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Seize the Opportunity for Mobile Engagement in 2016
We've reached an important tipping point in how mobile is being used. Blackbaud has reported recently that mobile conversions in 2015 have reached a new record, with 19 percent of donations and 23 percent of event registrations made from a mobile device. In my own work with nonprofits of various...
Digital Inclusion, Energy Conservation, and Accessibility Play Major Roles at Mobile World Congress
Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is held annually in Barcelona, Spain, sets the tone for the mobile industry for the coming year. It also influences other areas of the tech world and other industries — including the social sector. This year's MWC, held March 2 through 5, was especially...
What Digital Currency Could Mean for Nonprofits
The world seems to be changing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Now, with a post-wallet economy gaining popularity, consumers as well as businesses and organizations alike should be paying attention to mobile wallets, digital payment, and even cryptocurrency (a form of digital currency...
Upcoming Webinar January 15: Symantec's Norton Security for Nonprofits and Libraries
Is your organization concerned about securing your devices and data for the new year? Join us this Thursday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for a free webinar to learn about Symantec's Norton which offers new, streamlined Norton Security and Norton Small Business donations...
Can Mobile Phones Solve Homelessness?
Are mobile phones a lifeline for homeless people? Assuredly they are. Homeless people use mobile phones to break their isolation, find food and shelter, and connect with the people they care about. The Mobile4All project also sees mobile phones as a key to open the door to recovery and self-sufficiency...
Mobile for Good: iOS Threats, Creepy Cookies, and Some Good News
Mobile for Good is a bit of a misnomer for this month's column. We've got malware, invasive tracking cookies, and a report on not-so-secure messaging apps — not exactly good things. But there's light at the end of this tunnel: new, free updates to Office mobile apps! WireLurker/Masque...
Green Technology Summit Heads to Europe (and It's Kind Of a Big Deal)
It's been 12 years since our own Jim Lynch teamed up with Willie Cade at PC Refurbishers and Recyclers to start the very first International Computer Refurbishers Summit (ICRS). That's why we're so excited that the very first European version of the event is happening in Dublin, Ireland...
Developers and Nonprofits Come Together to Make Apps for Change
One hour. Eight apps. Infinite inspiration. Last week, Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, and Twilio co-hosted a breakfast for nonprofits and app developers. The event not only served as a networking opportunity for these two groups, but also showcased eight social good apps already in progress...
What Apple's Big Product Launches Mean for Charities
The recent big Apple product launch has been getting lots of press, including some good coverage in Nonprofit Quarterly , Nonprofit Nate's post , and my colleague Ginny Mies' TechSoup piece, The Future of Mobile Video . I wanted to explore what Apple's new technologies, most notably the new...
Do You Need a New Website? Check Out Idealware’s New Free Workbook
Who doesn't need an improved website? If you suspect that your website is falling short, Idealware has created a free workbook to help you figure out if your website is doing what you need it to do. I like this workbook. It has 10 easy-to-follow worksheets that help you evaluate your website and...
Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Data Plan
Data Is the New Coin of the Realm — Learn How to Stretch Your Budget! Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right...
Why Celebrity iCloud Hacking Should Matter to Your Nonprofit
If you pay attention to the news, you may have recently heard about a major Internet hacking of celebrity phones and devices , in which hundreds of photos were leaked to the wider Internet. There was no intentional sharing by the celebrities — they were hacked. This may seem like just another...
TechSoup’s 5 Basic Things to Protect Privacy
Around 15 million people in the U.S. experience identity theft each year with financial losses totaling over $50 billion. It’s not our imagination. The risks of being on the Internet are increasing. There are a few simple things we can and should do to protect our online privacy. Check out TechSoup's...
Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits: What’s Your Best Option?
Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re...
Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile
Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Join us next Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile , where you can learn how libraries can help meet...
Upcoming Webinar on July 10: Mobile Tech for Offices & People
Interested in learning how to pick wireless devices, make your office more mobile, and implement good mobile strategies at your nonprofit or library? Then Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People is the webinar for you! Join experts Matthew Bauer and Brent Muckridge on Thursday, July...
Upcoming Webinar June 19: How to Raise More Money via Mobile
In 2013, mobile donations on PayPal increased by over 200%. Nonprofits can expect that growth to continue to skyrocket in 2014 and beyond. How do you ensure your cause is ready for mobile fundraising? Join the digital giving experts from Network for Good and PayPal this Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Pacific...
Upcoming Webinar June 5: Mobile Impact 201 - Digital Content Strategies for Mobile
Now that your nonprofit has decided to establish a mobile presence, what can you say to engage donors, volunteers, and other constituents? Join us next Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Mobile 201: Digital Content Strategies for Mobile for a free webinar and learn how to...
Upcoming Webinar May 28: Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer
Join us next Wednesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) in this free webinar, Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer , to learn about how you and your organization can increase the numbers of youth who benefit from free meals in your community. You can make a difference, even if you...
Upcoming Webinar May 8: Mobile Impact 101 - Taking Your Cause Mobile
The mobile age isn't coming — it's here. But the real question is, is your nonprofit or public library ready to use the most popular tool in history to change the world? Join us next Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile...
App Recommendations from TechSoup Staff: Part Two
This is part two of TechSoup staff recommendations for mobile apps beyond the usual suspects : Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Pandora, iTunes, and Google Play. Find part one here . With literally hundreds of thousands of apps out there to choose from, most of us here use fewer...
New to TechSoup: CDI Tablets
TechSoup is proud to announce our newest discount partner, CDI. CDI is a supplier of recertified, brand-name computers, primarily to educators. They have partnered with TechSoup to provide new and recertified tablets for public libraries and nonprofit organizations of all types. TechSoup offers...
An Innovative Approach to Social Problems: Caravan Studios
People at TechSoup are not afraid to experiment. Sometimes extraordinary things can happen when we look at problems from a new point of view. Caravan Studios offers one of those different perspectives. Although still in its start-up phase, it has already delivered two apps: SafeNight for crowdfunding...
Text to Give TweetChat on October 5
Did you know that text messages are reported to have an open rate of over 90 percent according to a number of reputable marketing studies? And did you catch the Pew Research Center’s latest findings , announced this week, revealing that a third of text, or short message service (SMS), users...
Is Information and Technology Overload Creating an ADD Era?
Pierre Khawand is a guest blogger with more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. He is the author of the popular less-is-more blog on People-OntheGo. After all, we live in the midst of information and technology overload! And it is not going away anytime soon. From email...