Nonprofit Technology Readiness participants take courses in key subjects then work on a real-world project for their organization.

Applications are open now for the Fall 2017 Nonprofit Tech Readiness program, supported by the California Wellness Foundation

The Nonprofit Tech Readiness program is based on NTEN’s 16 years of educational programs, community building, and research. By combining what works across these areas into one program, and supporting participants in a cohort model, nonprofit staff in California are able to learn the process for any technology-enabled project (from discovery to implementation), evaluate their own capacity against organizations similar to theirs (not just the big names in the sector), and find project appropriate partners to work with on realizing their plans successfully.

Nonprofit Tech Readiness is a six-month, regionally based program for California Wellness Foundation grantees who wish to strengthen their knowledge of technology best practices and move forward on a specific technology project that they identify through guidance and strategic feedback during the program.

Nonprofit Tech Readiness is open to grantees who are interested in gaining practical and tangible technology training. The program is divided into two terms, with a mix of structured curriculum delivered by faculty, participant-driven content, and workshops. Nonprofit Tech Readiness will be both online and in-person. The majority of the activity happens via regular online training sessions.

Term I: October 3 – December 12, 2017

The first 10 weeks of the program provide participants with a foundational knowledge of technology and its role across the entire organization. Similar to other NTEN educational programs, Nonprofit Tech Readiness trainings focus on strategic processes, best practices, and practical application rather than specific software. During Term I, participants will attend weekly online trainings, complete weekly homework assignments for review by faculty, and identify and submit a final technology project that they will be able to plan for and advance during Term II. Participants should anticipate 3-4 hours of program-related homework each week.

Term I topics include:
● Leadership: Culture and Change Management
● Technology Project Planning
● Digital Strategy
● Social Media
● IT Planning
● Data Management
● Metrics and Evaluation
● Campaigns

Term II: Starts January 2018

The content in Term II is driven by the needs of the cohort. The goal is to help participants move forward with the technology projects they identified during the first term. Participants will attend bi-monthly webinars and will have the opportunity to attend in-person educational trainings. The time commitment will lessen to around 3-4 hours per month during the second term.

Term II activities include:

  • Access to on-demand content to support continued learning;
  • Series of personalized assignments to further project planning and development;
  • Regular opportunities for peer feedback sessions and expert feedback on project; and
  • One in-person full day workshop with nonprofit tech experts to teach, collaborate, and advance real-world projects in participants’ organizations.

Nonprofit Tech Readiness Calendar

Program orientation: September 26
October 3 – December 12, 2017: Term 1. Weekly online programs on Tuesdays at 11 am
January- March 2018: Term 2. Continuing online webinars. An in-person, all-day workshop will take place TBD.

You can also view a more detailed calendar here.

Time commitment

Nonprofit Tech Readiness is a six-month program. Participants should anticipate 3-4 hours of program-related work each week during the first 2.5 months and 3-4 hours per month during the last 3.5 months.

Cost:

Nonprofit Tech Readiness is provided to participants free of charge thanks to the support of the California Wellness Foundation.

Who should apply:

Nonprofit staff who are interested in practical and tangible technology training. Participants should be staff responsible for advancement and implementation of a technology project at their organization.

Additional Information

For additional details be sure to view the Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about Nonprofit Tech Readiness, please email NTEN’s Education Director, Ash Shepherd.

Applications for the Fall 2017 cohort are closed.

Application Deadline: September 20, 2017
Notifications: September 22, 2017

We will open up applications for the Spring 2018 Southern California cohort in March 2018.