Techsoup

TechSoup.org is itself a nonprofit making software donations exclusively to other nonprofits from 42 major technology providers, including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit, Adobe and Sun (for an administrative fee which is usually 5% of retail cost). They have enabled nonprofits to save more than $1.8 billion in IT expenses since 2001!

To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3 or a library.

Here are some helpful links:

· How to Join, Register, Quality and Use TechSoup

· Archive of Recorded Webinars – Outreach and Marketing, Technology Planning, Using the Internet, Advocacy, Constituent Management, Fundraising, Digital Divide, GreenTech, Organizational Management.

· Refurbished Computer Initiative – Low-cost, high-quality computers with a new operating system and up-to-date software (covered by a 90-day warranty).

NetSquared

Additionally, Techsoup has founded NetSquared which is working on and offline to connect the global community at the intersection of technology and social change. I have recently opened a NetSquared local group in Memphis. If you are looking to connect, share ideas, and collaborate with other nonprofit professionals offline, your place is with us. Join here.

Date: November 4th

Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Alliance For Nonprofit Excellence, 5100 Poplar Ave #502, Memphis, TN

Agenda: The first meeting will offer an opportunity to share about your work and learn about others in the area. Come tell us about your effort, your concerns, and what you need and want from a collective of like-minded individuals and organizations. Future meetings will also provide presentations on web tools that better enable communities and organizations to mobilize for change.


 

 

This is a new tradition I started last month when I shared with you my best readings from the web. This month’s round-up includes social networks updates, tips, tricks, details on creating your organization’s Google Search Story, advice on online project management tools, and updates from Google Apps. I hope this will help your organization keep up with this month’s cloud discussions!

  1. In light of the recent discussions about Facebook’s privacy issue I loved South Park’s last episode and the battle between Stan and his Facebook profile, who won? I am not sure.
  2. Single? Maybe it is because you don’t own an iPhone 🙂  a recent survey has found that men who own an iPhone are more attractive than those who do not.
  3. The search for a good online project management tool is on! Judi Sohn wrote an excellent post about C3’s needs and desires that ignited a great discussion. There is also a similar thread running in Techsoup’s community.
  4. But this is not the only search out there… do you remember Google’s Super Bowl Ad? We created a similar search story for Cloud for Good; check it out and share with your friends. You can create a similar video for your organization at www.youtube.com/searchstories.
  5. Google released many new features and enhancements this month. There were major updates added to Google Docs including the ability to insert calendar invitations. Additionally, I blogged about Gmail’s drag and drop attachments and about the dot-less user name.
  6. New to Twitter? I enjoyed watching Alyssa Milano Teaching Jimmy Kimmel How to Use Twitter. Also, here are 10 Dos and Don’ts for Brands on Twitter and 12 Tips to Engage People on Twitter.
  7. Good suggestions on how to create a technology succession plan, from Idealware.
  8. The Blog Raiser suggests your organization should create an imaginary donor friend.
  9. If you have friends you should listen, I found these good notes from NTC about listening (Amy Sample Ward’s Version of NPTech).
  10. Last but not least, while reading the Google Grants Blog, I was very humbled and excited to read their recommendation of my own Cloud for Good on Facebook in their Resource Round Up for April. I would like to extend this invitation to you all!

Techsoup

Everybody is talking about technology, however, many organizations don’t have the time and/or resources to implement it they way they desire. Cloud technology tools, like Salesforce.com or Google Apps, are the right solutions for these organizations because their cost is minimal. Additionally, we recommend recruiting a technical volunteer to close the gaps where the in-house staff cannot.

Techsoup wrote a free guide for recruiting and managing technical volunteers at nonprofit organizations. Click here to view the guide.

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