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  • Blog Post: Free Donor Development Webinar Next Week

    On Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern time, our donor partner Mission Research (which donates it's fundraising and donor-management software GiftWorks to eligible nonprofits and libraries) will host a free webinar for nonprofits on building an effective development committee. Linda...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Preparedness and Relief Survey: Win an Amazon Gift Card!

    Have you ever checked out TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? It's a good place to turn for any organization whose tech infrastructure has suffered a disaster, natural or otherwise. We're overhauling the manual and toolkit, and we need your help! If you have ten minutes to spare, please...
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

    Editor's Note: This is the second of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
  • Blog Post: 1stfans: How Much Is Your Nonprofit's Online Presence Worth?

    In December, the Brooklyn Museum introduced 1stfans , a "socially networked museum membership." For an affordable $20 a year, 1stfans members can access special Brooklyn Museum content by email, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook; and attend members-only events at the museum. I heard about 1stfans...
  • Blog Post: Writing Without Fear of Libel

    Public Citizen has just released a short, easy-to-read report called Writing with Libel in Mind: A Guide for Nonprofits and Bloggers . It's essential that organizations involved with advocacy or controversial issues be familiar with the basics of libel, but a guide like this could actually be useful...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofits and Contactless Payments

    In reading all the year-ahead prediction articles that compete for attention every January, one forecast that leapt out at me was the U.K. Telegraph's prediction that 2011 would see wider adoption of mobile payment solutions based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies (sometimes referred to...
  • Blog Post: NOZA's Craig Harris on Relationships with Donors

    I recently got to interview NOZA CEO Craig Harris . He told me about how nonprofits can get the most out of the NOZA donor database, but we also talked a lot about fundraising strategy in general. Craig kept returning to two key points. First, if individual donors account for 83 percent of the money...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!

    The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
  • Blog Post: Strata Conference Comes to Santa Clara February 28

    If you work with technology and data, you don't want to miss the preeminent conference of data managers coming up next week: O'Reilly Strata Conference, Making Data Work , from February 28 - March 1 in Santa Clara, California. We all know data and how it's managed, shared, and aggregated...
  • Blog Post: Debunking the Overhead Myth

    Wha t Is the "Overhead Myth"? Nonprofits that spend more than a tiny fraction of their budget on administrative staff, fundraising, or technology infrastructure are inefficient, wasteful, or just plain greedy. Good, responsible organizations — the kind that donors and funders should...
  • Blog Post: The Potential of SharePoint for Nonprofits and Public Libraries - Free Webinar March 9

    Nonprofits and libraries are consistently challenged to collaborate with their staffs, boards, and other supporters in efficient and effective ways. Organizational history, content, knowledge, and files may live with different people, in various email inboxes, or on different computers or file servers...
  • Blog Post: Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

    I t's the season for a slew of reports analyzing last year's online giving results. Convio released their 2010 Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study in March, based on results from nearly 500 clients. Its findings included: 14% growth in online giving overall. 69% of the organizations they looked at raised...
  • Blog Post: Managing IT Volunteers: Webinar Next Thursday!

    Do you want to involve volunteers in computer and Internet-related tasks at your nonprofit organization? This free webinar, to celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 19-25), will focus on ways nonprofits and libraries can recruit and screen such volunteers, identify suitable tech-related...
  • Blog Post: Choose a Green Website Provider

    There are dozens if not hundreds of affordable, reliable, high-quality, green web hosts in the market today. Choose one to host your website. Here are some third-party lists of green web hosts:       b2evolution TreeHugger WebHostingReport.com There is even a Twitter account that simply lists green...
  • Blog Post: Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

    TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children. Here...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times

    OneWorld.net is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone Cost: Free for OneWorld...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Social Media Survey

    From our good friends at Idealware : Are you on staff at a nonprofit? Are you using any social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, video sites, blogs) - or even just starting to experiment with it? If so, please take our Social Media survey today: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=l3Z9bXmCorZ_2fQzAYlvrOkw_3d_3d...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar January 26: Robin Blakely's PR THERAPY for Nonprofit Heroes

    Join GiftWorks (one of TechSoup's donor partners) and author, business trainer, coach, and former nonprofit executive Robin Blakely on Wednesday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time for a free webinar on public relations . The author of the business book PR THERAPY and the assignment editor...
  • Blog Post: NPower Community Technology Survey Results

    In April, I blogged about the NPower and Accenture survey of nonprofits and technology and encouraged people to respond. Well, thanks to everyone who participated. More than 1000 nonprofits responded and the results and analysis are in! You can check out the full report (PDF) on NPower's site but here...
  • Blog Post: Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Webinar Recap

    Curious about how and when to back up your organization’s data? Wondering how the cloud fits in with your nonprofit or library’s disaster recovery plan? Sam Chenkin, product manager for npCloud, discussed all of this and more in our recent webinar, Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Community Organizers Handbook: Launching a Resource for NetSquared Local and Beyond!

    This post was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog and was written by Amy Sample Ward. Over the last few years, the NetSquared Local network (a project of TechSoup Global's) has grown from just a few groups in only a couple countries, to 70+ groups in 21+ countries! Those local groups are organized...
  • Blog Post: Does Technology Help You Make an Impact in Your Community?

    This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Tom Murphy , the director of corporate communications for Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship and Community Affairs programs. Enter the Tech for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in Washington State!...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: Nonprofit IT Directors Swap Tips on Educating Employees

    Going into the IT Directors Affinity Group at this year's NTC conference, I expected to be lost during most of what I thought would be a highly technical discussion. The group talk was led by Colin Boyle, IT director at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida . But instead of plunging into...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance: Place Your Donation Requests Before June 30

    Make sure your organization gets all of the hardware or software it needs from TechSoup before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2011. Why the rush? Most of TechSoup's donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per fiscal year - our fiscal year runs from July 1...
  • Blog Post: Special Offer: Bulk Discounts on Quicken Software for Training

    If your nonprofit offers financial literacy or small business-development training, TechSoup Stock is offering a special limited-time opportunity to request bulk quantities of Quicken software at discounted administrative fees, thanks to a donation by Intuit. While supplies last, eligible U.S. nonprofits...