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Nonprofit Tech Teach-In

Event Date(s): 
January 18, 2012

Join us for a one day training event for Bay Area nonprofits and social justice organizations, hosted at the Google offices in Mountain View, California!

This is a great opportunity to work with three different organizations—Community Technology Network, Aspiration, and Google—offering support to empower you with tech skills so you can magnify your social justice passions and priorities. View the training materials here.

Building a Social Media Dashboard

Event Date(s): 
March 1, 2012

This workshop was designed to help you set up a Social Media Listening Dashboard for your nonprofit or social justice organization.

View materials used during the training here.

Coordinating your Online Channels with a Publishing Matrix

Event Date(s): 
February 23, 2012

Ramp up your online communications with our no-cost workshop about how to coordinate your online communications at your nonprofit.

Many nonprofits find it confusing to manage and effectively coordinate organizational messages and campaigns across the several social media outlets, blogs, and communications channels that exist. This workshop gives nonprofits a framework in which to look at different communications channels and develop an online communications strategy for their organization.

How to Create a Message Calendar

Event Date(s): 
February 9, 2012

Is all of your online campaign and organizational messaging scheduled and tracked on a unified calendar that is visible to all stakeholders? This session will explain the process of creating and maintaining a messaging calendar, as well as the potential value to your organization. In addition, the design of a “narrative arc” will be described and correlated to calendaring strategies.

Introduction to Online Analytics

Event Date(s): 
February 2, 2012

This lunch time seminar will introduce participants to different “analytics” or metrics around the tools they use for online communications. View the Analytics training materials here.

Many organizations are using online communications tools but do not keep track of the easily accessible metrics that let them know whether or not they are making progress on their goals. Analytics can be a scary topic for anyone having to answer the questions “is this working?”

2011 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 16, 2011 to November 18, 2011

Aspiration's Annual NPTechie Love Fest took place right on schedule this year, 16-18 November at Preservation Park in Oakland.

  • Check out the Agenda and session notes from the event!
  • Let us know if you want to propose or request a session for the 2012 Dev Summit! There is always plenty of room for more!

A big love bomb of thanks to all who joined us for this and past Dev Summit's, as well as all of you who will join in the fun at next year's high-spirited, fully-interactive festival of folks who are passionate about developing software tools to support the work of social change organizations and community activists.

Webinars Suck...

…but, with a little effort, they can suck less.

The Webinar tool has been a viable tool for presenting to large groups for years, however, for many it is still a new frontier in the presentation realm. The verdict is still out about whether or not the telecommuting convenience makes webinars a better option than the in-person alternative.

However, I believe that webinars are often better than conference calls when presentation is the main purpose.

Positives and negatives of webinars…

The Upside

California Consumer Protection Foundation - Grantee Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 10, 2011
10 November, 2011

Aspiration is quite honored that the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF) has invited us to organize and facilitate their 2011 Grantee Summit, which will bring together over 60 CCPF grantees from across the state.

Event Venue

The event is being held at the lovely Preservation Park in Oakland, California.

Sessions - 2011 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Here is what's on the slate for the 2011 Dev Summit, with more sessions being added every week.

We welcome additional session proposals! Just email us!

Building Online Communications for Grassroots Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
October 25, 2011

We’re excited to return to Modesto, California on October 25 from 1-5pm for a no cost training, “Building Online Communications for Grassroots Nonprofits”, as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Capacity Building Program.

Register for October 25 in Modesto

Two Inspired Women have Found Themselves at Aspiration

Welcome Uno and Jessica

Jessica Steimer and Uno Nam are the newest members of the team here at Aspiration. As AmeriCorps VISTAs, it is their job to spend one year working on capacity building for NPOs with the ultimate goal of helping to reduce poverty. The program under which they are working, called HandsOn Tech, is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute based in Atlanta and incorporates 24 VISTAs in seven cities, all with the shared focus of using technology to make organizations more efficient and more effective in supporting their mission. Each will work with eleven non profits over the course of a year, providing workshops, assessment, and on-site support.

Let us introduce ourselves!

Online Communications Trainings in September & October

Aspiration is offering some free trainings around online communications support here at the tech center. The seminars on the slate are:

Coordinating Your Online Communications Channels with a Publishing Matrix
September 28th, 2011, 2pm - 4pm

Building a Social Media Dashboard
October 12th, 2011, 2pm - 4pm

How to Create a Message Calendar

Event Date(s): 
October 26, 2011
26 October, 2011

Is all of your online campaign and organizational messaging scheduled and tracked on a unified calendar that is visible to all stakeholders? This session will explain the process of creating and maintaining a messaging calendar. In addition, design of “narrative arc” will be described and correlated to calendaring strategies. Participants will be invited to construct their own draft calendars for the campaign or other online communications for which they are currently responsible.

Join us for this training designed for non-profit organizations who are concerned with their online campaigning strategy and communications. While there will be some technical content, the primary focus will be on strategic use of processes and best practices for online campaigning, so don't be scared if you have little tech background.

The training is small and no experience is necessary, space is limited. Laptops are not required, but you may bring one for the Message Calendaring session. We can provide laptops at the training too.

Register for this training today!

When?

Wednesday, October 26th
2:00 - 4:00pm

Where?

San Francisco Non-Profit Tech Center
1370 Mission St.
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Building a Social Media Dashboard

Event Date(s): 
October 12, 2011

Join us for a no-cost training on building effective online communications for nonprofits and social justice organizations. This training will be an interactive session to help you build out your online strategy efforts.

Do you know where you are being mentioned online? As the number of valuable eAdvocacy channels grows, tools are needed for tracking how and where a campaign or organization is being mentioned on web sites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. This session will explain how to create such a tool, enumerate what free and low-cost tools are available, and describe best practices for getting the most value out of such tactical resources. View the training materials.

Reserve your spot at the training today!

When?

Wednesday, October, 12th
2:00 - 4:00pm

Where?

San Francisco Non-Profit Tech Center
1370 Mission St.
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

The training is small and no experience is necessary. Registration is free, but space is limited so reserve your spot today! Laptops are not required, but you may bring one for the Social Media Dashboard session. We can provide laptops at the training too.

Coordinating Your Online Communications Channels with a Publishing Matrix

Event Date(s): 
September 20, 2011

Many nonprofits find it confusing to manage and effectively coordinate organizational messages and campaigns across the mind-numbing plethora of social media outlets, blogs and communications channels. This training gives nonprofits a framework in which to look at different communications channels as effective for organizational goals. Participants will learn how online communications tools differ and relate to one another in terms of characteristics like tone, frequency and level of control. In this hands-on workshop, participants put together actual tools that they can use as an organization to inform and structure processes surrounding how, when and why to use their choice of communications channels.

This training also gives participants a structure in which to think of these channels so that it is no longer a huge array of strangely-named tools to learn. Rather, a selection of tools for an organization to choose from to achieve broader organizational goals.

Register now for this free seminar.

When?

Wednesday, September 28th
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where?

San Francisco Non-Profit Tech Center
1370 Mission St.
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

The training is small and no experience is necessary, space is limited. Laptops are not required, but you may bring one for the Publishing Matrix session. We can provide laptops at the training too.

Email Newsletters for Nonprofits Training Material

Thank you for attending the September 14, 2011 Fresno training, Email Newsletters for Nonprofits, as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Program. View the event details here.

We hope you found the training useful and now have a better understanding of how to start an email newsletter at your organization.

Building Your Online Communications Training Material

Thanks to everyone who attended the August 23 Sacramento training, Building Online Communications for Your Nonprofit, as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Program. View the event details here.

We hope you found the training useful and now have a better understanding of using different online tools for your organization.

Central Valley Call-In Office Hours Sept 8th from 1-3pm!

Thank you for the feedback from the 1st Central Valley Office Hours! We are having another Call-in Office Hours on Thursday September 8, 2011 from 1pm-3pm to give you an informal, casual way to get your questions answered about online communications at your nonprofit. Here’s the call information:

Central Valley Capacity Building Office Hours

We will be on the line answering ad hoc online communications questions for people in the Central Valley. The following phone number will be used to join the call. Feel free to drop in or out at anytime.

Email Newsletters for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
September 14, 2011

We’re excited to return to Fresno, California on September 14 from 9am-4pm for a no cost training, “Email Newsletters for Nonprofits”, as part of the Central Valley eAdvocacy Capacity Building Program.

Register for September 14 in Fresno

This collaborative and hands-on training will provide nonprofits a better understanding of how to start an email newsletter or incorporate best practices into a current email newsletter.

Talkin' Cloud with the NTEN posse

It’s a blast any time we get to work with the great folks @NTEN, so I was super stoked to be invited to share Aspiration’s take on The Opportunity for Good in the Cloud at the The Nonprofit Cloud Summit

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