Social Media – Online Placemaking
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Have you ever thought social media services such as Facebook, and LinkedIn as your digital infrastructure?

“They are the online world’s version of utilities. Just as roads, plumbing and electricity make the modern world possible, social networks make the modern digital world possible. And just as real-world communities are built on real-world infrastructure, digital communities are built on digital infrastructure.”

Join Interworx’s Brett Wiewiora to discuss how NPOs can better use online infrastructure to build a stronger online community.

(This is one of two workshops on social media. The other will be posted as we receive confirmation on the location and date.)

Here are two articles written by the presenter on this topic:

Finding Your Voice – A Content Development Workshop
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Have a nonprofit and a mission, but you’re not sure how best to communicate this message to the public? Worry no longer! Join Big Big Design’s Cynthia Closkey for an exercise in sharpening your focus and developing a gameplan for your content.

Fundraising & Grant Writing Workshop
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

One of the biggest constraints for almost every nonprofit organization is their budget. NPOs often invest a lot of resources to do fundraising and grant writing. In order to implement some of the seeds planted by our workshops, it’s important for nonprofits to know how to fund their future.

Join Frank Hammond, Vice President at BNY Mellon and grantmaker at Mellon Foundation, to understand fundraising from a funder’s perspective.

Search Engine Optimization Strategy
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Google is the most powerful search engine in the world. Want to learn some tricks to push your organization to the top of the list?

Join Eyeflow’s Phil Laboon for a discussion on how to increase your organization’s online footprint.

Here is a short video about benefits of SEO:

Building Relationships Workshop
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

So you’ve got all the basics of social media down, but how do you turn virtual influence into real-life support? Learn how to engage your audience and get them to buy into your organization, as well as retain their support in the long run.

Join Christopher Whitlatch from the Pittsburgh Foundation to discover how to use social media to turn virtual goodwill into tangible support.

Designing Your Workplace: A User Experience Workshop
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

User Experience (UX) Design can help a business to figure out the answers to “who, what, where, how and when” questions, better reach their audience and answer questions. Using your workplace as an analogue, learn what tools you can use to make your organization’s online presence stand out!

Join Kyle Crawford to find out how NPOs can utilize user-friendly tools to update your organization’s website to make it more appealing and navigable for potential clients, donors, and volunteers!

Here is a short clip about UX design intro:

Website Hosting & Design Workshop
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Does your website lack some style and substance? Are you paying too much for your service provider? Learn about some services that can cut costs, create more appealing websites and allow your organization to stay up-to-date.

Join HandsOn Tech alum and Pittsburgh Cares’ own Ben Weaver to learn about some free tools you can use to boost your website’s profile and make it easier for everyone to use.

Video Storytelling Workshop
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As video becomes a more and more popular medium to tell stories, it’s becoming vital for NPOs to take advantage of this novel but powerful tool. Nonprofits have an important message to share with the public, let us help you get yours out!

Join Josh Lucas, the head of Hardware Store, a co-working space that has facilities for video production and access to creative talent who can help with production, to see how videos can bring real change to NPOs.

The Hardware Store loves to help out NPOs as well! Each month, there will be a Media Day where NPOs can get a one-minute-long free video produced by highly skilled professionals. For details, please see the event calendar: