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SVI Vancouver: April 19-21st, SFU Woodward’s

Join business leaders and social entrepreneurs at the Social Venture Institute (SVI) Vancouver for an intensive, interactive inquiry into how to face the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise. Join social change business leaders to fine tune your strategies, learn best practices for solving problems and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors.

Apply to attend now:

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!

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:!forum/npmc-vancouver

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:

Free Google Analytics Webinar for Nonprofits

Last month we had a hands-on with Google Analytics. We sold out quickly! But our friends at the Google for Nonprofits program are going to cover the topics again in a webinar this coming Tuesday at 9:30 AM.

If you are interested, please sign up online on the Neil Squire Society site.

JOB: Part Time Social Media Specialist – Black Boys Code Society

Part Time Social Media Specialist
Black Boys Code Society – Vancouver, BC

About the position:

  • Candidates located in Vancouver are preferred.
  • It is a part-time position (5 hours per week).
  • you must be a self-motivated individual,

At Black Boys Code one of our goals is to bridge the gap in diversity by teaching coding skills to boys of colour at a young age, capturing their interest and equipping them with the skills needed to consider a   career in the STEM fields.

We are looking for assistance to manage our non profits’ social media channels. You will spearhead our social media strategy, identify engagement and growth opportunities and servicing the needs of our growing community across North America.

This position is well suited for someone who has experience engaging users via social media channels.

This is an hourly paid remote position.

Primary responsibilities

  • interacting with users to encourage reviews, testimonials, and followers on social media channels
  • support, engage and grow all existing digital communities (email Subscribers, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, LinkedIn, )
  • Develop and implement tactics to establish a strong brand presence on social media channels to manage visitors to our site and engage existing users.
  • Experience in Digital Marketing (Google AdWords, and Analytics and SEO,) would be an asset

Those who are interested and meet these requirements, please contact

Whiteboard showing event schedule ideas

Draft Event Schedule for 2017

WHOOO! Two hours in a hot room! Big brains flexing! Projector bulb blown!
But at the end of it we have an outline for 2017!

My thanks to all who contributed: Tonya, Ashleigh, Michelle, Chad, Darren for scheming and acting as event producers for the coming year.

All the notes are here: (thanks to Ashleigh for leading the documentation)

This is the outline for 2017, but other events will slip in like partnerships with Hootsuite and the Pro Bono Lounge.

November 2016: Google Analytics (Producer: Chad)

December 2016: Better Data Visualization using Excel: Hands-on workshop (Tuesday Dec 6th)

January 2017: TLDS with .eco (Top Level Domains) (Producer: Darren)

February 2017: Design for Non-Designers (Producers: Tonya and Michelle) FORMAT: day-time 3 hour hands-on workshop

March 2017: Show and Tell (Producer: Chad)

April 2017: Slack (Producer: Darren)

May 23 2017: The Digital Nonprofit 2017

  • Capulet Report (Julie and Darren)
  • How to hire an IT professional for your nonprofit

June 2017: Social (Producer: Eli)

July 2017: Open for now

August 2017: Open for now

September 2017: Automation (Producer: Eli)

October 2017: Webinars (Producer: Tonya and Chad)

  • Two part (intro and workshop)
  • Hands on strategizing content
  • How to market your webinar

November 2017: Market Research and creating surveys that don’t suck (Producer: Michelle)

December 2017: Christmas break!


2016 Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum

You’re invited to the 2016 Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum.

Join Malcolm Burrows and a panel of industry leaders as they share their insight and expertise on the topic of accountability and measuring impact in the nonprofit sector.

WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2016; 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Presentation, Panel, and Q&A
WHERE: Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard St., Vancouver) 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Networking ReceptionMalcolm Burrows is Head of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Scotia Wealth Management, responsible for working with clients to plan, structure and implement their philanthropy, especially through private foundations. He is a nationally-recognized philanthropic advisor that has been working for charities, and with philanthropists, for 25 years.

RSVP to: by October 12.
Scotiabank will donate six $1,000 door prizes to charities in attendance*.