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  • Blog Post: TechAtlas Retiring March 29 — Free Trainings for Spiceworks

    This guest post was authored by the staff at OCLC WebJunction, the learning place for libraries. For almost 10 years, public libraries have used TechAtlas for Libraries as a tool to aid in technology planning and hardware and software inventory management. However, it has become clear that TechAtlas...
  • Blog Post: StoryCorps' IT Manager on Nonprofit Tech Planning and Open Source Solutions

    Dean Haddock is a veteran IT manager at StoryCorps , a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that's also a TechSoup member organization. See our recent spotlight on StoryCorps to learn more and stream one of the organization's stories. Dean's been working in IT since he was 16, and secured a systems...
  • Blog Post: Not a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit? We Have Resources for You Too!

    Earlier today, we had a question asked in our community forums about whether donated and discounted products through TechSoup were available to organizations if they weren't a registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The person was looking for Adobe's Photoshop Elements for their work. I know many of our readers...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge: Tools for Telling Your Story

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the second annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge ! Finished video or photo stories created according to the challenge guidelines can be submitted at the challenge website . Don't know about the challenge? Read the details on the TechSoup...
  • Blog Post: Business Planning Synopsis

    We recently hosted a webinar featuring two excellent presenters who explained to our audience the whys and wherefores of business planning in the context of nonprofits and libraries. Tim Berry is the founder and president of Palo Alto Software , a company that specializes in business planning software...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Your Technology Plans with TechSoup Donations

    "Wishing consumes as much energy as planning." - Anonymous Technology planning can be a challenge for many organizations. TechSoup has some great resources to help you on your way such as webinars , blog posts , articles , and a Tech Planning forum. In addition to those, most people may know us best...
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  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Tech Trends from Tech Impact

    Tech Impact is watching some interesting trends emerge in nonprofit technology in 2013. Here's what we see: Big Data This is a "Big" topic. Many foundations and nonprofits are putting effort into learning how to use data to impact society in a positive way. There is some great...
  • Blog Post: Why I Left My Job to Go to Work for the Nonprofit Sector

    Hello everyone. I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the TechSoup blogger community, and I’m excited to get started with my first blog post. Rather than jump in with my "8 Things You Need to Know about Technology" post, I thought I’d do a more complete introduction...
  • Blog Post: What Every ED Needs to Know About IT

    Deborah Finn just reposted a list of ten things every nonprofit executive should know about information technology. This is fantastic information for nonprofit executives struggling with IT basics. I'm glad she reposted it, as I didn't see it the first time around. First and foremost, Deborah reminds...
  • Blog Post: Study: Nonprofits and Outdated Technology

    While this probably won't come as a shock to many nonprofits struggling to afford and implement technology basics, NPower Indiana has released a study of local nonprofits that found that 85 percent were working with outdated computers or operating systems, and that many lacked even basic technology equipment...
  • Blog Post: Do You Need an On-Site Server?

    Earlier this week, TechSoup and Dell hosted a Twitter chat featuring Antonio Julio, Director for Enterprise Product Management for Small and Medium Businesses of Dell to discuss what questions nonprofit organizations and small businesses need to ask and what issues to consider in deciding whether they...
  • Blog Post: Online Nonprofit Technology Conference: September 16-17

    Kevin blogged last week about the upcoming Online Nonprofit Technology Conference that NTEN is hosting on September 16-17. I want to add a bit more to the discussion about it here. First, TechSoup users are eligible to get a 25% discount off the registration price just for being part of TechSoup. Type...
  • Blog Post: Green Technologies I'd Spend End-of-Year Donations On

    If by chance GreenTech happened to get a windfall of end-of-year financial donations, here are some green IT items that we'd be very tempted to get or try out. Some new LED monitors for desktop computers. These energy efficient displays are now on the market at prices that are comparable to conventional...
  • Blog Post: NTC Just Over One Month Away: Register Now!

    Coming up from April 26-28, NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference (or NTC) 2009, is the go-to event every year for nonprofit professionals. From panels, plenaries, and presentations (oh my!) to networking opportunities galore, get yee online to register to attend and join us in San Francisco for the...
  • Blog Post: The Cell Phone Solution: Easy Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits

    Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters , a nonprofit located in Alameda County, California. Created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, CARD trains and supports nonprofits and their special needs clients in disaster...
  • Blog Post: New Year's Technology Resolution #1: This Year, I Will Upgrade My Hardware!

    You may be getting your donated and discounted software from TechSoup, but did you know we have computers, networking equipment, and other hardware in stock? This, the first installment of a four-part "New Year's Technology Solutions" series, brings you information about some of our hardware programs...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar February 20: Donations Through TechSoup

    Perhaps you've joined TechSoup as an individual member, and maybe your organization is already registered, but if you haven't taken the plunge to get qualified or request donations yet, then this is the webinar for you ! This free, hour-long webinar on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying Nonprofit IT Adoption and Innovation

    Editor's Note: This is the first of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
  • Blog Post: Free Downloads Galore: Get 'Em While They're Hot

    In case you didn't already know it, TechSoup guru of security and regular blogger Kevin Lo , has a regular feature on the site called FREE DOWNLOADS . What's that? Exactly what it sounds like. Duh. He highlights tools, software, upgrades, and cool gadgets that you can download for FREE here. Did you...
  • Blog Post: Online Learning Spotlight

    You may not want to spend any more time on your computer than you have to, but the following online seminars will make it worth your while. The following is listing of some upcoming online seminars offered specifically for nonprofits in July. If you offer online seminars and would like to be included...
  • Blog Post: Grants Management Software: Download Idealware's New Comparison

    Grantmakers of all sizes should check out Idealware's recently updated Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems . Available from Idealware's website as a free download, the updated guide compares 20 grants management systems, including popular offerings from Bromelkamp and MicroEdge...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

    Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the US in 2005, TechSoup has created and maintained content specific to nonprofits, libraries, and charities on disaster planning and recovery. We have recently revised this content in...
  • Blog Post: Why Mobile Sites Have Gone from a "Nice-to-Have" to a "Must Have" for Nonprofits

    In January, we shared some statistics on the explosive use of mobile devices and how important responsive design has become for mobile commerce. Now we’d like to share why mobile sites have gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for nonprofits. Think about...
  • Blog Post: 5 Favorite Features, Tips, and Shortcuts for Microsoft's PowerPoint

    Following up on a post from last month that featured my favorite features, tips, and shortcuts for the oft-used Word program, I wanted to do the same with another tool in the Office Suite: PowerPoint . If you're not already familiar with it, PowerPoint is a presentation program which I use pretty...