Understanding How We Can Work Together: Philanthropy in the Tech Sector

One of Victoria’s booming industries is the tech sector with many of these companies wanting to do good. Yet often, non-profits and businesses speak different languages and run on different timelines. There are many roadblocks for non-profits looking to make meaningful relationships with businesses. This panel of tech-based philanthropists will provide insight into how non-profits can best engage with businesses who are willing to give.

Suggested donation: $5.


5:30-6:00: Doors open, schmoozing, juice and snacks
6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome and program updates
6:05-7:00: Panel with Tech Companies engaging in Philanthropy
7:00-7:05: NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade*
7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps

Panel will be moderated by Lori Muñoz Malcolm of HeartPress. When businesses are looking to give back to the community, HeartPress is the first go-to resource. HeartPress connects businesses with nonprofits through an online marketplace, #BrokersOfGood which allows businesses to search for opportunities to donate, volunteer, give pro-bono services, and in-kind donations to local charities.


Britt Shannon, Race Roster
Britt is the Director of Customer Success at Race Roster. Her experience in fundraising began at a small society before joining Power To Be to work on donor relations and signature fundraising events. Combining her interest in technology with a passion for fundraising, Britt jumped into the tech space in 2015. Today, her role involves leading a Customer Success team, responsible for exceptional donor, participant and event organizer experience on Race Roster. When away from her laptop, you’ll find Britt travelling to events or running trails.

Race Roster is a world-class event registration system that allows Event Directors to oversee participant signups, donations, and event revenue all in one dashboard. Events working with Race Roster give their participants an unmatched experience that allows them to fundraise and recruit their friends to the event. Read more www.raceroster.com

Sarah Gulbrandsen, RingPartner
Sarah has spent the last 15 years helping companies tell their story. As RingPartner’s COO & President, she gets lead day-to-day business operations, develop overall strategy and company goals, and oversee RingPartner’s growth across departments. Sarah has worked in a variety of roles leading marketing communications strategy at digital marketing companies, a Fortune 500 retailer, and also a brief stint in television. Sarah has a degree in Communications from Trinity Western University. She spends her free time reading post-apocalyptic fiction (no judgements), having dance parties with her kids and scheming about her next trip to a warm beach destination.
Founded in 2013, RingPartner is the Pay Per Call Marketplace, connecting millions of consumers to brands and businesses across North America each year through its proprietary technology platform. For more information please visit​ ​www.ringpartner.com​.

Erin Skillen, FamilySparks
Erin’s (healthy) obsession with creating content that improves the world led to her to the role as Co-Founder/COO at FamilySparks. She believes deeply in the transformative power of social entrepreneurship and technology to transform business and people’s lives – both locally and worldwide.
Family Sparks is a social impact-driven company based in Victoria. Their mission is to help families and businesses navigate the complex challenges of our rapidly-changing world with a wholehearted, family-centred approach to mental health. Visit www.familysparks.com for more info.

*The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the Netsquared Community. During the Parade participants have one minute to share either a request (ex. my event is looking for a photographer) or an offer (ex. my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits).
After the event we will move to the Sherwood for drinks and further conversation.