TechSoup@PND

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

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.....

Investing in Computers? 7 Questions to Consider

TechSoup  |  January 18, 2012

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 or library and still stay within your budget. This guide will help you understand the questions to ask when shopping for a computer. It will also provide a quick reference checklist with definitions of some basic technology terms (not too many!), as well as the minimum standards we recommend for computers....

Using Social Media to Boost Fundraising Efforts

TechSoup  |  December 16, 2011

With more than 800 million people currently signed up for Facebook alone, there's little doubt that social media can be a powerful part of most organizations' communications mix. But what can it be used for -- outreach and engagement? Event management? Advocacy? How about fundraising? For many nonprofits, it's far more obvious that such tools can be useful than how to use them. IdealWare's Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide helps demystify the benefits you can reasonably expect from social media, and identifies the right channels for different goals....

Tools for Measuring Your Social Media Efforts

Andrea Berry, Chris Bernard  |  November 8, 2011

Social media can be useful for any nonprofit, but posting blindly without monitoring results can be a waste of time. Knowing whether your efforts are paying off can help you adapt your posting strategy to better meet your goals and improve the return on your investment....

A Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Software

Laura Quinn  |  October 14, 2011

The updated Consumers Guide to Grants Management report rates twenty grants management systems designed to help private foundations accept and review applications as well as track grants throughout their life cycles....

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....