May Nonprofit & Tech Events

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook or follow us on twitter at #Net2van.


Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Office 365 for Nonprofits

When: Monday, May 9

Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Do your staff and volunteers want to do their work on personal devices like smartphones or tablets? Are you tired of maintaining an in-house Exchange server? Then Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit may be right for you.

Testing Makes Perfect – How to Optimize Your Campaign through A/B Testing

When: Tuesday, June 14

During the 2015 election, the NDP Digital team ran hundreds of A/B tests on emails and landing pages to optimize their fundraising and mobilization programs. Michael Roy, the NDP’s Digital Director during the election, will talk about what they learned from their testing and optimization program, and show you how your next campaign can use A/B testing and optimization tactics to help achieve your goals.

Net2van/Changemaker’s Picnic

When: Wednesday, July 6

Design an Exceptional Digital Experience

When: Tuesday, July 12


Branding As a Non-Profit: Putting Your Brand to Work for You

When: Thursday, May 12

Explore the importance for brand and brand strategies in the non-profit sector. Join Dan Dagg for an engaging discussion about how to manage your brand to create a greater impact.

Social Media Surgery: Hands on advice & help

When: Saturday, June 4

Back by popular demand, we’re planning our third Social Media Surgery this spring. Do you need a hand in learning social media and web basics, like posting photos on Facebook, writing a tweet, or updating your blog? Or maybe you have questions about how to track the clicks on your links, or use Facebook Insights? Or maybe you want to chat with someone about your social media strategy? Or maybe you’re a social media pro yourself, and want to share your experience with others?


There’s a new Education Technology group for all of you who live and breathe at the intersection of education and technology. Whether you are based in a university, a startup, a nonprofit, a private school, a coding school, if you’re interested exploring the future of education and meeting others who will inspire it, then join them on meetup for the first event announcement.


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Social Media Camp (Victoria)

When: May 5-7

Net2van members get $150 off any ticket with the code NetSquared

Social Media Camp is a three-day, knowledge-rich conference that covers all key issues for getting the most out of social media marketing, whether you’re responsible for driving website traffic, managing the online marketing budget, reputation management, customer service or stewarding your company’s online brand.

Salesforce Trailhead Beer

When: May 6

This is a casual Salesforce meetup for some tinker-time, trailheading, and socializing, so we hope everyone can make it to get to know some of our newest members and get some badges under our belts. Haven’t gotten started with Trailhead yet? Here’s your chance! Come on down and we’ll get you all set up and get your first badge…or two!

How to Break Through Online and Win Campaigns with Karl Hardin

When: Saturday, May 7

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and workshop your campaign or issue, as digital strategist Karl Hardin walks you through digital campaigning in this intensive one-day Tyee Master Class. You’ll cover the basics, do a deep dive on strategy and get your hands dirty by workshopping your story and writing copy for e-mail and the web.
You’ll come away with a better appreciation of how storytelling can make people click things online and how that can be the first step towards a meaningful and impactful relationship. And how these relationships, at scale, can change the world.

Open Data Drinks and CivicTech Show & Tell Night

When: Tuesday, May 10

Join us for for a fun pub (and Whiskey Bar) evening and chat with a crowd of awesome people on all things #OpenData, #OpenGov and #CivicTech!

Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation

When: May 10

The Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation workshop is designed to empower you (up-and-coming not-for-profit staff, board members and volunteers) with tools to explore your own leadership strengths, embrace leadership opportunities and cultivate a network of support as you take the first steps on your personal leadership path.

Rhetoric Rules! Dos and Don’ts for Crafting a Killer Commentary

When: Saturday, May 14

In this Tyee Master Class, you’ll learn the enduring value of an op-ed (or digital commentary) and how these can validate your campaign in the eyes of decision-makers and other key audiences, including funders. In a series of structured exercises, with feedback, you’ll learn the building blocks of a solid op-ed, and draft and polish your own piece. You’ll also learn strategies for pitching media and getting your piece published.

HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a One Page Website From Scratch

When: Saturday, May 14

If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging!

HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a Multi Page Website From Scratch (Two Evenings)

When: May 16 + 17

If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging!

The Road to Self Employment: The Secrets No One Shares about Being a Consultant

When: Tuesday, May 24

Self-employed, consultant, solo-preneur, freelancer, contractor — whatever you call yourself — what unites us is wanting to find freedom from the 9-5. But this never comes easy. In order to thrive, you need to survive the first years of running your own business.

Tech for Good, Blackbaud is coming

When: Tuesday, May 24

Rub shoulders. Share insight. Learn from nonprofit doers, table-turners, and thought leaders as they discuss everything from online and peer-to-peer fundraising to email and donor data in an interactive setting.

CODE Documentary Screening

When: Thursday, May 26

Join us for a community screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary. We’ll serve snacks and drinks and there will be a chance to discuss the documentary after!
CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Human Resources: Developing High Performers

When: May 31

Human Resources: Developing High Performers will provide hands-on tools to set SMART goals for your employees and volunteers, prepare for and conduct effective performance reviews, provide timely and constructive feedback, and have those crucial conversations when someone may no longer fit the role or organization.

Board Fundamentals: Fund Development

When: June 7

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development, yet many board members don’t feel they have the experience or confidence to be effective in promoting their organization.

TractionForce 2016

When: Wednesday, June 9
Free ticket:

If every company should be a technology company, then every non-profit’s mission can be driven by technology.

Tractionforce’s non-profit stream focuses on the importance of technology in driving your mission. The morning roundtable will be co-hosted by Traction and and will bring non-profit leaders from Engineers Without Borders, Down Syndrome Research Foundation and St. James Music Academy, who are leveraging technology to be more efficient. We will see how they are using Salesforce, third-party tools and internal resources to make a difference and grow their impact.

Understanding The Societies Act Ii: Deep Dive Into Legal Issues In Governance And Legislative Changes

When: June 16

Through group work and case studies, and building on Understanding the Societies Act I, this workshop will introduce and explore more complex legal issues in governance, finance and regulatory matters and provide a strong focus on changes coming to those areas.

Knowledge Philanthropy: How To Find & Engage Volunteer Talent

When: June 21

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract and engage knowledge philanthropists in your work.

Van IMPACT 2016

When: September 21 and 22, 2016

Learn from and be inspired by amazing speakers, with topics ranging from measuring
social impact, to building a values­ aligned corporate culture, to staying sane as the
founder of a high­-growth startup.

Learn business­ boosting tactics you can implement immediately, during the roundtable
flash workshops

Surround yourself with 500+ like ­minded change makers in an intimate setting, with plenty
of opportunities to have those invaluable “hallway conversations”


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