December 31, 2014

The Impact of Your Donation: Ivana Braga, 14NTC Scholarship Recipient, Shares

Last year, NTEN Community Champions helped to raise over $36,000 to support the NTEN Community Challenge, which enhanced NTEN’s program accessibility, including sending over 50 people to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (14NTC) and the 2014 Leading Change Summit (14LCS) with scholarships.

To whom did the scholarships go, and what was the impact of your donation? As we raise support for 2015, we wanted to share the impact of your donation from last year, from the voices of our scholarship recipients. Today, we want to introduce you to Ivana Braga, Communications and Development Manager of Rede Amiga da Criança.

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What is your organization’s mission?

Rede Amiga da Criança is committed to ensuring the rights of children and youth vulnerable and at risk, primarily the street kids in São Luís (MA), through collective actions by governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Can you describe your experience at the 14NTC?

The NTC was a turning point in my journey of learning in the USA. I hadn’t seen so many qualified people interested in using communications to empower nonprofits before. It was a big conference with the best content on marketing, development strategy and technology solutions I have been a part of in the USA.

Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14NTC to your daily work?

I came back to Brazil in July, and I am doing a lot based on what I have learned at the NTC. The sessions that I attended showed the way and gave me tools to change communications and development strategies in my home organization. We are rethinking our web presence, building social media channels, and redesigning our website; in all those, I apply things I learned at the NTC. Another important takeaway from this conference were contacts: a network with experts, professionals, peers, and specialized companies.

Why should people donate to the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to support opportunities such as NTC/LCS scholarships?

I would never have been able to attend NTC without the scholarship. I am very grateful to everyone who contributed. And I ask you to continue to help others. We are the ones who will make the changes in ourselves, our organizations, and our community. Donating to someone to attend the NTC is giving someone the opportunity to make these changes.

Special thanks to Ivana for putting tech to work for social change at her nonprofit, and huge thanks to all who helped make her experience at the 14NTC possible! Read more stories from 2014 scholarship recipients about the impact of your donation. 

This season, we’re trying to raise $50,000  through the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to give more people like Ivana access to NTEN’s activities and initiatives that advance nonprofit technology. Support NTEN’s Community Champions and Board Members today by donating directly to their fundraising pages on the NTEN Community Challenge campaign on Crowdrise.  

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Steph Routh
Steph is Content Manager at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years prior to joining NTEN. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. And she feels lucky every day she is at NTEN, with a Community that does exactly that. Outside the NTEN office, Steph is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.