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.

Poll Questions & Responses

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Recap: Must-Use Apps & Tools for Every Nonprofit

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The apps and tools workshop was a great way to introduce Tech4Good to the Orlando community. We had a great turn out and the presenters were awesome! Our very own, Margaux Pagan presented Canva, an online graphic design software. Margaux had our members design valentines day cards for their loved ones. Our members had a great time creating professional looking cards and many of them emailed their creations!

Margaux also presented Piktochart which assists in the creation of infographics. I am a huge fan of infographics and loved learning how to create them! Be on the look out for some Tech4Good infographics created by yours truly!

Margaux’s final presentation was EventBrite. Tech4Good uses EventBrite to track our attendance for our events and it works wonders! The best part of EventBrite is it also provides statical data for promotional tools. This allows T4G to better understand how to effectively reach our members!

Ryan Mickley, a personal branding specialist, presented WordPress. WordPress is a tool used to create websites. WordPress has worked well for many types of organizations due to their range of products offered. For smaller companies, WordPress offers inexpensive website templates at a low rate. For larger companies we need customization of their website WordPress offers blank canvases. Our website, Tech4GoodOrlando.org is a WordPress site!
Matthew Donovan, owner of Txtsignal.com, presented his product which allows organizations to send out mass text messages. Txtsignal also has the capability of sending and receiving replies creating a dialog with customers. Matthew was kind enough to offer a discount for all the members at the workshop!

Shea Glenny, the Director of Strategy at Root Radius, presented Google Analytics! This was a very interesting presentation because Shea informed us on the importance of utilizing the tools Google provides. In a nutshell, Google Analytics provide statical data about websites. This data includes the traffic to websites, bounce rates, and the length of time a person stays at your website.
Our final presenter was Jared Miller who presented SalesForce AppExchange. Jared is the leader of the Tampa Salesforce User Group, was the co-host of the wildly popular Button Click Admin podcast, and is the Director of Customer Success at Configero! During Jared’s presentation he discussed SaleForce’s 1-1-1 model; this model provides 1% of their product, 1% of their equity and 1% of their employees time to nonprofits. Since the creation of this model SalesForce has give over $73M in grants and has logged over 743K hours of service!

The feedback we have received from this event has been very positive! We are so excited the community found the tools and apps helpful for their nonprofits! I can’t wait to do it again!!
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From Melissa’s Laptop

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Melissa YakimetzWhen the opportunity came to be a part of a nonprofit tech community right here in Orlando, I couldn’t refuse. My entire career has been for-profit. After having a small taste of a nonprofit I craved another opportunity I could lend my skills and talents to. I heard about Tech4Good for the first time when I stumbled upon this opportunity. I immediately fell in love with the mission and vision of Tech4Good!

As the event chair I hope to engage our community with stimulating events as well as provide a resource hub for nonprofits. In the future our members can expect more workshops, webinars, and panel discussion events! This June we are teaming up with Orlando Tech Association for their National Day of Civic Hacking. I am very excited to join OTA for this great event!

I have no doubt that Tech4Good will become a huge success here in Orlando. I am absolutely blown away by the welcoming we have received from the community! I am extremely excited to see our membership continue to grow so we can all create a wealth of information and success stories for nonprofits alike.