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Website Design SoupChat: Top Tips and Resources
On December 17, TechSoup hosted a SoupChat for nonprofits and libraries looking for more information on website design and hosting. Participants joined from social media and the TechSoup community, some having arrived fresh from a webinar on websites for libraries held the previous hour, where...
Is Building a Great Nonprofit Website As Hard As They Say It Is?
Building a website for your nonprofit can be a daunting process, especially if you're on a budget. But with the right tools, designing your site can be fun, and TechSoup is going to help. Following our Library Websites on a Budget webinar on Wednesday, December 17, we're hosting a SoupChat...
Do You Need a New Website? Check Out Idealware’s New Free Workbook
Who doesn't need an improved website? If you suspect that your website is falling short, Idealware has created a free workbook to help you figure out if your website is doing what you need it to do. I like this workbook. It has 10 easy-to-follow worksheets that help you evaluate your website and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Seven Deadly Sins of Web Site Design
Writing in InMedia Connection , Seth Rosenblatt has mapped Dante's 7 deadly sins to the world of Web site design. For instance, he compares Gluttony to "cluttered design, too many links, or a layout that looks like it was designed by committee." Lust is "trying really hard to get (visitors...
TechSoup's Free 2-Day Online Event: Making an Impact: Web Stats for Your Nonprofit
Are you mystified by Web stats? Sure, you know they're important, but you're unclear about how to use them or what the stats actually mean? Do you ever wonder if anyone is looking at your site or what you should measure to determine impact? Then don't miss TechSoup's free, online event: Making an Impact...
Create a More Effective Nonprofit Website: Part 2
Kelley Jarrett is market manager for Guide Creative , a design agency that serves nonprofits in creative design from strategy and branding to web and print design, social and mobile strategy to analyzing results for success. Guide Creative is the new design agency for Blackbaud . Follow Kelley on Twitter...
TechSoup Snapshot - Voices from the Community: Web Hostest with the Mostest
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. Are you looking for a web host-ess with the most-est? That is, are you in search of a web hosting provider who will host your organization's...
What Does Your Organization Look Like from the Outside?
Rececca at Wild Apricot has a great post this week on what makes a good nonprofit website. She's assembled some tips from the MojaLink group on LinkedIn. Here are a few of my favorites: Defining the purpose of a nonprofit website is key. Is it to attract donations, or is it to provide information to...
Register Today for CiviCon 2012
This is a guest blog post from Dave Greenberg, on the CiviCRM Team. TechSoup readers can take advantage of a special discount to attend this year's CiviCon. Read on for details. CiviCon , the annual CiviCRM conference, is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 2 . We've arranged...
Tips for Nonprofit Podcasters
Interested in starting a podcast at your nonprofit, or improving the one you have? The Getting Attention Blog has put together Nine Steps to Great Nonprofit Podcasting , which offers advice for planning a podcast, conducting an interview, and editing your work. Tips include: Keep your podcasts short...
Nonprofits Live Recap: Accessible and Assistive Technologies
By now many nonprofit organizations are aware of the importance of having a presence on the web. Many organizations, however, overlook ensuring that their web presence is accessible to individuals who may have visual or auditory impairments. To help organizations learn more about accessibility...
Are Cookies Irrelevant? and Other Tidbits from TechSoup's Online Event: Making an Impact: Web Stats for Your Nonprofit
Yesterday was the second day of our TechSoup's 2-Day event: Making an Impact: Web Stats for Your Nonprofit . Day 2 focused on how to do Web analytics on a shoestring budget and limited resources. Discussion continued on many topics, such as defining web stats and SEO . We had a number of new discussions...
10NTC: Stream Andrew Sullivan's Keynote and Other NTC Sessions Live on the TechSoup Blog
Click here to view a live stream of journalist Andrew Sullivan's opening plenary at NTC 2010, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Pacific (8:30 a.m. Eastern). You can also view the full schedule of live-streamed events. Friday, April 9 Saturday, April 10 5:30 a.m. Pacific, 8:30 a.m. Eastern Opening Plenary: Andrew...
Rule the Web
Mark Frauenfelder, founder of the ultra-popular blog Boingboing , has written a book called Rule the Web, which offers tips for fast and secure browsing, rebuilding your homepage, and finding online news. Learn more about the book and find additional helpful advice at his Rule the Web site, where you...
Rethinking the Fold in Web Design
It's partly just my natural contrarianism, but I love finding indictments of common web-design orthodoxy. For years, I've frequently cited the authoritative resource dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com in discussions with colleagues. So I got a big kick out of Paddy Donnelly's beautifully...
Who Showed Their Impact Best? See the Contest Winners to Find Out
A while back TechSoup Stock partnered with Adobe to hold the Show Your Impact design contest. Nonprofits were tasked with submitting their print, video, web or "other" design creations using Adobe software they'd gotten through TechSoup Stock's discounted and donated products program. Well...
Adobe Special Donation Program: Get It While It Lasts!
If you use a Mac for design work, TechSoup has a Special Donation of Adobe products available to the following types of organizations: Schools and other educational Health services Cultural and historical Community and inner city development Youth and sports Business and farming Civil rights and legal...
Microsoft Show Your Impact Story Contest: Submit Your Microsoft Success Stories Today!
Some of you may be familiar with the ongoing Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Contest from this year and the last. You may have submitted your entries and you may have even been one of the winners. Well, now is your chance to tell us how Microsoft donations have helped your nonprofit or public library...