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Annenberg Alchemy Tech cohort

This Nonprofit Tech Readiness cohort, limited to 20 people, gives participants an opportunity to ramp up their technology leadership and planning skills.

Generously funded by the Annenberg Foundation.

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About the cohort

We are experiencing a new Los Angeles, one defined by extraordinary growth and a record number of start-up technology companies. The Annenberg Foundation is partnering with this growing tech sector to bring technology capacity-building to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Los Angeles Region through the Alchemy pilot program.

Since 2006, the Annenberg Foundation has provided capacity-building and leadership training programs for nonprofit leaders from small to midsize nonprofit organizations through its Alchemy program. Over the past 16 years, Annenberg Alchemy has evolved to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector. Today, technology is transforming how we all live and work, and nonprofit leaders must understand how to effectively use technology to advance their mission. In realizing the size and scope of technology challenges facing nonprofit organizations, the Annenberg Foundation, in partnership with NTEN, offers this program focused exclusively on technology capacity building for nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles Region.

Annenberg Alchemy Tech is a six-month, regionally based program for staff in Annenberg Alchemy Alumni who wish to strengthen their knowledge of technology best practices and move forward on a specific technology project that they identify through guidance and strategic feedback during the program.

Community Call

Watch the August 18 community call for an overview of the NTR program, participant expectations, and time commitment. The video is captioned, and the slide deck is available to view.

Schedule

Alchemy Tech combines online educational sessions and leadership development. Participants learn from nonprofit technology experts and receive guidance and training to support technology projects at their organizations. The educational sessions reflect the major departmental areas across an organization. This comprehensive training provides every participant, regardless of their current job, a full view of best practices, strategic decision-making processes, and knowledge for managing technologies in all areas of an organization.

Orientation
October 2022

Program orientation via web conference to answer questions, check everyone’s online access and account settings, and provide detailed information about the 6-month calendar.

Sessions
October 2022 – March 2023

Take part in educational and mentorship activities.

Culmination
April 2023
Participants are invited to celebrate all they have learned and worked on during the cohort, along with colleagues, board members, program contributors and coaches, and more. This virtual celebration includes inspiring guest speakers and time for participants to share their achievements.

Conference
April 11 –14, 2023

All cohort participants are provided with a free full registration to NTEN’s 2023 Nonprofit Technology Conference. There are no required sessions, but participants find the NTC’s energy and the many opportunities for jump-starting their learning to be of high value. Participants can choose to attend virtually or in person in Denver, Colorado. Registration and travel costs are covered by Annenberg Foundation for all cohort participants but not for additional staff.

Sessions

You'll be supported as you move your customized technology project from the idea stage to a full-blown action plan and get the guidance you need to implement the project.

Technology projects
Advice and mentorship, including help with successful planning, culture change, and implementation.

Open office hours
Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.

Live educational series
Training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation.

Self-paced educational series
Sessions that cover other competencies and best practices.

Leadership development
Facilitated process for discussing feedback and practicing and modeling experiences you can replicate at your organization.

Interactive workshops
Working sessions to build your project planning skills and develop connections with your peers.

Topics

The curriculum is tailored to the cohort's needs, and new courses are added as available. Topics include:

  • IT planning and assessment.
  • Using tech to streamline operations.
  • Digital success for nonprofits.
  • Design tools for non-designers.
  • Racial equity and tech planning.
  • Foundations for successful remote and distributed teams.
  • IT security fundamentals.
  • Leading with technology road maps.

Additional benefits

In addition to the coaching, training, and support provided as part of the NTR cohort, participants receive access to all courses required to earn NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate for free if they choose to pursue a certificate. Participants also receive continued access to all materials after the program is complete and continued access to the dedicated online community space.

Apply for the cohort

Who should apply

Applications closed on September 9, 2022.

Annenberg grantees and Alchemy Alumni who are interested in practical and tangible technology training and are located in the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles. The five counties are Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino.  Participants should be staff responsible for the advancement and implementation of a technology project at their organization. This may include staff from anywhere within an organization, but we do not include board members or volunteers.

Applications for the 2022 Fall cohort closed on September 9, 2022. Application dates for future cohorts will be updated in 2023.

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