The NTEN Community is over 70,000 people strong! This Community represents a wide range of causes, positions, locations, and missions. What connects all of us is a commitment to using technology for social change.
It Takes a Community to Raise a Community
To foster this diversity and ensure more nonprofits can be part of this Community, we strive to make our programs as accessible as possible.
So, from January through March of this year, a group of amazing volunteer champions participated in the 2016 Community Challenge to raise money to support scholarships and improve overall program accessibility. In this year’s Community Challenge, 25 Community Champions raised $20,777 from over 150 donors!
These donations, in part, helped to provide scholarships to the 16NTC for nonprofit staff who would otherwise be unable to attend. And for many attendees, the Conference can push them to rethink how they work. Jacob Campbell, Communications Associate at P.S. ARTS, received a scholarship to attend the 16NTC and shared his experience as a first-time attendee:
At such a tech-focused convening, I worried that there might not be too much crossover with our work at P.S. ARTS, but during the second plenary session, Martin Wolske from the Center for Digital Inclusion at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said something that really resonated with me: “Technology alone doesn’t create digital inclusion just as paint alone doesn’t create a piece of art.” Wolske and the rest of the morning’s speakers highlighted the idea that organizations need to shift the culture of thinking from simply providing access to a given tool or resource, to really embedding services and being flexible to meet the needs of the communities we serve. In that paradigm, adoption and participation — in technology, in the arts, in education, and so on — becomes the true metric of success and positive change.
This impact can be seen throughout our other programs as well. Donations help us bring in new members that may not be able to cover the cost of NTEN Membership, support our worldwide Tech Clubs with more materials to enhance their experience, and develop new programs and resources for our growing community.
Thank You to Our Community Champions and Donors!
Thank you to the Champions and donors who made this campaign possible! See someone you know on the list of Champions and donors below? Give them a hug or a high-five next time you see them!
Mary Ellen Barrett
Peter S Campbell
Desiree Frieson Kimberly Galberaith
David Geilhufe Mary Getz
Edward G Happ
Leili Khalessi Leah Kopperman
Kivi Leroux Miller
Jen Hawley Price
Amy Sample Ward
Elijah Van Der Giessen