2016 NTEN Community Challenge: Over $20,000 Raised!

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!

Community Champions

Jereme Bivins
Gayle Carpenter
Miriam Cook
Liza Dyer
David Geilhufe
Maddie Grant
Mark Hallman
Steve Heye
Brett Meyer
Annaliese Hoehling
Sarah Janczak
Paula Jones
Beth Kanter
David Krumlauf
Cindy Leonard
Steven McLaughlin
Laura Norvig
Birgit Pauli-Haack
Anna Richter
Jason Shim
Katie Todd
Farra Trompeter
Robert Weiner
John Zoltner


Amanda Adams
Amy Albrecht
Nick Allen
Donna Arriaga
Caroline Avakian
Miriam Barnard
Mary Ellen Barrett
Johanna Bates
Lane Beauchamp
Scott Bechtler-Levin
Lynne Becker
Anna Berdan
Jereme Bivins
Rosa Bloch
Bryan Breckenridge
Carol Brouwer
Rusty Burwell
Lyndal Cairns
Peter S Campbell
Donna Carty
Amy Chiou
Stacy Clinton
Martin Cohn
Patrick Collins
Carlie Congdon
Larry Contratti
Peggy Duvette
Bill Dyer
Ashley Engelman
Gillian Entin
Cathy Ferrone
Debbie Forrest
Janet Fouts
Megan Freed
Lisa Freund
Desiree Frieson     Kimberly Galberaith
David Geilhufe             Mary Getz
Michael Gillihan
Sheryle Gillihan
Rene Givens
Dahna Goldstein
Ian Gottesman
Shelby Gracey
John Granquist
Maddie Grant
Carole Greene
Theresa Gutierrez

Christian Haack
Jessica Hall
Judy Hallman
Mark Hallman
Edward G Happ
Wendy Harman
John Haydon
Karin Hedetniemi
Jesse Hergert
Annaliese Hoehling
Mark Horvath
Gabe Jacobs
Robin Jacobson
Elizabeth Jacobson
Robin Jacobson
Donna Johnston
Beth Kanter
Allyson Kapin
Leili Khalessi                 Leah Kopperman
Tom Krackeler
Ashton Landers
Chad Leaman
Eugene Lee
Eric  Leland
Cindy Leonard
Annie Lynsen
Steve MacLaughlin
Tucker MacLean
Saira Malik
Shana Masterson
Mark Mathyer
Kerri Meehan
Brett Meyer
Kivi Leroux Miller
Joseph Mimb
Mike Mithani
Ken Montenegro
Aisha Moore
Jean-Marc Moorghen
Joe Moran
Mirjam Muller
Elaine Mulligan
Thomas Negron
Joe Newlin
Lisa Northrop
Laura Norvig
Isabella Norvig
Robert Ono
Birgit Pauli-Haack
Eva Penar
Jeremy Pepper
Larry Perlstein
Heidi Pickman
James Porter
Jen Hawley Price
Naymar Prikhodko
Marcia Quackenbush
Richard Rappleye
Robert  Reed
Sandra Reed
Graham Reid
Norman Reiss
Heather Reynolds
Dianne Richter
Anna Richter
Molly Rivera
Nancy Rose
Seth Rosen
Holly Ross
Talya Rotem
Ruben Salazar
Barbara Sample
Amy Sample Ward
Rhona Saunders
Mary Schell
Gina Schmeling
Nancy Schwartz
Ritu Sharma
Matthew Sharp
Jason Shim
Nancy Shoemaker
Craig Sinclair
Jamie Smith
Debra Socia
Judi Sohn
Sharon Stapel
Sean Steinmarc
Andrew Stevens
Trish Tierney
Katie Todd
Stacy Tran
Farra Trompeter
Pamela Turnbull
Chris Tuttle
Elijah Van Der Giessen
Aditi Vyas
Tarra Washington
Joe Waters
Robert Weiner
George Weiner
Daniel Weir
Anne Whatley
Karla Wheeler
BJ  Whishinsky
Karen Wilkinson
Brian Zajac
John Zoltner


Amy Sample Ward
Amy Sample Ward is NTEN's CEO. She is also a speaker and author focused on leveraging social technologies for social change. In 2013, Amy co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social: a handbook in using new technologies for social impact. She has worked in and with advocacy organizations, private foundations, and community groups in the US, UK and around the world.
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.