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  • 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: 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: Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

    The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. Thousands of people - with the aid of their computers, mobile phones, and online applications - were able to do important work to save lives and bring resources...
  • 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: Voices from the Community: Security

    Voices from the Community is a series of blog posts highlighting various threads from the TechSoup Community Forums and other TechSoup online community channels. This edition is focused on security-related discussions from the TechSoup Community Forums . The Internet is great because it connects us all...
  • Blog Post: Seven Tips for Nonprofits Going Mobile

    We’ve talked about how important mobile sites are and why responsive design is a great option. To help you get started, we’d like to share some tips on creating a good mobile web site. Ready to take the plunge? Keep these guidelines in mind: 1. Avoid too much copy. Smaller ...
  • 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: 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: Using Data to Change the World: How DoSomething.Org Does It

    With the release of the book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World , I'm looking forward to participating in the conversation about how nonprofits can use measurement, data, and learning to for social change. Big Data is a theme I'm seeing discussed this...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Snapshot of Worldwide Electronics Recycling 2013

    Just thought I'd take a look at the state of electronics recycling around the world to see how we're doing. World Snapshot According to the International Environmental Technology Center of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) the volume of e-waste is increasing by 40 percent...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recap: Exploring the Possibilities of Mobile Giving

    In January, I had the pleasure of facilitating our webinar on mobile donations, Exploring the Possibilities of Mobile Giving . If you missed the live event, you can view the recorded webinar at any time . Highlights of the Webinar During this webinar, I spoke with Scott Heit and Lars Hjoerne from...
  • Blog Post: Stay Productive On the Road, In the Field, and Away from the Office

    Your work can't always come to a stop when you're away from the office or don't have your computer. So it's a good thing many TechSoup donor partners offer mobile versions of the technology you already rely on for your nonprofit, charity, or library. Learn how you can do more on...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofits Live: Gaming Recap

    Gaming was the focus of this edition of Nonprofits Live (NPLive). It's only natural that organizations embracing technology to achieve their missions might explore the potential of gaming for good. Our featured gaming experts were: Michelle Byrd, co-president of Games for Change Benjamin...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Tech Trends from Tech Impact

    Tech Impact is watching some interesting trends emerge in nonprofit technology in 2013. Here's what we see: Big Data This is a "Big" topic. Many foundations and nonprofits are putting effort into learning how to use data to impact society in a positive way. There is some great...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on July 25: Optimizing Your Website for Mobile Devices

    Do your supporters want to be able to access your websites on the go? There's a good chance the answer is yes. The good news is that there's a range of ways to make your site mobile-friendly depending on your needs. This free webinar on Thursday, July 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Help Tell Your Organization's Story with Flickr

    Images are powerful: they can tell your organization's story quickly and persuasively, help show your impact, and help you connect with volunteers and donors. Flickr gives nonprofits and libraries an easy way to store and share these powerful images. And with new interactive features and a new...
  • Blog Post: Text-to-Give Tweet Chat Recap

    Mobile phone ownership is reaching a critical mass worldwide . Moreover, text messages are reported to have an open rate of more than 90 percent. Taking this into consideration, it is not surprising that mobile giving has proven to be a highly effective form of fundraising. TechSoup recently held...
  • Blog Post: Level Up and Change the World: Gamification Apps

    One of the biggest trends in mobile giving right now is gamification: the integration of game dynamics, like points, badges, or levels, into a fundraising or social good campaign. These apps have the power to help nonprofits and charities reach a whole new audience and raise awareness about their...
  • Blog Post: Losing Mobile Users? Easy Mobile-Website Builder Can Help You: New TechSoup Program

    Change Isn't Coming. It's Here. On a four-inch smartphone screen, a potential donor scrolls to the far corner of the youth outreach program's webpage. She pinches to zoom in on teeny tiny text. She carefully positions the edge of her fingertip to tap on an eyelash-sized link to the...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Long Life Out of Laptop and Cell Phone Batteries

    I got to talking last week with Kiera Butler of Mother Jones magazine about the best ways to keep the rechargeable batteries in laptops and mobile phones healthy and long-lived. Like all batteries, rechargeable batteries wear out over time. Dell says that a full life span for a garden-variety...
  • Blog Post: Why Mobile Sites Have Gone from a "Nice-to-Have" to a "Must Have" for Nonprofits

    In January, we shared some statistics on the explosive use of mobile devices and how important responsive design has become for mobile commerce. Now we’d like to share why mobile sites have gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for nonprofits. Think about...