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Upcoming Webinar October 9: Engage Volunteers With Yammer
Have you used Yammer , the internal "enterprise social network," to help connect, collaborate, and share with your staff? In our upcoming free webinar on Thursday, October 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time (12 p.m. Eastern), get familiar with how to use Yammer, a social network from Microsoft, to help...
Upcoming Webinar July 31: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
In this season of technological change, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of a communications plan. In this free webinar, How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website , learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and...
Free Teleconference: How to Social Network Your Way to $50,000
This Thursday, January 10 at 1 p.m. EST, Network for Good will be offering a free teleconference on the subject of using social networking tools for fundraising: Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace, and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time? How can you fundraise...
Is It Worth It? An ROI Calculator for Social Network Campaigns
Care2 has created an online calculator to help nonprofits decide whether they should spend time campaigning in social networks. You can use the tool to estimate the cost and return for recruitment and fundraising efforts on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. The tool is designed primarily...
Drupal for the Non-Techie
Maybe you've heard about Drupal, a free and open-source content management system. Drupal can be an advantegous platform in that it is highly scaleable, extendable, stable, and best of all, free. But maybe you didn't know that Drupal can also be used to create your own social media community. On his...
Those Tweets to Your Peeps can be a Handy Way to Collaborate
So you may use Twitter to send tweets to your peeps, but you can use Twitter for a lot more than letting your friends know what kind of cereal you ate for breakfast. In particular, Twitter offers many possibilities for collaborating with others, be it marketing, or dissemenating information to a larger...
Why You Should Use RSS
By subscribing to RSS feeds, you can have up-to-the-minute information about your cause delivered directly to you from around the Web, free of charge. Yet many people shy away from this easy-to-use technology. If RSS is one of those technologies you know you should try but keep putting off, Jason Zanon...
Online Learning Spotlight: VoIP, Online Marketing, Constituent Databases, and More
Learn more about technology from the comfort of your own desk. The following is a list of upcoming online seminars that may interest the nonprofit community. If you offer online seminars and would like to be included on this list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Avoiding the Placement...
So Many Ways to Enhance Skype
You're probably aware of the handy communications tool, Skype . Maybe you've used Skype for instant messaging or for easy and inexpensive international phone calls. But if you're like me, you probably had no idea the extent of how many tools are available to use with Skype. Mashable has compiled a list...
Giving Challenge Going Strong
Back in December, we blogged about America's Giving Challenge and the Causes Giving Challenge . With just a few weeks to go in the challenge, nonprofits are making the fundraising push using tools such as blogs, email, social networking, and widgets with the chance to win $50,000 for their organization...
Voices from the TechSoup Community: Video Editing Voil├á!
Voices from the Community is a new series of blog posts culling popular topics of interest from the TechSoup Community Forums and other online community channels. Video is big when it comes to online content and presenting information about your organization's work in an engaging and compelling way...
Nonprofits Blaze Virtual Trails in Second Life Mixed Reality Lounge
This post was originally published on The Huffington Post on June 8, 2009. Copyright ┬⌐ 2009 HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. The setting was an amphitheater filled with attendees from around the globe. The scene sounds fairly usual, although the attendees were sitting amongst a Panda ' wearing a shoulder-ferret...
Green Computing Meets the Social Web
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. Billing itself as "a new global online community...
Free Webinar: Integrating Social Media into Your Website
Thursday, February 4, 11 a.m. Pacific time More and more nonprofits are exploring and finding benefits from using new social media tools like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter in their online communications. But while the tools themselves can be relatively straightforward to learn and adopt, many organizations...
Using Social Media to Fundraise: Free Call on Thursday!
This post was authored by Daniel Tewele s, Personal Democracy Forum's Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Read his full bio below. While social media continues to make headlines as a critical agent of change in recent and ongoing revolutions and protests in North Africa and the...
10NTC: Freedom for IP's Brian Rowe on Content Sharing
I caught Brian Rowe 's Sharing Content, Terms of Service, and Copyright Best Practices session today at this year's NTC, which was a great primer for understanding Creative Commons licensing and included information on the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and several other topics. The full...
Web Applications Yet to Reach Critical Mass?
Ars Technica, citing a survey performed by Rubicon Consulting, reports that although Web applications in the realm of email and games have taken off, office productivity Web apps have yet to make significant inroads. According to the results, "Web-based productivity apps, such as word processing...
Marketing Nonprofit Causes with Seth Godin
Better late than never, so the saying goes. This " live discussion " with author and social marketing guru Seth Godin was posted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy a couple of weeks back. The outcome of the conversation between Seth and the varied nonprofit org participants revealed some true...
GIS Mapping: What Discrimination Looks Like
Miller-McCune has a story this month on geographic information system (GIS) mapping and the growing role it's playing in city-planning advocacy ( via ). Profiling a handful of nonprofits using GIS to expose institutional prejudice, the article argues that GIS isn't only about presenting information...
Video Vengence for NTC Fundraising Challenge: Holly as Beyonce
We blogged a while back about the unique and somewhat humiliating fundraising technique employed by NTEN 's Holly Ross in order to raise scholarship funds to bring people out to San Francisco for this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) that just wrapped up today. They reached their goal so...
TechSoup Talks Twitter: Free Events Mon. June 9 and Tues. June 10
Mark your calendars for two free TechSoup Twitter events: TechSoup Talks Twitter: Webinar June 9 and Online Event June 10 . There's a lot of buzz about Web 2.0 tools, but how can you determine how to best use them for your organization? On the surface, tools like Flickr and Twitter may just seem like...
How the San Diego Zoo Is Using Social Media to Bring Museum Exhibits to Life
There are roughly 2 million paid staff and 1.9 million volunteers making things happen in the arts and cultural space. That’s almost 4 million people! They serve over 850 million visitors that generate $166.2 billion dollars in business every year. In order to sustain this type of...
Online Philanthropy: It's Everywhere!
The NetSquared Blog has a great post about how social networking tools are encouraging more people to give online: In The Wall Street Journal's A New Generation Reinvents Philanthropy , Rachel Emma Silverman writes about how younger donors and volunteers are increasingly using the Internet to give money...
Meet SonicLiving at this Month's SF Online Community Report MeetUp
SF Bay-Area folks, if you're a music fan or interested in online community, or both, you won't want to miss this month's SF Online Community MeetUp on Wednesday, February 25 at TechSoup. Our guests this month are Amy Miller and Gabe Benveniste of SonicLiving , a concert tracking tool and social network...
Gift Giving 2.0: Taking the Giving Challenge
Do you have a cause you're passionate about? Are you willing to advocate for your cause to inspire others to give? If so, you're ready to take the Giving Challenge and help your charity receive $50,000. In the giving spirit of the holiday season, The Case Foundation is partnering with Parade magazine...