I just returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in New Orleans and I'm still energized. I look forward to NTC every year – it's the only conference I attend religiously. With over 100 sessions it's the how nonprofit techies keep on top of emerging trends and best practices.
But I have to make a confession: in the seven years since I started attending I've sat through less than five sessions. Instead, I treat NTC like Thanksgiving and Christmas combined – an intense family reunion for the 2,000 squabbling/loving siblings who use tech for good. The sessions are interesting, but the real value comes from the relationships we build in the hallways and after-parties.
But I'd say that, wouldn't I? I'm a confirmed community evangelist, having served as a NetSquared co-organizer in Vancouver for the last nine years. I host miniature versions of NTC every month to provide nonprofits with hands-on help and a community of practice to share best practices. I'm convinced that the most effective way to support nonprofit's strategic use of technology is to get out of the way and have them teach each other.
I love it when hosting a NetSquared group helps one of our volunteers build local partnerships and grow their reputation as a #Tech4Good expert. NetSquared Conakry’s Boniface Lamah was just selected by Afrinic to organize their prestigious IPV6 training in Conakry in September 2018.
Being a NetSquared organizer gives our grassroots champions a platform to do more good!
April is here and many nonprofits are approaching the end of their financial year. That's why this month's suggested event topic is Accounting for Nonprofits.
Sounds boring? That's what I thought too, but Finance and Accounting is a surprisingly popular topic with TechSoup's members . Every year the Quickbooks webinar is the most attended, attracting over 1,000 viewers. I suspect your members are also struggling with their finances and could use some local help too. :-)
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