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7 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits (+ We try them out!)

Recently I attended a Donate & Learn event on social media and search engine marketing. I’ve made a list of my favourite tips. To prove that these are doable I’ve tried each of them out myself and shared the results where possible.

If I could share 1 thing I've learned about using social media for nonprofits...

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In the crazy and confusing world that social media can be (especially when you’re just getting started), what should you be keeping in mind? Earlier this week I put out the call on Facebook and Twitter to get advice from some of the people in our community who know best - because they live it every day!

I asked: “If I could share 1 thing I've learned about using social media for nonprofits, it would be: _______”

TechSoup Battles: Tierney's Huddle Review

Is your organization working for a better way to coordinate your work in an online, flexible way? In this Jane vs. Tierney review on project management tools, I’ll be looking at Huddle.

TechSoup Battles: The Team Project Management Challenge

Do you find that you’re wasting time when working with others - sending files back and forth, looking for buried emails that contained important information, keeping track of who’s working on what? Maybe this is happening internally, or with your board, or between branches. Since most nonprofits rely primarily on email (or paper), almost everyone has this problem. In this review, we’re going to take a look at software for team project management/collaboration that will help you out with these issues.

3 Great Examples of Digital Storytelling at Work

We spent the month of April talking about digital storytelling, and I’ve been struck by the many different and creative ways that nonprofits are using video, photos and other online tools & channels to share stories. In this post I wanted to share a few of my favourite examples that I’ve come across.

April 2013 is Digital Storytelling month! Learn to share your story online

There’s nothing like a story to get your message across. When I’m trying to understand what a nonprofit does, I find mission statements are often vague and hard to understand, and numbers on their own are dry and lifeless. It’s stories that really paint a picture of what you do and of the change you are bringing about - whether you’re reaching out to someone who’s never heard about you, or to one of your most dedicated donors.

Are your Technology Priorities in Order? Take the Tech Self-Assessment


Have you ever wondered: How does our nonprofit’s technology shape up? Are we taking advantage of the technology available, or are we missing out on key capabilities that other organizations take for granted?

What would you like to learn about in 2013?

We want to hear from you - what are you interested in learning about in the next year? What is the most convenient way for you to learn about using technology in your nonprofit? Please share your thoughts in our quick, 4-question survey.

Online Meetings with GoToMeeting - TechSoup Canada’s Story

As the Canadian partner in the global TechSoup network, meeting in person is rarely an option - we rely on online meetings for our communications. This is especially important for our current project to update our website. For this project, we’re working with the TechSoup development team in Poland, and in order to manage the project efficiently we need to have frequent online meetings to check in on the project status and make sure we are communicating clearly. In these meetings we need to be able to talk to each other for free (i.e. no long distance costs), chat (e.g.

Best Kept Secrets: Our Favourite Nonprofit Resources

Have you ever been in the situation where you are looking for a very specific piece of information and you’re not sure where to look? Below is a list of a few of Framework, Ontario 211, and TechSoup Canada’s go-to resources when looking for information and inspiration.


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