Nonprofit Tech Events in Vancouver January 2015

Welcome to 2015. This is the year that the nonprofit sector masters technology so that we can be more effective in changing the world. I promise! To that end we’ve planned unconferences, meetups, and conferences. Read on for news on Net2van’s upcoming events, and a calendar of upcoming meetups from our friends.

NetSquared Camp: A Nonprofit Tech Unconference

When: Saturday, January 31

Tickets: $10 at http://goo.gl/QYaina

NetSquared Camp is a one day unconference. Wanna chat about how to use technology for good? This is the place! We will bring together web innovators with social changemakers and nonprofits to discover emerging tools, trends, and best practices.

This is the fourth annual unconference. The first three NetSquared Camps sold out quickly, so register early.

Social Media Tune-Up for Nonprofits (with Hootsuite!)

When: Monday, February 23

RSVP: http://goo.gl/MSTAFm

A special event for Social Media Week. Hootsuite’s coaches will provide free one-on-one training for nonprofits.

Open Data for Nonprofits

When: Wednesday, March 18

RSVP: http://goo.gl/N8z89S

How can nonprofits use open data for good? A panel event held in partnership with Open Data BC.

EVENTS PLANNED BY OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Salesforce: Introduction to NPSP 3.0 & Reporting, reporting, reporting

When: Thursday, January 29

RSVP: http://goo.gl/ZR3YcM

Our next VNUG meet-up on January 29th and will be focused on giving an overview on the Non-Profit Starter Pack 3.0 and help you understand what’s new, why you might want to transition and how to! We will also be doing a mini reporting session – come with your questions, we will work together to find answers.

GrantMix: How to Think Like a Grant Jury

When: Saturday, January 31

RSVP: http://goo.gl/tA1Jv4

Do you want to apply for government and private grants? Then RSVP for this limited-attendance workshop. You’ll learn answers to these questions:

  • what do successful grants look like?
  • should you play it safe or take risks?
  • how can thinking like a jury help you win grants?

This talk will be given by Dr. Ray Hsu, who has juried for the Canada Council for the Arts, the CBC, the National Magazine Awards, and the YMCA’s Youth Mean Business. He is founder of Grantmix.

AFP Presents: Social Media 101

When: Thursday, February 5

Tickets: http://goo.gl/96zfaj

No fundraiser should be in the dark on how to use social media. Save the date for this informative workshop led by experts in the field! Your registration includes a full buffet breakfast and the opportunity to network with peers in the fundraising sector.

Canadian Internet Marketing Conference

When: March 28+29

RSVP: http://goo.gl/lUqSjZ Use “Charity15” for 20% discount

22 World-Class Speakers, 6 Networking Opportunities, $10,000 Dragon Den style contest, workshops, parties and much more. Tweet-to-Fly Helicopter contest.

Leave the city behind and come join us in the beautiful mountain town of Squamish, BC for two days of inspirational talks on Internet Marketing. Get inspired and learn from industry leaders within digital marketing. Leave refreshed and full of action points for your business.

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Cook for Good with #dinnerpartyYVR

Show off your cooking skills at Vancouver’s largest simultaneous dinner party supporting charities you care about! #dinnerpartyYVR presented by Cressey, now in Vol. 3, has to date raised over $15,000 for Canadian charities and is back on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

The idea is simple: 50 hobby chefs (people who love to cook & entertain) host a dinner party in their own Vancouver homes for old and new friends to raise funds for their favourite charity. 100% of ticket sales go to selected charities. Tickets are available in February for a min. donation of $40. After dinner, hobby chefs, dinner guests and often charity representatives gather at a rousing after party featuring live entertainment, sweet treats and other surprises.

If you love cooking, entertaining, and meeting interesting Vancouverites, apply to become a hobby chef.

Hobby chefs choose the meal they want to serve and host a min. of four dinner guests on the event night. Thanks to generous partners such as Serendipity Winery and Howe Sound Brewery, each hobby chef receives gifts valued at up to $200 as a thank you. The application deadline is January 17, 2015 but if you apply and get approved by the end of the year, you will also entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • $25 gift certificate for Craft Beer Market;
  • A ticket to #dinnerpartyYVR for a friend/family (2 available)
  • 2 tickets to Serendipity Winery’s summer movie night, a bottle of their delicious wine AND a private tour with the winemaker (date TBD).

Apply now and cook for good on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

If you have any questions, send a note to event organizer, Annika Reinhardt.

Awesome December Events

Hey friends,

Net2van isn’t holding any meetups in December, but we’re highlighting two exciting upcoming events. Check these out!

Stop Networking | Start Netwerking: A Mega Holiday Party for Changemakers

When: Friday, December 5

RSVP: http://goo.gl/2yMIeK Use code “netsquaredparty”

Did you miss the NGO Ho Ho? Or still want to PARTY? Then check out this multi-org party extravaganza. What if we attempted to combine multiple holiday parties into one mega holiday party for changemaking organizations? Well we did. And you are invited.

Handmade Savoury Pies, Matte, Dancing, Cocktails, Tea Ceremony, Friends. #stopnetworking

Fundraiser Grrl Presents: 50 Pearls of Wisdom Every Fundraiser Needs

When: Friday, January 30

Free RSVP: http://goo.gl/cwwgVm

What makes donors tick? What do donors want? How do donors make decisions? Fraser Green wants to share with you 50 pearls of wisdom that every fundraiser needs to know.

Fraser has been a student of human behavior pretty much all his life. Over that time he has been collecting pearls of wisdom that he believes everyone can use as tools to both professional and personal success. As a self-proclaimed smartypants, Fraser will – for the first time ever! – open his wisdom treasure box and share his smartest secrets with you.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Could San Francisco-style culture wars come to Vancouver?

When: Tuesday, December 2

RSVP: http://goo.gl/b0Hned

As more tech companies take root in our city, how do we reap the rewards of a booming tech scene and avoid the pitfalls that have plagued San Francisco. Learn from social impact leaders from Vancouver to discuss the role tech companies have to play in contributing to the well being of the communities they are part of.

The Giving Tuesday Holiday Mingler

When: Tuesday, December 2

RSVP: http://goo.gl/aurBam

Join us to celebrate Giving Tuesday and network with friends and colleagues before the season gets too crazy! Meet other fundraisers and non-profit professionals in an informal and fun setting. Make connections and stay up-to-date with our sector. Admission to the event is free but attendees must pay for their own food and beverages. Space is limited, so please register today and we’ll see you there!

Blackbaud Users Group: Raiser’s Edge Email

When: Thursday, December 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/pVz47l

Our December 4th meeting features local Raiser’s Edge talent with presentations on Seasonal Campaigns to share experience and insights. Both presenters are with organizations that recently implemented Luminate online, enhancing the fundraising experience from all sides.

OpenData BC: Vancouver meetup

When: Thursday, December 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/LywJAo

Canadian Internet Marketing Conference

When: March 28+29

RSVP: http://goo.gl/lUqSjZ Use “Charity15” for 20% discount

22 World-Class Speakers, 6 Networking Opportunities, $10,000 Dragon Den style contest, workshops, parties and much more. Tweet-to-Fly Helicopter contest.

Leave the city behind and come join us in the beautiful mountain town of Squamish, BC for two days of inspirational talks on Internet Marketing. Get inspired and learn from industry leaders within digital marketing. Leave refreshed and full of action points for your business.

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10 Reasons You Should Attend the NGO Ho Ho

Top 10 Reasons you should attend the NGO Ho Ho Holiday Party for Vancouver’s changemakers and community activists:

NGO Ho Ho10 – Kick off the holiday party season with a great community of people

9 –  You worked hard all week and it’s Saturday night! Time to let loose!

8 –  Your boss won’t be there – or maybe they will be but we have 3 rooms to party in! #hidefromyourboss

7 –  We have three rooms to party! Yeah Beaumont Studios!

6 –  Your ticket includes a free drink!

5 –  Your ticket includes food from Vij’s Railway Express food truck – Yum!

4 – We will have a photobooth – take goofy photos with people you don’t know and then tag them on Facebook!

3 – We will have a cookie decorating table – who likes pink frosting??

2 – Get your groove on – we will have live jazz and the Fresh Princess will be DJ-ing

1 – You are awesome! Now get out there and party! Buy your ticket here!


Get your ticket to the NGO Ho Ho Holiday party today!
http://goo.gl/xrRHJc

Charities Under Threat

NetSquared Vancouver’s most recent event was a panel discussion on how advocacy NGOs are responding to difficult political climate. Bottom line: Canada’s charity laws are woefully out-of-date. Join Imagine Canada’s push to reform the legislation.

Gareth has generously shared his slides. You can also check out his thesis.

Federal cabinet ministers have called registered charities criminal organizations and terrorist organizations and the government has set aside $13 million for stepped up audits of charity activities by Canada Revenue Agency. This panel explored the effects on charities and their ability to pursue their societal Missions, the “best practices” that charities can pursue to minimize their risk of losing their charitable status, and the implications for society and democracy of the government’s actions. The panel included a charity lawyer and a researcher whose thesis jump-started a national conversation on these issues.

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UPCOMING NET2VAN EVENTS

All NetSquared Vancouver events are free or by donation.

Charities Under Threat: Responding to federal charity-bashing and CRA Audits

When: Thursday, November 13

RSVP: http://goo.gl/itphgn

Federal cabinet ministers have called registered charities criminal organizations and terrorist organizations and the government has set aside $13 million for stepped up audits of charity activities by Canada Revenue Agency. This panel explores the effects on charities and their ability to pursue their societal Missions, the “best practices” that charities can pursue to minimize their risk of losing their charitable status, and the implications for society and democracy of the government’s actions.

NGO Ho Ho! The holiday party for Vancouver’s nonprofit community

When: Saturday, November 29

Cost: $20 for 1 ticket, $35 for 2 tickets

RSVP http://goo.gl/DLBP25

On November 29th, join us for the annual NGO HO HO – the holiday party for Vancouver’s activists, changemakers and nonprofit community!

There will be live jazz, The Fresh Princess will spin old and new soul, funk and r&b drinks, late night bites, photo booth, and best of all – a room full of people who are involved with making Vancouver such an awesome city. Tickets are $20 – get your ticket here.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

NetSquared Vancouver isn’t the organizer of these events, but we think they’re worth checking out.

DevFest.ca

When: November 3–9

RSVP: http://goo.gl/p8uRb8

DevFest.ca is a week-long workshop-series and hackathon about bleeding-edge technologies for experienced developers

OpenData BC: Inaugural Vancouver meetup

When: Thursday, November 6

RSVP: http://goo.gl/LlXyKX

Come discuss ideas and actions for open data at this inugural Vancouver meetup

HiVE Talks: Denise Taschereau

When: Thursday, November 6

RSVP: http://goo.gl/i3vmUz

Join Denise Taschereau, CEO and Co-Founder of Fairware, for a discussion on the role of business leaders and entrepreneurs in political advocacy. Denise will share a roadmap for engagement in both issues based campaigns and partisan politics and outline the potential and the pitfalls of taking your mission to the next level.

Media Democracy Days 2014

When: November 7+8

RSVP: http://goo.gl/cNJPCq

Two days of interactive panel discussions, hands-on workshops & a Media Fair with over two dozen alternative media and social change organizations.

3D Printing Forum: Idea to Prototype

When: Thursday, November 13

RSVP: http://goo.gl/FiEybA

17th Annual National Philanthropy Day – Luncheon, Keynote & Interactive Dialogue

When: Friday, November 14

RSVP: http://afpvancouver.org/Upcoming-Events.aspx

Giving Hearts Awards and Keynote Speech by Craig Kielburger, Activist, Co-founder of Free the Children and Co-founder of Me to We.

Vancouver IMPACT 2014

When: Wednesday, November 19

RSVP: https://www.picatic.com/vanIMPACT14

#VanIMPACT14 will be a collision of purpose and profit, giving impact entrepreneurs and NPOs access to important startup advice and resources, while conversely helping more tech-centric entrepreneurs discover their own impact potential.

BC Blackbaud Users Group

When: Thursday, December 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/pVz47l

Our December 4th meeting features local Raiser’s Edge talent with presentations on Seasonal Campaigns to share experience and insights. Both presenters are with organizations that recently implemented Luminate online, enhancing the fundraising experience from all sides.

OpenData BC: Vancouver meetup

When: Thursday, December 4

RSVP: http://goo.gl/LywJAo

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NTEN’s Member Appreciation Month

As a Tech Club organizer, I’m looking forward to NTEN’s Member Appreciation Month this November. Every year, NTEN says thank you to its member community of nonprofit professionals committed to using technology for social change by offering a full month of free programming and prizes exclusively for NTEN Members, plus special local events and content. If you’re not an NTEN Member, you can learn more and join today just in time for the celebration: http://www.nten.org/join!

In addition to supporting Net2van’s regular events NTEN is also sponsoring our November 29 NGO Ho Ho. Join me in giving them some #NTENthanks.

Kick off the celebration with NTEN’s 2014 Year In Review: Community Impact webinar on November 3 (http://www.nten.org/events/webinar/2014/11/03/2014-year-in-review-nten-community-impact) and hear from NTEN staff and Community who will share their experiences and highlights from 2014; then look forward at what’s ahead for 2015. Check out the full list of upcoming webinars and register: http://www.nten.org/events. All November webinars are free for NTEN Members.

PrintWin a prize! NTEN will be giving away daily prizes, and special prizes for members actively engaged in the community. Plus, they’ll be awarding two grand prizes: an engagement award for an NTEN Member who’s the most active in the community during MAM, and the renewal award for a Member who renews before November 30th.

Learn more about MAM and join the celebration on the event page: http://www.nten.org/mam.

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NGO HO HO – Let’s get the holiday festivities underway!

We know it feels like fall has just barely begun, but hey, that’s no reason to not be thinking about sparkly festivities and celebrating with friends, co-workers and loved ones! Working hard and reaching goals makes you an inspiration and we want to celebrate that!

Join us on Saturday, November 29th for the NGO HO HO – the holiday party for Vancouver’s  activists, changemakers and non-profit communiteers! http://goo.gl/xrRHJc

There will be drinks and nibblies and best of all – a room full of the kind of people who are making Vancouver such an awesome city.

Intrigued? How about we also throw in some live jazz, a photo booth and DJ Fresh Princess spinning soul, funk and R&B?

Tickets are $20 so get them fast!

http://goo.gl/xrRHJc

NGO HO HO

Saturday, November 29th

7:30pm ‘til late

The Beaumont Studios

316 West 5th Ave, Vancouver

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Holiday Fundraising Bootcamp: 5 Strategies to Ensure Fundraising Success

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Giving Tuesday and the traditional nonprofit fundraising peak season is just around the corner. Join NetSquared Vancouver on November 4 for five quick fixes you can make to raise more money. RSVP on Meetup for this free (but we’ll accept donations!) event.

As non-profits and charitable organizations gear up for the holiday season, are you getting the most out of your fundraising and campaign efforts?

Join Briteweb’s CEO and Lead Strategist, Steve Rio, as he shares 5 essential strategies to maximize your holidays efforts. Steve will draw from experiences and present case studies from working with clients such as Acumen, Obakki Foundation and Possible Healthcare.

RSVP on Meetup

When: Tuesday, November 4 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St.

AGENDA

  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Networking and snacks
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Presentation
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Q&A and Wrap
  • 7:45 – 9:30 PM: Post-event social!

PRESENTER

Steve Rio from TwitterSteve Rio is a digital visionary, entrepreneur and strategist, passionate about community and social change. Steve’s a seasoned consultant, with over 10 years and well over 10,000 hours in the digital space. Steve possesses a diverse toolkit of web & mobile strategy, hands-on design & development, social media, business development, online communications & project leadership skills.

Steve is founder and CEO of Briteweb, a digital communications agency with offices in Vancouver and New York. Briteweb works with game-changing leaders and organizations helping them engage audiences, convert customers and build team culture. Steve is dedicated to Briteweb’s continued growth as an industry leader in the impact sector and as a leader in team culture.

TWITTER

Event hashtag: #Net2van

Host: @Net2van

Presenter: @SteveRio

ACCESSIBILITY

Mobility Access: This venue does not have ramps and elevators and is not wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Access: Speakers at this event will use microphones.

Sight Access: Contact the organizers if you need an advance copy of the presentation.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the Net2Van community and events. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

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Charities Under Threat: Responding to federal charity-bashing and CRA Audits

Federal cabinet ministers have called registered charities criminal organizations and terrorist organizations and the government has set aside $13 million for stepped up audits of charity activities by Canada Revenue Agency. This panel explores the effects on charities and their ability to pursue their societal Missions, the “best practices” that charities can pursue to minimize their risk of losing their charitable status, and the implications for society and democracy of the government’s actions. The panel will include a charity lawyer and a researcher whose thesis jump-started a national conversation on these issues. There will be time for questions.

RSVP on Meetup

When: Thursday, November 13 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St.

AGENDA

  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Networking and snacks
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Presentation
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Q&A and Wrap
  • 7:45 – 9:30 PM: Post-event social!

PRESENTERS

Margaret Mason for Net2vanMargaret Mason, charity lawyer, Bull Housser

One of Canada’s leading lawyers for charitable and not-for-profit organizations, Margaret Mason is a frequent writer and speaker nationally. Her expertise includes corporate structuring and regulatory compliance for charitable organizations. Her practice spans a broad range of issues which affect charities and not-for-profits including tax exempt status, governance, international programs, and social enterprise.

Gareth Kirkby for Net2vanGareth Kirkby, Researcher, Professional Communicator

A former Webster Award-winning journalist, Gareth Kirkby’s recent Master’s thesis examined the impacts on charities of confrontational rhetoric and actions by the federal government. It triggered a national discussion this past summer. Gareth’s research involving interviews with charity leaders and experts, found government using CRA to target certain charity sectors, that an “advocacy chill” triggered by government actions is “muffling” and “distracting” charities from their Missions, that the government is attempting with some success to narrow society’s important policy conversations, treating some charities as national enemies, and that these cumulative actions are a threat to democratic decision-making.

PANEL HOST

Ethan Clow for Net2vanEthan Clow has been working in the nonprofit sector for several years. He was executive director of the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver, and is currently a community engagement consultant. Ethan has hosted two talk shows on CiTR 101.9FM, the campus community radio station at UBC. For several years he hosted Radio Freethinker, a show promoting science, critical thinking and secular humanism, and now he hosts The Sector, a podcast focusing on social justice, nonprofits and activism.

TWITTER

Event hashtag: #Net2van

Host: @Net2van @EthanClow and @NoahCab

ACCESSIBILITY

Mobility Access: This venue does not have ramps and elevators and is not wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Access: Speakers at this event will use microphones.

Sight Access: Contact the organizers if you need an advance copy of the presentation.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the Net2Van community and events. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.