The Impact of Your Donation: Karen Borchgrevink, 14LCS Scholarship Recipient, Shares

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 Karen Borchgrevink, Recruiter at Taproot Foundation. You can find her on Twitter @kborchgrevink.

What is your organization’s mission?

Taproot Foundation’s mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change.

Can you describe your experience at the 14LCS?

14LCS gave me an opportunity to tackle a challenge of recruiting tech professionals to pro bono consulting. We have specific skills needs for WordPress and Salesforce projects in Taproot’s flagship Service Grant Program and have larger initiatives in this period of growth in the pro bono movement. The summit was a great avenue to workshop this topic and design some ideas we can test.

14LCS was also a career marker for me, and I am thrilled to be in this space. I could never have imagined this scenario three years ago when I headed off on a new career road. Recruiting pro bono talent for Taproot now is a sweet spot for me — engaging people for social good with content & metrics.

Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14LCS to your daily work?

We aim to understand the unique language of the tech community so we can build upon existing social good trends. We think this has a specific framing for tech professionals, so thanks to the 14LCS, we can better research and create and test our messaging. We are also striving to develop intermediate models between hackathons and long-term engagements that better engage tech professionals, and we’ll place some emphasis on vetting for commitment in the busy tech space.

Why should people donate to the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to support opportunities such as NTC/LCS scholarships?

Please donate to the scholarship fund to support “our kind of people” — smart, passionate, people who are developing change. You can provide financial resources and opportunities that our organizations don’t always have and in doing so grant us the opportunity to connect to a community and multiply our individual efforts.

Special thanks to Karen for putting tech to work for social change at her nonprofit, and huge thanks to all who helped make his experience at the 14LCS possible!

This season, we’re trying to raise $50,000  through the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to give more people like Karen 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.  

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