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Sitting Down with BHC South Sac-town

Who doesn’t like waking up at 6am to travel to beautiful and exotic Sacramento to start off their week? That’s just what Matt, Misty and Jessica did on Monday, May 14, 2012 and we enjoyed every moment of the visit together to meet with the South Sacramento BHC Hub and our partners, Zero Divide.

Intro to Analytics for Nonprofits Materials

Thank you for attending the May 10, 2012 training, Introduction to Analytics.

We hope you found the training and discussion useful and now have a better understanding of how to track progress toward your communications goals.

The following are the materials used during the training. These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage re-use, modification, and re-distribution in any situation where they may be useful.

Join Us for an Aspiration Webinar on May 15th!

Hi All,

We want to invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 15th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for a no cost webinar with our very own Matt Garcia! He will talk through basics terms and uses about nonprofit technology, including answering questions like:

A Little Listening in Long Beach

long beach,caOn May 7th, we flew to Long Beach to meet with the Building Healthy Communities of The California Endowment. We were introduced to the BHC Hub Staff Rene and Ana, Program Manager Jenny, and the communications committee Chris, Amelia and Sonya. Wow, what an amazing group of people!

TCE Building Healthy Communities in LA

In February, Matt, Misty and Jessica traveled to Los Angeles to meet the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Hub media coordinators for a 2 day convening. BHC is a 10 yr initiative from The California Endowment (TCE) to improve the health of 14 communities across California. In 2011-2012, Zerodivide and Aspiration partnered to provide statewide technology capacity building support to the BHC communities.

California WIC 2012 Spring Conference


What a beautiful time Misty and I had in Palm Springs at the end of April! We were there to run the Technology Pre-Conference track at the 20th annual California WIC Association’s Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show on April 29!


ConnectingUp 2012

Event Date(s): 
May 1, 2012 to May 3, 2012
1 May, 2012 - 3 May, 2012

Because one can never amass enough frequent flyer miles, it’s off to Sydney, Australia to make merry at ConnectingUp 2012 with our finest friends from down under.

CVNL of Marin Trainings

We are super excited to be involved in a few trainings with the Center for Volunter and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin this May.

The trainings get started with Creating your Social Media Presence on May 4. During this training we’ll help nonprofits make sense of using and coordinating online social media tools.

Here are the training materials prepared for the day!

2012 California WIC Association's Spring Conference

We are super excited to be invited to the 20th annual California WIC Association’s Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show on April 29 to facilitate an interactive day about how to understand and coordinate social media and online communications.

The California WIC Program has improved health outcomes in California with healthier WIC food packages and the commitment to Platinum nutrition education and breastfeeding support.

Aspiration eAdvocacy and Social Media Mentoring Program

Since 2005, Aspiration has been developing a program focused on building capacity for “eAdvocacy” and social media in grassroots nonprofit organizations. eAdvocacy, short for “electronic advocacy”, is the utilization of internet tools and organizational processes for connecting with online audiences, developing relationships and mobilizing for action both online and offline. The main targets of Aspiration’s capacity-building efforts are social justice organizations serving socially, economically and politically marginalized communities.


Nonprofit Tech Teach-In with CTN

I had such a great time attending the Nonprofit Tech Teach-In at Google in San Francisco on April 19, 2012. Thanks to all the organizations that made the day so valuable and especially to Community Technology Network for organizing such a fantastic event!

SFNTC Trainings in May

Ready or not, here May comes… ramp up your online communications this Spring with our series of Lunch Time Tech Talks.

At the San Francisco Nonprofit Tech Center, we are holding a series of no-cost workshops for nonprofits and social justice organizations to ramp up their online communications. Space is limited, so register today!

Bring your own lunch and be ready to participate.

The seminars scheduled are:

E-Newsletters for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
May 24, 2012

This live, 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.

The hour long discussion will be lead by participants’ needs. Topics may include: setting up an email newsletter service for a nonprofit, email newsletter best practices, creating an email message calendar, and tracking email analytics.

Registration is limited, so please register early. See you there!

Intro to Analytics for Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
May 10, 2012

This live lunch time seminar will introduce participants to different analytics or metrics around the tools they use for online communications.

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?”

Coordinating your Online Channels with a Publishing Matrix

Event Date(s): 
May 31, 2012

Ramp up your online communications with our no-cost, live 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.

Building a Listening Dashboard Materials

Here are the training materials used during the Building a Listening Dashboard Webinar on April 11, 2012. We hope you found the information to be useful and are now better able to track your online mentions

Building a Listening Dashboard

NeighborWorks Nonprofit Managers Workshop

We had a great time with NeighborWorks America on April 18, 2012. They invited us to facilitate a training session for 35 nonprofit managers to explore their social media presence.

The goals of the training include:

Internet Society Collaborative Leadership Exchange

Event Date(s): 
April 22, 2012

We headed straight from the Soapbox User Summit to Geneva, Switzerland to facilitate the Internet Society’s first-ever Collaborative Leadership Exchange, an interactive community discussion which took place at the start of Global INET 2012.

2012 Soapbox User Summit

Event Date(s): 
April 19, 2012
19 April, 2012

Aspiration’s ongoing collaboration with PICnet continued unabated at the 2012 Soapbox User Summit in Washington DC, where we’ll helped steer the festivities and let users drive the dialog.


Data Transparency Weekend

Event Date(s): 
April 12, 2012 to April 15, 2012

Our inner crypto geek is hyperventilating as we hang in New York City to help run the Wall Street Journal’s first-ever Data Transparency Weekend, a codeathon where 120 privacy and anonymity geeks will prototype and code tools to help give online users greater control over their online identity and activity.


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