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Thanks to the generosity of Microsoft Philanthropies, NTEN is offering scholarships for the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate.

Have you been thinking about developing your professional skills specifically related to nonprofit technology? Are you looking for an online opportunity that has the flexibility you need to grow your skills while staying on top of your responsibilities at work? Do you want to do all this while connecting with other nonprofit professionals and expert faculty in a cohort type experience?

This unique opportunity may be just what you are looking for. Don’t delay. The application deadline is June 21, 2019.

 

Complete your application today

 

Watch NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward explain the program.

Scholarship Requirements

  • You’re interested in earning your Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate
  • You’re formally employed by a nonprofit (part-time or full-time)
  • You can commit to participating in the Fall 2019 10-Week Core

What Past Scholarship Recipients Are Saying

“With the certificate scholarship, you have created a future leader. A leader whose intersecting identities include that of an immigrant, a woman of color, a woman of Asian descent, a woman of African American descent. This experience has implanted in me questions that will lead me to be a better strategic thinker.”

“This course has been so wonderful. I have been telling all my colleagues in Special Olympics about this and encouraging them to get this certificate as well. It really helped me during year-end giving. We met our goals, even with a major upheaval in year-end giving landscape and I attribute it to what I learned in NTEN.”

Making It Possible

The scholarship opportunity has been made possible due to the continuing generosity of Microsoft Philanthropies. We thank them for their second year of encouraging nonprofit professionals to develop the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more in their fields.

Microsoft Philanthropies

Have additional questions about this opportunity? Reach out to Ash Shepherd, NTEN’s Chief Program Officer, at ash@nten.org

When 2,300+ nonprofit professionals gathered in Portland last month for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference, they didn’t glean career guidance from keynote speakers and session presenters alone. For a second year, the NTC Career Center offered an on-site spot to connect with longtime community members for eight-minute mentoring and professional profile or résumé reviews.

We asked this year’s Career Center Mentors to share their top career tips. Here are a few highlights.

Dar Veverka

Director of Information Technology, Urban Teachers

In her experience with career mentoring, Dar believes a common error is sharing a generic checklist of tech skills, rather than showcasing accomplishments and skills that nonprofit tech teams need.

“Highlight your entire skill set. Did you do the product evaluation for migrating to a new CRM? Did you lead the journey-mapping for a new website? Do you know how to manage a budget or maybe you found cost savings for an org? Maybe you’re really good at tech project management. You don’t have to have a PMP to highlight that on your résumé. Someone that can successfully organize and lead a cross-team tech project is worth their weight in gold to any organization.”

Another frequent issue is recognizing and addressing self-doubt. “Go for it! Job listings are wish lists. As a hiring manager, I am often happy to have a candidate with a 75% match with the job description. I look for mostly-matches that demonstrate they can get up to speed on the rest of the items I need for the position.”

Looking to hone some essential nonprofit tech skills? Dar recommends fine-tuning your ability to juggle many things, address shifting priorities, and continually learn and adapt — “all on a tight budget while standing on your head (Okay, maybe not that last item. It often feels like that’s what you’re being asked to do).”

New to the sector? Dar advises that nonprofit jobs often involve taking on many different tasks and responsibilities. “Use that as a learning opportunity. There are just as many directions you can go in nonprofit tech as there are in the for-profit tech world. Find your strengths, your niche, and what you like doing.”

David Geilhufe

Senior Director, Social Impact Strategy at Oracle NetSuite

David’s top advice is 1) Take advantage of opportunities, 2) Create opportunities, and 3) know your direction. “It’s the interplay of these three things that make for a great and fulfilling career.”

David’s introduction to the sector was when someone dropped by his office and asked, ‘You like computers, right?,” which led to volunteer HTML-coding training with at-risk youth,“ says David. “At the time, I had a general sense of my direction, but the specifics eluded me. By being open to the volunteer opportunity, it allowed me to add to my direction. I discovered I wanted to make the world a better place and I enjoyed using technology to do it.”

One of David’s first “real” jobs in nonprofit technology was a mix of taking advantage and creating opportunities. “I responded to a job listing in line with my direction and I found out that the federal grant that funded the position was a matching grant. I would have to raise the match before I could get paid. At that point, I had to create the opportunity, take a risk, and raise my salary. This was an interesting journey into privilege. I worked with a community-based social and racial justice organization, but it was my privilege that allowed me to create the opportunity. Creating an opportunity doesn’t have to be too dramatic. Going to the NTC and talking to 50 people can create a lot of opportunities.”

But what if there are no opportunities? “Opportunities take a lot of work. In job searches, it was not uncommon for me to apply to 100 different jobs. In volunteer contexts, I would get involved with five or 10 different organizations before I found or created the opportunity. There is no shortcut to the work, but knowing your direction will allow you to sort through all the opportunities and allow you to select things that take you in a positive direction.”

Deb Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities, and NTEN Board Vice Chair

A longtime mentor, Deb most enjoys talking with people who are examining their current position and considering taking on more responsibility. Here are her top five tips.

Find your passion and pursue it.

Don’t settle for a position that does not fill your soul. Working in the nonprofit community can be challenging in many ways, but you do have the opportunity to get paid twice. First is your actual paycheck (and it should be a livable wage!) and your second payment should be the sense of personal satisfaction you receive from your work.

Be brave, be bold.

Do not underestimate your capacity to take on greater responsibility. Everyone in leadership had a first leadership role and we all felt worried about our ability to do it well. Accept that no one is perfect and making mistakes is a part of learning and growing.

Ask and listen.

Never believe you have to know everything. You need to tap the skill set of those around you. Find mentors, listen to the experts on staff, be open to new ideas, and create space for conversation.

Build up the people around you.

Provide regular, real, and helpful feedback, ensure your budget has room for professional development, and encourage folks to take chances and step up.

Give credit and accept blame.

When you are a leader and things go well, publicly congratulate staff. When things go wrong, take responsibility.

Farra Trompeter

Vice President, Big Duck, and NTEN Board member

Check mission first, people second.

Feeling that an organization’s or company’s mission aligns with your values is often the first step of a job search. Beyond that, people often focus on the details of the job description or the range of the salary. How you’ll be spending your day and whether you’ll be fairly compensated are other givens. But what about focusing on who you’ll be spending the day with? With so many hours spent collaborating with colleagues, finding a group of people you can learn from, respect, and enjoy is just as important. If you are evaluating a position, don’t just scroll through your LinkedIn network for people who can put in a good word or connect you for an info interview. Look for people who know the current or former staff at your potential employer and see if they’ll talk to you about the culture.

Before you leave, grow from within.

Now let’s say you love the people you work with and are still fueled by the mission, but don’t love how you are spending your day. Before you leave, consider talking to your colleagues about other things you can do there. Bringing in some new responsibilities or switching jobs completely can breathe new life into what may feel tedious or boring. And if you love working somewhere, there’s a chance they love you too and would rather find a way to support your growth than lose you completely if there is an opportunity to do so.

Find what charges you up.

Not sure if you should stay or go? Confused about where to take your job search? Take time to reflect on what kind of work energizes you and what feels depleting. Look back at your past week or even your most recent jobs, and make a list. Spot any trends? Before you dive into the nitty-gritty of a specific job, zoom out and a get a sense of what you really need in a job, in a workplace, and in a supervisor, and focus your search on the elements that are most likely to motivate you.

Jason Shim

Director, Digital Strategy, Pathways to Education Canada, and NTEN Board Chair

Jason reviewed several résumés at the 19NTC Career Center and noticed a common tactic of work experience separated into “Volunteer” and “Employment” sections. “Consider a single heading of ‘relevant experience’ that includes both volunteer and employment experiences, and highlight the roles that most closely align with the role. Whether the relevant experience is paid or unpaid, it is still valuable and should be highlighted accordingly.”

When thinking about your next steps, Jason recommends you consider not just your next position, but the position you want after that. “It helps to create the space to reflect on how shorter-term job decisions can also support your longer-term career goals.”

In nonprofit careers, a sense of meaningful impact is often identified as an important consideration. “When considering career decisions, take a step back to reflect on your personal values and identify what these values look like in action in order to provide clarity that can inform future career decisions,” says Jason. “For example, if balance is identified as one of your personal values, what does balance look like on a day-to-day basis? What does it look like in 30 days? Six months? A year? What is the role your career will play in living out your values? These reflections can help to plan your next steps.”

Ready to take these tips and find your next opportunity? Visit our Nonprofit Tech Job Board for freshly-posted listings from change-making organizations across the country.

The world is a busy place. In the nonprofit sector, we are inundated with emails, social media posts, texts, polls, and webinar and calendar invitations. It often makes me want to say, “Enough already.”

I relish the opportunity for an in-person meeting or training for staff and volunteers. A break from the technology for a few hours where people talk face-to-face is refreshing. But lately, it feels more difficult to schedule in-person trainings. Barriers for our Cooperative Extension volunteers where I work in rural Maine often include barriers related to weather, distance, time, cost, childcare, and scheduling availability.

As a UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty member with responsibilities for statewide volunteer development, I work in partnership with federal, state, and local governments to bring research-based information from universities to local people in the community.

While I still see value in face-to-face trainings for our volunteers, there is a growing trend to offer online training through video conferencing.

Video conferencing is a useful communication method within our organization and other nonprofits, especially for one-on-one meetings and committee work. Webinars are what come to mind if someone says “web-based training” and have become more popular while aiming to offer synchronous experiences. But in my experience, they are often one-sided and don’t allow for quality interaction beyond the chat box feature. Using a synchronous video conferencing platform can allow for high-quality interactive training.

Intentional design and development are key to create a high-quality virtual training (Robideau & Vogel 2014). Below are some tips for how to be intentional when designing your next virtual training.

Audio quality

When offering an in-person training, the trainer can adjust the physical distance in the room to observe and hear what is going on while tuning out or reducing distractions. Take a few minutes at the start of the session to remind participants to mute their microphones/devices if they aren’t speaking. Background noise, quiet or soft voice levels and distance from recording devices contribute to the challenges of clearly hearing one another during a video conference.

Screen share

This feature allows users the ability to share one’s screen. It’s easy to share a draft document or slides from your desktop, capture ideas during a brainstorming session, or view a video clip for discussion and feedback. Use the screen share feature judiciously. Otherwise, it can feel more like a webinar with a Charlie Brown teacher voice droning on in the background.

Tech problem-solving

Video conferencing facilitators should be comfortable with new and unexpected discoveries technologies bring. The role is split between offering professional development and helping participants navigate technology glitches so that they can participate. Internet speeds are usually adequate for online discussion, but upload and live-streaming could be slow.

Online engaging formats

A webinar featuring a speaker with a slide deck often tempts participants to multi-task due to the lack of interaction between presenter and learner. In synchronous web-based learning environments, learning can be enhanced with intentional design that engages learners in real-time conversations designed to explore concepts. Use virtual breakout rooms, learning activities, and unscripted, spontaneous conversations to keep learners focused. Ensuring active learning happens by planning for it in your content and reserving adequate time for the activities. For instance, think about where it might make sense to add a poll question so the presentation portion doesn’t lose people’s attention.

Facilitating discussion

Encourage participants to engage in conversation. Offer opportunities for people to share ideas, check for understanding, and ask questions. Utilizing a feature such as virtual breakout rooms where participants can actually see each other helps to make virtual sessions feel more engaging. With this feature, the facilitator can assign people to virtual rooms for a small group discussion. By posting questions ahead of time in the chat box, people have more time to think about how they will respond.

Self-reflection

It is important to provide some quiet time for individual thought processing. One way to do this is to ask participants at the beginning of the session to have paper and a pen ready. Providing a writing prompt or question not only offers a different level of participation but allows for the individual ownership of their learning. How will they take what they learned and apply it? What next steps will they take? How are they thinking differently as a result of new knowledge or ideas gained? A timer to count down the final 60 seconds notifying people to wrap up their writing or journaling can be an unobtrusive way to signal you will change activities.

Agenda

One of the first things I do when I offer an in-person training is put the agenda on a flip chart somewhere in the room, as people like to know the plan. Keep that in mind for virtual trainings as well. Post the agenda in the chat box, share it on your screen or email it prior to the session. This is especially helpful in letting participants see that content delivery will be varied, keeping them alert and off their email.

So, can you create an engaging virtual training? Yes. Does it take time and preparation? Yes. You can offer valuable online training by mixing together presentation and activities to pare information into smaller, easy-to-absorb bites for the adult learner.

As organizations who provide professional development and the support for career growth in a number of ways, both NTEN and
Cornerstone were interested to better understand what trends, challenges, and successes may exist in the nonprofit sector with regard to both the cultural practices around professional development and the specific structure and financial support for it in organizations of all different sizes and types.

This is the first time we’ve surveyed the community on this topic and the results include some surprises and confirm our experience. We were disappointed to see the number of folks who don’t have equal access to training opportunities and funds, but heartened to hear that even if professional development isn’t a formal part of staff evaluations now the practice is desired and seen as valuable.

Nonprofit staff want to learn and grow in their jobs and careers. We hope that this report supports organizations making adjustments and improvements to the way professional development is encouraged and supported for all staff.

Looking for an edge in our competitive nonprofit job market? Or, perhaps you’ve been there, and want to share what you’ve learned?

The Career Center will return to the 19NTC, March 13-15, after an overwhelmingly positive response last year, and we’ve expanded the center’s hours to better accommodate attendees’ schedules.

Every day during lunchtime, the Career Center will be open from 12 noon to 1:15pm PT. It’ll also be open on Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:45pm PT during the reception in the exhibit hall, and Thursday from 4:15 to 5:45pm PT during dedicated exhibit hall time.

How it works: Mentee Edition

Sign up here if you’d like to work with a nonprofit professional to improve your job-seeking chances, advance in your current organization, or find a new role. Bring your résumé or your professional profile like LinkedIn (on screen or printed out). Our pros will help you position yourself in the industry, up your skills, and advise on how to network with your peers.

You’ll spend just eight minutes with your mentor, but that time should give you a solid base for professional growth. We hope you’ll feel refreshed and excited, with action items to make your résumé or profile shine.

How it works: Mentor Edition

You’ve been at this for years. You know what management looks for when hiring good candidates, and you want to share this knowledge with the NTEN community. You’re dedicated to helping good people find great opportunities, either in their current jobs or future ones. Up to the task?

There are many community members looking for your help. They love what they do, they love nonprofit work, and they want to improve their chances of advancement, or just improve themselves professionally. Our mentors help to polish résumés and improve online profiles, while at the same time offering advice and general knowledge about the nonprofit landscape.

Be a mentor and share your experience with the community. Sign up here.

Stay tuned

We’ll have much more information about the Career Center soon. Sign up now, and we’ll keep you in the loop.

As the days of 2018 whittle down, we’re reflecting on what the year taught us, both personally and professionally. Last week we shared NTEN member Keisha Carr’s 2018 lesson on process improvement, and this week we’re featuring observations from NTEN staff.

Whether we were planning for our Nonprofit Technology Conference, developing and hosting educational courses, or finding smarter, less-stressful ways to work, we learned a few things that rarely make it onto any official job description. Here’s to continuous learning experiences in ‘18 and beyond!

To be better at your job, stop working

Andrea Post, Conference Director
“My goal last year was to pass the test to become a Certified Meeting Planner, which I did in August this year.”

“However, what I learned this year actually runs counter to my intuition. To be good at your job, you actually need to stop working. I grew up in a ‘nose to the grindstone’ house, so it was a great surprise to me that stopping, breathing, taking time offline, spending time just chatting with colleagues, and meditation all make my work better. It’s been a huge shock, but it’s made my job (and my life) so much better!”

The secret sauce: empathy

Ash Shepherd, Education Director
“Empathy. Empathy is pivotal to making everything better. This year I have been digging in on topics such as user research, project management, design thinking, online learning and more. No matter the topic, empathy is always brought up as the ‘secret sauce’ to more effectively do any type of work. My biggest win this year is learning to run everything I do through an empathic lens as my first step to understanding the root challenges to be solved.”

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Stay curious

Dan Fellini, Web Development Manager
“A lesson I continue to learn—and 2018 was a banner year for it—is to always remain curious. As a web developer, learning new things isn’t always optional. The tech landscape changes so fast, it’s almost impossible not to learn something new from time to time. But maintaining curiosity, and continuing to learn and experiment, shouldn’t be something exclusive to the workplace, and it shouldn’t be a burden.”

“If you love what you do, professional development—whether formal, like taking NTEN’s courses, or informal, like building robots to expand your programming language skills— becomes part of who you are. It becomes a pleasure activity, not a chore.”

Intent doesn’t equal impact

Drew Pizzolato, Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager
“In October our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee brought us a workshop in which we discussed how to evaluate the impact of well-intentioned anti-racism actions and initiatives. I appreciated learning to ask myself these questions: who does it benefit and who does it burden? It’s a super-simple prompt for thinking about DEI-related work. Intent doesn’t equal impact! I also learned the hard way that we can’t assume all white people in the sector recognize the pervasiveness and harm of white supremacy in our everyday lives. There is so much work to do! I really appreciate that NTEN staff are engaging in conversations and policy about race and equity. Thank you to our DEI task force for leading!”

“Also, bandwagon and trend timelines be damned: I learned cronuts are freaking awesome. ”

#Learning is weird and wonderful

Erin Adams, Digital Marketing Manager
“I joined NTEN in October, thus my 2018 motto is ‘#learning.’ I was astounded at how we use web apps to efficiently and quickly collaborate, communicate, delegate, and nearly all the -ates! I learned it’s ok to feel a little weird about learning new tools and processes, workplace meditation and racial equity trainings are amazing, and Portland has THE BEST food carts. Those of y’all joining us for #19NTC are in for a treat!”

Real leadership and change start at the ground level

James Sigala, Education Program Manager
“Students in the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate program reminded me in 2018 that progress and leadership don’t just happen at the top. They are seeded through inclusiveness and human connection before technology. Together these imbue our work with immeasurable value through real change, which often happens elsewhere in the lives of others in the world, in ways which are largely invisible, sometimes delayed and usually unexpected. The most unexpected of all is how it changes you.”

Smart systems and hosting tools make the difference

Jeremy Garcia, Community Coordinator
“My biggest accomplishment at NTEN since starting my position in October is learning all of the systems we use, and seeing how those systems relate to all the great work being done.”

“On a more personal note, learning to host our online courses has been super rewarding. I’ve never hosted online presentations or courses before, so learning to work alongside our faculty while supporting folks completing their Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate has been a great learning experience in my short time here!”

Be open to systems changes

Karl Hedstrom, IT Director
“One of the major projects I led this year was a systems review to determine whether our current CRM was still the best fit for NTEN’s needs. Initially, I was a bit skeptical that a new system could resolve our pain points. I assumed we’d discover all CRMs were more or less the same, and what we really needed was an overhaul of our system processes and configurations. Subconsciously, I was also hesitant to leave a system I worked with as its ‘resident expert’ for more than 10 years.”

“However, as the project progressed, I learned that the CRM landscape has grown and improved significantly since our previous systems review, and there were several options that might better suit our needs. Eventually, I pushed aside that urge to stay put with what we already knew, and now I can’t wait to see what this coming change will mean for NTEN and our ability to serve the wider nonprofit tech community.”

Say no to notifications

Lyndal Frazier-Cairns, Membership & Engagement Director
“I turned off notifications. All of them. And I’ve never worked better.”

Jump (or skip) into the unknown

Tristan Penn, Community Engagement Manager
“I made the leap from 14 years of nonprofit youth development work to NTEN a few months ago. As with any life/career transition, there was a significant amount of stress and trepidation that accompanied this jump. Self-doubt would occasionally get the best of me and summersault into my mind. Am I good enough? Will I fail? I don’t want to let anyone down. However, I’ve never been one to back away from the edge of a challenge, and I knew that this was a great way to grow and learn; to see if what was waiting for me on the other side was worth the jump. It was.”

“The lesson this year is that change will make you uncomfortable. Specifically when it is into a somewhat unknown space. Nevertheless, I trusted myself, closed my eyes, positioned my feet, steadied my heart, and jumped. Just when I thought that I had learned who I was, this dive into another sector showed me another version of myself. I grew; and what’s more, it ended up being less of a leap and more of a skip into a new version of myself. So, if you’re feeling uncomfortable, jump (or skip); you might just find a new version of you.”

Share your experience

What’s your biggest lesson learned in your work in 2018? Share it on social media (#nptechlesson), and thanks for being a part of the NTEN community this year!

NTEN and Cornerstone are partnering on new research to assess the practices, culture, and investment in professional development in the nonprofit sector. NTEN’s research on tech staffing and investments has regularly shown that nonprofit staff report they have the tools to do their work but not the training to use those tools well. We have never conducted research that was inclusive of all types and topics of professional development and we want to learn more about the ways that our sector is or is not investing in continued learning and growth.

We are interested in gathering feedback from nonprofit staff in all departments and of all job types – whether you are on an IT, marketing and communications, fundraising and development, programs and services, or organizational leadership team, this survey is for you!

Participate in this new research by taking this brief survey.

By way of thank you, each survey respondent will be able to enter a drawing for one full registration to the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference or an NTEN online course of their preference.

The survey includes 24-28 questions (your answers may mean additional questions are skipped), and we anticipate it to take about 10 minutes to complete. The results will be compiled into a report scheduled for release in March 2019. If you have questions about this research or other NTEN reports, please email publications@nten.org.

Each year, more services move online, whether it’s voter registration, job applications, homework, or critical social services. For many individuals, this means it’s faster and easier than ever to get information, connect with friends, and access services that support their wellbeing. However, this increasingly connected world is leaving millions of Americans behind. With 35% of US adults not using home broadband, many of the most marginalized communities are increasingly being left behind by lack of connectivity and the skills needed to navigate online.

We have a shared responsibility to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the digital world to meet their personal goals. NTEN believes that every organization needs to recognize the role of digital equity in meeting our missions and is proud to commit to that work with our Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF) program. We invite you to support our Fellowship if you share a similar commitment.

About the Fellowship

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. Selected nonprofit staff join a 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 $1000 to help launch their programs. Previous Fellows have implemented numerous impressive and groundbreaking projects. Emma Hernandez, a Fellow in San Antonio, launched a hotspot lending program that allows library patrons to bring their connectivity home. She also developed a volunteer program that supported 200 library patrons in connecting with workforce resources. Felicia Tillman, a Fellow from Atlanta, formed partnerships to bring digital literacy training to uniquely sweet spaces. Read more about past Fellows’ projects (and get inspired to start your own!) in our Digital Inclusion Toolkit, program Fact Sheets, and blog.

Timeline

We are no longer seeking applications for the fifth cohort. However, if you’re interested in supporting our Digital Inclusion Fellowship as a sponsor, host or Fellow, we would love to hear from you. Email dif@nten.org

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

Being a nonprofit techie is hard. We get it. But you are not alone. The support you’re looking for is as close as your nearest device, and a real-life connection could be happening this month in your city.

Here at NTEN, we have always said that community is key to our work. To make the change we know is needed, we must work together. That’s why we have created free, educational community programs in every aspect of our work – online, and in person. Here are a few of our community spaces. There’s one for whatever you need!

Meet in person at our Nonprofit Tech Clubs

Our tech clubs are volunteer-run events that happen once a month in 20 cities across North America. With educational programming, opportunities to network and share, and pizza, these free events are often the first place nonprofit professionals encounter NTEN resources.

Nonprofit Tech Clubs provide free, friendly events for nonprofit staffers to learn about technology. Topics include technology and program management, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, leadership, and, of course, IT.

Join a club near you to find out more and receive invitations, or consider starting a Nonprofit Tech Club in your city.

Connect with others facing similar challenges

Screen grab of NTEN online communities home screen.
NTEN online communities are thriving forums where people meet.

The NTEN online communities are thriving discussion forums that we often call our “Brains Trust.” In groups as diverse as Tech Decision Makers, Digital Advertising and Data, nonprofit professionals ask for help and connections, and to share what they know. Even if you can’t make it to a physical meet, your community is always online and in my experience, always willing to help.

Built into our community portal is an NTEN Member Directory and events listing, both accessible to NTEN members.

Make friends at the 19NTC

We are working hard right now on community programs for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference, produced by NTEN. From the popular informal lunch gatherings Birds of a Feather to active sessions, which are a great way to get out and stretch, we are always looking for ways to find connection inside and out of the conference program.

 

We flipped the switch this morning to open registration for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference! This is NTEN’s annual conference, and we are expecting more than 2000 nonprofit technology professionals to gather for three days of educational sessions, connection, and fun!

Program

The 19NTC will be hosted in NTEN’s hometown of Portland, OR! We are planning more than 200 educational sessions in five categories: IT, Fundraising, Leadership, Marketing and Communications, and Program. Sessions are suggested and chosen by the nonprofit technology community, and we support our speakers to create engaging sessions that reflect the excellence and diversity of this sector.

Around the 19NTC

But the fun doesn’t stop at the session room door! We are also creating a bustling exhibit hall, packed with the very best nonprofit tech resources and ideas, a Career Center, games and places to connect with your favorite tech companies, as well as NTEN staff!

Further afield

Our host city of Portland, OR, is a uniquely quirky place and we want to help you explore it! Every conference attendee will receive passes for the duration of our conference to ride our world-class transit system from their hotel to the conference center, and take in the best Portland has to offer.

Early bird registration is open now. Register now to lock in the best rate!

We can’t wait to see you.