A Huge Thank You and My Next Steps

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As you may have seen posted at the beginning of this month, I’m about to embark on the next adventure. But, before I get to that, I want to say thank you. All that has happened in the last two and half years has truly been a community-driven effort and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of the team helping this community achieve so much!

Thank you!

I am completely overwhelmed by the positive, kind, touching things that so many community members have shared about the work we have all done together during my time with NetSquared and TechSoup Global over the last two and a half years. A huge thank you to all those who participated in the #ThanksAmy meme (on the blog, on Twitter, or on facebook), and especially to my friend and NetSquared Local organizer Ivan Boothe for starting the meme after my departure was first announced, and to Claire and Laney for taking it to the next level.

I want to thank Daniel, Rebecca, and Marnie - the TSG co-CEOs. All of them bring such unique perspective to the organization and the sector. Their vision and leadership supported me in the belief that we can actually change the world.

A huge thank you goes to Billy. He brought me on board when our team was just a few people, spread around the world. We worked closely together for 6 months before we even met in person - and even then he kept me around! I am so thankful for the opportunity to have dreamed together and collaborated on community-driven projects around the world. I know we will continue inspiring each other and finding ways to bring our work together.

A thank you to Claire for all her hard work, passion, and dedication. It was really my pleasure to work with you and support you in your ever-expanding role on the team. I hope I never felt like your “boss” but only your teammate, friend, and co-conspirator!<

A thank you to so many others, too! Too many to list! All those on the CDI team; Laney, Anna, Sarah, Jim, Aletha, Alicja, and Ana. All those working on other TS community projects; Susan, Megan, Jessica, Evonne, Kristy and others. To those working on content and knowledge sharing with Lea, Shab, Elliot, Becky and many others. To all those that I had the distinct pleasure to work with in England (William, Richard, Sarah and others), Romania (Chris, Ruxandra, Zoltan and others) and Poland (Nick, Kris, Adam, Svetlana, Ellen, and others).

And a huge thank you to all those in the TechSoup Global office in SF and those in Partner organizations around the world. You are all part of a really amazing effort to equip this world with the technology and the knowledge needed to make transformation. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

My Next Steps

Ever since Ivan started the #thanksamy meme a few weeks ago, I’ve had quite a few DMs or emails asking what exactly I’ll be doing next. I’m quite excited to share that I won’t be going far!

Starting tomorrow, I’ll join the team at NTEN as the Membership Director. I’m really excited that I will continue to be in a position to listen to and support the nonprofit technology sector and enthusiastic about the opportunities to co-design programs, services, and resources that deepen our collective capacity and push us forward to make lasting change.

You can still find me here on the NetSquared blog as well as my personal blog; and you can still find me on twitter at @amyrsward. I will also continue hosting the monthly Community Builder chats and hope you’ll join!

If you’re planning to attend the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC this March, please get in touch as I’d love to connect with you in person!