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  • Forum Reply: Re: Are you a Nonprofit staff member who has received donations from TechSoup?

    At this time of taking holidays and giving thanks, all of us at the Bridges for Women Society in Victoria, BC, Canada, want to send a great big THANK YOU to Tech Soup and all of your partners. Bridges is a gutsy, innovative community agency whose programs inspire women impacted by violence to reclaim...
  • Forum Thread: Technology/resources for funding

    In preparation for our Toolkit Essentials webinar on 4/26, anyone out there have some great funding resources (or tools) that you would like to share? Or ones you would like to learn more about? You can register for the webinar HERE .
  • Forum Thread: Wednesday: Strategies for raising money from local sources

    Today’s topic is about raising funds or resources from local sources. Where in your local community can you go for funding specifically around technology? If funding is going to be difficult, what about acquiring donated hardware, software, or services from local sources? In all our work with CTCs...
  • Forum Thread: Technology donations for a senior home in Nicaragua

    We're a little nonprofit in Santa Cruz, CA. We're working with other nonprofits to help seniors in our sister city of Jinotepe, Nicaragua, but we've run into a bit of a roadblock that you all might be able to help with. Does anyone in these forums have an idea if there are people are working...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Nonprofits affected by Financial Crisis

    Robert has a collection of articles on the TechSoup blog as well. I also just found out about a survey that ForumOne is conducting about online communities and the economic downturn. You can take the survey here and let them know what impact (if any) the economy is having on your online community...
  • Forum Thread: Blackbaud & Convio are now one company (Software mergers & what they mean)

    As you may have heard, two software powerhouses serving the nonprofit community, Blackbaud and Convio, have merged. Blackbaud tweeted on May 7 that they "are now one company" and that you can "hear from Marc Chardon on our plans for integrating the companies: http://bit.ly/K5RBVw "...
  • Forum Thread: Using ActiveNet or Thriva?

    Anyone using one of the Active Network products - Thriva or Active Net - for registration/memberships/donations?
  • Forum Thread: Streamling Donor Thank You emails

    I’m contacting you because I wanted to see if you could help us out with a recent problem. We have launched our website and have had a spike in online donations. However, we are having difficulty integrating our donor software with our online donations. We use Raiser’s Edge 7 to track our...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Digitizing Grants Files- Advice

    Good morning! I have found PC World to be a helpful resource. Here from last month, "How to set up a document scanning system." While I have my own company, I'm working full-time for a wonderful nonprofit start-up called EcoRise Youth Innovations in Austin. While EcoRise has a formal...
  • Forum Thread: Nonprofit e commerce fundraising

    Hi Robert and all; I have been gone a while, and I wanted to check back in on something. We have been working very hard to create e commerce sites as unrelated business income, and I wondered if there is a successful model or attributes that seem successful. I just wanted to see how that is...
  • Forum Thread: Donor management and email marketing software

    Hi guys! I have a client who's a local org that supports developmentally delayed people in a small town of about 8,000 people. They're looking for a new donor management system that includes an online fundraising component and and email marketing component. They're not that tech-savvy...
  • Forum Thread: quickbooks non-profit edition 2009 database

    looking for guidance on the 09 non-profit edition. I purchased giftworks for our database. We are a youth theatre arts organization. Our business manager just purchased the 09 non-profit edition. She says it has a database that we can use instead.... I am wary about this idea. Ideally other people need...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Texting From a Computer

    I second using Google Apps's feature called Google Voice/Hangout to send and receive text messages. Once you start a primary account with Google Apps, you can invite other users from your organization so all accounts can be managed easily from one place. Another bonus is that you will have access...
  • Forum Thread: Getting Started

    Hello all - we are starting a new non-profit charity to help poverty stricken children learn to read and pay tuition for schools (if required--mostly overseas). We are all new to the business, and are looking for practical recommendations on banking, accounting/bookkeeping, donor management, fundraising...
  • Forum Thread: Finding New Donor Management Database - headache!

    I just started at a new non-profit as the Development Director and I am finding it so difficult to use their home-grown Access-based database. The person who developed it is no longer here, so I need to figure out how to track and write reports on my own (I am tech savvy, but no Bill Gates here). Anyway...
  • Forum Thread: Advice on Charity Shopping Malls, etc.

    We have been an Amazon Affiliate for several years, and were just told that, due to a change in CT's sales tax collection, Amazon was terminating all agreements with CT-based Affiliates. I am now looking at a more broad-based charity shopping mall approach, and am wondering about experience that...
  • Forum Thread: NOZA's Craig Harris on Relationships with Donors

    TechSoup Blog points to some interesting perspectives on establishing and fostering long-term, mutually respectful relationships with donors. How do you try to treat your donors? How do you find the ideal balance between asking for money too much and not asking for it enough? How can you incorporate...
  • Forum Thread: Blackbaud vs Tessitura

    Hi, I work for a nonprofit that will soon be opening a 550 seat performing arts center and we need to decide on a comprehensive ticketing, fundraising,constituent management, financial management and direct marketing system. We have narrowed our choices to Blackbaud and Tessitura and have gotten proposals...
  • Forum Thread: Pre-Event Promotions

    We are less than a month away from our annual fundraising dinner/silent auction/raffles event. We use Constant Contact for member and press notifications. My question is if anyone has suggestions on how best to promote the event to make people really take notice. I'm thinking of including photos...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Opinions Needed: ticketing system software

    Disclaimer: I am the founder of FundRaiser Software. Robert listed more possibilities than I realized existed - a tip of my hat to him. I'd like to explain a bit about the FundRaiser - Wintix partnership that he mentioned and about integration in general... Wintix by Center Stage Software is...
  • Forum Thread: Future of Fundraising Live Interactive Event on May 24, 2011

    Technology for nonprofit development and fundraising is quickly changing. Nonprofits once limited to raising money through cookie sales, charity balls, and foundation grants now have access to almost limitless fundraising streams with new technology platforms, micro-funding models, and evolving...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Mailings

    I was getting ready to post a message about email technology, but now I can't do that, but maybe I can help anyway. I think the letter may be seen as "fake" and the brochure may be easy to ignore. My approach would be to make it personal and make it real. First, get as many people...
  • Forum Thread: Fundraising + Project Management + CRM + Virtual Teams - One Platform?

    Hi all, I've been searching around for a while for a program that integrates all of the above. The abundance of programs and information makes it very difficult to choose, so I thought I'd reach out to this community... There are a few things that are very important to us. One is ease of...
  • Forum Thread: How To Run Credit Cards on Google Checkout

    Has any nonprofit that uses Google Checkout as their payment gateway provider figured out a way to run supporter's credit cards without having them fill out their own information? For example, a nonprofit holds a fundraising dinner and supporters fill out all credit card details (credit card number...
  • Forum Thread: Firstgiving: Fundraising as Conversation

    Today on the TechSoup Blog, we took a look at Firstgiving , an intriguing new donations platform. What do you think of Firstgiving? What other fundraising sites are you interested in? What are your secret strategies for Web fundraising? Cheers, Elliot