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About admin

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.

event attendees in zoom gallery view

Show and Tell Videos: Tools and Techniques for Working from Home

Discover some weird and wonderful tools and techniques to make working from home just a little easier. Hosted by NetSquared Vancouver on June 3, 2020.

Chad Leaman launched the event with a demo of Hemingway, a fierce text editing app.
Ashleigh Turner demonstrated how to use Notion as a database for your organization’s important information.
Want to minimize your email? Use BCC aggressively!
Roar shares how using multiple monitors can make you more effective. And make your closet look like NASA Mission Control.
Descript will transcribe your videos and make rough edits quick and easy. Also useful for podcast editing.
Miro is a free-form whiteboard tool that allows you to brainstorm, mind-map, project manage, and more. Perfect for teams of visual people.
Deadlines are THE BEST!
NetSquared Calgary’s Mel Sutjiadi shares how Toggl can be used for time-tracking. Perfect for client work.

Applications Demonstrated

(Thanks Chad Leaman for the note-taking!)

Software – Hemming Way AppHelp with word and character counts
Process – BCC on emailGet agressive with the BCC to save everyone’s email.
Software – NotionManagement software for NGO, especially around HR. Database / XLS / trellow mashup – cloud based, has nonprofit rates
Software – DescriptTranscribing Video (audio to text). Can also edit associated media (like take out the ums), take out gaps. Can snip out clips into new videos.
Software – GrammarlyGives you the tone ontop of the grammer help. Has NGO rate
Hardware – get more appsMultiple monitors to save your mind
Process – give deadlinesRequests for Feedback —- Give people a deadline for thier feedback “I willl do NEXT STEP at DATE AND TIME”
Software – TogglTime Tracking – great for contractors that need to log those minutes. Free plan may do!
Software – Auto Text ExpanderAuto Text Expander. Free Chrome addon
Software – AYOA.comMind mapping software
Software – MiroCollaborative Whiteboard. People can leave notes. Takes lots of things in – spreadsheets to diagrams, etc. Free first 3 boards
Software – SnapCameraBring Snapchat filters into your Zoom meeting
Software – iGlassesModify whats coming out of your webcamera (zoom, etc)
Process – TEam Happy Hour VirtuallyDress funny! Have a drink
ONline boardgames
Game like that suitcase boteKahoot – mulit choice questions game quizshow
Software – Calendar pluginSpeedy Meeting – take 5 minutes off each meeting.
Sofware – Video recording and sharing — Loom or VidyardShare and show some short little video — can be quicker than writing steps
Software – Zoom Breakout RoomsGreat to get people talking, too many people in a room can be intimidating
Zoom bomb stop??

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Volunteer?

Need helping during these COVID-19 times?

PMV (Project Management Volunteers) offers professional services at no charge to nonprofits and charities. It’s a very valuable service — we used one of their project managers with The Digital Nonprofit and their help made the process much smoother.

I spoke to Shawn Hawkins, the PMV Executive Director, and learned they are teaming with other organizations like Annex, TMP, Vancity Community Foundation, Vantage Point and others as they pivot to “all hands on deck” to support the needs of nonprofits province-wide.

If you are with a nonprofit that could use support in IT, finance, strategy, taxation, planning, procurement, logistics, trades, networking, transporting or any other area, let us know.

If you have skills and want to do something to support nonprofit organizations as they scramble to meet community needs, let us know.

Who do you know who works with a nonprofit, or is at home and might want to do something that makes a difference? Please pass on this post.

Slides and Video — Technology Planning and Change Management Workshop

The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date?

During our March 2020 workshop we invited four local Tech4Good experts to guide us through the process of technology planning and change management. Enjoy!

Digitally Integrated Organizations — with Jai Djwa

Jai Djwa founder Strategist and Creative Technologist at Agentic Digital Media. Jai advises medium to large social change organizations on their digital ecology.

Understanding Your Tech Stack: Digital Tools for the Modern Not-For-Profit — with Eric Franzo

Eric Franzo founder of Purposely. Eric leads the team at Purposely to develop tools for organisations to match their opportunities with dedicated volunteers.

Systems Adoption & User Enablement — with Leah Chang

Leah Chang founder of Leah Chang Learning Inc. Leah works with organisations to create learning strategies that streamline the education process for staff and volunteers.

Leah also generously shared her templates when implementing CRM projects.







Introduction to Change Management — with Geoff Doty

Geoffrey Doty is a software and professional services extraordinaire. Geoffrey advises organisations on digital transformations and change management.

And finally a big thanks to event producer Sam Lintern and venue hosts iATS Payments.


A HUGE thanks to our amazing community partners and sponsors. Give them love! Spend 💵with them!

Slides and Video: Social Media Analytics for Nonprofits

In the February 2020 Net2van meetup guest experts Charly Jarret and and Katrina Nguyen of the SPCA share case studies from their work with the SPCA.

Engagement? Followers? Likes? We’ve all heard the lingo, and some of us probably even write reports on these social media metrics, but what do they mean, and how can we go beyond Facebook analytics to glean real knowledge? How can we get better data to help us inform our decisions? Watch the video to learn (or subscribe to the podcast if audio is more your thing.)



There’s two options — webinar-style with a focus on the slides or livestream-style with a view of the presenters.

Livestream recording!

Key Resources

Lovely Tweets

Start here!


A HUGE thanks to our amazing community partners and sponsors. Give them love! Spend 💵with them!

#CMXvan — Community Manager's Toolkit Demos

January’s CMXvan meetup was a fast-paced evening of demos and Ignite-style mini-presentations on the tools, services, and techniques Community Managers use to create more impact.What are the indispensable pieces of software in a Community Manager’s toolkit? What are our secret weapons to allow us to work productively?

Community Manager’s Toolkit Demos

NOTE: this is gonna be Mac-centric, but there’s equivalents for all of this on the PC. 


Sophie Bujold uses Miro to create instantly shareable videos for tutorials, stewardship, and relationship building.


Sophie Bujold’s key key of software for working remotely with her clients is Miro. Scalable, secure, cross-device and enterprise-ready team collaboration whiteboard for distributed teams. 

Google Forms and Form Ranger

Dylan Morgan demonstrated Google Forms and Form Ranger.

Form Ranger allows you to auto-populate the choices in list, multiple choice, checkbox or grid question options from columns of data in any Google Sheet or Doctopus roster.

Then Eli did a string of demos…


Putting An End To Repetitive Typing


Creating screencasts for member support and training


Copy and Paste board…. keep your last 100 items in your cut and paste board.

The Noun Project

Icons for every topic.

  • Site
  • Free, but with attribution and only in B&W
  • Or the paid version at $40/year


You have one thousand passwords. You need help!


The Un-CRM that makes sure you never forget anything.

  • Many of the features are getting added to gmail, like “nudge” and “send later”. But the “nudge” can’t be set or controlled. It’s all magic algorithm.
  • But you can set it to resurface emails that have not received replies.
  • Free for 10 scheduled emails, then $60/year


Easily turn plain text into HTML (or whatever other formats you need)

Apple Text Services

Text cleanup and transformations built into the OS.

  • Highlight text and then get: Statistics , Title Case , ALL CAPS, and more.
  • Set your own keyboard shortcuts: System Preference -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts
  • Additional options: WordService set

#Tech4Good Tips and Trends From THE EVENT THAT NEVER WAS (Because Snowmadgeddon 2020 Cancelled It)


Tamara Rahmani: Donations of Securities and Mutual Funds Simplified

Capital gains? Gifts in kind? Confused about the rules for donating securities and mutual funds to Canadian charities? Me too, which is why we invited Tamara Rahmani of CanadaHelps to present.

Mel Bilko: AI and Machine Learning

Keela’s Mel Bilko kindly shared a video recording of the session she would have presented: “AI & Machine Learning”.

Jessica Evans: How to Write Emails That Get Read (On MOBILE!)

Unable to make the NetSquared meetup event in Vancouver, BC due to a snowstorm, here’s Jessica Evans’s presentation, shot in one take, to keep it fair to other presenters!

Hopefully that will tide you over until the next Net2van meetup. 😉

Giving Tuesday banner - heart logo

Video: Making #GivingTuesday Work For Your Nonprofit

Giving Tuesday is December 3, and it’s a tactic many organizations use to help increase year-end donations. But how can you make it work for your nonprofit?

NetSquared Vancouver’s November 5 meetup featured a panel discussion where nonprofit leaders shared stories and tools on why and how your organizations can get involved with the “opening day of the giving season.”


MODERATOR: Amanda Burrows | Philanthropy Aide

Amanda’s Best Practices for #GivingTuesday

Need #GivingTuesday Help?

Schedule a 30 minute Giving Tuesday session with event moderator Amanda Burrows. Email [email protected]

EventChain Offers Free Ticketing Service for Your #GivingTuesday Events

Charity Agency works with local ticketing company EventChain, who are supporting Giving Tuesday this year by waiving all fees for nonprofit events during the first week of December. Keep every penny from your Giving Tuesday event by visiting and clicking Create Event. Where it asks for a promo code, enter GivingTuesday2019.


A HUGE thanks to our amazing community partners and sponsors. Give them love! Spend 💵with them!

Slides: Learning Management Systems for Nonprofits

Leah Chang led NetSquared Vancouver’s July 9 meetup, teaching attendees about Learning Management Systems.

When is a Learning Management System Right for Non-Profits?

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019, 6:00 PM

Hive Vancouver
#210 – 128 W Hastings St Vancouver, BC

33 Members Went

A Learning Management System (LMS) might be just the tool your organization needs to deliver your education or program content—or maybe not. Investing in an LMS is a big decision that requires ongoing resources to successfully implement and maintain. There are some key questions to ask before acquiring an LMS and best practices to follow when movin…

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Just the Highlights – The Digital Nonprofit 2019 Report

We can’t believe another year has come and passed! We’re so incredibly thankful to all of our sponsors, presenters, and volunteers – we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you.

With over 250 dedicated nonprofit professionals attending it was our biggest event yet, and we can’t help but look back on this conference with a huge smile (and not just because of the waffles and ice cream! But come on, they were pretty amazing, right?).

We’re humbled by the feedback and gratitude we received, and we wanted to take a few moments to share some of it with you as well. Here are a few highlights from the event, the numbers, the pictures, and the quotes that keep us inspired to do it again, bigger and better next year.

Charts: attendees by work area and role of attendees

With a wide variety of work area types from attendees, we think we really hit our stride with a variety of presentations and topics discussed this year. There was something for everyone, and we hope we can outdo ourselves next year.

The Digital Nonprofit sponsor logos
I love these people and organizations!


We are grateful to our community partners for their support. Give them your love and spend money with them!

Just a Few of Our Favourite Additions to #DNP2019

  • The Workbook – Beautifully designed and integrated to the day, attendees couldn’t help themselves from taking pictures of it, sharing it on social media, and using it to take home insights and notes.
  • The Ice Cream Bar – It was a huge hit, if you missed it, you really missed out. Maybe next year we will save some of those waffles to add as toppings 🙂
  • The New Branding – Our snappy new look has us fired up to keep going, taking this community and this annual conference even further.

What People Told Us Afterward

“Thank you, I very much enjoyed the event! Will be back next year with more staff!”


A loyal fan with a team

“You guys rock. Thanks for bringing us together, like a big nerdy non-profit family.”


A nerdy survey respondent

“Really fun event, stellar presenters, snacks, love the food trucks and treats, a nice positive 2 days! Great work!”


Attendee that went to BOTH days

“I would 100% recommend that people from all sectors come to this conference because the agenda is so well rounded and has amazing  food – seriously, this is probably the best food I’ve ever had at a conference!”


A hungry friend of the event

“Nonprofits need to be strategic with technology to make more impact – and attending the The Digital Nonprofit is how I discover emerging best practices from my peers.”


A life-long learner

“I would 100% recommend that people from all sectors come to this conference because the agenda is so well rounded and has amazing  food – seriously, this is probably the best food I’ve ever had at a conference!”


A friend of The Digital Nonprofit

And now it’s time for you to shine, here are some links to the photo gallery and videos from the conference. Unfortunately our photoshop budget is used up this year, so we might not have been able to fix all the funny faces you made.

Event Photos

The Digital Nonprofit 2019

See the whole photo gallery.

Videos and Slides

Watch the other videos from the conference (slides included!)

Tweets from the Day

Mentions in the Media

Business in Vancouver podcast, June 7 2019.
Conference producer Elijah van der Giessen talked with BIV about Vancouver’s Tech4Good sector.

See You Next Year!

And that’s a wrap! It was a blast and we hope you got as much out of it as we did – learning, new friends, and a good time.

If you’d like to join us as a sponsor or presenter again next year, please do let us know, and we will be sure to reach out with details.

Until next year, keep rocking the sector and doing the important work you do. And if you just can’t wait, come hang out at the monthly Vancouver meetups from NetSquared.

Thanks again for your support,

Eli and The Digital Nonprofit Team