Nominate a Minnesota Non Profit for a Dot.Org Award

by Tom Basquill

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Instead of a shortage of ideas and content for my column, the challenge has been is paring and prioritizing. That which is time sensitive is bound to surface first, so here are two bits of info that you should be aware of:

Do you know any non profits that are using technology in ways which are unique or cutting edge?  How about organizations that are leveraging social communication tools to effectively spread their message, achieve measurable results, or solve problems for supporters and clients?  If so, why not nominate them for the 2010 Dot.Org Awards?

Now in their fourth year, these awards are presented by the Minnesota Council of Non Profits and MAP for Non Profits at the upcoming Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference on March 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The award serves “As recognition for nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.”  Past winners include citizen-journalism site The UpTake, New Tactics in Human Rights and Minnesota Energy Challenge.  Nominations are due February 12, 2010.

The theme of this years conference is:  “Remix*Refresh*Reload: Balancing New Media and Traditional Strategy.”  This will be especially fun for those nonprofiteers who are social media junkies and a tremendous networking opportunity to get with some great people in the industry. The conference includes breakout sessions, learning labs, and vendor exhibits. There is an early-bird rate of $149 (for MCN members) if registered by 2/19/10, as well as variable group discounts. There are not many details posted yet regarding speakers or breakout sessions, but keep an eye on their website for more info. Here are the basics:

Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference
Remix*Refresh*Reload: Balancing New Media and Traditional Strategy
Wednesday, March 24, 2010,7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 7:15 a.m.)
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis: 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis MN 55403

*Bonus:  The Nonprofit Technology Network has agreed to offer TECHdotMN readers $60 off one of their webinars.  This is anywhere from a 30%-100% discount, depending on the webinar, and the discount expires on 3/1/2010 provided you enter the code “TECHMN-60.”

From their website, NTEN is:

“The membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN is a community of peers who share technology solutions across the sector and support each other’s work”.

If you decide to nominate a nonprofit for the Dot.Org Awards, attend the Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, or make use of the NTEN Webinar discount  – let me know – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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