Holiday Fundraiser from an Orlando Tech affiliate

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Dear Tech4Good members,

Tech For Good and Orlando Tech Association are throwing a killer party to help kid’s charities, and we need you and tech4good’s help. bitly.com/tech-for-good

I am excited to be hosting the first Tech For Good fundraiser – a way to connect the tech community to the larger community through philanthropy. Specifically, we are raising money to help kid’s nonprofits in Orlando.

We are different than tech4good in name, but share the same spirit, and hope you can attend. For all the reason’s you are members of tech4good, we knew we needed to step up our philanthropy game. So, we are throwing a holiday style party at Irish Shannons on Friday, Dec 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Bottomless drinks from the open bar, fun bar games (including a Flip Cup tournament), and lots of goodwill. You are the champions of the Orlando tech social good, and so I come to you looking for your assistance in making this a wild success.

The more people that attend and the more sponsor dollars we raise, the more kids we can help.

1. Please buy a ticket for yourself, your friends and loved ones, your employees, and even your customers. It does not need to be exclusive to techies – anyone who is awesome is welcome: anyone who likes fun and helping children should come. We intentionally scheduled it on a Friday night downtown, so it can either be a kick-ass happy hour or a kick-ass pre-party. bitly.com/tech-for-good Use promo code T4G to save $10.

2. Help us find supportive companies to sponsor with $500-$1000 donations. They will be promoted on all of the materials alongside OTA. Checks will be written directly to BAYS Florida, the nonprofit we are helping and are tax deductible – so contact Chris Lawson lawson@getcurrent.co directly and I’ll facilitate.

3. Spread the word. Please spread the event info and mission, along with the coupon code far and wide via email, social, websites, friendly influencers and press. If you participate in other Meetups or group, please invite all of the members. Again, this is going to be a killer party that also helps kids, so do not be shy about shameless promotion as members of the OTA team. bitly.com/tech-for-good I sincerely appreciate your help. My goal is to host four events per year, with a new children’s charity beneficiary each time. If we can knock this one out of the park, the rest will be easy peasy.

Thanks in advance, Chris Lawson Founder/ Tech For Good

Tech4Good Orlando November Meetup

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We had a nice discussion November 15th for the monthly meetup.  The purpose was to recap the year and look forward to growing the group in the coming months.

As for progress to date, one of the success stories is the work of Pavel Vakh and team from iternative.net at UP Orlando.  They have been engaging with the nonprofit, delivering much needed IT services and was able to obtain a file server for their initiatives.

As for looking forward to the future, we have two upcoming meetings:

  • In December, we will hold our event at the Pet Alliance Orlando
  • In January, one of our newer members, Greg Troxell, of National Alliance for Youth Development will be sponsoring the January event

– look forward to meetup details for both events.

I am pleased that we have re-activated this group.  There has been very positive reviews and we’d like to capitalize on that for the future.  We need to deliver more positive outcomes to more non profits in greater Orlando.

For the future, I’d like to hear from you.  Please comment below.

Tech4Good Orlando’s September Meeting Recap

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I would like to thank all the people who RSVP’d and/or attended last night’s event at UPOrlando.

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We initially met, then participated in a site visit of the non-profit by Nina Yon, UPOrlando’s director of development.

At the conclusion of the site visit, Mark Becker, of Cathexis Partners, discussed Peer-to-Peer fundraising – this is a model that many non-profits can use.

At the conclusion of the presentation, we discussed how we can position Tech4Good to make immediate impact in the community.  Several ideas/activities:

  1. Publish a directory of IT suppliers/organizations that Non-profits can use (look for a separate tab on this site)
  2. Provide focused support for one organization, engage several groups to help alleviate some of the key pain points at the non-profit.
  3. Communicate to the non-profits about the services our group could provide

We specifically addressed how the team could help UPOrlando, immediately.  Please watch this space as we work with UPOrlando in the next few days.

I would ask if you have additional comments, please provide here:

 

Tech4Good’s latest Meetup – Tonight!

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We are excited to re-launch Tech4Good this evening. Meeting event details are here.  The meeting will be held at a local non-profit – United Against Poverty (also known as UPOrlando)

Living and working in Orlando provides alot of benefits to residents and this is an opportunity to start to give back.  Today’s event will provide additional information about UPOrlando, its mission and its service in the community.

Our Keynote speech this evening will be by Mark Becker of Cathexis Partners.  Mark will speak on creative approaches for Peer-to-Peer fundraising.

Going forward, we’d like to spotlight other Non-profits during these meetings.  If you’re a Non-profit that would like to be featured, please email me.

We appreciate our partnership with NetSquared and TechSoup, without whose guidance, this group wouldn’t be reactivated.

Looking forward to seeing you this evening!

Any questions, please email us:

Thank you

Tony DiSanza

Charity During Difficult Times

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This past week, we saw incredible devastation to the state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma.  Outpouring of support across the nation has been incredible.  But charity also begins locally.  We will still have our September meetup at United Against Poverty this coming Tuesday, September 19.  In advance of that, United Against Poverty is experiencing an influx of goods that needs to be distributed to members in Florida.   Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma they are receiving more food then what we alone can handle. Because our other campuses were impacted by the storm at a greater level than our campus, we will be receiving double what we normally get. They need some extra hands on deck to help us process all of this extra food. Also for this week only, the schedule does not matter. If you can find anytime throughout the day to stop by please do so and feel free to bring some friends with you to help out!­

We will also be holding extended hours on Friday, September 15th until 8pm! If you have any questions please contact Jalisa, the Coordinator of Volunteers at Jalisa@upcenters.org

 

Also, if there are other non-profits that need more help, please contact me and we can post here.

Thanks

Tony

Tech4Good Brings Together Local Nonprofits for Giving Tuesday

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Mayors Letter  In less than a month, six Central Florida nonprofits will launch the first ever collaborative campaign on Giving Tuesday to support Orlando’s growing needs.

Orlando Gives was born from a brilliant conversation at Tech4Good’s session on preparing for Giving Tuesday. Fast forward to today, each organization has brought their best to initiate an effort unlike anything Orlando has seen with the support of Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County’s Mayor Teresa Jacobs as well as local companies and individuals.

Visit http://www.orlandogives.org for more information and save the date, December 1st – Because Central Florida Matters!

The Panel Has Spoken: Adopting a Tech-Centric Culture

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March 26th we held our very first panel event “Adopting a Tech-Centric Culture” at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. If you have not been to this facility yet you are missing out; it is amazing!! We had a powerhouse business women contribute their experiences to our topic.

Our panelists included:

  • Leslie Wilcott, instructor at University of Central Florida
  • Heather Norton, Vice President of education at the Orlando Science Center
  • Devin Dominguez, Director of development at Art & History museums-Maitland
  • Ally Hinton, Digital marketing coordinator/social media manager for rethink homeless

Throughout our discussion we asked our panel three main questions.

Is the investment in technology worth the return?

Our panelists replied with an absolute consensus that technology is a must in this day and age.

 “If you don’t adopt technology you might as well close your doors”-Ally

When it comes to adopting technology, where do organizations start and who needs to be involved in the process?

Devin advocates all aspects of the organization need to be involved in the decision and adoption but there needs to be e a “keeper” of the project. The keeper of the project should be someone who is open minded and passionate about the technology being adopted. Managing with empathy to foster the idea of technology growth will be instrumental in the adoption process. Understand all staff members have different day-to-day roles; they don’t walk in your shoes and you don’t walk in theirs.

“Everyone needs to be involved” – Heather

Leslie recommends sharing information with everyone so all aspects of the organization are involved in the change from the start.

Heather suggests understanding where the fear of technology and change is coming from to address it head on. Once we have an understanding of the reason behind resistance, we as leaders can make the change and adoption of technology less intimidating.

“Admit you don’t know” –Leslie

How do you make your case when investing in technology?

Leslie recommends putting yourself in the department heads shoes. Find the need and highlight the benefits of the investment for all departments to sell the idea.  “There has always been a need for the technology already integrated.”

Heather urges if it doesn’t work- don’t give up! Adopting technology can be intimidating and troublesome. Many times organizations will give up too quickly because they are trying to force the technology to conform to the organization rather than embracing the technology and letting the technology complete the task. Keeping an open mind will assist with the culture and process change.

Devin recommends quantify the time savings to sell the idea. Money is the bottom line right? So, why not put the money in the forefront? Quantifying the time savings for day-to-day tasks will allow organizations to get the most out of their staff member’s time, thus creating a more functional and efficient process.

“Technology upgrades are necessary.”-Leslie

Ally advises technology is hard- use your resources! Many staff members in small nonprofits do not have IT training and lack the knowledge to understand analytics and how to reach their market with the correct content. Make the most of your efforts and learn as much as possible about the new technology being adopted from the resources at hand. Hire a consultant if need be! Just don’t make a monetary investment without a time investment.

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