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Tweet Chat Recap: #Office4Good
Here at TechSoup, few things make us happier than helping you get answers to your tech questions, connecting you with experts in the field, and providing resources for your organization to get the most out of its technology. So when the latest version of Microsoft Office became available for eligible...
30 Jan 2013
Software to Build and Grow Your Nonprofit
As a fellow nonprofit, those of us at TechSoup understand how important it is to run your organization in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. We hear from young nonprofits and libraries all the time, and we know that making wise and affordable technology investments can play a vital part...
23 Nov 2011
Office 365 Brings Remote Staff Together
This week on the Microsoft Citizenship blog , there's an interesting profile of Concern Worldwide , an NGO that fights poverty in 25 of the poorest countries in the world. The profile shows how Concern uses Office 365 to connect its office staff and field workers. All of the employees at Concern...
24 Feb 2012
Get Ready for the End of Windows XP Support
XP was our trusty and faithful workhorse for many years, so it grieves me to declare it, but it's time for it to retire. On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop issuing patches and security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. Prepare for the 'XPocalypse' According to Microsoft ,...
7 Nov 2013
Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations
I did a post a few weeks ago on youth programs in TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map and decided I hadn’t covered this resource nearly enough. Our Local Impact Map demonstrates what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup Global software donations...
4 Jun 2012
YouthBuild Boston: A TechSoup Youth Organization Profile
Among the many thousands of after school programs in the U.S. in schools, libraries, local governments, and nonprofits, it was tough to choose just one to profile this week, but I chose YouthBuild Boston because of my fondness for green tech. They even use TechSoup Microsoft software donations...
15 May 2012
#Office4Good Tweet Chat January 30
By now you've heard that the latest version of Microsoft Office is available through the TechSoup donation program. If you're as excited as we are, join us for the #Office4Good tweet chat on Wednesday, January 30 at noon Pacific time. We'll be tweeting with our friends at Microsoft Citizenship...
29 Jan 2013
How Trickle Up Animated Their Nonprofit Story
"We simply don’t have the money to produce big videos every year," shares Tyler McClelland of Trickle Up , a nonprofit organization that empowers women to break the cycle of poverty by starting sustainable livelihoods of their own. So they did what a lot of nonprofits do: create a...
6 Mar 2013
American Indian Resource Center: A TechSoup Youth Organization Profile
There is a wide array of nonprofit organizations that serve the 1.6 million Native Americans in the U.S. They address high poverty, a huge epidemic of diabetes, the high school dropout rate that is double the American average , and several other issues. The American Indian Resource Center, Inc...
8 May 2012
Windows MultiPoint Server: Resources for Refurbishers
Lots of refurbishers around the world supply PCs to nonprofit training labs, libraries, and telecenters. Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server is very useful in these environments. Refurbishers have two places to get donated and discounted MultiPoint Server licensing for computers they plan to...
19 Mar 2013
Windows XP Upgrade Tips – Will Your Existing Software and Hardware Work?
Now that it's time to upgrade from Windows XP (it retires in early April 2014), you may well be wondering how much of your current software and hardware will work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Fortunately there are some great free tools to help you figure that out. At least I hope you’re...
13 Jan 2014
Tech Tools to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
According to the EPA , the average office worker in the U.S. uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That's four million tons of copy paper used annually. Think about your office, and how much paper that works out to . Here at TechSoup, that would work out to almost 1.8 million sheets of paper...
2 Apr 2012
The Xpocalypse Is Upon Us!
I hate to be all doom and gloom, but April 8 th , 2014 is the exact date of the "Xpocalypse," the day when Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP, leaving the operating system open to malware attacks...
27 Mar 2014
The Next-Generation Office Is Here!
The latest version of Microsoft Office is here! Eligible nonprofits, charities, foundations, and libraries can now request Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional 2013 editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at TechSoup: Office Standard 2013 (admin fee: $24) Office Professional...
29 Jan 2013
Upcoming Webinar May 23: Simple Desktop Publishing at Your Fingertips
Why spend extra time to learn and money you don't have to buy complicated desktop publishing and design programs when you may have what you need already at your fingertips? With Microsoft's ubiquitous Publisher program, access thousands of free, easy-to-use templates or design your own...
16 May 2013
Upcoming Webinar May 29: Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks
Microsoft's Excel is among the most commonly-used applications in an office, and it's also one of the least understood. Excel comes with countless features, shortcuts, and built-in power to turn your boring spreadsheet into magic to help your nonprofit or library manage and display your data...
22 May 2014