Storify: Ben Johnson’s digital tool suggestions from Net Tuesday

A look into the tool kit of Ben Johnson, the Managing Director of Frontier Consulting.

A look into the tool kit of Ben Johnson, the Managing Director of Frontier Consulting.

Get Tickets for the 5th Vancouver Timeraiser!

Are you ready for the most dynamic volunteer-focused art events of the year?The 5th Vancouver Timeraiser is November 8th at the Roundhouse Community Center, 181 Roundhouse Mews. At the Timeraiser you bid volunteer time for incredible works of art purchased from local artists. We call it facilitated simultaneous giving and getting. Ok, maybe we don’t call it that, but it’s a great night where everyone wins. Register soon before tickets sell out and help us raise thousands of volunteer hours for Vancouver nonprofits!

Net Tuesday Members get DISCOUNT Tickets!

As a Net Tuesday member you can get tickets for only $10!

Just go to and enter the following promotional code to get your half-price tickets: Discount Code = net2012

Timeraiser Details:

Thursday November 8th
Doors open at 7:00pm
at Roundhouse Community Center

Tickets are normally $20 and can be purchased online at

No paper ticket necessary.

Timeraiser 101
The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening meet with different agencies and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches, you are eligible to bid on artwork. The big twist is rather than bid money, you bid volunteer hours. If you have the winning bid you have 12 months to complete your pledge before bringing the artwork home as a reminder of your goodwill.
7:00 pm – Doors Open
8:00 pm – Welcoming Remarks
8:30 pm – Silent Art Auction Begins
9:30 pm – Silent Art Auction Ends
10:00 pm – Final announcements
See our FAQs for complete art bidding rules/what happens if you have a winning art bid.
*cash bar and light catering
*dress is Evening Casual
*max art bid is 100 hours
Please contact Amanda Grainger-Munday if you have any questions. You can also follow updates on Twitter,  FacebookLinkedIn.

[Meetup] Prove It! A Practical Guide to A/B Testing for Nonprofits – December 4, 2012

What types of stories best engage your audience? How can you best move your supporters to action? Why do people give to your organization? By performing some simple A/B tests you can start to get the answers to these questions (and more) that can help you shape your marketing, communications and fundraising strategies. Brady presents a practical guide to A/B testing with a sample process, tool recommendations and a case study of a real A/B test.


When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC



  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm: schmoozing
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Brady Josephson knocks your socks off
  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm: Q&A

Brady Josephson

Brady Josephson - Profile - Thumb -WebBrady is currently the Strategic Director at Charity Express, a Vancouver based digital agency serving small and medium sized nonprofit organizations. He’s a Board Member of The Seacrest Foundation (not affiliated with Ryan…), an Adjunct Professor of fundraising at North Park University and blogs often at and less often on The Huffington Post. You can follow him on Twitter at

Our sponsor

Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season. They do cool things. Check them out!

[Meetup] Crowdfunding for nonprofits – October 2, 2012

What is crowdfunding and why does it have the potential to become a powerful tool to help you raise money for your cause?

Crowdfunding is the pooling of resources by a group in support of a project. Sound familiar? Charities have been doing it for decades, but new tools and techniques are emerging that are resulting in an explosion of funds raised. Join Net Tuesday October 2 for a panel of experts discussing the best practices that will lead to fundraising success.



The format:

6:00 – 7:15 pm: a panel of four expert speakers talk trends and best practices

7:15 – 8:00 pm: three nonprofits present 10 minute case studies based on their experience.

  • Jared Lee of Peace Geeks talks about their recently launched crowdfunding campaign.
  • plus a special guest we haven’t confirmed yet!


When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:00 PM

Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC


Trevor Loke


Trevor Loke became Vancouver’s youngest-ever elected official at the age of 22 upon his election as Vancouver Park Board Commissioner. Trevor is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer with Weeve, the world’s crowdfunding platform which doesn’t take transaction fees and specializes in nonprofit projects, current partners include the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, YWCA and Covenant House. Trevor is a goaltender with Vancouver’s Cutting Edges Hockey Club, and has worked for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and various non-profit organizations in communications, marketing and fundraising. He’s on twitter, too.

“Crowdfunding solves the crisis in the not-for-profit sector”

Brett Conkin

Bret Conkin is the Marketing Driver for social fundraising platform FundRazr. He has founded and collaborated on multiple tech start-ups and has been involved in Crowd-funding software since 2007.
Past roles with P&G and BC Lottery have sharpened his ability to deliver on customer needs. A past Board member of the Stanley Park Ecological Society, Bret is also the licensee for TEDxUBC. An often injured recreational athlete, Bret plays younger than his years. Bret can be followed socially on Twitter, on LinkedIn and Facebook.

“Crowd funding turns fans into fundraisers and supporters into evangelists.”




David CameronA generalist by nature, David Cameron is currently an Associate Consultant at Momentum Consulting Group in Vancouver, where he advises multiple local and international social ventures and non-profit organizations. He is also the Canadian Amabassador for, an online kickstarter for social ventures, non-profit organizations, and social good projects. David founded the first student-run social entrepreneurship conference in Vancouver, contributed to the recent report produced by the BC Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship, and sits on the Board for the Workplace Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development. He has worked in brand strategy at Coca Cola’s Canadian head office and in various roles at two prominent financial institutions,including his work at Vancity to help launch a $15-million fund to invest in social ventures in BC. David enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, having conversations with friends over a beer, he has studied in Paris, traveled to over two dozen countries, and received an undergraduate degree with Honors at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
David on Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Crowdfunding connects non-profit organizations with key supporters who not only want to see it succeed, but who also want to help it along the way.”

Ian MacKenzie Ian Mackenzie is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, focusing on teachers, stories, and movements that are articulating the new paradigm. Ian’s online short “The Revolution is Love” was named 1 of the Top 10 Occupy Wall St films of 2011, and has been garnered over 300,000 views on Youtube. His latest project is the feature doc Occupy Love, directed by Velcrow Ripper, premiering at the Vancouver Film Festival October 4.

Check him out on his website, Twitter or read his thoughts on crowdfunding.

“Done well, crowdfunding can accelerate the work of non-profits, achieving a huge step forward away from the old economic paradigm.”

Our sponsor

Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season.

They do cool things. Check them out!

Homework readings

The science of Facebook pages: how non-profits increase engagement on Facebook

I virtually attended this event via their livestream from Seattle, Washington, while the volunteers including my Vancouver friends tweeted on site. This is my online curation for the attendees, for my non profit friends across the world and whoever may be interested, including some extra links.

Darren Barefoot and Theo Lamb at NetTuesday Vancouver

How can your non-profit ‘win’ on Facebook? Many organizations measure their success on this platform using likes, comments, and shares. That’s why Darren Barefoot and Theo Lamb of Capulet Communications decided to look at what actually works on Facebook, and what type of content tends to gather high engagement.

Continue reading “The science of Facebook pages: how non-profits increase engagement on Facebook”

[meetup] My digital toolkit with Ben Johnson – November 6 2012

How do you launch half a dozen corporate websites, send dozens of eblasts, direct mailings and newsletters to raise millions without an office (or employees). Ben Johnson goes through his favourite tools for project management, testing, databases, email service providers to show how you can scale your work to be a digital-first organization.


When: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM
Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC


ABOUT BEN JOHNSON Benjamin Johnson Ben is the Managing Director of Frontier Consulting. His background includes founding a startup to promote micro-volunteering to altruistic tech-savvy Millenials right out of university, later holding marketing positions with Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver and Island Savings in Victoria, picking up his CMA designation on the way. Ben lives in Victoria and has been tackling the responsibilities of fatherhood for over three years now. You can find Ben on Twitter at @mrbenjohnson.

Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season.

They do cool things. Check them out!

You’re invited to the Demonstrating Value website launch

Via our friends at Demonstrating Value.

A new website and a special event to launch the fresh face of Demonstrating Value

We’ve given the Demonstrating Value website a major makeover, and now we’re excited to share it with you. With new features and simplified site navigation, you can now enjoy quick and easy access to everything you need on the website.

On the evening of Monday September 24, at an event co-hosted by Vancity Community Foundation and SAP, three local social enterprises will present their recently completed performance snapshots. There will also be a panel discussion where enterprise managers and the consultants who helped them will speak on the benefits and challenges of creating Demonstrating Value snapshots.

Garth Yule, program manager of evaluation and community impact at Vancity Community Foundation will be there to share features of the new Demonstrating Value website, including the newgallery of performance snapshots, and present on dashboarding software from SAP.

Also, learn about SAP technology donations, connecting skilled volunteers with social enterprises, SAP green team and the Passion Capital Awards.

Date: Monday September 24, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 (doors open at 5:00)
Location: SAP, 910 Mainland St., Vancouver
Registration: $5 donation can be made upon registration or at the door.

Register now at

For more information, contact Demonstrating Value or visit

Meetup: The Science of Facebook Pages for Nonprofits [September 11 2012]

How NGOs win on Facebook

View more presentations from Darren Barefoot

How NGOs win with Facebook

What actually works in garnering likes, comments and shares on Facebook pages? Darren Barefoot and Theo Lamb analyzed 1000 posts from large environmental NGOs and are keen to report their findings. Learn who’s doing Facebook well, and what really works to increase engagement.




When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6:00 PM To 7:30 PM
Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC



Darren Barefoot

Darren Barefoot is internet famous. He has an honest-to-goodness wikipedia page.
He likes to play on the internet. He’s tweeted more than 17,444 times and it has been suggested that he’s Reddit’s biggest booster. Plus he’s co-written several books, the latest of which is Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook.

Theodora’s passion for non-profit causes led her to work in social media where she helps to strengthen online communities. She works with several organizations including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as an online community manager and with Mountain Equipment Co-op’s on wilderness protection across Canada. She’s also developed online communities for the BC Mental Health & Addictions Services, the Women’s Health and Research Institute and the Asia Pacific Foundation. Theodora’s background in radio and television allows her to bridge her passion for storytelling, media and the web and when she can, she loves to write about redheads.



Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season.

They do cool things. Check them out!