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Art of the Ask: Email Newsletters Webinar | 2014

Event Date(s): 
September 30, 2014

Thank you to all who attended this online webinar to learn the how, where, what and why of email newsletter asks.

We were excited to offer this training as a webinar for the first time.

Growing ideas with Al Grano

Anthony at CA Tech Fest LA

The fear of public speaking tends to rank higher than the fear of snakes, clowns, dentists, and even dying. So why is one intrepid soul from Modesto, California creating a stage where Latino community organizers and leaders do just that?

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Macias, the founder of Al Grano Talks. Talking on the phone, he opened up about the inspirations and obstacles of creating a space for Latinos to share their stories, struggles, and ideas in 15-minute long speeches.

Getting Started with Email Newsletter | 2014

Event Date(s): 
September 9, 2014

Thank you to all who attended this online webinar to find out how you can get started sending effective email newsletters with the right tools.

Building Online Advocates Webinar | 2014

Event Date(s): 
August 28, 2014

Thank you to all who attended this webinar to dive into organizing and engaging people online.

During this webinar we shared tactics and techniques to engage active users of online spaces with participants' advocacy work.

Mobilizing people is a key component of effective campaigns. Just like offline organizing, this comes from first identifying the people you need to reach and then moving them to action.

Maker Party: Simple HTML for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
August 14, 2014
  • Do you run into annoying formatting problems when trying to put together your email newsletter in a blasting tool?
  • Are you confused about why the white space is showing up next to your images, making things look off kilter, and want to get rid of it?
  • When you see the HTML behind your email newsletter, does it look likegibberish?
  • Do you find that these same things happen when you try putting content in your website CMS?

Five Things I've Learned as a Comms Coordinator

Reporting back from 120 days at Aspiration, here's how I've kept my sanity and grown into my communications position:

1. Little victories

    I need momentum to get things done. I tried diving into a six-month strategy plan first thing in the morning once. Not fun or productive. Now, I start the day with things that have clear end-moments and affirmations (like posting event announcements I planned out the day prior). Gradually, the momentum builds and accelerates, peaking in the afternoon.

Summer Communications Webinars Resources

Here are the training materials from the 2014 Effective Communications summer webinar series. We hope that you found the information to be useful and learned some tips to effectively communicate and engage supporters in your online efforts.

This Six-Part Strategic Communications Webinar Series includes:

Voices from CA Tech Fest

As we approach our fifth California Nonprofit Technology Festival, I was curious to know how people's experiences of Tech Fest have evolved. Misty and I recently spoke with a few Tech Fest veterans. Here are some interesting moments from our discussions.

Responsible Data Forum in Budapest | 2014

Event Date(s): 
September 30, 2014 to October 1, 2014

We co-organized the Responsible Data Forum with the engine room on Sept 30 - Oct 1 2014 in Budapest. The Responsible Resource Sprint built upon the work that started in Oakland in March 2014.

Thank you to all who participated.

Summer Webinars on Communications Strategy

Advocate, organize, and communicate effectively online by developing assets with these Effective Communications Processes Webinars.

We designed this slate of trainings to help organizations to get the most out of their online channels, by building a community and moving people to action. We hope you can join us!

Strengthen your communications processes, coordinate organizational storytelling, measure your success, and build nimble yet effective communications plans with these trainings.

Nonprofit Online Resources—Pre-Launch User Testing

We've been working on something that we're pretty excited about—a new part of our website that gathers all of our training resources in one place. We hope that making these resources accessible and sharable will complement our live trainings and encourage you to reuse and repurpose the resources as need. As we prepare to launch, we'd love to share our progress and get your feedback on our page mock-ups before going live!

California Nonprofit Technology Festival Richmond | 2014

Event Date(s): 
September 25, 2014 to September 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the CA Tech Fest in Richmond, California on September 25-26. The CA Tech Fest was a two-day gathering of over 100 folks from California and abroad who are passionate about leveraging technology and creative media for social justice.

eAdvocacy and Community Building Training in LA

What a wonderful time in the SoCal sunshine! Sixteen smiling faces joined us on Thursday, May 15th in LA to discuss their online presence, eAdvocacy, and community organizing.

Training group posing before senior prom

We spent the day at the vibrant Mercado La Paloma with folks from all over Los Angeles. During our short time together we:

Sharing, Learning, and Connecting at CA Tech Fest L.A.

the ridiculously photogenic LA techfest family

Thank you everyone who made the CA Tech Fest in L.A. extraordinary! We felt honored to host such a diverse and passionate gathering. On April 3rd and 4th, over 75 people with unique voices and goals came together in downtown L.A. to learn, share, and connect.

Reflections from the CA Tech Fest in Los Angeles

If there was ever a space conducive to storytelling, it would be the circle that forms around a campfire. It orients us towards a shared vision, encouraging a solidarity that's hard to see when we sit in rows, facing podiums, Power Points, and stages. So when I saw the circle of chairs awaiting us at the CA Tech Fest venue, I couldn't help but smile.

Online Advocacy & Community Building Training

Event Date(s): 
May 15, 2014

We excitedly returned to Los Angeles for our eAdvocacy training. Thank you to all who attended on May 15th. Check out the event recap and training resources, and contact us if you have any questions.

Event Info

CiviCon 2014

Event Date(s): 
April 24, 2014 to April 25, 2014

We’re excited for CiviCon 2014 on April 24 and 25 - the world's biggest CiviCRM meetup! The annual conference for CiviCRM developers, implementers, administrators, and users – happening in San Francisco Bay Area. Aspiration will be there facilitating a session and being a big CiviFan throughout. Register Here.

California Nonprofit Technology Festival Los Angeles

Event Date(s): 
April 3, 2014 to April 4, 2014

The 2014 California Nonprofit Technology Festival is happening April 3 and 4, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Save the date for this participatory and community-driven two-day convening designed for nonprofit staff, grassroots and community organizers, social justice technologists, and those passionate about social change and technology.

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When?

    Thursday - Friday
    April 3 - 4, 2014
    9:00am - 5:00pm

Where?

Agenda

Sessions

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Agenda and Sessions

The agenda is co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the event.

We'll address the technology challenges and opportunities faced in our communities and collaborate on strategies to build statewide technology capacity to support the work of social change.

Topic areas likely to be on the agenda include...

  • Managing Nonprofit Technology Projects
  • Online Organizing for Grassroots Campaigns
  • Digital Security and Privacy
  • Processes for Sustainable Online Communications
  • Social Justice in California
  • Participant-Led Sessions: More than half of the agenda will be built by participants before and during the event, covering topics, tools, themes and issues proposed by those present.
  • Learning by Making: Hands-on workshops for sharing essential technology skills.

More, more more! Tell us what other hands-on tech skills you would like to learn, and we'll try to find facilitators to get you there.

Contact us and let is know what should be on the agendaand how we can make this event more relevant and valuable for you!

eAdvocacy Training in Ceres

What a great way to return to training in the Central Valley! Eight smiling faces joined us to talk about online presence for their grassroots campaigns last week.

Ceres Workshop Spectrogram

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