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  • Blog Post: Moments in Mobile - Featuring Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

    There are easily more than 4.6 billion mobile telephones being used on the planet. Over 1 billion of those are smartphones. “In 2014, mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop Internet usage,” according to recent statistics released by mobiThinking . And already in 2011, “more...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

    On June 1, programmers, activists, and civic leaders participated in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) across 83 U.S. cities. The weekend event was organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy , Code for America , Random Hacks of Kindness , and many other...
  • Blog Post: National Day of Civic Hacking: How to Get Involved

    Get your world-changing ideas together and warm up your programming fingers because the National Day of Civic Hacking is happening across America on June 1 and 2, 2013. The weekend event is organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy , Code for America , Random Hacks of Kindness...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: How to Hashtag

    Before I go to any conference or event, I determine whether there's an official hashtag for it or one that attendees are using. Why? I've found the best way to find out what's resonating with people at an event is to see what they're sharing on social media. Hashtags make it super...
  • Blog Post: App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

    There's a lot that an app can do for you. But getting started can be overwhelming. What apps are already out there? How would apps benefit your nonprofit or library? Does it make sense to build your own app? The resources below will help you get started answering these questions. Apps ...
  • Blog Post: Apps for Going Green

    In honor of Earth Month , we've rounded up our favorite eco-friendly apps. From helping you make informed purchases to saving you money on your electricity bill, these apps make it fun and easy to go green. Conserving Energy Want to cut down on your office's power bill? Green Outlet...
  • Blog Post: Nominate a Nonprofit for a Blackbaud Impact Award

    Nicole McGougan is a Blackbaud public relations associate. The Blackbaud Impact Awards recognize nonprofits who have used Blackbaud’s solutions in new and innovative ways to make a positive impact on their local communities and around the world. Does this sound like you or a nonprofit you...
  • Blog Post: Power Up Microsoft Office with Apps

    If you already have the new Microsoft Office up-and-running on your organization's computers, you're probably aware of all the great new features that save you time and help you create more professional-looking work. But did you know that you can make Microsoft Office even more powerful with...
  • Blog Post: The Good (and Bad) News About Mobile Security

    There's good news and bad news about mobile security. First, the bad news: mobile security is a rapidly growing problem. The good news is that there are some basic steps you can take to protect the mobile devices you use in your nonprofit or library. We've spent a lot of time talking about...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Civic Data Challenge Deadline: Turn Raw Data into Community Tools

    This guest post was authored by Kristi Tate, director of community strategies for the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Believe that communities can take better advantage of key data in their decision-making? Join the Civic Data Challenge and help turn the raw data of civic health into...
  • Blog Post: Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

    Relief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts. Mobile technology, web apps, and...
  • Blog Post: OneNote vs. Springpad vs. Evernote: Which Notetaking App Is Right for You?

    I write down everything. It's the only way I'll remember anything. In the old days, I kept multiple notebooks that sat in a pile on my desk for an eternity. My life changed, however with the invention of web- and mobile-based notetaking apps…and my desk got a bit cleaner. For the...
  • Blog Post: How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad

    An estimated 17.4 million mobile devices were activated on Christmas day according to research firm Flurry Analytics . If you are one of the people who received a phone or tablet for the holidays, now is the time to start coming up with a mobile backup plan. It can be a tedious chore, but if you...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs: Mobile Storytelling Tweet Chat Recap

    Telling your organization’s story in video does not always require investing in expensive equipment. Advances in technology now mean that many nonprofits most likely have access to basic video storytelling tools. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can be really powerful storytelling...
  • Blog Post: Stay Connected with Donated Smartphones from Dell

    Update Good news! Unlock codes are now available for your donated Dell smartphones. Simply plug in the code to get your smartphone working on AT&T, T-Mobile, or many other networks. The phones work on MVNO carriers with a GSM network. That includes AT&T, T-Mobile, and a few others, but not...
  • Blog Post: Cool App Roundup: Office Apps for Smartphones

    One of the great things about smartphones is that they are so easy to carry around. They’re especially convenient for email. Too bad it’s so hard to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files on them – or is it? Check out some cool apps that do just that. Mobile Apps for Office...
  • Blog Post: Open Data and Civic Hacking

    Here on the TechSoup blog you have heard from an accidental hacker at a hackathon , our Senior Director of Global Data Services formerly from the Ford Foundation , and also our data digests from our colleague at GuideStar International on the power of data. A couple of weeks ago we hosted Steve Spiker...
  • Blog Post: A Field Guide to Mobile Payments

    Have you ever had to turn a donor away at an event because you could only accept cash or checks? With mobile payment processing tools , you can accept donations from anywhere, at any time. Not sure what your options are? We've compiled tools and resources on mobile payments from TechSoup and...
  • Blog Post: App It Up Presents: Apps By and For Nonprofits

    We've talked a lot about mobile apps during the App It Up project. But apps come in many other forms. Browser plug-ins, widgets, web apps, and templates: all of these are apps, too. And they all have the potential to help your organization do its work more efficiently and easily. That's why...
  • Blog Post: What Makes an Ideal Submission for the Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest?

    In celebration of the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest in partnership with NetSquared . The Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest challenges anyone to design an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 that can make a positive...
  • Blog Post: Organize Your Finances with Mobile Apps

    Whether you're planning some spring cleaning around your budget or preparing your taxes, there are an assortment of mobile apps to help you stay organized. Financial and Accounting Tools Did you know that TechSoup's most popular accounting technology donation programs have mobile apps...
  • Blog Post: Even More Ways to Tell Your Story with Your Smartphone

    Ask any mobile expert and they'll tell you that camera apps are blazing hot right now. If your organization isn't already using Instagram, Vine, or another video/photosharing tool, now is the time to start experimenting. These apps can give your volunteers, donors, and constituents an intimate...
  • Blog Post: Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

    This edition of the App It Up project "Cool App Roundup" highlights different ways apps can be used in disaster, crisis, and emergency situations. Preparing for Disaster The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a free emergency preparedness app . The FEMA app includes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps for Nonprofits and Libraries

    Windows 8 is here! And besides its revamped look and enhanced features, the Windows Store offers some new apps designed especially for the Windows 8 Start screen (Read about what's new in Windows 8 and how to get Windows 8 for your organization). As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities...
  • Blog Post: The Scoop on Facebook Paper for Nonprofits

    There seems to be a new social media tool or channel every week. Some of them are must-haves, while others might not be worth your time. But when Facebook comes out with a new app, you should probably pay attention to it. Facebook Paper, released in February for the iPhone, is a whole new way to ...