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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...
28 Apr 2008
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...
29 Nov 2007
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...
22 Dec 2009
RSA 2009: Symantec and MessageLabs Talk About the State of Security
At an event where managed security services provider MessageLabs (now part of Symantec ) showcased Internet threats in artform , I had a chance to talk to Brian Hernacki, an Architect at Symantec Research Labs and Mark Sunner, the Chief Security Principal at MessageLabs. In addition to seeing malware...
27 Apr 2009
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...
5 Jan 2009
Getting Your Blog On? Comparing Two Blog Tool Giants
If your organization is looking to join the blogosphere, there are a lot of things to consider — staff investment, leadership buy-in, one blog or multiple, return on investment, and a host of other issues. Once the decision has been made to get your organizational blog rolling (pun intended) the...
4 Jun 2008
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...
27 Aug 2007
10NTC: Live Notes from Journalist Andrew Sullivan's Opening Plenary
On the blogging movement: "It started 15 years ago in a rather quiet way. It's evolved rather like movie zombies. They used to be rather clumsy and lumbering and slow and you could duck them. And now they come at you really, really fast." Two main points about blogging: Blogging is a broadcast: "A blog...
9 Apr 2010
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
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...
21 Jul 2009
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...
20 Apr 2009
When "Friends" Ask for Money
The Wall Street Journal's blog reported last week of a phishing scam on Facebook , where hackers allegedly "[break] into a user's Facebook account and hit up his or her friends for money with the online chat tool, pretending to be stranded or robbed." If this were true, then there would be...
28 Jan 2009
Three Ways Nonprofits Can Rein in Social Data
We're in the era of "big data." We understand that to some, this concept can be overwhelming, but its power is incredible. If you have the right data and you know how to use it, your organization can be unstoppable. There are almost an infinite number of ways that data can be used...
5 Feb 2013
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...
19 Nov 2008
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...
18 Nov 2008
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...
11 Jul 2008
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...
26 Jul 2007
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...
11 Oct 2007
Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times
OneWorld.net is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone Cost: Free for OneWorld...
16 Jan 2009
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...
30 Jan 2009
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
Develop Your Social Media Strategy with NTEN
What: NTEN is holding an online workshop on social media using a Choose Your Own Expert format. They've gathered a group of nonprofit social media experts to help you devise a solid organizational strategy and learn the secrets of a variety of social media tools.┬á After an opening plenary by Beth Kanter...
18 Sep 2009
Flickr Photo Project: Featured Nonprofit
Women's Resource Center Flickr username: wrchickory View photo on Flickr To celebrate Flickr's new donation program at TechSoup, we asked nonprofits and public libraries to share their stories with photos. We're delighted that many people grabbed their cameras and showed us how their work contributed...
26 Aug 2008
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
Online goes Offline: San Francisco Online Community MeetUp Wed. January 23rd
Are you one of those people juggling your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and all of those other online communities you belong to? Do you always have your eye out for the latest 2.0 tool to play around with? Well if so, it's time you met up in person with some of your fellow folks interested in online community...
10 Jan 2008