November 6, 2014

The Impact of Your Donation: Monica Patel, 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.

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 Monica Patel, Creative Director of The Ecology Center.

What is your organization’s mission?
The Ecology Center develops innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet.

Can you describe your experience at the 14LCS?
My job involved digital strategy and, like many of my nonprofit colleagues, it is a skill I learned on the job. 14LCS helped me think through my approach with the benefit of experts who weren’t trying to sell me on stuff, but were trying to work together for the benefit of everyone in the sector. There were more ideas raised than I can follow up with right now, but I’m thrilled to have the connections from 14LCS when I find myself ready.

Can you give an example of how you applied what you learned from the 14LCS to your daily work?
I learned a very tangible framework for assessing the user experience of a given website from Demetrio at Lime Red Studio that is helping me collaborate more effectively with our website re-design firm — and develop the best possible site for our audience!

Why should people donate to the 2015 NTEN Community Challenge to support opportunities such as NTC/LCS scholarships?
Everyone who donates to the scholarship fund is helping an over-worked and under-funded nonprofit employee connect with experts (and colleagues) in an incredibly unique and important way. It’s a bit intangible, but I can assure every donor that their dollars results in more effective, efficient action that improves the way nonprofits communicate for the benefit of our audiences.

Special thanks to Monica 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 Monica 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.  

Steph Routh
Steph is Content Manager at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years prior to joining NTEN. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. And she feels lucky every day she is at NTEN, with a Community that does exactly that. Outside the NTEN office, Steph is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.