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  • A Nonprofit Staffer's Guide to Green Investing

    Is it possible to save for retirement AND do the right thing for the planet? Yes! And just in time for Earth Day, I'll tell you how. Why Is It Important to Save for Retirement? Because of shifting demographics in the U.S. ( with many more retired...
  • Why TechSoup Product Donations and Donors Are Green

    TechSoup has lots of great donor partners — more than 90 of them at last count. We like to feature their corporate social responsibility efforts this time of year, especially what they're doing to improve our environment. This isn't a comprehensive...
  • Tech Tip: Print Double-Sided or Not At All

    It's easy to set your printer to print on both sides of the paper. See the Wikihow general directions on how to do that . Also, you need a printer that has the ability to print double-sided. Most people I know with "non-duplexing" printers...
  • How Office 365 Helps Caring Partners Support At-Risk Youth

    Caring Partners has a powerful goal: to keep children and young adults in their homes, at their schools, and out of trouble. The New Jersey-based organization serves almost 600 youth in Morris and Sussex counties with about 60 employees. An organization...
  • Tech Tip: Take the Greener IT Challenge

    Take the Greener IT Challenge to find out how to make environmentally friendly choices every time you buy, use, and dispose of IT equipment. It's a noncommercial and fun website that has a short video, which is a bit like the Story of Stuff on what...
  • 4 Tech Tools for Reaching Marginalized Communities

    Did you know that Hispanics make up the single largest growing group in rural communities? And did you know that this population might not be in states with large Hispanic populations? The Hispanic Access Foundation's (HAF) mission is to "connect...
  • 5 Tips to Make Your Website Get Better Search Rankings

    One of the most effective ways to gain exposure for a nonprofit is by appearing at the top of online search results. It's practically free advertising to appear in a search results list when a donor, partner, or constituent "googles" phrases...
  • Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 3

    Final product (click for larger version) Let's dive right in. You've no doubt picked up everything you needed in Part 1 and cleaned the image in Part 2 . (If you haven't, go ahead. We'll wait.) We now move on to adding the header...
  • How to Better Choose the World's Most Innovative Nonprofits

    Every year Fast Company, a magazine and media enterprise with an "editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design" makes a list of The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies . Fast Company's...
  • How Chestnut Ridge Church Reinvents the Church Experience with Technology

    It's probably no accident that Chestnut Ridge Church has become the largest church in West Virginia. It's an evangelical church with astonishing programs that attracts the crowds, including celebrities like former New York Giants quarterback,...
  • Tech Tip: Make Your Next Computer Purchase a Laptop

    Laptops are about four or five times more energy efficient than desktop computers. Desktops typically use around 150 watts of power during normal activity. A laptop computer typically uses 30 to 40 watts of electricity during moderate use. Laptops...
  • Memejacking: Does Your Nonprofit Dare?

    When a question about the color of a dress went viral, several nonprofits joined the conversation to help their messages spread along the viral wave. Did these nonprofits use a sophisticated communications tactic, or did they just jump on a vapid bandwagon...
  • 4 Churches to Follow on Instagram

    If there's one thing that goes without saying, church and community go together. Here are four churches using Instagram in creative and interesting ways — using a modern tool to attract new followers and build stronger communities of faith...
  • What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

    If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups. But perhaps you're leery about attending an event because you're not quite sure what it will be like. Describing...
  • How a Few Tiny Horses Bucked the Facebook Algorithm

    A tiny black horse, about the size of a large dog, nuzzles a ten-year-old girl named Faith. You can see the adoration in her eyes for Magic, the miniature horse. Despite the fact that she's entering the hospital tomorrow to undergo a few medical procedures...
  • 44 Ways to Build Trust and Gain Donors Online

    Lately, it seems like everyone including your grandma, Bill Gates, and the Dalai Lama are talking about increasing online donations. Voices are constantly peppering you with how to simplify your donation form, employ stronger calls to action, and use...
  • Legacy of Hope Austin: Dreams for Kids with Special Needs

    Julie Lyles Carr was asked a life-changing question five years ago: "What is the one thing you would like to do to impact your community?" As a mother of eight, including two children with special needs, Carr knew that "families with...
  • Tech Tip: Set Your Computer to Sleep to Save Money and Electricity

    If you set your computer to go to sleep after a few minutes of no activity, you can save money and lots of electricity. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested dozens of computers and found that the average desktop computer uses more than 73 watts...
  • Share Your Green Tech Story and Win a Laptop or Tablet!

    Are you … A U.S. organization doing innovative and inspiring work in the social sector? Using TechSoup products or educational resources to stay GREEN ? Interested in winning a free refurbished laptop or tablet? If you answered...
  • Can You Use Your Own Photos on Your Website? Maybe Not

    One undeniable trend is that people are increasingly attracted to images and videos and much less interested in unadorned text. Images bring life and interest to anything. They also help demonstrate the human impact of nonprofits' and libraries'...
  • Veterans Organic Garden: An Off-the-Grid Jobs Program

    When we found out about Lovay Wallace-Singleton's new project to build a solar-powered organic garden in North Carolina, one that also brings rehabilitation and jobs to veterans, we had to talk to her. The full name of Lovay's project is Veterans...
  • How to Choose the Right Image for Your Website

    Oh stock images ... like cupcakes, you are ubiquitous and tempting, even though we know you're bad for us. Here are a few key considerations to help you choose fantastic images for your site. (Note: I'm admittedly less helpful on advice...
  • Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 2

    Welcome back! This guide will walk you through the first steps of how to create the poster from Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1 . We've included screenshots for each step, too. For some steps, there are also Bonus sections. These are...
  • Does My Nonprofit Need a Mobile App?

    To app or not to app? It's a question that never ceases to be raised and doesn't seem to have a definitive answer. I was lucky enough to attend this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas. When I wasn't meeting our...
  • 75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015

    Your work doesn't stop just because you're out of the office. If you're traveling, attending conferences, or working in the field, you still need to get things done. TechSoup has put together a collection of nearly 80 great productivity...