Last year, NTEN Community Champions helped to raise over $36,000 to support the NTEN Community Challenge, which enhanced NTEN’s program accessibility, including sending over 50 people to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (14NTC) and the 2014 Leading Change Summit (14LCS) with scholarships.
To whom did the scholarships go, and what was the impact of your donation? As we try to raise support for 2015, we wanted to share the impact of your donation from last year, from the voices of our scholarship recipients. Today, we want to introduce you to Ari Gluck, Director of IT, Children’s Council of San Francisco.
What is your organization’s mission?
Children’s Council connects families to child care that meets their needs and works with parents, providers, and community partners to make quality child care and early education a reality for all children in our city.
Was the 14LCS a transformative experience for you?
There were two lessons in particular, that I needed to learn, or be reminded of. One, that although there is no “one size fits all” technology solution for nonprofits (or anyone else), we all share so much in common, and someone at LCS has already invested time to solve the same issues I’m working on, so I just needed to find them.
Also, on a completely related note, “none of us are in this alone,” nor should we be. Whether it was offering advice, or receiving it, my connection to peers in nonprofit technology leadership circles was refreshed and renewed. It felt great.
Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14LCS to your daily work?
Two ways. I’ve reached out to fellow participants in order to get advice and support on how to create better data standardization in my field, and with my partners. I’ve also applied several insights from the summit in order to bring the rest of senior management in my organization more in alignment with my technology vision.
Why should people donate to the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to support opportunities such as NTC/LCS scholarships?
It is such a small investment for such a massive potential reward on an individual, organizational, and societal level. You don’t know why or what you are enabling. For me, the scholarship was the straw I needed to break the resistance of taking the time away from work, when the office is so busy. Thank you!
Special thanks to Ari for putting tech to work for social change at his nonprofit, and huge thanks to all who helped make his experience possible! Read more stories from 2014 scholarship recipients about the impact of your donation.
This season, we’re trying to raise $50,000 through the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to give more people like Ari access to NTEN’s activities and initiatives that advance nonprofit technology. Support NTEN’s Community Champions and Board Members today by donating directly to their fundraising pages on the NTEN Community Challenge campaign on Crowdrise.