Core Characteristics of an IDF Group
- Happen once per quarter or more often
- Are live, in-person events
- Serve the nonprofit and social benefit community by increasing the tech skills of local organizations
- Are free or accessible via a low-cost donation
What Do IDF Organizers Do?
Information Developers Foundation organizers are volunteers who convene in-person gatherings. At these events, members of the nonprofit and technology communities share best practices, learn from one another, and collaborate on projects to create real world impact.
This depends on how hard-core you are! But a good estimate is one hour per week.
Benefits Of Being an IDF Organizer
Information Developers Foundation organizers discover that to host events is among the most satisfying work they’ve ever done because they can:
- Build a reputation as an expert and network with their local nonprofit tech
- Be independent — they don’t need to ask anyone’s permission to get things done
- Better structure their volunteer time
It can be lonely to work in nonprofit technology; sometimes nobody understands your work and its challenges. It’s rejuvenating to host regular Information Developers Foundation gatherings where nonprofit techies come together to laugh, drink, and network with peers. Plus, when you host events, you have the opportunity to learn from your community’s experts.
Technologists and Consultants
Put your expertise to social good, and create lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in your community. Information Developers Foundation events aren’t the place to sell your products and services, but they are the perfect place for you to build your reputation by sharing your skills and knowledge (and business opportunities will definitely flow from that). If you want to promote your product ask for sponsorship program.
Activists and Community Leaders
Your activist friends are trying to change the world, but they would be much more effective and reach more people if they could leverage technology for their mission. As an IDF organizer, you can share your skills and help other activists make a difference.