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TechSoup operates a community of nonprofits using the 3D virtual world of Second Life to help nonprofits, NGOs, charities and other mission-based organizations to achieve their missions. The Nonprofits in Second Life (NPSL) community seeks to lower the barriers of access to Second Life, to create a community of practice for nonprofits to explore and learn about the virtual world, and to investigate the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize and are using this unique virtual environment. Our Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is managed by a community of volunteers, under the leadership of TechSoup and consists of four virtual locations that house social benefit organizations from around the world.
Through this community, we provide free office space to qualifying groups, meet and network, create a cooperative learning environment and foster outreach, education, and fundraising all in a virtual space. Our focus is on providing an accessible entry-point to Second Life and on creating a community of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) for effective collaboration and support. We believe that Second Life is a wonderful place not just to entertain, but also to educate, inspire, and work together to assist our fellow avatars (and the humans behind them).
To find out more about TechSoup Global's work in Second Life, you can visit our community blog and wiki, and attend one of our regular weekly meetings; each Friday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. PST at the Plush Nonprofit Commons Ampitheater in Second Life (please note this schedule is subject to change). Join the TechSoup group in Second Life by searching for "Techsoup" in the Groups section of the Second Life Find menu.
You can discuss using Second Life or any virtual world to benefit nonprofits, NGOs, charities, schools, community programs and other mission-based initiatives on the Digital Engagement branch of the TechSoup Community Forum (a traditional, text-based bulletin board discussion group).
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