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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...
27 Mar 2014
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 ...
17 Apr 2012
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...
15 Apr 2013
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...
24 Aug 2012
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...
5 Mar 2013
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...
23 Nov 2011
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...
21 Jul 2012
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...
31 Oct 2012
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...
20 Apr 2012
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...
10 Jun 2013
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...
21 May 2013
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...
4 Feb 2014
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...
7 Jan 2013
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...
12 Dec 2012
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...
12 Mar 2013
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...
23 Jul 2013
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...
26 Sep 2011
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...
6 Nov 2012
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 ...
11 Mar 2014
Apps for Managing and Maintaining Social Media
Keeping track of your organization's social media accounts is tricky enough, but things get even more complicated when you have your personal accounts to maintain as well. A social media manager app will help prevent you from committing the absolute biggest social media faux pas: Accidentally...
12 Feb 2013
How to Back Up Your Android Phone or Tablet
It can be a tedious chore, but if you use mobile devices at your organization, it is likely there is valuable data stored on them. And unlike a desktop computer, it is pretty easy to misplace or drop (and subsequently destroy) a smartphone or a tablet. Fortunately, backing up your contacts, photos...
18 Dec 2012
Help Select the Best Windows 8 Apps for Social Good!
We need your expertise as nonprofit staffers and tech-for-good experts to help select the best designed, most useful Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications . We're turning to you because you best understand the needs of the social sector and how technology can chance the world for the...
4 Mar 2013
12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change
"The mobile tools to solve social problems are already out there." Or so said Aaron Pava , a strategist at CivicActions in his 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change . In his session, he shared these tips, strategies, and tools for nonprofits...
10 Apr 2012
App Recommendations from the TechSoup Staff
We thought it might be fun to share with you some TechSoup staff recommendations for apps beyond the usual suspects : Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Pandora, iTunes, and Google Play. This is the first of two installments on app recommendations from our TechSoup staff. There are now...
7 Apr 2014
More than Apps: Mobile Tips from 12NTC
You've probably heard the statistics. More mobile devices are sold worldwide than PCs, and mobile is expected to overtake PCs as the most popular way to access the Internet in the next few years. So what does that mean for your organization? Director of Idealware Laura Quinn shared her ...
9 Apr 2012