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  • 2015's Top 10 Products at TechSoup

    It's time! You've been waiting all fiscal year to find out what the top 10 TechSoup products are for 2015. Are you on #TeamMicrosoft or #TeamSymantec? Get your final bets in now. 10. Microsoft Exchange Server User CAL — Enterprise ...
  • Windows Server 2003 Will Hit End of Life in 6 Weeks

    Remember when The Matrix series was still playing in movie theaters, the Marlins beat the Yankees in the World Series, and Beyoncé released her first solo single "Crazy in Love (Featuring Jay Z)"? That year was 2003, which is also when...
  • Your Top 10 Tech Topics

    Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit...
  • Discover Microsoft's 5 Software Assurance Benefits

    If your nonprofit or public library received donated Microsoft software through TechSoup, you probably used the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to get your software. But did you know there are special perks from Microsoft, too? In case you're...
  • Video Streaming Apps — To Stream or Not to Stream

    The nonprofit sector thrives on a community of rich storytelling. Whatever form that storytelling takes, from photo essay to member video, story-driven content is dynamic, shows impact, and can attract new potential donors. Many of these stories, however...
  • Our Microsoft Catalog Has Been Simplified

    Wondering why you no longer see the year or version in the names of Microsoft products in the TechSoup catalog? We've simplified these names, and you can now choose the specific year or version on Microsoft's Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC...
  • Fiscal Year-End Reminder — Place Donation Requests Before June 30, 2015

    Make sure your nonprofit, charity, foundation, or library gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. So why the rush? Most of the donation and discount programs on TechSoup limit...
  • 10 Amazing Environmental Nonprofits You Need to Know About

    Our recently completed 2015 Green Tech Success Story Contest winners and finalists are an impressive group, showcasing the broad reach and impact of TechSoup member charities doing environmental work. Their stories also highlight how important having...
  • Where to Find Great Free Music for a Video

    If you're creating a video, a podcast, an online training, or any other project that might benefit from adding some sweet tunes, the Free Music Archive (FMA) offers more than 80,000 free, completely legal-to-use audio downloads. Here's how to...
  • Turning Waste into Beautiful Art

    "There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away it must go somewhere." — Annie Leonard Throw-Away Society Waste. It's not something most of us normally think about, but where does it all go? In the United...
  • Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

    TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Suite to astounding effect. Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among...
  • Manage IT Incidents with GoToAssist Service Desk

    TechSoup is proud to announce GoToAssist Service Desk as its newest offering from Citrix. Service Desk from Citrix is a cloud-based service designed for IT teams and help desks to manage, track, and resolve technical incidents from within the organization...
  • Feeding the Hungry in the Land of Plenty

    Imagine being served a full plate of the most dazzling, delectable, and decadent food you have ever seen. As the sweet and savory aroma meets your nose, your senses explode and your mouth waters. Now imagine, before taking a bite, you scrape nearly...
  • 4 Things Non-Designers Should Know About Graphic Design

    The future is a visual one. These days, people often share images that communicate a wealth of nuanced information (rather than relying on words), and visual literacy is becoming a requirement. Given this new reality, how can we communicate with and engage...
  • Small Library — Big Service to the Community

    How the Natalia Library Helps Patrons Improve Their Lives The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library serves the small town of Natalia, Texas. It's open 25 hours a week, with a staff of one. With extremely limited resources, librarian Amy Edge...
  • 8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco

    In San Francisco, sometimes one can feel a bit cynical about the influx of frivolous technology with billion dollar valuations. It seems like every day there's a new overhyped idea that claims to fix a problem you never thought you had, like a delivery...
  • Growing Community at the Pumpkin Church

    Like any church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pearland, Texas, wants to increase its membership. Its website features ambitious goals of growing the congregation and turning more visitors into members. But St. Andrew's rector Jim Liberatore...
  • Top Tech Companies Talk Privacy

    The premise of how-old.net is simple: have the website analyze a photo, either a stock photo or your own, and it'll return gender and perceived age. Appealing to all egos, the site went viral also because of how it far off it can be . The site also...
  • Can I Use That Video on My Website?

    Let's face it. The Internet has gone "video." People just like it. Within the next couple of years, video will account for 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic. It's definitely easier to grab great videos off the Internet to...
  • Refurbished MacBooks, Desktops, and More Now Available

    The Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) at TechSoup is now offering refurbished desktops, laptops, and tablets, including MacBooks from Apple and Latitude E6400 laptops and OptiPlex 980 desktops from Dell. Laptop Computers PCRR has added two refurbished...
  • 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...