2017 Global NetHope Summit sponsors and leadership

Observations from the 2017 NetHope Global Summit

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Michael Corley, consultant with The Patterson Foundation
I am writing this blog as I sit in the Vancouver, BC, airport preparing to fly back to Florida. Reflecting on the time I spent attending the 2017 NetHope Global Summit, my first thought is trying to reconcile how more than 350 people from all over the world and from different cultures can interact with such excitement and energy and have fun together, within a world that seems to be filled with anger and hate. What I see on the news is not what I saw at the Summit. What I saw at the Summit was refreshing and hopeful.

The NetHope Global Summit is an opportunity for the 53 members and prospective members of NetHope to learn, share, and connect. As a membership organization for very large, multi-continent non-governmental organizations (NGOs), NetHope is the conduit for leveraging the people, processes, and technology of these organizations. Also, NetHope has strong relationships with the “who’s who” of technology companies (think Google, CISCO, Facebook, Tableau, Microsoft, etc.) in the US and works closely with these organizations to bring money, resources, and expertise to the NGOs in the field.

The Patterson Foundation (TPF) has partnered with NetHope for nearly seven years. NetHope’s ability to leverage its member network means the investments TPF makes in it are amplified. Time and time again, when TPF funds NetHope, it shares resources with many organizations.

As a long-term partner of NetHope, TPF is compelled to share our NetHope-story and the experience of leveraging its time and dollars to help those in a disaster crisis around the world. Developing relationships and building connective tissue are tenets of TPF, and to this end, TPF hosted a dinner at the Summit to allow other foundations and corporate funders to learn about NetHope’s work and meet the NetHope team. It was our pleasure to spend time sharing TPF’s pride in its relationship with NetHope.

Most exciting at the Summit was CEO Lauren Woodman’s announcement of NetHope’s creation of the Center for the Digital Nonprofit. After speaking to each of its members, NetHope learned that even the biggest of NGOs grapple with developing and implementing a true digital strategy. The truth is, NGOs and nonprofits, in general, are decades behind their for-profit peers in using digital to leverage, scale, monitor, track, report, etc. Since the demand for services of these NGOs significantly outstrips supply, it makes sense that NGOs would work to use the leverage of digital technology. The Center will teach them how.

The world is full of good people. As a TPFer, I see this every day on a small scale in our hometown of Sarasota. But it sure is nice to see it on a large, international scale, and for that, I am thankful for TPF’s partnership with NetHope.

Comments (1)

  • Laura McMillan

    Laura McMillan

    03 November 2017 at 13:57 | #

    Michael - it was great to have you at the Summit! Thanks for this blog post and for all the support that TPF has given to NetHope these past seven years!


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