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Securing Nonprofit Sponsors and Business Donations for the January 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 30th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Lisa Maqsud (Hope4Satobs Resident in Second Life) presenting on how nonprofits and groups can get donated goods and services from both real world businesses, and creators within Second Life. This will include discussing the different parts of a sponsor letter and why each plays an important part in securing donations. 

 

Lisa Maqsud is the Founder & Chair of the nonprofit charity HOPE 4 SATOBS, Inc., and has been active with nonprofit organizations since college. She has a Master’s Degree in the Management of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to getting sick, she was the Associate Regional Director for Habitat For Humanity International, Midwest Division where she was in charge of helping new Habitat organizations set up and perform bi-annual reviews and trainings for existing Habitat organizations.  As part of this, she also was a professional trainer in the areas of board development, leadership, time management, conflict management, effective meetings and team building. Prior to this, she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cleveland Foodbank where she was in charge of managing over 5,000 volunteers seen each year there. For the last five years she has developed HOPE 4 SATOBS from a small group in Second Life into a full 501c3 charitable organization. She loves working with her charity as well as working with other groups in Second Life who are doing charitable work. Lisa believes in working together instead of competing to bring about more awareness and for the good of all people.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 30th, 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 - Continuing with Pinterest, Zinnia Zauber
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Lisa Maqsud (Hope4Satobs Resident in Second Life)
  • 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.

From Virtual to Real for the January 23rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 23rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jolanda Mastenbroek Dobber (JoJa Dhara in Second Life) who will talk about her adventure of working to change the education system and guide young people towards 21st century skills such as programming, and 3D modeling.

 

Jolanda is known for her community management and advocacy for virtual worlds in the Netherlands and was one of the key organizers of the European virtual worlds conference MetaMeets, and is now involved with the Dutch maker culture, hacker spaces, and fablabs like JeugdFabLab Dronton. Later this month, she will be heading to Bangladesh to set up a youth fablab in a primary school there, through her work as Innovation Officer of the Dutch NGO iWe - One World Experience. 

  • http://www.jojadhara.com 
  • http://www.1we.com
  • http://www.jeugdfablab.nl 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 23rd, 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 - Intro to Pinterest, Zinnia Zauber
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - From Real to Virtual
  • 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.

Live and Learn in Kenya for the January 16th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 16th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Brique Zeiner (Brique Topaz) of the NGO Live and Learn in Kenya International. Through their Feed a Smile project, they host live music events in Second Life, using virtual worlds for cause building and raising funds to build schools and feed very poor children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program in Nakuru - Kenya.  

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 16th, 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 - Brique Zeiner (Brique Topaz) of Live and Learn Kenya 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements 

Following the meeting, we will be able to tour the Live and Learning Kenya’s Feed a Smile" in The Lavender Field charity venue in Second Life: SLurl http://slurl.com/secondlife/Feed%20A%20Smile/52/123/23

 

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.

Sharing and Mapping Knowledge for the January 9th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 9thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will kickoff 2015 with Evonne Heyning (In Kenzo in SL) and a discussion on sharing and mapping knowledge within nonprofit and educational projects, and her work on the learning platform eddefy.com, an online knowledge sharing tool where experts create step-by-step learning paths for others to follow. 
 
Evonne Heyning (In Kenzo in Second Life)Evonne Heyning (In Kenzo in Second Life) is a prolific artist and transmedia producer who designs media campaigns, social actions and participatory tools with partners around the globe. Evonne has led international tech/aid projects on 3 continents and co-founded the first computer education program in Transylvania before coming back to the US to start media companies, a special effects shop in Hollywood and the social action gaming enterprise . Evonne teaches STEAM arts, media and social strategy and loves creating live media and interactive experiences to weave together active participation in culture creation with the joy of learning and sharing insight.



Join us in Second Life!

 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, January 9th, 8:30 AM PT / 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 - Evonne Heyning (In Kenzo in SL), Sharing and Mapping Knowledge 
9:45 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.

Year End Recap and Look to 2015 for December 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, December 19th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a year end recap of some of this year's highlights along with a look to social good and technology trends for 2015. Come to share your insights and thoughts on the future.



Join us in Second Life!

 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, December 19th, 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 - Year End Recap and Look to 2015 
9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
This will be the final meeting of 2014 for NonProfit Commons, but join us for our Winter Solstice Open House and Ice Skating Soiree on Sunday, December 21 at 3 PM SLT at CommonGround on Aloft NonProfit Commons. Weekly meetings will start up again on Friday, January 9th, 2015.
 
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.

Hour of Code for the December 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, December 12thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL). With this week being Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8-14), he will present an overview on the Hour of Code initiative, along with a how to on starting off with LSL scripting, and a chance to write some code yourself. 

About the Hour of Code
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 12th, 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 - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL) and Hour of Code
  • 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.

Whole Brain Health for the December 5th NonProfit Commons Weekly Meeting

This Friday, December 5th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Lynne Berrett (Lissena Wisdomseeker in SL) and Thuja Hynes, with a presentation on Inspiration Island and the Whole Brain Health Program 

Whole Brain Health is a holistic lifestyle approach to lifelong well being based on current brain research drawn from a variety of relevant fields. Inspiration Island is designed both to teach its principles and provide opportunities to practice them regularly within the virtual sim environment. They do this through facilitated programs led by some twenty partners and through interactive self-directed activities. 

The Whole Brain Health Project is committed to providing stimulating and challenging immersive experiences in virtual worlds that promote human wellbeing across the lifespan and especially as people age. They offer research-based educational activities that residents can enjoy regularly in-world and transfer to their physical lives out-of-world as well. Their goal is also to bring more people in-world who cannot participate in physical world programs, giving them the benefit of the same offerings online.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 5th, 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 - Whole Brain Health & Inspiration Island
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting, there will be a tour of Whole Brain Health's Inspiration Island: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/136/131/22

 

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.

PY1 Presenting on World AIDS Day for the November 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), who will present on Protect Yourself1’s engagement with HIV/AIDS education in support of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the ongoing pandemic. 


  • More than 35 million people now live with HIV/AIDS, 3.3 million of them are under the age of 15. 
  • In 2012, an estimated 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV - 260,000 were under the age of 15. 
  • Every day nearly 6,300 people contract HIV—nearly 262 every hour. 
  • In 2012, 1.6 million people died from AIDS. 210,000 of them were under the age of 15. 
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 75 million people have contracted HIV and nearly 40 million have died of HIV-related causes. 
Statistics courtesy of amfAR

Honoring the day provides an opportunity for all of us to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS research, prevention, care and treatment globally. World AIDS Day offers each of us the opportunity to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS by remembering our loved ones living with HIV and honoring those who have died. 
 
Join us in Second Life! 
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, November 21st, 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 - Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), Protect Yourself1
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements 
Following the November 21st presentation, NonProfit Commons and PY1 are hosting a Virtual AIDS Walk on December 1, 2014 to commemorate the 26th World AIDS Day. Join us in Second Life at 7:00 PM PDT at the NonProfit Commons Plush Amphitheater SLurl @ 95, 126, 26, then at 8PM for a Networking Party at PY1's virtual office SLurl @ 242, 174, 24
 
There will not be a NonProfit Commons weekly meeting on November 28th, for our organizers and community members who are observing the Thanksgiving holiday. We will meet for the December 1st Virtual AIDS Walk, and then for our next scheduled meeting, on Friday, December 5th featuring Lynne Berrett (Lissenna Wisdomseeker in SL) of Whole Brain Health.
 
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.

Fall Festival Kickoff for the November 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Join us this Friday, November 14th, at TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life where we will kick off our Fall Festival weekend at our weekly meeting. We will have events all weekend with a harvest hunt and meet & greet of our NonProfit Commons offices and partners.

Following the meeting, we will then have a tour of our new community Memorial Garden.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 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 NonProfit Commons Fall Festival
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 10:00 am Tour of the NPC Memorial Garden

The Fall festival will culminate in a Tea Dance on November 16th, with the musician Avantgarde Frequency, at 4:00 pm PT / SLT, in the CommonGround parcel of Aloft NonProfit Commons region. 

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. 

Open Forum for the November 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 7thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to discuss upcoming events like the OpenSimulator Community Conference, along with our upcoming Nonprofit Commons Fall Festival. It will also be an opportunity to ask any burning tech or community questions you might have. 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

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

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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