Course: Intro to Community Engagement

Effective community engagement forges new connections, strengthens existing relationships, and empowers people to directly affect the issues and causes championed by your organization.

That’s a tall order! In the era of digital detoxes and “unplug” manifestos, can technology really help? Absolutely, but some thoughtful framing and strategic implementation is required.

This course will explore how you can use technology along various stages of a community engagement continuum, from showing that we understand and care about our community to enabling direct participation and collaboration. Course materials will showcase examples of online community engagement tactics used by various nonprofits, including common pitfalls and integration with offline activities.

Learning Objectives
You will be able to…

  • Define the meaning and purpose of community engagement.
  • Identify community engagement needs and opportunities that advance your organization’s mission.
  • Understand various ways technology can support your community engagement initiatives and goals.

Course Timeline

Course Timeline
Course readings and pre-course quiz are available Sunday and due before the live event.
The live event takes place Wednesday at 11am PST (recording will be available shortly after).
Homework is due the following Sunday. Faculty provide feedback within a week.

Professional Credential Units
In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits.

NTEN Professional Certificate 1 | CFRE 3 | CAE 1.5

Speaker: Jennifer Barrett
Ms. Barrett is a community leader with two decades of experience engaging volunteers, developing public outreach programs, and connecting government agencies, private nonprofits, and other community partners to build award-winning, collaborative programs. In early 2012, Ms. Barrett left her faculty position with Hawaii Sea Grant at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to launch her own consultancy. For the next five years, she helped nonprofits and community-minded businesses learn to harness the social web for social good. Currently, she supports and coaches clients to build relationships, mobilize community assets, and champion civic participation to amplify their impact.