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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 ...
17 Apr 2012
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...
24 Aug 2012
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...
9 Aug 2011
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...
23 Nov 2011
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...
17 Aug 2012
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 ...
23 Mar 2014
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...
12 Mar 2013
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...
6 Nov 2012
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...
11 Oct 2012
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...
4 Mar 2013
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...
10 Apr 2012
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...
5 Mar 2013
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 ...
9 Apr 2012
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...
13 Feb 2013
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...
23 Jul 2013
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...
7 Jun 2012
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...
7 Feb 2012
Developing a BYOD and Mobile IT Strategy
It's happening in nearly every office – employees are using their own mobile phones and tablet computers for work email and countless other work things. The trend is called "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) or the consumerization of IT. Having all kinds of diverse devices and software...
13 Dec 2011
Cool App Roundup: Office Apps for Smartphones
One of the great things about smartphones is that they are so easy to carry around. They’re especially convenient for email. Too bad it’s so hard to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files on them – or is it? Check out some cool apps that do just that. Mobile Apps for Office...
17 Jan 2012
10 Ways Nonprofits Can Send Mobile Friendlier Email
This guest post was authored by Mike Snusz, a Blackbaud senior Internet marketing consultant. It originally appeared on npENGAGE.com . Does your nonprofit send mobile-friendly email? You’ve likely heard about the importance of being mobile-friendly to engage constituents. Maybe even that: ...
30 Apr 2013
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...
28 May 2014
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...
21 Sep 2011
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...
8 Mar 2013
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....
18 Jul 2013
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...
22 Apr 2013