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4 Key Questions to Ask when Redesigning your Nonprofit/Charity Website

The one step in redesigning your website that’s easiest to skip is also the most important: start out with a clear vision of your needs and goals for the website. And by “your needs” I really mean your visitors’ needs, since it's all about your audience after all!

The end of lost, reused and insecure passwords - a simple and practical approach

Did you know that “password” was the most popular bad password in 2011? And if you were trying to be clever and use “passw0rd” instead, I’m sorry to tell you that that’s not much better.

Graphic Design Hacks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Images

Creating professional event posters, annual reports and blog images are easy when you have the right talent and the right tools (ie. Adobe Photoshop), but what if your nonprofit is not equipped with them? No problem!

Intro to Graphic Design Hacks for Nonprofits

When people have limited resources, they need to become resourceful and creative. No one knows that better than the folks who work at scrappy nonprofits that can’t afford state-of-the-art design software (or aren’t eligible for our Adobe donations program) or do not have admin privileges to download and install open-source programs on their computers.

How to Choose the Right Image for Your Website

Oh stock images ... like cupcakes, you are ubiquitous and tempting, even though we know you're bad for us. Here are a few key considerations to help you choose fantastic images for your site. (Note: I'm admittedly less helpful on advice for breaking the cupcake habit.)

1. Are You Treating Your Images as Content?

Stop.

Stretch.

Focused?

Good, this is important: Photos and other images should never be used just as decoration.

Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1

This blog post was originally written by Wes Holing at TechSoup Global. This post has been adapted and expanded for a Canadian audience by TechSoup Canada.

Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing photos, designing creative assets, and even cutting exes out of old photos. With Photoshop, you can do everything from quickly tuning up photos to controlling every detail of your digital vision in one powerful application.

Of course, this kind of description can make learning Photoshop a bit daunting if you haven't used it much before. That's why TechSoup wants to help you learn the basics for cleaning up photos and creating images that you can use in print and online, including on social media.

To do that, we've created a five-part series of blog posts to help you learn how to gather the materials you'll need, make basic photo adjustments, lay out the different pieces, and create a final product.

Citrix introduces new technology discount program for members!

Exciting news! Citrix is offering a second discounted technology program for eligible charities, nonprofits and libraries. The Expanded Eligibility Program provides access to a 50% discount on a one-year subscription for new GoToWebinar and/or GoToAssist users at Citrix's current rates.

Social Media 101: Using Twitter for Your Nonprofit

By: Corbin Hartwick, Techboomers.com

This post is part of TechBoomer’s Social Media 101 blog series. Check out the intro and Social Media 101: Using Facebook for Your Nonprofit to learn more about social media and how it can benefit your nonprofit.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a social media network that consists mainly of its users broadcasting short messages known as "tweets".  Though these messages are only allowed to be 140 characters (letters, numbers, or spaces) long, they can include things such as ideas, opinions, feelings, pictures, links to other websites, and even references to popular news topics or other users on Twitter.  People can also connect with other users on Twitter, and/or track the messages that other users send out.  For more information on how to use Twitter, check out these Twitter tutorials on Techboomers.com

Social Media 101: Using Facebook for Your Nonprofit

By: Corbin Hartwick, Techboomers.com

This post is part of TechBoomer’s Social Media 101 blog series. Check out the intro to learn more about social media and how it can benefit your nonprofit.

What is Facebook?

Facebook is one of the world's largest and most functional social media websites. It allows people to connect with each other and then share ideas, activities, pictures, videos, Internet links, and more. Other people can leave feedback on what's shared, such as "likes", to show appreciation and comments to convey their personal thoughts about something. Facebook also allows for the creation and organization of groups and events. To learn more about Facebook check out these Facebook tutorials on Techboomers.com.

How the Leacock Foundation Uses Technology to Reach Underserved Youth

The Leacock Foundation runs educational programs that reach underserved youth in South Africa and in Toronto -- all with just a handful of staff. How are they able to accomplish this feat? With a lot of passion, hard work and good tech planning.