April was NetSquared's first full month with only ONLINE events. Surprisingly the transition has been very smooth, with no drop-off in the number of attendees. A HUGE thanks to all the NetSquared organizers for their flexibility in the face of COVID-19.
NetSquared's fiscal year begins July 1, so every summer I look back at the previous year of the community's activity to identify trends and lessons learned. This time I'll be looking at FY19, which covers July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
NetSquared is TechSoup’s global network of volunteer-led nonprofit technology meetups. We're the answer to the question “where can I get support to use technology effectively at my nonprofit?” Event attendees build their networks and learn practical digital skills to support their programs, marketing and fundraising.
NetSquared by the Numbers
Here's all the numbers for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
# of events: 1,154 (vs 1,119 previous year) ⬆️3%
# of RSVPs: 10,279 (vs 11,529 previous year) ⬇️️11%
# of active groups: 125 (vs 120 previous year) ⬆️14%
# of countries with active group: 41 (vs 34 previous year) ⬆️4%
# of meetup.com members: 68,154 (vs 58,212 previous year) ⬆️17%
# of new groups created: 48 (vs 30 previous year) ⬆️60%
The NetSquared Ambassadors wrapped up their 2017 term on December 31. Their contributions continue to be a major part of NetSquared's success and growth because they give us local expertise and connections. I tried to measure their impact at the end of the previous year and the numbers continue to hold true.
NetSquared's Ambassadors are responsible for almost all of the network's growth over the last year. These deeply engaged volunteers ensure NetSquared can continue to build the global #Tech4Good community.
We’re half way through TechSoup’s fiscal year. Whooo!
I’ve compiled the NetSquared stats for December and for the last three months of 2015.
You’ll see growth has been very strong, which can largely be attributed to the amazing energy of our organizer community and the investments we’ve made into the Regional Ambassadors who offer in-person training events. Oh, all right, I’ll take a bit of credit too!. :-)