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How One Library Is “Loaning out the Internet” Using Mobile Technology
People rely on their neighborhood library to borrow books, magazines, and movies. But borrowing the Internet? How does that work? Providence Community Library (PCL) is leading the way. PCL is a nonprofit network of nine neighborhood libraries that provide free, accessible library services and...
28 Oct 2013
Building an Accessibility Culture
Just recently NetSquared , part of the TechSoup network, has opened a discussion on Internet accessibility as their think tank theme this month. What we want to know is: How do you increase, promote, and advance Internet accessibility on your site? We live in a time where more and more people are...
7 Jul 2011
Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map
TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children. Here...
30 Apr 2012
A Showcase of Nonprofit Web Sites
Find out what other organizations out there are doing and how they're using the Web through the site Social Change Websites . This fantastic directory showcases over 700 nonprofit, grassroots, and advocacy Web sites around the word. Searchable by category, you can find Web sites by all types of organizations...
2 Aug 2007
Online goes Offline: San Francisco Online Community MeetUp Wed. January 23rd
Are you one of those people juggling your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and all of those other online communities you belong to? Do you always have your eye out for the latest 2.0 tool to play around with? Well if so, it's time you met up in person with some of your fellow folks interested in online community...
10 Jan 2008
In the Social Media Kitchen with TechSoup Chefs at NSAC 2010
We kicked off our tech kitchen with a presentation Social Media: Listen First . As we mentioned on the blog, TechSoup's online community staffers along with expert consultants presented at the NSAC (National Sexual Assault Conference) hosted by CALCASA (California Coalition Against Sexual Assault). The...
7 Sep 2010
HealthRIGHT 360: BetterWorld VoIP Case Study
This is a guest post by Salem Kimble, Manager of Online Strategies with TechSoup donor partner BetterWorld Telecom. The following is an overview of a BetterWorld customer, HealthRIGHT 360 and interview with Dave Dayter, IT Director of HealthRIGHT 360 discussing their experience with BetterWorld and the...
20 Nov 2013
Now Available on TechSoup: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to the TechSoup catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation. Most people are familiar with PDF documents, and if you don't use Acrobat, you've...
26 Oct 2012
Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility
A spruced up look and an overall performance boost aren't the only improvements in Windows 8 . Microsoft's latest operating system also delivers when it comes to its accessibility and assistive technology features, namely the Narrator and Magnifier. Additionally, Microsoft's next generation...
13 Nov 2012
Finding the Right Printer
The San Francisco Chronicle and CNET have a new guide to printers that examines four top-ranked printers. Ranging from the $200 HP Photosmart A826 to the $1,300 Epson Stylus Pro 3800, this brief overview can help you get started if your nonprofit is in the market for a new printer. Keep in mind, however...
14 Dec 2007
Creating Nonprofit Facebook Pages
For those of you at organization's grappling with a jump into social networking sites like Facebook , our pals over at the Wild Apricot blog have some helpful primers on how to maximize your presence. This time around, they've got a great "how-to" on setting up a nonprofit page on Facebook...
5 Jul 2008
Don't Lose Your Contacts with Your Cell
I lost my cell phone the other day. Once I realized my cell phone was missing, a deep panic welled up in my stomach. It wasn't the prospect of having to buy another phone or even having my phone used by another person that concerned me. No, what worried me was the idea that I might have lost all of my...
10 Sep 2007
Would You Like to Be a TechSoup Intern or Volunteer? Join Us!
TechSoup is a nonprofit that has many moving parts, programs, services, and functions. It's a lot of work to provide (what we hope is) good content, useful events, inexpensive or donated products from corporate partners, and more. With that, we need your help. There are many ways to get involved; check...
17 Nov 2009
Introducing the Community Technology MeetUp!
Attention all you community technology providers out there! CTN Bay Area and TechConnect invite you to attend the first Community Technology Meetup ! Each month the Community Technology MeetUp group will tour a different organization in the Bay Area that offers technology programs and learn about their...
28 Jan 2008
1,010 Favorite Tools
When you have a few favorite technology tools you rely on every day, it's easy to forget that there are other good options you might be missing out on. Oftentimes, some insight into what other professionals are using can help you discover something that might work for you, too. Since you can't travel...
23 Aug 2007
BTOP Projects at Work: Developing an Engaging Curriculum
This post originally appeared on the TechSoup for Libraries blog and was authored by Jennifer Anthony. An engaging, tailored curriculum can make all the difference when providing training to people who have had minimal experience with technology. In these communities, the proper training can be a catalyst...
4 Feb 2011
How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program: Free Webinar on June 30
Access to the Internet and computer training are key services public libraries and some nonprofits provide. To bolster their efforts, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $7.2 billion to expand access to broadband services in the United States. Many groups received BTOP funding...
20 Jun 2011
Donor Database Satisfaction Survey
Fundraising is increasingly dependent on donor management software. Are you getting the software you need to run your organization? Here's a chance to compare satisfaction levels on donor databases. The survey is being run by Brian Dowling of the University of Michigan. It is designed to be "software...
15 Apr 2008
Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Using "Customer/Jobs" and "Classes" Utilities
This is the third blog of my series on configuring QuickBooks for use in a nonprofit organization. In my first blog , I mentioned that the very first step in configuring QuickBooks is to have a QuickBooks implementation meeting, and I recommended using a questionnaire to facilitate the meeting and act...
25 Feb 2013
Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, October 6-13
In case you missed it, here's the latest buzz from every corner of the TechSoup Blogosphere. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog Come meet us at Craigslist Boot Camp , and you might win a tech consultation for your nonprofit. Elliot examines various methods for accepting donations online. Donate...
13 Oct 2008
Digital Inclusion Project Wants to Hear From You
Is digital inclusion part of your organization's mission? Do you offer technology skills training or provide public access to computers? Do you help promote equal access to technology tools, knowledge, and resources in your community? Then we want to hear from you! Please take 15 minutes to share...
5 Mar 2012
Mozilla Service Week Is Almost Here!
It's just 14 days until Mozilla Service Week; time to finish your requests for help or sign up to volunteer. We discussed Mozilla Service Week here a few weeks ago , but it's worth another mention. Between September 14 and 21, tech experts all around the world will donate their time to organizations...
31 Aug 2009
How Punctuation Marks Can Help You Find What You're Looking For
Discover how asterisks, tildes, dashes, and even periods can help what you're looking for on Google in TechSoup's article Turbo-Charge Your Google Search . The article offers 23 tips for refining your Google searches and includes shortcuts for searching specific sites, conducting technology-specific...
31 Jul 2007
Refresher on Assistive Technologies for People with Vision Impairments
Kami Griffiths, my co-worker and training facilitator par excellence organized a Meetup last Friday at the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind , which I was fortunate enough to attend. The presenters, Patty Quinonez and Shen Kuan were both power users of assistive technology themselves and experts...
17 May 2010
Three Barriers to Getting Online: Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 1/2
It seems like the Internet is everywhere, with everyone tweeting, posting, reading, and enjoying its many resources. But as educators and nonprofits, we know not everyone is online. We see the people who are affected by the digital divide and the real problems they face, every day. A recent...
2 Jan 2014