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  • Good News! Updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program

    It is hard to believe how far we’ve come since we first started donating Microsoft software. TechSoup used to distribute software donations to worthy nonprofit organizations from the basement of a San Francisco Victorian. More than10 years later...
  • Photoshop Elements 10 vs Photoshop CS5

    This post was originally authored by TechSoup's Carlos Bergfeld in 2010 and was recently updated by Wes Holing, also a web content developer here at TechSoup . Check out Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 , the newest in Adobe's line of consumer-level...
  • Premiere Elements 10 vs. Premiere Pro CS5

    This post was originally authored by TechSoup's Carlos Bergfeld in 2009 and was recently updated by Wes Holing, also a web content developer here at TechSoup. Eligible organizations can request Adobe Premiere Elements 10 , the newest version of...
  • Stay Connected with Donated Smartphones from Dell

    Update Good news! Unlock codes are now available for your donated Dell smartphones. Simply plug in the code to get your smartphone working on AT&T, T-Mobile, or many other networks. The phones work on MVNO carriers with a GSM network. That includes...
  • Flip Video Is Now a Donation Program

    Cisco has launched a new Flip Video donation program with TechSoup. Eligible nonprofits and libraries can now each request up to five bundles of video cameras. About the Cameras With Flip Video cameras, you can take up to one hour of high-quality...
  • A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

    With its bright and bold look, Windows 8 is a big departure from previous versions of Windows. The modern interface along with plenty of new features and performance boosts make this one of the most exciting Microsoft releases to date. But because...
  • Religious Organizations Are Now Eligible for Microsoft Donations at TechSoup

    Good news! Faith-based 501(c)(3) organizations can now receive Microsoft donations from TechSoup , as well as donations of Office 365 directly from Microsoft . This includes churches, synagogues, and missions with a focus on worship and evangelism...
  • Corporate and Foundation Grantseeking: Free Webinar July 12

    This post was authored by Declan Murphy, marketing and social media coordinator for Giftworks . He maintains social media presence for Giftworks via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as their website and blog, in addition to hosting GiftWorks monthly...
  • Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Setting Up the Chart of Accounts

    This is the second blog in my series on configuring Intuit's QuickBooks for use in a nonprofit organization. In my first blog post , I mentioned that the very first step in configuring QuickBooks is to have a QuickBooks implementation meeting, and...
  • The Next-Generation Office Is Here!

    The latest version of Microsoft Office is here! Eligible nonprofits, charities, foundations, and libraries can now request Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional 2013 editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at TechSoup: ...
  • New to TechSoup: Adobe Creative Suite 6

    Adobe has released the long-awaited sixth version of Creative Suite, its set of popular design and production tools, and eligible organizations can now request donations of them through TechSoup. Both Creative Suite packages offered through TechSoup...
  • Fiscal Year–End Reminder: Place Your Donation Requests Before June 30

    Make sure your organization gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2013. Why the rush? Most of TechSoup’s donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per...
  • Post Tornado, the Library Is Open in Joplin

    Today I chatted with Jacque Gage, the Library Director at the Joplin Public Library in Missouri. I invited her to share how her library and community are faring after the devastating tornado hit her town this weekend. Her original post appears...
  • GoToMeeting Adds Video Conferencing and More Mobile Options

    The web and audio conferencing tool GoToMeeting just got better. They've added a video conferencing capability called HDFaces . Now GoToMeeting users can combine screen sharing, audio and high definition (HD) video in a single meeting. And best of...
  • Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Planning and Implementation

    "Begin with the end in mind" when implementing a new accounting system. "Begin with the end in mind" is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation...
  • Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Coding and Reporting

    This is the final blog of my four-post series on configuring QuickBooks for use in a nonprofit organization. In my first blog post I mentioned that the very first step in configuring QuickBooks is to have a QuickBooks "implementation meeting"...
  • Web Design Resources from the TechSoup Global Network

    In the spirit of TechSoup's new look , we've compiled a list of resources and products from around our global network on website design, planning, and management. Whether you're thinking about making some small enhancements to your organization's...
  • Cloud Computing Worldwide

    All this month, join TechSoup.org and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. Check back throughout the month for blog posts, webinars, and dispatches from around the world on cloud computing for nonprofits, NGOs, and public...
  • Apps for Disaster Planning

    TechSoup recently updated its disaster planning and recovery guide, The Resilient Organization , to include the new ways nonprofits, charities, and public libraries are using technology. One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing...
  • Fundraising: The Tech Tools You Need

    Social media and the Internet have completely changed the way people donate money and discover causes they're interested in. To help your organization find the tools it needs, we have compiled a list of the best software and web-based tools along...
  • Duplexing: How to Print or Copy on Both Sides

    Did you know that it takes one 15-year old tree to produce HALF a box of office paper? According to an InfoTrends study, the average office worker uses 130 lbs. of paper/year. That is approximately 37 reams of paper per person or almost 4 BOXES of paper...
  • How to Burn Downloaded Software to a DVD

    In our quest to encourage TechSoup users to download software rather than order the traditional packaged product with factory discs, we want to make sure that you know how to save your software so you can reinstall it if you need to, or put it on multiple...
  • Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment

    One of our missions at TechSoup Global is to supply low-cost refurbished IT equipment to nonprofits and libraries. That in itself is good and useful, but a surprising additional aspect of this is that refurbished and remanufactured electronic devices...
  • Now Available on TechSoup: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

    We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to the TechSoup catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation. Most people are familiar with PDF documents...
  • Training Your Staff: Online Alternatives

    Idealware , a partner of TechSoup's recently posted an article addressing how to train staff in simpler, more cost-effective ways. All of the methods listed use the web or some form of computer technology in order to avoid the hassle of going to...