Technology

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Technology

Technology supports greater social impact by increasing organizational capacity, enhancing effectiveness, or reaching new audiences.

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Nonprofit Technology Policy Workbook

More than half of the organizations surveyed in a 2016 report said that they had experienced a data breach caused by an employee. Most of those breaches were not caused by maliciousness, however, but by carelessness. Staff members often don’t know when they’re taking risks.

Does your organization have written policies in place to protect against such risks? 

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Softwareadvice.org

Software Advice helps nonprofits choose the right nonprofit management software so they can plan fundraising events and centralize donor contact data. 

They offer a free Buyer’s Guide and also a live person to talk with who can help you make the best selection.

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A Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems
Idealware 2017 Edition

Idealware’s 2017 edition of A Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems is targeted at small-to-medium-sized nonprofits. It  looks widely at 32 systems that cost under $6,000 to support one user and fewer than 1,000 records for the first year. As in past editions, the guide includes a resource directory to help you put the one you choose to work for you. (Updated May, 2017)

Download a free copy of this valuable report.

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The Data Playbook
A tool to help your nonprofit collect, analyze, and communicate the results of data

The Data Playbook is a new tool to help your nonprofit collect, analyze, and communicate the results of data.

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DataArts
Where data meets the arts

Data Digest, DataArts’ e-newsletter, will provide you with periodic updates on the system, new tools and resources, as well as news and information on field research, national trends, and local success stories for data-driven management in the cultural sector.  Visit the DataArts website and sign up for their newsletter.

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Moving Your IT Infrastructure Into the Cloud
A practical assessment of the benefits and risks

This free report from Idealware looks at Cloud-based solutions for online backup and file storage, and Cloud-based office and productivity suites.

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Safer Internet Guide
Designed for nonprofits, charities, and NGOs

You rely on the goodwill of your donors, constituents, and community for support. So it’s very important that you protect your data and infrastructure. The Safer Internet Guide, from TechSoup, is intended to help you keep it safe.

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security
A Practical Guide to Managing Risk

Big, sophisticated hacking incidents get the headlines, but most attacks are small and not all that intricate—and most could have been prevented. Hackers prefer easy targets. Perfect security isn’t possible, but practical security is within your reach.

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The Landscape of Salesforce for Nonprofits: A Report on the Current Marketplace for Apps (2015 Update)

Salesforce CRM has the potential to be a powerful tool for nonprofits. But is it right for your organization? How can you transform it into the engine that powers your fundraising and constituent engagement? How can you make it work for you?
 

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Free Music Archive

If you’re creating a video, a podcast, or any other project that might benefit from adding some sweet tunes, the Free Music Archive offers more than 80,000 free, comple

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The End of Lost, Reused and Insecure Passwords
A simple and practical approach

Most of us have some idea of what makes a good password, but we get overwhelmed by the idea of creating good, secure passwords for every login – so it’s easier to just give up and stick with our basic, insecure password for everything. The good news is, there’s another approach – it is possible to stay secure without having the memory of a supercomputer.

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5 Tools for Creating Amazing Online Charts

Sometimes a visual is the best way to get your information across.  Here are 5 tools you can use to create amazing online charts.  And they are free.

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Choose the Right Donor Management Software
With help from these resources

Choosing the right donor management software for your organization doesn’t have to be complicated. TechSoup has put together a handy chart so you can compare and contrast features.

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Should Your Organization Consider The Cloud?
Free booklet to help you decide

Should Your Organization Consider The Cloud is a series of nine easy-to-understand worksheets that help you define your software and security needs and weigh them against the benefits and weaknesses of the Cloud. Throughout the workbook, they help you define your cost, security, and functionality priorities. They also help you identify if the Cloud is a good cultural fit for your organization, if your existing technology will complement the Cloud, and if it would be a worthwhile investment to make the switch.

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The Community Corps
Access to over 3000 tech experts

The Community Corps (TCC) connects nonprofits and schools to tech volunteers who are able to assist with community programs throughout the country and around the world. TCC has matched thousands of volunteers to nonprofits, with a large focus on the advancement of STEM education and fostering the development of women in technology.

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Investing in Computers? 7 Questions to Consider
A computer buying guide for nonprofits

Buying a computer is a big investment, so you want to get it right. This TechSoup guide will help you understand what to look for when investing in computers for your nonprofit or library. Buying a computer is a big investment. And with so many different options available, it can be hard to figure out how to meet the technical needs of your nonprofit and still stay within your budget.

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Aspiration
Better tools for a better world

Aspiration helps nonprofits and foundations use software tools more effectively and sustainably. They serve as ally, coach, strategist, mentor and facilitator to those trying to make more impactful use of information technology in their social change efforts.

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TechSoup’s Audio and Video Conferencing Toolkit

Audio and video conferencing software and hardware lets you hold virtual trainings, meet with out-of-office staff or volunteers, or contact a donor to thank them face-to-face. TechSoup has compiled the best audio and video resources from TechSoup and beyond for this toolkit.

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Donation Ghandi
Do it yourself websites - simple & low cost

Donation Gandhi was created by several volunteers during Hack for Change Nashville, June 1-2, 2013. 

Their free, detailed tutorial pages should take you from nothing to a fully-functional online giving website with little technical expertise required. Costs are kept as low as possible, so you only have to pay for your hosting provider and PCI-compliant donation service. 

Their goal is to give nonprofits the ability to be the change they wish to see in the world.

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NTEN
Where the Nonprofit Technology Community Meets

NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.

NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within our community. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community.

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Social Impact App
Finds social enterprises that are nearby, in other cities, or online

This “map app” finds social enterprises that are nearby, in other cities, or online. It provides information about their products, their social impact and their location, and can be used with any major PC or Mac browser except Internet Explorer. Social Impact App also works on iPhones and some Androids, using the phone’s browser.  The goal is to expand the market for social enterprises, by making it easy for socially-minded customers to find them.  Social Impact App is now on the web.

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Techsoup
Access to donated & discounted software and hardware

TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit,  with technology products, plus the learning resources you need to make informed decisions about technology. Our free learning resources are available to all users. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.

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Idealware
Helping nonprofits make software decisions

Idealware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions.  Idealware is an authoritative online guide to the software that allows U.S. nonprofits—especially small ones—to be more effective.

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Wuffo
Free online form builder

Wufoo is an Internet application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun.   All you need is a browser, an Internet connection and a few minutes to build a form and start using it right away.

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Nonprofit Technology Benchmarking Tool
Find out how your organization measures up

Understanding what organizations similar to yours are doing when it comes to investments in their technology staffing and budgets can help you make better informed decisions, as well as better make your case to stakeholders.
NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Benchmarking Tool is based on their annual research on technology staffing and spending. It will provide you with customized reports about your organizational staffing and budget levels compared to other nonprofits.

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BatchGeo
Free easy to use mapping tool

A free service that lets you create maps real fast!  Cut and paste your data into batchgeo and you have a beautiful map to print, email or post on your website.

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The Community Corps
Free technology services for nonprofits

The Community Corps represents a unique and powerful community of nonprofits, corporations and skilled professionals, who share a passion for using technology to make a difference in people’s lives. The Community Corps achieves this by matching pro bono resources with nonprofits in need of support.  Visit their website to see how they can help your organization.

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A Few Good Tools for Ticketed Events
What can a good ticketing system can provide you

Ticketing tools let you sell tickets, assign seating, and in many cases, track attendance at your organization’s events. What should you look for in a good ticketing tool, and how can it help your nonprofit?  This article from Idealware offers some great advice.

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10 Free Tools To Make Infographics

MakeUseOf offers a list of tools and tips for creating infographics,  a great way to share information with visuals.

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Weave
Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment

Weave is an interactive web-based software system that links multiple visualizations (maps, charts, graphs, etc.) and computational tools (statistics, data mining, modeling and simulation). It was designed to provide easy access to existing datasets or simple upload of local data, allowing anyone to visualize any available data anywhere.

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Unleashing Innovation
Using everyday technology to improve nonprofit services

Can nonprofits take better advantage of available technologies to improve the services they deliver and the ways in which they deliver them?

MAP for Nonprofits, which provides management consulting and services and board development aid to Minnesota nonprofits, hired Idealware to conduct a detailed survey of Minnesota human service organizations about how they were using technology and then interview more than two dozen staff members from organizations that were using it in effective or interesting ways.

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A Few (More) Good Online Donation Tools

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100 More Online Tools for Nonprofits
from Wild Apricot

You’ll find a variety of tech tools in this 2-part round-up: something to fit every nonprofit’s budget and a wide range of your practical day-to-day needs  – from volunteer and member management, to web publishing and document sharing, to back office tasks, project management, and more. Part I and Part II.

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Microsoft Software Donation Program
Software donations and discounts, training and monetary grants

Microsoft Corp. announced July 27, 2011 that is has made updates to its software donation program that make it easier for nonprofit organizations to get access to affordable technology.

Microsoft works closely with the nonprofit organization TechSoup Global and its global network to operate the software donation program in 35 countries including the United States.

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