December 12, 2014

The Impact of Your Donation: Stephanie Downs, 14NTC 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 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 Stephanie Downs, Founder & President of Voolla.


What is your organization’s mission?

Voolla turns volunteer skills into money for charities. We do this by providing an online marketplace where volunteers with skills are matched to buyers of those skills, with the proceeds donated to charity. Voolla is an innovative marketplace that makes giving back more rewarding for everyone.

Can you describe your experience at the 14NTC?

Yes! Upon joining the cause world, I was disappointed to see how behind nonprofits were in embracing technology to make a difference. Coming to NTC was inspiring, as I could connect with others who also wanted to bring more technology to the fight for a better world!

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

At NTC, we were able to connect with potential partners interested in embedding our program into their offerings. We also learned about new technology we could use to work smarter.

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

There are many new charities with extremely limited budgets. Connecting with NTC enables them to learn about technology solutions that will have a huge impact on their missions that they otherwise would have never known about.

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

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