It is with excitement that I announce these new additions to the NTEN family.
First, a new face on the NTEN staff, with Bethany Lister, our new Community Program Coordinator. She will be working closely with Julia, James, and Megan to make sure our programs are as community-driven as possible - listening through social media and evaluation, working with communities of practice and tech clubs, and collaborating with speakers and community members. (If you have ideas about how NTEN could better deliver programs to help you and your staff, Bethany and the whole team would love to hear from you.)
You may already know Bethany, as she's been an active part of the NTEN community online and a co-organizer of the Portland Tech4Good group. Please join me in welcoming her to the team!
We are also adding four new board members to the NTEN Board of Directors, and couldn't be happier about all of the experience, ideas, and general #nptech nerdery that they all bring. Joining the board are:
- Gayle Samuelson Carpentier, Chief Business Development Officer at TechSoup Global
- Jereme Bivins, Digital Media Manager at Rockefeller Foundation
- Maddie Grant, Digital Strategist, Lead Editor at SocialFish
- Miriam Barnard, Organizational Development and Fundraising Strategist
If you're attending the 2014 NTC next week, be sure to say hi to Bethany, Gayle, Jereme, and Maddie, and welcome them to the NTEN family. You can learn more about NTEN staff and board on the website, but we are all always available to learn more about what you're doing and how we can help.
NTEN is excited to once again head to SXSW in Austin, TX! NTEN's Marketing and Publications Director, Joleen Ong (@joleendearest) and I (@penguiasana) are headed to SXSW for the first time before we head to DC for the 14NTC, and we would love to meet you! We're continuing the NTEN tradition of being a part of the Beacon Lounge, a comfy conference oasis where geeks and social changemakers - or both! - can relax and find inspiring conversations and connections.
Will you be there? We would love to meet you! Come visit us in the Beacon Lounge, or tweet us directly and let us know if you're in town.
Here's some ways you can take part in the SXSW in Austin or virtually:
- Do Good Dialogues (#DGD)
During each session break, innovators of all stripes (designers, writers, technologists, advocates, and business leaders alike) will take to the Beacon Stage to share their new inventive ideas. Do Good Dialogues (#DGD) will highlight cross-sector ideas and unique voices. You never know what (or who) you’ll see. Check the schedule to see what's in store.
- #Loungesource it!
Perhaps you've heard of crowdsourcing? How about lounge sourcing? We're enlisting the help of the social good community to flesh out your own great ideas. Post a topic on the Big Board in The Beacon, invite people to join the discussion and then LoungeSource it for an informal conversation focused on collaboration and problem solving. Got an idea already? Whether you're attending SXSW or not, tweet #loungesource with your idea!
- Share your #SXGood!
You can also join the conversation by using the #SXgood hashtag to share personal images that answer “What is your #SXgood?”. These photos could be pictures from your SXSW experience, images from past events, and other visuals that inspire you to make your own #SXgood.
We can't wait to meet you, so be sure to look for us at the SXSW Beacon Lounge or find us on Twitter!
We’ve been working hard the past few days and are happy to share that we’ve narrowed down this year’s DoGooder Video Award submissions to a few special finalists!
We received a wide array of funny, moving and informative videos that embraced strong storytelling to communicate important messages. It was a difficult task, but the DoGooder Team have chosen the finalists- and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners!
Visit the contest site today and cast your vote! Public voting is open through March 10th, 2014.
Voting is easy; you simply select your choice in each category. Individuals can vote once per day. Just a simple click of the mouse gets you involved with cause video and making an impact for organizations doing important work!
This year’s winners will be announced March 14th, 2014 at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Washington D.C.
Don’t forget: Your votes determine which organizations go home with fantastic prizes:
- NTEN will provide the contest winner with a free registration pass to the 2015 NTC in Austin, Texas
- Cisco will contribute a cash prize to the winner of the Best Nonprofit Video Award
- The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in partnership with the National Youth Media Network & with support from The National Association for Media Literacy Education Nickelodeon, AFI Docs and Lights. Camera. Help, will provide the following prizes to the winner of the new Youth Media category:
- Lights.Camera.Help - will screen all four of the finalist films at their 2014 Festival
- AFI DOCS film festival - will provide two festival passes for 2014: one for the winning filmmaker and one for the filmmaker's mentor from the facilitating nonprofit
- Nickelodeon- will award a $3,000 cash prize to the award-winning film's nonprofit
- Zacuto will provide a $500 gift card to the winner of the Funny for Good category.
So to all of our nonprofit community members, advocates, concerned citizens, and people who just fans of great video: You get to decide the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards winners.
Help spread the word and show the world video’s amazing ability to do good!
14NTC is just around the corner and the community is buzzing with tips, recommendations, and other advice on making your Washington D.C. and NTC experience a rewarding one. We'll be crossing our fingers for a blizzard-free time (13NTC, anyone?) and some early cherry blossoms. But besides packing that warm jacket just in case, you can plan your D.C. trip with the help of your fellow nonprofit attendees.
Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC
10. Login to myNTC, your conference information and connection center. This is your go-to dashboard for all the latest conference details with easy access from your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Find a full list of all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. Check out the full conference agenda and add events to your calendar. Plus, you can chime into the discussion board, which is a terrific way to discover folks to connect with as you plan your conference experience.
9. Prepare your conference strategy. NTEN Community Member Jason Shim recommends taking notes, and allocate some post-conference time to follow up on all the resources and topics you learned about to start applying these to your work. “Don’t be shy”, says Peter Campbell. “Whomever you start talking with at this conference is going to be an interesting person; they'll have great stories to tell about their work and their organization, and they'll be a possible resource to you. Read on for more tips (and maybe add your own). And don’t miss John Kenyon’s blog post on his top tips.
8. Visit a Giant Panda. The National Zoo is just a couple of blocks away from the conference. Admission is free and John Guaragno recommends seeing Bao, the giant panda, who is not yet giant, merely cat-sized.
7. Brush up on your speaking skills. If you’re speaking or presenting at NTC, check out these resources to help you catapult your session from great to fabulous.
6. Find your flock. Join the informal Birds of a Feather discussions to share insights with a group of fellow attendees of a similar background or interest. Want to find other nonprofit folks in your area? Make sure to stop by the 501 Tech Club Happy Hour. This is a chance for any Tech Club member in any city or anyone who's curious about what 501 Tech Clubs are, to meet face-to-face and learn more.
5. Take in the sites and tastes of DC. NTEN Community Member Bonnie McEwan is looking forward to checking out the new MLK memorial on the mall, and Ivan Boothe suggests a trail along the Potomoc for a nice outdoor view. DC is the town for global foodies and Roshani Kothari has a whole list of tasty places to have a bite. Liz Komper has the sccop on food trucks to check out - and that’s just the beginning of all of the community site-seeing and restaurant recommendations.
4. Grab a pint. Now in its 6th year, #NTCbeer is a great way to kick off your conference experience by grabbing a drink - or two - with new and veteran attendees alike!
3. Continue the party. The socializing doesn’t stop after the day’s sessions. On Thursday, March 13, join Idealist Consulting's NPO Party (pre-registration required), and then on Friday, March 14 get ready for the Progressive Party at night. This year there will be four parties to keep the conference groove going (and they are free for NTC attendees). Learn more about the Progressive Parties on myNTC.
2. Let the games begin! Never mind the Olympics; the NTC Geek Games are a true test of your geek strength. Come join us for fun and games at our second annual Geek Games. Make sure to bring your brain power to compete in Geek Bingo, a helicopter obstacle course, karaoke, and dodgeball! Live music will be provided by the band, Pirates for Sail (yes, pirates!).
1. Start tweeting. Follow the #14NTC hashtag for the conference buzz, pictures, and updates. We'll also have a conference hashtag for sustainability: #14NTCgreen. During the conference, help us spot examples of sustainability efforts, and send us your suggestions and ideas!
See you in DC!
We're excited to announce our Green Sponsors for the 14NTC! These sponsors are taking a sustainable approach to sponsoring the NTC and have opted out of printing their promotional materials to be more sustainable. We're happy to have them as part of the NTC, and as a partner to help reduce the waste and carbon emissions that go along with putting on this event.
This year's Green Sponsors are:
Confluence is a technology and design company, located in Washington DC and Los Angeles. Founded in 2001, we focus on serving the nonprofit sector and provide technology consulting, strategic assessments, print and web design services and open-source CMS implementation. Additionally, we specialize in customizing and integrating CRMs such as CiviCRM and Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack.
A long-time supporter and member of NTEN, we are proud to be exhibiting and speaking at the 14NTC in Washington DC. We opted to be green tote bag sponsors this year because we responded to the eco-friendly nature of this type of advertising. Being kind to our environment is a key thread amongst the owners and employees at Confluence. We’re a bike-riding, Metro-taking, recycling, reusing stacks of printer paper type of company. We chose to open our DC office in a Gold LEED-certified building which utilizes green cleaning practices, energy-efficient fixtures and 100% wind-energy credits. All staff are given access to DC’s fantastic bike-sharing program. Our Los Angeles office is located in downtown LA, an area chosen for its walkability and access to public transportation.
Stop by and visit us at the Confluence booth in March. We’ll be on hand to discuss how strategic technology and creative design can improve multiple facets of your organization – from improved internal processes to enhanced communication and engagement with your members. We can’t wait to see you shortly.
Our popular software platform is used by almost 300 leading nonprofits in the United States and many other countries. Nonprofits use our highly flexible Engaging Networks platform to raise money, win advocacy campaigns and engage with supporters in sophisticated, targeted ways.
Using Engaging Networks, you can easily create engaging and completely customized donation pages, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, advocacy campaigns, event, and membership pages. The platform includes a robust, integrated email marketing tool. Constituent and donor data are processed and managed by a sophisticated back-end database, enabling you to see the complete activity of each constituent/donor.
In the United States, Engaging Networks clients include Amnesty International, SOS Children’s Villages, Humane Society International, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Environmental Defense Fund (Moms Clean Air Force), Refugees International, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Women’s Foundation of California and many others. Engaging Networks also supports many global nonprofits serving multiple country affiliates, including Oxfam International, WWF (UK, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and International), PETA (UK and EU) and World Vision International.
Engaging Networks provides open APIs for importing and exporting data between Engaging Networks and other databases with direct syncing capability, including ROI Solutions, Salesforce.com and Raiser’s Edge.
Engaging Networks delivers many benefits to clients, based on our three main commitments:
- Flexibility and customizability for each client’s unique needs
- Constant innovation to provide the best technology
- Reliable and responsive technical support for our clients
To find out more, or to schedule a demo of the software, please stop by our booth at the Science Fair (#1109) or contact Clint O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protecting and caring for the environment is incredibly important to everyone at We-Care.com. From commuting to work on bikes, to days spent planting trees instead of answering emails, and field trips upstate to hike, we are always looking for ways to reduce our impact and appreciate the environment. We think it’s awesome that groups like NTEN are setting an example and taking steps to consider the environment, and we’re proud to support those efforts!
For over five years, We-Care.com has been empowering nonprofit supporters by turning their everyday online actions into meaningful impact for the nonprofits they support. What started small, now counts over 2 million members; people all across the United States use We-Care.com to earn donations for nonprofit organizations. Our platform allows users to earn donations anytime they shop online, and we’re proud to say we provide every We-Care.com tool free to nonprofit organizations. Oh yeah, and the user doesn’t pay either!
Through We-Care.com, over $5 million has been donated to nearly 1,000 nonprofit organizations. The ASPCA, Save the Children, and Clean Water Action each have earned over $1 million in donations.
We're always working to make our platform more fun, simple, and rewarding. We-Care.com's browser extension, or the "We-Care.com App," installs in seconds onto a user's browser. With the We-Care.com app installed, donations are automatically earned when users shop at all our participating merchants. It's not all dollars and cents though, you know? The "We-Care.com App" and our social media accounts keep the We-Care.com community up-to-date on all the amazing things that they're enabling the organizations they support to do, like change the world.
Hey, it starts here: http://www.we-care.com/getstarted
When the Zoomph team heard about NTEN’s green initiative, an energy-conserving light bulb went off in our heads. As today’s premier social media marketing platform, we know better than anyone that conservation and effective business development can go hand-in-hand. In fact, green and social marketing is actually a stronger, more profitable strategy than the options growing businesses had before.
Why, you ask? Today, social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are now where your customers are—no ifs, ands or buts. That means that targeting your marketing efforts to social media channels is a necessity, not a luxury.
However, social media marketing also helps you drive a greener organization, taking old school “paper” marketing completely out of the equation. Now, you can generate even higher levels of customer engagement with the click of the mouse—and the right social toolbox.
Of course, we’re going to say “Zoomph is that social toolbox”. But hear us out: Zoomph is a single, centralized platform that curates, analyzes, and displays the real-time social media content of your choice (starting at only $15/month by the way!). With Zoomph, you can now identify the right voices in social conversations and connect with them, generating engagement that leads to positive actions (and ultimately, revenue) for your business.
So, when you’re out on the exciting NTEN tradeshow floor, come visit the Zoomph booth to find out how green businesses like Mary Kay, Dove Men+ Care, and even the Washington Capitals have changed the game with our social media strategy. We’ll show you how something as accessible and paperless as live social content can be used to optimize your presence over the web and at events—all while generating long-term loyalty and engagement for your brand.
To learn more about the Zoomph Social Media Platform, visit us at www.zoomph.com.
A well thought out video strategy can accomplish all of these goals and more. If your organization has not yet produced video, odds are that you have been talking about it for some time. Now that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, now is the perfect time to create content that will inform, inspire and engage donors.