Congratulating Jamie Rogers - Denver Kids Inc. Mentor of the Month


The VisionLink Family cannot express our extreme pride in our own Jamie Rogers for his recognition by Denver Kids, Inc. Denver Kids, Inc. is an educational organization dedicated to helping Denver Public School students. as Mentor of the Month for April 2015! Their mission is to help youth who face personal challenges graduate high school, explore post-secondary options and become a productive and contributing member of society.

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On-Site Visit: United Way of Denver 2-1-1


With special thanks to our host Fermin Avila at the United Way of Denver, we enjoyed a wonderful on-site visit with the staff of the United Way 2-1-1 Call Center today. Thank you Denver United Way and Colorado 2-1-1! While we have done this before, this was the first time we have visited their call center as an entire staff. It is so useful to listen to and talk with the 2-1-1 staff about their use of the VisionLink CommunityOS platform in this real-time environment.

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NetCentric Advocacy: | Denver OpenMedia : 27 minute show

Network-Centric Advocacy

Why are we not all over Cell phones for organizing » October 26, 2007 | Denver OpenMedia : 27 minute show There are some great overviews in this video. Denver openmedia is thinking of the way public access is getting changed by web2.0. Link: | Denver OpenMedia. Denver openmedia is thinking of the way public access is getting changed by web2.0. Link: | Denver OpenMedia. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Defining Impact Beyond Attendance Numbers at the MCA Denver

Museum 2.0

I was visiting with Adam Lerner, Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The MCA Denver has had a big impact on the art world with its fresh approach to programming, and it is located in a large city with a vibrant art scene. Adam described his vision for the MCA Denver's impact this way: I often think about a performance I attended at my college when I was studying in England in 1990.

Guest Post: The Denver Community Museum

Museum 2.0

This post was written by Jaime Kopke , the founder/director of the Denver Community Museum , a pop-up community-generated institution that ran from Oct 2008-April 2009. The Denver Community Museum (DCM) was a grassroots operation in almost every sense. The DCM was a temporary, pop-up museum which ran from October 2008 - April 2009 in an unused storefront in downtown Denver.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Denver Nonprofit Institute. Denver Nonprofit Institute. Nonprofit Learning Lab / Denver, CO / $90. PEAK Grantmaking / Denver, CO / $1320. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

Guest Post: Weaving Community Collaborations into Permanent Installations at the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

Earlier in 2013, I was amazed to visit one of the new “Studio” spaces at the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum is no stranger to community collaborations, but we’ve been dipping in our toe a little more deeply when it comes to developing permanent participatory installations.

Northeast Denver Housing Center Uses Esri ArcGIS Maps to Demonstrate Housing Needs

Tech Soup Blog

Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC) creates sustainable, healthy housing opportunities for underserved households in Denver, Colorado, through outreach, education, and affordable housing development. The organization utilizes mapping technology to advocate for its vision of redeveloped neighborhoods that have ample healthy food, recreation, transportation, and child care for residents.

Take a Side Trip to the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

This week, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) opened a new temporary exhibition called The Psychedelic Experience , featuring rock posters from San Francisco in the heyday of Bill Graham and electric kool-aid. This blog post is a love letter to an exhibit, written in patchouli ink across the back of an old Janis Joplin record.

Help Colorado Now - Visionlink Tech Helps Fight COVID-19


Governor's Office Fox News The Denver Channel, Channel 7 KKTV Channel 11 Colorado Public Radio Westword Denver Post Visionlink is honored to provide the volunteer and donation technologies to support Colorado. Deployed by the State of Colorado, a new site for volunteers and donors is engaging helpful people across the state--by the thousands--who are heeding the Governor's call to volunteer and donate. You can join them here.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Denver Nonprofit Institute. Denver Nonprofit Institute. Nonprofit Learning Lab / Denver, CO / $90. Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) / Denver, CO / $1,350. It's finally here! If you loved our 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2018 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country!

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Nonprofit Leadership Alliance / Denver, CO / $525. Nonprofit Learning Lab / Denver, CO / $90. Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook.

Graphic Designers for Hire for the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Denver, CO. As the shift to digital marketing and fundraising continues to rapidly increase in the nonprofit sector, it is inevitable that your nonprofit will need to invest in professional graphic design.

Attending The Arc National Convention?

Vertex Systems

Vertex Systems is excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at The Arc National Convention 2011 in Denver from September 17th through the 19th! We look forward to connecting with others in the intellectual and developmental disability community at this … Continue reading →

Great 2-1-1 Reporting


Kudos to the United Way of Denver and their Colorado 2-1-1 partners. We are pleased to support their work with our Community Operating System (formerly Tapestry) and wanted to do a shout out about their excellent reporting. Note in particular the clearly presented information about top met and unmet needs, presenting needs, the monthly snapshot, and trend data. Here''s to powerful reporting! Dr. W. Douglas Zimmerman President & CEO VisionLink

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NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

Tech Soup Blog

Denver, Colorado: Denver: QuickBooks Made Easy. Denver, Colorado: Denver: QuickBooks Made Easy. Denver, Colorado: Denver: QuickBooks Made Easy. What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are!

Crowd Fundraising for the Arts: No Running, Walking, or Freezing Plunges Required

Connection Cafe

Denver Zoo. The Denver Zoo raised more than $60,000 for the SNUGG – a Safe Nurturing Upright Gateway for Giraffes, which is a large, padded, weatherproof chute that zookeepers can secure giraffes in for medical care and other procedures. Denver Zoo cited that they chose crowdfundraising for the SNUGG because they had heard interest from many, but had no individual donor passionate enough to fund it alone.

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4 ways startups are setting themselves apart at SXSW | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs

AFP Blog

Denver’s HomeAdvisor is taking a different approach. 4 ways startups are setting themselves apart at SXSW | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs : Rides: Giving rides is a gracious and appreciated gesture. When you’re running between panels or meetings and one is at Sheraton at noon and the other at the Hyatt at 1:45, there’s no relying on the bus system. Or cabs for that matter.

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Your Weekly SMS/MMS News

Mobile Commons

Denver mobile technology company acquired, plans to grow – New York City-based marketing technology company Verve Mobile acquired Denver-based Roximity, which helps brands reach people when they’re inside stores. Crisis Text Line gets $23.8 million from tech A-listers – Started by Nancy Lublin, former CEO of DoSomething, CTL just raised some cash!

ASU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Students Took AMI By Storm

ASU Lodestar Center

Just days after we rang in the new year, a storm blew through Denver, Colorado. I am so grateful to the over 150 people who donated to get us to Denver, especially those who continuously support our students each year. by Anne Kotleba, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. While the flakes fell outside, inside there was a flurry of ideas, conversation, and learning at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's Alliance Management Institute (AMI).

Collaboration in the Aging Community


Last week VisionLink had the pleasure of attending the N4A “Answers on Aging” Annual Conference & Tradeshow in our neighboring city of Denver. While we went in expecting to learn about current themes, best practices, and challenges in the world of elderly care, we left with a strong inspiring sense of the collaboration taking place in this small yet passionate community. One such collaboration discussed was a housing initiative in San Francisco known as the Services Connection Program.

Colorado Flooding - How to Help


Impact areas include in the foothills and plains around Boulder, parts of Denver, Longmont, Greeley, Lyons, Estes Park, Colorado Springs, and many other communities. Today the status of "disaster area" came home. Boulder and surrounding counties are federally declared disaster areas, impacted by days of heavy rain turned into flood waters.

Content Strategies for Nonprofit Websites


Tech4Good Denver hosted an excellent and extremely informative group panel who shared true and tested content strategies when designing or managing your nonprofit’s website. Is your nonprofit looking for ways to improve your website and increase traffic? Here are the key takeaways from the session: 1. Leverage that expertise…in ways they understand. Be sure to convey your passion & expertise in a language your audience will understand. Don’t get too technical.

United Way Community Leaders Conference


This year is also the 125th anniversary of United Way , which began in Denver, Colorado, in 1887, right in our back yard. The UW Community Leaders Conference is under way right now in Nashville, TN. Participants include leaders from the private sector, elected officials, other non-profit organizations, and of course local United Ways across America. The focus? On how organizations can work together to make change happen in communities through strengthening education, income and health.

Best of Online, The Top 5

Connection Cafe

Here are a few of my own personal best-ofs: the top three cheese-steaks in Philadelphia (Cosmi's, Jim's, John's Roast Pork), the best green chile in Denver (Santiago's, Benny's, Las Delicias), and the top breakfast tacos in Austin (Tamale House, Tacodeli, Mi Madre). Author: Dimitri Lundquist. I love "best-of" lists, and I love making them.

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Blog Respects Paid For The Families of Victims In Aurora Colorado

John Haydon

Jessica Ghawi, 24, of Denver; aspiring sports journalist. Matt McQuinn, 27, of Denver; who died shielding his girlfriend. Teves, 24, of Phoenix; earned master’s degree in counseling psychology in June from University of Denver. Image from If you’re like me, there’s nothing more that you read about this weekend then the horrific shootings in Aurora Colorado.

Coming Soon to a City Near You.

Connection Cafe

February 22 | Washington, DC February 24 | New York, NY March 1 | Boston, MA March 8 | Seattle, WA March 10 | San Francisco, CA March 16 | Denver, CO Author: Convio is coming to a city near you! Come one, come all! Convio is setting up shop in a city near you—a workshop to be specific. We're hosting a free Nonprofit Success Workshop in cities across the country and right now we have February and March all set!

Working America Drives Local Action with Targeted Text Messages

Mobile Commons

At a recent pizza party in Denver, Colorado, Working America members got a chance to meet like-minded activists and share ideas. Working America is a national organization that represents working families on a wide variety of issues. Some of those issues are national. But some – from unemployment in New Mexico to union rights in Ohio – are highly local.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Success is when the person in Panama has access to 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 titles; success is when the blind person in Durban has access to all the books that the blind person in Denver has access to […] The miracle comes when I know that the 300 million people around the world with significant visual impairments are getting more access to books.

Nonprofit Website Usability


This week, I attended a wonderful Denver Tech4Good session on how nonprofits can make their websites more usable and easier to navigate. This is important because the more people are able to use your site, the more they will learn about your cause, donate, and give support. Below are a few tips and tricks I picked up that may come in handy!

Coming to Your Town, The Art of Relevance in Hand

Museum 2.0

Registration info TBA October 19, 2016: Denver, CO at the Ellie Kaulkins Studio Loft for NAMP Regional Workshop, 3-5pm - Free! Co-pilot sadly not attending these events. One of the basic criteria for relevance has to do with effort. The more effort it takes to attain an experience, the less relevant it will feel--even if you know it will be meaningful. When your favorite band comes to town, you'll buy a ticket and go to the show.

Are You Attending ATD 2016?


We are eagerly looking forward to Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2016 International Conference & Exposition taking place on May 22-25 in Denver, Colorado. Gyrus Systems Team is all set for ATD 2016! Our team will be present at booth #1129 to talk to you about your learning and training challenges and explain how our LMS – GyrusAim can help you overcome these.

How To Use Stories To Raise Money On Social Media


Check out this example from Denver Rescue Mission. Storytelling and social media – these terms have certainly been thrown around a lot this year! Are they just empty buzzwords, or actual tools that can help your nonprofit raise money online? I firmly believe in the latter. Great storytelling and successful social media campaigns are completely interconnected. You can collect fantastic, compelling stories, but if no one hears or sees them, they fall flat.

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New Customer: Complete College America


Our Strategic Advantage team, led by Lois Ann Porter, will be assisting with planning, materials, and implementation for their very first Academy to be held in Denver, this coming October. We are very pleased to announce another new customer among the VisionLink network, Complete College America.

Member Spotlight: Dave Ryan of CiviCore

Tech Soup Blog

Beautiful Denver, Colorado, USA. I work for CiviCore , but I am an active board member on several Denver-area nonprofits, including Urban Peak , the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center , the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship , and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Dave Ryan has long been a lurker in the TechSoup forums and we thought it was high time we pulled him out and let you all know a little more about him and his nonprofit work! Name, title, and TechSoup username.

RIP: Rob Stuart, Godfather of the NpTech Movement

Beth Kanter

Finally, I was lucky enough to attend my first “roundup” in 2001 in Denver as the NTC was called in those days. That’s where I met Holly Ross. Rob Stuart shared my birthday, Jan. But we also shared more than that – the nonprofit technology field. Rob was the godfather. The last time I saw him was in 2009 in San Francisco at the NTC. I just learned that Rob passed away , leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

WorldChanging Launches Book & Local Blogs

Have Fun - Do Good

Bloggers (like me) in Austin, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, the Twin Citites, Washington DC, and Canada are volunteering to post a couple times a month about WorldChanging projects, ideas and people in their city. There will also be WorldChanging events in Denver and NYC this month. Shop Local is a trend picking up speed this holiday season. Will Blog Local be far behind?

End of Year Smatterings and Inspirations

Museum 2.0

In that spirit, I offer a few things that have excited me in recent weeks: The MCA Denver Holiday Video is out, and it is very, very good. I have felt in the past that some of the MCA's holiday videos were a bit too pretentious, but this year's edition is full of joy and a message that really reflects what they do in Denver.

Weekend Reading: 2012 Trends and Young Adult Programs

Museum 2.0

I have a personal connection to this report, which was produced by the Denver Art Museum after a multi-year project developing meaningful connections with young adults. Three years ago today I was in Denver working with this terrific group of educators, technologists, and marketing folks to help them imagine new community-driven approaches to programming. Two great museumy reports to brighten your weekend: TrendsWatch 2012.

A Radical, Simple Formula for Pop-Up Museums

Museum 2.0

There was Jaime Kopke's Denver Community Museum , which existed for nine months in a Denver storefront in 2008-9 to celebrate visitors' creations. Pop-Up Museum [n]: a short-term institution existing in a temporary space. a way to catalyze conversations among diverse people, mediated by their objects. Over the past few years, there have been several fabulous examples of pop-up museums focusing on visitor-generated content.

13NTC Sketchnotes: Creating a Social Media Insights Report


Full notes here (325 kb) A sketchnoting, er, note: I did very rough notes in the session, and then drew this up on a protracted bumpy descent into Denver. Jamie Millard and Chris Oien covered a lot of ground in Organizational Leadership with Social Media Insights , including some really useful tips on using Google Analytics'' newer social reporting tools.

Contextual Content: How to Adapt Your Mobile Marketing Strategy for Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

Brad Dolian, mobile marketing manager at Cabela’s in Denver, explained that their efforts laid a “good foundation via text,” so that they wouldn’t “have a dependency on an app.” If your brand is using text messaging to reach out to consumers, there are two basic premises to be aware of. The first is that text messaging is an extremely powerful way to reach, engage, and convert mobile users into loyal users.

Open Thread: How Does Your Institution Say Happy New Year?

Museum 2.0

This year, I've seen everything from heartfelt solicitations ( Young Playwrights Theater ) to surreal pop culture singalongs ( MCA Denver ) to impressively-produced, collaborative, yet poignant pop culture singalongs ( Detroit Science Center , which closed one month after this video was released). It's that time of year when inboxes fill up with digital thank you's, happy holidays, and end-of-year solicitations.