Leveraging Tech Volunteer Programs and Networking Social

Looking for help from tech volunteers? In addition to networking with our meetup members, you can reach out to tech companies who encourage their employees to provide skills-based volunteering. Our panel will share details about the skills their employees have, and how you can request their help for your nonprofit. Plus, we’ll hear from independent tech volunteer programs, such as Seattle GiveCamp and 501 Commons. 

6:00-6:30pm: Sign-in and NonProfit/Tech Networking
6:30-7:30pm:  Panel Presentations and Q&A
7:30-8:00pm: NonProfit/Tech Networking

Jason Schumacher, Tableau Service Corps – Jason is Tableau Foundation’s Program Manager. He runs the Tableau Service Corps, the Foundation’s skilled volunteering initiative, licensing programs for nonprofits, and reporting for the Foundation. Previously, Jason ran Tableau’s academic programs, acting as a PM, trainer, and marketer. 

Laura Meerkatz, Salesforce.org – Laura is a Developer for Salesforce.org, where she works on internal systems for philanthropy, including pro bono, volunteering, grantmaking and employee giving. Laura has worked with Seattle nonprofits as a consultant, developer, and volunteer, with stints at NPower Northwest and Bigger Boat Consulting.

Mike Roshak, Seattle GiveCamp – Since 2011, Mike has been a key member of the Seattle GiveCamp non-profit project proposal committee. He recruits, evaluates, and refines the non-profit projects that tech volunteers complete during a weekend hackathon event.

Crystal Cheairs, 501 Commons – As 501 Common’s Technology Volunteering Program Manager, Crystal oversees the Plan IT cohort program designed to assist nonprofits to be successful in technology. She is also part of the 501 Commons Database Consulting team.  She carries eight years of experience in multiple technology roles (IT Support, network admin, database admin) within the nonprofit community, which has lent a diverse knowledge of technology information systems, the ability to communicate terms in non “techie” lingo, and an understanding of nonprofits barriers to technology improvements.