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TechSoup’s fiscal year is about to end in June. Now is the ideal time to take advantage of our programs, so you can start fresh and get even more donations and discounts when July arrives. If you haven’t been taking part in TechSoup’s programs over the last 12 months, you might be surprised at all the new offers!(Remember to double check your organization’s eligibility for these programs by logging in to your TechSoup account and heading to our Check Eligibility Quiz.)
Keep your accounts current with donated copies of QuickBooks 2014 from Intuit or AccountEdge 2014 from Acclivity. The latest version of QuickBooks can help you manage your organization's finances all in one place. It’s available in a one-user version for Mac, and one- and three-user versions for Windows. An all-around accounting package for smaller organizations, AccountEdge extends your reach from Mac and PC to mobile devices with free iPad and iPhone apps.Stay safe out there! Secure your donor, client, and project information with desktop security tools like Norton and enterprise security software, available through the Symantec donation program. And feel safe with the new 2014 Bitdefender Internet Security, a product of the year with top marks from PCMag, AV-Test, and AV-Comparatives.
On April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003 came to an end. We know that transitioning to new computers and updating operating systems can take months, but upgrading is easier than you might think.Donations of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 are available to eligible nonprofits. This new mobile-friendly operating system brings back the Start button, offers better searching, and can boot directly to the desktop.If your organization’s hardware needs a lift to get you off of XP, TechSoup has you covered. Browse our selection of refurbished laptops, desktops, and monitors. Windows 7, Microsoft Office, and Norton Internet Security come preinstalled, so you can save on software. Plus, added memory and processing power could give you the speed you've been craving.And what about Dell, Lenovo, and eduGear touchscreen tablets with Windows 8? Knowing that nonprofits need these resources for their work in the office and out in the field, we’ve worked with CDI to bring AAA-quality refurbished tablets to you on TechSoup.
We’ve made some headway into helping nonprofits explore the growing revenue streams that e-commerce can provide. You can fundraise by selling custom T-shirts — without buying tees, without knowing sizes, without having to ship, with no obligation — through online campaigns on Teespring. Teespring campaigns are free to anyone, but through TechSoup you can get help and consulting to design your campaigns as well as a discount on each shirt sold.Shopify is now open to all budgets! A Shopify store is a great fundraising tool for nonprofits that sell branded merchandise, arts, or crafts; for libraries that run book sales; and much more. With NetSuite LightCMS, you can use templates to design a website that adapts to be viewed on phones, tablets, and computers, plus a built-in online store with a database for up to 1,000 products. You can probably imagine a few ways you can use an e-commerce website. Here are a few ideas, examples, and the step-by-step how-to. As a fundraiser, you know you need to meet your donors where they are. And that means going mobile. The Guide by Cell donation program includes a one-year subscription for a mobile website that you build online using an easy drag-and-drop website builder. If you need some advice on whether going mobile is right for your nonprofit, check out our Mobile Impact series!At the same time, crowdfunding platforms are helping nonprofits raise billions annually as fundraisers inspire great numbers of donors to give. CauseVox is an online fundraising platform that can help you raise more. Social media and the Internet have dramatically changed the way people donate money and discover causes they're interested in. On the other end of the fundraising spectrum, grantseeking can be difficult. But it doesn't have to be! New to TechSoup, the PhilanTech discount program provides online grants management software to eligible nonprofits and charities.Retaining donors lets you spend less time and funding on donor acquisition. Our new partner Bloomerang relied on renowned experts to create a streamlined donor management system. It includes reporting, emails that almost correct themselves, and direct-mail design for print.Need some inspiration for your campaigns? In the last year we’ve produced a ton of great content to help you plan and execute your fundraising campaigns like a boss. Fundraising: The Tech Tools You Need, kicking off a mobile fundraising campaign, and 19 Effective Fundraising Ideas from Nonprofit Pros.
Are you thinking about updating software, investing in new computers, or deploying a network or server? You face many critical decisions when you look at your tech infrastructure. We’ve partnered with a few groups this year to help you make the most of your IT dollars and invest in the technology that's best for your needs.If you’re like most nonprofits or small foundations, you struggle with IT or don’t have the time or staff to get it all done. An hour of professional time may be all you need to figure out if the cloud is for you, fix a network problem, or learn about outsourcing your IT maintenance and help-desk support. Our partner Tech Impact can help.Rather than approach tech issues piecemeal, you can get help planning ahead — within your available budget and resources — using Idealware’s training. The online videos, homework, and workbook in On-Demand Tactical Technology Planning help you assess your tech infrastructure and address your needs.Speaking of IT staff and support, the nonprofit sector is one of America's largest employers. HR Help Desk Support from HR Solutions Partners is a service for organizations to get human resources guidance and advice. They can help you out of some unpleasant situations, advise on how to avoid them, and guide you through compensation, benefits, and recruiting.
Effective communication with donors, constituents, and the public is essential to the work nonprofits and charities do. We’ve always worked to provide you with the tools you need to stay in touch inside and outside of your organization. And in the last year, we’ve expanded into new arenas like telecommunications and remote access.Voice over IP (VoIP) is a secure, Internet-based phone that replaces a traditional phone system. VoIP services can be more affordable and offer more features than landline services. With npTalk VoIP from Tech Impact, you get unlimited domestic minutes, plus special features like voicemails in your email inbox. TechBridge service is available on a month-to-month basis. No cancellation fee lets you end it anytime, and you get 50% off Cisco IP phones! Boys & Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity branches, Salvation Army, SEED, and others have already switched.Are you overpaying on your personal or organization cell phone plan? A new mobile phone plan from our partner BetterWorld Wireless is available to nonprofits, their employees (and families), and those they serve. Find out your actual usage and compare it to the BetterWorld Wireless per-minute rate. Your TechSoup membership gets you an additional 5% off!
Millions of low-income students rely on free or low-cost school meals. But when summer vacation starts, the school meals end. The good news is there are tens of thousands of libraries, community centers, nonprofits, and other organizations nationwide that offer free summer meals for school-age youth.A new app called Range helps you locate those sites in your community.Range was developed by Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. They build apps that help communities access, organize, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems.
At the end of the day, the work TechSoup does is to support the work you do! We wanted to understand the way that nonprofits and charities around the world were using tech to drive social change, so we partnered with The Guardian to produce Technology for Good. This report identifies 10 technologies being used in innovative ways to create positive social change.Examples are drawn from charitable organizations working on widely varied issues around the globe. This makes Technology for Good a unique repository of inspiration for the public and private sectors, funders, and other change makers who support using technology for social good.
Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager
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