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  • Blog Post: Enter the DonateNow Mashup Challenge to Win $10,000

    How would you mash up the Network for Good donation processing service with other services to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money online? NetSquared, Network for Good, and the Case Foundation invite you to help them enhance Network for Good's online donation process. Submit your ideas in one...
  • Blog Post: Idealware's Resource Roundup

    Idealware has published another great Resource Roundup , a weekly feature that highlights Idealware-tagged resources from around the Web on del.icio.us. Tagged articles include an overview about how nonprofits are using MySpace for fundraising, suggestions for ways nonprofits can use wikis, and a two...
  • Blog Post: Member Spotlight: Fred Weiner of Dragonfly Forest

    Dragonfly Forest took second place in the TechSoup Digital Online Storytelling Challenge for their photo story , but they haven't stopped there! They have a new video about their work as well. I connected with Executive Director, Fred Weiner, to find out more about this challenge winner's organization...
  • Blog Post: Free Google Apps Education Edition for Nonprofits

    Recently, Google announced that Google Apps Premier Edition is available at a 40% discount ($30/user/year) for U.S. nonprofit organizations with over 3,000 users . Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and our own blog has been carrying news for some time about the fact that Google Apps Education Edition...
  • Blog Post: 1stfans: How Much Is Your Nonprofit's Online Presence Worth?

    In December, the Brooklyn Museum introduced 1stfans , a "socially networked museum membership." For an affordable $20 a year, 1stfans members can access special Brooklyn Museum content by email, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook; and attend members-only events at the museum. I heard about 1stfans...
  • Blog Post: Writing Without Fear of Libel

    Public Citizen has just released a short, easy-to-read report called Writing with Libel in Mind: A Guide for Nonprofits and Bloggers . It's essential that organizations involved with advocacy or controversial issues be familiar with the basics of libel, but a guide like this could actually be useful...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tool Roundup

    Here's a roundup of the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools the TechSoup Community is buzzing about: 1. Meebo : Instant messaging from any Internet browser. No client required. 2. Jing : Quick and easy screen captures and screencasting for "on-the-fly" presentations. 3. Revo : Uninstall unwanted...
  • Blog Post: NOZA's Craig Harris on Relationships with Donors

    I recently got to interview NOZA CEO Craig Harris . He told me about how nonprofits can get the most out of the NOZA donor database, but we also talked a lot about fundraising strategy in general. Craig kept returning to two key points. First, if individual donors account for 83 percent of the money...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: More Google Search Tips

    This past fall, TechSoup published a list of tips for turbo-charging your Google search . Today, Lifehacker explores some additional, lesser-known search tips for finding what you want, including how to ... Get the local time anywhere in the world. Enter what time is it [name of city]. Track flight status...
  • Blog Post: Get a Life(stream) this Wednesday, July 22

    Remember that guy who walked around the streets of San Francisco with a webcam attached to his head, filming his life as he went through his day? Justin Kan pioneered the concept of "lifestreaming" and the Justin.tv platform has since opened up to any users wanting to lifestream. Justin will be joining...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: Asi Burak and Games for Change

    Asi Burak gave this morning's keynote talk entitled How Video Games Will Change the World. A former Israeli intelligence officer, Burak has now dedicated his career to spreading awareness of complicated sociopolitical issues through the medium of video games. He's the co-founder of Impact Games and executive...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Youth Voices Seeks Work from Young Filmmakers

    Our partners at Adobe just let us know about Youth Producing Change , a search for films about human rights issues created by filmmakers under the age 19. Adobe Youth Voices is producing this event with Human Rights Watch, and the selected films will be screened around the world as part of HRW's film...
  • Blog Post: Conferencing Virtually with Libraries in Iowa

    Back in January of 2008, a network of rural libraries decided to host an online conference to provide an opportunity for library staff and trustees to attend continuing education sessions in an online format, helping to reduce the strain on staffing and budgets. It was such a success that in January...
  • Blog Post: Spell-Checking with Firefox

    The Firefox Web browser does so many things that you might think everything is contained in its drop-down menus. But there are a lot of tools and features in Firefox that have to be enabled using a command line. Many of them are for developers, but here's one that anyone could use. By editing the config...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Building an Accessibility Culture

    Just recently NetSquared , part of the TechSoup network, has opened a discussion on Internet accessibility as their think tank theme this month. What we want to know is: How do you increase, promote, and advance Internet accessibility on your site? We live in a time where more and more people are...
  • Blog Post: Choose a Green Website Provider

    There are dozens if not hundreds of affordable, reliable, high-quality, green web hosts in the market today. Choose one to host your website. Here are some third-party lists of green web hosts:       b2evolution TreeHugger WebHostingReport.com There is even a Twitter account that simply lists green...
  • Blog Post: USAID Development 2.0 Challenge: Extended Deadline to December 5!

    This post was written by Amy Sample Ward and originally featured on the Net2 blog . If you have an idea for mobile technologies for good and you haven't submitted to the USAID Development 2.0 Challenge project gallery yet, it's your lucky day! The Challenge submission deadline is extended to December...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Web Sites on the Cheap

    Last Friday, TechSoup's Chris Peters and I spent our day at a one-day conference for nonprofits and community organizers from Northern California who desperately needed help figuring out how to get on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. What we found though, was that the crowd was more of a Web 0.8 audience in that...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 & Social Networking Survey

    Citizen Schools and the Public Learning Media Laboratory have launched a survey to gather detail about specific Web 2.0 and social networking technologies that nonprofits are using. This follows a survey the groups published in March, called Web 2.0 & Social Networking Nonprofit Survey (PDF) . That...
  • Blog Post: Get Blogging

    Writing a blog every day or continuously for a given amount of time can seem intimidating if you are new to the medium. But blogging doesn't have to be daunting. From my experience, once you've gotten over that initial hurdle of creating your first post it will start to seem easier. What to write about...
  • Blog Post: How Social Networking Is Helping the Poor in India

    From India, the International Herald Tribune reports how a new site called Babajob.com is taking social networking one step further by using online networks to help connect people in Bangalore to jobs, even if the job-seekers lack access to technology. Using small jobs placement - and incentivised referrals...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Podcasting

    This week I helped produce the second of five webinars (in conjunction with NTEN ) about Storytelling and Social Media. The presenter, Corey Pudhorodsky, is the host and producer of 501c3Cast . He helped attendees identify if podcasting is a good match for their storytelling needs and gave them a clear...
  • Blog Post: A Showcase of Nonprofit Web Sites

    Find out what other organizations out there are doing and how they're using the Web through the site Social Change Websites . This fantastic directory showcases over 700 nonprofit, grassroots, and advocacy Web sites around the word. Searchable by category, you can find Web sites by all types of organizations...