Earlier today, five local nonprofit organizations were honored with Dot.Org Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards for using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.
The recipients were announced in front of a crowd of over 500 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis where the 5th annual Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference was held. Presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) & MAP for Nonprofits, the theme of this years ‘Nonprofit State Fair’ was eSTRATEGY in an iWorld, with an emphasis on designing the right digital strategy for audience engagement.
The experience involved a full day of technical programming, including: 29 breakout sessions, a keynote by Amy Sample Ward from NPtech, various vendor exhibits and focused “learning labs”. The result was an abundance of timely, high value content and instruction available from various industry practitioners whom either operate exclusively in in the nonprofit sector or alongside various social organizations.
The Dot.Org Awards are specifically for Minnesota nonprofits on the cutting edge of new technologies and communications, including:
• Uses of social media
• Interactive and/or multimedia campaigns
• Online games
• Online mapping
• Interactive data visualization
• Servers or data work
Above all, the six 2011 Dot.org winners listed below benefit from the validation of efficacy and increased public awareness:
HousingLink’s Map Search – Building on Success Award
Great River Shakespeare Festival and Winona 360’s Season 7 Vlog – Sharing the Spotlight Award
Minnesota Humanities Center and Allies: media/art’s Bdote Memory Map – Living History Award
Neighborhood House’s ELL and GED Program – Bridging the Digital Divide Award
Northern Community Radio’s Northern Community Internet – Creating Community Connections Award