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501 Talks Tech Trainings

Free training on important technology topics

The 501 Talks Tech training series is a free service for nonprofits covering a variety of technology topics. The focus is to expand 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. Each interactive workshop lasts one-to-four hours with the goal that participants walk away having learned something that can be directly applied to their nonprofit.

If you are interested in technology trainings, tools, and resources, register below, or you can check out presentation slides and resources from previous workshops in our Technology Knowledge Center.

Upcoming Trainings

Thank you to all of our trainers who participated in 501 Talks Tech 2019!

  • Video Storytelling for Impact by 6162 Productions- Dana Rommerdahl and Michael Sharon
  • Microsoft Teams by 501 Commons- Graham Ford
  • Design Thinking Workshop by Dupla Studios- Kevin Decker and Melissa Quintanilha
  • Video Strategies that Boost Fundraising by Hand Crank Films- Melinda Holbein-Lohffler and Chris Donaldson
  • Project Management for Nonprofits by Jerilyn Young
  • Measurement for Impact: Google Analytics for Nonprofits by Cleland Marketing- Katherine Cleland
  • WordPress for Nonprofits by Ten Forward- Jessi Shank and Marianne Feng

As for 2020, we're looking for trainers for the following topics: Cybersecurity, MailChimp Features and Strategies, and CRM Utilization for Fundraising.

Recent Trainings

For more information on previous trainings and other tech resources, please visit the Technology Knowledge Center.

WordPress Plugins for Nonprofits

We were glad to welcome Ten Forward to come in and present on selecting and implementing plugins for WordPress websites!

Learn how to supercharge your nonprofit's WordPress website at this two-hour workshop, where we’ll cover:
  • How to choose the right plugins (including recommendations for some of our trusted favorites)
  • Securing your site against malicious attacks
  • Backups and recovery

You can find the slides here!

Measurement for Impact: Google Analytics for Nonprofits

Google Analytics is a popular tool for gathering information on who visits your website, how they got there, and what they do once they're there.

Do you know how you can use this information to your advantage?

Understanding your online audience can help you make informed decisions related to your mission, operations, services, and fundraising. You can also gain valuable insight after asking questions like:

  1. What programs and partnerships successfully get new visitors to critical services, events, and pages?
  2. Where do people start on your website, what do they find from there, and what percentage take action?
  3. What is the profile of visitors to your website? Does it match your client target?
  4. What about your website is working and not working for users and clients?

Here are the slides!

Project Management for Nonprofits

Looking to learn more about project management, or just trying to find a better tool for team productivity?

Every organization needs strong project management practices to help drive their missions forward. This training covered free or low-cost easy-to-use technology tools that may help you collaborate better as a team. It also covered qualities that make a successful project manager, as well as the "big picture" of project management.

You can check out the slides here.

Video Strategies that Boost Fundraising

Ready to make fundraising videos that boost donations?

The results are in: telling your organization’s story through video can drive fundraising event goals and increase traffic to your social media channels and website. You know video needs to be part of your marketing mix, but how do you tap into this tool to help amp up engagement and reinforce your mission?

Hand Crank Films is an experienced and recommended consultant found in 501 Commons' Nonprofit Resource Directory. You can see their slides here.

Microsoft Teams for Nonprofits

501 Commons hosted a webinar to walk through Microsoft Teams!

Design Thinking for Nonprofits: Creating Real Solutions to Real Problems

Design thinking is a framework, or process, that helps organizations and project leaders deliver innovative, inventive, and practical solutions to real problems. See slides from this design thinking workshop that provides tools and methods for developing empathy for your customers, creating a problem definition, identifying solutions and then evaluating the viability of those solutions.

More About 501 Talks Tech Trainings

These small-scale events are directed for community members and small-budget nonprofits. Trainings 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.

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