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Make Your Last Fundraising Push of the Year a Valuable One!
With Thanksgiving upon us, we’ve officially entered the “Holiday season.” You know, that cookie-baking, turkey-eating, charitable-giving time of year. It’s coming up faster than a Nor’easter in Maine, and the push is on for nonprofits to boost the bottom line. How? With...
22 Nov 2013
How to Clear Critical Data From Your Cell Phone Before You Get Rid of It
In the U.S., we get new cell phones on average every 18 months . One of biggest risks we face is the critical data stored in our old phones that we get rid of. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to do a hard reset and clear mobile phones of personal information. Used and Re-Used The Electronics...
21 Oct 2013
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 donation...
24 Jul 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 the go...
23 Jul 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. Eastern...
18 Jul 2013
Upcoming Webinar on July 11: Developing Mobile Apps
Want to create a mobile app for your nonprofit or library? Then this is the webinar for you. Join TechSoup on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: A Case Study . From developing the initial idea, to the process of developing and launching...
27 Jun 2013
Spectrum — What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
There has been a lot of buzz in the news lately concerning spectrum . In this post, we offer a definition and some cultural context to help you understand what the debate is about, and how it may affect you and your mission. We’ll start with some basic terminology. Bandwidth Technically speaking...
29 May 2013
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: Mobile...
30 Apr 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
TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making: Vine
It's easy to see why Twitter wanted a foothold in the video messaging game — dynamic storytelling apps like Instagram and Cinemagram have literally redefined the way we post and share life moments in mobile. It was only a matter of time then, that Twitter re-imagined its 140 character limit...
19 Mar 2013
Nonprofit Technology News for March 2013
It's time to catch up on some of the nonprofit technology trends and news out in NGO-land. We're in the season for charities to brush off their video cameras to tell their story and it's looking like the other Facebook (Google+) is starting to become a more useful tool for community organizing...
12 Mar 2013
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? You can...
12 Mar 2013
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 work being...
8 Mar 2013
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 per year...
5 Mar 2013
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 better...
4 Mar 2013
Are Mobile Apps Serving the Underserved?
With over a million apps now available to smartphone users it's easy to believe that there's an app for everyone. Sadly that's not the case. The target for cell phone apps is largely a mainstream one. Apps for Donors, Not Communities Served Apps created specifically to address the needs of...
21 Feb 2013
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 Connect2Give...
13 Feb 2013
TechSoup Global NGO Cloud Survey: What We Found Out and What to Do About It Part Two
We released our report on the 2012 TechSoup Global NGO Cloud Survey in September of 2012 and have now had a few months to ponder the findings and talk to several of you about what you think of them. We thought it would be interesting for us to share our thoughts with you on what we're believe ought...
15 Jan 2013
Upcoming Webinar on January 17: Exploring the Possibilities of Mobile Giving
As mobile phones maintain their prominence in worldwide communications, it is increasingly important for nonprofits and libraries to know how to use mobile services to help fulfill their organization's mission. Join our free, one hour webinar on January 17 at 11 a.m. Pacific time , Exploring the...
11 Jan 2013
Nonprofit Tech Forecasts for 2013: Infographic
I love year-ahead forecasts and have looked a number of them from all over the global IT press. Here’s what the buzz seems to be for 2013 from a nonprofit technology viewpoint. The Forecasts from 2012 I guess a good place to start is looking back at forecasts from January 2012. Andrew Cohen of...
8 Jan 2013
Fundraising Just Got Much Easier with PayAnywhere
Recently, TechSoup added the new PayAnywhere donation program to its lineup, providing another option for mobile payment processing services to eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries throughout the U.S. When a nonprofit selects PayAnywhere for use at a fundraising event, they instantly...
10 Dec 2012
Make Your Fundraising Mobile with Connect2Give
We're all familiar with it, a message saying "Help the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Text this word here to donate $10." New at TechSoup: Your 501(c)(3) nonprofit, library, or foundation can now collect donations by text message — and develop your own mobile site — with discounted...
7 Dec 2012
Cool App Roundup: Fundraising Edition
Mobile has put a whole new spin on fundraising, connecting with donors, and kick-off campaigns. As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore some of the latest mobile fundraising apps. We looked at mobile tools for fundraising as well as apps that incorporate...
16 Nov 2012
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
Apps for Youth, By Youth
As part of the Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore apps targeted toward youth as well as apps developed by youth. Transforming Communities is a Microsoft-funded initiative that builds on what TechSoup and Microsoft already learned through the first App It Up project ....
17 Oct 2012
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