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Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible
Ever since the Independent Living Movement began to emerge in the 1960s to empower people with disabilities, more and more of the world has become accessible. Subways and metro stations remain a problem. Someone in a wheelchair often has no way of knowing what obstacles await — until now. Meet...
Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile
Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Join us next Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile , where you can learn how libraries can help meet...
Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility
The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines . Of all the wonderful things that computers and other smart machines do to enhance our lives, I can't think of...
New E-Filing Rules for Small Exempt Organizations
If you're a small, tax-excempt organization whose gross receipts are $25,000 or less, you may now be required to file electronically. From the IRS Web site, via Nonprofit Law Blog : Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations that previously were not required to file returns may be required to...
Need a RSS-t from RSS Overload?
Perhaps you've started using RSS feeds as a great way to manage and monitor the information you care about, from blog entries to news stories. Most RSS readers like Bloglines are sufficient when it comes to reading a small number of RSS feeds, but once you start monitoring numerous feeds, these handy...
Webinar Recording: An Overview of Website Accessibility
A few days ago on January 14, 2010, TechSoup Talks! held a webinar focused on making your website more accessibility for those in need of assistive technology. Jane Vincent, Usability/Accessibility Manager from the Center for Assistive Technology , gave an overview of web accessibility and the current...
Craigslist Nonprofit Boot Camp Is Tomorrow!
I'm getting very excited for Craigslist Nonprofit Boot Camp , happening tomorrow in San Mateo. I've been containing my enthusiasm a little bit by checking out recordings of talks from previous Boot Camps. If you're coming, don't forget to stop by TechSoup Global's table. I'll be there along with others...
July NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Building a Culture of Accessibility
In the old days, we used to talk about accessibility as something we added to our websites. Today, the conversation has shifted towards making our websites accessible as a key requirement of the development process - for complex reasons and with complex benefits. From providing accessible content...
More Efficient Philanthropy through Technology
Technology is allowing philanthropists to allocate capital more efficiently, notes a recent article from Forbes.com. Citing a Boston College study that found that $5.5 trillion to $7.4 trillion will be spent on philanthropy over the next 20 years, the article also notes that private foundations (which...
Pandora and More Next Wed. 9/24
I've always been intrigued by Pandora , an online music radio service that suggests and plays music by analyzing your musical preferences. Lately I've been pondering the question Britt Bravo recently proposed: How can nonprofits put Pandora to use? So all the more reason I'm excited about the monthly...
Get Them to Blog about You
When you want to spread the word about an urgent cause or news item, blogs can be a great way to reach a wide audience of potential supporters quickly. But ... how do you get people to blog about your cause in the first place? 10 Tips for Asking Bloggers to Write about Your Cause by Britt Bravo offers...
Digital Inclusion Survey - Now with Prizes!
Calling all nonprofits that are working to close the digital divide! If you work for a nonprofit that is helping build a more digitally inclusive community, and you haven't filled out our digital inclusion survey , we still want to hear from you! As an added incentive for nonprofits to participate...
Spectrum — What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
There has been a lot of buzz in the news lately concerning spectrum . In this post, we offer a definition and some cultural context to help you understand what the debate is about, and how it may affect you and your mission. We’ll start with some basic terminology. Bandwidth Technically...
Top Free Email Services
About.com's Computing and Technology section can be a great source for technology instructions and advice. The site is easy to search, and the instructions it offers are clearly written and simple to follow. In its Top 10 Free Email Services , About.com identifies the no-cost email clients that offer...
How The Bridge School Uses Tech to Educate Students Who Have Impairments
Bay Area residents and music fans everywhere are familiar with the Bridge School Benefit concert, an annual, star-studded charity event organized by musician Neil Young. While the concert's headliners might get most of the press attention, The Bridge School itself is doing amazing work through...
NetSquared Hackathon May 4th
We recently reported about the DonateNow mashup challenge . On May 4 from 12-5pm, TechSoup's NetSquared project, in partnership with Sun Microsystems , is inviting you to bring your mashup for social impact project to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This event will give you an opportunity to meet...
Online Survey Tool SurveyGizmo Offers Free Enterprise Account to Nonprofits
I'm quite happy to announce that my recent TechSoup Webinar on creating effective online surveys has caught the attention of the good people over at SurveyGizmo in a big way: they've just informed me that they're giving nonprofits a free 30-day subscription to SurveyGizmo Enterprise . Folks, this is...
TechSoup Limited: An Outlet Mall for Your Nonprofit
In case you missed the announcement in mid-May, we have a new, special program for product donations called TechSoup Limited . Think of it as a mix between an outlet mall and an exclusive boutique. Products availablefor donation in TechSoup Limited typically have limited quantities and fewer restrictions...
New E-Reader Technologies and Social Benefit Organizations
Just like any good tech geek, I've been reading reviews and jealously drooling at all the photos and videos of upcoming products shown at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The annual Las Vegas tradeshow reveals the hottest new technologies, coolest gadgets, and flashiest concepts for...
Writing and Speech Assistance Tools Are Now Available at TechSoup
TechSoup has partnered with goQ Software to make their writing assistance and speech recognition software, WordQ + SpeakQ , available to eligible nonprofits and libraries. These tools can help organizations that work with individuals who have general writing concerns, English language learners, people...
America's Giving Challenge: The Results Are In!
We've been following America's Giving Challenge thoughout the contest on TechSoup blog. America’s Giving Challenge on Parade.com and the Causes Giving Challenge on Facebook challenged anyone to take advantage of online social tools to find innovative ways to inspire people to donate to their cause...
Upcoming Nonprofits Live on March 21: DIY Blogging
Here at TechSoup, we’re big on empowering nonprofits and libraries to make smart do-it-yourself technology choices since we know time, staff, and money are all limited resources. This month, we're examining the landscape of DIY blogging. Join us for this very exciting Nonprofits Live on...
Understanding VoIP - A Report from the Trenches
This is a guest post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social media development at TechSoup's donor partner, BetterWorld Telecom . It is a testimonial and review from Brooke Towne of FishWise, a nonprofit that received donated equipment and discounted services with BetterWorld Telecom through TechSoup...
Nonprofits Show Technology in Action
What does technology in action look like? In September, we asked nonprofits and libraries to show us exactly how technology activates their organization and helps fulfill their mission. They had a chance to win free services from Karma Store, a new technology group that helps nonprofits easily show...
Accessible Webinars: ReadyTalk's Live Captioning Service
Here at TechSoup, we use ReadyTalk’s webinar platform for many of our online events. Recently, we've been utilizing a relatively new service from ReadyTalk : live captioning. ReadyTalk’s service is provided by CaptionedText.com and Caption Colorado . If we get a request within...