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TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative: You've Come A Long Way Baby
TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) has provided warrantied refurbished computers and other IT devices to nonprofits and libraries for seven years now. In taking stock of things this Earth week we thought we'd take a look at how far we've come. Just the environmental benefits...
19 Apr 2012
Prizes that Power Stories
TechSoup wants you to succeed at storytelling. Why? Well, we believe that stories are the currency of community and they can bring about great emotional change. That's why we aim to educate and empower you to pick up a camera. We want to help further your mission through storytelling. And...
23 Apr 2013
Microsoft Office 2010 Is Here!
The brand spanking new Microsoft Office 2010 slate of products has just hit the shelves and is now available for donation through TechSoup. The latest editions of the popular productivity software features upgrades for collaboration among multiple users and improvements for your organization's workflow...
15 Jun 2010
TechSoup's a Nonprofit: Here's How We Work
A couple of weeks back, I wrote a post to address some frequently asked questions about Windows 7 that opened with a plea for patience and understanding as our customer service reps work to dig out for the overwhelming demand for the new operating system. I'm gonna take a minute to expand on that request...
22 Jan 2010
New Year's Technology Resolution #1: This Year, I Will Upgrade My Hardware!
You may be getting your donated and discounted software from TechSoup, but did you know we have computers, networking equipment, and other hardware in stock? This, the first installment of a four-part "New Year's Technology Solutions" series, brings you information about some of our hardware programs...
14 Jan 2010
Upcoming Webinar February 20: Donations Through TechSoup
Perhaps you've joined TechSoup as an individual member, and maybe your organization is already registered, but if you haven't taken the plunge to get qualified or request donations yet, then this is the webinar for you ! This free, hour-long webinar on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m...
10 Feb 2014
Demystifying Nonprofit IT Adoption and Innovation
Editor's Note: This is the first 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...
14 Sep 2010
Grants Management Software: Download Idealware's New Comparison
Grantmakers of all sizes should check out Idealware's recently updated Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems . Available from Idealware's website as a free download, the updated guide compares 20 grants management systems, including popular offerings from Bromelkamp and MicroEdge...
21 Nov 2011
Upcoming Webinar October 17: TechSoup Tour!
In this 45-minute tour of TechSoup , learn how to join, register your organization, and request donated software, hardware, and services. TechSoup’s product donation programs make myriad resources - donated by companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and more - available to eligible nonprofits...
4 Oct 2013
New Web Conferencing Tools from Citrix
As of this week, qualified nonprofits can now request donated Citrix products through TechSoup. Citrix offers a variety of web-based collaboration tools, including GoToMeeting , a product that lets you host web-based conferences with up to 15 participants. GoToMeeting joins Office Communications Server...
23 Mar 2010
What About Netbooks for Nonprofits?
This post was written by TechSoup's Lead Technology Analyst, Kevin Lo and originally posted on Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission , a strategic wiki for nonprofit leaders. This post and the wiki feature excerpts, bonus materials, and notes from the book which was compiled by NTEN of the same name...
27 Mar 2009
Webinar Recap: Roadmap to Microsoft Training Resources
We wrapped up this fantastic webinar with Microsoft yesterday. Roadmap to Microsoft Training Resources was literally a virtual walk through all of the great resources available to nonprofit and libraries for FREE , when they receive their donated Microsoft software with Software Assurance through TechSoup...
11 Jun 2009
More Reviews of Windows 7: What's Your Opinion?
As a follow-up to our earlier post on The Wall Street Journal' s recent review of Windows 7 , we'd also like to offer the following links to other relevant and interesting articles and reviews. You might be want to check them out if you're weighing whether or not to switch when it becomes available on...
14 Oct 2009
Idealware's New and Improved Site Is a Nonprofit Tech Bonanza!
Our good friends and content partners at Idealware just launched themselves a pretty new website . Beyond being a rainbow of colors, their new home page showcases some of the many thousands of nonprofits they've helped through their informative and largely free database of nptech-related articles , reports...
29 Mar 2010
Microsoft Office 2010: Our Favorite (New) Features
The latest version of Microsoft Office came out last month and since then we've been fiddling, playing, testing, and tweaking to learn all we can about the 2010 version of the popular office productivity suite. For many organizations, it's the standard-bearer software that lives on nearly every...
29 Jul 2010
Do You Need Help Navigating Microsoft Donations Through TechSoup?
Microsoft's Donation Program through TechSoup is by far one of the most in-demand and equally misunderstood programs available to nonprofits and libraries. Just like with all of the donation and discount programs through TechSoup, the vendor (in this case, Microsoft ) sets the restrictions for how much...
22 Jan 2010
Idealware's 2011 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits
You probably know Idealware from the excellent product comparisons and other articles that its writers contribute to our Learning Center . Those articles are just the tip of the iceberg: visit Idealware online for a treasure chest of articles, handbooks, webcasts, and much more. Last year, we wrote...
8 Mar 2011
TechSoup 101: Becoming an Authorized Agent
This blog post is part of a series focused on managing accounts at TechSoup.org. So far, we've discussed registration, qualification, and updating your account and forum profiles. Watch for more posts to come! Updated on 1/4/2013 As mentioned in the first post in this series about Registration...
22 Nov 2010
Are You Ready for a Chrome OS Notebook?
Last Tuesday Google unveiled its much awaited Chrome OS, a new operating system designed with using web applications and the Internet in mind. Attendees to the press event received a test laptop installed with a pre-release version, while others (Hi Google!) can apply to be a beta tester on their pilot...
16 Dec 2010
Reminder: TechSoup's Fiscal Year Ends June 30 - Request Donations Now!
You may have seen a few messages on TechSoup.org and in your inbox warning that our fiscal year-end is coming up soon. But what does this mean for you? Well, because most of our product donation programs have limits based on TechSoup's fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, we want to make sure...
21 Jun 2010
TechSoup Closed for Thanksgiving: Will Reopen Monday!
In honor of the U.S. celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday , TechSoup's San Francisco offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. We'll be giving thanks for some much-needed days off and will pick up our blog updates, community activities, new webinars, regular newsletters, and donation fulfillment...
22 Jan 2010
Work from Anywhere with Tools to Stay in Touch
Whether you're getting some sun a thousand miles away from the officeor just want to work from home, there's an ever-growing field of tools available to help you work from just about anywhere. If you have Internet access (which, these days, you can even get via tethering to your mobile phone's...
26 Jul 2010
TechSoup Customer Service: We're Really Busy!
As some of you may remember, we had reduced our phone service hours around the holidays due to a bit of a backlog of work to get through. ( We can be very popular, you know! ) Over the holidays we were able to answers almost everyone's questions and begin the year with a clean and fresh start. It seems...
8 Mar 2010
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Acquiring Software
Software buying and licensing can be a daunting subject for the uninitiated, but Zac Mutrux , a San Francisco-based technology consultant with years of experience advising nonprofits, did a great job simplifying this subject during our latest TechSoup Talks! webinar , 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Acquiring...
16 Mar 2009
Donated Windows 7 Operating System Available Now!
In case you've missed all the hub-bub in the mainstream media, all the tech junkies blogging their reviews of it, and the cutesy commercials touting the greatness of Windows 7, today is the day Microsoft's new operating system officially launched. If your organization is an eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit...
22 Oct 2009