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Top Tech Tasks for Nonprofit Consultants: We Tell You More
TechSoup knows that organizations often struggle with solving IT problems, and we want to help. We surveyed our members to find out more in 2014. After receiving more than 700 responses, we created some infographics to share the results. We also received feedback from our readers that it would...
How Donated Technology Helps At-Risk Youth Gain Job and Life Skills
New Door Ventures is a San Francisco nonprofit that provides paid internships, job skills training, and supportive services to at-risk youth through several different innovative programs. The organization operates two youth-employing social enterprises: a t-shirt printing and embroidery business called...
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...
What’s Next for Tech at Your Nonprofit?
Shopping season is here, which means new gadgets and software tools in stores and on the horizon. November is the perfect time to talk about your nonprofit’s technology needs. What new products would you like to see in the TechSoup donation program? What software solutions is your organization...
NetSquared's November Community Events for Nonprofit Techies
Every month TechSoup's NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to more than 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events, then NetSquared is the place for you! Our chapter leaders...
Ending the Overhead Myth — and Moving Toward a Solution
True or false: the amount of money a nonprofit spends on overhead has a direct correlation to a nonprofit's impact. If you answered "false," you are correct! The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator are tackling what they call the Overhead...
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...
Getting Your Paws Around Office 365
How about a warmer, fluffier article about Office 365? Literally. I bring you: Kitties and 6 Things I Learned About Microsoft Office 365 from Linda Widdop and Sam Chenkin of Tech Impact while attending the Office 365 Roadshow in Oakland, California in September. Yes, that's right. Office 365...
Learn from the Pros at a NetSquared Community Event
Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season! More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year ; the emergence of #GivingTuesday and the growth of online giving makes the fall ever more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared...
Learn the ABCs of Online Security Threats
Online dangers and security hazards are bad enough, but understanding what they all mean is enough to give you a headache. DDoS? XSS? MITM? OMG. It’s enough to confuse anyone. We’ll help you get the gist of what all these security threats mean, and tell you how you can protect yourself and...
How the Alabama Eye Bank Runs Its Entire Organization on FileMaker
The Alabama Eye Bank is a nonprofit that helps those with corneal blindness to see again. Its job is to collect and supply eye tissue to surgeons in Alabama, as well as many other places, quickly. The eye bank's database has to be powerful and easy to use by many people. This blog post explains how...
Upcoming Webinar October 9: Engage Volunteers With Yammer
Have you used Yammer , the internal "enterprise social network," to help connect, collaborate, and share with your staff? In our upcoming free webinar on Thursday, October 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time (12 p.m. Eastern), get familiar with how to use Yammer, a social network from Microsoft, to help...
The Future of Cloud Computing: 5 Startups to Watch from BoxWorks
When I attended the BoxWorks conference in San Francisco in September, one extraordinary session I attended was on emerging cloud technologies. It featured five startup companies that gave a glimpse into where the cloud is taking us. BoxWorks is the annual conference for Box.com, one of the emerging...
Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Data Plan
Data Is the New Coin of the Realm — Learn How to Stretch Your Budget! Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right...
What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy
While some may think corporate philanthropy means writing a check and calling it a day, many corporations seek multilayered, strategic partnerships with nonprofits that fall in line with their core business objectives. In order to make the most of this style of corporate philanthropy, nonprofits need...
Interruptions at Work: Which Are Good and Which Are Bad?
While some interruptions at work are necessary and sometimes desirable, most—in fact—are not. Why is this? Interruptions significantly slow us down. They impair our focus, our flow, and make it all the more difficult to get back to the task or project at hand. We end up losing significant...
Upcoming Webinar on July 10: Mobile Tech for Offices & People
Interested in learning how to pick wireless devices, make your office more mobile, and implement good mobile strategies at your nonprofit or library? Then Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People is the webinar for you! Join experts Matthew Bauer and Brent Muckridge on Thursday, July...
New to TechSoup: NonProfitEasy
TechSoup is proud to announce NonProfitEasy, our newest donor partner. NonProfitEasy's all-in-one, cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) system can help enhance fundraising at your nonprofit or charity. Beyond just a database for constituent information, NonProfitEasy also includes...
Upcoming Webinar May 15: Getting Started with QuickBooks 2014
Brand new to Intuit's QuickBooks 2014 ? Or to QuickBooks, in general? Then our free webinar, Getting Started with QuickBooks 2014 , is for you. QuickBooks Made Easy founder and CEO Gregg Bossen will take 90-minutes this Thursday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific time (2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern...
Peer-to-Peer Funding Portals
Pundits and technology analysts have talked about the disintermediating effects of technology for years. In a nutshell, disintermediation refers to the Internet's tendency to cut out the middle man. Amazon and similar e-commerce websites provide the classic example. When customers can buy products online...
Learn How TechSoup Can Help Your Organization: Webinar May 21
Next Thursday, I, along with a fantastic group of smarty-pants co-workers, will be hosting a webinar called Learn How TechSoup Can Help Your Organization . This one-hour online event will take you on a tour of all the things TechSoup does to help nonprofits and libraries around the country (and world...
4 Ways to Use Pinterest to Encourage Corporate Volunteerism
This post originally appeared on the NetSquared blog, which is an initiative of TechSoup Global's, and was written by Causecast . Causecast helps connect nonprofits (for free) with businesses, volunteers, and corporate donations. Lets face it; it’s hard to look away from Pinterest . The...
Meet Us at Boot Camp and Win a Tech Consultation!
If you're coming to Craigslist Nonprofit Boot Camp on Saturday, be sure to visit TechSoup Global's booth. We'll be handing out fun gifts and spreading the word about how TechSoup Global can help serve your nonprofit's technology needs. Additionally, three lucky visitors will win a free technology consultation...
Serving Faith-Based Organizations with TechSoup Product Donations: August 19
Join us for a free webinar hosted by TechSoup Account Management Specialists to learn how faith-based organizations can take advantage of product donation programs through TechSoup. On August 19 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) Damon Horn and Bruce Ackley will lead an online seminar that will...