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  • 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: Don't Just Post, Post a Story

    Are you shocked to find out that uploading photos is the number one activity on Facebook, or that Pinterest is the number one growing social platform these days? Or even that Instagram currently averages 55 million posts per day? You shouldn't be. Think about the way you interact and engage with...
  • Blog Post: A Menu of Storytelling Options and Services: Webinar on April 18

    Whether you have a big budget or no budget at all for digital storytelling, we want to educate and equip you with the tools you need to go out there and create meaningful and effective stories. Join us for our third and final installment of our digital storytelling webinar series on Thursday, April...
  • Blog Post: Moving from Story to Narrative

    Although storytelling has become quite the buzzword, do you understand how it fits into your narrative? At first glance, you might think they are the same, but they are not, according to John Hagel . He gave a talk at the recent SXSW conference on "Moving from Story to Narrative." What’s...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on February 16: Digital Storytelling - You Have Your Footage, Now What?

    In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The last installment of this three-part webinar series on...
  • Blog Post: Digital Storytelling at the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013

    It's no secret that we are advocates of digital storytelling at TechSoup. This April our 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge offers resources to sharpen your skills and an opportunity to enter your short video or five-image slide show by April 30 to win awesome prizes ! When we launched the annual...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs Tweet Chat Recap: Social Sharing and Amplification of Video

    Unfortunately, the old adage “if you build it, they will come” does not easily apply to digital stories. Getting viewers to watch, and share, your organization’s digital story requires more than just good production. Fortunately, TechSoup’s recent Digital Storytelling Challenge...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs Webinar Recap: You Have the Footage, Now What?

    The final installment of TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge webinar series covered video post-production and editing. Arguably, one of the more challenging aspects of digital storytelling required a slight departure from past webinars. Guest expert Aaron Bramley , co-founder and director...
  • Blog Post: Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6

    A powerful image can instantly communicate your organization's message on your website or blog. A collection of inspiring images can make a great presentation even better. If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider...
  • Blog Post: Before the Pixels: The Importance of Strategy in Web Design

    Kelley Jarrett is Guide Creative's market manager. Guide Creative is Blackbaud 's design agency. This week, Guide Creative presented a whole series on the most important elements of web design and visual strategy. If you missed it, read on about creating and designing a successful, engaging...
  • Blog Post: Building Community with Digital Storytelling: Online Community Meetup Recap

    In September, the San Francisco Online Community Meetup welcomed Cara Jones , founder of Storytellers for Good , and JD Lasica , chief strategist at Socialbrite . Jones and Lasica spoke on the topic of using storytelling for community building. Jones kicked off the event by sharing important storytelling...
  • Blog Post: Finding Your Voice – Upcoming Guide Series on the Importance of Branding Your Nonprofit

    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...
  • Blog Post: Take a Baby Step Toward Education Through Storytelling

    Baby Steps | A Community Competition The Baby Steps Video Competition makes one big statement… that engaging with a child in the first five years of life, regardless of the activity, is the single most important step parents, care providers and educators can take to helping that child succeed...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! Digital Storytelling Awards and Screening Party March 28

    In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help. more than 200 nonprofits, libraries, and NGOs from 25 countries submitted one-minute videos and five-photo slideshows to showcase the impact they are making on their respective communities. We were overwhelmed...
  • Blog Post: Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference

    Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Uses of Technology: Digital Video, Social Media, and More

    Need practical advice on using digital video, social media, or presentation tools at your organization? Want to see how other organizations are using these technologies and what they’ve accomplished? Then head on over to TechSoup for Libraries and check out their blog series on interesting...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 DoGooder Awards Go To...

    One of the biggest highlights at the Nonprofit Technology Conference each year, without surprise, is the awarding of the annual DoGooder Video Awards . See3, YouTube, NTEN, and Cisco came together to award storytellers for their awesome work, celebrate the many organizations and individuals who...
  • Blog Post: Prizes that Power Stories

    TechSoup wants you to succeed at storytelling. Why? Well, we believe that stories are the currency of community and they can bring about great emotional change. That's why we aim to educate and empower you to pick up a camera. We want to help further your mission through storytelling. And...
  • Blog Post: Going Digital: What Every Nonprofit Should Know

    Lasa, a UK-based technology and welfare charity (and content partner of TechSoup's), published a crowdsourced report on how charities and nonprofits can engage with technology to build a stronger connection with their constituents. Digital: What Every Charity Leader Should Know features insight...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Series: Strategic Web Design Is Not Just a Pretty Picture

    Kelley Jarrett is Guide Creative's market manager. Guide Creative is Blackbaud 's new design agency. The August GUIDE series, free educational webinars from Guide Creative focused on the importance of strategy, visual elements, and cues in successful nonprofit websites, is open for registration...
  • Blog Post: Meet the 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Judges

    Submissions for the 2012 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge have closed, but the fun has just begun! While our community is busy from March 6 – 12 picking their favorites for the Audience Choice Awards , our panel of expert judges will be selecting the top digital stories from among hundreds...
  • Blog Post: The Making of "Product Demo - Mobile Beacon" Video

    Digital Storytelling is in the air around TechSoup these days, and thanks to a grant from Symantec we have been able to experiment and create some new videos. We aimed to make this video informative, concise, and personable. While not every nonprofit needs to invest the resources to make scripted videos...
  • Blog Post: Using Technology to Build a More Accountable Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Darko Brkan is mobilizing Eastern Europe. The civic movement he started, Dosta! (“Enough!” in Serbian), and its parent organization, Zašto ne? ("Why not?"), have risen as leaders in grassroots organizing and civic activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). When I...
  • Blog Post: CommBuild Tweet Chat April 9: Storytelling with Data

    Digital storytelling is everywhere these days. And if there's any more widespread topic than digital storytelling, it's data. While both are important to your nonprofit, charity, cause, or library, both together just might be its secret weapon. So how do you turn your data into a powerful...
  • Blog Post: Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere

    TechSoup is keeping busy this July. Here's a roundup of what we've been doing. From the TechSoup Community TechSoup Blog Blackbaud guest bloggers share expert fundraising tips and simple steps for creating an awesome Facebook page. Learn how to become a social organization with...