Chicago Networking Events For the Social Good

CNow - CBOTChicago is a city where various networking events focused on technology and social benefit efforts thrive and flourish. Although several Meetup groups were featured last week, there are other groups that provide great informational and networking opportunities. (And unlike other networking groups, focus more on delivering value than driving a high number of attendees). This week, we're going to feature three upcoming efforts (two happening next week) that deserve your attention and participation.

So without further adieu,

  • Providing free training for non-profits and other social benefit organizations, HandsOn Tech Chicago is sponsoring several upcoming seminars focused on using specific tools. Upcoming sessions include a webinar on crowdfunding, a seminar on using MailChimp to develop e-mail campaigns, and a session on search engine optimization. For more details and RSVP information, please visit this site.
  • Next Wednesday will be the regular meeting of the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in C-500 at 160 N. LaSalle. (Full Disclosure:I currently volunteer on the Task Force's Outreach Committee). Focusing on community based food and agriculture-oriented efforts, this will be a very informative meeting, and space is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite if you are interested.
  • Finally, the relaunched Chicago Net Tuesday/Net2Chi is holding a session on The Nature of Measuring Impact in Fundraising on April 22nd. As one of the longest running groups, Net2Chi tends to focus more on digital excellence and access issues throughout all of Chicago's communities. (Many similar groups take a narrower focus). This is definitely one event I can strongly recommend (having organized the group in the past), and encourage anyone who is interested in social impact consider attending. You can RSVP via Meetup, but I would also encourage anyone interested to secure their space via Eventbrite.

Networking, in the purest sense, focuses more on building and establishing mutually beneficial relationships and less on collecting business cards or driving excessive attendance numbers. All of this week's events are worth considering if only to provide you with some great alternatives and resources. If you cannot make any of these, please consider forwarding this post via social media to other like-minded individuals....and prove that Chicago is as much a city of Big Hearts as it is Big Shoulders.

Any groups you can recommend? Please feel free to leave them below in the comments. You are also welcome to reach out to me privately with questions or concerns - contact information is available via the blog's About page. And as always, thanks for reading!

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