The Envelope, Please: 2016 NTEN Award Winners

We like to acknowledge and honor the folks doing amazing work serving the nonprofit community- and even get them up on stage at NTC to share our appreciation. Each year we celebrate the leadership and hard work that’s made a tremendous impact on the nonprofit technology sector and the folks they serve. Here are the winners of the 2016 NTEN Awards.

The NTEN Award

Johanna Bates is the winner of this year’s NTEN Award, which celebrates an individual who has helped advance NTEN’s mission to serve the Community. A longtime nonprofit techie, Johanna is the Technical Director, Front-End Developer, and Co-Owner of DevCollaborative. She’s been an active Member of NTEN for over a decade, served for several years on the NTC Steering Committee, and regularly presents at the NTC. Additionally, she co-moderates our Drupal Community of Practice and its monthly nonprofit Drupal community chats.

NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award

Community members who have been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and inspired others with their innovation and dedication are honored with the NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award. This year we honored Leon Wilson, Chief Technology and Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation. Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the NTEN Community. He’s provided strategic and executive leadership in his previous role at the Minnesota Nonprofits Association, and been involved in a number of nonprofit sector-based technology initiatives, including the data analytics program, Data Driven Detroit.

Rob Stuart Memorial Award

Our Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man who played a pivotal role in creating the NTEN Community, by recognizing an organization that uses technology in innovative ways to effectively create change in the communities they serve. Kami Griffith, Founder and Executive Director, Community Technology Network (CTN), accepted this year’s award. CTN brings together organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy. By connecting local community members with resources and education, CTN has empowered thousands of low-income Bay Area residents to become digitally literate and give back to their communities as technology advocates, mentors, and trainers.

Know an inspiring colleague that contributes their time and expertise to the nonprofit technology community? Show your appreciation by nominating them for an NTEN award. This November during NTEN Member Appreciation Month, we’ll be awarding our NTENny Awards to community-nominated individuals who have gone above and beyond to enhance the NTEN Community.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

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