About Daniel Fierro

As a Technical Writer at Abila, I help translate software code and design into a documentation tool used for completing value added tasks needed to track nonprofit, association, and government business activities. While I love the technical aspects of my job, I also enjoy writing poetry and screenplays. I have a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Communications from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. In my travels across the U.S., I have worked as a newspaper columnist and reporter, software configuration manager, short order cook, dishwasher, and carnival barker. I recently left the ice and snow of New England, for the sun and fun of Florida, where I now work out of Abila's Maitland office.

Filling Your Nonprofit’s “Dog Days” of Summer


With school either almost or already out and the official start of summer just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking about how to fill all those upcoming marvelously long hot days (I moved from New England to Florida on purpose!). While the Dog Days of Summer do not make up all the …

Double-Checking Tax Updates for Nonprofits and Associations


Every year, changes to tax codes can have a dramatic effect on the cash flow of individuals, corporations, and certainly nonprofits and associations. The annual exercise, at least here in the U.S., is generally one of lowering the impact of a tax bill by being aware of all the various codes that can affect one’s …

To Cloud or Not to Cloud: An Association and Nonprofit Perspective


Is your nonprofit or association struggling with the question of whether to take your constituent tracking computing system from a standalone desktop environment to the latest in cloud technology? Perhaps a review of the pros and cons concerning cloud computing can help answer this question.

First, let’s consider the pros:
Modern Approach

Latest Software Release: Running software …

Generating Reports Relevant to Your Nonprofit


As part of your nonprofit’s governance best-of-practice, you likely find yourself faced with the recurring task of compiling reports to deliver to your board of directors and other key stakeholders. Depending on the specific needs of your organization, this reporting may fall into one of the scenarios listed below, based on the frequency of the …

Taking Your Nonprofit or Association to the Cloud


If your nonprofit or association has been slow to adopt the latest in cloud computing, here are some thoughts on how to best present cloud technology concerns related to security and usability; along with some cloud computing pros and cons.


A chief concern for nonprofit or association management is securely storing the data related to the …

Meet Your Constituents Where They Are: On Social Media!


Your nonprofit or association has mastered the process of engaging your constituency using a message board, and now you’re ready to take a dive into the social media messaging pool.

Your budget hasn’t changed, and the board is wary as ever of approving additional expenditures, so you’re looking for the most cost-effective means to get your …

Mobile First by Design


Want to better engage your younger association members to build a stronger member base going into the future? Consider letting go of the “antiquated” concept of the desktop – or even laptop – computer and embrace the notion of mobility in the workplace. Like it or not, the sheer number of mobile users continues to …

The Discovery Process and Customers


With the holiday shopping season fast approaching and the shift towards cyber-shopping as opposed to mobbing the mall, the likelihood of running into a window asking you to take an online survey to share your internet experience is almost certain. A quick way to gain your customers’ perspective on how your software is operating is …

Justifying a Tech Budget to Your Association or Nonprofit Board


Advances in technology do not stand still for associations or non-profits no matter how tight their budget. Even the simplest of computing advancements can require that some hardware or software be upgraded from year-to-year. But failing to keep up with the techno-curve and allowing your organization to steadily fall behind can leave your organization in …

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Nonprofits and Associations


There is a legendary tale about Abraham Lincoln that tells of him saving a burlap bag full of unwanted piglets that had been tossed into a river to die. Upon diving into the river and saving the porcine payload, onlookers remarked what an upstanding and moral person he was. To which Mr. Lincoln responded, “Am …