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Report release: The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study

There comes a time in every online organizer and fundraiser’s life when they ask themselves: is this normal? Our response: what does the data say?

Published today, M+R and NTEN’s 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study returns for the eighth year. We've crunched the numbers from 53 nonprofit organizations to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building.

What did the findings reveal? 2013 really raised the bar for online fundraising. Nonprofits received an estimated 1.7 cents for every fundraising message delivered, and 60 cents for every website visit. Even though response rates for nonprofit emails continued to slide in 2013, online giving was up as email and social media audiences and web traffic kept climbing.

Here are 8 big trends that emerged from the nonprofits we surveyed: 

  1. The average one-time online donation amount to a nonprofit was $68 in 2013.
  2. Nonprofit organization email lists grew significantly – up 14% in 2013.
  3. Online donations were higher than ever before. Online giving was up 14% in 2013, with monthly giving revenue up 25% compared to 2012. Monthly giving accounted for 16% of all online revenue.
  4. Nonprofits received $17 for every 1,000 email messages delivered. Overall, email accounted for about one-third of nonprofits’ online fundraising revenue.
  5. Nonprofits received $0.60 per website visitor.
  6. Key email metrics, including open rates and response rates, declined in 2013. Email open rates were down 4%. Response rates were down in 2013 for both fundraising emails (down 11%) and advocacy emails (down 25%) compared to 2012 levels. Interestingly, the response rates to advocacy emails from Environmental nonprofits were more than two times higher than overall response rates for advocacy emails.
  7. More people visited nonprofit websites. Monthly website traffic for the nonprofits in the study was up 16% in 2013.
  8. Nonprofit social media audiences grew faster than nonprofit email or website audiences. Facebook fans were up 37% and Twitter followers were up 46% in 2013. Despite this rapid growth, for every 1,000 email subscribers nonprofits had just 199 Facebook fans and 110 Twitter followers.  

> Download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study (and share it with your peers!) 

Also, check out the infographic that we release yesterday in Mashable!

If you're interested in learning more about this report, and how to establish benchmarks in your own organization, register for our free webinar next Wednesday, April 16 at 12:00pm-1:00pm PT.

Grassroots Advocacy in the Mobile Age

Ximena Hartsock & Jeb Ory Cofounders Phone2Action Advocacy as an industry exists because of people’s desire to improve the world. How can advocacy initiatives reach their goals by leveraging technology?

Technology advances are opening up new methods of digital grassroots advocacy that are changing online and offline organizing. Learn the methods that still exist, and important ones that have emerged that are profoundly impacting the popular “mix” of grassroots advocacy.

NTEN Celebrates National Volunteer Week: Honoring NTEN Committee Members

This week is National Volunteer Week! Points of Light, the organization that established this program in 1974, says "National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference."

To recognize the tireless work of volunteers that support the nonprofit sector, we’ll be publishing a blog post every day this week to celebrate their contributions. Today we're giving a big thank-you to the dedicated members of NTEN's committees.

NTEN committee members are the volunteers who work behind the scenes, contributing their expertise, time, and advice to help shape NTEN programming. Their service is invaluable to helping us develop and improve our offerings to the nonprofit community.

A big thanks to all of our committee members:

Editorial Committee

The NTEN Editorial Committee is a group of committed professionals that meet monthly to discuss content and strategy for the NTEN: Change Journal, our quarterly digital publication for nonprofit leaders. 

  • Jeanne Allen, Program Coordinator, Duke University Nonprofit Management Program
  • Chris Bernard, Editorial and Communications Director, Idealware
  • Melanie Bower, Client Services Manager, Social Accountability Accreditation Services
  • Tobias Eigen, Executive Director, Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa
  • Sophia Guevara, Independent 
  • Wiebke Herding, Managing Director, On:Subject Communications
  • Josh Hirsch, Director of Development and Marketing, The Weiss School
  • Sunny Kapoor, Director of Digital Marketing, Sanford Health
  • Nicole Lampe, Digital Strategy Director, Resource Media
  • Cindy Leonard, Consulting Team Leader, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Bonnie McEwan, Assistant Professor and Consultant, Milano - The New School & BonnieMcEwan.com
  • Rebecca Reyes, Communications Manager, Everyday Democracy

Membership Committee

NTEN’s Membership Committee helps grow volunteering and engagement opportunities, increase NTEN membership retention, and engage new and returning members and connect them with each other as well as NTEN resources and programming. 

  • Annie Lynsen, Marketing Director, Small Act
  • Carolyn Appleton, Director, Carolyn Appleton Inc.
  • David Krumlauf, Chief Technologist, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation
  • Debra Askanase, Director of Outreach, National Brain Tumor Society
  • Gregg Swanson, Founder and Executive Director, HumaniNet
  • Jason Chmura, Membership Director, Society for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Martin Dooley, IT & Operations Manager, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Michaela Hackner, Project Director & Content Strategist, Forum One Communications
  • Norman Reiss, Project Manager, Technology, Center for Court Innovation
  • Robert Weiner, President, Robert L. Weiner Consulting
  • Sean King, Director of Youth Education in the Arts, USBands
  • Steve Heye, Manager of Technology, The Cara Program
  • Wendy Harman, Director, Information Management and Situational Awareness, American Red Cross

Leading Change Summit Steering Committee

The Leading Change Summit (LCS) Steering Committee is the advisory board for our inaugural conference that we're launching September 2014. This invaluable bunch works with NTEN to design core curriculum tracks, conference structure, and thematic focus.

  • Dahna Goldstein, Founder, PhilanTech
  • Kivi Leroux Miller, President, NonprofitMarketingGuide.com
  • Laura Quinn, Executive Director, Idealware
  • Jane Meseck, Director, Microsoft
  • Rob Wu, Founder/CEO, CauseVox
  • Yvonne Harrison, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership Center/Seattle University
  • David Neff, Digital Strategy, Consultant, PwC
  • Londell Jackson, Director of Education and Programs, Colorado Nonprofit Association
  • Lauren Hasey Maher, Program Manager, National Center for Family Philanthropy
  • Richard Dietz, Founder, Nonprofit R+D
  • Scott Geller, CTO & President, Points of LIght Digital
  • Paula Jones, Director of Technology, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
  • Beth Kanter, Consultant, Beth's Blog
  • Veda Banerjee, Director of Communications, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Tracy Kronzak, Senior Cloud Consultant, Cloud for Good
  • Michael Stein, Senior Account Executive, Donor Digital
  • Lynn Labieniec, CEO & Co-Founder, Beaconfire

NTC Steering Committee

The NTC Steering Committee is integral to the success of our annual conference. This group of committed members share their ideas and perspectives to shape the conference priorities, content themes, and opportunities to improve each year.

  • Jason Shim, Digital Media Manager, Pathways to Education Canada
  • Sue Clement, Senior Web Director, ASPCA
  • Michelle Chaplin, Senior Manager, Online Fundraising, PBS
  • Susan Chavez, Nonprofit Social Media Consultant, Association of Junior Leagues International
  • Alex Kadis, Technology Manager, Repair the World
  • Graham Reid, Information Technology Manager, Catholic Charities Society
  • Jason Samuels, Director of Innovation and Technology, National Council on Family Relations
  • Matt Koltermann, Client Advisor, Acquia
  • Richard Wollenberger, Director, Information Technology, Parents as Teachers
  • Steve Heye, Manager of Technology, The Cara Program
  • Dan Michel, Digital Marketing Manager, Feeding America
  • Laura Quinn, Executive Director, Idealware
  • Sue Ann Reed, Project/Production Manager, The Engage Group
  • Lauren Girardin, Marketing and Communications Strategist, Lauren Girardin Consulting
  • Farra Trompeter, Vice President, Big Duck
  • Yesenia Sotelo, Web Developer, SmartCause Digital
  • Jeremy Foreman, Executive Director, Georgia Serves
  • Eva Penar, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Jennifer Price, Philanthropy Services, RML Specialty Hospital
  • Robert Weiner, Owner, Robert L. Weiner Consulting
  • Tracy Kronzak, Senior Cloud Consultant, Cloud4Good
  • Andrea Berry, Director of Partnerships and Learning, Idealware

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee helps us to meet our goals to make our events more sustainable. Starting with the 14NTC, the committee helps to plan and take action on our sustainability measures. We look forward to working with them to help us make the LCS more sustainable as well!

  • Jeff Yin, Founder & Google Grant Ad Strategist, Sustainable Clicks
  • Marian Casey, Executive Director, Answers for Special Kids
  • Kelley Atwood, Development Applications Administrator, UT Southwestern
  • Heather Marsh, Director, Digital Marketing, ABD Direct

NTEN Research Committee

Members of the NTEN Research Committee serve by sharing ideas for new projects, providing feedback on existing research and analysis, and support outreach for surveys, report launches, and research partners.

  • Michael Dardis, Director of IT Strategies & Operations, P.E.A.C.E., Inc.
  • John Cluverius, Teaching Assistant/Graduate Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ann Emery, Associate, Innovation Network, Inc. (InnoNet)
  • Amelia Abreu, Senior Usability Analyst, Con-way, Inc.
  • Ioannis Saratsis, Assistant Marketing Manager, RobbensKersten Direct
  • Ariel Dekovic, Senior Programs Manager, The Collaborative for High Performance Schools
  • Alexandra Saavedra, Marketing Programs Manager, Greater Giving
  • Susanna Murley, Director of Digital Media, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Emily Weinberg, Nonprofit Blogger
  • Carolyn Klotzbach, Marketing/Sales Support Specialist, SofTrek Corporation
  • Joseph Klem, Vice President, Online Strategy, Urban Land Institute
  • Jo Miles, Online Engagement Strategist, Food & Water Watch
  • Dave Leichtman, Vice President, Salsa Labs, Inc.
  • Jason Shim, Digital Media Manager, Pathways to Education Canada
  • Russell Feldman, Data Systems Manager, Community Resource Exchange
  • Balaji Mayreddy, Consultant, Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC.
  • Nick Ellinger, Vice President of Strategic Outreach, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Sue Ann Reed, Project/Production Manager, The Engage Group
  • Conor Barnes, Advisor, Investor, & Student
  • Ash Shepherd, Strategy & Process, Minds on Design Lab
  • Rose Olea, Director of Information Technology, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Mark Reyer, CTO, Xerox Business Services
  • Kristi Phillips, Account Manager, Education Practice, Exponent Partners
  • Kirk Schmidt, Director of Professional Services, Method Works Consulting
  • Chris Lundberg, CEO, Frakture
  • Andrea Chempinski, Associate Director of Online Services, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Debra Askanase, Director of Outreach, National Brain Tumor Society
  • Randall Smith, Digital Strategist, Power Labs
  • Martin Dooley, IT & Operations Manager, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Derek Duncan, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, University of Denver
  • Melissa Campbell, Campaign Associate, Casey House Foundation
  • Elizabeth Pope, Director of Research and Operations, Idealware

Check Out the 2014 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference


The 9th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference is coming this July 9-11 to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. We're proud to partner with the Bridge Conference, and encourage you to take advantage of special registration rates for NTEN community members. Here are the details:

Do you want the power to succeed?

Gain the skills you need to succeed and achieve the results you want at the 9th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference, coming this July 9-11, 2014 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center.

The power to succeed comes through knowledge! At Bridge, you will network with the best minds in direct marketing and fundraising, and be inspired by amazing speakers and innovative ideas. With over 70 sessions, 3 pre-conference workshops, and 3 inspiring and motivating keynotes — you will walk away with the techniques and tools you need to succeed.

As NTEN is a Bridge Conference Program Partner, NTEN community members are eligible to receive the member rate! Early bird registration ends May 18, so take advantage of the Early Bird Member RateAlso available is a great hotel and registration package — take the package and you save another $100 on the registration fee! Don't miss out - last year's Bridge Conference sold out! 

How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly with Responsive Design

Tim Arnold Functional Consultant and Front End Developer Beaconfire Tim Arnold from Beaconfire reflects on the “Make it Mobile” session that he co-led at the 14NTC, and gives an overview about what “responsive” really means.

Responsive Web Design is the latest in a long line of terms that have really caught on and, depending on who you ask, either signals a complete shift in the way that we work, or describes some cool new techniques to consider when designing and building websites. Here's an overview about what "responsive" really means. 

How to Adapt Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Efforts for an Increasingly Mobile World

Jessica Fraser Sotelo Deputy Director of Online Marketing World Wildlife Fund With the huge growth in visitors from mobile devices, it is critical for nonprofits to think of the user experience. Learn how the World Wildlife Fund thinks "mobile first" to optimize its marketing efforts on their website, email, and SMS.

At World Wildlife Fund, we’ve seen an explosion in mobile visitors over the past three years. We want to make sure we can provide these supporters with the content they are seeking, no matter what device they are using.  Thinking “mobile first,” we’ve focused optimizing our marketing efforts in three key areas: website, email, and SMS.

NTEN Celebrates National Volunteer Week: Shout out to Community of Practice leaders!

This week is National Volunteer Week! Points of Light, the organization that established this program in 1974, says "National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference."

To recognize the tireless work of volunteers that support the nonprofit sector, we’ll be publishing a blog post every day this week to celebrate their contributions. We're kicking off Monday with a shout out to NTEN’s Community of Practice (COP) leaders.

Here at NTEN, we marvel at the community members who run our COPs all year long because they create the space for that discovery and difference-making to happen, through thoughtful facilitation of online discussions and regular calls, webinars, or tweet chats. Some are veterans in the #nptech space who've been organizing with us for years; others have just started their groups after being inspired at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference. We can't ever thank them enough, but in honor of National Volunteer Week, I want to give a heartfelt shout-out to these volunteers:

We also have COPs for accidental techiesonline/offline community builders, and nonprofit tech consultants, all of which are fueled by community participation.

If you're looking for peers who will help you hone your skills and develop your career or network, I hope you'll take a few minutes to peruse the COPs, and join one or a few. I know the volunteer facilitators will make sure you feel welcome.

Is there a COP that you wish existed? Thinking of starting one yourself? Read this FAQ and then email us at community@nten.org with questions or ideas.

The 2014 Rob Stuart Memorial Award: PEAK and PLUK

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 2014 Award Winner

PEAK & PLUK Parent Centers, Barb Buswell and Roger Holt

Each year, we celebrate Rob by selecting a community that uses technology to disrupt the status quo. This year, we are so thrilled to recognize Barb Buswell and Roger Holt, of PEAK & PLUK Parent Centers, with the Rob Stuart Award. They both have, for many years, brought their passion and dedication to serving parents in their own towns and beyond, staff in other Parent Centers across the US, and even the NTEN community of nonprofit staff from all causes and locations.

Neither Barb nor Roger could be at the NTC this year to receive their awards in person for reasons that perfectly illuminate the reasons they were nominated: With more limited resources than previous years, very few Parent Center staff could attend the NTC this year and though they both love the conference and the chance to see many friends and colleagues in person, they thought it best to allow staff across the country who had never been able to attend to come instead.

Please join us in thanking and celebrating Barb and Roger, and their entire teams at PEAK and PLUK!

PEAK Parent Center provides training, information, and technical assistance to equip families of children birth through age twenty-six including all disability conditions with strategies to advocate successfully for their children. As a result of PEAK's services to families and professionals, children and adults with disabilities will live rich, active lives participating as full members of their schools and communities. Barbara Buswell co-founded PEAK Parent Center, and has been a Director since 1986. Barbara's son, Wilson, introduced her to the world of disability and triggered her commitment to supporting families across the country to develop advocacy skills that enable inclusive and successful lives for people with disabilities.

PLUK Parent Center was formed in 1984 by parents of children with special needs in the state of Montana for the purpose of information, support, training, and assistance to aid their children at home, school, and as adults. PLUK was founded by parents who felt strongly that parents of children with disabilities need to band together to give each other information and support. Roger Holt began a career with PLUK in the fall of 1990 to work with all things technological. Over the years he designed all the data collection/management systems, a statewide computer network for staff, websites, phone systems, and whatever else was needed. He also became one of the first RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Practitioners in the state and assists hundreds of individuals, families, schools, and agencies with technology access issues.

The 2014 NTEN Award: Jason Shim

NTEN isn't an organization, we're a community – a community with a shared set of values, including authenticity, sharing, and of course, laughter.

Each year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we get the chance to celebrate one individual – of the many! – who embodies those values and enhances the NTEN community. These individuals, recipients of the annual NTEN Award, are the people working hard to move NTEN's mission forward from within the community: always ready to share a case study, idea, or contact. They support the community by writing articles and presenting sessions and webinars. Oh, and they make us laugh, too. In short, they embody NTEN's Values.

While we're excited to present this award annually to a single individual, we know that a successful community is much more than than one person. So thank you for being a vital part of the NTEN community. As we celebrate the NTEN award winner, we celebrate all of you.

The 2014 Award Winner

We can't count the ways that this year's recipient has helped, contributed to, supported, encouraged, or promoted others in the NTEN community. We tried. We are thrilled to honor Jason's passion and investment in this community as well as his personal spirit and approach to service with this year's NTEN Award.

Jason Shim has spent his career working with youth and technology and understands the challenges of the front line, helping numerous nonprofit organizations develop and deploy effective digital media strategies and policies to better engage community members. Currently, he serves as Digital Media Manager for Pathways to Education Canada leading the organization’s national digital strategy.

In 2013, Jason led Pathways to Education to became the first national Canadian charity to issue tax receipts for Bitcoin donations. Jason also serves as an instructor in Digital Media Marketing at George Brown College, has held positions on several governing boards is also a contributing author to the book, Halos and Avatars.

Jason was a highly engaged member of the Communities of Impact program NTEN piloted in 2013. He participated thoughtfully in video chats, discussion threads, and in-person retreats; contributed valuable original content to the free e-book Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits; stepped up as a COI representative for our Member Appreciation Month online event; and, as a COI alum, developed and co-presented the 14NTC pre-conference workshop "How to Turn the Data Dream Into Reality."

In summer 2013, he made himself available to present a webinar for the Data Analysts for Social Good network run by his fellow COI'er Andrew Means. Before 13NTC, he teamed up with Jason Samuels to set up all of the collaborative note-taking docs for the breakout sessions at the conference. In 2012, he wrote this savvy post about engaging youth through mobile and social media.

The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

The NTEN community is filled with amazing individuals who change the world every day. Each year, we honor an individual who has been instrumental in shaping the field of nonprofit technology, and paved the way for the rest of us. Past winners have had a hand in creating and funding the biggest organizations in our space, built nonprofit technology communities large and small, and are exploring and sharing some of the most interesting and innovative technology models. 

The 2014 Award Winner

Whenever we talk about the Lifetime Achievement Award, we always remind people that it is not an award signifying the "end" of a career or the close of a legacy of service to this sector. What sets the recipients of this award apart from most of us is that they have made a lifetime's worth of impact usually well before they decide to retire. Lynn has served NTEN in so many ways, but before NTEN was a community and an organization she was working at the intersection of the technology and nonprofit sectors. We are so thankful for Lynn's participation on the NTEN Board of Directors and grateful for her leadership and vision in this community.

Lynn Labieniec has been helping the nonprofit sector apply technology to their business operations since 1980 and is currently the CEO of and a strategy consultant for Beaconfire Consulting. She has developed technology strategies for clients such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research FoundationUnited Way of AmericaPlanned Parenthood, and others.

Before co-founding Beaconfire, Lynn served on Commerce One's Nonprofit Leadership Team, as well as a leader within Commerce One's project management skill track. Previously, Lynn was a founding partner of RivCom Limited, in the United Kingdom, a consultancy firm specializing in applying XML technologies to knowledge and information management problems. She has also held various management positions at Blackbaud Inc. and Riverside Software Inc., with a particular focus on helping corporate and private foundations effectively implement and integrate grants management and employee gift matching software. She started her career at IBM's Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. During her tenure of nearly seven years, she worked on many projects with the corporate philanthropy department, including leading the technology development of IBM's employee matching gift program.

Your Feedback Needed: Crowdfunding Bill of Rights!

David J. Neff Author, Speaker, & Trainer PwC and Lights. Camera. Help. Crowdfunding is a $300 billion industry, but the question remains: “what am I really giving to and what do I get?”

In March, Miriam Kagan, Senior Fundraising Principal from Kimbia, and I made the rounds at industry conferences talking about the explosion in crowdfunding ($300 billion according to industry statistics). One of the outcomes of our talks is the crowdfunding bill of rights for donors.

Mobile 101: How your nonprofit can harness the power of mobile

Darian Rodriguez Heyman Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer BetterWorld Wireless Mobile is a critical tool for social change: How can nonprofits harness its potential to meet their mission?

According to statistics, there are 3.5 billion toothbrushes on the planet, but 4 billion cell phones.  And we’re addicted to these devices: 58% of smartphone users can’t go an hour without checking their phone, and 91% have it within arms reach 24/7. How can nonprofits harness the potential of the most popular tool in history for social change?

#14NTC Round-Up: Your Takeaways

The Power of Tech in Advocacy & Organizing14NTC: We came, we tweeted, we played with Legos. And then we took a long nap!

NTEN staff has finally recovered and we are positively overwhelmed with all the blog posts, videos, pictures, and other instances of the 14NTC celebration from the nonprofit technology community. Relive the conference experience and learn from many of the 2,120 attendees through this content round-up!

Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments. Also, check out the #14NTC Twitter hashtag and #14NTC community discussion forum.

Session Materials

Blog Posts

Media Articles

Storifys

Videos

11 Nonprofit Professionals Share Social Media and Technology Advice for Nonprofits via Instagram Video, Nonprofit Tech for Good

Photos

14NTC Photos, Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography

Miscellany

Applications for the Nonprofit Tech Academy are due April 8

We still have a few slots available in our Nonprofit Tech Academy for spring 2014, but the application deadline is fast approaching.

Does the following sound good to you?

  • The chance to learn from and interact with dynamic and engaging faculty members, including Steve Heye of The Cara Program, Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy, and Amy Sample Ward of NTEN
  • Weekly classes and a private online group where you can build your community of fellow nonprofiteers leveraging technology to create positive change
  • An intensive eight-week program that carves out space for you to dedicate brain power and time to a project or plan to ensure your organization is effectively using tech to meet your mission

If so, learn more and apply by April 8!

Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we're able to offer the Nonprofit Tech Academy at no charge to qualifying organizations.

Here are the themes for the eight-weeks of the course: 

  • Week 1: IT Planning, Budgeting, & Implementation
  • Week 2: Managing Technology Change
  • Week 3: Information Management Systems
  • Week 4: Tech Project Planning and Technology Staffing
  • Week 5: Effective Internet Presence: Creating Your Online Strategy
  • Week 6: Social Media Strategy
  • Week 7: Tech ROI and the Future of Technology in Your Organization 
  • Week 8: Presentations of Final Projects

A participant in an earlier Academy said:

I thoroughly enjoyed the Academy and learned more than I imagined. I was very impressed with the caliber of experts and the diversity of presenters. I was initially very timid, because my knowledge base was low, but feel much more adept as a result of the Academy. Many, many thanks! I would highly recommend it to others!

We have limited space available in the upcoming class. Participants will be selected based on the guidelines and their commitment to full participation. To be considered, apply by Tuesday, April 8. If you have any question, send me an email!

Register for the 2014 Independent Sector Conference in Seattle, November 16-18

NTEN is proud to partner with  Independent Sector (IS) to bring its 2014 National Conference to Seattle this November 16-18. Last year’s conference in New York gathered more than 1,200 nonprofit professionals, including more than 400 nonprofit chief executives.

At the 2014 National Conference in Seattle, you’ll find plenary programs featuring thought leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, alongside breakout sessions that will zero in on the most complex questions of our day. With pre-conference sessions targeted to emerging leaders and policy pros, and a full conference roster of content for professionals and executives across the nonprofit and philanthropic community, the IS Conference will arm nonprofit leaders with the knowledge and connections they need to work toward the greater good in the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world.

Online registration for the conference launched today, and as part of the NTEN Community, you are entitled to receive discounted registration rates. When registering, please use the following code to receive your member partner discount:

  • Independent Sector Conference 2014: November 16-18
    Discount code (save $350): NPartnerNTEN    
  • Public Policy Action Institute Pre-Conference: November 15-16
    Discount code (save $150): NPPAINTEN
  • NGEN Pre-conference: November 15-16 
    Discount code (save $100): NNGENNTEN    

To learn more, visit the conference website or contact Liz Culkin at Lizc@independentsector.org.  You can view registration rates, a tentative schedule, and see more about this year’s and past conferences.

#SXSWGood: Articles from NTEN on SXSW Social Good Sessions

NTEN Marketing & Publications Director, Joleen Ong (@joleendearest) and I (@penguinasana) attended SXSW on March 7-11 and reported for the Nonprofit Times. Not only did we get to take part in a number of social good sessions, we also got to hang out in the Beacon Lounge, a social space for conversations and connections with other folks interested in social change work. At the Lounge, we got to hear from an inspiring line-up of speakers that were part of the Do Good Dialogues, and chat with many folks from the nonprofit sector, including several NTEN Members!

You can find out more about the social good action at SXSW by checking out our articles in the Nonprofit Times:

Were you at SXSW this year? We’d love to hear about your experience. Tweet us and let us know! 

Free Wireless Internet for a Year: Take Part in Mobile Citizen’s “Enabling Programs and Results” Campaign

Interested in free wireless Internet for a year for your nonprofit? Mobile Citizen is looking for a few NTEN Members to participate in their Enabling Programs & Results case study campaign!

Nonprofits selected to participate in the campaign will receive one free wireless Internet account and modem for one year.  Over the course of the year, Mobile Citizen will work with the nonprofit to document experiences and results, seeing how wireless Internet helped the organization improve efficiency, productivity, communications, or their ability to provide community outreach. Case studies will be promoted on Mobile Citizen and NTEN’s website as well as included in a webinar later in the year. 

To nominate your organization for the campaign, and to learn more about how nonprofits across the country are already leveraging wireless Internet, go to: mobilecitizen.org/ntenfriends. Deadline for nominations is April 30. 

Also, don’t miss our upcoming webinar on April 22: Leaders Leveraging Wireless: 10 Ways to Lead by Leaving Your Desk. Michelle Warner, Director of Mobile Citizen, will challenge your thinking on ways to leverage wireless technology in each area. Attendees will learn 10 concrete examples, and specific best practices and success stories from nonprofits around the country.  

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