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User-Generated Content: Ask Your Questions on Nonprofits Live!
Nonprofits Live: User-Generated Content Wednesday, November 30, 11 a.m. Pacific time Hashtag: #NPLive RSVP to join the live show Are you considering a photo or video campaign for your organization? If you have ever asked your members to post photos on Facebook or asked for stories from your clients...
7 Nov 2011
Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop
A powerful image can instantly communicate your organization's message on your website or blog. A collection of inspiring images can make a great presentation even better. If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider...
10 Dec 2013
Adobe Youth Voices Seeks Work from Young Filmmakers
Our partners at Adobe just let us know about Youth Producing Change , a search for films about human rights issues created by filmmakers under the age 19. Adobe Youth Voices is producing this event with Human Rights Watch, and the selected films will be screened around the world as part of HRW's film...
8 Dec 2009
Flickr Photo Project: Featured Nonprofit
Women's Resource Center Flickr username: wrchickory View photo on Flickr To celebrate Flickr's new donation program at TechSoup, we asked nonprofits and public libraries to share their stories with photos. We're delighted that many people grabbed their cameras and showed us how their work contributed...
26 Aug 2008
2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Is Here!
While the barrier to video production and distribution tools has lowered greatly in recent years, many organizations miss the opportunity to present their stories, lacking the skills to use the tools effectively. The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help., provides...
23 Jan 2012
One of Many: Vibha Reaches Out to India's Neediest Children
This post is part of a series highlighting TechSoup member organization's achievements. "Americans think it takes a lot of money to make a difference," according to Rajesh Haridas, chief operating officer of Vibha , an almost entirely volunteer-run organization that aims to improve the lives of underprivileged...
16 Feb 2010
Now Available on TechSoup: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to the TechSoup catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation. Most people are familiar with PDF documents, and if you don't use Acrobat, you've...
26 Oct 2012
Upcoming Webinar on February 2: Digital Storytelling - Before You Push Record
In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The first part of this three-part webinar series on Thursday...
30 Jan 2012
Countdown to Civic Data Challenge Deadline: Turn Raw Data into Community Tools
This guest post was authored by Kristi Tate, director of community strategies for the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Believe that communities can take better advantage of key data in their decision-making? Join the Civic Data Challenge and help turn the raw data of civic health into...
21 Jul 2012
Voting Open for Show Your Impact Contest: Who Has Made the Biggest Impact?
Now that submissions have been closed for this year's Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Design Contest , it's time to give your two cents and vote for your favorite submissions ! Which designs do you like best? Who had the most effective marketing? And which organization made the biggest impact with their...
17 Apr 2009
New to TechSoup: Adobe Creative Suite 6
Adobe has released the long-awaited sixth version of Creative Suite, its set of popular design and production tools, and eligible organizations can now request donations of them through TechSoup. Both Creative Suite packages offered through TechSoup, Production Premium and Design & Web Premium...
28 May 2012
5 Microsoft Word Features and Tips
If you, like millions of other office-dwelling folks around the world, use Microsoft Word to do much of your daily word processing work, you have likely found a few shortcuts, tips, features, and tricks to help make your work more efficient over the years. However, as Microsoft launches newer versions...
16 Nov 2010
Youth Organizations Are Now Eligible for Flickr Pro
Nonprofits and libraries with missions focused on youth activities, children, and child care are now eligible for the Flickr Donation Program at TechSoup. Showcase Your Community with Flickr Organizations can upload, organize, and share their images with anyone, anywhere, with Flickr Pro . Sharing...
23 Sep 2011
Announcing the Winners of the 2010 Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Design Contest!
Just a few weeks ago, we put out the call to nonprofits and libraries in the United States and Canada to demonstrate how their innovative use of Adobe software acquired through the TechSoup product donation program helped them change lives, communities, and the world for the better. We received 200+...
14 Jun 2010
Mapping with ESRI ArcGIS Software: Newest Version Now Available!
Maps are everywhere these days. You can check them out in your car's GPS system, online, and on your smartphone. They make it easier for us to get around, see things with a different perspective, and understand places we may have never visited. For organizations, using your data to create maps to show...
26 Aug 2010
Online Video-Sharing Ultimate Roundup
While YouTube has become eponymous with online video-sharing, did you know that there are many other services that offer similar and - depending on your needs - better features? If your organization is seriously considering a push onto video content, check out your many options first before you dive...
18 Oct 2007
TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event: Final Twitter Chat Highlights
Compiled and organized by Kristy Graves, @kg . We hosted our final live Twitter chat for the Digital Storytelling Event yesterday. There's still time to enter your submission before the second annual Digital Storytelling Challenge ends this coming Monday, January 31! Our special guest host...
28 Jan 2011
Upcoming Webinar on February 16: Digital Storytelling - You Have Your Footage, Now What?
In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The last installment of this three-part webinar series on...
7 Feb 2012
Submit Your Story to an NPO-Exclusive Film Festival: June 30 Deadline!
Attention all TechSoup video buffs, the Lights, Camera, Help Nonprofit Film Festival is still accepting entries! Lights. Camera. Help. is an annual film festival that aims to raise awareness for nonprofit work through the medium of film. So spread the word about your organization and submit a feature...
30 Jun 2009
Make Your Videos Better
Kyle Henri Andrei is a research assistant at Idealware and is a recent graduate of communications at Indiana State University. He authored a newly-published article comparing A Few Good Tools for Video Editing , as well as this blog post with tips on making video better. Visit TechSoup's Digital...
13 Feb 2012
Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Tonight!
You may have heard about TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Online Event that's been going on all month. Well, tonight we're rolling out the red carpet for the finale where we'll be announcing the big winners ! We received more than 100 submissions from nonprofits and libraries around the country (and world...
21 Oct 2009
Creative Suite 4 Now Available
Donations of Adobe Creative Suite 4.0 Design Premium are now available at TechSoup Stock. In case you don't need the entire bundle, some individual products are available too. A few months ago, I linked to a blog post by Photoshop developer John Nack. Nack said that CS4 would bring some headline-grabbing...
5 Feb 2009
Online Storytelling: TechSoup Canada Video Tips
Many of you may not know, but TechSoup Canada has its own site and services for nonprofits in Canada. If you've not visited their blog yet, you should, regardless of where you are. They have a terrific recap of a recent Net Tuesday held in Toronto that was focused on online storytelling with video. They...
28 Jul 2009
New Templates for Google Docs
43 Folders reports that Google Docs has just added a selection of over 300 templates, including calendars, letters, labels, and more. For a service that started as an odd curiosity in the back of the Google catalog, the new templates may be a sign that Google Docs is finally ready for public consumption...
18 Jul 2008
Adobe Launches Free Web-Based Version of Photoshop
If your nonprofit needs to occasionally tweak photos, but doesn't require the all of the advanced capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, you may want to look into Adobe's Photoshop Express , a new, free online image editor and photo-sharing Web application available to anyone with a computer and a broadband...
9 Apr 2008