Closing a chapter…

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope   Today, I am closing my NetHope chapter. While my husband and I had been having this conversation for many months, when I told Farhan in early January, it was bittersweet. But as I look back over my years at NetHope, I’m grateful for all that we have accomplished together. When … Continued

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More reflections on WEF: 4 Key trends impacting nonprofits

Above: NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman with Tae Yoo, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, and Alan Donald, CFO at Mercy Corps during the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Editor’s Note: For the past six years, Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO, has represented NetHope at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting as a civil … Continued

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Reflections on WEF: The big picture

Editor’s Note: For the past six years, Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO, has represented NetHope at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting as a civil society delegate. This is one of two posts detailing Lauren’s observations at WEF—from the big picture to nonprofit trends. By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope After concluding a busy week at … Continued

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On being thankful (and hopeful) for 2020

Above: More than 600 members, partners, and funders attended the 2019 NetHope Global Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico in October. Photo by Gabrielle N. Reyes.By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope It’s natural to anticipate the holidays and new year with both a sense of joy and a touch of apprehension. But as we head closer … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: A post-Summit legacy in Puerto Rico

Above: Summit attendees working with World Central Kitchen during the NetHope Service Project Day. By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeEvery year when planning our Summits, we challenge ourselves to offer new, relevant experiences and opportunities for attendees. For this year, since we were returning to Puerto Rico, we decided to find some way to give back … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Four

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope As I reflect on our week together at the NetHope Global Summit 2019, I leave inspired, energized and, yes, a little exhausted. I am sure you all share my sentiments. We’ve learned, we’ve shared best practices, we’ve networked, we’ve socialized, and we’ve had some moments of laughter and respite. Some … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Three

Above: NetHope’s three newest nonprofit members include FUPAD, Operation Smile, and Right To Play. We’re excited to begin helping them advance their missions!9  Causes for Celebration By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeOur third day at the Summit was packed with opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate. With a plethora of break-out sessions, plenary sessions, informative vendor … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Two

We are ALL NetHope By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeSeveral months ago Rui Lopes, a longtime NetHope member representative and CIO of HIAS, suggested that we start an #IamNetHope campaign to reinforce the concept that we are better together and that—when it comes to NetHope—it’s not just about what you gain, but what you give. This … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day One

Above: NetHope’s Global Programs Director of Field Operations, Rami Shakra, welcomes those who helped during NetHope’s deployment to reconnect Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeWhat struck me first upon arriving at the Caribe Hilton, the site of our NetHope Global Summit 2019, was warmth. But not just the warmth of the … Continued

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Building for a better future is not “overhead”

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope Technology, particularly digital technology, has permeated every aspect of our lives. The way we personally navigate in the world. The way companies think about and conduct business. And increasingly, the way that international nonprofits serve their respective constituencies. While we still have far to go, global nonprofits are beginning to … Continued

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