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Drive-Through ESL for the March 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Janette Nacilla (Jan Avi Ray in Second Life) and the Drive-Through ESL project, that is part of the virtual English Second Language School. Drive-Through ESL is one of the many organizations in Second Life that help international students learn English as their second language.

Jan Avi Ray (Janette Nacilla) is a Medical Technologist working under the Ministry of Heath of Saudi Arabia, both a student of the Drive-Through ESL an English Language School and a member of the Drive-Through ESL Help Team. She is also a member of Virtual Ability and Second Life's Cure Chasers. SL's Cure Chasers is a group formed to support Relay for Life in Second Life. This group is open to anyone who wants to participate in the Relay for Life in SL campaign.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 7th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation -  Jan Avi Ray, Drive-Through ESL
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

NPC Member Spotlight: Americans for Safe Access for the February 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 28th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature our latest NPC member Tom Kujawski, of Americans for Safe Access, and the Americans for Safe Access Foundation, to learn more about the nation's patient and providers union united to advance medical marijuana therapeutics and Research.

Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL) is a seasoned non-profit executive with 25+ years experience and specializes in developing sustainable public, private cross-sector partnerships, advancing funding portfolios, and engaging the community.  "Inc" is an active Board member of Americans for Safe Access and the Americans for Safe Access Foundation.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 28th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - NPC Member Spotlight: Americans for Safe Access, Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL)
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Using Community Wikis for the February 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will focus on using wikis for community projects. Monique Richert (chayenn in SL) will go over how to create an account, and start your profile on our own NonProfit Commons wiki. And our featured discussion will discuss further options and ways to collaborate using a wiki, along with other wikis for reference and inspiration.

The Love Foundation for the February 14h NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 14th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting features Harold W. Becker (HB Eternal in SL) and John T Goltz (JT Christos in SL) of the Love Foundation, who will share the vision of love as it relates to their nonprofit, The Love Foundation, their programs, and presence in Second Life. The Love Foundation organizes Global Love Day – an international celebration of humanity – which takes place each year on May 1st. Global Love Day events occur around the world and are also hosted virtually in Second Life. 

 

The Love Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Our vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and understanding of unconditional love within individuals and society as a whole. Established in 2000, we have become an international leading resource for sharing the awareness of unconditional love.

 

Bio: 

Harold W. Becker is the author of several books including, Internal Power: Seven Doorways to Self Discovery, Unconditional Love – An Unlimited Way of Being, and Unconditional Love Is... He holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and since 1990 has devoted his energy to raising the awareness of humanity through his consulting company, Internal Insights. In 2000 he founded and is President of the nonprofit, The Love Foundation, Inc., with the vision of “inspiring people to love unconditionally.” He also founded Global Love Day for May 1st each year. Harold shares his powerful understanding about life through books, PBS television specials, workshops and living his own high ideals.  

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 14th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - The Love Foundation - Harold W. Becker (HB Eternal in SL) and John T Goltz (JT Christos in SL) 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for the February 7th, NonProfit Commons Meeting

 

Friday, February 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will be recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 

 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage people across the United States to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities http://nationalblackaidsday.org

 

“AIDS continues to claim the lives of too many African American men and women. Blacks account for almost half of all those have died from AIDS in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic. African American youth continue to be one of the groups most severely affected by HIV infection in the United States. In fact, black youth represent more than half (57%) of all new HIV infections among young people aged 13 to 24. These numbers underscore the need to reach a new generation with effective HIV prevention programs and messages. We simply cannot afford to lose the next generation to this potentially deadly, but preventable disease.”

(Centers for disease Control and Prevention-CDC)

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 7th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Storytelling Through Short Video Apps
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - presentation & discussion 
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Online Communities and Virtual Volunteering for the January 31st NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, January 31st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jayne Cravens of Coyote Communications. She is a long time volunteer and community manager who has worked managing communities of volunteers everywhere from the UN to TechSoupJayne will be presenting on online communities like TechSoup's forum, engaging with online volunteers, and share wisdom from her upcoming book The Last Virtual Volunteering Handbook

 

BIO: 

Jayne Cravens is an internationally-recognized trainer, researcher and consultant. Her work is focused on communications, volunteer involvement, community engagement, and management for nonprofits, NGOs, and government initiatives. She is a pioneer regarding the research, promotion and practice of virtual volunteering, including virtual teams, microvolunteering and crowdsourcing, and she is a veteran manager of various local and international initiatives. Jayne became active online in 1993, and she created one of the first web sites focused on helping to build the capacity of nonprofits to use the Internet. She has been interviewed for and 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 stations, TV stations and blogs. Resources from her web site, coyotecommunications.com, are frequently cited in reports and articles by a variety of organizations, online and in-print. Women's empowerment and women's full access to employment and education options remains a cross-cutting theme in all of her work. Jayne received her BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University and her Master's degree in Development Management from Open University in the U.K. A native of Kentucky, she has worked for the United Nations, lived in Germany and Afghanistan, and visited more than 30 countries, many of them by motorcycle. She is currently based near Portland, Oregon in the USA.  

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 31st, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming) 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Jayne Cravens  
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.  

Nonprofit Financials: How to Read an IRS Form 990 for the January 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, January 24th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL) who will walk us through understanding nonprofit IRS Form 990. IRS Form 990s are annually required documents for U.S. based non-profits. Learn the basics of how to read an organization's 990, and what that information indicates about the fiscal health, governing body and programmatic impact of the organization. 
 
To prepare for the meeting, download a copy of the 2013 IRS Form 990: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f990.pdf
 
Bio:
INCARN8 (Tom Kujawski) is a seasoned non-profit executive with 25+ years experience and specializes in developing sustainable public, private cross-sector partnerships, advancing funding portfolios, and engaging the community.  "Inc" is an active Board member of a national organization and their Foundation.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, January 24th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
AGENDA (all times below PT)
  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL), Nonprofit Financial's: How to Read an IRS Form 990    
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

The Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley] for the January 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, January 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL) who will present on his newly launched weekly podcast series.

 

About the Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley]:

Broadcasting without permission from an attic somewhere in Berlin [about the metaverse - naturally!] We are very excited to bring our passion for virtual reality and the creative people who make it all happen everyday – the creatives, the explorers, the techies and everyone in between – to the airwaves.

A big part of the show is community involvement – we want your voices, your input, your participation, the more the merrier! To contribute, contact us via Skype (by adding draxfiles) so you can phone in, IM us via our avatar in Second Life - draxfiles or radio@draxfiles.com with suggestions and critique.

 

Bio:

Bernhard Drax aka Draxtor Despres creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media concepts for corporate and academic clientele. In addition to producing music for film, television and the web Bernhard has a solid background in radio news production and print journalism.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 17th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - The Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley]  
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Creating Community for Nonprofit Technologists: How NetSquared's Volunteers Contribute to a Nonprofit Commons

Friday, January 10th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Elijah van der Giessen, community manager of TechSoup's NetSquared community, who will present on creating community for nonprofit technologists.

 

NetSquared Local (Net2Local) connects the nonprofit and technology communities. Powered by a network of volunteers, we hold monthly meetings in cities around the world where people can come together to share best practices, case studies, and support each other’s projects.

 

Sounds a lot like the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, doesn't it?

 

Join us for a short overview of Net2Local, followed by a discussion of how these two nonprofit communities are both similar and different. 

  • What are the strengths of hybrid online/offline communities and how can they be created?
  • How has NPSL created a strong sense of community and what Net2Local can learn from NPSL's experience
  • The unique characteristics of synchronous events like (Net2Local and NPSL) vs. asynchronous communities (message boards, forums , etc.)

Learn more at http://www.netsquared.org

 

Presenter:

Eli strives to be a connector - the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He's been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he'll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

 

Currently he's the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year. You can follow Eli on twitter at https://twitter.com/elijah and read more on his site at http://www.vandergiessen.ca.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 10th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Creating Community for Nonprofit Technologists: How NetSquared's Volunteers Contribute to a Nonprofit Commons, OR: Kissing Cousins: The Forbidden Love Uniting NetSquared and NPSL
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org  

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Roundup of End of Year Short Presentations for the December 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

In celebration of another year of TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life, for our last meeting of 2013 we will be hosting several short presentations from some of our community members. 

 

Community presenters:

  • Buffy Beale on Game Based Learning and MOOCs to Change the World
  • Gentle Heron on Wise Giving Tips for the Holiday Season
  • Namaara MacMoragh on Team Ideas for the New Year

 

The presentations will be followed by an extended Open Mic and chance for every one to share upcoming 2014 projects, resources and inspirations for the new year.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 20th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:50 am Year End Short Presentations
  • 9:25 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org  

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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