Organizer Updates

January Update for NetSquared Organizers — What Does the Future Hold for Nonprofits?

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It's 2020! If you are old like me you might remember a time when the future was so bright we had to wear shades. But now that the future is here it's actually just confusing. ;-)

Let's help nonprofits find some clarity by hosting a series of events to help them decode the big changes in digital, starting with a digital marketing and technology trends meetup.

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December Update for NetSquared Organizers

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It's the tradition of the season to share your gratitude. This year I'm deeply thankful for your leadership as a meetup host — together we're reaching more than 10,000 grassroots nonprofits.

Your work is making a real impact — in fact, according to our most recent survey, 76% of attendees find the events so valuable that they share what they've learned with coworkers. And more than 60% report that being part of the NetSquared community helps them make better tech decisions.

Thank you! In appreciation TechSoup is giving all active NetSquared organizers FREE access to our online courses. You'll get the code separately in your email. Or you can apply to become a leader now!

The Last NetSquared Event of 2019

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November is a big month for nonprofits — it's their last moment to prepare before the year-end fundraising push. So I recommend that NetSquared organizers schedule their next event before #GivingTuesday (on December 3 this year) which allows them to take advantage of the buzz, making event promotion easier!

Need help? Use the Giving Tuesday event recipe.

NetSquared Organizer Update for August: Preparing Your NetSquared Group for the Fall

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Many of us put our groups on pause for the summer, but now's the perfect time to plan for the fall. September and October are the busiest months on Meetup, so posting a strong trio of events is the best way to grow your local community.

Here's a possible schedule for your group:

September: Social Media Strategy — social media is the most popular topic five years in a row!

October: Google Analytics: Measuring What Matters — tracking conversions is vital for fundraising success.

November: Giving Tuesday: Year-End Fundraising Campaigns — leverage the energy of the global #GivingTuesday campaign, which is on December 3, 2019.

NetSquared Organizer Update for June 2019 – Two Popular Google-Themed Event Ideas

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Almost everyone has Google Analytics installed on their website... but do they know how to use it to track goal conversions, rather than vanity metrics? The Measuring What Matters event template makes it easy to host a workshop.

And once your members understand Google Analytics the next challenge is applying and setting up Google Ad Grants. Help local nonprofits use Google's $10,000/per month donation. It's available in 52+ countries, but most organizations aren't using this free marketing tool.

May Update for NetSquared Organizers

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For many nonprofits it's almost the end of their fiscal year – that's why this month's suggested event is Finance and Accounting for Nonprofits. Quickbooks and other accounting topics are surprisingly popular – every year it's the most attended webinar from TechSoup, with more than a thousand RSVPs. It could be a hit in your city too.

May Updates

Has your NetSquared Group Hosted a Speed Date for Tech Tools?

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I'm feeling super energized after hanging out/learning from more than 10 other NetSquared organizers at the 18NTC conference. There's a special magic that happens when we get together in a room... as you know, since you're creating that same community-building opportunity for your own members every month.

Let's highlight the exertise of our members! May's suggested topic, the Technology Show and Tell, is my favorite event format because it's crowdsourced. That means you don't have to recruit a presenter. :-)

How does it work? Participants are given up to 5 minutes to share one tool that helps make them more productive. It can be a CRM, communication tool, fundraising platform, some social media magic-sauce or other clever web tool that helps further their mission, or get work done.

Examples include: Trello, Canva, screencasting, data visualization tools, pivot charts, etc. But your members will definitely surprise you with their demos!

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