• Storytelling to Create Change | MCN lunchtime communications roundtable

    Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

    Storytelling to Create Change--trends, applications, case studies. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to ask questions, contribute examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. This network is free and no RSVP is necessary. You're invited to bring your lunch (Hampden Park Co-op a few blocks away has great to-go soups), your business cards and your ideas! If you have any questions about the Communications Roundtable Network, please contact Sarah Crumrine, MCN's communications coordinator, at[masked] or scrumrine [at] minnesotanonprofits [dot] org. The Fundraising Networking Lunches are co-sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Minnesota Chapter. Upcoming topics in 2019: June 14 - Digital Advertising on a Dime: From Facebook Ads to Google AdWords August 9 - Are Equity and Inclusion Built into Your Communications? October 11 - Navigating Google Analytics, UTMs and the Numbers that Matter! December 13 - Website Trends for 2020

  • Baseball Hack Day Twin Cities

    Sportradar US

    March Madness not only sets the prelude to the NCAA Final Four taking place in the Twin Cities this April, but also signifies the start of the 2019 Baseball Season! On Saturday March 9th, various tech-focused and community-based organizations have partnered together to kick it off by hosting Baseball Hack Day, a one-day coding competition where tech and sports collide. As many orgs collaborate to debut this program for the Greater MSP tech ecosystem, this is one event you don't want to miss! Hack Day participants will have the opportunity to form teams composed of sports aficionados and techies in efforts to create innovative projects to increase the love of the game. As Baseball Hack Day seeks to also create an inclusive environment, Baseball Hack Day has also partnered with Net Squared Twin Cities, Blacks in Technology, IoT Fuse, Girl Develop It, Girls in Tech, and the National Society of Black Engineers to host this event. Baseball Hack Day has also partnered with tech giants, Intuit and Sportradar, who will preview exclusive developer tools, APIs, and data resources for the hackathon audience. Baseball Hack Day Co-Organizer, Elizabeth Cotton, commented, " The sports-tech industry is a very competitive and fast paced growing sector. Baseball Hack Day is such a great program as it infuses sports, entertainment, innovation, and tech. It's great to see different tech orgs working together to pilot this program in the Twin Cities." Participants of the hackathon will have an opportunity to pitch their project to a panel of judges for a chance to win the grand prize and bragging rights. For more information please visit baseballhackday.com. For volunteer or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Cotton at [masked]. For more information please visit baseballhackday.com. For volunteer or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Cotton at elizabeth [at] blacksintechnology [dot] net Schedule Registration, Meet & Greet, Breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 am Welcome, Introductions, and Pitch 10:00 – 10:30 am Design and Code 10:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm More Design and Code 1:30 – 5:00pm Presentation, Judging & Awards 5:00 – 6:00pm New to hack days? Have no fear. See last year’s submissions. http://www.baseballhackday.com/about-history/ Also, check out our resources in github wiki and inspiration blog on tumblr. Visit the official Baseball Hack Day website for more information. www.baseballhackday.com FAQ How much does it cost? Is this a private event? The event is free and open to the public. Do I need to know how to code or have software experience? No formal software development experience needed but someone on your team should have some coding experience. Do I need to bring a laptop? Yes! Laptops are required to participate in this event! Where can I find some great API? http://www.baseballhackday.com/api/

  • MCN Communications & Technology Conf | $199/$239

    Saint Paul River Centre

    From the MCN website: Nonprofits have innovation in our DNA. We’re always looking for a creative way to communicate an idea, to launch a new product, to reach a new audience, or to boost productivity and efficiency. Our communications and technology systems need to be agile, cutting-edge, and innovative – while at the same time being smart with our resources. Nonprofits are always finding new ways to balance the legacy of our communities with the vision of tomorrow’s technologies. MCN Member Rates Regular registration (register by Feb. 28, 2019) $199 Late (Mar. 1, 2019 and later/onsite) $229 MCN Nonmember Rates Regular (register by Feb. 28, 2019) $239 Late (Mar. 1, 2019 and later/onsite) $279 The 2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference is the place to focus your lasers on the latest and greatest in all things nonprofit communications and tech. Join the conference to engage in conversations about digital design, cybersecurity, content strategy, social media, online fundraising, and so much more! Get ready to propel your nonprofit further and faster in 2019. Suraj Vadgama, project lead, CAST (the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) Providing services that people find valuable and that can sustain themselves is hard. Add to this an ambition to have a positive social impact and things get harder still. Yet, with demands on services and digital expectations always changing it's critical that every nonprofit embed the practices that will help them continually test and learn the best way to deliver user, social and financial value. With limited resources for delivery let alone 'innovation' it can be difficult to find the time or know where to start. Sharing his work at CAST (the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) in the UK, Suraj will explore the mindset, examples, tools and tactics from digital service design that nonprofits of all sizes can use to solve the real world problems their service users and organization face. By the end of the talk you will have reflected on the relevance of digital and the digital behaviors necessary for your role. Explored examples from other nonprofits, as well as practical tools and a framework for developing digital services. After enjoying a buffet lunch, attendees will have a chance to hear about this year's Dot.Org Award winners. Presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Dot.Org Awards recognize nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways. Planning Committee: Jay Colond, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Office of Community Relations Sarah Crumrine, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Paul Ernst, Cultural Technology Solutions Eddie Glenn, Software Engineer Karen Graham, IdealWare Roger Hagedorn, City of Minneapolis Graham Hartley, MIGIZI Communications Paul Masiarchin, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Shannon McCarville, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Chris Oien, Minnesota Council on Foundations Luciano Patiño, Propel Nonprofits Jen Riemenschneider, American Heart Association Jason Samuels, American Craft Council Ashley Schweitzer, Hennepin Justice Integration Program

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  • Social Media Campaign Case Studies | SMB MSP's event--register at EventBrite

    Another in the series of Social Media Campaign Case Studies from the team at Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis-St Paul. Join many of your creative tech colleagues from the North Loop and beyond for a morning of the wisdom of experience from people doing big things with social media. Time will be set aside for questions. Live-tweeting welcomed, of course. Tickets $15 at EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-case-studies-tickets-55367601988

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  • Where is Video Headed? Drones, 4k Plus | MCN lunchtime communications roundtable

    Drones, 4K Plus: Where Video Marketing is Heading. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to ask questions, contribute examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. This network is free and no RSVP is necessary. You're invited to bring your lunch (Hampden Park Co-op a few blocks away has great to-go soups), your business cards and your ideas! If you have any questions about the Communications Roundtable Network, please contact Sarah Crumrine, MCN's communications coordinator, at[masked] or scrumrine [at] minnesotanonprofits [dot] org. The Fundraising Networking Lunches are co-sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Minnesota Chapter. Upcoming topics in 2019: April 12 - Storytelling to Create Change June 14 - Digital Advertising on a Dime: From Facebook Ads to Google AdWords August 9 - Are Equity and Inclusion Built into Your Communications? October 11 - Navigating Google Analytics, UTMs and the Numbers that Matter! December 13 - Website Trends for 2020

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  • Solopreneuring | four solopreneurs on a panel at SMB MSP | Register w/ SMB MSP!!

    Are you a solopreneur? This is an FYI that I thought you'd like to know about. Usually more than 100 people attend these. To attend, register with EventBrite directly with SMB MSP. Cost to attend is $15 (+$2.12 fee). Ticketing link: http://bit.ly/DecemberSMBTix. From their FB page: "Join us at Social Media Breakfast - Minneapolis/St. Paul on 12/14 for You’re not the boss of me: The joys and perils of being self-employed. This is a special Social Media Breakfast - MSP for solopreneurs… and the solo-curious. We’ll be talking to 4 freelancers and consultants who are successfully navigating different stages of self-employment. Get more info and tickets at --> http://bit.ly/DecemberSMBTix SMBMSP - You’re not the boss of me: The joys and perils of being self-employed This is a special Social Media Breakfast - MSP for solopreneurs… and the solo-curious. We’ll be talking to 4 freelancers and consultants who are successfully navigating different stages of self-employment: Mo Perry, co-founder of Logosphere Storysmiths Judy Jossi, owner of Slice Consulting Lindsi Gish, owner of gish&co Jennifer Zick, CEO of Authentic Brand Forget the hype. We’re going to talk about the day-to-day realities: How do you make the jump? What are the perks of being self-employed? Does it pay better? How do you get clients? How do you stand out in the land of 10,000 freelancers? Can you get a mortgage? What if I hate sales? What does it take to be good as a consultant? Bring your own questions. We’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A! The panel will be moderated by Don Ball, co-founder of Fueled Collective (formerly COCO) Parking Note: Construction and ramp closings have reduced the number of available spots in the area. Please plan for extra time to find on-street, metered parking spaces. If you work close by, you could walk. Or maybe try transit.

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  • Choosing Hope in Times of Disruption - MCN conf | 2 days of info & inspiration

    We sure can use more hope, can't we? Attend MCH's dynamic annual nonprofit professionals conference. Learn and network to advance your career and socialize with your peers at other organizations. From their website: Mentors, activists and elders all tell us the value of choosing hope in our lives. Hope points us forward when we want to look back. Hope sustains and animates us through times of change. Not a naive kind of hope. Not a blue skies kind of hope. But rather, a realistic and active kind of hope. A hope that starts with commitment and passion. A hope that starts with community engagement and activism. A hope that brings us together rather than pushing us apart. This is your conference. It's built by members of Minnesota's robust nonprofit sector. Its sessions are led by your colleagues, counterparts and allies. It's made possible by your registration fees. Together, we make Minnesota a better place to live, work and grow. (Western Wisconsin and other regional colleagues of course are welcome, too.) Together, we choose hope. How will you choose hope? Tweet about it #MCNAC18. See MCN's website for further details and to register. https://www.mcnannualconference.org/ Earliest deadlines have passed, but regular rate will save money over the walk-in rate. MCN Member Rates Standard Rate: $229 for members (by November 6, 2018) Late/on site: $269 for members (after November 6, 2018) MCN Non-Member Rates Standard Rate: $269 for nonmembers (by November 6, 2018) Late/on site: $309 for nonmembers (after November 6, 2018) Scholarships--MCN strives to ensure this conference is accessible to all nonprofits, regardless of size or ability to pay. To this end, many individuals are eligible for significant partial scholarships (see the scholarship page for details). All scholarship applications must be received by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018. Team Registration - Register 3, Get 1 Free Register three people from the same organization at once and the fourth registration is free! To register online, one person will login to their MCN account and you will add colleagues to your group - your fourth colleague will be free! Or fill out and return a manual PDF form. (Offer valid only with full-rate registrations.) NOTE: "MCN's conference dates are set each year, based around larger events which hold priority at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year, our conference falls during Give to the Max Day, November 15. We have changed our schedule to host a shorter day on Day 2, to allow for more flexibility for those with GTMD obligations. We'll have tables for you to set up your laptop between sessions, grab a coffee, and work on your campaign. It's our hope that many nonprofit professionals will be able to participate in both events."

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  • Fundraising & Finance: Working-Together Best Practices| MCN noontime roundtable

    As we approach another Give to the Max Day, fundraising will soon have its spotlight. If you're interested in learning more about fundraising-related nonprofit work, join MCN and the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) - Minnesota Chapter for this free, monthly informal discussion and information sharing group. Each month a topic is identified. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. This network is free and no RSVP is necessary. You are invited to bring your lunch, business cards and ideas. If you have any questions about the Fundraising Networking Lunches, please contact Kari Aanestad, MCN’s development manager, at[masked] or kaanestad [at] minnesotanonprofits [dot] org. The Fundraising Networking Lunches are co-sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Minnesota Chapter.

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  • Three Social Media Case Studies | breakfast - registration/paymt link in descrpn

    Three social-media case studies in two hours--can it be done? Yes...yes, it can. Pick up some tips from your profit-side peers to embolden your nonprofit program and communications: Arby’s Gives Away Free Sandwiches For Life; Perkons VR; and Game On - B2B Doesn't Have to Equal Boring to Boring. Registration and payment can be made at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smbmsp-social-media-case-studies-tickets-51034717213 Case Study #1: Arby’s Gives Away Free Sandwiches For Life. Presented by Greg Swan (@gregswan). Fallon. Case Study #2: Perkons VR. Presented by Cory McLeod. Fallon. Case Study #3: Game On - B2B Doesn't Have to Equal Boring to Boring. Presented by Ashley Zeckman (@azeckman). TopRank Marketing. Social Media Case Studies. Friday, October 26, 2018. 8-10am. 514 Studios Event Center, Minneapolis.

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  • Communicating Across Cultures | MCN roundtable (noon, on Green Line)

    Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

    Communicating Across Cultures--presentation + roundtable discussion. If you're interested in learning more about communications-related nonprofit work, you are invited to join MCN and the NTEN Tech Club for this free, informal discussion and information sharing group. Each month a topic is identified around which the majority of the discussion will revolve. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. This network is free and no RSVP is necessary. You are invited to bring your lunch, business cards and ideas. If you have any questions about the Communications & Technology Networking Lunches, please contact Sarah Crumrine, MCN's communications coordinator, at[masked] or scrumrine [at] minnesotanonprofits [dot] org. The Communications Networking Lunches are co-sponsored by the NTEN Tech Club.

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