The 2014 NTEN Award: Jason Shim


NTEN isn’t an organization, we’re a community – a community with a shared set of values, including authenticity, sharing, and of course, laughter.

Each year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we get the chance to celebrate one individual – of the many! – who embodies those values and enhances the NTEN community. These individuals, recipients of the annual NTEN Award, are the people working hard to move NTEN’s mission forward from within the community: always ready to share a case study, idea, or contact. They support the community by writing articles and presenting sessions and webinars. Oh, and they make us laugh, too. In short, they embody NTEN’s Values.

While we’re excited to present this award annually to a single individual, we know that a successful community is much more than than one person. So thank you for being a vital part of the NTEN community. As we celebrate the NTEN award winner, we celebrate all of you.

The 2014 Award Winner

We can’t count the ways that this year’s recipient has helped, contributed to, supported, encouraged, or promoted others in the NTEN community. We tried. We are thrilled to honor Jason’s passion and investment in this community as well as his personal spirit and approach to service with this year’s NTEN Award.

jason_0.preview.jpgJason Shim has spent his career working with youth and technology and understands the challenges of the front line, helping numerous nonprofit organizations develop and deploy effective digital media strategies and policies to better engage community members. Currently, he serves as Digital Media Manager for Pathways to Education Canada leading the organization’s national digital strategy.

In 2013, Jason led Pathways to Education to became the first national Canadian charity to issue tax receipts for Bitcoin donations. Jason also serves as an instructor in Digital Media Marketing at George Brown College, has held positions on several governing boards is also a contributing author to the book, Halos and Avatars.

Jason was a highly engaged member of the Communities of Impact program NTEN piloted in 2013. He participated thoughtfully in video chats, discussion threads, and in-person retreats; contributed valuable original content to the free e-book Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits; stepped up as a COI representative for our Member Appreciation Month online event; and, as a COI alum, developed and co-presented the 14NTC pre-conference workshop “How to Turn the Data Dream Into Reality.”

In summer 2013, he made himself available to present a webinar for the Data Analysts for Social Good network run by his fellow COI’er Andrew Means. Before 13NTC, he teamed up with Jason Samuels to set up all of the collaborative note-taking docs for the breakout sessions at the conference. In 2012, he wrote this savvy post about engaging youth through mobile and social media.

Bethany Lister
Community Engagement Manager