TechSoup@PND

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

In Search of Better Data About Nonprofits' Programs

Laura S. Quinn  |  July 24, 2013

Idealware executive director Laura Quinn looks at funders' reporting requirements, and what most grantees realistically are able to provide in the way of high-quality data related to impact and effectiveness....

A Few Good Print-On-Demand Tools

Kyle Henri Andrei  |  June 13, 2013

Idealware's Kyle Henry Andrei describes the different kinds of Print-On-Demand services, or POD, available today and how to choose one that meets your organization's needs to create and distribute printed resources.....

Four Great Resources for Foundation Technology

Jim Lynch  |  May 29, 2013

Jim Lynch, co-director of TechSoup's GreenTech program, introduces his company's new software donations for foundations resource and describes other tech services and resources targeted specifically to grantmakers....

What's New With Microsoft Word 2013

Ginny Mies  |  April 12, 2013

The newest version of Word, Microsoft's ubiquitous word processing application, has a host of helpful new features that go beyond its shiny new look....

What's New in PowerPoint and OneNote 2013

Ginny Mies  |  March 19, 2013

In PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft's presentation software, you will find new tools, sharing features, and a redesigned interface. OneNote 2013, Microsoft's note-taking software, goes mobile and gets some new features for taking richer notes. Streamline projects at your charity or library with the updated design and new features of these two programs....

Microsoft Office: What Your Org Should Know

Ginny Mies  |  February 27, 2013

While it would be nearly impossible to list all of the changes in the newest version of Office, this article gets the ball rolling by addressing those that are most useful to nonprofits, charities, and libraries....

The Story of a Social Media Policy

Elizabeth Pope  |  January 17, 2013

As nonprofits wrap up the old year and look to tell their stories, Jim Lynch describes the kinds of hardware, apps, and services you can use to create and disseminate mobile video, with examples of how charities are using video to build support and make a difference....

Using Smartphones and Portable WiFi Hotspots to Tell Your Story

Jim Lynch  |  December 20, 2012

As the year winds up and nonprofits look to tell their stories, Jim Lynch describes the kinds of hardware, apps, and services you can use to create and disseminate mobile video, with examples of how charities are using video to build support and make a difference....

Creating a Social Media Policy

Andrea Berry, Ben Stuart  |  November 14, 2012

Andrea Berry and Ben Stuart offer some good tips for developing a social media policy for your organization that provides clear guidelines about how and when to use it, what staff should and shouldn't do, and how to navigate the blurry line between the personal and professional....

A Few Good Blogging Tools

Kyle Henri Andrei  |  October 18, 2012

There are many good reasons for nonprofits to keep a blog: to publicize expertise on a topic in your issue area, educate constituents, promote your work, share your story from behind the scenes, and, last but not least, make your organization easier to find through search engines. Here are a few good tools that can facilitate your blogging....

How Crowdsourcing Helps Your Nonprofit

Soha El Borno  |  September 14, 2012

Since the earliest days of the Internet, people have used crowdsourcing to solicit and organize others to participate in projects in small ways....

An Introduction to Microsoft Project 2010

Trenton DuVal  |  August 11, 2012

Trenton DuVal, contributing editor at NetSquared, provides a tutorial of Microsoft's project management software and an overview of its usefulness in the nonprofit workplace....

Is Microsoft OneNote the One for You?

Debbi Landshoff  |  July 18, 2012

TechSoup's Debbi Landshoff, describes how the lesser-known part of Microsoft Office 2010 can help you organize your nonprofit or library's notes and projects....

Collecting and Reporting on Data

Kevin Lo  |  June 28, 2012

Kevin Lo, a technology analyst for TechSoup, advises nonprofits how to be more data-driven in their operations....

Funding Nonprofit Technology to Support Innovation

Amy Wagner, Chris Bernard, Laura Quinn  |  April 28, 2012

Last year, MAP for Nonprofits and Idealware partnered on a research project that surveyed a hundred and eighty human service organizations in Minnesota about the technologies they were using and the different ways they applied those technologies to improve their ability to deliver services. The results revealed some remarkable stories of innovation in unexpected circumstances....

A Few Good Tools for Video Editing

Kyle Henri Andrei  |  March 21, 2012

The ubiquity of video cameras and the proliferation of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have made it possible for even the smallest organizations to include short videos as part of their outreach and engagement strategies. In this article, Kyle Henri Andrei looks at a few good options for editing the footage you shoot and readying it for public consumption....

Ten Common Mistakes in Selecting Donor Databases (And How to Avoid Them)

Robert Weiner  |  February 23, 2012

You want a donor database that will provide clean data, solid reports, and happy staff, but the software itself is only half the story. How do you choose the right system, and how do you maximize its capabilities? Fundraising technology consultant Robert Weiner walks through ten common mistakes that get in the way of selecting the right database — and using it properly.....