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When Fonts Attack, It's Time to Patch
Microsoft released a critical security patch this week, affecting both Windows computer and Windows Server products. There has been no lack of drama in the security world these days, with plots of intrigue, scandal, and double-dealing rivaling the best summer blockbusters. In early July, it was...
How to Excel at Everything (or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets)
Microsoft Excel is my secret weapon. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm really not very good with numbers. But I've discovered that you don't actually need to be a numbers person, a data scientist, or an accountant to be a data superhero. You just need Microsoft Excel and a few tricks up...
Today You Get a Fresh Start on TechSoup Donation Requests
Happy New (Fiscal) Year! This coming fiscal year, is your organization planning to add new programs, expand existing ones, or bring on new staff? Well, we've got great news! On July 1, donation programs available through TechSoup that limit the number of products available during the fiscal year...
Microsoft OneNote Gives Kids with Dyslexia a New Learning Experience
The Ordyslexie program, in combination with Les Ateliers du Bocage, has helped more than 1,500 French students become more independent and confident in school. More than 2,000 donated and refurbished tablet PCs with Microsoft OneNote have helped Ordyslexie to create a cost-effective way to provide children...
9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success
Over the past year, we've been doing TechSoup Impact stories about nonprofits, churches, and libraries doing great work with TechSoup product donations. Here are the ones we especially liked from the past year! HART for Animals HART for Animals is a one-stop rescue organization for all things...
Harnessing Office 365 to Send Every Child to Preschool
How It All Began: Helping Poor Kids Attend School OvidiuRo's story began in 2001, when Maria Gheorghiu and Leslie Hawke were helping poor women from the ghettos of Bacau, a small city in Romania. Thanks to a USAID grant, the two were able to start helping poor kids attend school and meanwhile...
WORTH Trust Solves Tech Woes to Help More Kids in India
Arjun was born partially blind. With doctors giving no hope that his eyesight would get any better, his parents were constantly worried about his education and ability to support himself. However, like many others with low income, they were unable to afford treatment for their son. India is home to...
Create and Collaborate Securely Using Box and Microsoft Tools
We at Box.org love to enable nonprofits to securely and efficiently manage program documents, development and communications assets, board packets, and any other content. We're excited that Box and Microsoft technologies are starting to work closely together to make nonprofits' work even more...
Upcoming Webinar and #SoupChat June 4: How to Get (and Use) Microsoft Donations!
Interested in TechSoup's Microsoft Software Donation Program ? Whether you are new or experienced with Microsoft donations, this free webinar will teach you about the Microsoft donation program for eligible nonprofits, libraries, churches, and foundations. We'll discuss restrictions and additional...
2015's Top 10 Products at TechSoup
It's time! You've been waiting all fiscal year to find out what the top 10 TechSoup products are for 2015. Are you on #TeamMicrosoft or #TeamSymantec? Get your final bets in now. 10. Microsoft Exchange Server User CAL — Enterprise A CAL — or client access license — is...
Windows Server 2003 Will Hit End of Life in 6 Weeks
Remember when The Matrix series was still playing in movie theaters, the Marlins beat the Yankees in the World Series, and Beyoncé released her first solo single "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay Z)? That year was 2003, which is also when Windows Server 2003 came out. While Bey and Jay...
Discover Microsoft's 5 Software Assurance Benefits
If your nonprofit or public library received donated Microsoft software through TechSoup, you probably used the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to get your software. But did you know there are special perks from Microsoft, too? In case you're not familiar, the VLSC is an online tool for...
Our Microsoft Catalog Has Been Simplified
Wondering why you no longer see the year or version in the names of Microsoft products in the TechSoup catalog? We've simplified these names, and you can now choose the specific year or version on Microsoft's Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) website when you're downloading the software...
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...
Small Library — Big Service to the Community
How the Natalia Library Helps Patrons Improve Their Lives The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library serves the small town of Natalia, Texas. It's open 25 hours a week, with a staff of one. With extremely limited resources, librarian Amy Edge must make difficult decisions every day about what...
Growing Community at the Pumpkin Church
Like any church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pearland, Texas, wants to increase its membership. Its website features ambitious goals of growing the congregation and turning more visitors into members. But St. Andrew's rector Jim Liberatore isn't just interested in counting how many...
How HART for Animals Built a Modern Pet Rescue Center
Tucked away in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland, HART for Animals is a one-stop shop for all things pets. Not only does HART rescue dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized in Garrett County, but it also has a full-service veterinary clinic, the "Bed n Bark Inn" for traveling...
Bringing the Best Tech Tools of Business to Saint Raymond's Catholic Church
This is the story of how two church members helped Saint Raymond Catholic Church make significant IT improvements at almost no cost. It is also the story of how the church's active new business manager is harnessing the tech tools of industry to meet the needs of his church. The story starts...
How Office 365 Helps Caring Partners Support At-Risk Youth
Caring Partners has a powerful goal: to keep children and young adults in their homes, at their schools, and out of trouble. The New Jersey-based organization serves almost 600 youth in Morris and Sussex counties with about 60 employees. An organization that provides life-transforming services to...
How Chestnut Ridge Church Reinvents the Church Experience with Technology
It's probably no accident that Chestnut Ridge Church has become the largest church in West Virginia. It's an evangelical church with astonishing programs that attracts the crowds, including celebrities like former New York Giants quarterback, Jeff Hostetler, and his family. It's all made...
75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015
Your work doesn't stop just because you're out of the office. If you're traveling, attending conferences, or working in the field, you still need to get things done. TechSoup has put together a collection of nearly 80 great productivity apps that are available from our donor partners to...
Upcoming Free Webinar Thursday! Upgrading Your Windows Operating System: Things to Know (That You're Afraid to Ask)
Are you still running Windows XP or Vista at your nonprofit or library, but wish you could get upgraded to a newer operating system? Are you worried about how to do it, what the steps are for upgrading, and whether your old hardware will support it? We're here to help! In this free webinar Upgrading...
Will Windows 8 Work on an Old Computer?
I confess. I have a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible. It is one of the general rules of IT that software upgrades (which often require more robust computers) make equipment go obsolete much faster than hardware failures. We heard that might not be the case with Windows...
TechSoup Tools for Desktop Publishing and Presentations
We know nonprofits need good tools for illustrating their accomplishments and communicating with their donors and constituents. That's why TechSoup offers product donations that can help you with desktop publishing, presentations, sketches, graphs, charts, and more! Also check out our offerings...