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Introducing PICnet’s Newest Team Member

MarisaHello PICnet Community, I am so excited to introduce myself to you! My name is Marisa and I’ve just joined the PICnet team to help you as our Professional Services Manager.

I have been in your shoes! Having spent the majority of my career as a fundraiser with tech sprinkled in, I understand. I’ve worked for large and small organizations attempting to do more with less and I’ve been on the client-side of implementing a new website and software.

Early on, I knew I wanted to be in the nonprofit world, and I observed first-hand the lack of in-house technical support and knowledge. So, I purposely went after a degree in Information Technology knowing that if I could combine technical know-how with fundraising savvy, I could do wonders for the missions I supported. I’m thrilled to translate that concept to support the PICnet community and help you do the same for your organizations.

Fun facts about me:

  • I grew up just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana and Britney Spears and I were in the same dance class at 4 years old.
  • I lived in New Mexico the exact same timespan as the filming of Breaking Bad.
  • I’ve taken up running and finished a ten-mile race in 2015 (and am training to do it again in 2016).
  • I’ve played adult kickball in three different NFL stadiums.

I can’t wait to get to know you and support you!


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Join the PICnet holiday party tomorrow at 6 pm!

As the holiday season is upon us, we want to take this time to celebrate with our wonderful clients and friends.

That’s why we’re having a little holiday happy hour on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm. We hope you can join us at our PICnet DC offices at 1605 Connecticut Ave., NW 3rd Floor, for some holiday cheer, snacks, and drinks. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, but please make sure you RSVP so we have enough for everyone. If you can’t make it, PICnet wishes you a great holiday season and Happy New Year!


Ring in the New Year with first NTEN Happy Hour of 2013!

As the DC NTEN Happy Hour coordinator, I’m always looking for new places to have events, new speakers for said events, and new ideas for making these events the best ever. So I couldn’t resist when Ryan Ozimek, PICnet’s very own CEO, not only offered up the PICnet offices for an NTEN Happy Hour but also volunteered to speak at the event. I knew that this would be a great way to ring in the new year of NTEN Happy Hours.

I hope you agree and will join me next Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6 – 8 pm at PICnet’s DC offices at 1605 Connecticut Ave. NW Third Floor.  Ryan will be discussing new ways to engage your online supporters in 2013. So if you want to know more, or if you want to pop by to meet and greet other members of NTEN, please RSVP here.

We’ll have complimentary drinks and snacks, so I hope to see you there!


Derek, A Brief Introduction

Derek Hello! My name is Derek and I am proud to say that I am the newest addition to the PICnet team. Today officially marks my second day with the PICnet crew in Washington, DC as a Project Manager, and I could not be more excited to be a PICnetter! I am very much looking forward to helping our clients build and manage their Soapbox sites.

I am yet another accidental techie in the ranks here at PICnet, having been exposed to the tech world during my AmeriCorps VISTA service term last year. I am a surfer at heart and I love the outdoors and eating burritos. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite things:

  1. Fast Company – my source for all things innovative and tech
  2. The Surfer’s Journal – this is how I fulfill my desire to be in the ocean while living in DC; incredible publication with extremely high quality articles and photography
  3. Permaculture/Resiliency – my vision for the future, design governed by principles found in nature
  4. Good – my “go-to” for inspirational ideas that have an impact
  5. Dawes – my favorite band right now and in my opinion, some of the best songwriters in the business today


Dreaming of Dreamforce

While Tony and I held down the DC PICnet “fort,” four PICnetters attended the Salesforce conference, known as Dreamforce. This three and a half day conference offered Tim, Ryan, Lauren, and Mel the chance to learn more about Salesforce (the leading CRM solution for non-profits), while also sponsoring a booth and networking with other conference attendees. Furthermore, Melanie passed the Salesforce Administrator Certification test which means PICnet can now be officially identified as a Salesforce Foundation partner! Congratulations, Mel!

The way the conference worked was this: each participant chose a different track that best fit his or her interests (sales professional, developer, non-profit) and attended sessions based on those interests.  But the best part of the conference had to be the social gatherings which included performances by Metallica and tunes spun by Will.I.Am.  I can’t wait until everyone is back in the office on Tuesday of next week to hear more. Until then, I can only dream of how awesome Dreamforce was!


PICnet at the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation

I promise the reason I left dreary Washington, D.C. behind for 5 days in Los Angeles wasn’t just that it was 70 degrees in mid-February.  Rather, it was the chance to connect with 100 young social innovators from around the world all convening in Santa Monica to discuss trends in social entrepreneurship.  Okay, so the weather didn’t hurt, but I swear it was the chance to learn and grow as a social entrepreneur that inspired me to go.

I was honored to be selected as a StartingBloc fellow, and am incredibly grateful to PICnet for supporting my attendance at their social innovation summit.  In attendance were social entrepreneurs representing six continents, multiple countries, numerous sectors and cause areas, and myriad life experiences.  What connected us all, though, was our passion to employ the toolkit of entrepreneurship to improving the world around us.  From the social entrepreneur addressing sanitation issues in slums in his native India, to a recently-returned Haiti volunteer dedicating his career to teaching others the Creole language to promote cross-cultural communication, the ideas were big, and the action even bigger. Read more »


Project Manager superstar wanted in D.C.

Project Manager with excellent client-handling skills desired to run the point on web development projects for outstanding non-profit organizations. Ability to post triple-doubles of client satisfaction, on-time and on-budget performance, and stellar work product a must. We’re looking for MVP-type talent to cut through the madness this march and push to the finals for our organizations that work so hard to make this world a better place.

Whether you’re a Number One seed or Cinderella story, if you’ve got the passion to win for non-profits, the skills with the project rock, and a positive vibe for good team chemistry, we’ve got a bracket with your name on it.

Want to join this Big Dance? Find out more on our job announcement.


Looking back to PICnet’s roots

This is a guest post by Grey Frandsen, our company’s co-founder and inspirational guru.

Dear PICnet Family and Friends:

10 years ago Ryan Ozimek and I set out to create a company to serve organizations with brave and selfless missions.

Our objective was clear: produce highly-functional and cutting-edge technology solutions for organizations that typically were more focused (and rightfully so) on their own critical missions – tackling challenges like homelessness, refugee resettlement, education, emergency response, social justice, community development, cancer treatment, etc.  You know, really important stuff.

Funny enough, though, we didn’t start with a product or silver-bullet solution.  We set out only to help these organizations do more for less so they could make a greater impact.  Our work for our first great client led to a second amazing client.  Our second client turned into numbers five, 10, and so on.  As we grew, so too did our understanding of the market, our clients, their challenges, and what PICnet could do to continue to serve a growing number of fantastic organizations.  It actually worked.

To be sure, thought, this vision was pretty unique in 2000.  Serving charitable, non-profit and international NGOs wasn’t exactly sexy.  It wasn’t where the IPOs were being offered or where the angel investors wanted to spend a lot of time.  In fact, Ryan and I were viewed as “the goodie-two-dudes” by those setting out to make big profits in other, more glamorous arenas.  Better for us, we thought, even if it meant we’d be charting our own course in unknown territory (like Albania, Uganda, or Indonesia). Read more »


PICnet turns 10!

Co-founder Grey Frandsen during the early days of PICnet
PICnet co-founder Grey Frandsen during the early days of PICnet

It seems like only yesterday that Grey Frandsen and I were sitting in BJ’s Pizza near UCLA in Westwood, California, talking about a concept we believed could provide the world with insight into local politics from around the globe.  It was March 20, 2000, and the concept was called the Political Information Center Network.

Being an efficiency snob, I thought we needed a shorter name.  Grey, with loads of experience from the NGO world and a taste of government experience, thought the acronym “PICnet” might be fitting, because, as I can clearly remember after a long debate on the matter on the steps of my apartment building in Westwood, “it’s the one the sounds most similar to ‘picnic’, and I like food…so I vote for ‘PICnet’.”

The rest, they say, is history.  Well, you can actually see a little bit of history of PICnet courtesy of the Wayback Machine’s image of our early test site on May 11, 2000!

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Wanted: Stellar Project Manager in Bay Area

At PICnet, we provide a unique environment for non-profits to build their online presence. Our high-touch, high-quality service is what separates from the crowd and keeps our client list expanding.

Interested in joining our team as a Project Manager in our San Francisco office? Read on!

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