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Refurbished Computers for Any Budget
The Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) at TechSoup is proud to offer additions to our catalog with admin fees for every need and budget. Recertified Dell Computers TechSoup now offers three premium, recertified Dell computers from our refurbisher partner CDI. Dell has recertified these computers...
10 Amazing Environmental Nonprofits You Need to Know About
Our recently completed 2015 Green Tech Success Story Contest winners and finalists are an impressive group, showcasing the broad reach and impact of TechSoup member charities doing environmental work. Their stories also highlight how important having the right technology is to accomplishing this important...
Turning Waste into Beautiful Art
"There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away it must go somewhere." — Annie Leonard Throw-Away Society Waste. It's not something most of us normally think about, but where does it all go? In the United States, we generated over 251 million tons of...
Feeding the Hungry in the Land of Plenty
Imagine being served a full plate of the most dazzling, delectable, and decadent food you have ever seen. As the sweet and savory aroma meets your nose, your senses explode and your mouth waters. Now imagine, before taking a bite, you scrape nearly half that food into the trash. You might think you'd...
Protecting Wild Lands Through Art
TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Suite to astounding effect. Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among the wild places Braided River has featured, millions...
Announcing 2 Free Options for Donating Your Used Hardware
Want to dispose of your old technology AND do some good for the world? We are proud to announce two free charitable equipment donation services. One is for consumers interested in donating laptops and phones. The other is for businesses interested in donating PCs. How Individuals Can Donate Laptops...
Why TechSoup Product Donations and Donors Are Green
TechSoup has lots of great donor partners — more than 90 of them at last count. We like to feature their corporate social responsibility efforts this time of year, especially what they're doing to improve our environment. This isn't a comprehensive list of all our donor partners' environmental...
Tech Tip: Print Double-Sided or Not At All
It's easy to set your printer to print on both sides of the paper. See the wikiHow general directions on how to do that . Also, you need a printer that has the ability to print double-sided. Most people I know with "non-duplexing" printers don't go to the trouble to print double...
Tech Tip: Make Your Next Computer Purchase a Laptop
Laptops are about four or five times more energy efficient than desktop computers. Desktops typically use around 150 watts of power during normal activity. A laptop computer typically uses 30 to 40 watts of electricity during moderate use. Laptops also have low-energy modes to save on battery usage...
July Is Web Conferencing Month
This post was authored by Salem Kimble, BetterWorld Telecom social media development manager. Web conferencing is a technology that can be a game changer for an organization. That's why BetterWorld Telecom, a TechSoup donation partner, is offering nonprofits a special rate on one of our favorite...
Tools for Meetings Without Needing To Travel: Microsoft Communicator
During these lean times, every organization I know is looking for cost-cutting ways to work more effectively. With new computer-based conferencing tools, it is now possible to dramatically decrease the amount of travel and still have the meetings you need to conduct. The cost saving for this is obvious...
Virtual Work, Real Success
This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom . BetterWorld Telecom provides services that enable and support a virtual work environment, as a donation partner with TechSoup Global. However, BetterWorld itself works as a virtual team, with team...
Nonprofits and Libraries: Have You Considered Web Conferencing?
In my opinion, web conferencing is one of the easiest ways to be greener with technology. Think about it. If you have a meeting with 10 people who would normally drive 20 miles each to get to a meeting or worse yet, fly to a trainingΓÇª how much CO2 is being saved? Also, if you had the meeting in person...
Greening Your Direct Mail
Prepared by Ted Hart CEO of GreenNonprofits.org, a new guest blogger for TechSoup.org. GreenNonprofits.org's mission to help your organization adopt green practices. Here are seven things you can do to GREEN your direct mail: Regularly update and improve your mailing lists to limit duplication and waste...
What Are Best Practices for Managing Teleworkers?
As part of celebrating Earth Day throughout the month of April, we'll be featuring posts about how to make your nonprofit or library more environmentally friendly. This post, from John at our donor partner ReadyTalk , originally appeared on their blog . As government agencies begin to implement...
Win a FREE 5-Year MyFax Account! Take Our Post-Campaign Survey
We're at the tail end of our reduce paper campaign and we're almost there. If you took our Challenge to Reduce Paper Use in your office, please go ahead and complete our brief survey on the things you have done (or plan to do) to reduce your paper use to be entered to win the f ree 5-Year MyFax account...
Symantec Backup Exec Story Contest: $30,000 Giveaway
If you're a current Symentec Backup Exec customer (whether via TechSoup's donation programs or elsewhere), tell Symantec how your datacenter has taken advantage of the benefits of the tool ' helping your organization save time, money, and the environment, with a reduced environmental footprint through...
MyFax Adds Print-to-Fax and Offers Free Business Cards
MyFax, which Protus makes available to nonprofits and libraries through TechSoup, lets users send and receive faxes through email and eliminates the expense and paper waste of a fax machine, fax server, and dedicated fax line. With MyFax, your faxing capabilities are always on-line ' your phone line...
Reduce Your Computer's Power Consumption in Minutes
Reducing your computer's power consumption can be a surprisingly easy way to save money, do a little something for the planet, and extend your equipment's life. There are three ways to manage the power consumption of your computer: Shut it down when it's not in use. (See below for guidelines.) Manually...
5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Power Use - Part 2: Power Settings
This is part 2 of a four-part series. Part 1 of this series listed the 5 actions we recommend that you take to reduce the power use of your computer. This post (part 2) explains two of those actions in more detail and tells you how to complete these two actions. Parts 3 and 4 offer more detail about...
Cloud Computing: Why Should Nonprofits and Libraries Care?
Last year, I wrote a post about Why Nonprofits Should Care About Cloud Computing . Well, it is time for a deeper look into the subject. Cloud computing is not going away and small and medium-sized nonprofits and libraries need to begin to understand it. IDC forecasts that IT spending on cloud computing...
The Other Side of Spam
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. Everyone knows that spam can waste your time, introduce...
Green Computing Meets the Social Web
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. Billing itself as "a new global online community...
Register for By the Cup, Enter to Win a Laptop
As you probably know, Earth Day is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to commemorate, we're doing something big ' real big. We're giving away two refurbished laptops to subscribers of our By the Cup (BTC) newsletter . At TechSoup, we're dedicated to the three principles of reduce, reuse,...
Mobile Computing and Telework: Can't Stop, Won't Stop!
I've been reading a recent white paper and blog post on the subject of telework posted by my colleague Jim Lynch, and I had to express my appreciation and reactions. Thanks, Jim. My first reaction is "cool!" Teleworking is so much greener as Citrix's white paper amply demonstrates. It's also more fun...