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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 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: Using ActiveNet or Thriva?

    Anyone using one of the Active Network products - Thriva or Active Net - for registration/memberships/donations?
  • 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 Thread: Best/Low Cost Online Event Management Event Brite? Constant Contact?

    We have a major fund raising event coming up and we were planning on using Event Brite but their fees are outrageous it will cost us nearly $10 per person for every person to pay through Event Brite (we plan on having over 500 people). Other suggestions? Constant Contact? Please share your...
  • Forum Thread: Walk-a-thon software recommendations?

    Hello, I am looking to find a web based software to manage a walk-a-thon. I have used Kintera's Thon software but found it expensive and inflexible. We also tried an in house version, but it had some major deficiencies. I am hoping someone in community can recommend an application that can help...
  • Forum Thread: Database comparison - DonorPro vs. Sage FR 50

    We - like many of you out there - are looking for a Donor Management system and have drilled down to DonorPro and Sage FR 50. We have 6000 + records and growing. Are very event oriented so would like an event module that is workable for Galas & golf events with auction function. We are very interested...
  • Forum Thread: Online Fundraising Site

    Hi everyone, for anyone looking for some different way to fundraise for your organization or non profit online there is this site called classifund. Classifund uses classified listings like craigslist for fundraising. A small percentage of revenue from an organization supporters classified listing will...
  • Forum Thread: Exceed! Premier

    Hello, I am development director of a mid-sized nonprofit. After some months exploring donor management software options -- including careful reading of Tech Soup articles and community forums, as well as the Idealware article on low-cost databases -- we are leaning toward Exceed! Premier by Telosa...
  • Forum Thread: Take a tour of GrantStation Wed. August 11, 11 AM Pacific

    TechSoup is offering a free webinar that offers a short tour of the GrantStation website. Join Cynthia M. Adams for a free webinar: Tour GrantStation: Your Fast Track to Fundraising , Wednesday, August 11, 11 a.m. Pacific time. Learn how to use the tools that GrantStation provides to help you identify...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Donor-Management Software Comparison - Updated

    If you're looking at fundraising packages, you should definitely take a look at CiviCRM: http://civicrm.org/ CiviCRM is an open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, open source, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet...
  • Forum Thread: What software would enhance our non-profit?

    We are a Domestic Violence program with a very small office of two and a board of directors with 11 members. We need Microsoft Powerpoint on one of the computers to mostly read powerpoints sent to me. The other two office computers have it. In order for us to order on Techsoup we need to purchase 5 seats...
  • Forum Thread: Mailings

    We are a small nonprofit animal rescue and sanctuary. We have a mailing list and are going to do a mailing. Like all nonprofits we have to be very careful as to how we spend our limited budget. We are not sure what type of printed material to send out. Heartfelt letter vs brochure? ...
  • 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 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: 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: 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...