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

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.


This is the home of nonprofit professionals learning about the ways technology helps them meet their missions. More than 50,000 community members access NTEN’s capacity-building programs and services, including educational courses, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and online and in-person discussion spaces.