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  • CYBER SECURITY for NFPs & Organizations Serving Vulnerable Populace

    Unfortunately recent news has been seasoned with too many instances of data breaches in organizations responsible for sensitive information leading to serious consequences. NetSquared Victoria chapter would like to help our local superheroes avoid this kind of situation by hosting a meetup night dedicated to Technological / Cyber Security and the Not For Profit. Thankfully, our wonderful hosts at The Dock have welcomed us back to their amazing co-working and event space with a vision for a connected and impactful social change sector in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. You and your organization contribute some meaningful efforts to this community. You probably support underserved, underprivileged or vulnerable populace. You likely already have a lot of balls to juggle just to deliver your programs without the increasing security complications that come with interacting with the web and online platforms. You also probably didn't major in computer sciences and your approach thus far may have been to "leave these issues to the tech guy or the people in charge of policy and procedure" (if your organization can even afford an official tech guy...). That's understandable, your head is down trying to save your small corner of the world one onerous administrative task at a time... unfortunately, that doesn't prevent your tech interactions from being vulnerable to external parties' less-than-benevolent intentions for you and your clients precious, private information. It's a good thing there are brilliant humans who know how to tackle this complicated subject before it becomes a serious "UH OH" situation. Luckily our lead panellist and Women Of Technology (WOSEC) MeetUp lead organizer, Tanya Janca, is one of them! Tanya has decades of computer programing experience and specializes in cybersecurity. You can follow her on twitter @shehackspurple. Also joining us will be Kimberly Dray and Kyle Loree have graciously made themselves available to help us help you feel more secure about you and your organization's system's security. Join us Wednesday, March 4th around 5:30 pm to network and submit questions on this subject so our WOSEC panellists can get a feel for your situations before officially enlightening the gathering starting at 6 pm. Suggested donation: $5. RSVP welcome Agenda 5:30-5:55 Doors open, juice and snacks. Submit security-related questions for panellists. 5:55-6 NetSquared welcome and program updates 6-6:05 NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade* 6:05-7:30: Women of Security Panellists discuss issues of cybersecurity and answer NetSquared Meetup questions Optional 7:30 Onward: Carry on the conversation - Drinks at the Sherwood (one block from venue). *The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the NetSquared Community. During the Parade participants have 30 seconds to share either a request ("my event is looking for a photographer!") or an offer ("my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits"). If you relate to any of the questions below you are in good company and we hope to support your journey in becoming more security-savvy for personal and professional purposes. Do you feel (a lot) overwhelmed by issues surrounding digital / data security? Do you wish you understood at least the basic concepts of how to approach your cyber systems and workflows to protect your organization and the vulnerable populace it serves from infiltration? Do you know how to recognize a good cybersecurity consultant from a waste-of-resources when you are in over your head? Do you know how to recognize what you should be concerned about? Do you know how an organization can preventatively move toward best security practices when the current systems are pretty old-school and the board, staff or Executive Director doesn't emphasize it's importance? Do you know it is possible to approach great cybersecurity practices while not hampering workflow and adding more layers of complicated to your efforts?

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  • Self-Care and Technology: Tips and Takeaways for Wonder-Humans

    In the non-profit world, we are often under tight budget, time, and resource constraints. We do work that we care deeply about, and many of us have had the experience of sacrificing our personal well-being to our jobs. At this event, get some tips on finding balance from the NetSquared community so you can recharge in the summer sun stress-free! 💝 We will have a little treat for everyone, and self-care superstars from the benevolent and tech sides who will share their stories, strategies, and lessons on how technology can both help and hinder self-care. All attendees are also welcomed to bring and share your self-care tip so we can help save each other's bacon! Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, surprises, juice and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-7:00: Speaker and Attendees' Stories of Self-Care with reflections 7:00-7:05: NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade* 7:05-7:30: Mingling during pack-up. *The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the NetSquared Community. During the Parade participants have 30 seconds to share either a request (my event is looking for a photographer!) or an offer (my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits). After the event, we will move to the Sherwood for drinks and further conversation.

  • Lighten the Load: Tech Tools for Not For Profits

    Did you take on a role in your Not For Profit hoping to meaningfully contribute to problem-solving and easing suffering? Are you finding it difficult to make headway because you are bogged down with unnecessary work and frustrating systems and tools? We hear it! So we'd like to focus this time on tech tools that can assist you. This will be a fast-paced event of five minute demos of tools and productivity tips that will make your life easier. We will start with a few pre-prepared demos, but then we'll open up the stage for your tips too! Want to show-off your favourite power-user tips? Share your idea here: https://forms.gle/KpbGf8uSgxc7MN6H8 Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, juice and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-6:10 NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade* 6:10-7:05: Tools to Tame Trouble Tasks 7:05-7:30: Mingling and mind-melding ;) Optional 7:30 Onward: Carry on the conversation - Drinks at the Sherwood (one block from venue). Featuring special guest Elijah van der Giessen of NetSquared HQ. *The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the NetSquared Community. During the Parade participants have 30 seconds to share either a request (my event is looking for a photographer!) or an offer (my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits).

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  • Understanding How We Can Work Together: Philanthropy in the Tech Sector

    One of Victoria's booming industries is the tech sector with many of these companies wanting to do good. Yet often, non-profits and businesses speak different languages and run on different timelines. There are many roadblocks for non-profits looking to make meaningful relationships with businesses. This panel of tech-based philanthropists will provide insight into how non-profits can best engage with businesses who are willing to give. Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, schmoozing, juice and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-7:00: Panel with Tech Companies engaging in Philanthropy 7:00-7:05: NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade* 7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps Panel will be moderated by Lori Muñoz Malcolm of HeartPress. When businesses are looking to give back to the community, HeartPress is the first go-to resource. HeartPress connects businesses with nonprofits through an online marketplace, #BrokersOfGood which allows businesses to search for opportunities to donate, volunteer, give pro-bono services, and in-kind donations to local charities. Panelists: Britt Shannon, Race Roster Britt is the Director of Customer Success at Race Roster. Her experience in fundraising began at a small society before joining Power To Be to work on donor relations and signature fundraising events. Combining her interest in technology with a passion for fundraising, Britt jumped into the tech space in 2015. Today, her role involves leading a Customer Success team, responsible for exceptional donor, participant and event organizer experience on Race Roster. When away from her laptop, you'll find Britt travelling to events or running trails. Race Roster is a world-class event registration system that allows Event Directors to oversee participant signups, donations, and event revenue all in one dashboard. Events working with Race Roster give their participants an unmatched experience that allows them to fundraise and recruit their friends to the event. Read more www.raceroster.com Sarah Gulbrandsen, RingPartner Sarah has spent the last 15 years helping companies tell their story. As RingPartner’s COO & President, she gets lead day-to-day business operations, develop overall strategy and company goals, and oversee RingPartner’s growth across departments. Sarah has worked in a variety of roles leading marketing communications strategy at digital marketing companies, a Fortune 500 retailer, and also a brief stint in television. Sarah has a degree in Communications from Trinity Western University. She spends her free time reading post-apocalyptic fiction (no judgements), having dance parties with her kids and scheming about her next trip to a warm beach destination. Founded in 2013, RingPartner is the Pay Per Call Marketplace, connecting millions of consumers to brands and businesses across North America each year through its proprietary technology platform. For more information please visit​ ​www.ringpartner.com​. Erin Skillen, FamilySparks Erin's (healthy) obsession with creating content that improves the world led to her to the role as Co-Founder/COO at FamilySparks. She believes deeply in the transformative power of social entrepreneurship and technology to transform business and people’s lives – both locally and worldwide. Family Sparks is a social impact-driven company based in Victoria. Their mission is to help families and businesses navigate the complex challenges of our rapidly-changing world with a wholehearted, family-centred approach to mental health. Visit www.familysparks.com for more info. *The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the Netsquared Community. During the Parade participants have one minute to share either a request (ex. my event is looking for a photographer) or an offer (ex. my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits). After the event we will move to the Sherwood for drinks and further conversation.

  • How to get People to Donate on Your Website

    The Dock

    Netsquared Victoria is back up and running! Come join us for this special presentation and reconnect with the Netsquared community. There are so many different reasons a potential donor might land on your website. Learn about how to optimize your website for giving, so even the skeptic is excited to donate. Through this presentation, Anna King will offer insight into how to create a donor experience which is "transformational, not transactional". Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, schmoozing, juice and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-6:10: Net2Vic Needs Parade 6:10-7:05: Presentation by Anna King w/ Q&A 7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps Anna King has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit industry. She has written grant proposals, organized events, sat down with individual donors, and solicited corporations successfully. Anna focuses on online fundraising through websites, email, and online advertising. As former Chief Marketing Officer of Benifactor Capital, a marketing agency exclusively working with nonprofits, Anna also managed strategic fundraising and marketing for charities across Canada.

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  • Social Media Surgery: Hands on advice & help

    The Dock

    Back by popular demand, we're hosting our fourth Social Media Surgery (http://www.netsquared.org/blog/social-media-got-you-down-try-surgery). Do you need a hand in learning social media and web basics, like posting photos on Facebook, writing a tweet, or updating your blog? Or maybe you have questions about how to track the clicks on your links, or use Facebook Insights? Or maybe you want to chat with someone about your social media strategy? Or maybe you’re a social media pro yourself, and want to share your experience with others? Started in the UK, the basic idea of a Social Media Surgery is that it’s an informal event where anyone in the community with questions about how to use social media (“patients”) can come and sit down with someone who is more experienced in that area (“surgeons”, aka “doctors” as we would say) and get friendly, personal advice. The event will run as a drop in. Stay for 20 minutes or stay for the full 2 hours. We'll have refreshments on hand. On hand to help answer your questions will be several of the NetSquared Victoria team who have experience using platforms and tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Bit.ly, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Wordpress, NationBuilder, and Google Apps. Let us know if you want to see anything specifically or want to host a surgery station. If you’re curious to learn more about Social Media Surgeries, you can find more info here: http://socialmediasurgery.com/ and here http://www.netsquared.org/blog/social-media-got-you-down-try-surgery Tables will be hosted by an amazing array of local expertise! Gyneth Turner - CEO of Little Mighty Social Gyneth (http://www.littlemightysocial.wix.com) is very excited to have the opportunity to share why genuine relationships are the most valuable asset that a non-profit organization has, how to nurture them, and what exactly those relationships can do for your organization. Thanks to social media, and other digital tools, it has never been easier or cheaper for non-profits to effectively build meaningful relationships online. Alex Ewasiuk - Marketing Consultant and Entrepreneur Alex Ewasiuk (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexewasiuk) is a Marketing Consultant and Entrepreneur. She loves helping other people grow their business and engage with their target audience. She has a diploma in Marketing Management from BCIT. In the past, Alex has worked with clients in areas such as marketing research, marketing plans, marketing communications, strategy, and analytics. At the meetup, she'll be offering advice on creating a social media strategy, content calendar, and automating posts. SHe will help you choose which platforms will be most effective at reaching your audience, and offer tips and tricks for how you can best utilize each platform. Lyndsey Easton - mass communication and messaging Lyndsey is a communications consultant with 6 years experience working where the environment, politics and social justice intersect. She’s an expert in all things mass action emails and fundraising appeals. Whether you're trying to drive web traffic, command a social media army or open pocketbooks, Lyndsey will have some tips for you. Lori Elder: “To Tweet, or Not to Tweet - That is the question." Lori will help you to find the answer that is right for you/your organization. Bring your questions, and learn why it is important to have a social media strategy in place before putting yourself “out there”. Lori has been managing social media strategy since 2007, and has hosted a number of non-profit workshops and discussions focusing on social media strategy. She doesn’t promise to have all of the answers, but has some solid tips and information that you will find useful. Dan Pollock "Reclaim Your Domain" Get help with: • Selecting a domain name (if you don't already have one) • Determining the best free option for creating email address on your own domain • Transitioning your website to your own name like MyCharityName.Ca When you secure your own domain name, you ensure that you are owning, protecting, controlling and building your brand online. That’s because when you register a domain name, nobody else can have it; it’s uniquely yours! It not only strengthens your brand, but also makes it easier for people to find you online.

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  • Creating Integrated Campaigns - Multi-Channel Marketing in a Multi-Faceted World

    There are SO many channels to market your organization online and offline. Where do you start? What's good strategy? How do you put a campaign together? Learn about a holistic, integrated approach to non-profit campaigns that tie it all together: Direct Mail, Direct Email, Online Advertising, SEO, and Out of Home Ads. Create a smooth donor experience and maximize your brand exposure! Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, schmoozing, coffee, and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-7:00: Presentation by Anna King and Zach Bulick w/ Q&A 7:00-7:05: Net2Vic Needs Parade 7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps Anna King - Digital Marketing Strategist Anna King has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit industry. She's been on the front lines serving people directly, written grant proposals, organized events, sat down with individual donors, and solicited national corporations successfully. More recently, Anna focuses on online fundraising through websites, email, and online advertising. Having lived on the west coast all her life, Anna enjoys hiking, skiing, and yoga as well as simply reading next to a fire with her cat, Otto. Mariam Ghani - Print Marketing Strategist Mariam Ghani is a Print Marketing Strategist for Frontier where they raise funds for 11 different charities across Canada. With a background in Sociology, Mariam combines her experience of fundraising in annual giving with work at various non-profits to drive and inform strategy for how to best raise money for charities. Away from the Frontier office, Mariam can be spotted biking downtown on a teal bicycle or paddling an outrigger canoe, chasing seals down the Gorge waterway.

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  • NGO HO HO: A holiday party for Victoria's non-profits

    Victoria Event Centre

    Because changing the world is hard work! On December 2nd join us for the annual NGO HO HO - the holiday party for Victoria's non-profit community. There will be live music by the Reuben Wier Quartet, drinks, late night bites, face painting, photo booth with Xavier Photography, and best of all - a room full of people who are involved with making Victoria such an awesome city. Dress in your holiday best ... or worst! We look forward to seeing you there! Doors open at 7:30 on Friday, December 2nd at the Victoria Event Centre Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://netsquaredvictoria.ca/NGOHOHO. Hosted by NetSquared Victoria and your Victoria non-profit community. This is a 19+ event. -- Thanks to NTEN and their support, we have a limited number of free tickets available for people who can’t afford to go. Contact us at info@netsquaredvictoria for more info.

  • The Indigenous Technology Talent Development Strategy

    Fort Tectoria

    Denise Williams will be sharing information about the First Nations Technology Council (http://www.technologycouncil.ca/) and the strategies underway to ensure Indigenous inclusion in the technology and innovation sector. We will discuss the Technology Council's current work on the Indigenous Technology Talent Development Strategy (http://www.technologycouncil.ca/talent-development) and how programs are designed to realize the vision of fully connected First Nations utilizing technology to build nations, access the knowledge-based economy and foster Indigenous innovation. Partnerships and alliances are key to realizing this vision and we will discuss to ways to get involved. Suggested donation: $5. Agenda 5:30-6:00: Doors open, schmoozing, coffee, and snacks 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates 6:05-7:00: Presentation by Denise Williams and Q&A 7:00-7:05: Net2Vic Needs Parade 7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps Denise Williams Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty. She is known for her early involvement and leadership in new and innovative initiatives addressing reconciliation and economic development leveraging technology and within the technology space. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities and leadership in British Columbia to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked federally, provincially and locally with a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development that builds strong networks capable of moving critical initiatives to the forefront. Denise has an MBA from Simon Fraser University and specializes in social enterprise business development.

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