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TechSoup Battles: Tierney Reviews Hootsuite

As one of the well established tools for social media management that caters to small and medium sized organizations, I knew I’d want to take a look at Hootsuite for this challenge. They’re also a Canadian company, which is always a bonus!

5 Tips for Arts Groups on Social Media (With Examples)

With audiences - especially young people - moving online, arts groups are using social media as a channel for audience development and relationship building. How can arts organizations take full advantage of these online channels in ways  that are truly engaging, authentic and social?

TechSoup Battles: Tierney Reviews FluidSurveys

There are many reasons why your nonprofit might want to use a survey, from getting donor input to conducting research to inform your mission and programming or asking for feedback from volunteers or program participants. In this review, we’ll take a look at how FluidSurveys works and how it can support you in reaching these goals.

TechSoup Battles: Tierney Reviews Google Apps

As nonprofits, we don’t have a lot of time, especially for IT - so a great way to get a good, reliable system to meet a range of office administration needs is to use a cloud suite such as Google Apps or Office 365.

TechSoup Battles: Cloud tools for Office Administration

These are everyday challenges faced by many nonprofits in Canada - and since email and documents are something you need to access a daily basis, not having good systems results in a lot of productivity loss over the long term. That’s why this edition of TechSoup Battles will focus on online productivity suites that will address these challenges: in particular, Google Apps for Business and Microsoft’s Office 365 for Nonprofits.

How to use Google Drive as your nonprofit’s file system

Google Apps is a popular option for nonprofits, however it seems that many people are confused about the file/documents part of the suite, Google Drive (GDrive). In this post I’ll discuss whether you should be using GDrive for your files and explain how to set it up for use at an organization.

4 Ideas About Social Media for Nonprofits

I was able to get the chance to attend Artez’s conference about online fundraising campaigns. In addition to the workshop I hosted, Data, data and more data... what to do with it all? (slides are posted here), I had the pleasure of hearing from many great speakers. Here are four of the ideas and insights that stuck most with me:

Which Crowdfunding Platform Is Best for Your Nonprofit?

It seems like there's a new crowdfunding website out there every week,
but which one is right for your nonprofit? I looked at a few popular
crowdfunding sites and dissected their cost plans, nonprofit support,
and special features. What platform you choose really depends on the
size of your nonprofit and what sort of campaign you plan to run.

Microsoft expands eligibility for faith-based organizations and hospices

We have a very exciting announcement - Microsoft has expanded the eligibility for their popular software donations program to include faith-based organizations and hospices that were previously ineligible! This has been something we have been working towards for many years so we are very happy to be expanding Microsoft eligibility to these groups.

TechSoup Battles:Tierney tests SAP Dashboards

What did I think of Dashboards? Quick summary: at first it seemed unintuitive and I got a bit frustrated, but after watching some tutorial videos I was able to make the tool work for me and produce a really neat interactive dashboard.