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Online & Offline learning events around nonprofits and technology in May 2015

We started researching other nonprofit technology events and published an unstructered list in March. For May we increased the numbers of providers beyond Techsoup and NTEN. There are quite a few excellent webinars happening by other organizations, too.

We wrote about it in detail last month: NTEN’s Webinar Series on Storytelling. Don’t forget to register. Those seminars will be recorded, but only when you are registered in advance will you be able to receive the recording link.

Other events around nonprofit and technology online and offline:

(for details and registration info, just click on the title of the event)

May 6th 2pm 2015 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study 
NTEN Webinar / Fee: Free

May 7 – 2pm Copywriting for the Web: Today’s Best Practices
TechSoup Webinars / Fee: Free / recorded

May 13 – Fundraising Online
OnGood Webinar

May 14 – 2pm How to Think Like a Search Engine
TechSoup Webinars / Fee: Free / recorded

May 14 – 2pm Donor Relations: Your Key to Fundraising Success!
AFP Everglades / Fee: $25 AFP members, $45 non-members (including lunch)

May 14 – 9:30am Branding for Nonprofits: It’s More Than A Logo
CNE Hodges University, Naples Campus / Fee: $35

May 19 – 9:30am Nonprofit Websites: Basics and Best Practices
CNE Hodges University, Ft. Myers Campus / Fee: $35

May 19 – 10am 22 Instagram and Vine Best Practices for NGOs
OnGood Webinar / Fee: Free / not recorded

May 20 – 2pm Teens & Tech: Creating Successful STEM Programs in Libraries
TechSoup Webinars / Fee: Free

May 21 – 2pm Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets)
TechSoup Webinars / Fee: Free / recorded

May 21 – 9pm The Math and Science of Social Media: 20 Tips and Tricks for NGOs
OnGood Webinar / Fee: Free / not recorded

May 28 – 2pm How to Build a Strong Volunteer Program
The Chronicle of Philanthropy Webinar / Fee: Early $85 /after May 21 $95

May 28 – 2pm Ask the Expert Series: Working Effectively with Remote Teams
NTEN Webinar / Fee: Free for members / Use t4gswfl for 20% discount

Sites we monitor for events (linked are their twitter accounts) NTENTechsoup, Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Hodges UniversityOn GoodNonprofit Tech For GoodThe Chronicle for  Philantrophy, AFP Everglades, Tech4Good Orlando

If your know of other events in May 2015 around the topic technology & nonprofits, let us know about it in the comments.

If you are provider of online learning or offline learning in Southwest Florida, and would like us to include your program on this list on an ongoing basis, feel free to send us an email to organizers@tech4goodswfl.org 

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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The Future is Ours: What are we going to do with it?

Next meeting on May 5th, 2015 at 6pm – Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church

RSVP on Meetup

Tech4Good SWFLTech4Good Goals and Actions

Our meeting of April 7th was focused on the future of the Tech4Good/SWFL Meet-Up group.We began a process to evaluate and move forward a Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Facilitator, Donna Johnston, has published the results of our SWOT analysis and identified, according to the priorities of the challenges and threats, our goals for this year. Now, we need to refine our plan to create actions and assignments.

Download the current version of Tech4Good SWFL Strategic Plan

Many of those who attended last month’s meeting expressed appreciation for the process and the opportunity to participate and be a part of the planning. The collaborative atmosphere and camaraderie led to producing meaningful and usable results. The information that was generated by this process has created a wonderful platform of information upon which we can build the future of Tech4Good SWFL .

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What is a TwitterChat and how to make the most of it?

Twitter chats are the best method for catching up with your peers on Twitter, make new connections, and get the newest nonprofit or technology buzz fast. Twitter Chats are events scheduled and conducted mostly for one hour on Twitter, using a specific #hashtag and a topic.

In this session we will show you how you can participate in a Twitter chat to get the maximum benefit. We will also show you how to easily be a Twitterchat facilitator.

We will review current examples of active and regularly scheduled Twitter chats in the field of nonprofit organizations. These include: #fundchat #storymaker2014 and #commbuild

Meeting Agenda for May 5th, 2015 at 6pm – Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church

  • Introduction & Dinner
  • Goals and Actions Strategic Plan Phase II
  • What are TwitterChats?
  • Q & A and Networking

Caterer: Nico’s Kitchen 

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Sponsors of Tech4Good SWFL

Sponsored by: 

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Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Resource: Cloud Technology on Prezi with James McDonald

James McDonald wrote in the invitation to the Tech4Good meeting on March 3, 2015.

“You’ll find happiness over on Cloud 9. Clouds 1 through 8 are strictly for data storage.” I recently received an email with that caption describing the conversation between two angels.

Co-founder, James McDonald, talkedJames McDonald @jem3 with us about that somewhat mysterious universe of the “Cloud”. His presentation helped us negotiate the language and the pros and cons of Cloud computing. McDonald discussed the various forms of Cloud computing services, the services available, the service providers and how to choose what service will best meet your organization’s needs.

Independent Consultant for not-for-profit organizations, James McDonald, has over twenty-five years of experience and expertise in non-profit organizations. His consultancy work focuses on strategic planning, visioning,  and the use and implementation of emerging technologies. McDonald is Co-Founder of the Tech4Good SWFL group.

Here is the Prezi of his presentation called Cloud 1-8 & Cloud 9

Links to learn even more on Cloud Technology

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Free Webinar Series “NTENStory” in May

NTEN-501TechClubIn May NTEN offers a three week free webinar series on Thursdays at 2pm ET to our Tech4Good SWFL members:

Bethany Lister,  @betalister Community Program Coordinator at NTEN wrote:

We have an upcoming series of webinars we’d like to share with the Tech Club community. We have set up the promo code “NTENStory ” that can be used to get free access to any and all of these events.

Over the last year, The Rockefeller Foundation has teamed up with Hattaway Communications to create Hatch for Good, a new digital storytelling platform designed to help social impact organizations of all kinds use the power of narrative and networks to increase your reach, resources and impact. Learn how to effectively use Hatch for Good with in-depth instructions and prompts to create stories that will inspire and increase impact. Storytelling experts from Hattaway Communications will be available to provide insights and answer questions.

May 7th   – 2pm: Building Your Storytelling Strategy & Capacity

In this workshop, we’ll help you build your “Narrative Framework,” the overarching story that helps provide structure and consistency for all of the individual stories your organization will tell. We will also identify resources and skills organizations require as well as you as an individual need to share your stories.

Key Takeaways:

  • Foundation of your organization’s narrative
  • Clear idea of the audiences your stories will speak to
  • Definition of your organization’s (storytelling) goals
  • Skills and resources needed to become a successful storytelling organization

May 14th – 2pm: Creating Stories that Capture Interest & Imagination

In today’s competitive media environment, only the most compelling content gets noticed and shared. Storytelling is both an art and a science—and stories for social impact must show people as active agents of change, who play a central role in creating solutions to the problems they face.

In this workshop, we’ll help you map out your story based on a tried-and-true formula seen in narratives across the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clear idea of your storytelling objectives
  • Structured storyline using the Social Impact Story Map to capture your audience’s interest and imagination
  • Setting the right format for your stories

May 21st – 2pm: Engaging Your Communities & Measuring Impact

In this workshop, you will get guidance on best practices for using popular platforms and social networks for storytelling and setting metrics for evaluating your digital storytelling efforts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tips and guides on using popular platforms for storytelling
  • Setting the voice and tone of your stories on social media
  • Best practices on evaluating your digital storytelling effort

Make sure to use the promo code “NTENStory “. 

UPDATE  4/22/15:  Having problem with the discount code?

The code can be used an unlimited amount of times. NTEN has an issue where if you complete checkout and then try to get the next event in the same session (being logged in) it still sees it as already being applied.

We are now suggesting folks add all events to their cart before completing checkout to avoid this. Anyone that already went through then hit the error would be able to just go back and add the rest.

If you received the “already used error”  logging out or clearing cookies should also refresh the code.

Instructions by Eli of Net2Vancouver

Update  4/16/2015:

To clarify: You don’t have to be an NTEN member to take advantage of this Webinar Series this May. You go through registration process for the events, all the way through until you get to the Shopping Cart page (see little screenshot below)

  • There is a field for “Discount Code”.
  • Enter “NTENStory” , Click on “Apply Code” and
  • the “Order Total” will go to 0.00.
  • Now you can check out.

Apply Discount Code NTENStory

And of course, save the date of May 5th, 6pm for our next Tech4Good meeting. Announcements will come soon.

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Strategic Planning – TechClub meeting on April 7, 2015

With the growth of our Tech4Good SWFL TechClub, our new name and our national affiliations, it is time to do some strategic planning for the future! Where are we going? What are we doing? How do we get there? Let’s find the answers together!

Our facilitator for the beginning of this exploration is Donna Johnston. Donna comes to us as a member first, but a member who is trained in facilitation and conflict management. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Bring your ideas, enthusiasm, experience and general good wits to the April 7th meeting!
  • Complete our topics survey, using the topics of our last 22 events and have you rate them on a scale from 1 to 5. If you are not able to make the next meeting, we still need your opinion, so please, please fill out our survey!
  • Last meeting we distributed two worksheets so we can get a head start on the SWOT analysis, they are provided online as PDF here. Please get yourself a copy and make some notes. If you are not able to make it to the April 7th meeting, we still would like to get your input. Please send us your completed forms photo or scanned via email, or you can mail your hard copy to:

Pauli Systems, attn. Birgit Pauli-Haack, 3960 Radio Road #103, Naples, FL 34104

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples, FL  (map)
(West side entrance – across Immokalee Road from Sams – park by the bus)

 Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Donna Johnston on Strategic Planning
  • Q & A
  • Catered by Nico’s Kitchen

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for an evening of fellowship, support, networking and information. As always, the event is free of charge but RSVP is requested (as we need to know how much food and soft drinks we need to bring:-) 

Hosted by:  Birgit Pauli-Haack,Relevanza  and James McDonald, Consultant.

NFN4Good TechClubThank you to our Sponsors:

 

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Tech4good SWFL News: Name Change, NTEN Webinars Discounts and txtsignal partnership

This month we have taken the opportunity for a series of changes to finalize our techclub’s name. We have struggled since the beginning to keep Netsquared or 501TechClub in the name. Then it was NFN4Good TechClub as quite a few NFN4Good members joined but that tied it also to the Naples Free-Net.  After almost 2 years now, it feels that this initiative is so much bigger than NFN.

First logo Draft by Homer Gaines, DesignDonationThe new name “Tech4Good SWFL” puts our group in line with the other dual-affiliated TechClubs, combining Tech4Good with a location.

Tech4Good SWFL it is. Our own hashtag is now #t4gswfl

Homer Gaines of DesignDonation has been working on a logo for our Tech4Good club and before he left for Japan on his honeymoon with his wonderful Tami, he sent us the first draft. We will continue working on it once both designers get back.

NTEN gives discount to 501TechClub members – T4GSWFL

In February, NTEN provided a discount code to 501TechClub members of 20% for their webinars.  And to celebrate our name change, we asked Bethany Lister to make the CouponCode T4GSWFL

NTEN-501TechClubHow it will work out?

  • NTEN Non-Members: 20% Tech Club discount
  • NTEN Members: 50% Member Discount + 20% Tech Club Discount = 70% off regular price
  • Code can be used as many times as folks like on webinars and Labs (not conferences)
  • Simply apply the code at checkout and done.

Look at the schedule of NTEN webinars and events 

Text messaging service txtsignal partners with Tech4Good SWFL

Margaux Pagan, Tech4Good Orlando,  MattDonovan, TXTSignal  and Melissa Yakimetz, Tech4Good Orlando

Margaux Pagan, Tech4Good Orlando, MattDonovan, TXTSignal and Melissa Yakimetz, Tech4Good Orlando

txtsignal - private group messagesAfter meeting Matt Donovan, CEO of txtsignal, at the first Orlando Tech4Good group in mid-February, we continued our conversation on how non-profits can leverage SMS /TXT messaging with their constituents. And earlier this month we started a cooperation with txtsignal to use text messaging with our Tech4Good group so all nonprofit members are able to observe a use case in a real life situation, learn how it works and what can be done with it.

To sign-up, send in a text T4GOOD to 94033 – You will receive a reply from the system which will ask you to confirm your sign-up by texting ‘yes’ back.

We thank Matt Donovan for his generosity in providing us with the platform for our club. If your organization would like to use this system as well, as a member you will receive a 10% on the monthly fees, use T4Gswfl as the coupon code on sign up.

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Upcoming Events for Non-Profits in March 16 – 27, 2015

Southwest Florida Meetings

TechSoup Webinars

NTEN Webinars

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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The Mysterious Universe of the “Cloud” – TechClub March 3, 2015

Review and exploration of the “Cloud”  with James McDonald

“You’ll find happiness over on Cloud 9. Clouds 1 through 8 are strictly for data storage.”

I recently received an email with that caption describing the conversation between two angels. How appropriate to our topic for the upcoming Tech4Good meeting on March 3, 2015. Co-founder, James McDonald will talk with us about that somewhat mysterious universe of the “Cloud”. His presentation will help us negotiate the language and the pros and cons of Cloud computing. McDonald will discuss the various forms of Cloud computing services, the services available, the service providers and how to choose what service will best meet your organization’s needs.

Independent Consultant for Not-For-Profit organizations, James McDonald, has over twenty-five years of experience and expertise in Non-Profit organizations. His consultancy work focuses on strategic planning, visioning and the use and implementation of emerging technologies. McDonald is Co-Founder of the Tech4Good/SWFL group.

Part two for this meeting will be for your feedback. We’ll start our 2015-2016 planning process by exploring with you, “What did we get right and where did we miss?” This is your club and we want to offer the information that works best for you. So, as you prepare for our March program, think about what programs worked to provide you useful information and what programs didn’t. See you soon.

Mark your calendars, register online at Meet-up.com (so we make sure to have enough food for everyone) and plan on joining us for an evening of fellowship, support, networking, and information.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples, FL  (map)
(West side entrance – across Immokalee Road from Sams – park by the bus)

 Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions
  • James McDonald on Cloud services
  • Q & A
  • Catered by Nico’s Kitchen

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for an evening of fellowship, support, networking and information. As always, the event is free of charge but RSVP is requested (as we need to know how much food and soft drinks we need to bring:-) 

Hosted by:  Birgit Pauli-Haack, NFN4Good and James McDonald, Consultant.

NFN4Good TechClubThank you to our Sponsors:

 

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Resources: Using Data to Work for Your Nonprofit Organization

At the NFN4Good TechClub meeting held on February 3rd, 2015, we featured speaker Sean McDonald.

<< You can read more about Sean McDonald here>>

Sean provided his Google Slides and a Google Spreadsheet for the attendees to follow-up on the presentation.

We also use Google+ Hangout-on-Air as a video conference and screen-sharing tool. Here is the recorded YouTube video:

Tech4Good Naples, Florida: Open Data w. Sean McDonald

Google Slides: OPEN DATA, YOUR DATA & YOUR STORIES

 

Google Sheets: Impression Calculator by Sean McDonald

More Resources on Storify: Open-Data at NFN4Good

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.

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Open-Data – Using data to work for your nonprofit organization – TechClub Feb 3rd, 2015

Open software, Open Code, Open Source, Open Projects are just a few of the many tech opportunities available to us at little or no cost. Now comes Open Data, just what is that all about? By definition, Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.

Open-Data with Sean McDonald

Collage Sean McDonald Bitwater Farms Feb 2015We will start with a Google+ Hangout between our club and Sean McDonald. Sean will share his insights and help us toward a better understanding of using data that is available to us as non-profit organizations.

Sean is currently the President of Bitwater Farms, a startup in Napa County, CA. The company develops hardware and software for data collection and analysis of crops that consume little or no water: the crop they’re focusing on first is crickets to use as chicken feed.

Until 2014, Sean worked as a “Data Storyteller” consulting startups on data visualization and developing internationally touring art projects for brands like Univision and Coca-Cola. His first startup, Sweet Spot, mapped 85 million professional relationships in American markets and visualized those relationships, creating over ten thousand visualizations and partnering with the only not-for-profit member of the Fortune 500, Thrivent.

Sean is recognized as a pioneer in Open Data and Data Visualization work. It has been featured in many publications, including Huffington Post, Fast Company. Two of his visualizations appear in the book Visual Complexity, the definitive work on network visualization. Sean and Will DeKrey were 2012 winners of The Knight Foundation’s Civic Data Challenge for using the open data from government sources to provide a detailed look at whether or not GDP is a sufficient measure and predictor of community well-being and outcomes in a number of areas.

Sean worked as a consultant for a boutique philanthropic consulting firm and for the not-for-profit lobby, The Children’s Defense Fund. He is the former Co-Chair of the board of The Bob Moog Foundation, a nonprofit that uses music to teach science and is currently on the advisory board of HATCH, an international mentorship network, funded through a partnership with Intel. He will share his insights and help us toward a better understanding of using data that is available to us as non-profit organizations.

Following Sean’s presentation:

Review and exploration of Open Data resources with Birgit Pauli-Haack.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
1225 Piper Blvd, Naples, FL  (map)
(West side entrance – across Immokalee Road from Sams – park by the bus)

 Meeting Agenda

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for an evening of fellowship, support, networking and information. As always, the event is free of charge but RSVP is requested (as we need to know how much food and soft drinks we need to bring:-) 

Hosted by:  Birgit Pauli-Haack, NFN4Good and James McDonald, Consultant.

NFN4Good TechClubThank you to our Sponsors:

 

web & mobile developer for business and nonprofits in Naples, Florida. WordPress Meetup SWFL organizer, Netsquared organizer, #nptech, photographer.
Works at Pauli Systems, Naples , FL (project manager for Enterprise WordPress and CiviCRM implementations, custom API integrations) , volunteer at NPTechProjects providing nonprofit technology support and education in Florida and deputy on WordPress Global Community Team.