Here at NTEN, we were shocked and saddened to hear the news that last week our colleague, Michael DeLong, passed away very suddenly. Michael was an active member of the NTEN community, NTC speaker, colleague, friend, and an all-around great person to know. In addition to his work in the nonprofit tech arena, he was actively involved with local arts organizations.
The outpouring of fond remembrances from the nonprofit community is a testament to the special person he was to so many people:
Jim Lynch, GreenTech Program Director at TechSoup, says of his friend and colleague:
“We worked together at TechSoup, and I regard him as one of my mentors. He was our social media manager. He taught me how to listen for the pulse and passions of charities and libraries over social media. He was an understated quiet man with a keen intellect and fine sense of humor. We mourn him and remember him well. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Debra Askanase, Director of Outreach at the National Brain Tumor Society, reflects:
“Michael was not only an incredibly active member of the community, but what struck me most was how very thoughtful he was: in how he responded to questions, took the time to get to know you, thoughtfully contributed resources, and frankly you knew if he offered a resource it was solid. He was also committed: often joining #commbuild chats, signing onto webinars, leading webinars, whatever needed to happen, he often raised his hand to do it. I only met him in person twice, both times at NTC, and wish I’d had the opportunity to know him better. What a deep and powerful loss to our community, and certainly to his friends and family. z”l.” *
Eli van der Giessen, TechSoup Community Manager and NetSquared Organizer, shares:
“Michael was my guide when I first joined the TechSoup Global Media team two years ago. He quickly embraced me and steered me towards my allies and kept me from making clumsy mistakes. I’ve since learned that he played this role for many of us, which is why he was such a masterful community manager. He welcomed new people, kept the keeners busy, and brought a humble sense of humour to the work that ensured that the waters always looked inviting for new folk. I will miss him keenly, as will his TechSoup pals, and the wider tech for good community. I had the pleasure of seeing Michael very recently – he joined me in Vancouver for a meeting of Pacific Northwest NetSquared organizers on May 9+10. This photo comes from that event.”
Photo credit: Krista Caldwell
We lost Michael all too soon. Our best thoughts and support are with Michael’s family and friends. Memorial donations in Michael’s honor can be made to Emerging Arts Professionals and Intersection for the Arts.
*z”l is a transliterated from Hebrew abbreviation of “zichron levracha,” which means “may the memory be a blessing.”