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This report is a recap of the free programs offered by Nonprofit Tech Club Austin from 2015 to 2017. #NPTechClubAustin is an all-volunteer effort, one involving Central Texas volunteers, NTEN, NetSquared (TechSoup) and Capital Factory. As we move onto a new platform on the NTEN website in spring, 2018 (https://local.nten.org/austin/), we wanted to thank Meetup and share information about the kinds of programs being offered. Join us!
Nonprofit Tech Club Austin | Recap of Activities 2015 to 2017 on Meetup
February 21, 2018
Nonprofit Tech Club Austin
Recap of Activities 2015 to 2017
Thanks principally to volunteer Dale Thompson, the Austin area NTEN-affiliated nonprofit tech club had
attracted a solid Facebook group page following, and for several years. At the start of 2015, volunteer
Carolyn M. Appleton broached the idea of moving the club to the Meetup platform because it has been so
popular in Austin. To encourage more in-person attendees at club programs and to build a greater
following, the volunteer co-organizing team decided to move over to Meetup. That decision proved to be
a good one. Club membership increased to some 400 members between 2015 and 2017.
Shown below is our Meetup growth in the form of a bar graph. Our thanks go to NTEN for helping to
fund our presence on Meetup during 2015, to Carolyn M. Appleton for funding it during 2016 (as a
donation), and NetSquared (a division of TechSoup) for funding it during 2017. We thank Capital Factory
for becoming our primary venue host in 2017 (free of charge), moving into 2018. WeWork, Texas Grant
Resource Center, Consumers Union, Techstars and Charity Dynamics also provided meeting space.
NTEN funded refreshments during this time, and Polycot Associates supported those expenses for fall,
In 2018 and after considerable discussion, Nonprofit Tech Club Austin decided to move to the new Bevy
Labs platform on the NTEN website. Because we will soon shut down our Meetup page, this report was
drawn up to record our club’s Meetup history and to thank those who made our work so successful from
2015 and 2017.
During 2015, our events included Meetup listings for in-person programs as well as NTEN-sponsored
webinars (remote educational programs). The 15NTC (NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference) was
held at the Austin Convention Center in 2015, so listings also included related events (but those are not
included in this report).
February 5, 2015 | iPhoto & iMovie - iOS for Social Good with Taylor Day of Apple
Apple product expert Taylor Day will spend an action-packed hour showing us how to use iPhoto
and iMovie to full advantage. There are many ways these applications can support nonprofits on a
budget (from social media posts to case statements, from newsletters and invitations to websites)
... if we only knew how to use them fully!
March 20, 2015 | National Council of Nonprofits | Google+ Hangout with Rick Cohen
Rick will discuss the activities and services of the National Council of Nonprofits, how the
Council can help your nonprofit, as well as open data opportunities and challenges.
April 22, 2015 | 15NTC Round-up!
Join your Austin compadres for a run-down on what we learned during the 2015 Nonprofit
Technology Conference! We will gather in the back room of Trianon Coffee in Westlake Hills.
Come enjoy some first class coffee, and share your insights ... or just come to listen-in.
May 19, 2015 | The Internet: How Has It Changed, Where Is It Headed?
Join us for lunch at the Consumer's Union or a presentation by Jon Lebkowsky. How has the
Internet changed since mainstreaming began in the early 1990s? And what can we expect in the
future? Jon will discuss the history, character, and future of the Internet in our next 501 Tech
Club Austin Meetup.
July 21, 2015 | Google Digital Inclusion Fellowship | NTEN, Skillpoint & Austin Free-Net
Google Fiber, NTEN, Skillpoint Alliance and Austin Free-Net hope you will join them at Google
Fiber Space to celebrate and discuss the new Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellowship program.
Google Fiber cities across the nation are included in the program, and happily, Austin is one of
those lucky cities! The program will be in full swing by the time we gather the evening of July
21, and we hope to have our Austin fellows with us.
• Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Google Fiber's Community Impact Manager for Austin
• Margo Dover, Executive Director of Skillpoint Alliance
• Juanita Budd, Executive Director of Austin Free-Net
• John Speirs and Sharla Chamberlain, Digital Inclusion, City of Austin
• Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN (Amy will join us digitally, via the Google "big screen").
[Note: this event was organized principally by Carolyn M. Appleton as a volunteer. Thanks go to
Good Fiber for providing the venue, Ben E. Keith for providing Real Ale as a donation, and
Second Bar + Kitchen for helping us find a TABC approved bartender, who was funded by
September 14, 2015 | Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe: Together We Can Change the World
Join us at Capital Factory for a brown bag lunch and an online "hangout" with Forbes Contributor
Devin Thorpe on social entrepreneurship, impact investing and a partnership approach to solving
social challenges. Devin Thorpe is an author and advisor who focuses on helping those doing
good in the world. He calls himself a "champion of social good." As a Forbes Contributor, Devin
covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
September 21, 2015 | Meeting with EFF: Privacy & Emerging Technologies
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and 501 Tech Club Austin will jointly meet to learn about
privacy and emerging technologies. The guest speaker will be Lesley Nicole Ramsey. Nicole has
spent the last fifteen years working as an organizer, advocate and lobbyist for a wide range of
issues from civil rights, health care and fair wages to labor rights, fair trade, tax policy and voting
October 22, 2015 | Basic HTML for Nonprofits
Doug Addison of Polycot Associates will help us understand HTML and how to use it!
February 24, 2016 | CiviCRM: Free, Open Source CRM for Nonprofits & Startups
How do you manage communications with your most important people? Having a good
Constituent Management System (CRM) in place can help you keep track of your clients, donors
or volunteers. CiviCRM is a free, open-source, web-based solution built for helping nonprofits.
On worldwide CiviDay 2016, you will learn about the flexibility of this powerful Customer
Relationship Management (CRM) tool that couples with most any website to give nonprofits and
startups the tools they need to track and manage constituents including donors. Case management,
events, forms, email, and donations are just a few of this software's many helpful features. Our
guest speaker is Kate Shaw.
March 2, 2016 | Come Back and See Us: Increasing Your Donor Retention
Bring your lunch and join us for a presentation by Rachel Clemens, President and Founder of
Creative Suitcase and Sean Doles, Vice President of Mission Advancement at YMCA of Austin.
"Come Back and See Us: Increasing Your Donor Retention" is about increasing fundraising
effectiveness while saving time and money by focusing on donors who have already shown
interest in your nonprofit. Rachel and Sean will share tactics for increasing ongoing donations
using tested (and a few experimental) ideas and strategies.
May 12, 2016 | VolunteerSpot | Harness the Power of Volunteers | Product Spotlight
Join us for a brown bag lunch at WeWork Congress for a presentation by Jessica Young
McClean. Jessica will speak about the growing importance of volunteers in nonprofit
organizations, educational institutions, religious institutions and startups, and she will share how
VolunteerSpot helps to engage, manage and track them. VolunteerSpot is an Austin success story.
More than 8 million volunteers are now in service globally via this easy-to-use platform.
June 9, 2016 | Microsoft | How to Obtain a Donation and the Benefits of Microsoft 365
Brian Kinsella, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Virtu Group will join
#NPTechClubATX for an after-work presentation about how to secure a donation(s) from
Microsoft. Brian will also share updates about Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 includes a powerful
suite of tools, like hosted email and calendars with Exchange Online; instant messaging and web
and video conferencing through Skype for Business; cloud-based access to familiar Office
applications; access to your documents from anywhere with OneDrive for Business; and more
depending upon your subscription plan.
July 13, 2016 | Google Analytics for Dummies
Jon Lebkowsky of Polycot Associates, a cooperative digital agency based in Austin, will speak to
us about Google Analytics. This program will be helpful to those of us who are entirely new to
Google Analytics, as well as for those who have used Google Analytics in the past, but who have
forgotten how to use the system.
August 17, 2016 | End Of Year Campaign Planning with Charity Dynamics
Did you know that 28% of nonprofits raise at least 26% of their annual revenue from End Of
Year campaigns? There is still time to start your End Of Year Giving plans, but you need to start
Join Charity Dynamic’s VP of Strategic Services Jett Winders, and Creative Director Brenda
Miele as they discuss plans and ideas to jumpstart your End Of Year giving plans! Charity
Dynamics will also provide pizza, soda and beer, along with the space for the event! What you’ll
• Top trends of End of Year Fundraising
• What it will take to have a successful End of Year fundraising campaign
• What to expect after you start your End of Year fundraising campaign
• How to measure results.
September 28, 2016 | Data Visualization with KUMU
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into
interactive relationship maps. Kumu can be used for public projects free of charge (or for a
modest monthly fee, one can develop private data visualization projects). Our presenters are Clare
Zutz and Mark Hand.
October 12, 2016 | GivBee | Product Spotlight
GivBee is a messaging platform that considers itself to be, "the simplest, most effective way to
engage people in your world.” We are intrigued! Gabe Veach represents GivBee in Austin. He
will share with us how the platform works and how it can support your nonprofit work. "If you’re
not communicating with attendees, exhibitors and staff by text, then you’re simply not using the
best tool for the job."
November 28, 2016 | Google Digital Google Inclusion Fellowship & Mozilla Foundation Updates
Join us for an update about the Google Digital Inclusion Fellowship Program with Daniel Lucio,
one of the fellowship recipients! Daniel - who now works for Google Fiber - will share with us
how Google Fiber's public partnership uniquely supports digital inclusion efforts. He has also
invited colleague Robert Friedman of the Mozilla Foundation to discuss some of the company's
new "ed-tech" efforts here in Austin.
December 7, 2016 | How to Make Infographics that Change the World
History is made by people who can communicate their ideas to the world. Infographics bring
complex ideas to life for audiences overwhelmed with competing content. In this workshop,
change makers and activists will learn the 6 steps to concept, create, and promote transformative
infographics. Whether your communications goal is awareness, advocacy, or fundraising, this
course will inspire and equip you to use infographics. Our speaker Ivy Le was in the AT&T War
Room when the Apple iPhone launched and irrevocably changed the Internet’s role in business
and in our daily lives. She led the business-to-business committee on Jackson Spalding’s social
media team and then launched 9Terrains, a social media agency in Austin, Texas, known for
January 18, 2017 | 5 Things Every Nonprofit Can Fix on Their Website to Get Results
Kate Shaw will join us at the Regional Foundation Library during the lunch hour on January 18.
Bring your lunch and we will bring refreshments! Learn what action you can take to make your
website do more for your donors or clients. We will evaluate a website based on what search
engines and users are looking for to find out where improvements are needed. The website
evaluation requires no technical skills beyond using a web browser and searching with Google.
The insight and action items you gather from the evaluation can be handed over to your marketing
director or web developer to enhance your website.
February 15, 2017 | Miradi: A Flexible Approach to Program Planning for Conservation and Beyond
Miradi and the Open Standards (OS) upon which it is based, are a powerful and flexible approach
to conservation program planning / predictive modeling, learning, and adaptive management. In
this session, participants will get a brief intro to the history of the OS, Miradi, and Miradi Share (a
cloud-based platform). They will then dig into a case study about at least one organization that is
trying to use the OS before exploring the tool themselves. Participants should bring a laptop to be
able to sign up for a free trial of Miradi to facilitate the exploratory breakout portion of this
session. Our presenter is Dave Kramer.
April 19, 2017 | Crowdfunding Success: Crowdrise, Indiegogo & Kickstarter
We are excited to host a panel discussion about crowdfunding from those who have worked with
three platforms: Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdrise. Each speaker will share their insights
about setting up and managing their respective online funding campaigns. We are honored to
have the following panelists: 1) Internationally known artist Judy Jensen will speak about her
successful Kickstarter, Sacred Glass: The Wat Chong Klang Project; 2) Lindsey Peeples, Co-
owner of Texas Keeper Cider will share her experience with Indiegogo; and 3) Michael Kanin,
Publisher, Austin Monitor will share his experiences using Crowdrise.
May 18, 2017 | Oracle | NetSuite For Nonprofits
Zach Moore of Oracle | NetSuite has organized a program for #NPTechClubATX on May 18th
after work at Capital Factory focusing on the NetSuite nonprofit donation program. Zach will be
joined by industry thought leader Cheryl Gipson, who has served as a consultant for some of the
biggest names in fundraising, and who is now the solutions architect for Oracle | NetSuite’s
nonprofit team. Among other things, Zach and Cheryl will discuss the critical misalignment all
too common between fundraisers and financial executives, and how these teams can work more
successfully together by using NetSuite.
June 28, 2017 | Facebook Isn't Free (and that's okay!) | Make Facebook Ads Work for your Nonprofit
Facebook advertising can be effective and affordable for nonprofits. In this session you'll learn
how to use a small budget to test messages, identify what your audience likes, and use the results
to grow your organization's fan base. Join us for the latest insights about Facebook Ads -
including best practices for nonprofit organizations, tips, tactics and more - presented by Lisa
Benjamin Goodgame of Goodgame Hoke Communications.
July 19, 2017 | GivePulse Volunteer Management Platform & Keep Austin Fed
GivePulse is a civic network that matches people in our community with causes they care about,
while enabling easy organization, management and mobilization of volunteers and supporters.
GivePulse enables everyone, "to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the
community. Our mission is to enable everyone in the world to participate and engage in lifting
their community to new heights. We do so by providing a platform to list, find, organize and
measure the impact of service and volunteerism in the community. It starts with one volunteer to
build an army that will help improve the world." James McGirr, CTO and co-founder of
GivePulse, and Lisa Barden, Program Director for Keep Austin Fed will speak to us about their
work. Keep Austin Fed is a GivePulse platform partner. Keep Austin Fed is a volunteer based
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, "that gathers wholesome and nutritious surplus food from
commercial kitchens and distributes it to area charities that serve hungry people in need."
August 23, 2017 | Overcoming Your Echo Chamber: Algorithms and Messaging Across Partisan Lines
Ivy Le, Principal of 9 Terrains in Austin will share her insights into how nonprofits can better
understand algorithms and develop ways to listen to and monitor the opinions and actions of those
who disagree with positions nonprofits are advocating. With this in mind, Ivy will share her
thoughts about ways in which nonprofits can learn to "message" across partisan lines. "From
dating websites and City trading floors, through to online retailing and internet searches (Google's
search algorithm is now a more closely guarded commercial secret than the recipe for Coca-
Cola), algorithms are increasingly determining our collective futures. 'Bank approvals, store
cards, job matches and more all run on similar principles,' says Ball. 'The algorithm is the god
from the machine powering them all, for good or ill.'" -The Guardian
August 29, 2017 | Apps4Change Demo | TechSoup and Caravan Studios
TechSoup is coming to Austin! Do you care about how technology can be better used to support
social innovation? Join the Texas Council on Family Violence and Caravan Studios, a division of
TechSoup, for an #Apps4ChangeDemo event held during the #Tech2Empower Statewide
Conference. There are two demo dates and times (attendance is free of charge).
September 19, 2017 | Google AdWords for Nonprofits
Robin Mannas of Fire Brothers Inc. has graciously agreed to share his insights into Google
AdWords for nonprofits. Robin is the founder of Fire Brothers Inc. He was born and raised in
Austin and attended The University of Texas at Austin, securing a degree in sociology. After
several years managing multiple SEO clients, from blog sites to multi-million dollar retail
websites (both in-house and as clients), Robin decided to create Fire Brothers Inc. to provide
more specific services revolving around Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine
Marketing. Joining Robin will be Kevin Terpack, the online marketing manager for the
University Co-op Society. Kevin has worked closely with Robin, and the two of them will share
their experiences with Google AdWords, which they have found to be very successful.
September 20, 2017 | Communicating with Impact: Adobe Spark | #Storymakers2017
We are pleased to have a talented duo to introduce Nonprofit Tech Club Austin to the free
graphic design apps, Adobe Spark. There are three apps in the Adobe Spark series, Post, Page and
Video. Adobe Spark helps you and your nonprofit create "impactful social graphics, web stories
and animated videos.” Rich Lombardo and Fred Benitez are both Adobe Spark experts, and they
work with the Eanes Independent School District.
October 23, 2017 | Engaging the Millennial Donor
In today’s ever-changing fundraising landscape, millennial donors have quickly become one of
the most sought-after groups among nonprofit fundraisers. Join us for a presentation from Scott
McElroy, Founder and CEO of Everybody Helping. "Everybody Helping is a better way to
support the causes you love. Set a goal, subscribe to your favorite non-profits, and track your
impact every month."
November 9, 2017 | How to Talk to Your Web Developer
Jon Lebkowsky of Polycot Associates will share with us how nonprofit staff can and should talk
with their web developer. You may have discovered that sometimes you are each speaking
different "languages." This session is designed to make your conversations productive and more
effective, and to ensure you get the most out of your web developer.
To view a “thank you” Adobe Spark video acknowledging our 2017 guest speakers, follow this link.
#NPTechClubATX would not exist without the devoted attention of its co-organizing team of Central
Texas volunteers. Members of the team meet periodically to discuss program ideas, serve as onsite
program hosts, and they promote our events on social media. From 2015 to 2017, our principal volunteers
included the following.
Stacy Dyer is co-owner of Austin coffee roaster TriRoCo. She is a marketing automation specialist,
product marketer, geeky data nerd, nonprofit techie, and lover of delicious coffee. She has driven success
for clients in a number of industries, from tech startups to nonprofits to e-commerce. An ardent advocate
for the application of new technology in nonprofit and business management, Stacy has been published in
Advancing Philanthropy and Fundraising Success. She is proud to have served as a volunteer organizer
for this club since 2010.
Susannah has been the Executive Director & Station Manager for a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate,
has been a fundraiser for education and workforce initiatives, and has hosted and produced programs for
public broadcasting. She holds a master’s degree in Business with an Arts Administration (Nonprofit)
specialization from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin
College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) who is currently director of Greater Good
Jon Lebkowsky has been managing technology projects and companies for over 25 years. He has been co-
founder and CEO of three companies and has been CEO of Polycot Associates (which was recently
transformed into a worker-owned web development cooperative) for ten years, and before that, its
precursor Polycot Consulting for six years. He is currently focused on strategic digital consulting and
development, as well as business vision and management. He is also known as an activist and
writer/blogger focused on the future of the Internet, digital culture, cyber liberties, media, and society.
Dale was an original member and organizer of the tech club and now co-organizes with the rest of our
team. Dale has an accounting degree and put it to use in the banking industry (13 years) and the nonprofit
sphere - 13 years at a nonprofit and now 6 years as a contract accountant and consultant for small
nonprofits who don't have a CFO or even a bookkeeper in some instances. QuickBooks for nonprofits is
Carolyn M. Appleton
Carolyn is a nonprofit fundraising, digital communications and public relations professional based in
Austin and Bee but working across Texas. She has secured more than $33 million for her professional and
volunteer nonprofit colleagues. Having tackled campaigns in remote regions without staff but with a can-
do attitude, Carolyn has become more tech-savvy, achieving big results with fewer staff. Carolyn
manages the #NPTechClubATX profile pages and she works closely with program presenters and with
Capital Factory to ensure smooth sailing year-round. Carolyn is a prior recipient of an NTENy national
volunteer award from NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network (2011). She served as a member of the
national NTEN Membership Committee for four years, she has been a guest speaker at two prior NTCs,
and she has authored articles for the NTEN e-journal, CHANGE. For nptech inquiries, you can find
Carolyn on the TechSoup Consultant Connection.
The co-organizing team of #NPTechClubATX wish to thank our expert guest speakers, venue hosts, and
club co-sponsors NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network and NetSquared, a division of TechSoup.
Questions? Please see our new NTEN-based platform page.
This report was written by club volunteer Carolyn M. Appleton, and the Instagram photographs and
Adobe Spark video included are hers as well.
Posted originally on February 21, 2018 and updated March 30, 2018