November 26, 2014

The Impact of Your Donation: Udaya Sharma, 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 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 Udaya Sharma, CEO of RDIC.

What is your organization’s mission?

Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, RDIC’s mission is to empower rural women with education and skills, and to engage them in micro-enterprises so they supplement their family income and live with dignity and pride.

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Can you describe your experience at the 14NTC?

The 14NTC was a very transformative experience for me in many ways. It changed my outlook and approach, and it gave me an opportunity to learn. It was reinforcing. I had the opportunity to meet, interact, and connect with many representatives of small and large organizations, learn new ideas, and strategize based on my favorite sessions about how technology can make a difference. I was very inspired by others’ successes. For a small organization like ours, in order to be more effective, productive, and innovative, the use of technology is a must. I learned more about fundraising and networking, which are both very significant for small nonprofits.

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

Participating at the 14NTC had a multiplier effect. It helped not only my own organization to broaden my support base by networking globally, it also trained staff from three small nonprofits based in Kathmandu and helped broaden their support base globally, as well. It helped them diversify. Other small nonprofits couldn’t afford to attend the conference. I represented not only my own organization but also helped the organizations that could not be represented to improve their efficiency and enhance their capability to reach and communicate with donors and access potential funding sources. Most small nonprofits have the enthusiasm but lack the knowledge and capability to bring about social change. I was able to help them. So it was not only about me, but also about impacting other small organizations that are involved in community development activities.

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

Donations are of the utmost importance to help small organizations attend. Small organizations are effective instruments and vehicles that bring about change. They must be encouraged and empowered with the technological tools to work more effectively. Scholarship funds will help small organizations benefit. Knowledge has to be spread far and wide and must be inclusive. Scholarship funds enable the small organizations that don’t have the budget and otherwise would not be able to attend without the scholarship. So donating to the scholarship fund is very crucial.

Special thanks to Udaya for putting tech to work for social change at his nonprofit, and huge thanks to all who helped make his experience at the 14NTC possible! Read more stories from 2014 scholarship recipients about the impact of your donation. 

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