I'm a longtime member of the Nonprofit Circuit Riders community. Don't know what that means? Here's a definition:
Circuit riders travel throughout regions of the United States and parts of Europe providing technology assistance to nonprofit organizations. As one organization providing such services defines the group: “Circuit Riders are a community of people with technology skills who help nonprofit organizations be more effective through the use of technology. We share a spirit of generosity towards each other and a commitment to social justice, a healthy environment and human dignity. We hold a fundamental belief that technology and all of its benefits must be made available to everyone” (MediaJumpStart, 2002).
If you're curious, there's a whole chapter about it in this book "Geeks for Good."
This is a wonderful community. The photo above is of me, Cheryl Hanback, and Joel Remigio from 2002 when we won the "Swimming Upstream Award" for the diligent staff person who worked on the Riders Conference to make it a success. The trophy was a retro trout fishing trophy." I know about the fish because I schlepped the darn thing through airport security in Orlando and it sat on my desk for almost a year, from April 2002 until March 2003. A proud reminder of my 15 minutes of shared fame with Cheryl and Joel.
Last night, Teresa Crawford, who one the "Dirk Award" that year posted this message to the Riders List.
I am not sure if everyone is following the ups and downs of Beth Kanter's online fundraising for the Sharing Foundation in America's Giving Challenge. It has been quite a learning experience for me as she puts into practice all the how to's of online fundraising and documents it on her blog. This is exactly the kind of example we want to give to our clients.
Beth has given alot to the Riders community over the years - online and offline mentoring, organizing the Day of Service, blogging about all our great work to help nonprofits make the most of technology.
If anyone has been holding off on donating to the Sharing Foundation Campaign don't wait any longer. There is just 36 hours left to the end of the challenge and the campaign is in the lead by 16 donations. They have a good chance of securing 50,000 for the Sharing Foundation. For this small organization which is doing alot of good in Cambodia a prize like this means new children can benefit from their education programs, more young people can attend college and more families can move out of poverty.
Donate $10 or more to the Sharing Foundation through Global Giving Fundraiser set up by Blogger Michele Martin of the Bamboo project! Teresa
PS: Beth did not ask me to do this. I figured this was one more network to help put the Sharing Foundation over the top!
I just want everyone to know that I plan to continue to share what I am learning and after this contest ends on January 31st - minus the ask for the money. Thank you for your support!