Archive for August, 2009

Community Access launches new Soapbox site

Picture 5Housing seems to be a theme this summer at PICnet.  Just on the heels of the recent Housing Assistance Council site launch, we helped Community Access launch its new site.  Based in New York, Community Access helps those with psychiatric disabilities find safe and affordable housing and employment opportunities.

Key to the success of the project was the design work by PICnet’s friends at Jessica Weber Design, just around the corner from our New York office in midtown.  Once Jessica Weber Design completed the design and planning process, the PICnet team came in and rolled out the Web development aspect of the site.

It’s always great to work alongside smart professionals, and the teams at Jessica Weber Design and Community Access fit that role perfectly.  The most effective sites are produced when organizations and their consultants really gel together smoothly, and this definitely was the case for the Community Access site.

Congratulations to Community Access on the launch of their terrific site!


Speed and security through Soapbox

HAC_logoEarlier this month, PICnet helped the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) re-launch their website,, on Soapbox, after their old one had been hacked. HAC wanted an easy-to-manage Web site that was secure and could maintain all of their relevant documents and information on providing housing assistance to the rural poor.

While design was not a part of this project, except for a couple of minor tweaks – the emphasis was to provide an option for the organization to quickly move more than 100 pages of content to a secure CMS – and by using Soapbox, they could do the majority of the work on their own with our guidance and strategy for success.

Overall, the project took two months to complete, including fixing up the old site’s code base and then moving the new information over to Soapbox. In the end, all goals were met: expediency, security, and simplicity.


Spread the word while fundraising

insiderpages_logoDo you like letting others know about a vendor you’ve used and were really impressed with, either personally or professionally?  Or perhaps you want to warn someone about business you weren’t particularly pleased with (yes, it happens). Do you wish there was an easy way for others to find out more about a vendor you’re satisfied with, other than via  word of mouth or a quick elevator speech?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, there’s a way to do that while fundraising for your non-profit at the same time.  It’s called For each review that someone writes and submits, up to $1.50 can be earned for your organization or cause. Best of all, it requires absolutely no money, just a little time and effort.

A member of the Young Non-Profit Professionals San Francisco chapter is using Insider Pages to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to reach her personal fundraising goal. We think this might be a great place for our clients to put their reviews of vendors out in the open and maybe early a little money for your organization while you’re at it!

If you do use Insider Pages and see any great results, let us know! We’d love to hear if it works for you.


We’re hiring an office manager

If you’ve been following us here, you’ve probably seen we’re on a hiring spree.  Well, here comes another new opening for our growing team:  office manager in our Washington DC headquarters.

We’re busy, and we’re in need of someone that can help us keep order as we continue to grow. To help us do that, we’re hiring an office manager to assist our CEO and help manage our intake process with the following responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in management and correspondence to new business opps.
  • Process billing and invoicing.
  • Calendar management for our CEO.
  • Coordinating meeting, conference calls and events. Scheduling with clients, services, internal staff. Set up, prepare and organize logistics as needed.
  • Travel arrangements and itinerary preparation.
  • Tracking and preparation of time sheets and expense reports.
  • General office management duties.

Interested? See if you’ve got what it takes after the jump.

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