Thank You To Our 2015 Sponsors
We were in Edmonton last week to kick off their 7th Timeraiser! Hundreds were brought together by their love and appreciation of art, community and a good time. Huge thank you to all of the nonprofits, artists, volunteers, attendees, MCs Maggie Baird and Brian Murray, DJ Thomas Culture, United 1ne b-boy crew and our amazing sponsors. We were so grateful this year to have the special help of Anya Tonkonogy to curate a significant portion of the great artwork we had up for bid. Thanks to everyone's combined effort and time, Timeraiser Edmonton was able to generate $13,550 to be invested into the careers of emerging Canadian artists and raise 3,430 volunteer hours for local nonprofits! How's that for impact?
Check out our 2015 Edmonton Timeraiser photo album on Facebook for all of the pics from the 7th Edmonton Timeraiser.
Thank You To Our 2015 Sponsors
Congrats To Our 2015 Art Winners
Follow us on Twitter @Timeraiser so you'll be the first to know when we're coming to a city near you! Until then, we leave you with this footage of our incredible Edmonton Planning Committee celebrating another successful Timeraiser.
By Kate Browning
A typical day inside the Framework office, where the 5 (sometimes 6) of us sit very closely together, involves one of us swivelling around to say, “So I was thinking…” This one phrase kick starts so many of the idea sessions that drive the work we do. Whether it’s crafting blue sky plans for future projects, planning international Timeraiser events, blueprinting the expansion of the TimeraiserPlus program, or thinking up ways to improve how we share our stories, it’s always on the go -- life in perpetual beta, I believe someone once called it. Learning and planning on this team tend not to wait for convenient times.
The culture of this organization is about continually looking for ways to improve. The Framework experience for me has always been centred around learning. From day one to today (almost three years later), that fact remains.
When I was approached by the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) to cover Sarah Matsushita’s maternity leave, I had a difficult decision in front of me. How to leave an organization like Framework, particularly when so many great things are just around the corner? On the other hand, how to turn down an opportunity to work with a sector leader like ONN. So why not choose both? A secondment deal, then, was clearly the best choice.
That’s the great thing about working with two forward thinking organizations -- great ideas are turned into action.
Want to try something new? Let’s talk it through, weigh the pros and cons; and if it still sounds like a good idea, let’s try it! And be sure, of course, to share your learnings along the way. The culture of learning is equally strong within the ONN camp as it is at Framework, so it’s the perfect fit.
This secondment is a great example of each organization’s commitment to walking the talk of shared labour strategies, and putting into action different ways of working. And as a result, I’m in the fortunate position of being able to share the excellent ways that Framework works in my time at ONN, all the while soaking up the great ways that ONN works.
This opportunity offers me a chance to grow, both professionally and personally. I’ll return to Framework on a part time basis in June 2016, full of great new ideas and ways to work. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to take a deep dive into an organization that I’ve admired for years, and come out on the other side fresh with ideas for an organization I remain committed to see thrive.
Over the next year, my colleagues and all of the great volunteers, artists, nonprofits, and partners we work with at Timeraiser will have the pleasure of working with Josh Grant, someone as passionate about the program and the work we do as we are. I have full confidence that Josh will bring his perspective and ideas to the table and grow our program to be even stronger in my absence.
Resource sharing and finding new ways to work are the way of the future for a healthy, agile, and collaborative nonprofit sector. I’m thrilled to be a part of a living, breathing example of work that’s making this goal a reality.
I’ll be in touch again along the way to share the things we’re learning along this route to better work in the sector.
By Steph McAllister
We are always looking for ways to work smarter not harder at Timeraiser. This is how we manage nationwide programming from our five person Toronto HQ. Timeraiser event logistics often pose the greatest challenge. It is not enough to simply get people through the door, but we also need to understand the impact of the connections made between the young professionals who attend and the nonprofits looking for talented new volunteers.
Whenever possible, we use cloud tools for events (Eventbrite, Salesforce, Google Drive, etc), but to understand these interactions, we needed to build a tool that would help us capture the unique quality of our events, while still connecting to our existing cloud-based systems and workflows. Having custom code developed can be very pricy, and often out of reach for nonprofits.
Enter Free Code Camp!!
Free Code Camp is an awesome organization based out of the US that provides what they call “pro bono code” for nonprofits who need a custom solution to achieve their mission. A creative model, they provide code training opportunities to developers who want to build their portfolios and get experience working with clients. Instead of training on demos or theoretical projects, those developers are matched to nonprofits who need code.
We were very lucky to have our application to rebuild our event connection process, and had the pleasure to work with two very talented developers, Jonathan Lucas and David Alvarado, who went above and beyond to create a web-based app for us.
For the past 12 years, we have asked our attendees to complete paper ballots telling us which nonprofits caught their interest. In turn, we send the attendee's email addresses to representatives at the nonprofits they chose. While effective this process had drawbacks.
The post-event work was time consuming, and did not leave us with an electronic record of the connections that were made in the room. We needed something that would allow us to quickly get the information to our nonprofits so that they can ride the momentum of their face to face connections and get their new volunteers started. And, or course, we wanted to go paperless!
In order to achieve all these improvements, we asked Free Code Camp to develop a web app that was easy to access for our users (via a bit.ly not a downloaded app). Users can tell us what orgs interest them, and the app immediately creates them as a contact in our Salesforce database and records their nonprofit choices. No post-event data entry. Within Salesforce we created a one-click process to allows us to verify and send those names to all of our participating nonprofits in under 10 minutes per city. What used to be a full day job can be done at the airport on our way back to HQ. We can focus on what matters while our nonprofits get their connections quickly.
In addition to time saved, the tool was also easy for users to access at laptop stations or on their smartphones. They didn’t need to worry about remembering to submit their paper ballots.
I would highly recommend that nonprofits apply to Free Code Camp with their custom solution needs. Young, aspiring developers: this is also a chance for you to hone your skills and do good at the same time!
By Alicia Rose
Last week the Framework team headed out to Buffalo for our annual strategic planning retreat. We certainly had a lot to talk about. It was time to revisit our organization’s Vision and Mission – no easy task by any means. So we checked into our hotel and set up shop at the very cool dig Buffalo, which was our workspace for the next 4 days.
For the past 12 years, Timeraiser has been the signature program of Framework. We have focused on making creative connections between individuals, nonprofits and Canadian artists. Well, as they say, if ain’t broken don’t try to fix it. With over a million dollars invested into the careers of emerging artists and 146,000+ volunteer hours raised across Canada we plan on continuing with Timeraiser and are looking for ways to make it even bigger and better!
One of the ways to do this is to provide more supports and tools for the nonprofits that we work with. For over two years, we have been building the TimeraiserPlus program. This program builds digital skills in the nonprofit sector and bridges the digital divide. While our TimeraiserPlus workshops have been a success so far, it is time to focus on building out TimeraiserPlus even more.
The first item to address was program branding. Though we want to keep the connection between the two programs, “TimeraiserPlus” didn’t give our stakeholders a clear idea of the area of this program. With that in mind, we have changed the TimeraiserPlus name to… (drumroll, please)... Techraiser. We are excited to officially brand this as a sister program to Timeraiser and in that spirit link the work they each undertake.
Now that we are building out other areas programming, it’s the time to look at Framework’s organizational role in connection to them. Many, many iterations were put together by the team as we whiteboarded our way through this process. We wanted to be precise, but not exclusionary – wanted to be broad but not vague. Above all, we wanted to be authentic to what we actually do. After 4 days we landed on some Framework messaging we are proud to stand behind:
We are dedicated to co-creating a better world and framing spaces for collaboration, sharing and openness.
We challenge the status quo in nonprofit and cultural spaces.
Click here for the full story of what we developed during our retreat.
With Framework taking a more central role in our programming (think of an octopus and its tentacles) and looking at our role as an incubator – we need to change how we speak to you! We want to clearly communicate who we are, who we serve and what we do in one central place, so we are developing a completely new website this summer. The team is busily building and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Not to worry, our retreat wasn’t all work and no play – thanks to our team tour guide Paul Gagnon, we got to enjoy some of what Buffalo had to offer including a very cool Elevator Alley Kayak adventure, a tour of the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex.
Have feedback on our new Vision and Mission? We’d love to hear it! Let us know.
We’ve got more exciting news and changes to share with you soon! Stay tuned.
two-day conference recently held in Berlin in partnership with the BMW Foundation.
After having taken the last 7 weeks away from full-time work in the sector, the two days working with the amazing group of people gathered in Berlin re-energized my thinking about how Framework can share our work. We have made our web-audit methodology open for anyone to use, we have created a Timeraiser “I” model for any community to replicate the Timeraiser model, and we can do even more to help scale our processes both across Canada and much further as well.
It was exciting to hear people’s reactions to our work at Framework. Both the Timeraiser and TimeraiserPlus programs resonated with people who appreciated our work for what it is: unique, and essential interventions at the level of the individual and the small-medium sized organization. These interventions are in themselves sometimes very small (an introduction to how to use a drag and drop website editor, a connection facilitated between an org and a skilled volunteer, a $750 cheque issued to a Calgary-based artist), but collectively are impactful.
On May 30th, hundreds of awesome Torontonians came out to the Power Plant Art Gallery to contribute their valuable time to causes they care about & bid on some pretty incredible artwork. Thank you to all the nonprofits who participated, the artists who submitted their work, to our volunteers who work tirelessly to bring the event together, to our partner Project Gallery for an amazing live art activation, MCs Pat Smith & Allie Price and DJ Denise Benson, and to our generous sponsors who make sure that we're able to invest in artists and generate community engagement. Think you may have won a piece, scroll down to see a list of art winners. We'll be in touch with you shortly if you won!
Check out our Facebook event album and She Does The City's gallery for all the great event pics!
Thank You To Our 2015 Sponsors
Congrats To Our 2015 Art Winners
We're celebrating an incredible milestone for the Timeraiser program. This season, we spent over $85,000 and supported over 75 emerging artists in Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, Regina, and Toronto. This spend brought us to a total $1M investment in the careers of emerging Canadian artists since 2003.
A LOOK BACK ON 12 YEARS OF TIMERAISER ARTISTS
This $1M investment has yielded 146,400 skilled volunteer hours benefitting more than 700 Canadian nonprofits. Based on Imagine Canada’s volunteer time/value ratio, Timeraiser’s artwork investment has generated $3,650,000 of social good for communities across the country.
Over the last 12 years, we've been proud to support the careers of emerging Canadian artists, by paying all of the artists we work with fair market value for their work. It's our continued goal to provide artists a space to establish their careers, a space to connect with fresh audience, and a space to establish a strong patron base.
“Timeraiser has an unparalleled ability to provide exposure and financial support to serious up-and-coming artists. My continued participation in Timeraiser events has resulted in a growing audience and lucrative commissions allowing me to focus on my work full-time" -- Multi-year Timeraiser artist, Adam Colangelo
The Toronto Timeraiser on May 30th will close off a successful Timeraiser Spring season that saw our April 30th events in Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, and Regina raise a collective 16, 840 volunteer hours. We're looking to Toronto to contribute 8,200 hours and bring us home to our season goal of raising 25,000 volunteer hours across Canada -- adding to the total 146,400 hours raised since 2003.
Our $1M Milestone Investment press release is available here.
Tickets for Toronto are selling fast! Get yours today.
On April 30th, folks in 4 incredible cities across Canada -- Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, and Regina -- came together to contribute their valuable time to causes they care about. Thank you to all the nonprofits who participated, the artists who submitted their work, to our volunteers who work tirelessly to bring the event together and to our generous sponsors who, in each city, make sure that we're able to invest in artists and generate community engagement. Think you may have won a piece, scroll down to see a list of winners in each city. We'll be in touch with you within one week if you won!
2015 ART WINNERS
In its 12 year history, Framework has benefitted from the time and talent of some extraordinary people. Today, we’re so pleased to tell you about the next chapter in our story. Over the course of the last 3 months, we have been on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind person with the right mix of skills, personality and drive to lead the Timeraiser and TimeraiserPlus programs into their next phase. Today we welcome Alicia Rose as our new Managing Director.
Many of you will be familiar with Alicia’s work at Business for the Arts - an organization that is a great friend of Framework and whose programming shares many of the same attributes: a passion for growing the profile of Canadian artists, a mission to connect skilled volunteers to nonprofit organizations, and a national reach that reaches all the same communities as Timeraiser and TimeraiserPlus programming.
Alicia is taking over from Aine McGlynn. In her tenure at the helm, Aine stewarded that brand and also helped make TimeraiserPlus one of Canada’s foremost programs at the intersection of technology and social good.
Alicia will have the singular pleasure of working with one of best, most nimble, agile and productive teams in the business. Aine will be taking a well deserved sabbatical while also supporting Alicia with her transition into the organization which includes writing a grant proposal or two.
As Framework ramps us Timeraiser programming for Canada’s 150th and continues to deliver sector-transforming programming through TimeraiserPlus, we’re 100% confident that Alicia has the right balance of vision and continuity to make sure that we keep doing what we’re really good while always incrementally improving.
The big day is tomorrow! The Calgary Timeraiser is going down at 6:30pm at Flames Central. Are you as excited as we are to celebrate our 10th year in this incredible city?!
Grab your tickets online now. Don’t wait. But if you do, we got you; we’ll be selling ‘em at the door. There’s been a lot of anticipation around this event, so get those tickets while they last. What better way to watch the game than in the Flames nexus, surrounded by incredible art, nonprofits, and flat screens!
We wanted to give you the inside scoop on all of the fun things to expect tomorrow! Here we go.
1. Buy your ticket!
2. Arrive for the fun: 6pm at Flames Central.
3. Mingle with nonprofits. Check the names of the organizations you want us to connect you with on your nonprofit ballot.
4. Bid, bid, bid your heart out on the incredible art.
5. If you win, you have 1 year to complete their volunteer pledge to take home your artwork!
Still confused? Not to worry, it’s normal. Watch this video take a look at our slideshow breakdown.
See all the stunning artwork from Canada's emerging art scene
Check out the great nonprofits we've been working with