How did you get involved in the Bro bono lounge?
As a Finance Manager, I wanted to both represent Campaign Consultation, Inc. and donate my expertise in new accounting software and applications. I use a variety of applications to manage our finances and operations. The Tech World is making a major impact on those of us who are not Techies.
Who did you talk to?
I spoke with Debbie Carter, the Director of Program Operations for New Futures, which is a non-profit that gives scholarships to underserved students who face social challenges. The wonderful concept about this non-profit is that they provide an opportunity to students who are working hard but who may not qualify for an academic scholarship.
What kind of help were they looking for?
Ms. Carter wanted to create financial reports her board member would quickly understand while correctly displaying the company’s financial position. We discussed journal entry types and layouts for a company’s statement of operations, activities, and financial positioning.
You’re not a Techie, but you have valuable information to share. Are you glad you participated?
Yes, I am glad I participated. This experience made me realize not everyone knows what I know. I …Learn More
You don’t need to be a non-profit organization to create real social change in your community.
This underlying thread held together the Social Good track at DC Week’s Core Conference on Thursday, November 10. Digital Capital Week, or DC Week, is a festival focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators.
In the Startups for Social Good panel, four representatives from for-profit ventures explained the lasting change they created in their communities.
“Identify a core problem in your community, and create that platform that relieves it,” said Blake Hall, founder of Troopswap.com, when explaining how to create a product that serves.
David Simnik, who used the one-for-one model (think Tom’s Shoes) to create Soapbox Soaps, said he believes every company gains leverage when a social mission is woven into its fabric.
“When you have a social mission company, people go out of their way to start treating you as a movement,” said Simnik.
Startsomegood.com helps other social good initiatives (both non-profit and for-profit) create their own movements using a customized platform to raise funds and supporters. Co-founder Alex Budak said he saw too many implementation barriers to good ideas when he tried to start …Learn More
Danielle Ricks, Campaign Consultation’s Social Media Specialist, is attending Digital Capital Week, a 10-day festival focused on technology, innovation and all things digital. Danielle is thrilled to attend, focusing on absorbing information that will be used to help further the technology of Campaign Consultation as well as our clients and collaborators.
Organizers Peter Corber of iStrategy Labs, along with Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo of Shiny Heart Ventures, are providing attendees with an overlapping mix of information sessions, panels, hands on workshops and informal gatherings known as “unconferences”. The idea behind Digital Capital Week is to strengthen the capital region’s digital economy with a focus on creativity, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, content creation and innovation.
Opening night included an interactive “thankful for gratitude graffiti wall” presented by DCWEEK co-producer Shiny Heart Ventures, asking attendees what they were thankful for about in DC. This quickly became a focal point of the evening.
On Saturday afternoon, the City Camp DC “unconference” accomplished much the DC Week’s mission. Attendees heard from City Officials who were looking for new ways to use technology to support everything from transportation needs as well as ways to reach out to the DC arts community. Danielle is looking …Learn More