Schedule Changes for Digital Tools Professional Development Series

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to postpone the Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 on Friday, October 9. 

Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 workshop will take place on October 23 and the Essential Digital Tools – Day 3 workshop will take place on October 30. Essential Digital Tools – Day 4 workshop is rescheduled and we will let you know as soon as the new date is confirmed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience which this may cause. If you registered for a workshop your registration was transferred automatically to the new date (e.g. you registered to Day 2 on Oct. 9 and you are now automatically reiterated for Day 2 – Oct. 23); if you need to change your registration please email us at

The updated schedule below: 

Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 4 – TBD 
Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.

DAY 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020

Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.


Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. Approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.

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