NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

NTEN Members never fail to inspire us. Here's the latest news and events from our Members that has us smiling.

It takes a lot to jump onstage and pitch a brand new idea in front of a new group of people. Will they laugh, start, cheer, or be intrigued? On September 5-6, during the Microsoft evening reception and Idea Accelerator finale at the 2014 Leading Change Summit, 24 brave individuals and teams pitched ideas for social good. It was an incredible testament to the commitment and dedication of the nonprofit sector to put words to action - identifying needs and proposing concrete solutions.  

You can learn about the three winners here. Right now, though, we want to share the 21 other fresh ideas that were pitched. They didn’t make the final cut at the Idea Accelerator, but we are still rooting for them. Interested in any of these ideas? Want to learn more? Leave a comment below and we’ll connect you to the masterminds (and note that the ideas written here are just the initial starting pitches from the opening reception on Friday night; they may have evolved and morphed throughout the day on Saturday).

On September 6 in San Francisco, over 250 attendees at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit (14LCS) convened for its finale event: the Idea Accelerator. After three days of exploring ideas, gathering feedback on projects and concepts, and thinking critically amongst nonprofit peers, the Idea Accelerator gave participants the chance to switch gears and think about how to put their ideas into action. 

“Where can I post a job?” That’s one of the most common questions we get at NTEN, and we’ve repeatedly heard from many of you in the NTEN community that you’d like to see a job board on NTEN.org. Well, we take your requests seriously; and we are excited to announce that a job board is underway!

In honor of our August theme of "Tools," we invited several of our beloved Tech Club and Communities of Practice (CoPs) organizers to give short presentations about their favorite community organizing tools during the Community Organizing Tools from the Experts webinar on August 21. Did you miss it? Here's a quick recap of some of the helpful tools and resources that they shared. You can also view the entire presentation on Slideshare, and recap on Storify

With NTEN's website redesign project underway, we took a step back and asked, "How do we know how our users use our site and what they want if we don't ask? So we turned to the NTEN community, as we will continue to do at various stages of the redesign process, for their candid feedback about the NTEN website. We conducted a website survey with about 80 respondents, and conducted some one-on-one interviews with eleven members of the NTEN community. Here's what they had to say.

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

The Leading Change Summit is just 12 days away. We're packing, preparing, designing, and more just to make sure this first Summit is up to NTEN standards. Whether you can attend the full Summit or just a part of it we're making these options available with a two-day Idea Accelerator package for $40 that includes access to the Microsoft evening reception on Friday, September 5, Idea Accelerator on Saturday, Sept. 6, and more.

A quick update from the those of us tackling the content strategy for NTEN's site relaunch.

Last week I got to attend the National Alliance for Media and Culture (NAMAC) and Alliance for Community Media (ACM)'s first-ever joint National Conference: State and Main 2014 (#StateMain14) in Philadelphia, PA. I took part in the panel: Multiple Platform Social Media Strategies, which explored ways nonprofits can use social media more effectively, and walked away with a big resource list of tools and strategies for social media success.