December 30, 2014

The Impact of Your Donation: Laura Baum, 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 Laura Baum, Rabbi & COO with OurJewishCommunity.org.

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What is your organization’s mission?

OurJewishCommunity.org is an online Jewish community reaching people where they are and celebrating a Judaism that is bold, intellectually honest, and ever-evolving.

Can you describe your experience at the 14NTC?

I learned from so many people – both informally and formally. At one of the lunches, I sat down with someone who happened to be a participant in our online community. Though we had never met before, we had a great conversation and she has become a trusted adviser to our organization. This was just one example of many positive encounters I had with other professionals. In addition, the sessions I attended were fantastic and informative. I enjoyed learning about new trends in the field of nonprofit tech and felt that I left with some concrete tools to use to enhance the work of my organization.

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

Not only have I applied what I learned to my own organization, but I also wrote a blog post for Huffington Post with ten tech tips I learned at the Nonprofit Technology Conference. Some concrete examples that I’ve applied to my work have resulted in better use of memes, better use of calls to action (embedded in social media), and better ad testing.

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

Working for a small nonprofit, we simply don’t have a budget large enough to allow our staff to attend as many conferences as we would like. The NTC scholarship fund enabled me to attend the conference, to learn from and network with some fantastic people, and to broaden the use of tools that my organization uses to reach people in our online global network. I was truly grateful for the opportunity to attend the NTC – and I hope that others will have the opportunity to attend and learn as well.

Special thanks to Laura 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 Laura 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.