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

Mobile 101: The Basics of Mobile Technologies

TechSoup August 30, 2011

With an ever-expanding range of new devices available and neverending marketing jargon, the landscape of mobile computing can be confusing for any accidental- or non-techie. Additionally, ubiquitous phones with fuller feature-sets offer new and different ways to connect with and engage communities with which your nonprofit or library works. This article aims to explain the basics of how they work and what to consider when using them at your nonprofit or library....

A Quick Guide to Discounted Software Programs

TechSoup July 20, 2011

TechSoup reviews the most popular donation programs and discount resellers as well as a few software companies that donate products directly to nonprofits to help your organization make a more informed decision about what software to buy....

Facebook for Volunteers

Chris Bernard June 22, 2011

Idealware's Chris Bernard looks at how nonprofits are using Facebook to successfully recruit — and retain — volunteers....

A Beginner's Guide to Electronic Software Downloads

Kevin Lo April 29, 2011

If you're new to downloading software, you might have a few questions. So before you fire up your browser and get down to business, acquaint yourself with some of the basic concepts....

Virtualization 101: How to Turn One Computer Into Several

Kevin Lo March 17, 2011

Virtualizing can allow you to turn one computer into many, saving time, money, energy, and space. Kevin Lo explains how virtualization software works, what it can be used for, and a few virtual software packages your nonprofit or library may wish to consider....

Adventures in Executive Dashboards

Kaitlin LaCasse January 18, 2011

IdealWare's Kaitlin LaCasse provides three examples of how nonprofits used executive dashboards to maximize data and help refine organizational goals....

Do I Need the 32-Bit or the 64-Bit Version?

Chris Peters December 8, 2010

Technology writer Chris Peters explores the definition and evolution of 64-bit architectures, along with the advantages and disadvantages of switching to this platform....

SharePoint 2010 for Nonprofits and Libraries

Chris Peters September 1, 2010

Technology writer Chris Peters provides an overview of Microsoft's popular integrated knowledge-management platform and analyzes the features and benefits of different versions available over the years....

What Your Organization Should Know About Office 2010

Jim Lynch, Elliott Harmon June 16, 2010

Is your nonprofit ready for a move to Office 2010? Will any of the new features benefit your organization? Will an upgrade to Office 2010 impact compatibility with older versions of Office or other productivity suites? This article briefly outlines the new features in Office 2010....

Site Statistics and User Privacy for Nonprofit Websites

Elliott Harmon May 20, 2010

Using various web statistics and analytics tools, you can learn how people are finding your website, where visitors are located geographically, and what parts of your site they're visiting. But is your visitors' information being used by others? What responsibility do you have to explain to your site's users what information they're giving away by visiting your site and to whom? In this article, we'll explore some privacy issues surrounding web analytics and other website tools.....

Creating an Open-Source Desktop

Elliott Harmon April 13, 2010

You might not know it, but there's a good chance that you already use open-source software in your daily workflow; for example, open-source Mozilla Firefox is the world's second most popular web browser. Wikipedia is powered by MediaWiki, an open-source web content server. In fact, over half of all web servers are powered by an open-source application called Apache and many other web servers are adapted from Apache....

Web Conferencing Tools: Right for You?

Kate Heryford March 9, 2010

Even if your nonprofit is headquartered in a single location, your employees, volunteers, and funders may be scattered across the country — or possibly the world. And while your organization likely uses email or telephone for the majority of its long-distance communication, sometimes a full-blown meeting is the only way to hammer out the details of an important initiative. Rather than stretching your tight budget to fly out key project team members for an in-person meeting, you might consider using a web conferencing service....

Your Nonprofit's Backup Strategy

Kevin Lo, ONE/Northwest, Elliott Harmon February 11, 2010

This article provides best practices, helpful tips, and useful checklists for effective backup systems at your organization, just in case....

Replacing and Upgrading Technology

Chris Peters January 13, 2010

This article will help you determine when and what to replace when evaluating your nonprofit's hardware and software....

Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?

Kevin Lo December 2, 2009

This article will help you decide whether Windows 7, the latest operating system from Microsoft, is right for your organization....

Learning About Technology Offline

Chris Peters November 11, 2009

This article is part two of a two-part series. The first part addresses online resources, and the second part discusses offline resources. The resources discussed in this article include creating a testing/learning environment, classroom-based training, conferences, technology books, and technology-related magazines.