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The Potential of SharePoint for Nonprofits and Public Libraries - Free Webinar March 9
Nonprofits and libraries are consistently challenged to collaborate with their staffs, boards, and other supporters in efficient and effective ways. Organizational history, content, knowledge, and files may live with different people, in various email inboxes, or on different computers or file servers...
28 Feb 2011
Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats
I t's the season for a slew of reports analyzing last year's online giving results. Convio released their 2010 Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study in March, based on results from nearly 500 clients. Its findings included: 14% growth in online giving overall. 69% of the organizations they looked at raised...
4 May 2010
Managing IT Volunteers: Webinar Next Thursday!
Do you want to involve volunteers in computer and Internet-related tasks at your nonprofit organization? This free webinar, to celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 19-25), will focus on ways nonprofits and libraries can recruit and screen such volunteers, identify suitable tech-related...
15 Apr 2009
Choose a Green Website Provider
There are dozens if not hundreds of affordable, reliable, high-quality, green web hosts in the market today. Choose one to host your website. Here are some third-party lists of green web hosts: ┬á ┬á ┬á b2evolution TreeHugger WebHostingReport.com There is even a Twitter account that simply lists green...
2 Oct 2009
Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map
TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children. Here...
30 Apr 2012
Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times
OneWorld.net is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone Cost: Free for OneWorld...
16 Jan 2009
Nonprofit Social Media Survey
From our good friends at Idealware : Are you on staff at a nonprofit? Are you using any social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, video sites, blogs) - or even just starting to experiment with it? If so, please take our Social Media survey today: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=l3Z9bXmCorZ_2fQzAYlvrOkw_3d_3d...
18 Nov 2009
Free Webinar January 26: Robin Blakely's PR THERAPY for Nonprofit Heroes
Join GiftWorks (one of TechSoup's donor partners) and author, business trainer, coach, and former nonprofit executive Robin Blakely on Wednesday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time for a free webinar on public relations . The author of the business book PR THERAPY and the assignment editor...
11 Jan 2011
NPower Community Technology Survey Results
In April, I blogged about the NPower and Accenture survey of nonprofits and technology and encouraged people to respond. Well, thanks to everyone who participated. More than 1000 nonprofits responded and the results and analysis are in! You can check out the full report (PDF) on NPower's site but here...
21 Jul 2009
Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Webinar Recap
Curious about how and when to back up your organization’s data? Wondering how the cloud fits in with your nonprofit or library’s disaster recovery plan? Sam Chenkin, product manager for npCloud, discussed all of this and more in our recent webinar, Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud...
13 Jun 2012
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
Does Technology Help You Make an Impact in Your Community?
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Tom Murphy , the director of corporate communications for Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship and Community Affairs programs. Enter the Tech for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in Washington State!...
6 Jan 2011
10NTC: Nonprofit IT Directors Swap Tips on Educating Employees
Going into the IT Directors Affinity Group at this year's NTC conference, I expected to be lost during most of what I thought would be a highly technical discussion. The group talk was led by Colin Boyle, IT director at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida . But instead of plunging into...
8 Apr 2010
Last Chance: Place Your Donation Requests Before June 30
Make sure your organization gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2011. Why the rush? Most of TechSoup's donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per fiscal year - our fiscal year runs from July 1...
20 Jun 2011
Special Offer: Bulk Discounts on Quicken Software for Training
If your nonprofit offers financial literacy or small business-development training, TechSoup Stock is offering a special limited-time opportunity to request bulk quantities of Quicken software at discounted administrative fees, thanks to a donation by Intuit. While supplies last, eligible U.S. nonprofits...
5 Nov 2007
Windows MultiPoint Server Now Available on TechSoup
We've got a new Microsoft product available here at TechSoup that might be useful for libraries, organizations with computer labs, or other multi-user computing environments: Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 . It's a new operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer,...
2 Nov 2010
Get the Most Out of Your Data with CRM
In the decade that I have spent as part of the NPower organization, helping nonprofits make the best use of technology to further their missions and thrive, I have seen countless hours of effort and piles of financial resources directed towards solving the problem of “tracking” data...
20 Mar 2012
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 Green Side of Cloud Computing Campaign: Security
The theme for this week of TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative campaign, The Green Side of Cloud Computing , is security in the cloud. This is the topic that covers whether or not it's risky for you to put your data on someone else's website that you don't have any direct control over. This week we're featuring...
7 Dec 2010
NTC, Round 2: September 16-17
Update: TechSoup users can get a 25% discount off of the regular registration fee by using the special discount code "TS25" when you register here . Did you miss your chance to attend NTEN's annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) back in April? Here's your chance to catch up on the many conversations...
31 Aug 2009
Staying in Touch with Staff and Colleagues, Virtually
Have you used instant messaging (IM), Skype, or Wimba video conferencing to collaborate with a others far away? Or maybe even nearby? In our office, I'm usually logged on to Skype and AIM (or Pidgin ) most of my days in order to answer quick questions from co-workers whether I'm working from home, traveling...
5 May 2009
Cloud Computing Worldwide
All this month, join TechSoup.org and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. Check back throughout the month for blog posts, webinars, and dispatches from around the world on cloud computing for nonprofits, NGOs, and public libraries. Sign up for TechSoup's email...
25 Oct 2011
Notes from SOCAP09: Thoughts on Micro-Donations, Crowd-Sourcing, Radical Collaborations, and Mobile Tech
This post is cross-posted on my personal blog and on the NetSquared Blog . On Thursday, I attended the unconference/open space portion of SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets 2009). I found a few tech sessions that were relevant to the purposes of TechSoup, and as is always the case, I collected the business...
8 Sep 2009
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
Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp - June 20
Craigslist Foundation's 2009 Nonprofit Boot Camp is happening on June 20 in Berkeley, CA, and TechSoup Global is a community partner . If you're there, don't forget to stop by our table and say hi. I attended my first Boot Camp in October, and thought it was a great experience. The networking opportunities...
12 May 2009