Recipients of the 2017 NTEN Awards: Yesenia Sotelo, Jamie Maloney (Mother Jones), Emily Weinberg and Brenden O'Hanlon (Mother Jones) at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Image: Joe Frazier Photo.

Celebrate the Leading Lights in Nonprofit Tech

The nonprofit technology community recognizes these individuals and organizations, whose contributions demonstrate a passion and dedication to the role that nonprofit technology plays in making the world a better place.

The NTEN Award celebrates an individual who has helped advance NTEN’s mission to serve the community. This year, it was given to Emily Weinberg, full-text analyst at the American Psychological Association. Emily has been an NTEN member since 2006, a community organizer for three online groups, and contributed to two NTEN committees. She has twice been a speaker at Nonprofit Technology Conferences and is the fourth most active community member in our online groups! Emily is a tireless champion for NTEN and a fabulous asset for the nonprofit tech community.

The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man who was so pivotal in creating our community. Rob was a builder—of communities, of ideas, and of movements. Central to all of this work was the idea that technology can accelerate the pace of change, making it possible for movements to grow overnight and for change to be created in new and surprising ways. The recipient of this year’s Rob Stuart Memorial Award was nonprofit news organization Mother Jones. The team at MoJo believes that a free, independent Fourth Estate is vital to a vibrant democracy, and that its format as an investigative, national news outlet is the best way to call the powerful to account. Jamie Maloney and Brenden O’Hanlon received the award on the organization’s behalf at 17NTC.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to self-described “website whisperer” Yesenia Sotelo. The award recognizes community members who have been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and who have contributed a lifetime of service to the sector. With more than 16 years’ experience in web development, Yesenia could afford to rest on her laurels. Instead, she has dedicated herself to training the next generation of nonprofit technology workers, as a member of the NTEN faculty producing training for our courses, plus webinar presenter, NTC speaker, article contributor, and an organizer in our online groups. Altogether, we estimate she has spent nearly 200 hours training members of the NTEN community! Thank you, Yesenia!

Who should we recognize next? We accept nominations for our awards year-round and would love to hear from you about the community members who should be in the spotlight.


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