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[UPDATE: NOW WITH CLOUD!] TechSoup Canada's Microsoft Program: Donated, Discounted, and Cloud Offerings

Last year, Microsoft announced a number of changes to its nonprofit donations and discount programs. The reason for the shift is Microsoft's desire to optimize its offerings to better serve smaller nonprofits. The shift also reflects a larger, global trend to move IT infrastructure to a cloud-based model.

This shift has affected what TechSoup Canada offers to nonprofits. Generally speaking, three key changes are significant:

Connect your nonprofit to the people who matter most with Zoom!

Zoom logoTechSoup Canada is thrilled to announce that Zoom, one of the world’s most popular video conferencing platforms, is now a donor partner. Zoom Meetings is a video conferencing platform with a comprehensive suite of features that enable deep collaboration. High Definition video and an intuitive interface create a seamless experience for both desktop and mobile users.

#nptech 2018: Trends, Insights, and Possibilities

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For our first webinar of the 2018, we asked a handful of experts to share thoughts around trends an issues they see as especially relevant to the nonprofit sector this year. It's a wide ranging conversation that visits the intersections of #nptech and reconciliation, marketing and communications, web development, data mining, digital rights, and responsible data handling. We get invaluable input from Alexander Dirksen of First Nations Technology Council, Marlene Oliveira of moflow, Yaa Otchere of Not An Elephant, Maryam Sahebol-Amri of TechSoup Canada, and Carolyn Tackett and Rogelio Lopez of Access Now. The recording is below, and each of the expert videos are embedded individually on this page as well.

Visualizing Impact: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Data Sets

Visualizing Impact Case StudyTechSoup Canada member Visualizing Impact (VI) is a pioneer in the field of visual storytelling. This case study on VI offers lessons about using data to tell visual stories that compel real action. 

Using QuickBooks to Ensure Your Nonprofit Is Audit-proof

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In this webinar, Bob Wang and Jean Elwell of Legacy Advantage share some guidance on how to run an audit-proof nonprofit. In the presentation they focus specifically on QuickBooks (desktop version available through TechSoup Canada's product catalogue), but many of their insights and best practices are applicable to any accounting system.

Finding Meaning in the Numbers: Making Data-Informed Decisions Across Your Organization

Data can be a tremendous asset in pursuing your nonprofit's mission. Tracking and analyzing vital data yields insights that can help you improve your work, make better decisions, and become more accountable to stakeholders. However, having the right systems in place is only part of the equation -- without a culture of data-informed decision making, your efforts are likely to fall short.

In this webinar, TechSoup Canada's Ben Losman shines a light on the emotional factors in building a data-informed decision making culture, integrated data strategies, the daily data journey, and practical dashboard tools. 

Amazon Web Services Expands Eligibility to Education-Oriented Nonprofits!

AWS qualificationExciting news -- if your nonprofit works within the field of education, you may now be eligible for Amazon Web Services (AWS)! AWS has expanded the eligibility requirements for its Donations Program, meaning that more nonprofits will now have access to its comprehensive suite of cloud-based computing services. 

Email Fundraising: Getting, Sending, and Optimizing

How can you better use email to raise money for your cause? In this webinar, Brady Josephson of Shift shares expert guidance on growing your email list, optimizing your donations page, and testing your fundraising efforts for maximum effectiveness. 

We're working on a more comprehensive recap of the webinar, which will be posted here once it's complete. In the meantime, you can view the webinar recording and Brady's presentation slides below!

Automatically track and report your mileage with MileIQ!

MileIQ logoWe are excited to announce that MileIQ is now a TechSoup Canada donor partner! 

In many nonprofits, employees and volunteers do a lot of driving. They visit beneficiaries in the community, make deliveries between locations, and shuttle participants to and from programs. The process of manually logging mileage for expense reports and tax purposes can be a real drain on time and energy. MileIQ tracks mileage through GPS and reports it automatically.

Data Is Everything and Everything Is Data

Everything you interact with -- from the emails in your inbox to the paper on your desk -- is packed with nuggets of data. These rich and often untapped data sources have the potential to help your nonprofit make well-informed, strategic decisions. To harness them, you need to put systems in place that make entering, tracking, and analyzing data painless and effective.