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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Extreme Nonprofit Makeover 2020

Applications for the 2020 Extreme Nonprofit Makeover are closed for 2020. We anticipate announcing this year's recipient by the end of February and we will be in touch with all applicants.

With a generous grant from the Foundations that support the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, we are gearing up for the 2020 Extreme Nonprofit Makeover.

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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 brand mark (logo) for a program or for the organization
  • Major technology hardware, networking and WiFi upgrades
  • A year of free managed services for all the nonprofit’s computers and Office 365
  • SEO keyword research for their new website and web copy training
  • Some receive a new VoIP phone system
  • We often can lower your monthly internet and phone bills
  • A year of free managed Google AdWords campaign and Analytics dashboard customization (valued at $100,000)
  • Software training for your new tools
  • Fundraising assistance with a particular campaign
  • Refurbishing the nonprofit’s computers to add hard drive, RAM and some donated monitors
  • 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 and applications are open Jan. 6 – Feb. 15, 2020 and close at 6pm on Feb. 15.


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

  • The Makeover recipient nonprofit must understand that this project takes the staff’s 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 must 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 you will help more people if your group receives a technology makeover.
  • Nominations for 2020 start January 6, 2020 and close February 15, 2020 at 6pm.
  • The team chooses two or three semi-finalists in mid-February and we visit their locations to see if what they need is what we can do.
  • We plan to to announce the year’s recipient in late February.
  • We look for a nonprofit’s sustainability. We want to be sure you’ll “be around for several years.”
  • 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 the Consortium!

TechTriad Extreme Nonprofit Makeover Team

Dr. Sue Polinsky, TechTriad
Dr. Sue Polinsky, TechTriad
Chris Oakman, Solace IT Solutions
Chris Oakman, Solace IT Solutions
Phillip Bishop, Computer Repair of Greensboro
Phillip Bishop, Computer Repair of Greensboro
Shane Lukas, award-winning graphic artist
Shane Lukas, A Great Idea
Rob Ainbinder, Why People Click
Rob Ainbinder, Why People Click
Nicky Smith, Carolina Digital Phone
Nicky Smith, Carolina Digital Phone
Sam Moore, SamIAm
Sam Moore, SamIAm
Jeff SanGeorge, Magnetic Media
Jeff SanGeorge, Magnetic Media
Altina Layman, Director of Development
Altina Layman, Director of Development, Fellowship Hall
Mark Caudill and Ellen Gefen
Mark Caudill and Ellen Gefen - Gefen Productions
Jennifer Davis, HaystackCRM
Jennifer Davis, Xtern Software
Mark Tosczak, Flying Car Communications
Mark Tosczak, Flying Car Communications

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.
  • Shane Lukas joined us in 2019 and donated brand marks (logos) for an annual fundraising event held by the nonprofit.
  • Phillip Bishop joined the team in 2020. His company refurbishes computers and donates many to nonprofits in our area.
  • Ellen Gefen and Mark Caudill from Gefen Productions joined in 2020 and are donating a custom video for the website and/or fundraising project.
  • Jennifer Davis of Xtern Software joined in 2020. The software studio is donating one of their products, a customer relationship management database called HaystackCRM. It can be used to track volunteers, donors, vendors, and other contacts.

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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