NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

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.

Just when you thought you missed the boat, here's your second chance!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Event360, we now have 10 extra scholarships available for individuals interested in attending the 2014 Leading Change Summit this September 3-6. The deadline to apply is next Friday, August 22, but scholarship applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible

If you’ve looked over the agenda for the NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit (#14LCS) this September, you’ve probably noticed that we tried to build in a healthy mix of time that attendees will spend in their tracks vs. time that will be spent all together. Today I’m happy to introduce someone who will lead our first chunk of all-attendee, cross-track time on Wednesday, September 3:Lisa Heft.

At #MFOM14, I participated as a speaker, leading one workshop, Email Marketing to Support Year-Round Online Fundraising, and as a panelist for the session, Visual Communication: Create pictures, videos, and presentations quickly, easily, and affordably. Here are the key takeaways, tips, and tools that came out of it. 

Over the past couple of months we’ve been introducing you to the incredible cast of characters who are helping to shape NTEN’s inaugural Leading Change Summit. It’s about time we celebrate the dynamic duo behind the Idea AcceleratorEmily Lonigro Boylan and Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad of LimeRed Studio. LimeRed is a creative services firm that works with organizations that inspire positive change.

NTEN Communities of Practice (CoPs) are affinity groups centered on specific topics of interest, from community management to Drupal to nonprofits in the arts. These online groups provide support for your specific needs and interests and offer ongoing opportunities for growth.

But it takes more than a name and a platform to convene a group of thoughtful people; it takes volunteer organizers who are willing to give their time and efforts to build and maintain an online community. We asked NTEN's great CoP organizers to help us understand why they answered the call to nonprofit tech leadership. Following are some highlights from the many answers we received.

We’ve been working all year to make the Leading Change Summit an incredible experience for all of you, so we were excited when the San Francisco Hilton at Union Square presented an opportunity to make it even more spectacular. One lucky attendee will be upgraded to a corner suite with a view for no additional cost.

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