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Using Internet and Smartphone Tools to Engage & Support Volunteers

Idealist Consulting
537 SE Ash St. Suite 203
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)



Thanks to the Internet and handheld computers like smart phones, it's never been easier for nonprofits, schools, libraries, government programs and other mission-based initiatives to keep volunteers feeling supported, informed and valued. But how do you communicate all you need to without overwhelming volunteers? How do you appeal to the many different communications styles among volunteers? How do you keep your messages from being drowned out from the growing volume of online "noise" and landslide of information and Internet memes? And how do you integrate online communications with your many different other priorities? This lively discussion will explore all this and more!

Stop by for discussion, networking with the nonprofit tech crowd and refreshments!

About the presenter

Jayne Cravens is an internationally-recognized trainer, researcher and consultant. She is a pioneer regarding the research and practice of virtual volunteering, and she is a veteran manager of various local and international initiatives. She has been quoted in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, as well as for reports by CNN, Deutsche Well, the BBC, and various local radio and TV stations. Resources from her web site, coyotecommunications.com, are frequently cited in reports and articles by a variety of organizations, online and in-print. She is currently based near Portland, Oregon in the USA.


Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm


Parking in this area is free. It is limited to two hours, but only until 7:00pm. We expect there will be ample parking by 6:00pm.

What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events

  • Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.
  • Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.
  • Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.