ONTR FAQ

What is the cost?
Do I have to be an NTEN member?
When does the program take place?
How much time will this program take?
How is the program delivered?
Is participation in the full six months required?
What happens after the six months?
What is the value in participating?
How will this help my organization?
Who else is participating?
Who is ONTR best suited for?
What kind of projects should I plan to work on?

Q. What is the cost?

ONTR is meant to be accessible to nonprofits of all sizes so there are no program costs to participate. We will make every effort to support travel and associated costs as well.

Q. Do I have to be an NTEN member?

No! ONTR is open to nonprofit staff in any kind of organization, based anywhere in Oregon and Southwest Washington, in any department or job type, whether you have an NTEN Membership or not.

Q. When does the program take place?

The 6-month cohorts run from October to March, and April to September. We will support cohorts running through at least September 2016.

Q. How much time will this program take?

During the first eight weeks when participants are working through the Nonprofit Tech Academy, participants can expect to spend 2-3 hours each week with educational programs and materials. The remainder of the cohort period is spent incubating, supporting, and advancing projects so much of the time commitment depends on the type of and depth of your project. We recommend expecting anywhere from 1 to 4 hours of time each week, recognizing there will naturally be times of more participation and others with less.

Q. How is the program delivered?

ONTR is delivered through a mix of on and offline educational programs, trainings, and events. As a cohort, participants have a private, online group for discussions and file sharing. Regular calls, expert feedback sessions, and regular group discussions will take place mostly online and by phone. In-person events will be planned and located to best accommodate participants’ schedules and locations, with financial support to ensure participation.

Q. Is participation in the full six months required?

Yes. In order to ensure all participants and their organizations benefit from the program and are positioned for success after the cohort, we ask that all participants commit to the full six months. We recognize that there are naturally times during the course of the year when participation may be limited by other priorities in your organization. The cohort is designed as six months in length so as to accommodate for times when participants may be more or less available.

Q. What happens after the six months?

We encourage ONTR “graduates” to share experiences, feedback, and lessons learned with participants in the next cohort. We will also create opportunities for ONTR graduates to have access to events, workshops, trainings, and other opportunities to continue learning as we facilitate future cohorts.

Q. What is the value of participating?

Participating in ONTR provides valuable education with the inclusion of the 8-week technology management course (the Nonprofit Tech Academy), as well as access to experts and services providers across Oregon and beyond. ONTR connects participants with a rich network of peers, faculty members, and potential collaborators. Completing ONTR qualifies participants for discounted registration rates for NTEN conferences.

Q. How will this help my organization?

ONTR is designed so that participants can bring the challenge, project idea, or wish list from their organization to the cohort and benefit from six months of support, feedback, and training towards a solution.

Q. Who else is participating?

Cohorts will be grouped by either technology project focus, geographic location, or organizational mission depending on the applications and the best fit for the participants’ goals. We anticipate cohorts of around 20 people.

Q. Who is ONTR best suited for?

As we mentioned above, participants are welcome from any background or experience level, representing organization in any mission area, location (in Oregon or Southwest Washington), size, or budget. Participants who are able to manage the project, budget, or technology that they are focused on during the cohort will find the most success moving towards solutions.

Q. What kind of projects should I plan to work on?

We hope to bring appropriate experts and resources to the program based on the projects or challenges participants are facing. We do not want to limit the potential for participation ahead of time by narrowing the focus on required projects, technologies, or systems. If you have questions about a project you’d like to focus on during an ONTR cohort, you can contact NTEN’s CEO, Amy Sample Ward, at amy@nten.org at any time.