NetSquared Organizer Summer Update: Story Makers and Safer Internet

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Normally there’s a summer lull for NetSquared groups, but July has been - which means that the fall will be even crazier! We’ve got some theme months scheduled to help make your event planning easier. These are optional, but should be a lot of fun. :-)

SEPTEMBER: Story Makers

TechSoup and NetSquared are holding our annual digital storytelling theme month. Please hold your September date and book a event. We just published an with templates like Q&A questions and speaker recruitment emails. Or if twitter’s your thing we’ll be inviting you to co-host a global tweet chat (details coming next week).

10 groups have already committed to participating. Let me know how you want to get involved and .

OCTOBER: Safer Internet

TechSoup and Microsoft will be supporting NetSquared groups to hold cyber security and privacy events this October as part of the “Safer Internet” project.

We will be offering $100/group grants for up to 15 Net2 groups to support your event expenses. Thanks to Microsoft for their financial sponsorship.
Details are still being worked out, but please . :-)


July 1 was a new fiscal year at TechSoup, which means I compiled the annual statistics. It’s been a big year of growth for NetSquared.

  • No. of active groups: 52 (15% increase year over year)
  • No. of events: 468 (25% increase year over year)
  • No. of attendees: 11,435 (60% increase year over year)

A modest increase in active groups, but big growth in the number of events and attendees. That means that the average NetSquared co-organizer is holding bigger and more consistent events, and tells me that the network is in good health. Yay!


  • TechSoup is to NTEN’s Leading Change Summit. The workshop will be help in San Francisco this September and mentioning that you’re a NetSquared organizer will definitely increase your chances of success! Net2 members are also eligible for a $200 discount when they use the code:
  • Mozilla is hosting between now and September. Could be a great opportunity to keep your members busy over the summer.


Looking for ideas? I always recommend that you steal from other groups! A complete list of can be found on

I’m also adding new event templates and “recipes” to the . Recent updates to the guide include:


I’d be thrilled if you could with your members before each event. It helps answer the question “What is TechSoup and the product donation program?” A shocking number of nonprofits are unfamiliar with TechSoup and how we can help nonprofits save money!


Every NetSquared organizer should be in our . It’s where we share important announcements. But if you want to be a bit more social please join us in our - it’s where we share event ideas, inspirational stories, and gossip. :-)

I’m always here to support you. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!