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Since the fall of 2013 when Microsoft made its product donations available to 501(c)(3) faith-based organizations including churches, synagogues, and mosques lots of faith-based organizations have been discovering TechSoup. We thought you’d like to know about some of our less well-known product donation gems for faith-based organizations.
Our July 1 free webinar, Hidden Gems: Tech Donations for Faith-Based Organizations, is covering some of the same territory: to tell you about some lesser known donation programs available faith-based organization and some that may even extend to your parishioners.The free webinar will be on Tuesday, July 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern time).
It may be helpful to clarify the difference between faith-based organizations and religious organizations in regard to TechSoup donations. Faith-based organizations are 501(c)(3) charities that are motivated by their faith. Some have secular missions (for example, homeless food programs or shelters, open to everyone regardless of their faith), while others have religious missions (churches and other places of worship, missions, and evangelical organizations). TechSoup has product donations for both types of charities.
Mobile Beacon offers hotspot devices with $10 unlimited 4G mobile broadband data for use when you’re working or traveling in places without Internet access. To see how they’re used, have a look at Nonprofit In A Box: How Murtis Taylor Human Services System Brings Help Right Into Homes.
Teespring is a unique service that lets you crowdfund using customized T-shirts and hoodies to raise money for your cause. You can design your own t-shirt with Teespring's online tool or you can work with one of the company's consultants. It is completely free to launch a campaign and Teespring does not take a percentage of your campaign's donations. The admin fee for this service is $20. You can see how this works at the case study: How the ACCO Used Crowdfunding to Help Kids with Cancer.
CauseVox is also a crowdfunding platform tailored for charities and faith-based organizations including churches, synagogues, and mosques. You can customize your donation page using one of the pre-made templates or by creating one of your own. It’s an affordable way to try out crowdfunding. A basic subscription through TechSoup has a $71 admin fee. CauseVox takes a 4.25 percent transaction fee on this plan. A one-year subscription to the Pro Plan has a $186 admin fee with a lower four percent transaction fee. Find some examples of CauseVox fundraising campaigns here and more detailed information about the offer here.
Blackbaud eTapestry is web-based donor contact management and fundraising software. Of course Blackbaud is the big name fundraising software. eTapestry basically streamlines the fundraising process. It allows you to track donors, prospects, members, while managing gifts, pledges, and payments. The TechSoup donation offer is $99 admin fee for a one year subscription. eTapestry has recently added data tools give charities the chance to discover missed fundraising opportunities and automatically update outdated donor information. Find a case study here on how Kilbride Hospice is using it.
Bloomerang is also cloud-based donor management software. It has a donor retention dashboard that lets you review your donor retention rate, view suggestions for improvement, and see incoming donations for the week, month, and year. It also provides visual representations of each individual donor's giving summary as well as a timeline of every interaction with your organization. Another useful feature of this service is its direct mail management. You can design and print direct mail pieces like letters and gift acknowledgements from within Bloomerang. It has an audit tool that evaluates your letters for ease of reading and effectiveness of communication. It also tracks how many recipients opened the email, clicked a link, or unsubscribed. See how charities are using it here. The TechSoup admin fee for this service is $71 for one year.
TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative provides factory refurbished commercial grade laptop and desktop computer systems to 501(c)(3) faith-based organizations including churches, synagogues, and mosques. These affordable computer systems come preloaded with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. Of course all hardware is warrantied and the program also offers free end-of-life recycling. Our aim in this program is to supply charities with high quality IT equipment at less than half the price of equivalent new equipment. Due to some software licensing restrictions, RCI computers cannot be used in church-based schools, but are perfect for administrative uses.
You can review the full list of TechSoup technology donations for faith-based organizations (including Microsoft donations) on our Faith-Based Organizations page. You can also take our Program Eligibility Quiz to see which software and hardware donations your organization may be eligible for. The Eligibility Requirements and Donor Partner Restrictions page provides further details on each program's requirements and restrictions.
We hope you know that we’re always adding more donations to the TechSoup Landing Page for Faith-Based Organizations where you can find several product donations.
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