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Software developers can’t put roofs over people’s heads. But they can, as Silicon Valley’s Community Technology Alliance puts it, help housing activists and their organizations more effectively get the right resources to the right people at the right time.

Bob Russell heads that Community Technology Alliance, and his work coordinating the development of the open-source HOME — for Homeless Outreach Mobile Engagement — software has won the 13th annual Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.

The $10,000 Pizzigati Prize honors software developers working to fashion open-source applications that support activists and nonprofits in their ongoing struggle for social change and renewal.

Tides, a partner to philanthropists and activists worldwide, hosts the prize selection process and formally presented this year’s honor in Portland, Oregon, at NTEN’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event.

Learn more about this honor and Bob’s work.

NTEN is pleased to announce the nine emerging leaders from North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Utah selected as 2019 Digital Inclusion Fellows.

This fifth cohort of the Fellowship brings together these professionals from a wide range of service organizations, from a rural library to an organization aimed at empowering girls to use technology.

Launched in 2015 in partnership with Google Fiber, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship builds capacity and leadership in nonprofits to bridge the digital divides in their communities. In this year-long, project-based, professional development cohort, Fellows will develop and implement ambitious project plans in order to increase opportunities for adults in their communities to learn essential digital skills and will receive project grants of up to $1,000 to help launch their programs.

One of the Fellows selected for 2019 is Shenee King, Digital Inclusion Coordinator for CHN Housing Partners in Cleveland, OH. “Digital inclusion is important because technology is the foundation for economic mobility, staying connected to loved ones, and improving academic success for children,” said King. “Making sure that the most vulnerable populations in our communities are equipped, empowered, and educated to use technology to reach their goals is very important.”

Another 2019 Fellow is Samuel Maldonado of the Orange County Literacy Council in Carrboro, NC. “I am an example of what digital inclusion and the use of technologies for education can achieve,” said Maldonado. “I’m still learning and would like to express myself better in English, but it is not my first language and thanks to the access and use of technologies, I’m able to improve and learn every day.”

We are grateful to our Cohort 5 sponsors—Google Fiber, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Meyer Memorial Trust—for their commitment to bridging digital divides and supporting the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.

Working in nonprofits, we all know that it takes a lot to get our work done. Sometimes, it is a herculean effort just to keep the lights on.

Today, we pay tribute to 11 people who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our sector, driving our community forward and tirelessly working for excellence. From fields as diverse as community management, digital inclusion, and web design, our NTENny Award recipients embody NTEN’s values and push our sector forward.

Please join us in celebrating our 2018 NTENny Award recipients:

  • Tricia Maddrey Baker
  • Corey Brown
  • Melissa Chavez
  • Stacy Clinton
  • Necole Durham
  • Charlotte Field
  • Monica Flores
  • Sheryle Gillihan
  • Kami Griffiths
  • Sandee Jackson
  • Ashleigh Turner

Thank you for your service to this community.

Applications and nominations are now open for the $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The deadline to apply or nominate is January 16, 2019, and the prize will be awarded on March 15, 2019, at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The Pizzigati Prize is awarded to an individual who has created or led an effort to create an open source software product of significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change. Previous winners of the Pizzigati Prize worked on everything from encrypted communications to helping citizen groups challenge election districts to code that’s opening up the 3D software to nonprofits, both in the United States and around the world. Organized by Tides, this is the 13th annual prize honoring the late Antonio Pizzigati, an MIT-trained open source activist.

How to apply

Because this is an annual prize with open nominations, we need your help! If you know of someone who is accelerating social change by working on incredible projects—particularly women and people of color—please nominate them for this year’s Pizzigati Prize. You can even nominate yourself!

Applications and nominations are open through January 16, 2019. More information and award forms are at pizzigatiprize.org.

Each year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we honor some of the dedicated, brilliant members of our community and celebrate their achievements through three different awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jane Meseck

At NTEN, the Lifetime Achievement award is a way to honor an individual who has been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, someone who has dedicated their career to advocating for our sector and paved the way for the rest of us. This is the tenth year we’ve given out the Lifetime Achievement award and it is a perfect time to recognize someone who never takes the spotlight.

Jane Meseck was in the room when NTEN was created, and she has been an unmatched advocate, cheerleader, instigator, investor, and champion for the NTEN community for twenty years. We’re grateful for all she’s done to invest in NTEN and the careers of thousands of nonprofit professionals who see a way to put technology to use for greater impact.

NTEN Award: Janice Chan

NTEN’s values are incredibly important to us—from integrity and compassion to excellence and especially community. The NTEN Award was created as a way to recognize a community member who is truly living the NTEN values. These are the people who are always ready to share a case study or recommendation, they contribute to the community with articles, and regularly invest their own time and energy to support the rest of us in improving every day.

Janice Chan does all of these things: she’s a volunteer organizer for one of NTEN’s online groups, faculty in the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, and a speaker at the NTC. She consistently shows up online and offline to make this world and our work better.

Rob Stuart Memorial Award: Wikimedia Foundation

The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man, Rob Stuart who was pivotal in creating the NTEN community. Rob was a builder of communities, ideas, and movements. Central to his work was the idea that technology can accelerate the pace of change, making it possible for movements to grow overnight and for change to be created in new and surprising ways. Each year, we celebrate Rob by honoring an organization and community using technology to disrupt the status quo. Rob’s legacy continues to thrive as the NTEN community pushes technology to be more inclusive, to support more diverse goals, and to truly be a tool for change.

This year we honor the Wikimedia Foundation, who develop and maintain open content, wiki-based collaborative projects, and powers the sharing of information across the world.

It’s time for the 10th annual NTENny Awards! 🎉

Each year NTEN recognizes those who regularly go above and beyond to assist NTEN staff and support the community. Their generosity with their time, knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm helps create the inclusive, welcoming, and supportive culture that makes the NTEN community great.

This year’s awardees include several NTC steering committee members, presenters, and attendees; an NTEN board member; organizers of NTEN’s Drupal, WordPress, and Data online community groups; champion online community discussion starters; an NTEN membership committee member, a former NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow; and a Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate participant, recipient, and faculty member. All of them are 💯.

We encourage you to read more about these fabulous folks and give them a hearty congrats when you run into them around the community. Without further ado…

Adrienne Figus: Most likely to… knit together the NTEN community.
Ben Bisbee: Most likely to… go from NTC newbie to NTEN champion in record time.
Deb Socia: Most likely to… be NTEN’s matchmaker and resource-sharer and bridge the digital divide.
Jess Snyder: Most likely to… share her knowledge, from Drupal to collaborative notes, and beyond.
Judy Freed: Most likely to… invite others to the table with thoughtfulness and care.
Maegan Ortiz: Most likely to… do it all, with style and authenticity.
Marc Baizman: Most likely to… find the resource you need to get you out of a tight spot.
Redante Asuncion-Reed: Most likely to… get the conversation party started with a great question.
Shauna Edson: Most likely to… live and breathe digital inclusion best practice.
Tara Collins: Most likely to… create friendly, welcoming community spaces, both online and IRL.

View all award winners

The nonprofit technology community recognizes these individuals and organizations, whose contributions demonstrate a passion and dedication to the role that nonprofit technology plays in making the world a better place.

The NTEN Award celebrates an individual who has helped advance NTEN’s mission to serve the community. This year, it was given to Emily Weinberg, full-text analyst at the American Psychological Association. Emily has been an NTEN member since 2006, a community organizer for three online groups, and contributed to two NTEN committees. She has twice been a speaker at Nonprofit Technology Conferences and is the fourth most active community member in our online groups! Emily is a tireless champion for NTEN and a fabulous asset for the nonprofit tech community.

The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man who was so pivotal in creating our community. Rob was a builder—of communities, of ideas, and of movements. Central to all of this work was the idea that technology can accelerate the pace of change, making it possible for movements to grow overnight and for change to be created in new and surprising ways. The recipient of this year’s Rob Stuart Memorial Award was nonprofit news organization Mother Jones. The team at MoJo believes that a free, independent Fourth Estate is vital to a vibrant democracy, and that its format as an investigative, national news outlet is the best way to call the powerful to account. Jamie Maloney and Brenden O’Hanlon received the award on the organization’s behalf at 17NTC.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to self-described “website whisperer” Yesenia Sotelo. The award recognizes community members who have been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and who have contributed a lifetime of service to the sector. With more than 16 years’ experience in web development, Yesenia could afford to rest on her laurels. Instead, she has dedicated herself to training the next generation of nonprofit technology workers, as a member of the NTEN faculty producing training for our courses, plus webinar presenter, NTC speaker, article contributor, and an organizer in our online groups. Altogether, we estimate she has spent nearly 200 hours training members of the NTEN community! Thank you, Yesenia!

Who should we recognize next? We accept nominations for our awards year-round and would love to hear from you about the community members who should be in the spotlight.


It’s awards season, which means this is your chance to celebrate your own wins and the amazing work of other nonprofit technology professionals.

The Care2 Impact Award recognizes a campaign or initiative in the nonprofit sector that has made an outstanding impact on the field of online advocacy, online fundraising, or both. The winning organization will receive a cash donation of $1,000 from Care2. The runners up will each receive the Care2 Innovation Award; Care2 will make a $200 donation to each of these organizations. The awards will be presented in March at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). Entries close midnight EST on Saturday, February 11. Enter now.

Entries are also open for the DoGooder Video Awards, which celebrates videos that have the power to move people and transform lives. NTEN is proud to partner on this award, and will show the winning videos from last year’s award at the NTC in March. They’re designed to help honor the best work from people or organizations who are using the medium to move the needle for their cause. Entries close Monday, February 13. Find out more.


The Nonprofit Technology Conference is our chance to bring the NTEN community together for 3 days of learning, sharing, high-fiving, and world-change-planning. It’s also our opportunity to celebrate NTEN members for their amazing contributions to the nonprofit technology sector with an award.

Johanna Bates' 2016 NTEN Award, lovingly known as Shard’ay.
Johanna Bates’ 2016 NTEN Award, lovingly known as Shard’ay.

Help us honor those who have worked tirelessly for the NTEN community—that’s you and me—and make NTEN CEO Amy cry (in the good way!) by submitting a nomination for one of our three annual awards.

Each year, we announce recipients for three important awards:

  • The NTEN Award goes to someone who embodies and promotes NTEN’s values and community leadership that sustains the unique and positive community we all benefit from.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes not someone’s age or tenure but a cumulation of impact that has supported this sector and many of us individually in the process.
  • The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the life of an incredible contributor to the NTEN community and the nonprofit technology sector generally, Rob Stuart, and recognizes an organization or community continuing Rob’s legacy of organizing and supporting great impact without taking the spotlight.

Learn more about all three awards, prior recipients, and submit a nomination: http://www.nten.org/ntc/at-the-ntc/awards/. Submissions close on February 3rd.

Announcing the 2016 NTENny Award winners!

Each year NTEN gives away several NTENny Awards to those amazing folks who’ve offered their time and smarts to help NTEN staff and the community. We think this year’s awardees are absolutely amazing. Each winner is a joy to know and work with. They regularly go above and beyond, making our jobs easier and more fun, and the NTEN community the vibrant and supportive place we brag about. We’re so grateful that they choose to share their time, knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm with us.

Rather than do an interpretive dance to express how we feel, we hope these awards will help convey how much we appreciate all they do. Please join us in celebrating these fabulous, incredibly generous community members.

leaman-chad-600x600Chad Leaman: Most likely to…help the community see how technology advances both enable—and disable—accessibility.
king-charrose-600x600Charrosé King: Most likely to…fill in for an NTC presenter at the last minute and turn her “accidental speaker” experience into numerous kick-ass sessions.
chan-janice-600x600Janice Chan: Most likely to…rally a community together by encouraging them to share their entrance song.
king-jason-600x600Jason King: Most likely to…give ridiculously thoughtful answers to online forum questions while somehow working the phrase “debonair goats” into the responses.
williams-kai-600x600Kai Williams: Most likely to… do the next training… and the next… and the next, all while staying super engaged and encouraging others.
dyer-liza-600x600Liza Dyer: Most likely to…be brave enough to give an Ignite presentation at her first NTC and then, when other folks might be nervously practicing their talk, will offer to help prep conference bags at the last minute, just for fun.
omalley-margaux-600x600Margaux O’Malley: Most likely to…be a calming presence during your communications and Drupal crises.
Close-up of Mark Root-Wiley, wearing a dark baseball cap and smilingMark Root-Wiley: Most likely to…share his wealth of WordPress knowledge while simultaneously shining the spotlight on the community.
roshani-kothariRoshani Kothari: Most likely to…ask great questions in the online forums AND report back with the results.
sara-rasmussenSara Rasmussen: Most likely to…become a fabulous leader of PDXTech4Good within practically minutes of moving to Portland.
caufield-tony-600x600Tony Caufield: Most likely to…make sure what happens in [Tech4Good Las] Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.