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App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries
There's a lot that an app can do for you. But getting started can be overwhelming. What apps are already out there? How would apps benefit your nonprofit or library? Does it make sense to build your own app? The resources below will help you get started answering these questions. Apps ...
17 Apr 2012
Apps for Going Green
In honor of Earth Month , we've rounded up our favorite eco-friendly apps. From helping you make informed purchases to saving you money on your electricity bill, these apps make it fun and easy to go green. Conserving Energy Want to cut down on your office's power bill? Green Outlet...
15 Apr 2013
Power Up Microsoft Office with Apps
If you already have the new Microsoft Office up-and-running on your organization's computers, you're probably aware of all the great new features that save you time and help you create more professional-looking work. But did you know that you can make Microsoft Office even more powerful with...
5 Mar 2013
The Good (and Bad) News About Mobile Security
There's good news and bad news about mobile security. First, the bad news: mobile security is a rapidly growing problem. The good news is that there are some basic steps you can take to protect the mobile devices you use in your nonprofit or library. We've spent a lot of time talking about...
23 Nov 2011
OneNote vs. Springpad vs. Evernote: Which Notetaking App Is Right for You?
I write down everything. It's the only way I'll remember anything. In the old days, I kept multiple notebooks that sat in a pile on my desk for an eternity. My life changed, however with the invention of web- and mobile-based notetaking apps…and my desk got a bit cleaner. For the...
4 Feb 2014
How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad
An estimated 17.4 million mobile devices were activated on Christmas day according to research firm Flurry Analytics . If you are one of the people who received a phone or tablet for the holidays, now is the time to start coming up with a mobile backup plan. It can be a tedious chore, but if you...
7 Jan 2013
Cool App Roundup: Office Apps for Smartphones
One of the great things about smartphones is that they are so easy to carry around. They’re especially convenient for email. Too bad it’s so hard to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files on them – or is it? Check out some cool apps that do just that. Mobile Apps for Office...
17 Jan 2012
A Field Guide to Mobile Payments
Have you ever had to turn a donor away at an event because you could only accept cash or checks? With mobile payment processing tools , you can accept donations from anywhere, at any time. Not sure what your options are? We've compiled tools and resources on mobile payments from TechSoup and...
6 Aug 2013
App It Up Presents: Apps By and For Nonprofits
We've talked a lot about mobile apps during the App It Up project. But apps come in many other forms. Browser plug-ins, widgets, web apps, and templates: all of these are apps, too. And they all have the potential to help your organization do its work more efficiently and easily. That's why...
6 Jan 2012
Organize Your Finances with Mobile Apps
Whether you're planning some spring cleaning around your budget or preparing your taxes, there are an assortment of mobile apps to help you stay organized. Financial and Accounting Tools Did you know that TechSoup's most popular accounting technology donation programs have mobile apps...
12 Mar 2013
Even More Ways to Tell Your Story with Your Smartphone
Ask any mobile expert and they'll tell you that camera apps are blazing hot right now. If your organization isn't already using Instagram, Vine, or another video/photosharing tool, now is the time to start experimenting. These apps can give your volunteers, donors, and constituents an intimate...
23 Jul 2013
Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition
This edition of the App It Up project "Cool App Roundup" highlights different ways apps can be used in disaster, crisis, and emergency situations. Preparing for Disaster The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a free emergency preparedness app . The FEMA app includes...
26 Sep 2011
Windows 8 Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries
Windows 8 is here! And besides its revamped look and enhanced features, the Windows Store offers some new apps designed especially for the Windows 8 Start screen (Read about what's new in Windows 8 and how to get Windows 8 for your organization). As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities...
6 Nov 2012
The Scoop on Facebook Paper for Nonprofits
There seems to be a new social media tool or channel every week. Some of them are must-haves, while others might not be worth your time. But when Facebook comes out with a new app, you should probably pay attention to it. Facebook Paper, released in February for the iPhone, is a whole new way to ...
11 Mar 2014
Apps for Managing and Maintaining Social Media
Keeping track of your organization's social media accounts is tricky enough, but things get even more complicated when you have your personal accounts to maintain as well. A social media manager app will help prevent you from committing the absolute biggest social media faux pas: Accidentally...
12 Feb 2013
How to Back Up Your Android Phone or Tablet
It can be a tedious chore, but if you use mobile devices at your organization, it is likely there is valuable data stored on them. And unlike a desktop computer, it is pretty easy to misplace or drop (and subsequently destroy) a smartphone or a tablet. Fortunately, backing up your contacts, photos...
18 Dec 2012
Video Conferencing Apps: Take Virtual Meetings on the Road
Video conferencing software makes it easy to connect with volunteers in the field, donors who aren't local, or remote staff. But what's even better? Video chat and conferencing apps. These handy apps let you connect with the most important people in your organization when you're on-the-road...
27 Jun 2013
Free App Webinar on January 10: Transforming Communities Through Apps
Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us on Thursday, January 10 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for an app ealing webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries! This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project...
21 Dec 2012
Why Apps Are Green
Apps are only a few years old, but have taken the mobile phone and tablet worlds by storm. They are not only fun, cheap, and useful, but they're also a green technology. They allow much lighter IT equipment to use the Internet, accomplish work, and entertain us. What Are Apps, Anyway? Apps...
13 Sep 2011
Five Task Manager Apps to Make Your Work Day Easier
I used to have the terrible habit of writing out a to-do list in a notebook or scrap of paper and then completely neglecting or losing it. Task manager apps can help you stay on track with features such as timers that alert you when a task is due, collaboration features, and email inbox integration...
25 Feb 2014
NetSquared's Tips for Creating a Successful App-for-Good Event
This post was authored by Vanessa Rhinesmith and originally appeared on the NetSquared blog . Hackathons, coding sprints, app challenges, oh my! While these types of events can focus on the creation of many things, we are seeing an increase in app-for-good related events. There is no question that...
28 Nov 2011
Mobile Applications for Beginners
This guest post was authored by Zuzanna Stańska, an art historian interested in museums, education, and new technologies. She has created educational mobile apps for teaching art history and is the organizer of the Polish edition of Free Arts Day. This article originally appeared in Polish on Fundacja...
11 Dec 2012
Level Up and Change the World: Gamification Apps
One of the biggest trends in mobile giving right now is gamification: the integration of game dynamics, like points, badges, or levels, into a fundraising or social good campaign. These apps have the power to help nonprofits and charities reach a whole new audience and raise awareness about their...
8 Oct 2012
Cool App Roundup: Fundraising Edition
Mobile has put a whole new spin on fundraising, connecting with donors, and kick-off campaigns. As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore some of the latest mobile fundraising apps. We looked at mobile tools for fundraising as well as apps...
16 Nov 2012
Apps for Youth, By Youth
As part of the Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore apps targeted toward youth as well as apps developed by youth. Transforming Communities is a Microsoft-funded initiative that builds on what TechSoup and Microsoft already learned through the first App It Up project...
17 Oct 2012