Effective communications most often requires an ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with your audience. Increasingly, Social media enables us to outreach to people from all around the world and engage in the type of conversation that one might normally experience at a dinner table, party, or networking event - leading to engagement, and often, movement.

At Microsoft Citizenship, we believe that nonprofit organizations have some of the greatest stories to share. Social Media offers the ability for them to disperse their content easily, allowing them to engage current and potential constituents in dialogue. However, the amount of content flowing through the social media space can be overwhelming- it’s not about the quantity, rather the quality of information.

We are the national sponsor of the Social Media for Nonprofits conference series, and would like to invite you to attend. Please register with promotion code “MSFT” for a $20 discount off the conference registration fee.

To kick off the series, SocialMedia4Nonprofits.org founders Darian Rodriguez Heyman & Ritu Sharma posted insights on their blog as to what you can expect from this dynamic series- and here is what they had to say:

Social Media for Nonprofits is a nationwide conference series that provides nonprofit leaders with the tools and resources needed to create, manage, and maximize their social media presence. We designed the program to share practical tips and tools for fundraising, marketing, and advocacy.

If you signed up to join us, or you’re considering it, thanks!

What can you expect?

KeynoteSpeakersTwitter Meets TED: Presentations are short and insight-packed: 30 minutes (including Q&A) for speakers, 45 for panels & keynotes. All presenters are asked to share actionable, easy to implement solutions, vs. heady concepts and theory.

Feedback Loops in Action: You want it, you got it. We actively listen to our community for input on desired topics and speakers, and then we make it happen. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and help us help you help others.

Green Means Go: We’re not big on paper, so if you want a conference program, please grab it from our website. Also, bring a water bottle since we’ll have coolers on site. We encourage using public transit: In SF, the Green Room is accessible via BART & MUNI Underground (Civic Center) and by bus (5, 19, 21, 31, 47, & 49 lines), plus there’s plenty of bike parking out front.

Stick Around: We all have a lot going on and we realize it’s a lot to ask to have folks spend an entire day at a professional event, but trust us— we’ll make it worth it. Your conference registration includes free access to the 5:30-8:30pm networking reception in all cities, and in SF and Seattle our friends at ZeroDivide helped underwrite “Solution Salons” which are interactive resource-sharing roundtables where everyone gets a chance to share what they’re up to and what they need.

Engage and Interact: Plan to mix and mingle, and bring lots of business cards. We’ll leave ample time in the program for general schmoozing, as well as facilitating a couple exercises designed to help you get to know your fellow attendees.

The Social Media for Nonprofits conference series will tour:

San Francisco (6/29)

Washington, DC (7/14)

New York City (8/4)

Los Angeles (8/22)

Chicago (9/27)

Seattle (10/14)

Atlanta (tbd)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and again, our door is always open, so please contact Social Media for Nonprofits with any questions or suggestions.

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