NTEN’s Nonprofit Tech Clubs create a welcoming space for local nonprofit professionals to connect with their peers, learn about technology best practices and strategies, and share their experiences. Volunteer organizers make it all happen.
Volunteers develop leadership, community building, and event planning skills all while networking, socializing, and gaining visibility in their local communities. Technical knowledge is not necessary to be a great community organizer. Friendliness, adaptability, and community-mindedness is key.
If you’re interested in starting (or reviving) a Nonprofit Tech Club or joining an existing organizing team, we’d love to hear from you! Read through the following to get a better idea of how the program works. Come to one of our upcoming information sessions to chat with NTEN's Community Manager and learn more. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content: Events are focused on strategy, rather than specific products or services. Topics are driven by the community.
Format: Events are a typically structured as presentation style learning sessions, roundtable discussions, or social gatherings. Opportunities for quality networking should be included whenever possible.
Timing: Each club is expected to host an event at least once a quarter. Events are typically 1-2 hours in duration. Scheduling (day of the week and time of day) is based on community wants.
Registration fees: Events are to be free of charge. NTEN helps subsidize expenses.
NTEN provides support from afar, however volunteer organizers make the magic happen locally. Duties include:
Starting a new group can take a lot of time. On average, an organizer spends about 6-10 hours per month building their community and preparing for events. Once an organizer becomes more experienced and builds a stronger organizing team, the average time commitment is likely to be around 3-4 hours per month. We ask organizers to serve for one year terms, and in most cases we offer the opportunity to renew their agreement each year.
Clubs are steered by teams of 2-4 core organizers—that’s the role you’re reading about now!
Organizers receive support from NTEN’s community manager, promotion help, toolkit (brand assets, templates, sample marketing materials, etc.), handbook that details guidelines and learnings from other organizers, and access to our internal messaging systems to receive advice from peer organizers worldwide. Additionally, organizers learn and share with each other via quarterly conference calls, online workshops, and special organizer-only community building events at NTEN's annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.
You make things happen: Organizing a Nonprofit Tech Club is a big responsibility and involves many moving pieces. We’ve learned that experience in the nonprofit or technology world and event organization is a plus, but it can’t make up for a willingness to dive in and make it work.
You’re a good communicator: Organizers must be responsive and keep NTEN in the loop. Your questions, needs, successes, failures, awesome content from your events—we want to hear it all—and we need you to respond to our communications.
You are connected to your local community: Running a club gives organizers the ability to make a lot of connections, however we need Lead organizers who are already involved with their local nonprofit and technology community.
You’re committed to creating a diverse club in every sense: Our organizers are willing to make the extra effort required to put together events on a variety of topics, with organizing team members, speakers, and attendees from different sectors, backgrounds, and professional levels.