Yesterday, an estimated 700 people from across the Minnesota Nonprofit spectrum gathered at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis for the 4th annual Nonprofit Technology & Communications Conference, presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) & MAP for Nonprofits. This years theme, Remix*Refresh*Reload, was an experience full of technical programming, including: 28 breakout sessions spread ocross three phases of the day, a keynote by Katya Andresen, various vendor exhibits and focused “learning labs”. The result was an abundance of relevant, high value content and instruction available from various industry practitioners whom either operate exclusively in in the nonprofit sector or alongside various social organizations. While much of the emphasis was on website design/content strategy, social communications, (virtual) community development and fundraising – some of the more niche topics covered mobile, cloud, GIS/mapping, and open data.
Pacer Center – Targeted Teaching Award
Pacer Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying won the Targeted Teaching Award for its interactive, thoughtful and compelling approach to bullying prevention education through its website content.
Metro Meals on Wheels – Fundraising and Friendraising Award
Metro Meals on Wheels, an association of 40 Meals on Wheels programs in the 7 county Twin Cities metro, leads the effort to make sure people in our community receive the nutritious meals and the human connection they need to help them live independently. Metro Meals on Wheels’ Meals on Heels project won the Fundraising and Friendraising Award for creating an event that targeted a new audience, while incorporating multiple uses of technology to promote the event and increase the guest experience.
GiveMN.org – Connecting to the MAX Award
GiveMN.org offers Minnesotans an easily accessible way to support the state’s nonprofit sector through online fundraising. GiveMN.org’s “Give to the Max” won the Connecting to the MAX Award for its use of viral marketing and PR to launch a campaign that raised over 14 million for nonprofits around the state in under 24 hours.
District 202 -Virtual Reality Award
District 202 empowers LGBT youth through a combination of programs, face to face interaction throughout the Twin Cities and online engagement. District 202 won the Virtual Reality Award for using multiple web sites and SMS to create a virtual youth center and become a networked organization that provides programming across the metro area and Greater Minnesota for LGBT youth.
TC Bicycle Club – Going the Extra Mile Award
Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) is the largest recreational bicycling club in the metro area, primarily run by volunteers who plan rides and events for members and nonmender riders with a range of skill levels. TCBC won the Going the Extra Mile Award for its data integration project, which utilized hundreds of volunteer hours to move their database online and integrate it with Club’s website for a much more user friendly experience.
Morrison County Historical Society – Nifty and Thrifty Award
The Morrison County Historical Society preserves artifacts and historical information about Morrison County, and works to educate the public about the history of the county. Their use of free CMS software to build a better web presence won it the Nifty and Thrifty Award for illustrating how small organizations can change from static websites run by one person to a dynamic site that all staff can work with.
Wellstone Action! – E-Organizing Award
Wellstone Action! provides training and leadership development to win change in the progressive tradition of Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Wellstone Action’s online organizing won the E-Organizing Award for being a leader in using social media and other web tools to offer rapid-response commentaries on significant events in the progressive movement, and for taking information one step further by using maps and other data visualization techniques to tell a story about data.