Each year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we honor some of the dedicated, brilliant members of our community and celebrate their achievements through three different awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jane Meseck
At NTEN, the Lifetime Achievement award is a way to honor an individual who has been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, someone who has dedicated their career to advocating for our sector and paved the way for the rest of us. This is the tenth year we’ve given out the Lifetime Achievement award and it is a perfect time to recognize someone who never takes the spotlight.
Jane Meseck was in the room when NTEN was created, and she has been an unmatched advocate, cheerleader, instigator, investor, and champion for the NTEN community for twenty years. We’re grateful for all she’s done to invest in NTEN and the careers of thousands of nonprofit professionals who see a way to put technology to use for greater impact.
NTEN Award: Janice Chan
NTEN’s values are incredibly important to us—from integrity and compassion to excellence and especially community. The NTEN Award was created as a way to recognize a community member who is truly living the NTEN values. These are the people who are always ready to share a case study or recommendation, they contribute to the community with articles, and regularly invest their own time and energy to support the rest of us in improving every day.
Janice Chan does all of these things: she’s a volunteer organizer for one of NTEN’s online groups, faculty in the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, and a speaker at the NTC. She consistently shows up online and offline to make this world and our work better.
Rob Stuart Memorial Award: Wikimedia Foundation
The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man, Rob Stuart who was pivotal in creating the NTEN community. Rob was a builder of communities, ideas, and movements. Central to his 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. Each year, we celebrate Rob by honoring an organization and community using technology to disrupt the status quo. Rob’s legacy continues to thrive as the NTEN community pushes technology to be more inclusive, to support more diverse goals, and to truly be a tool for change.
This year we honor the Wikimedia Foundation, who develop and maintain open content, wiki-based collaborative projects, and powers the sharing of information across the world.