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User-Generated Content: Ask Your Questions on Nonprofits Live!
Nonprofits Live: User-Generated Content Wednesday, November 30, 11 a.m. Pacific time Hashtag: #NPLive RSVP to join the live show Are you considering a photo or video campaign for your organization? If you have ever asked your members to post photos on Facebook or asked for stories from your clients...
7 Nov 2011
Disaster Preparedness and Relief Survey: Win an Amazon Gift Card!
Have you ever checked out TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? It's a good place to turn for any organization whose tech infrastructure has suffered a disaster, natural or otherwise. We're overhauling the manual and toolkit, and we need your help! If you have ten minutes to spare, please...
29 Jun 2009
A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts
Editor's Note: This is the second 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...
15 Sep 2010
Latest (and Earliest) Review of Windows 7
The Wall Street Journal's influential tech blogger Walt Mossberg just posted his latest and most comprehensive review of Windows 7, two weeks before its official release on October 22 . A lot of his observations are based in comparison to Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS' Snow Leopard (which is...
14 Oct 2009
Nonprofits and Contactless Payments
In reading all the year-ahead prediction articles that compete for attention every January, one forecast that leapt out at me was the U.K. Telegraph's prediction that 2011 would see wider adoption of mobile payment solutions based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies (sometimes referred to...
17 Feb 2011
TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!
The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
28 Apr 2009
NTC Presentations Now Available from NTEN
Did you attend last week's NTC and missed out on some sessions? I know I wish I could have been cloned. Even if you didn't attend any of the sessions some of the speaker presentations are available on the NTEN Web site , including the one that Becky and I did, From Basic to Advanced: Trends, Tools and...
8 May 2009
Strata Conference Comes to Santa Clara February 28
If you work with technology and data, you don't want to miss the preeminent conference of data managers coming up next week: O'Reilly Strata Conference, Making Data Work , from February 28 - March 1 in Santa Clara, California. We all know data and how it's managed, shared, and aggregated...
23 Feb 2012
NGO Connection Day in Silicon Valley
After having attended four NGO Connection days in Southeast Asia in previous weeks, I had the chance to attend the NGO Connection Day hosted last Monday at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. About 150 people attended the first event of its kind...
26 May 2010
The Idealware Research Fund
Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). As you probably know, neither foundation...
19 Dec 2009
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
TechSoup's Product and Partner Pages: A Quick Tour
Updated 4/8/14 "The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." - Moliere Some of my favorite calls that come in to TechSoup's customer service start with something like "I've read the program information and restrictions about the products on your website but since this...
22 Jan 2010
Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data
List five ways your organization can use APIs and open data to show your impact, coordinate volunteers, and inspire supporters to take action. Go! No clue? No problem. Attend the Unconference: Netsquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (# 10NTC ) to learn how...
2 Apr 2010
Save the Date for Windows 7 on October 22
While looking for anything to watch other than Tom Delay shake his bum on Dancing with the Stars the other night, I came across one of the new commercials from Microsoft about their upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever...
14 Oct 2009
Adopt a Computer Program for Public Libraries
On the MaintainIT blog, guest blogger Bess Haile has a delightful story about her library's new approach to budgeting for public computers. Her library's Adopt-a-Computer program is a simple way for friends of the library to show their support for free computer access. Even more important than the program...
18 Dec 2008
Why Don't Some Innovations Meet Their Potential?
This post originally appeared on the AshokaTECH Blog. Elliot Harmon, regular TechSoup blogger and staff writer, was chosen to " Blog [His] Way to Hyderabad " for the Ashoka and Lemelson event, Tech4Society , taking place in Hyderabad, India this week. He will be live-blogging from the event so watch...
11 Feb 2010
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
Stay Safe Online, All the Time: Latest Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security
Just in time for National Cyber Security Awareness Month , Symantec has continued their support of TechSoup and our mission with their updated donations of Norton AntiVirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security 2011 to eligible nonprofits and libraries. Continuing their tradition of simple-to-use yet effective...
29 Oct 2010
Software to Build and Grow Your Nonprofit
As a fellow nonprofit, those of us at TechSoup understand how important it is to run your organization in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. We hear from young nonprofits and libraries all the time, and we know that making wise and affordable technology investments can play a vital part...
23 Nov 2011
Staff Is Key to Technology Success
Our pals over at Idealware have a good and quick-to-read blog post about nonprofits running into trouble getting their technology maintained, updated, or advanced within their organization. The results of their conversations: staff is key. They sum up a problem many of us working for nonprofit organizations...
24 Oct 2008
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
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
Remote Access Proves Critical to New Zealand NGO After Earthquake
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, TechSoup Global's Director of Marketing Communications. Through my work with TechSoup Global, all kinds of amazing stories cross my desk, but a letter we received from the Cystic Fibrosis...
10 Dec 2010
Upcoming Webinar February 27: What Are Managed IT Services and When Should You Use Them?
For nonprofits and libraries with little or no in-house tech staff, it can be difficult to determine when you can "wing it" and use your own skills for a technology project and when to rely on outside help. Some external tech help can take the form of friends or volunteers while other...
24 Feb 2014
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