Great reads from around the web on March 30th

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Nonprofit Technology News: The Demise of Facebook Causes and Cloud Storage for Charities

Tech Soup Blog

As summer starts, we’ll report on what happened to Facebook Causes, some big developments in cloud computing including the launch of Salesforce1, a big partnership between Salesforce and Microsoft that bodes well for charities, and the launch of Box.org, free cloud storage for nonprofits. It is an expansion of the Salesforce CRM offers for charities. The charity pricing on it is is free for up to ten licenses with as much as a 75% discount per seat above that.

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Announcing the Launch of Our Philantech® Cloud

Givinga

million global charities, automate tax incentives and rewards of charitable giving, and deliver donations fast and transparently. Softgiving is a fundraising platform that enables social media influencers and nonprofits to run campaigns during live streaming events and across other social media channels, such as charity streams with Twitch video game streamers. Givinga brings a more modern, proactive approach to global charity vetting and faster payment processing.

Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

I was pretty well known to the Mexican tourism authorities, having been presented with a writing award by the Tourism Secretary in 2003. Photo (not one of mine) licensed under Creative Commons by Andrea Zanivan (who added many wonderful images to the After Wilma group on Flickr). This is a story of a blog. It’s a story I really ought to have shared long before now, and I am truly thankful to my good friend Ron Mader for (politely) badgering me to tell it.

Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth

Tech Soup Blog

Each year the International Computer Refurbisher Summit awards a lifetime achievement award in my name (it's a long story on how that came to be). This year the award went to Sean Nicholson. This was mainly because refurbishers couldn't afford to put legal Windows licenses on used equipment. Refurbishers could either pay full price for licenses (and thereby price their equipment out of the market), or use pirated versions of Windows.

New Software Donations from Autodesk

Tech Soup Blog

Through this program, qualifying nonprofit organizations can receive initial grants of two professional software suites—valued at up to $15,000 worth of software - for $30 per license. Autodesk entertainment products have won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for several years. Essentially the program is for 501(c)(3) nonprofits or Canadian charities that have a demonstrable need for design and engineering software.

Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

Tech Soup Blog

In hardware life extension news, the grand award winner for software in Popular Science's Best of What's New 2013 this year is a server/software technology called Neverware Juicebox. It’s also looking like relatively few charities and also libraries are getting the hang of it. finds that charities aren’t effectively engaging younger donors via mobile friendly channels like social media and mobile optimized websites.

Supporting Nonprofit Tech Educators Across the Globe

Tech Soup Blog

Our friends at NTEN give out NTENny Awards every year to recognize people making a significant contribution to the nonprofit tech community; once again, close to half of the winners were affiliated with NetSquared and our Tech4Good meetups. in congratulating NTENny Award winners and NetSquared organizers Jason King (formerly of NetSquared London), Chad Leaman (NetSquared Vancouver), Roshani Kothari (NetSquared DC), Sarah Rasmussen (PDXtech4good), and Tony Caufield (Tech4Good Las Vegas).

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