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  • Blog Post: First Ever Capitol Hill Electronics Collection Day

    In the US, there is no national system to ensure the proper collection and disposition of reusable electronic equipment or end-of-life e-waste disposal. It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that on Thursday, May 28 2009 the US Congress is going to clean out its closets and hold a discarded electronics...
  • Blog Post: Using Social Media Efficiently: 52 Tips from Beth Kanter

    Wow. Beth Kanter has impressed the heck out of me again. She's participating in Convio's Now is the Time campaign of New Year's resolutions for nonprofits and technology (along with our very own Robert Weiner who's own resolution post is here .) Beth's New Year's resolution is to use social media efficiently...
  • 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: How to Conduct a Technology Assessment: Tech Planning 4 Your Mission Part 2/3

    Welcome to part two of our technology planning series. Now that you have defined how technology can help you achieve your goals, and you know what a technology plan is and why it’s important, let’s talk about a central part of your plan. How to Conduct a Technology Assessment...
  • 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: Security Features of Windows 7

    TechRepublic, an IT resource of the publisher ZDNet, has a good summary of the security features of Windows 7 which are especially pertinent to system administrators. While some features like BitLocker, a drive and volume encryption mechanism, and DirectAccess, a VPN-like remote access implementation...
  • Blog Post: Recap of TechSoup's Unpower Yourself IT Energy Reduction Campaign

    We just concluded our third TechSoup GreenTech campaign after three weeks of great tips, actions, and content to reduce energy use on your IT. My GreenTech cohort Anna Jaeger and I would like to thank the many of you who entered our Unpower Yourself Contest to report in on the things you've been doing...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Disaster: Tech Planning 4 Your Mission Part 3/3

    Welcome to the final blog in our technology planning series. You now know how to develop a well-thought-out plan and how to conduct a technology assessment . Now let’s look at technology disaster preparedness . Preparing for Disaster We don’t mean the power-surge-ate-my-blog-post...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Power Use - Part 4: Enhance Your Impact

    This is the final post in a four-part series. Part 1 of this series listed the five actions we recommend that you take to reduce the power use of your computer. Part 2 and Part 3 explained in more detail how you could easily complete four cost-saving actions. This post explains the fifth and final action...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar April 10: Getting Technology 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 technology donations yet, then this is the webinar for you! This free, hour-long webinar on Thursday, April 10...
  • 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...