Nonprofit fundraising, digital communications and public relations expert based in Austin/Bee Cave working statewide and beyond.

Boards & Commissions

NTEN & Nonprofit Tech Club Austin #NPTechClubATX
Co-organizer (Primary) Since January 2015

Published Research

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Carolyn M. Appleton
Published September 2011

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  • NTEN and NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin

  • Impacts

    5G: What Is It and Why Is It a Game Changer?

    During this time frame, I continued to prepare and distribute weekly emails via our Bevy Labs/NTEN website and RSVP platform to all registered tech club members; to send email updates to club volunteers (via my personal business email); to coordinate with guest speakers and with NetSquared (which provides Zoom program recording services); to coordinate with Trianon Coffee on guest speaker gifts; and to enlist help for hosting Zoom programs and in some cases, serving as program host myself. Work began to increase during this time as more potential programs for 2021 are being proposed and scheduled, and I set those each up online and manage the listings. I also posted on our Facebook group page and on my own social media platforms, occasionally conducting house cleaning to remove outdated information, and approving new posts by others as they seem appropriate.

    Gave 24.00 hours between 07/01/2020 and 09/11/2020
    Maximizing Tech to Save Money

    Time was spent updating the Bevy Labs platform and Facebook group page, on-boarding new volunteers, writing and scheduling/sending emails to club members, and delegating online hosting duties for the July program to another volunteer in my temporary absence. Follow up also involved working with NetSquared to get the program recording and slide deck posted to our club website and information distributed to constituents.

    Gave 12.00 hours between 06/01/2020 and 06/30/2020
    Prospecting: Reviewing Your Own Databases for Hidden Gems

    During this time, I managed social media and eblasting for the club throughout May and early June. I responded to inquiries and followed up online. For the June 1 talk, I helped introduce and host it, and worked with Eli at TechSoup to ensure smooth sailing including follow up posting of the event recording and slide decks, getting the gourmet coffee gift ordered and mailed to our June guest speaker and more.

    Gave 12.00 hours between 05/10/2020 and 06/01/2020
    Prospecting: Reviewing Your Own Databases for Hidden Gems

    I drafted and scheduled weekly e-blasts; posted on social; cleaned up the Facebook group page; prepared my talk (the May 4 program featured me); followed up to share the PowerPoint online; set up a new program for July on the platform; and updated the Adobe Spark club video overview for 2020. It was a busier than normal month!

    Gave 24.00 hours between 04/07/2020 and 05/08/2020
    Leveraging LinkedIn

    This event required the club to pivot to an online Zoom webinar broadcast. Thanks to Eli Van Der Geissen, our global NetSquared tech club leader, we got a free Zoom link and the program was recorded and shared online. My work involved working with Eli to schedule the call, to learn Zoom, to host the meeting alongside Eli, to develop a new introductory slide deck about the club that also thanked our sponsors, and following-up with posting on the NTEN website and the Facebook group page with follow-up links. Eblasts were written and mailed to club members via the NTEN website. As no travel was required this time, all work was done online with the help of fellow volunteers.

    Gave 8.00 hours on 04/06/2020
    NTEN and NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin

    During this time, I followed-up after our February and March programs with links, photos and video recordings posted on our NTEN page and Facebook group page. With the COVID 19 outbreak, I shared resources and signed up via NetSquared for free Zoom online presentations for our April and May programs. I set up eblasts for the April program in advance.

    Gave 25.00 hours between 02/04/2020 and 03/18/2020
    #NPTechClubATX "Social Media During Emergencies"

    During this time frame I interacted with guest speakers for 2020 including our speakers for January and February. I wrote and distributed one email a week to all club members reminding them of the events coming up. I created an Adobe Spark video about our 2020 slate of programs. I shared information about the club and its events broadly on my social media platforms. I attended and introduced our guest speakers. I wrote a proposal and secured a sponsorship from H-E-B for 2020. All the club's online platforms were updated.

    Gave 20.00 hours between 01/01/2020 and 02/03/2020
    NTEN and NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin

    During this time, I continued to host nonprofit tech club present programs, to handle the NTEN RSVP platform (ongoing management, email productions/distribution), and related social media postings. I began scheduling programs for 2020 including reaching out to potential speakers and working with Capital Factory on monthly venue dates.

    Gave 20.00 hours between 09/23/2019 and 12/31/2019
    NTEN and NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin

    I continued to manage the club's online platform, develop and send out eblasts to fellow members, to update the Facebook page, to identify speakers, and to attend in person.

    Gave 32.00 hours between 08/05/2019 and 09/23/2019 with GivePulse.org
    NTEN and NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin

    I continued to spend time posting information on the main website and on our Facebook group page, visiting with guest speakers, sending out emails (once weekly), attending/setting up events in person, interfacing with our sponsors Capital Factory and Trianon Coffee, and responding to questions.

    Gave 8.00 hours between 06/27/2019 and 08/04/2019