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Fight for privacy and secure your mail with Tutanota

All nonprofits manage sensitive data, from donor information to employment records. Some organizations, however, work with data that requires an extra layer of privacy and protection. For example, if a political advocacy group, human rights organization, or nonprofit that help people escape domestic violence were to have its data compromised, the consequences could be life-or-death.

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. 

Secure, backup and restore your data with O&O Software

Want to optimize the performance of your Windows computers? Or ensure that your organization’s data is securely backed up? We’ve got you covered with our latest donor partner, O&O Software! O&O is an award-winning Windows software that provides tools for PC optimization, data security, data recovery, backup, secure data deletion, remote IT assistance and system administration

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.