Without year-end fundrasing campaigns to plan for (yet), and just after conference season, summer is usually the time when things slow down for all of us. Which means it's the perfect time to invest in your professional development, and seek out opportunities for your organization. Fortunately, the NTEN community is making it easy this year. Check out all the awesome resources, opportunities, and summer learning programs on the docket for this summer:
Superstar member Heidi Massey created this handy Google Doc full of free/low cost tech resources for nonprofits. The best part about it? You can add the resources in your neck of the woods, which means with all of our combined knowledge, it only gets better.
Speaking of resources, Microsoft recently offered the licensing to their Local Impact Map, free of cost, to nonprofits. A $15 monthly hosting fee will allow you to embed a customized map on your website that clearly shows the regions your organization is impacting.
Our friends at SocialFish recently announced their Think Tank Summer eLearning Series, featuring five sessions covering a range of social media topics, from Pinterest to Google+ to creating and curating content.
If you're in the New York City area, Lunametrics is offering an in-person Seminar for Success on Google Analytics & Google AdWords July 23-27th.
If you're not in the New York City area, you can always join your local 501 Tech Club for ongoing learning opportunities. The picture to the left comes from the first meeting of our newest tech club in the Miami-Ft.Lauterdale area. Check out the 7 new Tech Clubs that have started up since April, or see the full list here.
If your summer is already booked with adventures and vacations, don't worry the learning continues into the fall with the DEMO Fall 2012 conference. Held October 1-3 in Silicon Valley, the conference features early-stage and market-ready emerging technologies - find out how to launch your new product at the conference.
Don't forget about our recently announced challenge in partnership with GOOD Maker. We're looking for a project that fuels social change through technology. Submit your ideas for the opportunity to win a $2500 grant and a free NTEN Membership.
Last, but definitely not least, this simple example of a stellar low-cost nonprofit video comes to us from former Nonprofit Tech Academy participant and Director of Marketing and Communications for the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, Jenica Lancy. In her words, Jenica "took many of the skills that [she] learned in the NTEN leadership academy and from the 2012 conference to put together a script and small communications plan." She then emailed 35,000 people throughout California and the must-see video below had 500 views in 18 hours. Way to go Jenica!