Nonprofit Tech Event Roundup for March and April 2016

The Digital Nonprofit conference is sold out (sorry if you missed getting tickets – we’ve secured a bigger venue for 2017), but there’s other great conferences in BC this spring. We have exclusive discount codes available for The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference (Squamish) and Social Media Camp (Victoria).

The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference

When: April 14-15, Squamish BC

Net2van members get 40% off with the code 40NET2VAN

Join hundreds of business owners and marketing professionals at the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference in 2016. It is your chance to learn and connect with the biggest names in marketing and leave transformed with practical ways to harness the power of digital in your business.

Enjoy information from speakers from eBay, Google, Canada Post, Telus, Warner Music, WestJet, Yahoo, Shopfiy, Mediative, Jelly Marketing, Richway Tech and many more.

Social Media Camp

When: May 5-7

Net2van members get $150 off any ticket with the code NetSquared

Social Media Camp is a three-day, knowledge-rich conference that covers all key issues for getting the most out of social media marketing, whether you’re responsible for driving website traffic, managing the online marketing budget, reputation management, customer service or stewarding your company’s online brand.


Office 365 for Nonprofits

When: Monday, May 9

Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Do your staff and volunteers want to do their work on personal devices like smartphones or tablets? Are you tired of maintaining an in-house Exchange server? Then Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit may be right for you.


Driving Growth and Social Impact w/ Public Sector & Tech Community Collaboration

When: Thursday, March 10

Can collaborations between the BC public sector and the BC tech community accelerate economic growth and social impact? The B.C. Developers’ Exchange ( is an initiative of the B.C. Government that’s adopted lean startup methodology to find out. Join David Hume, one of the co-founders of the DevExchange, in a discussion about the experiment and how your participation can take it to the next level.

How to Have Fun with Facebook Ads

When: Thursday, April 21

Karl Hardin will lead a hands-on workshop where you will learn about how to write a good ad, test it, target different audiences and learn along the way so you are better poised to increase: traffic to your website, sign ups for your e-mail list and engagement with and the reach of your brand and story.


Beyond the Grant: Advanced Grant Writing, and Alternative Funding, Financing, Enterprise & Investment Options

When: Wednesday, March 16

In recent years, many go-to sources of grant funding for non and for profit organizations alike have either dwindled or become increasingly difficult to compete for. In this workshop we will cover:

  • Efficient and effective grant writing skills
  • Unconventional sources of grant funding
  • The funding landscape beyond the grant.

You will learn how to research other sources of funding and financing, and how to think creatively about how your or your organization’s projects could be funded.

Non-Profit Law Matters: Governance Best Practices and Preparing for New Legal Changes

When: Thursday, March 17

The session will cover some of the following:

  • Running a non-profit association or society – drafting by-laws, constitution, and new laws that will impact all societies across the province and the transition which will be required of existing societies;
  • Good-governance practices and board management topics;
  • Management of volunteers and creating and following appropriate policies for governing board of directors and members of the society;

Salesforce Nonprofit User Group: New Features!

When: Thursday, March 31

The Vancouver Non-Profit Salesforce User Group is gearing up for the next 2016 meet-up. For everyone running NPSP 3 or exploring the benefit of upgrading, this session will highlight some of the new functionality that has been released in the last six months.

  • Grants
  • Soft Credits
  • Matching Gifts
  • In Honour/In Memory

Psychology for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day + Advanced 3rd day)

When: April 6-8

On days 1-2, you’ll learn how to apply the same psychological strategies that drive the world’s most successful websites, mobile apps, and social media campaigns. You’ll obtain exclusive psychological design resources and develop the ability to recognize and apply over 50 principles of persuasive psychology. Day 3 will teach you how to build psychological architectures – the winning design patterns that drive influential campaigns and technologies.


When: Saturday, April 9

Take part in this a one-of-a-kind simultaneous dinner party event!

Here’s how it works: Hobby chefs — aka people who love to cook and entertain — host dinner parties across Vancouver in support of their favourite charities. Diners (aka you!) select a meal to attend and have an awesome night out, meeting new friends, and then joining up with all of the other dinner party guests, Hobby Chefs, charity representatives and partners at the after party.


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Eli strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love. Currently he’s the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.