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6 Design Principles to Improve the Look of Your Nonprofit Website

Even the most amazing tools can be used to create a website that is difficult to navigate and unpleasant to look at. For nonprofits, having a functional and easy-to-use website is of utmost importance to gain and maintain the trust of your donors, beneficiaries, and anyone else invested in your mission. Apply these design principles to make your site look sleek and professional. 

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. 

Data Privacy and the Law: Understand Your Nonprofit's Legal Obligations

Nonprofit organizations in Canada are collecting, using, and disclosing an increasing amount of personal information (e.g. sensitive data relating to donors, employees, volunteers, etc.) as part of their operations. It is therefore essential that nonprofits ensure that they handle this personal information in compliance with applicable laws.

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!

When Good Deals Go Raw: Equipping Your Nonprofit to Do IT Negotiations with Confidence

Before purchasing any IT solution from a vendor, you always need to ask a few critical questions. Otherwise, it’s easy to end up locked into a deal that seems great now but becomes unfair and unaffordable in the future. In this post, legal expert Phil Downe shares guidance on how to ensure that you are negotiating from a place of both confidence and competence.

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.

Getting Started with Pivot Tables in Excel

For many accidental techies, the term “pivot table” might conjure up a sense of mystery, confusion, or even fear. But there’s no need to be intimidated. Pivot tables are one of Microsoft Excel’s most powerful features, and by the end of this post, you’ll be able to take the first steps toward mastering this useful skill.

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. 

How to Find Digital Ambassadors for Your Nonprofit’s Cause

Spreading the word about your nonprofit is an important part of achieving your mission. Having an excited, engaged audience can boost donations, bolster support, and deepen your impact. But it isn’t always easy to get people excited about social causes. If the message isn’t coming from the right individual, it can seem boring or forgettable.

Digital Fundraising: Frameworks and Strategies to Optimize Online Revenue

Online giving continues to grow at a faster rate than other forms of giving, and as more donors are choosing to give online, it is now more important than ever for nonprofits to prioritize digital fundraising strategies.