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Voices from the Community: Donor Management Software

This post originally appeared on TechSoup.org's blog and was written by Michael DeLong, Online Community Manager at TechSoup Global

Voices from the Community is an ongoing series of blog posts culling popular topics of interest from the TechSoup Community Forums and other online community channels.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Preparing for a Website Redesign

It is too easy to get overwhelmed with the technical jargon, design elements, and thousand of options available in the marketplace to nonprofits during a website overhaul, but don’t worry - we’ve got the medicine. A healthy dose of careful planning, and boiling down of your organization’s individual needs will save hours of (mis)communication during implementation.

In Which Technology and Poetry Join Forces

David Brydges, one of the attendees of this week's Toronto Net Tuesday on "Preparing for a Website Redesign" wrote this poem about his experience at the event. David is the Artistic Director for the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, the largest poetry festival in Northern Ontario.

MEETING SUCCESS by David Clayson Brydges

The digital net was cast

into the Toronto city sea.

Tuesday eve all

captains and dreamers

Tips for Creating Low-to-No Cost Videos for Nonprofits

By: Zahra Leonie Baptiste, Guest Blogger

A lot of non-profits are a bit intimidated by the idea of venturing into the video world, primarily due to fears about the cost. You don't have to hire a production studio, and you don't have to rent or buy expensive equipment. You can actually do it for no money at all! Here's how.

Paradise Lost: Mac Users Targeted with New Malware

Last week, for the first time ever I stepped into an Apple store and sought the help from its Genius Bar for a hardware issue for a MacBook Pro (it was a known issue that affected models of a certain age and a particular graphics chip).

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Sharing Your Story

If we compare the two phrases, “Hear John's story on our website” or “go to the website and check out our stats”, which of the two is more likely to encourage you to go to the organization's website? The first one, right? The most compelling stories are those that appeal to emotion: those that are told from the heart, rather than a fact sheet.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Managing Your Relationships

Whether it be pen and paper, spreadsheets, databases or more sophisticated CRM software, it was clear that when it comes to managing relationships with your constituents, determining what is appropriate for your nonprofit or charity is not an easy task. Luckily, we had some insightful speakers and panellists for our May Toronto Net Tuesday event that shared their experiences - the good, bad and the ugly - with developing the CRMs within their organizations.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Collaboration & Productivity: Spend more time on what matters

20/20 Hindsight has struck everyone who has ever come to an end of a project. There is that brilliant moment of clarity that is only revealed after completion, that moment where one realizes those key practices that could have saved time, energy, and money. Unfortunately these moments are hard to anticipate and are usually recognized only after it’s too late to do anything to address the particular problem, but record and take note with improving best practices in mind for the next project cycle.

The most recent Toronto Net Tuesday session on “Collaboration and Productivity”, held in the lovely new Annex CSI building, was the perfect storm of technology and policy to help participants maximize output with simple methods using both the latest technology and old favourites. The experienced and energetic speakers were chock full of information to share and the results were terrific.

Using Technology for Grants

Many nonprofits and charities rely on grants for a good portion of their funding, however writing grants can be a time consuming and frustrating process. Our February Toronto Net Tuesday explored how grant writers can use technology to find and keep track of grants.

If you happen to notice that the video from Using Technology for Grants lacked sound or failed to focus on the right speaker at the right time, it’s because this camera man is guilty of paying too much attention to our speakers last Tuesday. Tech Tuesday was pleased to welcome an inspired panel of non-profit speakers to our technology forum, where we debated everything from the value of following grant writers on twitter to how to partner with large grant funders. The outcome of the evening was one part tech, one part process, and several great strategies for marketing your not-for-profit cause.

Presenting your Message

If the number of attendees we had at last night’s event was any indication, presenting your message effectively is top of mind for any organization. We’ve all probably been on the receiving end of some painful presentations, but being on the other side of the equation is a whole different story. Luckily, our speakers had some helpful and succinct tips to help us refine the art of presenting our message, and presenting it well.