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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...
4 Tools to Create Images, Videos, Diagrams, and Flowcharts
Too many words! The information age has brought us information overload (or infobesity). Ninety percent of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, and it is coming into our phones and email. If you've got to get someone's attention, the secret is visual communication...
A New Habitat: Transforming Communities with Remote Work Tools
My interview with Bob Lynn, the technology manager at the Omaha, Nebraska branch of Habitat for Humanity, is a lesson in the advantages of remote work tools. We are both at home, speaking over the phone and recording our conversation on ReadyTalk . I am taking notes on OneNote , where the notes can be...
Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products
At this point, you've probably heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud: how it can save you time, help you conserve resources, and boost productivity and collaboration among your staff members. But perhaps you're still not sure where to start. Do you want to switch to Office in the cloud...
7 Easy Ideas to Give Your Next Presentation Oomph
Hey. Did you know that audiences forget 90 percent of what's presented to them? Well, of course you did! You've sat through your fair share of screamingly dull presentations where you felt proud that you remembered even 1.7 percent of what was presented (well, at least the parts you were awake...
Helping Families and Staying Secure with Office 365
With only a two-person IT department serving more than 200 employees and 600 volunteers, Daniel Yu, IT director for Arizona Baptist Children's Services (ABCS), has his work cut out for him. At ABCS, busy is in the job description. The organization works in a variety of areas, supporting the neediest...
Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth
You've heard of the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern. But you've probably never heard of this green superhero. Each year the International Computer Refurbisher Summit awards a lifetime achievement award in my name (it's a long story on how that came to be). This year the award went...
How Our Organization Migrated to Office 365 in a Few Weeks
My 12-person nonprofit, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Minneapolis, began work on a Office 365 implementation in mid-April last year, and by late-May our email migration was complete. This blog provides an overview of how we did it. How We Got Started Once we decided to go with...
Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud
Jason Samuels is the director of innovation and technology at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Minneapolis. NCFR is a professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Its goal is to bring together theory and academic research in the field of family science...
Mobile for Good: iOS Threats, Creepy Cookies, and Some Good News
Mobile for Good is a bit of a misnomer for this month's column. We've got malware, invasive tracking cookies, and a report on not-so-secure messaging apps — not exactly good things. But there's light at the end of this tunnel: new, free updates to Office mobile apps! WireLurker/Masque...
Religious Organizations Are Now Eligible for Intuit QuickBooks Donations!
Exciting news! Religious organizations with a 501(c)(3) charitable determination can now receive Intuit donations from TechSoup . Religious organizations include churches, synagogues, and other places of worship, as well as organizations with a focus on missionary activities, religious training, evangelism...
Get the Guide: 12 Tips to Stay Safer Online
The Safer Online guide is here! Created especially for nonprofits, the Safer Online for Nonprofits Guide is packed with practical tips that you can start using RIGHT NOW to keep yourself and your organization safe. Written by our very own Kevin Lo , the guide addresses four areas where your organization's...
It's Always a Good Time to Get Safer Online
On Wednesday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time, we're launching Office Hours: Safer Online , the first of our new TechSoup Forums Q&A series with industry experts that take your questions in real time. Follow this first event in the forums and on social media with the hashtag #Do1Thing...