July 31, 2014
Note: this is an archived news release. As such, the information provided may no longer apply.
University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Electronic Commerce, Anthony Gauvin, recently attended and presented at the 2014 Community Development Society (CDS) International Annual Conference and Meeting in Dubuque, Iowa. Gauvin's presentation was entitled Leveraging "free"; creating an Electronic Communication Portfolio for a U.S. based non-profit organization. Professor Gauvin's presentation discussed the communications needs of non-profits and how those needs translate into electronic communications functionality. According to Professor Gauvin, by matching the required functionality into free or near free electronic communication tool kits, a standardize portfolio of electronic communications tools is presented that allows non-profits to enable their communication strategies for a very minimal cost. This portfolio includes internal and external social networking, email, virtual conferencing, web sites, and crowd sourcing tools for fundraising and collaborative document creation tools. A central component of this portfolio is the Google for Non-Profits program. While in Dubuque, Professor Gauvin was re-elected for a three-year term to the Community Development Society Board of Directors. Gauvin's re-election to the board of directors symbolizes his leadership within the CDS organization. The CDS is a professional organization dedicated to finding the most effective ways to support community development professionals in their practice, teaching, and research activities. Higher offices within the CDS structure are selected from the board of directors. Gauvin currently serves on the finance and communications committee and is a member of the Editorial Board, reviewing manuscripts for its publications: CDS Journal and CD Practice. Gauvin also has published several articles in the CDS newsletter, Vanguard. The mission of The Community Development Society is to further community work through teaching, practice, and research. CDS members represent a variety of fields, including education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development practitioners, and citizen groups. You may view its website at: http://comm-dev.org/about-us/2014-conference