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Fantastic Freebies for Your Nonprofit
When you're a nonprofit on a limited budget, freebies can be precious things, but only if they deliver on quality and usefulness. PC World gives their compilation of the best 101 Fantastic Freebies . .......................................................... Discuss This in Our Forums See what freebies...
23 Aug 2007
Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference
Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...
4 Oct 2012
An Affordable Green Computer
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. A new company is touting itself as the "first environmentally...
2 Jun 2008
Open-Source Webinar: Watch the Recording
Preparing for and delivering a webinar isn't something most librarians spend their days doing, so we are especially grateful to our speakers for this gift of sharing what they've learned about open-source software over the last 10 years. Cindy Murdock Ames was originally an art history major, and is...
25 Oct 2010
Data Digest: Building the YouTube of Data, Big Data and Global Development, and Data Resources
Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It was originally published on NetSquared . Some great data resources are featured this week, along with telling...
7 Aug 2013
Christopher M. Kelly on Free and Open-Source Software
I've recently been enjoying Two Bits , Christopher M. Kelly's study of the cultural significance of free and open-source software. There are many books about FOSS' history and future, but where Two Bits really succeeds is in Kelly's perspective as an anthropologist. He places FOSS in a broader cultural...
2 Dec 2009
Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa
Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week the revolutionary data driven philanthropy of the Laura and John...
23 May 2013
Did Open Source Win?
On her oft-fascinating blog Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology , Michelle Murrain has been working on a great series of posts called Open Source vs. Proprietary, in which she looks at various types of software that nonprofits need to do their work and compares the open-source and proprietary options...
6 Apr 2011
See What Software Other Nonprofits Are Using
Aspiration's Social Source Commons , which allows nonprofits to list the software they use at their organization - and see what other NPOs are using - has a new Community Toolbox feature that allows users to group similar tools, notes Heather Carpenter in Aspiration's Technology Blog . Toolboxes include...
6 Jul 2007
Free Webinar This Week on Open Source Software in Libraries
Register now for TechSoup's "Story of an Open Source Library" webinar, this Thursday at 11 a.m. Pacific time. This webinar will cover specific open source tools (some of which you may not have heard of before!) that work well for libraries and the benefits and challenges associated with their use. We...
19 Oct 2010
Report Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone
Our pals over at Idealware have just released a pretty comprehensive report comparing some open source content managment giants — WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone. Here's more from their announcement: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone are all free and open source systems that can help nonprofit...
1 Apr 2009
The Guardian Reports on TechSoup Global/Guardian Charity Data Seminar
Big data, open data, charity reporting, and crowdsourcing were the order of the day at the recent Transforming Your Charity by Bringing Your Data to Life seminar that TechSoup Global hosted in collaboration with The Guardian . Today, The Guardian published an article about the seminar, Getting to...
27 Jun 2012
SOCAP12: Let's Talk Big Data for Good
The last day at the Social Capital Market Conference in San Francisco closed out with a bang. The Big Data for Good session was a standing room only affair, attracting folks from both the nonprofit and social enterprise sector. Speakers included Jim Fruchterman from Benetech , Bernando Hubberman from...
11 Oct 2012
Drupal for the Non-Techie
Maybe you've heard about Drupal, a free and open-source content management system. Drupal can be an advantegous platform in that it is highly scaleable, extendable, stable, and best of all, free. But maybe you didn't know that Drupal can also be used to create your own social media community. On his...
23 Aug 2007
Green Computing Meets the Social Web
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. Billing itself as "a new global online community...
2 Jun 2008
10NTC: Freedom for IP's Brian Rowe on Content Sharing
I caught Brian Rowe 's Sharing Content, Terms of Service, and Copyright Best Practices session today at this year's NTC, which was a great primer for understanding Creative Commons licensing and included information on the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and several other topics. The full...
13 Apr 2010
Web Applications Yet to Reach Critical Mass?
Ars Technica, citing a survey performed by Rubicon Consulting, reports that although Web applications in the realm of email and games have taken off, office productivity Web apps have yet to make significant inroads. According to the results, "Web-based productivity apps, such as word processing...
28 Sep 2007
Register Today for CiviCon 2012
This is a guest blog post from Dave Greenberg, on the CiviCRM Team. TechSoup readers can take advantage of a special discount to attend this year's CiviCon. Read on for details. CiviCon , the annual CiviCRM conference, is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 2 . We've arranged...
19 Mar 2012
Advancing the New Machine: A Recap from the Human Rights and Technology Conference
Last week in Berkeley, California the Human Rights Center, with the support of sponsors like the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Humanity United , held their second Human Rights and Technology conference at the new David Brower Center . TechSoup's NetSquared Initiative partnered...
4 May 2011
Youth Venture: New Inventors and New Ideas
This post originally appeared on the AshokaTECH Blog. Elliot Harmon, regular TechSoup blogger and staff writer, was chosen to " Blog [His] Way to Hyderabad " for the Ashoka and Lemelson event, Tech4Society , taking place in Hyderabad, India this week. He will be live-blogging from the event so watch...
16 Feb 2010
Ubuntu in Action
Since its release in 2004, the open-source, Linux-based operating system Ubuntu has received a lot of positive feedback as a free alternative to Windows and Mac OS X, having garnered a reputation for being fast, stable, and well-supported by the Linux community. Yet while its developers reassure the...
19 Mar 2008
Open Mobile: What Does Android Mean for Nonprofits?
There's been months of buzz about when Google would release the "Gphone", its answer to the iPhone. This week instaed of unveiling a new mobile phone, Google announced the Android platform and the creation of the Open Handset Alliance . The Open Handset Alliance is a group of over 300 companies...
8 Nov 2007
Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz
This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge...
21 Jan 2011
An A-list of free software
Many nonprofits with tiny technology budgets probably perk up when they here the words "free" and "software" used in the same sentence. However, just because software doesn't cost you any money doesn't necessarily mean that it won't cost you additional time or hassles. For instance...
26 Jul 2007
The Myth of Open Source?
Longtime TechSoup friend Michelle Murrain often champions open-source solutions to nonprofit technology problems. Michelle says that she spends a lot of time listening to software vendors debunk the myth that open source software is free. Recently, she noticed that for all of the debunking going on,...
16 Jul 2008