Help Make the HiVE Accessible to Everyone

Our favourite meetup hosts at the Hive need our help! There are 30 giant stairs standing in the way of making our events accessible to the whole community. Give them a  lift – literally! – by helping them buy a platform lift elevator.

Please give today and share this with other amazing people like you!

Why donate? Because accessibility looks good on everyone. And because the HiVE has been donating their venue to Net2van for the last four years – which has allowed us to bring free events to you every month!

P.S. We’re so excited about this campaign that the Net2van co-organizers have committed to matching your donations up to $2,000.

Give today! https://goo.gl/XaiPZr

#Tech4Good Events in Vancouver: February Edition!

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.

NETSQUARED VANCOUVER EVENTS

Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Design for Non-Designers

When: Tuesday, February 14. 1:00 – 4:00 PM
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/236669226/

Join us for a free Design for Non-Designers hands-on workshop. We’ll have a presentation on basic fundamentals for good design as well as demonstrations of some easy tools to use. Then bring your laptop and create some images and graphics on the spot to get assistance and guidance from an experienced designer!

Nonprofit Technology Show and Tell

When: Thursday, March 16
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/236276934/

This is a crowdsourced session, where participants are given up to five minutes to share a tool they use in their non-profit tech life. Learn from the best – each other.

Share anything that helps you do the amazing work you do. It can be a CRM, communication tool, fundraising platform, some social media magic-sauce, automation or other clever web genius that helps you further your mission or cause or execute your work. We only ask that you can show the solution and say what and why you use it.

NETSQUARED VICTORIA EVENTS

Social Media Surgery: Hands on advice & help

When: Saturday, February 18
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/234607555/

On hand to help answer your questions will be several of the NetSquared Victoria team who have experience using platforms and tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Bit.ly, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, WordPress, NationBuilder, and Google Apps.

FREE TECH HELP

Free Tech Work at RED Academy

RED Academy is looking for suitable organizations to get free digital work done by our students! Our students specialize in digital marketing, user experience design, user interface design, front-end web, and application development.

If you have a project that needs RED’s help apply here: https://www.redacademy.com/community-projects or email andee@redacademy.com for more information.

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to free online help from skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects.

Volunteers can help with training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Join Groundswell on Granville Island

Groundswell offers Social Venture BUILD, a 4-month intensive program that takes budding entrepreneurs with developed ideas and early stage ventures to the next BIG step with socially conscious curriculum, mentoring and hands on business development, plus access to the Groundswell Marketplace on GRANVILLE ISLAND, providing:

  • Access to market for exposure and product/service testing
  • Space / real estate
  • Investment / funding opportunities

Learn more and apply today.

CIRA Community Investment Program application period is open

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will be investing $1,000,000 back into the community in 2017 on projects that help build a better online Canada. CIRA’s Community Investment Program has awarded more than three million dollars to over 78 diverse projects in these key areas: infrastructure, community access to the Internet, Internet security, online services, research and digital literacy. This funding opportunity is open to registered charities, not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions. Apply today!

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. The typical grant will be approximately $25,000 – $50,000, to a maximum of $100,000. Information about applicant eligibility and the application process is available on CIRA’s website.

JOBS AND VOLUNTEER POSTINGS

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If you have a job to share reach out on Twitter using the hashtag #net2van or post to our free jobs board.
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The Changemaker Summer Potluck BBQ returns this July and Eli and Ajay need your help!
We are looking for committee members who want to help lead the following roles:

  • Wrangling the musicians and BBQ DJ
  • Facilitating games! Start the group in a game of frisbee or bocce ball.
  • Communications – drafting social media and email invitations to our communities. We have the lists, but we need a writer!

If you’re interested please email eli@net2van.com or schedule me for a 15 call.

EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at info@net2van.com.

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

BC Society Act Transition Workshop (Revelstoke)

When: Wednesday, February 1
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-revelstoke-transition-workshop-tickets-31296154641

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their “transition application,” with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition when the new Act is proclaimed.

Peacetalk #34 Talking About Racism in Canada

When: Wednesday, February 8
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1112675548787193/

How do we talk about racism in Canada to affect positive change? On February 8, Peace Talks explores this question with a panel of speakers who have deep experience in confronting racism. Guest moderator Robert Daum – Fellow for Diversity & Innovation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue – will facilitate a conversation with Seemi Ghazi, Kory Wilson and Hope Sealy.

Squamish: Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Friday, February 10
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-project-management-for-nonprofits-tickets-29879785242?aff=rss

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.

The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know

When: Friday, February 17
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-societies-act-what-you-need-to-know-tickets-31294399391

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their “transition application,” with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition when the new Act is proclaimed.

Tableau Training: Telling stories with data

When: February 22 – 23
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tableau-training-telling-stories-with-data-tickets-29682050813

This two-day, hands-on workshop with award-winning data journalist Chad Skelton will teach you the fundamentals of Tableau, the world’s leading data visualization software, as well as the principles of data storytelling. You’ll learn the technical skills you need to use Tableau effectively to analyze and visualize your data. And you’ll also learn the art of telling stories with data — from how to choose the right chart type to designing engaging Dashboards — from someone with years of experience building popular interactive maps and charts.

10 Secrets to Success as a Fundraiser!

When: Thursday, February 23
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Association-of-Fundraising-Professionals-Vancouver-area/events/236884358/

Presented by Diane Lloyd, AAC, CFRE, and Past President AFP Vancouver Island Chapter.

The Art & Science of Storytelling (Victoria)

When: Thursday, February 23
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-science-of-storytelling-victoria-tickets-28903468051

Join Mike Rowlands, CEO, Junxion Strategy for this practical, hands-on workshop on storytelling. You’ll walk away with insights into the art and science of effective stories, an appreciation for this important and valuable skill, and the concrete ways to make your stories more compelling, persuasive and effective.

BC Society Act Transition Workshop (Free) (Valemont)

When: Tuesday, February 28
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-valemount-transition-workshop-tickets-31296233878

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their “transition application,” with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition when the new Act is proclaimed.

Psychology for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 14-15, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

Over two days, you will learn the most mission critical lessons in digital psychology, and gain mastery in recognizing and applying over 40 principles of persuasive design psychology. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to reverse-engineer the psychological patterns behind the world’s most successful websites, apps, ads and social media. You will also know how to translate psychological strategies into creative content, and understand how to optimize impacts over time.

Emotion & Motivation for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 16-17, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

This 2-day workshop provides participants with a deep understanding of emotional design, by covering the essential lessons in the psychology and neuroscience of user emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. This workshop focuses on interactive design and content strategies aimed at evoking positive emotions, and design patterns that will help you avoid accidentally triggering negative user emotions. By the end of this workshop, you will know how to build emotionally rewarding websites, mobile apps and digital campaigns. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of emotional design strategies that will help you win your users’ trust, shape their habits, and form long-term relationships with your brand.

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Got a nonprofit tech event that should be in the next newsletter? Let us know! Tweet at us using the hashtag #net2van.

CIRA Community Investment Program application period is open

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will be investing $1,000,000 back into the community in 2017 on projects that help build a better online Canada. CIRA’s Community Investment Program has awarded more than three million dollars to over 78 diverse projects in these key areas: infrastructure, community access to the Internet, Internet security, online services, research and digital literacy.

This funding opportunity is open to registered charities, not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions. Apply today!

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. The typical grant will be approximately $25,000 – $50,000, to a maximum of $100,000. Information about applicant eligibility and the application process is available on CIRA’s website.

Join Groundswell BUILD & be market-ready this Summer!

Groundswell offers Social Venture BUILD, a 4-month intensive program that takes budding entrepreneurs with developed ideas and early stage ventures to the next BIG step with socially conscious curriculum, mentoring and hands on business development, plus access to the Groundswell Marketplace on GRANVILLE ISLAND, providing:

  • Access to market for exposure and product/service testing
  • Space / real estate
  • Investment / funding opportunities

Stop waiting.  Start creating.  APPLY NOW.

Groundswell is:

  • (Alternative) Education.   Get the tools you need to bring your venture, project, or creative pursuit to the next level.  Groundswell provides hands-on learning, training, validation tools, group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring. Learn from inspired and inspiring social enterprise leaders, startup innovators, and radical thinkers and doers.
  • A Marketplace.   Groundswell cohort participants get early access to real estate / space at the Groundswell Social Venture Marketplace in Granville Island, which is happening this summer (June-September 2017).
  • A Community.   Get connected to a community of heart-led ‘unlikely’ entrepreneurs who are on a mission to create a meaningful livelihood for themselves, and contributes positively to society.  We believe that doing important work of building a new collaborative (instead of competitive) economy requires solidarity and a unified effort to make things happen.  We believe you can do your good work with a community of support!

Learn more by attending Groundswell Tuesdays!

Stop waiting.  Start creating.  APPLY NOW.

  • Deadline of applications and interviews: February 10, 2017.
  • Shortlisted applicants announced February 15, 2017.
  • BUILD starts February 20th 2017.

Nonprofit Communications & Marketers Community

Nonprofit Communicators: There’s a New Group for You!
Net2van co-organizer Ashleigh Turner has created a new online group for nonprofit marketers and communications pros.

NPMC-Vancouver is dedicated to creating a network of non-profit communications and marketing managers, but is open to anyone working in the non-profit world who wears the communications/marketing hat (as we all know, in non-profit organizations, we often wear different hats!).

We meet monthly for breakfast to connect, network, celebrate our successes, and share our challenges. If non-profit marketing and communications is your jam, come join us for breakfast!

Join the email list for announcements: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/npmc-vancouver

Event Report: Understanding the New Top-Level Domains (TLDs)


The way web addresses work is in the midst of a revolution. After 20 years of .com, .org, .ca and a few others, there are now more than a thousand new top-level-domains available for use. Today you can register a web address at .vip, .ketchup or .swiss.

You may have seen a few of these domains in the wild already, but you can expect to see plenty more in the next few years. What does this shift mean for orgs? How can your organization explore the opportunities that all these new top-level domains represent? Why is .xyz so popular?

The co-founder of .ECO answers these questions and tells the story of their community-powered new domain.

Access Makeathon poster

Access Makeathon: Creating Assistive Technology with People with Disabilities

 

The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.

Where: The Hangar, Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way – just west of VCC-Clark Millennium Line station
Starts: Friday, January 27, 6 pm
Ends: Sunday, January 29, 6 pm

Sign Up: http://bit.ly/AccessMakeathon

January 2017 Nonprofit Tech Events in Vancouver

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.

NETSQUARED VANCOUVER EVENTS

Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Understanding the New Top-Level Domains (TLDs)

When: Tuesday, January 10
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/233917175/

The way web addresses work is in the midst of a revolution. After 20 years of .com, .org, .ca and a few others, there are now more than a thousand new top-level-domains available for use. Today you can register a web address at .vip, .ketchup or .swiss. What does this shift mean for orgs? How can your organization explore the opportunities that all these new top-level domains represent?

Get Hands-On Help to Reclaim Your Domain

When: Monday, January 16; 3:00 – 5:00 PM
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/114816772/

Join us for our free “Reclaim Your Domain” office hours and get personal 1:1 or small group support for any of your domain-related questions.

Get help with:

  • Selecting a domain name (if you don’t already have one)
  • Determining the best free option for creating email address on your own domain
  • Transitioning your website to your own name like MyCharityName.Ca

Nonprofit Technology Show and Tell

When: Thursday, March 16
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/236276934/

This is a crowdsourced session, where participants are given up to five minutes to share a tool they use in their non-profit tech life. Learn from the best – each other.

Share anything that helps you do the amazing work you do. It can be a CRM, communication tool, fundraising platform, some social media magic-sauce, automation or other clever web genius that helps you further your mission or cause or execute your work. We only ask that you can show the solution and say what and why you use it.

NETSQUARED VICTORIA EVENTS

Social Media Surgery: Hands on advice & help

When: Saturday, January 14
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/234607555/

The basic idea of a Social Media Surgery is that it’s an informal event where anyone in the community with questions about how to use social media (“patients”) can come and sit down with someone who is more experienced in that area (“surgeons”, aka “doctors” as we would say) and get friendly, personal advice.

Creating Integrated Campaigns – Multi-Channel Marketing in a Multi-Faceted World

When: Tuesday, January 24
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/235131286/

There are SO many channels to market your organization online and offline. Where do you start? What’s good strategy? How do you put a campaign together? Learn about a holistic, integrated approach to non-profit campaigns that tie it all together: Direct Mail, Direct Email, Online Advertising, SEO, and Out of Home Ads. Create a smooth donor experience and maximize your brand exposure!

FREE TECH HELP

Free Tech Work at RED Academy

RED Academy is looking for suitable organizations to get free digital work done by our students!

RED Academy is a leading-edge tech school for the designers, developers, disruptors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Our students specialize in digital marketing, user experience design, front-end web, and application development. A huge contributor to our student’s success is that they have the opportunity to work with real clients through our Community Partnership Program. It’s through these projects that our students gain real world experience which allows them to leave our programs ready to enter the tech industry.

If you have a project that needs RED’s help apply here: https://www.redacademy.com/community-projects or email andee@redacademy.com.

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. The program is completely free and since its start has matched thousands of nonprofits and schools with skilled tech volunteers that have improved the technology capacity of these organizations.

The type of tech help the volunteers can provide ranges from training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. Best of all tech help from The Community Corps is free. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.

JOBS AND VOLUNTEER POSTINGS

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If you have a job to share reach out on Twitter using the hashtag #net2van or post to our free jobs board.
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EVENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FRIENDS

Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at info@net2van.com.

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

Access Makeathon

When: January 27 – 29
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-makeathon-vancouver-2016-tickets-3473530423

The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.

Squamish: Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Friday, February 10
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-project-management-for-nonprofits-tickets-29879785242?aff=rss

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.

Tableau Training: Telling stories with data

When: February 22 – 23
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tableau-training-telling-stories-with-data-tickets-29682050813

This two-day, hands-on workshop with award-winning data journalist Chad Skelton will teach you the fundamentals of Tableau, the world’s leading data visualization software, as well as the principles of data storytelling. You’ll learn the technical skills you need to use Tableau effectively to analyze and visualize your data. And you’ll also learn the art of telling stories with data — from how to choose the right chart type to designing engaging Dashboards — from someone with years of experience building popular interactive maps and charts.

Psychology for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 14-15, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

Over two days, you will learn the most mission critical lessons in digital psychology, and gain mastery in recognizing and applying over 40 principles of persuasive design psychology. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to reverse-engineer the psychological patterns behind the world’s most successful websites, apps, ads and social media. You will also know how to translate psychological strategies into creative content, and understand how to optimize impacts over time.

Emotion & Motivation for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 16-17, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

This 2-day workshop provides participants with a deep understanding of emotional design, by covering the essential lessons in the psychology and neuroscience of user emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. This workshop focuses on interactive design and content strategies aimed at evoking positive emotions, and design patterns that will help you avoid accidentally triggering negative user emotions. By the end of this workshop, you will know how to build emotionally rewarding websites, mobile apps and digital campaigns. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of emotional design strategies that will help you win your users’ trust, shape their habits, and form long-term relationships with your brand.

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Got a nonprofit tech event that should be in the next newsletter? Let us know! Tweet at us using the hashtag #net2van.