Announcing the first-ever DrupalCon Nonprofit Summit

One of best things about DrupalCon is sharing ideas with and learning from other Drupal users who are facing similar challenges in their work. The Nonprofit Summit will be a chance to connect with technologists, from small and large organizations, to share best practices, ask questions, and get advice about common themes such as CRM integrations, fundraising and campaign management, web accessibility, and how and when to transition to Drupal 8.

Jeff Eaton will keynote the Summit by sharing what he has learned over the last year of working on three mid-sized Drupal 8 migrations and from-scratch builds for small organizations.  The aim of his talk will be to help small to mid-sized nonprofits think strategically about how to approach Drupal 8 projects, and what they can do now to improve existing Drupal 7 sites that will make it easier to move them to Drupal 8 later.

The program is still being finalized and the schedule will be updated in the coming weeks. Taking inspiration from past nonprofit summits at BADcamp, NYCcamp, and past DrupalCon BoFs for social good, co-facilitators Molly Byrnes of Phase2, and Johanna Bates of DevCollaborative, and Michael Haggerty of Trellon are focusing on creating opportunities for learning and networking by offering a mix of case study presentations and small-group breakout discussions.

Case study presentations will include:

  • Robert Dodd of Cycle for Survival will talk about the organization’s work creating brand and user experience consistency across Drupal and a CRM peer-to-peer fundraising product.
  • Accessibility expert Mike Gifford will talk about the importance of building sites that accommodate one of the largest donor demographics, people over 60, who struggle with age-related disabilities, but who may not think of themselves as disabled in the more traditional sense.
  • Staff from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and ForumOne will share their experience thinking outside the usual boxes to build the innovative site in Drupal 8.
  • During lunch, Summit sponsors Aten, Brick Factory, and Message Agency will present case studies that demonstrate the Drupal as a powerful tool for nonprofits.

Breakout sessions will be an opportunity to get up from your seat and deep-dive into a topic of your choice with industry experts and other nonprofit technologists.  Among additional conversations, we are excited to feature the following discussion topics for you to partake in: Jess Snyder, senior web systems manager at WETA public broadcasting, will lead a discussion about how and when to plan to transition sites or build from scratch in Drupal 8; Anne Stefanyak of Kanopi Studios will lead a breakout about how to do affordable and meaningful user research on nonprofit budgets; Gordon Withers of FreeFlow Digital will share strategies for wrangling stakeholders; and Ruby Sinreich, developer at the advocacy organization MomsRising, will be facilitating a talk about the all-important topic of digital security.

The event has limited capacity and registrations are going quickly, so please register now if you want to be a part of the first-ever DrupalCon Nonprofit Summit.  

Join the Nonprofit Summit

Date: Monday, April 24
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $150

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