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  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

    Editor's Note: This is the second of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
  • Blog Post: What's New With Microsoft? A Quick Guide

    Did you know that Microsoft has changed its rules around making donation requests, and that TechSoup is continuing to add tools and resources to help organizations understand the program and manage their Microsoft donations? First Things First: Program Rules, Eligibility, and Guidelines On...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!

    The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
  • Blog Post: NGO Connection Day in Silicon Valley

    After having attended four NGO Connection days in Southeast Asia in previous weeks, I had the chance to attend the NGO Connection Day hosted last Monday at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. About 150 people attended the first event of its kind...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup's Product and Partner Pages: A Quick Tour

    Updated 4/8/14 "The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." - Moliere Some of my favorite calls that come in to TechSoup's customer service start with something like "I've read the program information and restrictions about the products on your website but since this...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date for Windows 7 on October 22

    While looking for anything to watch other than Tom Delay shake his bum on Dancing with the Stars the other night, I came across one of the new commercials from Microsoft about their upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever...
  • 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: Adopt a Computer Program for Public Libraries

    On the MaintainIT blog, guest blogger Bess Haile has a delightful story about her library's new approach to budgeting for public computers. Her library's Adopt-a-Computer program is a simple way for friends of the library to show their support for free computer access. Even more important than the program...
  • Blog Post: Beyond XP: Upgrading Windows Operating Systems Webinar Recap

    Thanks to everyone who joined our webinar about upgrading from XP to a new Windows operating system last Thursday, including our presenters: Bruno Nowak of Microsoft and Gregory Seeley of Client Services at TechSoup. If you missed the webinar or just want more information, you can view the archived webinar...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Telework Week

    This is a guest blog post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social media development at TechSoup's donor partner, BetterWorld Telecom . It’s National Telework Week - March 5 - 9, where individuals and organizations pledge to telework for one week. In celebration, BetterWorld is offering...
  • Blog Post: Staff Is Key to Technology Success

    Our pals over at Idealware have a good and quick-to-read blog post about nonprofits running into trouble getting their technology maintained, updated, or advanced within their organization. The results of their conversations: staff is key. They sum up a problem many of us working for nonprofit organizations...
  • Blog Post: NPower Community Technology Survey Results

    In April, I blogged about the NPower and Accenture survey of nonprofits and technology and encouraged people to respond. Well, thanks to everyone who participated. More than 1000 nonprofits responded and the results and analysis are in! You can check out the full report (PDF) on NPower's site but here...
  • Blog Post: One of Many: Vibha Reaches Out to India's Neediest Children

    This post is part of a series highlighting TechSoup member organization's achievements. "Americans think it takes a lot of money to make a difference," according to Rajesh Haridas, chief operating officer of Vibha , an almost entirely volunteer-run organization that aims to improve the lives of underprivileged...
  • Blog Post: Remote Access Proves Critical to New Zealand NGO After Earthquake

    This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, TechSoup Global's Director of Marketing Communications. Through my work with TechSoup Global, all kinds of amazing stories cross my desk, but a letter we received from the Cystic Fibrosis...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: Nonprofit IT Directors Swap Tips on Educating Employees

    Going into the IT Directors Affinity Group at this year's NTC conference, I expected to be lost during most of what I thought would be a highly technical discussion. The group talk was led by Colin Boyle, IT director at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida . But instead of plunging into...
  • 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: Last Chance: Place Your Donation Requests Before June 30

    Make sure your organization gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2011. Why the rush? Most of TechSoup's donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per fiscal year - our fiscal year runs from July 1...
  • Blog Post: Windows MultiPoint Server Now Available on TechSoup

    We've got a new Microsoft product available here at TechSoup that might be useful for libraries, organizations with computer labs, or other multi-user computing environments: Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 . It's a new operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer,...
  • Blog Post: What's New in ReadyTalk

    Good news for customers who either have or are thinking of requesting a ReadyTalk donation through TechSoup: you can now include up to 25 participants in a web conference at no additional charge. Previously, the limit was 15. ReadyTalk has also added enhanced web conferencing features and functionality...
  • 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: Nancy Jo Craig’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Nonprofit Computer Refurbishment

    Each year the International Computer Refurbishers Summit awards a lifetime achievement award. This year the award went to Nancy Jo Craig who runs the nonprofit Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was not an easy road for Nancy. A short time after she took...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide

    One of the big pieces of digital divide news in the U.S. this summer is the Comcast Internet Essentials Program . This new program is rolling out this month in 39 states offering $10 per month broadband Internet program to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free school...
  • Blog Post: Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Minimizing IT Energy Use for Nonprofits

    More and more we're finding that nonprofit offices have a lot in common with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Nonprofits and small businesses have computer systems that typically have a few dozen or fewer computers. The local area networks they need are often similar, using one or two servers...