Tech Chats for Nonprofits in January 2018

Steel City Codefest Tech Chats 2018

As part of Steel City Codefest’s commitment to assisting local government and nonprofit organizations in finding tech solutions to their tech challenges, they will be hosting six Tech Chats in January 2018.

These Tech Chats will provide an opportunity for local government and nonprofits to meet with a panel of tech experts to discuss their technical questions one-on-one (Cindy Leonard of the Bayer Center will be a panelist at the January 22 Tech Chat). Participants are encouraged to come prepared with technical questions/challenges to discuss. The experts will provide potential technology solutions to your issues, focusing on tools that are free or low cost.

Register today! The dates, times and locations of the Tech Chats are listed below.

January 16th
Google Pittsburgh
5 PM – 6:30 PM

January 17th
The Millvale Moose
9 AM – 10:30 AM

January 18th
The Braddock Carnegie Library
5 PM – 6:30 PM

January 19th
Google Pittsburgh
9 AM – 10:30 AM

January 22nd
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Downtown
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

January 23rd
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Downtown
9 AM – 10:30 AM


Poll: Your Nonprofit’s New Year Technology Resolution

What does your organization want to accomplish with technology in the coming year?  Tell us about it!

Get answers to your tech questions at Bagels & Bytes Meetups

Bagels & Bytes meeting at the Frick Art & Historical Center

Why come to a nonprofit technology meetup?

If you are managing technology at your nonprofit, whether intentionally or accidentally, it’s useful and healthy to connect with other people doing similar work. The Bayer Center organizes the Bagels & Bytes meetups to provide space for the #NPtech community to connect and communicate.

About Bagels & Bytes meetups

If you’ve never attended Bagels & Bytes, we welcome you to check us out! If you used to attend, but haven’t in a while, make 2018 your year to come back. Everyone needs to take time out for “sharpening the saw” – we all need to build in time for stepping back, reflecting and getting our creative juices flowing again. Bagels & Bytes is just one way to do this.

2018 meetup dates

Check out the Bagels & Bytes blog to see past meeting notes or join us on for easy reminders and meeting RSVPs! Here are the B&B dates and locations booked so far for 2018:

Bagels & Bytes – Allegheny group

The first Wednesday of each month except for January and July from 8:30-10 AM.

  • January – No meetup this month
  • February 7 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • March 7 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • April 4 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • May 2 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • June 6 – TBD
  • July – No meetup this month
  • August 1 – Jewish Residential Services
  • September 5 – Jewish Residential Services
  • October 3 – ACHIEVA
  • November 7 – ACHIEVA
  • December 14 (1-4 pm) – Dave & Busters (“Bagels & Bytes Holiday Meetup”)

Bagels & Bytes – Westmoreland group

The third Tuesday of every other month, January/March/May/July/September/November, from 8:00-9:30 AM, typically at King’s Restaurant on Rte. 30, west of Greensburg.

Cool Tech Tool: Canva

Have you ever wanted to create an infographic to display your nonprofit’s data in a visual format but just don’t have the graphic design chops? Give Canva a try!

Canva is an amazing tool for creating infographics of all kinds. You choose a template, then add your data. You can then modify font sizes and styles, colors, add stock photos and graphics, then download your infographic for use on your website or anywhere else you’d like.

You can also use Canva to design ads, postcards, flyers, business cards and more.

Best of all, Canva offers its premium version (all the best templates and stock photos/graphics) for FREE to nonprofits!

Learn more and sign up at

Screenshot of Canva software tool

Upcoming Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

LearnTaking a tech class at the Bayer Center is an affordable way to sharpen your skills in a user-friendly, comfortable environment!

To register for any of these classes:

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

120,000 Reasons to Learn About Google AdWords Grants
Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Google offers free advertising to nonprofits through AdWords, a tool that powers 3 billion search queries per day. This course helps nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and an active website qualify for $120,000 of annual ad spend, and explores how to use AdWords to drive more website traffic and donations. Unfortunately, government programs, hospitals and schools are excluded from the program.

Instructor: Andy Garberson, LunaMetrics
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Organizing and Using Your Data
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Discuss different data metrics, what they mean, and how to decide which metrics matter for your organization. You’ll learn how to use data to tell your story and we’ll cover data visualization as well – what it means and how to do it.

Instructor: Connie Capiotis, Digital Bridges Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Upcoming Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicBecome a technology wizard this Halloween! Learn about building a website with WordPress, analyzing technology risk, using Microsoft Excel, creating a press kit for your website or writing grants for technology!

Register online or email if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

DIY Websites with WordPress
Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that is easy to update and has room for future expansion? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and experienced web designers who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Assessment and Analysis of Technology Risk 
Monday, Nov. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.

What is Technology Risk management and where do you begin? This course is intended to give management a baseline to develop an infrastructure that is manageable to navigate the risk related to the technology structure within the organization.

Instructor: Stephanie Bucklew, SLB Consulting
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Excel Day: Introduction to Excel 2010 
Friday, November 10 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including worksheet creation, formula creation, cell formatting using “mouse pointers,” absolute cell references, and printing your worksheet.

Excel Day: Intermediate Excel 2010
Friday, November 10 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including worksheet templates creation and use, using functions, creating links between worksheets, database features, and chart creation and formatting.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

How to Create a Press Kit for Your Website
Monday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Having a press kit on your website is a smart way to attract media coverage and attention that doesn’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn a you step-by-step process to create a complete press kit, including the five components of a press kit; how to write a bio that stands out; common mistakes made with press photos; what to include in your fact sheet; how to write a press release that gets attention; wow to invite media to your special event.

Instructor: Beth Caldwell, author, columnist and publicity expert
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Grant Writing for Technology 
Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon

This session is for anyone who is serving in nonprofit roles with responsibility for technology infrastructure, educational programs and grants/fundraising. Both new and experienced grant writers will find helpful information and action-oriented tools to identify funders, and develop and improve grant proposals for technology grant requests. Topics to be covered include grant seeking process; identifying best fit funders (BFF’s); ten issues to address in grant proposals to foundations; preparing online grant submissions; grant strategies for technology.

Instructor: Katherine F.H. Heart, Heart Resources, LLC
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $150 for all three grant writing sessions