The 15th Annual Extreme Nonprofit Makeover

A free technology makeover for a Greensboro, NC Nonprofit

A community service give-back from local companies who care

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A Simple Gesture, 2019 Extreme Nonprofit Makeover Recipient

We are happy to announce that A SIMPLE GESTURE is the recipient of the 2019 Extreme Nonprofit Makeover!

With a generous grant from the Foundations that support the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, we eager to help A Simple Gesture tackle hunger among people who live in our community.

The Extreme Nonprofit Makeover is an annual TechTriad project that provides a local nonprofit member of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, with a technology makeover. Started by TechTriad in 2005 with a new website for a local nonprofit, the project has grown to include six companies who provide their talents free of charge.

The Extreme Nonprofit Makeover is funded by a grant from The Cemala Foundation and occasional grants from other foundations and institutions. There is no charge to the annual recipient.

Local 501(c)(3) nonprofits who are members of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium are eligible and the focus of their work must be local.

The Extreme Nonprofit Makeover Provides

  • A new self-editable WordPress website and training
  • New logo or social media training
  • Major technology upgrades
  • SEO keyword research for their new website and web copy training
  • Some receive a new VoIP phone system
  • We often lower your monthly internet and phone bills
  • A year of free managed Google AdWords (valued at $100,000)
  • Software training for your new tools.
  • And lots of new friends!

Extreme Nonprofit Makeover Rules

The nominated nonprofit must be a member of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium.

If your group is not a member, JOIN NOW. The GNPC is low-cost and high-reward.

Nominations are open during February, 2019 and close at the end of the month.


The nonprofit’s work must be carried out predominantly in Guilford County, NC.

  • The Makeover recipient nonprofit must understand that this project takes time and they must appoint a single point of contact for the Makeover Team.
  • The group’s work can be faith-based as long as their services are offered to everyone regardless of religion.
  • A written non-discrimination policy must be in place; the nonprofit does NOT discriminate based on race, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything similar.
  • The goal of the makeover is to enable the nonprofit to help MORE people improve their lives, support their families and become better citizens in our area. We will ask how they will help more people if they receive a makeover.
  • Nominations for 2019 start February 1, 2019 and close February 28, 2019 at 6pm.
  • The team chooses two or three semi-finalists in mid-March and we visit their locations to see if what they need is what we can do.
  • We try to announce the year’s recipient on March 15 each year.
  • WE LOOK FOR SUSTAINABILITY. Is there salaried staff who can carry on the work next year?
  • Nominated groups must be a member of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and the focus of the majority of their work must be in Guilford County, NC. Not a member of the Consortium? Join!

TechTriad Extreme Nonprofit Makeover Team

Dr. Sue Polinsky, TechTriad
Dr. Sue Polinsky, TechTriad
Chris Oakman, Solace IT Solutions
Chris Oakman, Solace IT Solutions
Adrienne Cregar Jandler, Atlantic Webworks
Adrienne Cregar Jandler, Atlantic Webworks
Rob Ainbinder, Why People Click
Rob Ainbinder, Why People Click
Nicky Smith, Carolina Digital
Nicky Smith, Carolina Digital
Sam Moore, SamIAm
Sam Moore, SamIAm
Jeff SanGeorge, Magnetic Media
Jeff SanGeorge, Magnetic Media

About the Extreme Nonprofit Makeover

The Extreme Nonprofit Makeover began in 2005 as a TechTriad project initiated by Dr. Sue Polinsky to help a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Greensboro with a new website so they could more easily preserve Afro-American history. In 2005, we built a website for the Afro-American genealogical project and the Extreme Nonprofit Makeover was born.

Each year from 2005 – 2009, TechTriad searched each year for a  nonprofit who did fabulous work for our citizens. We built a new, free website for each group.

  • In 2010, Chris Oakman joined the Makeover. Chris and his team can audit technology, recommend critical upgrades and install, configure and train users!
  • In 2011, Adrienne Cregar Jandler joined us and offered a new logo and graphical templates (for flyers, cards). As if that weren’t enough, her team at Atlantic Webworks also provides social media strategy and training!
  • In 2013, Nicky Smith offered a free VoIP telephone system (install, configure & train) and his amazing skill: how to lower a nonprofit’s monthly telephone and Internet bills!
  • Jeff SanGeorge joined the team in 2015 and brings expert web content writing training.
  • Rob Ainbinder joined us in 2016 and brings $100,000 of Google AdWords credits and a year-long managed ad campaign.
  • Sam Moore rejoined us in 2017 to provide software training and desktop support and Altina Layman joined to work with fundraising and development.

We received a multi-year grant from the Weaver Foundation that paid for the nonprofit’s new computers, servers, tablets, large-screen TVs, cameras and software. In 2017, The Cemala Foundation provided our grant. TechTriad and all the community-caring companies on the team are proud to offer this community service project for free to help the wonderful nonprofits who make our community stronger. In 2018, our grant comes from the foundations that support the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium.

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