Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate recipients on stage at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Image: Joe Frazier Photo.
March 31, 2017

Meet the Trailblazers Changing the World

A new program that gives participants in-depth training in the key things they need to know as nonprofit tech professionals is paying dividends for the first 15 participants.

Those who have completed the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate have reported a huge improvement in their understanding of how nonprofits use technology, plus actionable takeaways for their current and future roles. One participant even credits the program for giving her the skills and leverage to advocate for her organization to create a technology-based position, which she was promoted into.

The certificate program was launched in the fall of 2016 and comprises two parts: a 10-week program comprising core competencies that all nonprofit technologists should know, plus five electives chosen from a menu of 23. Participants choose electives from fundraising, IT, leadership, marketing and communications, and program streams.

The first 15 participants to complete their Professional Certificates were: Joe LeBlanc, Aja Tashjian, Lisa Israel, Aviva Prager, Barbara Gorzinski, Jessica Barrett, Kai Williams, Karen Alpert, Kristy Hayter, Talya Rotem, Adrienne Figus, Kyle Broeckel, Andre Dixon, Brian Rudolph and Michele Scheib.

Registration for the spring cohort will open in summer.


Lyndal Frazier-Cairns
Lyndal Cairns is committed to building stronger nonprofits as though our very existence depends on them. Because it does. After a decade as a newspaper and online journalist, she devoted her career to marketing for social good organizations working for sustainability, public health, education and technology. Among her proudest moments was receiving the 2015 NTEN Award for services to the nonprofit tech sector; and watching billboard ads for the Queensland AIDS Council being reinstated after a million-strong social media campaign against the homophobic decision to remove them. She and her team are currently working on a membership growth strategy for NTEN, as well as rebranding efforts. When not working, Lyndal can usually be found making mixtapes or digging in her garden.