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Jan 25, 2011
PDXTech4Good January Meetup
Mercy Corps Action Center

What online tools do you or your organization use to most effectively achieve its mission? Constant Contact or MailChimp for bulk e-mail? Picknik or Aviary for photo editing needs? Ash Shepherd of NPower NW will delve into a myriad of tools available for collaboration, bulk e-mail, media editing, and the "tools you never knew you needed...but you do". Join in the conversation and come prepared to share your own gems as Ash facilitates the discussion around online tools for nonprofits. We'd love to have your input!

Foster and Dobbs will provide delicious snacks and beverages.

Feb 22, 2011
PDXTech4Good February Meetup
Mercy Corps Action Center

Be a Beacon of Goodness: How Nonprofits Can Leverage Location-based Services

This month we dive into the growing location-based marketing trend with geo-location tools of Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, Facebook Places, and SCVNGR, and discover how they can be used to spread awareness, fundraise, build community, and engage action.

Explore how Whrrl’s Societies are used to build communities and bring like-minded people together. Use Foursquare’s “Tips” to increase consciousness and fundraise for your cause or organization. Employ supporters into action by creating SCVNGR challenges. Play a game of tag with Facebook Places to spread your message amongst the 600 million plus Facebook users.

Come on in and join the conversation! We'd love to have you.

Mar 29, 2011
Collaborating for Change: Tools for Teamwork- PDXTech4Good Meetup
Mercy Corps Action Center

In this presentation, Justin Yuen of the highly successful collaboration site, For My Innovation, will talk about the importance of teamwork and address some best practices that lead to achieving great results. With FMYI as a backdrop, Justin will demonstrate how a team can utilize tools to track contacts, share resources, and manage projects, with a focus on organizations that strive to affect positive change.

Come network with other tech-savvy PDXers and gain valuable knowledge at this FREE, fun event. For more info or to RSVP:

Jul 26, 2011
Using the Cloud- PDXTech4Good Meetup
Mercy Corps Action Center

Join the PDXTech4Good crowd as we cover the basics of what "The Cloud" actually is! Steven Skoczen, Co-Founder of GoodCloud, a cloud-based service for nonprofits, will present on the opportunity of the Cloud, with a full Q&A after. Delicious complementary snacks and beverages provided by Foster & Dobbs.

Sep 14, 2013
ChickTech Problem-Storming for Nonprofits
Thetus Corporation

NOTE: This is now a 1 day event. We hope you can join us.

Let's use our skills to make our community a better place for women and girls!

Are you a woman interested in brainstorming and creating solutions for a nonprofit? Well, we have the event for you! We're bringing in nonprofits who are focused on women and girls (or issues that women and girls encounter) who have something that they've been struggling with...and our goal is to have a viable solution for each of them by the end of the weekend!

Do I have the skills to attend?

  • Are you a women who is 15 years of age or older?
  • Are you a programmer?
  • Are you an interface designer?
  • Are you a manager?
  • Are you a teacher (either officially or not)?
  • Do you have experience with psychology?
  • Are you an artist?
  • Are you passionate about helping non-profits?

If you answered yes to any of those, then yes! You should. We are looking to have teams of women with diverse backgrounds. If you are under 15, let us know and we will see if we can work something out.

Why should I attend?

  • Altruism. Community-Mindedness. You'd like to help the local community with your skills.
  • Learn from your group members. You'll be on a diverse team of women. We are sure that you'll learn a lot from each other!
  • Learn about the non-profits. Portland has a great nonprofit community and this event will help you get in touch with some of them.
  • Help fundraise for ChickTech K-12 events. By paying for your participation, you are not only getting this experience (and food for days!), you are also helping to make our K-12 events free for participants. Thank you in advance for your support!
  • Childcare is provided.
  • Delicious food is provided. Eat up!

What are we doing, exactly?

You will be in a group of women working on a project for a local nonprofit. The projects are listed below under the Nonprofits section.

Each project will have a tech component, but we're looking to create a team with diverse skills to address the needs of the nonprofit. Each group will have a ChickTech or Thetus volunteer to help out. Each group will have a representative from the nonprofit to answer any questions. At the end of the weekend, we want to have a viable solution for the non-profit.

Can men attend?

YES! We are looking for supportive techie guys to help provide childcare for the event in order to break yet another stereotype. We are hoping to have some fun, hands-on activities for the kids too, depending on ages and age ranges.

Can I attend for free?

YES! We are offering a sliding scale because we do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend. If you can afford any of the cost options, please help us out! This will help us cover the costs of this event. Any extra money goes to funding our K-12 programs to ensure that they remain free for participants.

Event Schedule

Friday: 6:30p - 9p, hors d'oeuvres, choose projects, meet teams! Saturday: 9:30a - 5:30p, breakfast, work with teams, lunch, more work! Sunday: 9:30a - 5:30p, breakfast, work, lunch, work, present (not the noun, the verb)!

Help us by spreading the word!

Tweet: "Let's help nonprofits in #pdx! Join me for @ChickTechOrg's Nonprofit Problem Storming Event! Learn more:" Facebook: "Let's help nonprofits in #pdx! Join me for @ChickTech's Nonprofit Problem Storming Event! Learn more:"

Nonprofits and Projects

Below are the nonprofits who are involved with this event. If you have one of any of the skills listed on any of the projects, consider attending this event to help out our nonprofit community.

My Sister's House

My Sister's House is a home for women with children who have suffered domestic violence/and or abuse and need a safe environment to create new lives.
Problem: Need complete website and branding overhaul! Skills needed (including but not limited to): website design, website development, user experience, branding, artists

Oregon Tradeswomen

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Problem: Need help with communications throughout the organization! Especially around email, calendars, etc. Skills needed (including but not limited to): experience with nonprofits, organizational skills, management, software/website development

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves members throughout Oregon, and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington; they currently serve 24,000 girl and adult members. Problem: Need help creating a training strategy that works for the adult volunteers in the organization, especially with regards to online and blended methods. Skills needed (including but not limited to): education, pyschology, web service development, training experience, evaluation experience, web design


Betties360's mission is to inspire confidence, well-being, and community in girls through action sports, outdoor adventure, and life-skill education. Problem: Need help with publicity and general getting the word out to more people! Possibly a creative marketing campaign? Skills needed (including but not limited to): nonprofit fundraising, marketing, social media experience, branding experience, designers, artists is an in-progress web platform aiming to provide on-going community engagement and fundraising for all manner of creative projects (software, music/art, research, educational resources, and more) where results are released freely with no proprietary restrictions on access, modification, or sharing. Problem: We need help introducing the system to creative projects and to patrons; maybe an infographic or a game? Skills needed (including but not limited to): nonprofit fundraising, marketing, designer, game development, user experience designer

Lilka, Inc

[Note: Lilka is not a nonprofit, but their mission is to help nonprofits work together better, which we think is worth supporting! Plus, it's a women-founded tech startup, which is awesome.] Lilka, Inc is creating a project coordination tool for nonprofit organizations to help them coordinate both internal projects and projects between nonprofits who want to work together.
Problem: We're at the stage where we're fleshing out our ideas, and we would love some help integrating the functionality of Asana and Google Docs/Drive as a first step. This tool will be used to coordinate NPOs in both everyday situations and emergencies where cooperation between NPOs will save lives. Skills needed (including but not limited to): Front end web design, user interface design, business, project management, back-end programming, nonprofit experience, graphic design

If you know of other nonprofits who would like to participate email us at [email protected]. If you would like to get more information on volunteering for this event, also email us at [email protected]. ChickTech's fiscal sponsor is TechStart, a registered 501(c)(3).

Nov 18, 2013
Hacking Social Impact Unconference - Portland
through MercyCorps & Eliot Center

This November, the Social Venture Society will host the second Hacking Social Impact unconference, a collaborative and educational event addressing impact investment and social entrepreneurship. As in 2012, the two-day event will feature hands-on workshop, interactive discussion sessions, and networking.

Participants will not only have the opportunity to bring their ideas to the table, but to engage in direct, powerful and informal discussions on the topics which will shape the socially-driven entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting, popular among technology and social media-influenced communities, in which information sharing is collaborative and dynamic.

Last year, we had a tremendous experience hosting impact community members and learning with and from folks from Ecotrust, Immix Law, Springboard Innovation, B Labs, Grameen Foundation, Mercy Corps Micro Mentor, p:ear, PSU Impact Entrepreneurs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Social Venture Partners, Startup America, and many more.

Schedule & Details:

On Monday night (5:30 - 8:00), we will have a kickoff reception at MercyCoprs.

Tuesday will be a full day of sessions, workshops, connecting, discussing, and hacking, held at the Eliot Center from 9:00-5:00.

For more details and updates, visit

Feb 19, 2014
NTEN Lab: Data-Informed Nonprofits
United Way of Columbia-Willamette

Your nonprofit’s compass should be informed by data. Data-informed nonprofits make strategic decisions not just with experience and instinct, but with metrics and trends collected over time that align with their organizational goals and mission.

The benefits of strategic data management for nonprofits is significant. Interest groups can use it to inform voting records of political candidates; community groups can use it to understand what areas need more access to recreational facilities, or a network of preschools can share their data to spot common behavior patterns. Every organization produces different kinds of data, but it's how the organization uses it to show its impact and inform critical decisions that makes the data valuable.

Caligator discount! Use: NTENLAB30 to get the NTEN Member price!

Why you should attend:

The NTEN Lab is an in-person, collaborative space for shared learning, and an opportunity to connect with your peers to explore different ways to identify and strategically use your organization’s data. You'll learn how to find the data you're already producing, how you can use the data to show your impact, and how to plan future decisions based on the data you have instead of the way you feel.

In addition to breakfast and lunch, attendees will also receive a complimentary hard copy of our recently published e-book, Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits.

Attendees will learn how to:

1) Create goals that can be measured and reported to your audience 2) Gather the data you need when you're short on time 3) Identify the best ways to collect, aggregate, analyze, and really use your data 4) Foster a culture of data-informed decision making across your team and in your organization

Who should attend:

This Lab is for nonprofit staff members that are interested in learning how to make data-informed decisions in their organization. It is a good fit for nonprofit decision makers across all departments, especially those who are in charge of preparing, or contributing to, their organization's strategic planning process, or annual plans.


Michelle Chaplin, Senior Manager of Online Fundraising, PBS; Matt Koltermann, Client Advisor, Acquia; Brett Meyer, Content Strategist, ThinkShout Inc.; Ash Shepherd, Strategy & Process, Minds on Design Lab.

Jul 9, 2014
Community-Building Classifieds with Switchboard

Please join us for PDXTech4Good's July meetup, where we'll learn about community-building classifieds!

Does your community use groups on Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn? Are they frustrated by useful information getting lost in a stream of status updates and baby photos? Are they burnt out on email chains and listservs with irrelevant content? Are they looking for a place to share resources beyond just the professional? Switchboard is a platform that harnesses the power of communities by giving them a simple place to connect, transact, and build community value. There are only two types of posts: Ask and Offer.

You can check out an example Switchboard for the Portland Startup Community here:

And one for the Women's Bicycling community here

And one for Oberlin College:

Switchboard is being used by colleges, universities, non-profits, community groups, summer camps, professional organizations, conferences. Learn how the simple format of Ask and Offer can strengthen your community, while interdigitating with existing social media tools.


Mara Zepeda is co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. Based in Portland, Switchboard is a community building platform that empowers members to ask for what they need, offer what they have to give, connect directly, and strengthen their network. Mara has spent her career working with nonprofits and in higher education as a program director, consultant, community builder, board member, and volunteer.

May 6, 2015
Diversity, technology, nonprofits and more (PDXTech4Good)

We'll be talking about issues of diversity, accountability and representation in nonprofit technology and technology in general. Presenters will cover topics like:

• Building diversity in tech teams, and why diversity is critical to success whether you're for-profit or nonprofit.

• Local and national projects by nonprofits to broaden the types of people who get involved in technology and programming as young people.

• Local and national efforts by nonprofits to address sexism and racism that often plays out within "tech culture."

• The state of the Portland tech community when it comes to inclusion and accountability, especially as it relates to sexism and racism.


Melissa Chavez is a digital and physical space UX designer who organizes events for tech and nonprofit communities. Open Source Bridge, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, PyDX, and Portland VegFest are some of the events she helps run. Reading YA novels helps keep her sane. Twitter: @capnleela

Jennifer Davidson works at Intel as a User Experience Researcher and Software Interaction Designer. She recently completed her PhD in Computer Science at Oregon State University, where she researched human-computer interaction, specifically involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. She is Interim Board President of ChickTeck. She strongly believes that everyone should have a say in our technology revolution. Twitter: @jewifer

Robert Raleigh is helping underserved youth build successful careers as technology professionals in the software/IT industries. Robert is a front-end web developer, and the executive director of Log Camp, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing technology-focused career-and-technical education for low-income youth, and youth from communities of color. Log Camp's Tech Works Youth Developer Academy and after-school enrichment programming have created a diverse youth talent pipeline. Log Camp works with corporate, nonprofit, government, and educational partners to increase diversity and equitable access to technology, coding, and computer science education for youth in the Portland metro region. Robert is an Alaskan Native (Tlingit), a first-generation college graduate, and a former foster-child. In the past, Robert has worked for the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, Technology Association of Oregon, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Robert is an active member of the NAYA Family Center Community Leaders Council, and the Portland City Club. Twitter: @RobertGRaleigh

Jennifer Cazares, better known as "Yenni," identifies as a vessel for social change. As a non-binary Queer Latin@, Yenni began the journey in activism at the ripe age of 15 when after taking over the high school Key Club was able to enlist over 70 active volunteers in community events. Despite leaving high school on the suspicion of a queer identity and experiencing fear of coming out due to a Latin@ upbringing, Yenni made it to engineering school in Oregon where due to the lack of support for diversity Yenni was pushed out. Having dedicated the last decade to positive youth development in various arenas of the youth empowerment movement with organizations such as Altamed, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, ChickTech, Northwest Youth Corps, and currently with LULAC Vancouver. Yenni looks forward to creating change through the power of education and technology. Lover of the outdoors and all things living. "Dropping knowledge and love everywhere I go." (Pronouns: Yenni)


Event: Use the #pdxt4g hashtag, and/or mention @PDXTech4Good
Presenters: @capnleela @jewifer @RobertGRaleigh
Venue host: @idealist
Sponsors: @NTENorg and @NetSquared


Networking and refreshments: 6pm-6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Q&A: 7:30pm-8pm


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.

Feb 16, 2023
Changemaker Channel: Buchi Asemota, Executive Director of Our Streets
Virtual (Zoom)

This event is free, open to the public, and hosted by Field Day on Zoom.

Our Streets brings people together to respond to the needs of the community and change the dynamic of living, primarily serving people experiencing housing and food insecurity. With a true grassroots origin, the nonprofit began with a group of friends who observed the needs of their community and were inspired to take action in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Propelled by community momentum, the nonprofit has grown quickly – they’re now supplying over 600 meals to six shelters per day with 30 staff members and a permanent kitchen (plus a second opening soon).

In this Changemaker Channel, join us for a fireside chat with Buchi Asemota, Executive Director of Our Streets, that’ll leave you feeling empowered to make a change within your community.

What we’ll cover:

  • Our Streets’ grassroots beginnings
  • What it means to work in alignment with the values of the BLM movement
  • Their exponential growth of operations (and why they dropped “PDX” from their name)
  • Questions from the audience

About Changemaker Channel: In this series of virtual fireside chats with leaders of nonprofits on Field Day, a community engagement platform and Portland-based startup.

May 23, 2023
Changemaker Channel: Asia Wisecarver, Executive Director of Playworks PACNW
Virtual (Zoom)

​Play is a universal language that all kids understand — and it's one of the most important ways they can learn the social and emotional skills they'll use in the classroom, in life, and into adulthood.

​No one knows the power of play better than Asia Wisecarver, Executive Director of Playworks PACNW — a nonprofit working with schools to support healthy and inclusive play for all kids across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.

​Join us for this live fireside chat with Asia to learn about:

  • ​The power of play — for kids and adults
  • ​Why leveraging play requires a system change in schools
  • ​Playworks PACNW's innovative nonprofit model that supports partnerships across four vast states

​Bring your questions for a Q&A!

​Not sure if you can make it? Register anyway — we'll share a recording.

About Changemaker Channel

​In this series, we interview leaders of nonprofits on Field Day to learn about issues impacting our community, the work they're doing to address them, and how we all can get involved.

​This event series is free, virtual, and open to everyone. Watch past events at

Oct 10, 2023
4K4Community Fun Run
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Portland, the 4K4C is back! The 4K 4Charity has passed the baton – get ready for the 4K4Community on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

The 4K4Community Fun Run is a 4 km (2.49 mi) running and walking event that raises funds for nonprofits focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry and beyond. 100% of your registration fee is tax-deductible and is donated directly to this year’s nonprofit beneficiary, POIC + Rosemary Anderson High School.

The run starts and ends at OMSI in SE Portland. At the finish line, participants can celebrate with free drinks and snacks, and visit nonprofit booths to learn about the work being done to better our community. Participants who register before September 24 will also receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

Whether you’re running the distance, walking with a group, or cheering at the finish line, come together with your community to get active and give back.

Stay up-to-date with the 4K4Community on Instagram and LinkedIn.