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Upcoming Webinar December 12: Sowing Stories from Your Community - Video Pre-Production
Before you push record on any video, there are some key steps you should take to ensure your video will achieve the goals you set out for it. Join us on Thursday, December 12 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) to hear from our friends at Lights.Camera.Help as we walk through some of those steps...
4 Dec 2013
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...
13 Nov 2013
My Tech Hero
Here in the Bay Area, we have the pleasure of being surrounded by some of the greatest tech heroes of all time. Can you think of a few? Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook? Tim Cook from Apple? Or perhaps your tech hero is Ron from your own IT department — the one guy on staff you can't live without...
11 Nov 2013
Upcoming Webinar November 12: The Art of Photography and Storytelling for Social Good
How can nonprofits use photography and social media to advocate for their cause? What motivates people to act? And what are the elements of a great story or photo essay? Beth Kanter, distinguished author and blogger and David Bathgate, award-winning photojournalist and storyteller will tackle these questions...
8 Nov 2013
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...
1 Oct 2013
Four Tips for Nonprofit Crowdfunding
Nonprofit crowdfunding is a big movement in the online fundraising space. If you're looking to use crowdfunding for your nonprofit, here are four proven steps to help make your crowdfunding campaign a huge success. 1. Crowdfunding starts with a compelling story Your story is the foundation of your...
28 Aug 2013
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...
5 Jul 2013
Supporting Cancer Research with Teespring
Brad Egel, a decade-long fundraising resident of Chicago and cancer-awareness advocate, had no personal ties or engagement with cancer victims or survivors. Around 10 years ago, a friend asked if he and his wife would join in a Light The Night walk to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society . After...
3 Jul 2013
Data Digest: From Presidential Campaigns to Social Good
Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared . This week check out how big data tools from the Obama presidential campaign...
5 Jun 2013
And the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Go To...
We all have a story. Here at TechSoup, we're on a mission to empower you to tell yours. We believe that you're only as good as the technology at your disposal. So, we want to help match your intended efforts with the right tools to achieve your goals. That's what the Digital Storytelling...
28 May 2013
Celebrate Community Storytelling
The time to gala, glitz, and glam with industry leaders, talented techies, and a few of your favorite TechSoup staffers is almost here! RSVP now for TechSoup's fourth annual Digital Storytelling Screening and Awards Party on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Pacific time at PARISOMA — and join us in...
14 May 2013
Digital Storytelling Challenge Community Choice Voting Now Open!
Digital storytellers! We have so many wonderful stories rolling in! But what good is a digital story if it's not shared? You spent time and talent on creating your video or picture slide show, now we invite you to show it off! In addition to our expert judges selecting top stories , we are awarding...
7 May 2013
Meet the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Judges!
The 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge is underway! If you haven't heard, during the month of April TechSoup is hosting our 4 th annual Digital Storytelling Challenge designed to inspire, educate, and empower nonprofits, libraries and social good organizations to tell their story through video and...
30 Apr 2013
Storytelling and Social Sharing — A CommBuild Tweet Chat Recap
For a second time in April, the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge partnered with the CommBuild tweet chat . This time the topic was on storytelling and social sharing for communities. The chat featured guest experts Michael Hoffman , CEO of See3 Communications , and Melissa Roberts, engagement...
30 Apr 2013
TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge Global Tweet Chat Recap
On Monday, April 16, TechSoup took its Digital Storytelling global with a full-day tweet chat spanning 10 time zones . Each tweet chat covered a different facet of digital storytelling and featured storytelling experts and nonprofit and library participants. A lot of helpful and insightful digital storytelling...
25 Apr 2013
Storytelling for Community with Data Visualization: CommBuild Tweet Chat Recap
The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge partnered with the first CommBuild tweet chat of April to look at storytelling for communities. More specifically, the CommBuild tweet chat was about using data visualization for community storytelling. Joing the chat to provide data visualization expertise...
24 Apr 2013
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 submitted...
24 Apr 2013
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 we want...
23 Apr 2013
Home Page Design for Nonprofits: Judging a Site by Its Cover
Hello digital storytellers! Our friends Eric Mason and Melanie Duve at Wix are busy helping all kinds of do-gooders create meaningful websites because they believe your home page is the most important page in your digital story. They sat down to write a little bit more about the ways nonprofits are using...
23 Apr 2013
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...
23 Apr 2013
TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making: Animoto
TechSoup's DigiToolbox is back to demo another tool you can pick up to tell your digital story. Have you heard of Animoto? I would recommend Animoto for any user who doesn’t have a lot of time to put into production or into learning specific technologies, but yet needs to churn out a high volume...
22 Apr 2013
Finding the Great Impact Story
A couple years ago I was working at a nonprofit, and I made a call to a small grassroots organizing group in Arkansas. I was building social media contacts with progressive policy organizations and conducting a routine communications capacity audit. The executive director and I got talking and, as she...
22 Apr 2013
5 Tips to Effectively Tell Your Story with Video
So, you invested in a technology only to find you don't necessarily know how to use it. Where do you turn? Our friends at Atomic Training are busy putting together an arsenal of trainings and how-tos to maximize your use of the technology you purchase. Here are some tips on how to effect change in...
18 Apr 2013
CommBuild Tweet Chat April 23: Storytelling and Social Sharing
If a fantastic community story falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Forced metaphor aside, your community is full of stories, and it is these stories that bind your community together. But how can you make sure your community's stories are being shared? Join us...
17 Apr 2013
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...
11 Apr 2013
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