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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.

Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 2

Welcome back! This guide will walk you through the first steps of how to create the poster from Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1. We've included screenshots for each step, too.

Web Conferencing 101 for Nonprofits

Web conferencing is a great, cost-effective way for nonprofits to connect with fellow colleagues, Board members, supporters and prospects without the need for you or your participants to travel.

In this article, we’ll cover everything your nonprofit needs to know about virtual meetings, including what they are, how to get started, and choosing the right tool that suits your needs.

Patch it, Patch it Good

No doubt about it – the challenges of keeping ourselves and our businesses safe from cyber attacks are constant and ever-changing. With constant news of security breaches, mass DDoS attacks, and files locked up by ransomware, average users cannot help but feel overwhelmed. Even support specialists can feel  caught in the crunch. Ideally, nobody wants to operate from decisions made in panic mode after something goes wrong. So how do we set ourselves up to work in a proactive and not a reactive mode?

Hold a Nonprofit Tech Meetup in Your City!

We’re currently looking for people to join our Canadian NetSquared community as a co-organizer. If you’re a consultant or vendor hosting a NetSquared group is a highly effective way to network and build a reputation for expertise. If you’re already your community’s go-to for tech advice being a NetSquared organizer allows you to provide structure to your volunteer commitments and connects you with a network of like-minded techies.

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.