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  • 7 Key Ideas: The Secret to Managing Your Values-Based Brand

    "I think it was a great source of information and education for me. Before the event I planned to contact an expert for advice on branding my new organization. But I got all the information I needed here to confidently start the branding process...
  • LocalFreeWeb Combines Digital Inclusion with Public Transportation

    Q: What happens when you bring app developers together with nonprofits and libraries along with some coffee thrown in? A: Mobile apps with a conscience! Last October, I wrote about a breakfast co-hosted by Caravan Studios and Twilio for nonprofits...
  • Hold a Nonprofit Tech Meetup in Your City!

    If you love bringing people together to talk about how we can use technology for good, you're just the person we want. TechSoup's NetSquared is a global volunteer-run network of nonprofit technology meetups. Every month, our chapter leaders...
  • Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 5

    Ready to wrap this up? Great! The only thing left to do to complete our poster is to add the nonprofit organization's logo. This logo file was available in part 1 , but for the sake of convenience, you can download it here , too. Place the Logo...
  • Nepal Earthquake: How You Can Help

    We at TechSoup are deeply saddened at the news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Relief organizations are providing aid to those affected, including rescue, first aid, food, clean water, and shelter. We've compiled a list of resources to help...
  • What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Mobilegeddon

    When journalists add the suffix "-geddon" to an event or trend, you can usually be assured that it's not nearly as disastrous as it sounds. This is more or less the case with the so-called "Mobilegeddon," Google's April 21...
  • How HART for Animals Built a Modern Pet Rescue Center

    Tucked away in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland, HART for Animals is a one-stop shop for all things pets. Not only does HART rescue dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized in Garrett County, but it also has a full-service veterinary...
  • Mobile Tech Connects Kids to Summer Meals

    For many kids, summer means camp, the great outdoors, and best of all, no school! But for some kids, no school means no lunches — and that makes summer decidedly less fun. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) , only one...
  • Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 4

    Welcome back! So far we've cleaned up the image and added our header text . Now, we'll add the body text and the white box behind it. But first, let's talk about layers. A Quick Note About Layers Each element in your Photoshop file is...
  • Bringing the Best Tech Tools of Business to Saint Raymond's Catholic Church

    This is the story of how two church members helped Saint Raymond Catholic Church make significant IT improvements at almost no cost. It is also the story of how the church's active new business manager is harnessing the tech tools of industry to meet...
  • Announcing 2 Free Options for Donating Your Used Hardware

    Want to dispose of your old technology AND do some good for the world? We are proud to announce two free charitable equipment donation services. One is for consumers interested in donating laptops and phones. The other is for businesses interested in...
  • 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...