How to Become a NPC Member

Virtual Office Space / Interactive Poster: New NPC Member Application Process


So your organization wants to have a virtual office or interactive poster in the Nonprofit Commons? Here's how:

Step 1: Attend Weekly NonProfit Commons Meeetings
Start attending our weekly meetings held every Friday from 8:30-10:00 AM PST/Second Life time in the Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater. Can't make the meeting time? Let us know and check out the text chat of meetings posted on the wiki and also on the Google Group.

Step 2: Get to Know our NonProfit Commons Blog & Wiki
Peruse the Nonprofit Commons blog and wiki (if you're reading this, you're already doing the latter)! Please familiarize yourself with the Rules of Conduct community members must adhere to.

Step 3: Commit to Volunteering & Fill Out the New Member Questionnaire
NonProfit Commons offers either free of charge office space or interactive posters to qualified social benefit organizations. In exchange for this free space in the Nonprofit Commons, we require that NPC Members maintain a Second Life presence of a minimum of two hours a week and volunteer a minimum of two hours a month in the Nonprofit Commons community. Please fill out the New Member Questionnaire.

This questionnaire lets us know about your organization, what you do in the real world, what's you'd like to do in the Nonprofit Commons community in SL and how you could help us by volunteering to be a part of the Nonprofit Commons, as well as information that will help our estate managers determine your office space needs.

Step 4: Email Us Your Logo
Email nonprofitcommons [at] techsoup [dot] org with your organization's logo as an attachment if you cannot link to it on the New Member Questionnaire when you fill it out.

Step 5: Fill Out, Sign & Send TechSoup a Memorandum of Understanding
The legal stuff! All NonProfit Commons members must have a current, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on file prior to moving in. Please email a signed PDF of this document to nonprofitcommons [at] techsoup [dot] org.or fax to: 415-633-9400, Attn: Susan Tenby or



MoU's have to be updated and signed yearly, as well as continuing to fulfill all volunteer responsibilities in order to remain a NPC community member in good standing.

Step 6: Fill Out a Community Member Profile
The fun part! Fill out a Community Profile and your organization will be featured on our community member profiles. You also have the opportunity to get featured in our member spotlight in the TechSoup Global weekly email newsletter, By the Cup. In other words, it's a wonderful way to showcase your organization!

Step 7: Sign Up to Become a NPC Wiki Editor
The wiki is open to anyone to read. If you would like to edit the wiki, click the "Join" button at the top right corner of the page and fill out a username, login, and your reason for joining. Your request will go to the Nonprofit Commons management team who will approve you so you will have the ability to edit the wiki.

Step 8: Sign Up to Blog
We would love for all of our members to have the opportunity to blog, sign up here to participate. You can also do this by clicking the "Create a New Account" link on the left-side panel of the Nonprofit Commons blog. Fill out a username and profile. Once you've done so, email NonprofitCommons[at]techsoup[dot]org and let us know your username. The management team will then set you up as a blogger.

Step 8: Join Our Google Group for Announcements
Please join our Google Group to receive important information about the community for when you are not in Second Life.

Step 9: Join Us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & our G+ Community Pages
You can also participate in the community by Liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter, joining us at LinkedIn and becoming part of our NPC G+ community.

Once you've completed these steps, we will be in touch with you about moving on into your virtual office space or setting up your interactive sign.

Questions? Contact nonprofitcommons [at] techsoup [dot] org.