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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’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

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!!
Post by: Melissa Yakimetz