Work with others at your org to complete your Tech Accelerate report this spring, and you’ll be eligible for a $1,000 technology grant from NTEN. Image: Jopwell Collection.

Invest in your org’s tech: Tech Accelerate Community Call and grants available this spring

Earlier this year, NTEN rolled out an improved Tech Accelerate. This free benchmarking tool connects your organization to resources to help you understand where to invest in improving your technology plans, policies, and infrastructure.

This spring, we’re expanding this commitment by offering additional support for you to evaluate your technology, get direct, expert advice from community members, and apply for a small grant to begin your improvements.

Community Call on May 9

Complete your organization’s free Tech Accelerate Assessment by Tuesday, May 7, and you’ll receive access to an exclusive Community Call with an expert panel to give advice and recommendations about your results. The panel includes Emilio Arocho, Kayleigh Collins, and others whose diverse perspectives and tech backgrounds can provide guidance to move you and your organization forward.

The Community Call is free to join but reserved for organizations with completed Tech Accelerate Assessments — those with completed Assessments will be emailed access details prior to the Community Call at 2pm ET/11am PT, Thursday, May 9.

$1,000 grants available for completed Assessments

Organizations that complete their free Tech Accelerate Assessment by Tuesday, May 7 —whether they participate in the Community Call or not— can apply for a $1,000 grant to invest in improving your organization’s technology effectiveness. A $1,000 grant may be a small piece of the project budget you need, but we hope it is a start and an incentive to move ahead.

Applications for the grants will be emailed to all organizations with completed Assessments. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 27.

Tech Accelerate Demo on May 2

Need a refresher on what Tech Accelerate is, and how it could benefit your organization? Join me and NTEN web developer Dan Fellini for a free demo at 2pm ET/11am PT, Thursday, May 2. You’ll learn more about how and why we built Tech Accelerate, and how you can use it to evaluate your organization’s current technology investments and plans.

You can complete your Tech Accelerate report with colleagues to ensure the most accurate assessment of your organization, so we encourage you to invite others to join you for this webinar.

Organizations have used Tech Accelerate to make budgeting decisions, lead staff and board in planning discussions, and to inform a technology roadmap for the organization. All staff connected to your organization’s profile in their NTEN account can collaborate on an Assessment together, so get started today!

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.