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  • Blog Post: Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 5

    Ready to wrap this up? Great! The only thing left to do to complete our poster is to add the nonprofit organization's logo. This logo file was available in part 1 , but for the sake of convenience, you can download it here , too. Place the Logo Let's add the logo! Click File >...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 4

    Welcome back! So far we've cleaned up the image and added our header text . Now, we'll add the body text and the white box behind it. But first, let's talk about layers. A Quick Note About Layers Each element in your Photoshop file is on its own layer. Adobe describes layers like this...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 3

    Final product (click for larger version) Let's dive right in. You've no doubt picked up everything you needed in Part 1 and cleaned the image in Part 2 . (If you haven't, go ahead. We'll wait.) We now move on to adding the header. Add Guides Before we add text to the image...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 2

    Welcome back! This guide will walk you through the first steps of how to create the poster from Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1 . We've included screenshots for each step, too. For some steps, there are also Bonus sections. These are a little extra information in case you're really...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1

    Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing photos, designing creative assets, and even cutting exes out of old photos. With Photoshop, you can do everything from quickly tuning up photos to controlling every detail of your digital vision in one powerful application. Of course, this kind of description...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...