Nonprofit Boot Camp, Social Media Training a Winning Combo


Social Media for Nonprofits Co-founder Ritu Sharma at last year’s Silicon Valley conference.

Silicon Valley nonprofit leaders, staff, and other key volunteers take note: the best training and networking events for nonprofits are taking place right in your backyard next week, June 12 and 13.

The group Social Media for Nonprofits (SM4NP) is bringing back the popular Nonprofit Boot Camp, previously run by the Craigslist Foundation, on Wednesday, June 12, and is conveniently offering its invaluable Social Media for Nonprofits Conference the following day. Both day-long conferences are being held at Microsoft’s Mountain View Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida St.

Registration is happening now on line, and if you want to take advantage of this opportunity sign up as soon as possible, as both events are expected to fill up. There’s an added incentive of a 25 percent discount on registration fees if you sign up for both.

Nonprofit Boot Camp

The Nonprofit Boot Camp returns after a two-year hiatus, during which the Craigslist Foundation wound down and transferred its programs to other nonprofits. SM4NP took over the organizing role of Boot Camp, which was a natural fit since SM4NP co-founder, Darian Rodriguez Heyman, was the original Boot Camp founder, while serving as the Craigslist Foundation’s executive director.

According to organizers, “Boot Camp is a highly practical conference designed to connect nonprofit leaders to the resources, best practices, and contacts needed to create a better world.” There are workshops in four educational tracks. Three for experienced professionals—Fundraising, Technology, Social Entrepreneurship—and one for those just getting started called Nonprofit Basics.

This year’s keynote speakers include fundraising consultant and author, Kay Sprinkel Grace, and the co-founders of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D.

The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, includes lunch, and ends with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. Registration fees start at $145 for individuals from nonprofits with budgets under $50,000 a year, and go up to $275. For the smaller nonprofits the combined fee for both events is $215. See a complete list of fees on the Boot Camp Eventbrite page.

Social Media for Nonprofits Conference

The following day, SM4NP is offering another invaluable day of training with its Social Media for Nonprofits Conference, featuring keynote speaker Beth Kanter. Kanter writes the influential Beth’s Blog (“How Networked Nonprofits Leverage Networks and Data for Social Change”), and is co-author of The Networked Nonprofit, and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. She is seen as one of the most important thought leaders in the field of social media and nonprofits.

Kanter’s speech is titled, “The Dirty Little Secret to Getting Better Results from Social Media”. Other talks by experienced speakers that day will touch on topics like strategy, email marketing, fundraising, building community, creating policies, storytelling, and mobile technology.

Registration and continental breakfast are at 8:30 a.m.; the day ends at 5:30 p.m. Fees are identical to those listed above for the Boot Camp. See the complete list at the conference’s Eventbrite page.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships for both events are available through the Knight Foundation. Applicants must explain how they will “work to promote digital inclusion or help traditionally marginalized communities access technology”. The scholarships only include registration fees; those selected must be able to cover transportation and lodging costs.

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