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August 21, 2018

Send Big Duck to Portland: Vote for Sarah and Farra’s 2019 NTC session proposals

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It might be a hot and sticky August here in Brooklyn, but we’re dreaming of cooling off in the City of Roses at NTEN’s 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), taking place next March in Portland, Oregon. Our favorite NTC veterans, Big Duck’s president Sarah Durham and vice president Farra Trompeter, have submitted four session proposals, and we need your help!

NTEN is inviting the community—nonprofit staff and people just like you—to weigh in with a round of public voting on the sessions that have been submitted. To help Sarah and Farra make it to Stumptown, take a moment to check out their session descriptions and vote for their four workshops before midnight ET on Friday, August 31. 

We also encourage you to spend some time and look through as many of the sessions you can. There are some amazing ideas there and these votes help shape the overall program so it reflects what the community wants to get out of the conference!

Nonprofit Communications Engine: Building mindshare and momentum with strategic communications

Pitched with Chandra Hayslett, Communications Director, The Center for Constitutional Rights 
This workshop will explore how communications teams can advance programs, development, and advocacy goals by growing a pipeline of connections, building top-of-mind awareness, and more. We’ll talk about silos, collaboration, and how to put your mission front-and-center in all communications. It will marry theory with real-world examples from the Center for Constitutional Rights and other organizations. Vote here.

Is it time to change your nonprofit’s name?

Pitched with Katherine Ollenburger, Director of Brand Strategy, Center for Community Change; Michele Lunsford, Digital Marketing and Communications Officer, Humanity & Inclusion; and Rinku Sen, former President, Race Forward

Does your organization’s name still represent who you are? Overwhelmed by the pros and cons of exploring a new name? Not sure where to start? In this session, we’ll discuss how to assess if you should change your name, outline the steps in the process including how to build buy-in and apply to digital channels, and explore some of the issues that are critical to doing it successfully. Farra Trompeter (Vice President, Big Duck) will co-lead this interactive panel discussion with nonprofit staff who will share their experiences and provide a range of examples after undergoing a recent name change. Vote here.

The Highs and Lows of CMOs

Pitched with Chandra Hayslett, Communications Director, The Center for Constitutional Rights; Suzanne Shaw, Communications Director, Union of Concerned Scientists; and Ambar Mentor-Truppa, Vice President of Communications at Sargeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

What will hiring a C-Suite marketing or communications do to advance your organization’s mission? This panel discussion will explore the best way to grow a team that adds depth, diversity, and strategy to your organization’s communications. Vote here.

Pitched with Chris Tuttle, Communications Director, GLSEN and Bridget Jackson, Senior Public Affairs and Communications Advisor, NeighborWorks America

Do your development and communications teams fight like cats and dogs? In this session, we’ll break the typical presentation format and host an interactive debate tackling questions commonly challenging nonprofits, such as “Who writes fundraising appeals?” and “Whose constituent is it?”. We’ll ask for audience participation throughout and break into groups to dig into real-life situations before sharing concrete tips you can immediately put into practice. Vote here.

Thanks for your support!

And just like that, it’s time to start thinking about the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (19NTC), taking place next March in Portland, Oregon—and NTEN is inviting you to help shape the agenda!

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