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Headings and Styles – A Primer

If you’ve ever used MS Word, you’ll have experienced a situation where your text looks wrong, and you can’t figure out why. There’s no shame in admitting that: most likely, it’s because you haven’t configured your styles properly. You can save yourself hours of frustration by taking the time to learn about styles and how to use them.

Hasta La Vista, Baby

On April 11th, 2017 Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Vista, as well as Microsoft Office Suite 2007. This means Vista and Office 2007 products will no longer receive updated security patches or receive online content updates from Microsoft, but will still be able to function. If your organization is currently using Vista and/or Office 2007, we highly recommend that you upgrade your Windows operating system and Office products in order to stay protected!

Why should your organization use a social media management tool?

As a savvy nonprofit worker, you already know that you should be on social media. You might even know that you should have a strategy, segment your market, and plan your resources. But what about that most important of all resources: human resources?

CIRA Helping Nonprofits Build Their Brand Online

On April 13th, 2016, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) partnered with TechSoup Canada and the NetSquared network to help Canadian nonprofits, charities and libraries learn how they can take ownership and build their brand online (by choosing a .CA domain), and we’re excited to share the impact of this campaign with you!

Don't be an Email Hoarder! Tips to Maintaining Inbox Zero

Email can sometimes be a distraction or an excuse to escape from your work. It feels productive to check your email every few minutes, but it takes time away from other important tasks. If you check your email during a scheduled break instead, you’ll be in a better position to stay on top of your responsibilities. And getting to ‘inbox zero’ is an effective approach.

Getting Good Audio on a Budget: How to Record Sound

Audio is the foundation for conveying your message effectively through video or auditory media. High-quality video feels weak with poor audio quality, whereas low-quality film with great audio can still grasp your attention. When it comes to radio, podcasting and other auditory media, audio quality becomes absolutely crucial. It determines how your listeners connect with your message, and whether you grasp their interest and bring them into your story’s setting

Mindfulness and Impact: 9 Tech Tools to Help Manage Stress at your Nonprofit

Managing stress in your work and personal life impacts your ability to contribute to your cause.

We do our best work when we take care of ourselves, so here are  9 quality apps that will teach you mindfulness, time management, and focus to help ease the pressure of work and address our anxieties.

Don't Overthink It! Write Better Blog Posts, Faster

How long should a blog post take to write? As long as you decide it deserves. With so many factors (e.g., word count, blog audience, quality of writing, deciding subject matter, etc.), trying to hit a benchmark isn’t helpful. Instead, focus on improving your efficiency. When Belle Cooper from Buffer started out, she took one-to-two full days to write a post. Now, it takes her four hours. You become faster with practice, and here’s some advice to guide you.

Green Care Farms: Healthy Lifestyles for Adults with Autism

When the Green Care Farm was starting out, TechSoup Canada was the first organization they went to for help. Donna ordered software to do her own accounting, operate her database, design marketing materials, and enhance her digital security. She also ordered Microsoft Office, and GrantStation to help expand her donor base. She said this software has been integral to helping her programs grow.

Online Security Measures For Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits collect a lot of data - from donation forms, research surveys, meeting records, mailing lists, to audio/video recordings. And without proper protection, your data is not only open to cyber criminals, but also to government surveillance and corporate hacks. Therefore, the more data you gather, the more it becomes a necessity to manage it safely.