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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...