher.org) and is an active blogger in CompuMentor’s Netsquared (http://www.netsquared.org) community site that is focused on how nonprofits can use new tools for social change. She is a member of the Harvard University’s Berkman Center Blogger group where she has been a speaker on the topics of nonprofits and blogging.
She is on the board of the Sharing Foundation, an NGO that does development work in Cambodia, aimed at providing support, education, and care for young people. She has taught ESL in Cambodia for the Foundation’s village school program and writes a blog about Cambodian Culture, Cambodia4Kids. She has been a blogger/contributor for Global Voices (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/), a project of Harvard University’s Berkman Center. Her children, now 4 and 6, were adopted from Cambodia.