By Kelly Bergeron

We’ve recently volunteered to organize a regular NTEN Toronto Tech Club meeting, you can join the Meetup group here. NTEN’s Sarah helped us curate a questionnaire and we fired it off to everyone we knew. Take a look below at the overwhelming response and join the online group to keep up with Tech Club news. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

A special thanks to Karen Goldlist (@thecauseproject), Ushnish Sengupta (@FreeGeekToronto), Julian Egelstaff (@free4orm) and Tierney Smith (@techsoupcanada) for meeting at the Ontario 211 office to exchange their ideas pre-kickoff. At this point, it looks like the first meeting will take place at the end of September. Stay tuned for more details!

Thanks everyone for your participation in the survey.

Q3. Which of the following most accurately describes your organization?
Nonprofit 64.5% 136
Association 4.3% 9
Management Support Organization 1.4% 3
Technology Support Organization 8.1% 17
Advocacy Network 4.3% 9
Consulting Firm/Practice 13.3% 28
Philanthropic Foundation 3.3% 7
Corporate Foundation 0.9% 2
Public Sector/Government Agency 4.3% 9
For-Profit Vendor 9.0% 19
Other (please specify) 5.2% 11
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Q4. If your organization has a programmatic focus, which of the following represent your focus area?
Arts/Culture 11.6% 22
Civil Rights/Advocacy 12.7% 24
Education 25.9% 49
Employment 5.8% 11
Environmental 12.2% 23
Health 18.5% 35
Housing 5.8% 11
Human Services 17.5% 33
International 7.9% 15
Legal 2.1% 4
Public/Social Benefit 18.0% 34
Faith-Based 6.3% 12
Youth 12.7% 24
N/A 9.5% 18
Other (please specify) 19.6% 37
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Q5. How often would you be interested in attending local events?
Weekly 1.9% 4
Twice a month 13.6% 28
Monthly 66.0% 136
Quarterly 26.7% 55
Other (please specify) 1.9% 4
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Q7. What type of events are you interested in attending?
Networking 69.6% 142
Presentation / Speakers 86.8% 177
Open space / organic presentation, conversation, groups 54.4% 111
Workshops / Trainings 80.4% 164
Other (please specify) 3.4% 7
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Q9. Are there any topics, issues, or organizations you wish you could hear from/about? Who else would you want to invite or meet at these events?

  • NTEN activities that could be implemented locallyUnited Way, TCHC, Oxfam, World Vision
  • Other nonprofits struggling with technology
  • Raising Technology dollars or corporate sponsorship of technology requirments for the ecompany
  • Open Source in Nonprofits
  • Mobile Internet applications
  • Using automation, outsourcing, and remote access to manage large computer deployments with small staff
  • I am most interested in donor databases, and whether / how to integrate them with databases of other sorts (patrons, clients, etc.)
  • inter-agency efforts to support a regional focus on services or getting our heads above the trees
  • I would like to learn more about social media, video and photo editing, web design, and desktop publishing
  • Building database for local use How to increase our web visibility SEO Using ad words on the web
  • Integration of social media tools into work of the organization. How to make the most of social media on limited budget and with limited staff resources.
  • Improving desired outcomes for NPO’s – renewing memberships, increasing advocacy or volunteering, increasing donations or activities. Sharing best practices for improving continually.
  • It would be great to get in speakers from Google to talk about SEO or similar topics surrounding web marketing strategies.
  • I am personally interested in hearing about different membership/association software solutions, like YourMembership.com.
  • mental health, progressive technology being used in new innovative ways
  • Social media, online marketing and fundraising, videos
  • I would want to hear from technical professionals with an innovative and cutting edge vision of how the latest proven technology can help non profits fulfill their mission.
  • Integrating social networking with offline marketing tactics.  Website optimization and data compilation.
  • Cause marketing
  • Information Management Business Streamlining
  • Always interested in how organizations use training / learning interventions and whether they are successful or not
  • About any tools to create infographics/data vizualizations
  • Political
  • Drupal, configuration management, CRM, “hard” IT stuff (servers, networks), technology policies, GIS!
  • Crowd-funding organizations, cloud computing organizations
  • Use of social media, internet security, legal protection of npo online, fundraising online, advocacy, meeting others with success at fundraising and community organizing, linking social media and websites etc
  • A range of topics is good. Speakers, workshops, etc. with breakout groups (to discuss the subject presented) is best.
Q10. Please rate the following topics in terms of your or your organization’s current interest in learning or training:
Answer Options Not Important At All Significant Interest for Us Rating Average Response Count
Cloud Computing 25 31 43 43 30 3.13 172
Data Visualization 19 28 42 43 37 3.3 169
Databases / CRM 8 17 37 51 58 3.78 171
eCommerce 37 36 35 37 26 2.88 171
Green IT 25 57 54 18 14 2.64 168
Google Grants 20 32 40 49 31 3.23 172
Leadership/Mission for IT Staff 27 41 47 40 16 2.87 171
Marketing / Branding 5 13 35 51 71 3.97 175
Mobile 9 20 32 57 57 3.76 175
Advocacy/Fundraising 14 19 33 44 62 3.7 172
Municipal Wireless/Broadband Access 55 42 35 25 7 2.31 164
Online Fundraising 14 22 30 44 65 3.71 175
PCI Compliance 54 47 43 17 4 2.21 165
Privacy 30 33 51 35 18 2.87 167
Security 26 26 54 37 25 3.05 168
Understanding Social Media 9 17 45 47 57 3.72 175
Deploying Social Media 5 10 39 56 65 3.95 175
Technology Planning 11 22 41 57 40 3.54 171
Translating Content (other languages) 57 39 42 16 14 2.35 168
Video 6 21 54 49 42 3.58 172
Virtual Teams (Working Remotely) 25 33 41 39 30 3.1 168
Web Analytics 5 15 40 61 55 3.83 176
Website Management 11 13 32 63 53 3.78 172
Systems / CMS 15 18 52 40 43 3.46 168
Website Strategy 7 11 25 56 70 4.01 169
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Q11. Please rate the following topics in terms of you or your organization’s current interest in presenting or sharing your experience:
Answer Options Not Interested or Able Very Interested Rating Average Response Count
Cloud Computing 100 9 16 16 3 1.7 144
Data Visualization 99 16 12 9 6 1.64 142
Databases / CRM 81 17 23 16 6 1.94 143
eCommerce 107 15 11 6 3 1.47 142
Green IT 113 16 11 1 2 1.34 143
Google Grants 106 19 12 4 1 1.42 142
Leadership/Mission for IT Staff 102 21 11 5 3 1.49 142
Marketing / Branding 63 28 21 17 15 2.26 144
Mobile 95 14 19 7 9 1.76 144
Advocacy/Fundraising 73 24 20 16 11 2.08 144
Municipal Wireless/Broadband Access 113 12 10 3 3 1.38 141
Online Fundraising 79 23 22 13 7 1.93 144
PCI Compliance 116 18 6 1 0 1.23 141
Privacy 106 19 12 3 1 1.4 141
Security 104 19 13 3 1 1.41 140
Understanding Social Media 48 24 31 28 15 2.58 146
Deploying Social Media 49 22 37 22 19 2.6 149
Technology Planning 93 19 16 8 5 1.67 141
Translating Content (other languages) 115 14 10 1 1 1.29 141
Video 84 24 21 11 3 1.78 143
Virtual Teams (Working Remotely) 85 25 21 7 4 1.73 142
Web Analytics 82 17 24 15 8 1.97 146
Website Management 77 24 20 11 12 2.01 144
Systems / CMS 79 28 15 10 10 1.9 142
Website Strategy 77 14 20 15 15 2.13 141
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