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Member Spotlight: Fred Weiner of Dragonfly Forest
Dragonfly Forest took second place in the TechSoup Digital Online Storytelling Challenge for their photo story , but they haven't stopped there! They have a new video about their work as well. I connected with Executive Director, Fred Weiner, to find out more about this challenge winner's organization...
22 Dec 2009
Writing Without Fear of Libel
Public Citizen has just released a short, easy-to-read report called Writing with Libel in Mind: A Guide for Nonprofits and Bloggers . It's essential that organizations involved with advocacy or controversial issues be familiar with the basics of libel, but a guide like this could actually be useful...
6 Apr 2009
10NTC: Live Notes from Journalist Andrew Sullivan's Opening Plenary
On the blogging movement: "It started 15 years ago in a rather quiet way. It's evolved rather like movie zombies. They used to be rather clumsy and lumbering and slow and you could duck them. And now they come at you really, really fast." Two main points about blogging: Blogging is a broadcast: "A blog...
9 Apr 2010
Choosing Your Target Audience
Are your outreach efforts failing because you are casting too wide of a net? Green Media Toolshed offers some tips for honing in on your target audience in its Pick Your Target Audience Top Ten . Among the suggestions: Name your "Wish List." If you could convince 130 people to embrace your...
2 Jul 2007
Get Involved with the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
With the tenth anniversary of September 11 just ahead, many nonprofit organizations are looking for ways to continue the spirit of unity and service that began immediately after the events of that morning. In that effort, MyGoodDeed Inc. has teamed with HandsOn Network to develop The 9/11 Day of...
7 Sep 2011
10NTC: Asi Burak and Games for Change
Asi Burak gave this morning's keynote talk entitled How Video Games Will Change the World. A former Israeli intelligence officer, Burak has now dedicated his career to spreading awareness of complicated sociopolitical issues through the medium of video games. He's the co-founder of Impact Games and executive...
10 Apr 2010
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
The Department of Justice OKs Killing Net Neutrality
Imagine you and a friend are driving down the highway in separate cars. Both of you are going the exact same speed and you are headed to the same shopping mall. On the way, you decide you are going to go to Sears and your friend decides that she wants to go to Barnes & Nobel, both located in the...
13 Sep 2007
USAID Development 2.0 Challenge: Extended Deadline to December 5!
This post was written by Amy Sample Ward and originally featured on the Net2 blog . If you have an idea for mobile technologies for good and you haven't submitted to the USAID Development 2.0 Challenge project gallery yet, it's your lucky day! The Challenge submission deadline is extended to December...
19 Nov 2008
A Showcase of Nonprofit Web Sites
Find out what other organizations out there are doing and how they're using the Web through the site Social Change Websites . This fantastic directory showcases over 700 nonprofit, grassroots, and advocacy Web sites around the word. Searchable by category, you can find Web sites by all types of organizations...
2 Aug 2007
Develop Your Social Media Strategy with NTEN
What: NTEN is holding an online workshop on social media using a Choose Your Own Expert format. They've gathered a group of nonprofit social media experts to help you devise a solid organizational strategy and learn the secrets of a variety of social media tools.┬á After an opening plenary by Beth Kanter...
18 Sep 2009
Community Organizers Handbook: Launching a Resource for NetSquared Local and Beyond!
This post was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog and was written by Amy Sample Ward. Over the last few years, the NetSquared Local network (a project of TechSoup Global's) has grown from just a few groups in only a couple countries, to 70+ groups in 21+ countries! Those local groups are organized...
20 Aug 2010
SXSW Interactive Panels
South by Southwest Interactive , the new media sibling of the SXSW film and music festivals, is currently in the process of choosing panels and talks for the 2009 festival. SXSW's Panel Picker lets people vote for the panels they think would justify the trip to Austin. Beth Kanter and Social Actions...
15 Aug 2008
Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way
The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. Thousands of people - with the aid of their computers, mobile phones, and online applications - were able to do important work to save lives and bring resources...
9 Aug 2011
PdF10: Personal Democracy Forum June 3-4
The fine folks at Fenton Communications have made it feasible for me to foray into the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum as a "Fenton Fellow" (go ahead, just count the number of "fs" in that sentence). The annual event tackles the broader scope of how technology is changing politics and...
3 Jun 2010
Restart Romania Social Justice Challenge Spotlights User-Generated Content
To get diverse perspectives from TechSoup Global staff about user-generated content, we asked Marc Manashil, Community Evangelist for NetSquared, to share how challenges like Restart Romania enable users to get engaged at all levels. When asked to write a post on the theme of user-generated content...
14 Nov 2011
Social Media Tips & Secrets from Heather Mansfield
You've heard the maxims of social media before: "Join the conversation," "Engage your audience," "Be authentic!" ' but what does all of that really mean? If you attended last Thursday's free webinar, 10 Social Media Tips & Secrets , you can now answer these questions for yourself. Of the nearly 400...
14 Jul 2010
Community Management a Pivotal Cross-Disciplinary Role Inside Companies
This post was authored by Ishara Kotagama , a participant in last month's Online Community Meetup. She can be followed on Twitter @criptic . Guest speaker Tezza Yujuico, COO of Athena East an on-demand team of online community managers and social media analysts, shed some light at the TechSoup headquarters...
11 Feb 2011
The Phone Test
Here's an idea from our friend Laura at Idealware: what if you measured any communications method by whether it would have more or less impact than spending the same amount of time calling donors on the phone? ΓÇªYou could spend that time simply calling donors and constituents at random, to thank them...
3 Nov 2009
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
Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not
The results of two new surveys paint a bleak picture of the effectiveness of social media for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. The first from Philanthropy Action , has the depressing title, " Social Networking and Mid-Size Nonprofits: What's the Use? " The survey is based on responses from about...
12 Nov 2009
Watch NetSquared Sessions on FORA.tv
You too can get the skinny on all the emerging technologies reshaping social change and nonprofit advocacy. As our pals over at NetSquared (a project of TechSoup) pointed out last week , you can now watch sessions from N2's year three conference on FORA.tv. .............................................
28 Jul 2008
Nonprofit Technology News for April 2013
It's time to catch up on some of the nonprofit technology trends and news once again. This month the news is about ultramobile devices, NPTech innovation in Eastern Europe, Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Winners, online fundraising trends, a new Pinterest analytics tool, the emergence of digital...
23 Apr 2013
What Story Does Your Nonprofit's Website Tell?
This post was originally published January 12, 2010, and is being featured again as a part of our Sharpen Your Website campaign. If you didn't get the chance to watch it live, please take an hour to watch the TechSoup Talks! webinar What Should a Website Cost? with special guest Allen Gunn . Though...
26 Apr 2011
Nonprofit Commons Health Panel Expo: Join us in person, online, or via Second Life, Wed. May 27, 11:15 AM PST
The Health Panel Expo planning is coming together and the event is right around the corner! Here are the details! ┬á PRESS RELEASE ┬á SAN FRANCISCO'May 26, 2009'The Nonprofit Commons, a project of TechSoup Global (TSG), today announced an all-day, innovative online event in Second Life to showcase recent...
29 May 2009