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7 Key Ideas: The Secret to Managing Your Values-Based Brand
"I think it was a great source of information and education for me. Before the event I planned to contact an expert for advice on branding my new organization. But I got all the information I needed here to confidently start the branding process of my new organization. " — Alhassan Ibn...
Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 5
Ready to wrap this up? Great! The only thing left to do to complete our poster is to add the nonprofit organization's logo. This logo file was available in part 1 , but for the sake of convenience, you can download it here , too. Place the Logo Let's add the logo! Click File >...
Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 4
Welcome back! So far we've cleaned up the image and added our header text . Now, we'll add the body text and the white box behind it. But first, let's talk about layers. A Quick Note About Layers Each element in your Photoshop file is on its own layer. Adobe describes layers like this...
A Nonprofit Staffer's Guide to Green Investing
Is it possible to save for retirement AND do the right thing for the planet? Yes! And just in time for Earth Day, I'll tell you how. Why Is It Important to Save for Retirement? Because of shifting demographics in the U.S. ( with many more retired people getting benefits, and less working people...
Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 3
Final product (click for larger version) Let's dive right in. You've no doubt picked up everything you needed in Part 1 and cleaned the image in Part 2 . (If you haven't, go ahead. We'll wait.) We now move on to adding the header. Add Guides Before we add text to the image...
Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 2
Welcome back! This guide will walk you through the first steps of how to create the poster from Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1 . We've included screenshots for each step, too. For some steps, there are also Bonus sections. These are a little extra information in case you're really...
Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1
Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing photos, designing creative assets, and even cutting exes out of old photos. With Photoshop, you can do everything from quickly tuning up photos to controlling every detail of your digital vision in one powerful application. Of course, this kind of description...
Ideas Wanted to Increase Participation in Elections
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched a particularly interesting Knight News Challenge this year. The foundation plans to fund 20 plus projects with new ideas on how to increase participation in U.S. elections. And it's very easy to do an application. It has been five years now since...
Conquering a Cruel Continent for a Cause
What would motivate you to run 150 miles across hottest, driest, windiest, coldest, and sandiest places on Earth? At the end of each day, you'd have run nearly as far as a standard marathon. Despite being completely and utterly exhausted, you'd get up and run another 25 miles (or more) the next...
The Tech Nonprofits Need to Know About from CES 2015
It's that time of year again! I'm not talking about resolutions (though those are great too!). Last week, companies, journalists, and enthusiasts convened in Las Vegas to showcase what's to come in technology. From new connected cars to "smart" baby pacifiers, CES (Consumer Electronics...
Website Design SoupChat: Top Tips and Resources
On December 17, TechSoup hosted a SoupChat for nonprofits and libraries looking for more information on website design and hosting. Participants joined from social media and the TechSoup community, some having arrived fresh from a webinar on websites for libraries held the previous hour, where...
Top Tech Tasks for Nonprofit Consultants [Infographic]
We know that many nonprofits can't afford in-house IT experts, and rely on a combination of consultants and volunteers to keep their technology running smoothly. That's why we surveyed over 700 nonprofit staffers earlier this year to find out how comfortable they are managing their technology...
Give the Gift of TechSoup to Your Favorite Organization
How would you like to write a check to your favorite nonprofit, library, or charitable religious organization for $12,000? I'm sure most of us would love to make this kind of generous gift. But, if you’re not in a position to whip out your checkbook and make that size donation, here's...
What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Data
This post was written by Chris Bernard, the research and editorial director for Idealware , a nonprofit that creates impartial research and written resources to help other nonprofits make smart decisions about software. We talk a lot about data at Idealware, and we're not alone — it's...
News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions
Every now and then, we like to predict what's on the tech horizon. We recently polled our TechSoup employees and NetSquared community on what they see as looming large in 2015. What they said may surprise you. Here's what they think will be worth paying attention to in the coming year. ...
Upcoming Webinar December 11: Nonprofit Tech Predictions for 2015
Curious about what technologies may be coming down the road that can change the way nonprofits do business? How much will tablets take over in 2015? What about the move to mobile devices and "wearables" for your community? Come mingle with three nonprofit tech pros in our free webinar Nonprofit...
Is Building a Great Nonprofit Website As Hard As They Say It Is?
Building a website for your nonprofit can be a daunting process, especially if you're on a budget. But with the right tools, designing your site can be fun, and TechSoup is going to help. Following our Library Websites on a Budget webinar on Wednesday, December 17, we're hosting a SoupChat...
QuickBooks Keeps Kantorei Singing
Kantorei: The Singing Boys of Rockford, IL is a musical education nonprofit serving boys between the ages of 6 to 18. Located in northern Illinois, this nonsectarian organization welcomes participants from all walks of life regardless of background, creed, socioeconomic status, or prior skill. It...
How SMILE Uses Cisco to Empower People with Disabilities
Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment ( SMILE ) is a center for independent living located in Yuma, Arizona. One of five living centers for people with disabilities in the state, the nonprofit provides peer mentoring, social security benefits counseling, home modification for accessibility...
How Donated Technology Helps At-Risk Youth Gain Job and Life Skills
New Door Ventures is a San Francisco nonprofit that provides paid internships, job skills training, and supportive services to at-risk youth through several different innovative programs. The organization operates two youth-employing social enterprises: a t-shirt printing and embroidery business called...
How Our Organization Migrated to Office 365 in a Few Weeks
My 12-person nonprofit, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Minneapolis, began work on a Office 365 implementation in mid-April last year, and by late-May our email migration was complete. This blog provides an overview of how we did it. How We Got Started Once we decided to go with...
Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud
Jason Samuels is the director of innovation and technology at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Minneapolis. NCFR is a professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Its goal is to bring together theory and academic research in the field of family science...
What’s Next for Tech at Your Nonprofit?
Shopping season is here, which means new gadgets and software tools in stores and on the horizon. November is the perfect time to talk about your nonprofit’s technology needs. What new products would you like to see in the TechSoup donation program? What software solutions is your organization...
NetSquared's November Community Events for Nonprofit Techies
Every month TechSoup's NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to more than 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events, then NetSquared is the place for you! Our chapter leaders...
Northeast Denver Housing Center Uses Esri ArcGIS Maps to Demonstrate Housing Needs
Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC) creates sustainable, healthy housing opportunities for underserved households in Denver, Colorado, through outreach, education, and affordable housing development. The organization utilizes mapping technology to advocate for its vision of redeveloped neighborhoods...