The Impact of Your Donation: Leah Horn, 14LCS Scholarship Recipient Shares

Last year, NTEN Community Champions helped to raise over $36,000 to help support the NTEN Community Challenge, which helped to enhance 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.

Who did the scholarships go to, 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 Leah Horn, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

leah_horn.jpgWhat is your organization’s mission?
WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West.

Can you describe your experience at the 14LCS?
I found the Summit to be valuable and inspiring. The format, for me, was a refreshing departure from most other conferences. Also, the diverse roles, backgrounds, talents, and opinions of my fellow attendees really enriched the discussions we had and enhanced my overall takeaway from the Summit. (Plus, my track facilitators were great!)

Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14LCS to your daily work?
One thing I did almost immediately was make some basic changes to our organizational website based on the group work we did related to user experience. I also did an evaluation of all of our sites to help assess whether or not we are meeting our users’ needs and if any simple improvements could be made to improve their overall user experience.

Why should people donate to the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to support opportunities such as NTC/LCS scholarships?
For folks like me–who would not have been able to participate in the summit had I not received a scholarship to attend! As I am sure is the case with many nonprofit organizations, our budget for professional development is limited. And this is just the type of professional development opportunity that I believe innovators in our field should be seeking out – more participatory convenings that bring together leaders outside your field of practice, rather than those with industry-specific content packed into a one-or-two-day meeting of the usual suspects.

Special thanks to Leah for putting tech to work for social change at her nonprofit, and huge thanks to all who helped make her 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 Leah 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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