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  • Forum Thread: Share your email do's and don'ts

    Do you frequently receive vaguley worded emails? Do you find that the emails you send out are often misunderstood or ignored? For tips on improving email communication at your nonprofit, check out TechSoup's article 14 Email Do's and Don'ts , which lists tactics for writing - and reading...
  • Forum Thread: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    Do you use an automated online backup service? What vendor do you use, and what has been your experience? If you don't use an online backup service, what methods (if any) do you use to secure your data? In TechSoup's article The No-Excuses Guide to Automated Online Backup , we show you how...
  • Forum Thread: When to Survey

    Any thoughts about the best time to survey participants in an event? If you do it the day of the event - paper survey - do you get a better/more accurate response than if you send them a follow-up e-mail survey a day or two later?? Thanks.
  • Forum Reply: Re: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Page

    I'm not personally aware of how to do this, but Facebook has a Developers wiki with documentation as well as community forums where you might find a developer who can point you in the right direction. http://forum.developers.facebook.com/ I don't doubt that others have done something similar...
  • Forum Reply: RE: What tools do you use to send out your email newsletter?

    We have been quite pleased by our use of IntelliContact to maintain our bulk email lists A testimonial from their webpage: "I like the ease of use. I create the newsletter in FrontPage and transfer the code, and I am all set to go." One word about HMTL newsletters: YUCK!
  • Forum Reply: RE: What's the best way to send a text email newsletter to 500 people?

    You can send from your computer using software called Group Mail. Keeps things fairly simple. http://www.group-mail.com Campaign Monitor is very well put together online service that allows you to pay as you send, which is great for smaller lists and sending less often. http://www.campaignmonitor...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Page: Does seeing other nonprofits on Facebook create a pa

    if you have an existing facebook group and you'd like to move to a facebook page (which i highly recommend - better features!) you can request that facebook does all the work for you. here's how: From : http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=175 I have a Facebook Group. Can it be converted...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Web Conferencing

    I happen to be in the process of seeing what is available too. It's important to know who your intended community is and what they need from technology. Do you only need message boards or do you need filesharing and calendars? Is your intended community already in contact with each other through...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    If you're interested in giving an online backup service a try, Backup To The Web (whom I work for) offers free trial accounts. You get a 30 day account with a limit of 5GB storage without any risk (ie., we don't ask for your credit card just for the trial) The client software can be easy...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Document Sharing

    There is also Thinkfree online, which I have used extensively to collaborate with two of my partners for our business. The partner who uses a Mac (a PowerPC iBook) complains that the java-based technology is a bit slow for him, but otherwise the application is quite robust, and you have plenty of space...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Free Search Engine/Free State Search Program

    Since we're discussing how to put a free search engine on your site, here's a TechSoup article on the subject that people might want to check out: Adding a Search Engine to Your Site Is Easier than You Think Yann
  • Forum Reply: Re: Recommended Online File Sharing sites?

    You can also try dropsend.com , drop.io , MailBigFile.com or transferbigfiles.com . I usually use dropsend.com or yousendit.com as well. Haven't tried Pando though, have to give it a shot.
  • Forum Reply: Re: Best calendar applications for group planning?

    Google calendar is quite amazing. There are many things in gcal that are not in other Microsoft offerings - gcal has an iphone application and more devices soon no doubt - gcal can be seen by anyone on the internet simply by sending them a link. To add events you simply have to logon to google...
  • Forum Reply: RE: creating an intranet with an IT staff

    Here is a link to Sharepoint on Macs: Sharepoint on Mac Microsoft is getting the message that the world doesn't run on Windows, and so they are making some of their products more usable on different platforms. The hosted Sharepoint solution would be setup by the Sharepoint hosting...
  • Forum Thread: Do Not Track List--?

    TechSoup blog reports that privacy and consumer groups are fighting to try to get a "do not track" registry to protect Internet users. This would allow users to opt-out, much as they can for phone calls (e.g. the national "do not call" registry). I'm hopeful about the news...
  • Forum Thread: Does anyone out there visit Second Life?

    We are starting to plan to build a satellite community within Second Life. We want to hold an online event in the Second Life environment. If any of you are using Second Life, please reply to this thread with your SL user name. Thanks, Susan aka "Glitteractica Cookie" in SL
  • Forum Reply: RE: Where can we find free music for students making educational videos?

    A good place to start would be by searching for Creative Commons -licensed media that you can use for free. Their audio section also has quite a few resources that might help. --Megan
  • Forum Reply: RE: What's the best way to send a text email newsletter to 500 people?

    There is also Mail Man , available for free download on TechSoup.
  • Forum Thread: What's the best tool for a simple online discussion group?

    Our church has begun a book club that will meet once a month. In the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to set up an online forum of some type that would allow members to post comments between meetings. What would be the best format for this? A Google group? Yahoo group? The church has a website...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Money or Community - You decide

    It is an interesting question about what makes an online community come together.Megan's comment about having an established community really got me thinking. So how do you get a 'new' community going? Thinking about common denominators, something I've noticed is having a...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Non-Profit employee recruiting woes...

    We're much smaller (20 ees) but we pretty much never do print advertising, and still get a very good pool of candidates. A couple of ideas: http://tampa.craigslist.org - It's free to post jobs on Craig's List in any city except the SF Bay Area (and maybe NYC now, too.) http://idealist...
  • Forum Thread: Graylisting and other annoying quirks

    My ISP is a local provider. Like others, I have problems with graylisting, etc. when sending e-alerts to our constinuency. Yahoo seems to be the only one I am aware that does graylisting. It is such an issue that I have issues sending e-mails to my 2 of my 13 board members who have yahoo accounts...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do Not Track List--?

    I agree. The other good part of educating users means that it's an action that you can take individually to protect your privacy--rather than waiting on a measure to demand it that may or may not happen/be enforced. --Megan
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    I opened an account with Mozy about two months ago. It was rated highly by PC Mag. You also get the first 2 GB free. The interface is slick. It allows for full or incremental back ups. It gives us another layer to disaster recovery for a very reasonable price. You get 30GB for $4.95 a month. So far so...
  • Forum Reply: RE: E-learning tools

    Hello, I have found this to be an absolutly fantastic e-learning site www.nationalservice.org/learning/ I have taken the assesment module and have also taken a couple of the recommended modules. I really suggest trying it if anything it is almost overwealming in the plethoria of information offered