Through an arrangement with TechSoup, PND is pleased to offer a series of articles about the effective use of technology by nonprofits.

Online Fundraising Tactics: What Works?

Eve Fox, Karen Matheson September 12, 2007

When it comes to online fundraising, there is no "one size fits all" magic formula to inspire list members to give. However, some tactics do work better than others. In an attempt to find out which strategies work best and when, we reviewed more than 180 fundraising appeals sent out over the course of the 2006 calendar year by nine prominent national nonprofit organizations (see Study Participants for a full list). We explored everything from "double your money" matching gift opportunities to deadline-driven campaigns to goal-oriented asks....

Reduce Tech-Support Requests with Cheat Sheets

Joanne Connelly August 2, 2007

If you're like many nonprofit technology staffers, your time is at a premium, leaving you precious few minutes to provide colleagues with one-on-one support or to answer the same software questions again and again. Nevertheless, the help requests and questions are likely to keep coming, and it's your job to address them....

Ask TechSoup: Open-Source Tools for Fundraising?

TechSoup Editorial Staff July 5, 2007

In this installment of Ask TechSoup, CompuMentor's John Lorance — Associate Director of TechCommon's Community Engagement program — asks the TechSoup community for feedback regarding open-source fundraising programs. We've taken some tips generated by his original thread in TechSoup's open-source software forum and combined them with a few pieces of John's own advice to help give nonprofits a quick overview of the available options....

Four Web Accessibility Myths — Busted

Amit Asaravala June 6, 2007

There's no doubt that following best practices for Web accessibility is an important step in ensuring that your organization's Web site is open to all visitors, regardless of disability. But keeping tabs on what those best practices are can be difficult, especially when Web technologies are changing so rapidly....

Choosing Project Management Software

Don Cameron March 15, 2007

Ask the executive director of a nonprofit what projects the organization is working on, and you'd best get comfortable — you're in for a long conversation. Most NPOs have multiple project running at any particular time. Managing all the associated tasks, resources, and schedules can be tricky. That's where project management software can help....

Beyond the Case Statement: Your Grant Proposal

Katrin Verclas, Marc Osten, Susan Myrland February 1, 2007

Writing a good proposal for a technology grant is tricky. The core of the proposal is your case statement. Beyond that, it is important to address other aspects related to good technology use and sustainability.