NetSquared Beltsville: Information Technology Workshop for Nonprofit Organizations

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Hosted by NetSquared Beltsville, July 10, 2020.

This workshop will provide nonprofits with hands-on training on how to use different online applications to do manage data, collaborate, train, and recruit staff, teams, and volunteers.
It will help nonprofits understand what they can do digitally. #goingdigital

 

Transcript

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Where our organizations, new media young professionals forum, we try to as part of the you know items we work on. We try to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Bring technology to nonprofits and we also have programs that focus on

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Making it easy for the youth to take advantage of nonprofit to provide to improve you know your careers and engagement and also be able to build our to be aware of social issues, you know, they can engage with. So I'm today will be

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Presenting, you know, courtesy of a tech super Net Squared, and

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Our just start the presentation. We know that our tech soup, you know, supports what we do with nuts created on the next period Beltsville

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And this is sort of one of our information technology workshops are for nonprofit organizations and some people join us as you know organization and others also join us individuals, but, um, it doesn't really matter.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Our mission is to make sure

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We push technology tools provide some form of, you know, hand holding guidance to those who may need to use those tools for their own uh you know nonprofit purposes.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Um, can you all see my screen share

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Ted Johnson: Yes.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay. So like I said, we're not screen Beltsville, the organization's name is young professionals forum. We are white PF m.org and today is July the 10th. This is our second presentation on their platform we're still rolling on the next career, and we hope.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: The next ones will be, you know, much better than you know whatever we had previously.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Today's agenda is on

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, digital

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: How, what tools companies can use to help them go, you know, nonprofit organizations can use to help them go digital and we're looking at why do you go digital at all.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: What nonprofits can do digitally. And we'll also look at free or low cost solutions for nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And we'll talk about a few examples of the tools we use as an organization, and we'll have discussions, you know, questions on the brief, you know, round up. It's not going to be a very long meeting.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We just want to focus on what you know we can discuss within the time slot. And then we also wanted to be interactive. So anybody can jump in, give us your own ideas, your views. We want to keep learning across, you know, the, you know, participants.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Want to keep laying across you know the participant, you know, with all the participants and the

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Training.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, so can you see my sister. Can you still see my screen.

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Ann Frock: Yes.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, so why do we, why do we need to go digital um there, you know, tons and tons of reasons to go digital, especially in today's world of covert 19 most people have been forced to do more business in the digital world.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: we've not been able to go to our own fiscal office since March, March the 16th as April, May, June, July, August, you know, for for performance. Now we've not been able to have physical face to face meetings.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: There. Couple of things. The, the people with service and some of our, you know, some of the things with the level they're used to meeting with us, face to face, having conversations

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And now we have been forced to communicate with them on the true digital media, email, more, you know, you know, text messages, you know, was that a new program.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We're working on now that you know some counseling program that we actually have to meet face to face, but we're not we're not allowed to meet with you know the clients face to face.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: So we resorted to text messaging and phone calls, you know, still gets the job done, but not as convenient and as comfortable, you know, like it used to be. So why do we go digital to help us, you know, manage with data and digital adoption helps

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Extrapolate you know the communications will have and the interactions, we're having with our clients and we'll be able to you know extrapolate data from those conversations. So we can manage, you know, and scale, you know, with the data.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Was identify the continue to have operations is another key that allow that, you know, forces must be able to do digital

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: If you, if you've been if you're not about to meet face to face. Now, you cannot just close shop because we can meet face to face. You have to find a way to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: translate the fiscal processes, your performance into digital enabled you know processes. So we can continue, you know, performing our operations as nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Are I'm going digital also helps to remove the fiscal barriers, you know, to performance. And for instance,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We've had some other demographics, we serve. They require you know language translation, you know, those who doesn't speak, um, you know, like the English like that primary language, we have to now Brandon, you know, remote personnel who can integrate

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, whatever, you know, communication, we're trying to help with a client. So that brings its own

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Challenges with it, but at least they're going digital makes it easier for us to now source.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And interpreter online wherever they are, you know, from Arizona, they can get on the phone and talk to a client.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Instead of bringing in someone full time, you know, and they offers to meet with them face to face. So digital transformation has helped us in that area. Although he brings its own challenges to I'm going to use it also allows us to connect you know the teams together.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We have, you know, all the individuals who are not physically located in the DC area going digital. Now, just like we can now talk with Ted, you know, in Arizona, maybe share some ideas as part of you know the reasons why going digital isn't an advantage.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Conduct virtual fundraising. Another key thing for

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: YOU KNOW, NONPROFITS virtual fundraising is one of the keys. Now to, you know, enable a generation of resources for nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And either the digital

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Item of collecting, analyzing and managing data.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: For

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Go ahead.

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I have a question.

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Ted Johnson: 20 years ago I worked in the DC area and my job was to

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Ted Johnson: Go around to different community based nonprofits in the DC area and convince them to go digital

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Ted Johnson: Wow, I'm kind of look I'm a little bit surprised that 20 years later, you're you you're still having to do this.

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Ted Johnson: Yes, profits and convince them to go digital and content. Some of the benefits

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yes, and you're, you're absolutely right. We had to we introduced another nonprofit that has been around for eight years to text soup. Just last week.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And he's Elena had no credo with some like Texan.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: They've been in operation for eight years.

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Ted Johnson: I don't just mean tech suit but just the act just just going digital just

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Going digital. Yes, most nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, even in the DC area.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Are not yet, you know, digital aware. I mean, it sounds funny, but it is true. They may use one or two tools down the road, but they're not really conducting their businesses, you know, digitally.

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Ted Johnson: Well apparently I failed because

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You didn't fail, but a hearing changes hard

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Judges hard. You know, we still have people still want to meet in, you know, large meeting rooms, and I think if not for the Cody, the digital adoption would have not spiked up in the DC area.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, if not for this, you know, the pandemic, we're having now because we used to have, like, like mobile Mondays, we, we had a lot of mobile Mondays.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Tuesdays, we had back to back meetings, you know, in the downtown area in a Monday to Friday and people want that social, you know, mingling and interaction and

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, and, and so when you add them to go digital. There's no we when we meet you know we can meet. We can do emails and emails and text messages and phone calls are the only platforms to only use you know to go dude, you know, you know, but um yes we're still doing it and

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I think we still be doing this for the next two or three years.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yeah, so, um, you know, managing projects are you'll be surprised. You know, must nonprofit choose till dawn, you know, use any digital format to manage you know some of their projects.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And most trainings are still conducted, you know, face to face, you know, instead of using a digital media to conduct the training. Maybe it's the nature of nonprofits galleries. Yes, slow

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Adoption of technology and secondly attempts, we have the fear that technology is going to increase costs.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: That thing does. That's another impact. That's what he's had that's what is happening because the DC area technology jobs are expensive and most nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Can't really, you know, high. A lot of people are consult you know consultants, you know, on, you know, prominent to help them do this work.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay. So, um, what nonprofits can do digital digital collaboration and they can perform a recruitment using digital tools data management training.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Advertisement and a fundraising. There are a lot of other things they can do. We just identified some of these as the core areas. We just want to, you know, this costs.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And I know you guys use different tools in order tools more than we have here. And this is just a sample of the digital collaboration tools that

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We have most people, you know, having a custom to use it will have the Google meet when Google made started, I think it was just for

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Cooperate. And it was expensive but right now Google made I think even the enterprise version is free of charge to does one of the tools we keep emphasizing data nonprofits can jump on and use because it's I think it's totally free.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Are you guys using Google me in your own organizations to

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Ted Johnson: Yes.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Alright, I'm

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: One of us are using it a he.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Is a moot.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Somebody logged out

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Was on a train before

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay. Okay, good. So we use Google me, Microsoft Teams I'm Skype for Business, that is, I think Microsoft is going to use. I think that trying to standardize on teams now instead of Skype for Business.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: SharePoint platform has also been oh well so user SharePoint. I said collaboration platform slack telegram WhatsApp and, you know, and a lot of you know all the tools. These are some of the digital collaboration tools that we identify that

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Nonprofits can

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Add us or the either free or more affordable.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: For them to use

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: So that was for these two collaboration under recruitment.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Linked In one of the most popular platforms to identify people you can

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Work with Meetup.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Is also part of it a Craigslist. We've gotten a lot of, you know, volunteers, you know, from Craigslist. We also have volunteers from next door.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I don't know if we anybody uses next door around. It's not very popular. But, uh, when we're looking for individuals close to our area, maybe who want to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We need to get. We need to get some if we want to get some volunteers for the local school system or for some local church organization. We always go out to next door, and that gives us access to individuals.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And within you know certain zip codes.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Relevant to the service. We're trying to provide and contact out interpret. Go ahead.

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Ted Johnson: Is next door for recruiting volunteers.

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Ted Johnson: To do things in person, as opposed to virtual volunteers.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I think we've used it for both. We've used it for both. First of all we'll use next door and get into the community members and talk with them and then we can now provide them.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, another Digital Tool for them to work remotely, you know, to support what we're doing. Yeah, so, um, but I it sort of gets. For example, if we want to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Let's say we're looking for volunteers for a particular school system. We go to next door within that area and then you can get people who are already familiar

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, with the with the location with the community. They want to serve and then now so that makes it easier to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, to get a better closing demographics and even the county government uses it to look for individuals who are whenever they want to share messages to the local communities.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And then an internship that come with views, good. Oh, is a good old online platform to get internships.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: To get interns we've used that in the past and it actually works. You have a lot of lot of mostly college students on internships that come looking for different internships paid or not paid and also volunteer opportunities from nonprofits.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I'm going digital also we have some advantages on the data management and there are a lot of tools out there, we've not been able to test, you know,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: A greater part of them, but a Google Drive will views for, you know, sharing data storing data and, you know, cold, you know, collaboration to want to, you know, share documents welcome documents together as saves the document automatically as you're working on it. Just like Microsoft

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, shared drive does a pretty much the same thing we didn't put Microsoft here because

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I think it's

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Not yet. Hundred percent free

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: But you can use the free. Once you have an Outlook, you know, address, you can have access to, you know, to drive, but for an organization that may need a bigger, you know, larger space.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Google tools or whatever. A lot of you know data management, you know, Google Tools document altering analytics.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Salesforce for data management is good on Salesforce has

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Fortunately, you know, great, you know, with aspects of it you know that are free, you know, training aspects of Salesforce. That is true.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know that, um, you know, we can all take advantage of Salesforce has a lot of free tools. A lot of free training on how to use an enterprise version of Salesforce and

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Those were think are adequate for nonprofits, you know, for nonprofit use Google Analytics. I'm not a grid to, you know, that we can also take advantage of.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Now for training, basically, similar to what we're doing now this is, you know, training online meeting go to meeting free conference com on

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: All the variations of a free conferences.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: They have remained free up till now and we've used them to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Schedule impromptu

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Fun meetings and we can also share documents and share screen sand on

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: A build a community, you know, that can always be talk to you know you can discuss true of free you know conference call and, you know, one of our defaults zoom will be using for training with us a Tim's you are in the past.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Robust platform. But once you want to get additional features, it starts becoming expensive.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: WebEx false almost in the category of a team viewer gets a little bit more expensive when you want to get additional features on Facebook Live YouTube Live

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: These are some of digital tools available for nonprofits to engage in training their personnel or or training, even people outside, you know, their core

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: service areas.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And they are the last araiza the advertising and fundraising.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Again, this is another area that has a lot of digital tools we can use, not all of them are free. Some of them are very subsidized or, you know, low cost and the others, you can actually

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Be creative and using them for fundraising on advertisement without really paying top dollar price.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Instagram.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Go Fund Me and grant station. Giving Tuesday. And we also mentioned texts of production services texts.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Gifts gives us a lot of access to different production services like you know grand station and make it affordable for you to use some of those tools and then a YouTube Live falls on the, you know, advertising and and also fundraising.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: We don't want it to be a monologue in case you know anybody can jump in, you know, we want to share ideas we're still growing nonprofit organization and

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Last thing last two weeks. Yes. Yeah, because one of our one of our partner, nonprofits, you know, was funded for some media some media promotion, you know, using nonprofit using a media to I think getting engaged in the young people in a political discourse or something like that.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Every YES WE HAD LEFT BEFORE. YES.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yes, we had that before. And then they went ahead and actually

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, yeah, I think, I think the minimum was either seven or 10,000 just in the last two weeks. And so, and most nonprofits are not even aware of, you know, aware of that. Yeah, so, um, yeah, we will add it, you know, to, to the platform.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: For giving Tuesday I given Tuesday. Yes, yes, given to those another bigger platform for fundraisers fundraising after Thanksgiving. Yes. Has anyone used a given Tuesday.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: No. Okay. Okay. So these are some of the, you know, auditors minimum fund raising on, you know, digital tools will identify that could be helpful to

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: The last, you know, Item are the things that we as an organization, you know, have used currently use. And for instance, um, you know, Instagram,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And we constantly use a textbook products and services as a texture is a great digital platform. And I think Texas is transforming into

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: A I would say a service provider because they're tied into a lot of digital, you know, tools and solutions or services. Now I think Ted, you may give us more insight on some of the transformational activities, we're noticing on tech soup.

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Ted Johnson: No, I actually heard it, I heard about that for the first time today when Eli mentioned that they're gonna they're gonna be doing a rebrand and

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Ted Johnson: One thing in my world working in Madagascar it that

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Ted Johnson: Without video without a lot of images without it but but all of the messaging, the groups.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Have to use Facebook. Yes. I think that was a smart idea for Facebook to do because it's been relying

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: If there were going to rely on people to pay for data and in those areas. It's going to be challenging to adopt Facebook.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And the adoption of Facebook in you know in, you know, in most countries outside the United States, especially in Africa and other, you know, developing nations is really huge. Everything is done on Facebook.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, I mean people run complete businesses on Facebook, you know, they don't even have access to Facebook advertising that we have here, but

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: They can run a lot of I know business communication processes buying and selling training everything you know on on Facebook. So I think that was a smart business decision for Facebook to make you know with the telecom companies have a day.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: The YouTube Live have not mentioned is another is another great day. You too. We've actually seen people doing

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Some people running a almost a news media outlet using a YouTube life and having, you know, hundreds of thousands of subscribers, so I would think and nonprofits can push out, you know, dear, you know, services or, you know,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: In a connect with our communities, you know, directly and using a YouTube life.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: So these are some of the tools that we as nonprofits use

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Lot more we know, you know, people use in a lot more tools outside of what is here. But, you know, just for the purposes of this presentation, we just want to mention

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: These are the ones we've used in a tested and works for us and will be will be, you know, very glad to hear from you know other participants. I know the kind of tools and services you utilize as a nonprofit to keep your mission going

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Discussion some questions. Do we have any

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, let me start by asking you, what can you advise nonprofits who don't have a tech staff because some nonprofits and just like three or four people operating and they don't really have the budget to hire a text that, what do you advise such nonprofits to do

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, the question was, if a nonprofit doesn't have, you know, technology personnel. How do they get engaged in the digital format.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: That's a good question. But we have

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Other ways of getting affordable tech staff to help you know nonprofits adopt, you know, digital media as a form of, you know, service delivery.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You can always a nonprofit can always go out and look for volunteers who have certain skill sets to bring in to the organization that is one area we have used to get you know tech stuff.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Another area we have no looked at a, you know, people who are online, you know, freelancers

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: There are freelancers, who are willing to work for nonprofits it to a limited scale.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: For absolutely no charge you know so freelancers out there that can help you, Frank. For instance, you want to set up a

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Very simple database to a contact management system and maybe you've got it free online, you can get a freelancer to set it up, you know, all remotely into into your environment, do not provide you know support, but they can at least get you quickly up and running.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, they can quickly get you up and running and I say,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I say nonprofit to use the tool so it can use freelance. You can use a volunteers who have the skills and some of the tools to depend on your

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Exposure to technology. You can actually sort of do a self trained self learning experience.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And and try to figure out how to get it done. So I believe that combination of all these three approaches can help.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: nonprofits who are not in a position to afford a full time at Tech staff to help them get engaged. They can use freelancers

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: They can bring in our volunteers would specific skill sets and then they can also to do it on mute, or turn your mute. Yeah. Ted, you're still on mute. You can unmute yourself right

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Oh, hold on, let me see.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, are you

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Ted Johnson: I'm muted myself to sneeze and then I couldn't unmute myself.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Okay, good. So, um,

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Let me just recap. These are the three areas, I think.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Nonprofits can use

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, freelancers, they can also use volunteers with specific skill set and nonprofit itself can do a self.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Go to a self training or self learning as parents, you know, some of the tools to you know get on board, very quickly to start using the tools can mention off work that's a place where you can go and get. Okay, good. Yes. That also mentioned our pork. Yeah, our pork is a

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I think upward came up after freelance says that calm the upper became more popular than freelances yes you can go to up work and get, um, you know, people to do the job either very affordable, or I think after strongly the systems. You can even get it for free.

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Ted Johnson: I wonder if there's a

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Ted Johnson: I'll tell you my situation. I recently started my own business.

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Ted Johnson: Was I reached out to a couple projects that I liked and offered to work for them pro bono

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Just know that

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Ted Johnson: When I started looking for paid clients, I can say, yeah, these are my clients.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yes.

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Ted Johnson: And I don't know what platform would be the best for going and looking for either

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yeah. In the past I

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Delta, Tom. I was doing. I'm like, you know, web development type of stuff and true.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Free freelance freelancing, I was able to get a lot of people that are even had to turn down, um, you know, you can quickly build it a client list.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Once you you know you probably I mean upward can do that to like you know freelance. All you need to do is to make it affordable.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: build out a good profile and you see a lot of people would sign your own

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And then once you have them. You can now do business with them. They can now do cross reference for you and then you can go for the pit clients.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: So up work and freelancers can still, you know, provide that I'll also add like LinkedIn. If you put up a profile on LinkedIn and Ryan and different things that you do.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And also run Facebook ads, where you go and choose the particular people you want that to see the ads in particular location. I think Facebook will work very well fake Facebook ads and LinkedIn ads in Madagascar and see you want to target interpreters.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: And that you are providing no Yo yo yo yo

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Where you help them.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, depending on the services you're providing. And you need at times that time if you limit the number, it tends to bring in more people. That's what I've realized you said look you know next 30 days.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: I'm going to take on 10 new entrepreneurs to help them, you know, bring to get business from one place to the other, or whatever service you're providing. And you'll be surprised how many people are willing to take you up on that.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Once you eliminate that number also look at organizations like

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Women. Women like

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: When a small businesses they have challenges that you'll, you'll be surprised at things, you take for granted.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know, dealt with someone who said they'd be looking for someone to export their Access database to excel something that can just click and make it happen. But they were looking, they just didn't want to mess up something

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You get what I'm saying. So you'll be surprised that

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: You know they bring such a such a service such a demand for you to do. And in that you now realize that they actually have a Sri have

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Other needs that you can provide. So we we've done that in the past. Yeah. Also no texting Africa Madagascar and he's already texted yeah they have like a West Africa has a region know region know collaboration organization that you can work with to move your program out

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Ted Johnson: Yeah, I've actually talked to Eli about that the

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Ted Johnson: There's not a tech soup Madagascar. There's just, I think the old day. I think the only presence in Madagascar is the Net Squared group that I that I created.

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Ted Johnson: Like, but the texts were group coordination for East Africa is I think done somewhere out of Europe, I think it's

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Ted Johnson: The coordinators somewhere in Europe.

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Ted Johnson: Well, I'm, I'm, I was a few minutes late to the started meeting. What would you tell me again what you guys do what nonprofit you work for.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yes, number of not on the number of our nonprofit is young professionals forum we we focus on youth.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Programs. We also do a woman programs which report other nonprofits in the technology space. And we also engage in education programs like in summer we do like a tech technology programs for kids.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Basically

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Encouraging, you know, technology adoption, you know, from, you know, right from kindergarten to, you know, you know, high years and we've also worked on a, you know, women issues we have an area where we look at, you know, various things that are focused on no need for women and minority groups.

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Ted Johnson: Do you mind if I ask you, where you guys are originally from

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Were originally from Nigeria came to the United States in and I would say 2000 and we've been a you know settled in the Silver Springs area.

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Outside DC and we've been running this nonprofit since 2003

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: So we're getting close to 20 years the nonprofit in existence.

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Ted Johnson: Okay yeah cuz I was in

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Ted Johnson: I don't know if you want to

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Ted Johnson: Wrap up the meeting or silly stop recording because now we're just chit chatting, but I was in

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: Yeah, let me stop the recording.

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Ted Johnson: I was kind of like the

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Ted Johnson: The, the, when I was working in DC with nonprofits. I was hooked up with a lot of

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Ted Johnson: Who were doing work, either in Africa or for the for

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Ted Johnson: Working with the

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YPF-NETSQUARED BELTSVILLE: magister for nonprofits to go digital and we've discussed the digital tools available. Um, so, um, I think I will go ahead and stop the recording now because that will be the end of the presentation. So we can no chit chat offline. Thank you very much.