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 helps nonprofits and community-minded businesses harness the social web for social good. Her passion is helping organizations strengthen—or launch—community driven and volunteer-powered projects. This work is influenced by twelve years of prior experience supporting community-based conservation initiatives in the Hawaiian Islands. Jennifer is also the co-organizer of Nonprofit Tech HNL, NTEN’s nonprofit tech club in Honolulu.