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501 Talks Tech Workshops

This program’s focus is to increase the nonprofit sector’s use of technology by providing information, as well free and low-cost tools, to increase community resources and improve outcomes for nonprofits across Washington state.

If you are interested in the workshops, register below or contact Megan at megan@501commons.org.

Looking for slides or webinar recordings from previous workshops? Read more at the bottom of this page.

Our 501 Talks Tech Workshops

The 501 Talks Tech workshop series is a free service for nonprofits covering a variety of technology topics. The focus is to increase the nonprofit sector’s use of technology by providing information, as well as free and low-cost tools, to increase community resources and improve outcomes for nonprofits across Washington state. Each interactive workshop lasts for an hour and a half, with the goal that participants walk away having learned something that can be directly applied to their nonprofit.

Upcoming Event:

Social Network Analysis: Mapping Your Nonprofit's Connections
June 15, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Your nonprofit’s network is much larger than you might realize. When you consider the people your staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and board members all have connections with, think about the beneficial relationships you might be missing out on!

Your new collaborator, major gift prospect, high level volunteer, dynamic board member, or like-minded policymaker could be only a few degrees of separation away. But how would you know that unless you had a way of seeing this untapped relational network clearly mapped out?

This fast-paced, two-hour 501 Talks Tech session will explore “Social Network Analysis,” a process of visually diagramming your interpersonal network, direct and indirect connections, and opportunities that can come about from being aware of this data. Creating your very own network map can inform you about how you can better leverage your relationships toward improving your programs, operations, fundraising, recruiting, and marketing.

The technology focus will be on NodeXL, an open-source Microsoft Excel plugin that can help you improve your knowledge of the connections that are sitting right under your nose.

At this workshop, we will:

  • Explore why Social Network Analysis matters to nonprofits
  • Understand what a Network Map is, and how to decode one
  • Follow a step-by-step tutorial to source, load, visualize, and analyze network data
  • Allow adequate time for questions and practice
  • Show pathways for additional learning and development

Don't miss this engaging and informative workshop!

Meet the Presenter

Lawson Knight is co-founder of Intermountain Impact Investments, a Walla Walla-based nonprofit facilitating the flow of capital to rural communities of the Intermountain West. Technology is integral to operating and building i3's multi-state program and operations. Knight is president of Washington Nonprofits and chairs its Public Policy committee. In addition to professional and service pursuits, Lawson and his wife, Cyndy, are busy raising three daughters.

To register for this 501 Talks Tech session, please click here.

Looking Ahead:

  • June 6: Crafting a Great Story and Leveraging Your Video to Drive Traffic
  • July 20: SEO with Brian Childs (registration & details coming soon)
  • August 17: Digital Communications with (registration & details coming soon)
  • September 21: Project Management with Rick Onyshko (registration & details coming soon)
  • October 5: Office 365 with Graham Ford (registration & details coming soon)

More about our 501 Talks Tech Workshops

These small-scale, one-hour events are directed for community members and small-budget nonprofits. Trainings and workshops range from application overviews to more focused methods of tech use.

Tech usage will be communicated comfortably for various skill levels. Specific training topics will be based on common tech needs and related challenges of the nonprofit community.

For information on previous workshops and trainings, please visit the Technology Knowledge Center.

If you are interested in leading a training session, please read more about the Technology Trainer position.

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