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Rate Your Donor Database
NTEN is conducting another in its series of vendor satisfaction surveys. This time they want your input on donor management systems . Their pitch: Tell us what you love -- and what frustrates, irks, and just generally annoys you -- and we'll compile the results into a handy report, then give it to everybody...
13 Aug 2008
Creating and Distributing Electronic Annual Reports and Marketing Materials
I've worked in a number of different offices, nearly all of which have a store room where old annual reports and marketing brochures are kept until they're finally tossed out. So much of this print collateral never gets used and it's a shame. The good news is that it's not difficult to create electronic...
18 Nov 2008
Free Digital Storytelling Webinars, Online Event, and Challenge: September 30 thru October 21
TechSoup is about to embark on a grand series of events to help nonprofits learn and demonstrate ways to effectively tell their stories. Some of my favorite causes have captured my loyalty and heart strings through amazing use of video and images. Last year, I blogged about what a hoot the AARP voting...
28 Sep 2009
Digital Video Tools for Your Organization
Nonprofits, as well as businesses everywhere are jumping on the video bandwagon and using video to effectively tell stories. You can engage your current audience and supporters with compelling video that tells your organization's story while attracting donors and activists to your cause. Post a video...
9 Mar 2010
A/B Testing Is O/K
Which is better, "Join us" or "Sign up for updates"? "Gift" or "Donation"? Large photo and short fundraising blurb, or vice versa? We've talked a few times on this blog about the importance of testing how constituents respond to your website, but we've never really talked about how to run a test. If...
13 Aug 2010
Webinar Wrap-Up: Online Collaboration with Office Live Workspace
Thanks to everyone who participated in this morning's webinar about using Miscrosoft's Office Live Workspace (OLW). You can now find the archived recording and slides from the presentation here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=esrhq125z5ve Learn how to use it, get some questions answered...
23 Jun 2009
Nominations Closing Soon for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize
The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the annual Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest . The prize will award $10,000 to an open-source software developer whose work is helping nonprofits succeed. Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2010. The winner will...
21 Jan 2010
Recent Rash of LinkedIn Spam
Have you been getting a lot of email asking you to connect on LinkedIn? Like its more well-known counterpart Facebook, LinkedIn is a social networking site geared towards professional networking and workplace circles. Due to its increasing popularity, there are now more concerted efforts to use LinkedIn...
28 Sep 2010
Worth a Thousand Words: Photos, Photos, Photos!
Over at Katya's Nonprofit Marketing Blog , she's touched on an oft-repeated and even more often ignored topic of how to use pictures to tell your organization's stories. She's highlighted 4 tips that all nonprofits should heed to get the most out of using images online (and to protect themselves from...
18 Aug 2008
Free Webinar: An Introduction to SharePoint 2007 - July 22
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is a comprehensive set of tools that ' when supported and deployed well ' can help nonprofits and libraries simplify collaborative efforts, organize documents and institutional knowledge, and manage electronic content. Microsoft makes SharePoint available for donation...
17 Jul 2009
Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6
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...
11 Apr 2013
Beautify Your Web Site, Inside and Out
DesignM.ag's 40+ Inspirational Nonprofit Web Site Designs have been making the rounds on various nonprofit blogs over the past two weeks. I enjoyed looking at these sites. Visually, they're quite compelling and could certainly provide inspiration if you're looking to revamp your own Web site. But as...
7 Jan 2009
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Arriving at TechSoup in June
To find out when Adobe CS5 products are in stock at TechSoup, sign up for our New Product Alert e-newsletter. Waiting anxiously for Adobe CS5? The new versions of Adobe's popular design tools are set to hit the market soon ' they've been available for pre-order on a number of consumer sites for weeks...
9 Jun 2010
Exercise Your Awesome at the NTC Member Lounge
On Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 attendees at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will have the opportunity to participate in the member lounge hosted by TechSoup Global by either unwinding with snacks and WiFi, or by getting wound-up with exciting activities designed to inspire and connect...
5 Apr 2010
Perspectives on the SugarCRM Annual Conference
Dean Haddock is the Manager of Information Technology for StoryCorps , a nonprofit organization which provides Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Dean recently attended the SugarCRM conference and is sharing his experience...
7 Dec 2010
Microsoft Windows Upgrades Available to Macintosh Users
Are you using a Macintosh computer, but you also need it to run a Windows operating system? If so, you'll be happy to hear that Mac users at eligible nonprofits and public libraries are able to request a Windows operating system donation through TechSoup's Microsoft Windows Upgrade program...
26 Sep 2011
Reducing RSS Stress with Feed Filtering
RSS readers are useful for organizing and managing all of the online news and blog entries you keep tabs on. But when you're monitoring large numbers of feeds, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the influx of news streams. So how do you manage RSS stress? A recent Read/WriteWeb blog entry discusses a Canadian...
20 Aug 2007
Tag, You're IT! An Introduction for Technical Managers
Grant Howe is VP of research & development for Sage North America’s Nonprofit Solutions business, based in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter . Introduction Technical leadership generally gets a bad rap for not having quality "soft skills" in managing people. Most of...
10 Jan 2012
Freestore Foodbank: Standardized Practices and Disaster Planning
If you haven't already, check out TechSoup's new Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit . In addition to our free book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery , you'll also find webinars, articles, and links to other information around the Internet. We think that this...
3 Sep 2009
Basic Tips for Evaluating New Technologies for Your Nonprofit
This post originally appeared on NTEN's blog . This is the second in a fantastic series of guest posts by the authors of Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission . New applications and technologies are being developed at a rapid pace. This brave new world of touchscreens, aggregated data, and pastel...
24 Sep 2009
Connecting With the Past through Technology: Oberlin Heritage Center
This post was authored by TechSoup's Rachel Weidinger and originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Students explore their city’s roots reviewing historic documents. When I think of technology, I typically think of progress, moving forward and the next big thing...
5 May 2011
PC Tools Security Software Available to Distribute to Constituents and Members
Barbara has blogged here before about the new TechSoup Limited offerings available to nonprofits and libraries on a limited basis. It was just brought to my attention that there are four TS Limited products that organizations and libraries are allowed to re-distribute to their constituents, members,...
24 Aug 2009
OneRoof Telecentre Software Launched at the Telecentre.org Spark Conference
At the recent Spark13 conference (also known as the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) in Granada, Spain, TechSoup Global launched OneRoof . OneRoof is software that manages all operations of an Internet café or telecentre or computer lab. On May 29, 2013, TechSoup Global CEO Rebecca...
10 Jun 2013
An Innovative Approach to Social Problems: Caravan Studios
People at TechSoup are not afraid to experiment. Sometimes extraordinary things can happen when we look at problems from a new point of view. Caravan Studios offers one of those different perspectives. Although still in its start-up phase, it has already delivered two apps: SafeNight for crowdfunding...
28 May 2014
How to Burn Downloaded Software to a DVD
In our quest to encourage TechSoup users to download software rather than order the traditional packaged product with factory discs, we want to make sure that you know how to save your software so you can reinstall it if you need to, or put it on multiple computers if licensing permits it. Downloading...
15 Apr 2011