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Summer Reading Recommendations from the TechSoup Community
From time to time, we like to ask the TechSoup community, our staff, and other nonprofits what they're currently interested in. This time we asked what books folks recommend for summer reading on nonprofits, technology, or nonprofit technology. As always, we got some great suggestions. Recommendations...
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...
How to Better Choose the World's Most Innovative Nonprofits
Every year Fast Company, a magazine and media enterprise with an "editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design" makes a list of The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies . Fast Company's definitions for "innovative"...
Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products
At this point, you've probably heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud: how it can save you time, help you conserve resources, and boost productivity and collaboration among your staff members. But perhaps you're still not sure where to start. Do you want to switch to Office in the cloud...
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...
Top Tech Tasks for Nonprofit Consultants: We Tell You More
TechSoup knows that organizations often struggle with solving IT problems, and we want to help. We surveyed our members to find out more in 2014. After receiving more than 700 responses, we created some infographics to share the results. We also received feedback from our readers that it would...
Open Source for Nonprofits: Programs to Try (Part 2)
One of the best ways to gauge whether open source would work for your organization is to look at some actual examples. To read about how open-source software might benefit your nonprofit or public library, check out part one of this series. In that spirit, here are some leading open-source solutions...
Open Source for Nonprofits: What to Know (Part 1)
Many nonprofits exert most of their energy in pursuance of their mission. Success and survival require constant courtship of donors, vigilant monitoring of costs, and effective management of projects and stakeholders. So it should come as no surprise that buying an expensive software product isn't...
Ali Forney Center Saves Time and Effort with Norton Security
Transgender teen Ali Forney fled his home at age 13. He bounced from foster home to foster home before ultimately ending up on the streets. Forney continually helped other youth that were facing similar difficult circumstances, and he became a public advocate for improving safety for homeless youth until...
Two Million Products Distributed in 2014
In 2014, we reached a major milestone — we distributed 2 million tech products worldwide to nonprofits, charities, libraries, and NGOs worldwide in just one year! Each product has strengthened an organization somewhere in the world, and helped it work toward its mission and focus on its programs...
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...
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...
Technology, the Backbone of the United Way of Franklin County's Powerful Work
Nancy Bell considers herself to be a "techno nerd." She says she's got one of everything: computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and so on. The executive director of United Way of Franklin County, Virginia likes it when her organization's technology is running smoothly and all the components...
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. ...
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...
5 Things Nonprofits Need to Know About App Development in the Cloud
Technology plays a major role for nonprofits looking to reach larger audiences, garner more support, and ultimately, fulfill their mission, while keeping an eye on their budget. However, nonprofits are notoriously budget-strapped and under-resourced, often lacking the necessary technical skills to...
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...
How the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Supports an Artistic Community with QuickBooks
The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center's mission is to promote and teach the craft of handweaving in a supportive and creative community. The center, located in Hartford, Connecticut, encourages seniors and people with low or no vision to learn how to create beautiful and original handwoven items —...
Saving the Soul of the Social Sector
Ken Berger gets paid to say things the rest of us can't say. After nearly 30 years working in nonprofits and 5 years as the president and CEO of Charity Navigator , Berger has seen plenty of inefficient, dishonest, and outright fraudulent nonprofits. As bad as these corrupt nonprofits are,...
Ending the Overhead Myth — and Moving Toward a Solution
True or false: the amount of money a nonprofit spends on overhead has a direct correlation to a nonprofit's impact. If you answered "false," you are correct! The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator are tackling what they call the Overhead...
Community Tools Based on Community Listening
A big part of our work with Caravan Studios is understanding a particular community's needs. What this means broadly is the tools we develop are informed by someone outside our team. What this means in practice is we listen. A lot. We hold events, we convene, and we leave our office to understand...