Member Round Up: Inspiring events, new research, and contests!

Even though summer’s in full swing and it’s so easy to spend those lovely afternoons just sipping lemonade, the nptech community is hard at work putting out new research, collecting data, and figuring out how to put technology to work to solve today’s most pressing issues. Inspired? Read on to get the full effect:

The Google Impact Challenge is in India! Indian nonprofits have 17 days left to submit their innovative approach or technology to solve today’s biggest problems. Four non-profits will receive a Global Impact Award and Google’s support to make their winning ideas happen. Apply here or check out past award recipients for a dose of inspiration.

Haven’t renewed your 2013 NTEN membership or thinking of joining? Take advantage of the summer special rate! From July 1 through August 30 you can join or renew for 2014 and get the rest of 2013 free! It’s easy to join or renew at the summer special rate: just select the membership option that includes the term “13/14 special” when completing your membership transaction. Questions? Email eileigh@nten.org.

A few days ago, SFTEch4Good held a screening of the Black Girls Code documentary, followed by a talk by BGC founder, Kimberly Bryant, and a brainstorming session. Read the great recap by SFNetSquared and read more about BGC’s awesome work.

There’s a lot of talk about Millennials these days and here’s a report to add to the chatter, or better, possibly help shed some light on this generation. The 2013 Millennial Impact Report was recently released by Achieve, which seeks to help nonprofits better understand and engage with this group. Also check out their Usability Testing of nine nonprofits’ online presence. In other research, findings emphasized that Community Managers are important! Read the full report produced by The Community Roundtable, or for some quick highlights of key findings, SocialFish’s  blog post, 2013 State of Community Management Report Stresses Importance of Community Managers.

Help out with a study! Social Media for Nonprofits is partnering with The Case Foundation to better understand social media engagement among nonprofit organizations. Take this quick survey and be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon.com gift certificate. Want to see a story of a nonprofit succeeding in multi-channel marketing and cute animals? Check out Grizzard Communication‘s short movie for some uplifting inspiration: Animal Care Multi-Channel Fundraising Success.

Here’s an interesting question: Can nonprofits increase voting? A new study out by Nonprofit VOTE explored this question and found that nonprofits are able to reach the people that campaigns miss and who are not expected to vote. The study involved 94 nonprofits and 33,000 people. The results were analyzed by CIRCLE, the youth civic engagement institute at Tufts University. Get the full report here.

The next Knight News Challenge: Health opened August 19, with an “inspiration phase” where anyone can submit inspirations, ideas, or challenges related to the topic. The challenge will focus on the question: “How can we harness data and public information for the health of communities?” The submission phase runs from September 3 – 17 and winners will receive funding and support from Knight Foundation.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.