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.  

This is the home of nonprofit professionals learning about the ways technology helps them meet their missions. More than 50,000 community members access NTEN’s capacity-building programs and services, including educational courses, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and online and in-person discussion spaces.