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Technology for Resilience: The Future of Disaster Relief
Disaster preparedness is something every nonprofit and public library needs to be on top of — whether you deal with disaster relief directly or not. Sometimes the communities you serve are affected by disaster, and there's also the chance that your own organization could face some sort of disaster...
Microsoft HelpBridge: A Disaster Response App
In times of emergency, locating your family and friends is a top priority. Microsoft's HelpBridge is a free app available on all the major mobile platforms that connects you with friends and family during a disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. It also lets you discover and donate to organizations...
Lessons From Haiti: Uses of New Media in Disaster Recovery Efforts
Even if you pay only glancing attention to news about technology and social media, you've probably heard something about their uses during disaster response and relief efforts. When wildfires devastated the area around San Diego in October, 2007, citizen journalists used e-mail, text messages, and...
TechSoup Makes an E-Book
We recently updated our book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery . In this update, we wanted to make sure the information can be read from different devices as an e-book. While we are providing the document as a PDF file also, ebooks are easier to resize fonts and...
General IT Safety Tips for Disaster Recovery
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The following is an excerpt on recovering hardware and IT equipment after a disaster from TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide , currently being updated with additional content and formats. If you have additional...
The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi Using Technology to Help in Haiti
In a time of tragedy, it's comforting to see organizations using technology to deepen their ability to help those in need. The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi , two past NetSquared challenge winners, are working hard to help bring relief to people affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. The Extraordinaries...
The Cell Phone Solution: Easy Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits
Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters , a nonprofit located in Alameda County, California. Created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, CARD trains and supports nonprofits and their special needs clients in disaster...
TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. Japanese culture, following Buddhist tradition, often marks the 49 days after a death as a formal period of mourning. As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting out of the hands of professional first-responder...
TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide
Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the US in 2005, TechSoup has created and maintained content specific to nonprofits, libraries, and charities on disaster planning and recovery. We have recently revised this content in...
Asia/Pacific Partners Meeting: Disaster Recovery, Knowledge Sharing, Cloud Computing, and More
Last month, I got to attend Ashoka's Tech4Society conference in Hyderabad, India, as a guest writer for the AshokaTech blog . TechSoup Co-CEO Daniel Ben-Horin was also attending Tech4Society as an Ashoka senior fellow . By coincidence, Nasscom (our partner NGO in India) was hosting its annual India...
Text Message Donations for Haiti Reach $8.5 Million
Americans have donated $8.5 million to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund through text messaging alone since the earthquake. And even more money has been raised through text messaging for other relief efforts, including Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund . Click the map or visit this website ...
Text Message Donations for Haiti Top $37 Million
Donations via text message for Haiti relief efforts have surpassed $37 million , more than quadruple the amount when we posted about SMS donations originally . There are also lots more organizations accepting donations via text messaging through mGive , who set up the SMS donation platform. Click through...
NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy
Earlier this year, the Network for Nonprofit Technology Solution Providers (NNTSP) organized as part of TechSoup Global, combining their resources to create a national network of local technology capacity-builders serving the nonprofit sector. Several of the NNTSP partners are combining efforts for...
Update from CDI Mobile Telecentre and How You Can Help
Earlier this week , we told you about TechSoup partner CDI Chile 's plan to restore connectivity to Chilean NGOs. The CDI Mobile Telecentre is now on the road, connecting individuals to loved ones and connecting NGOs to resources helping them get back on their feet. Today, the telecentre is in Lota...
Apps for Disaster Planning
TechSoup recently updated its disaster planning and recovery guide, The Resilient Organization , to include the new ways nonprofits, charities, and public libraries are using technology. One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing up a mobile phone or tablet. To supplement this...
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources
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. Donate to Organizations Providing...
CDI's Plan to Restore Communications to Chilean NGOs
Updated March 8: See below for information about how you can support CDI's earthquake relief program. In some ways, the impact of the recent earthquake in Chile wasn't as immediately obvious as that of the earthquake in Haiti . President Michelle Bachelet initially refused foreign aid, but as...
Aidmatrix Offers Free Listing Service to TechSoup Members Active in Oklahoma Relief Efforts
Nonprofits aiding relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma can post their needs and connect directly with donors using Aidmatrix Network , a service offered by TechSoup partner, Aidmatrix . This service is free to all TechSoup registered nonprofits active in the Moore tornado relief efforts. Organizations...
The Power of the Crowd: A New Frontier in Disaster Response
In times of disaster, social media can provide an on-the-ground view of what's happening, who needs help, and where they're located. But this high volume of information can be overwhelming for relief organizations. A new set of micro-tasking apps, called MicroMappers, are trying to solve...
Typhoon Haiyan: How to Help with Recovery Efforts
Relief organizations and first-responders are mobilizing to provide aid to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Organizations are working tirelessly on the ground to provide clean water, first aid, food, and shelter to those impacted. We've compiled a list of organizations to...
NGOs Overcoming the Education Curve to Embrace Cloud!
This post was authored by Nick Eyre , Director, Fundacja TechSoup, our office in Europe and originally appeared on the Microsoft Europe Blog . E-skills are no longer required only for those who work in IT departments, but for everyone participating in a digitized economy. The new economy is a...
New and Updated: Symantec Enterprise-Level Security
Whether it's a virus hidden in an email, an unexpected server crash, or someone hacking into online transactions, threats to your nonprofit's or library's data and computers are always there. Protect your donor, client, and project information across your entire network of "endpoints"...
Texting for $$: The Definitive Guide
In the wake of the huge number of donations given to Haiti earthquake relief via text mesage, MobileActive has published Texting for Charitable Dollars: The Definitive Guide . It describes the process of raising funds via SMS from the donors' and the nonprofits' perspectives, including costs...
Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response
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 the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative...
Microsoft's Windows Azure and Disaster Response
Most people who are familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform know of it as a cloud platform for building, hosting, and scaling web applications. Since it is a cloud-based platform it helps users save on physical resource costs, allows greater flexibility for online work and collaboration...