How Do You Document Your Creative Process?

Museum 2.0

Pinterest is an online sharing tool that allows you to construct virtual bulletin boards to collect and display images from across the web. While some museums are using the tool in clever public-facing ways , that's not what's happening here at the MAH.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? What is Collaborative Overload? There are ways of working that can reduce collaborative overload.

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The value of collaboration

SocialFish

John Stepper has an awesome series of posts about the value of collaboration, which I wanted to point you to if you haven’t seen it. The Value of Collaboration #1: Reducing internal service costs. Now, though, you can readily apply the same tools and practices inside your firm.

36 Useful Apps & Online Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the apps and tools listed below to significantly improve your web, email, social media, and visual content.

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Upcoming Webinar March 12: Manage Content & Collaborate in the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Do you daydream about having a single repository for every asset, picture, file, document, storyboard, spreadsheet and want to be able to manage and collaborate with all of those in the cloud? Learn: Ways to collaborate with staff and supporters in the cloud.

Online Collaboration: Taking Education to New Heights

Tech Soup Blog

" Equal Access Through Online Collaboration. For New Heights to realize its dream of fair and equal education, it must use remote work tools to connect with students directly in their homes. If you are reading this right now, you are more fortunate than one-fifth of the U.S.

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5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

Idealware

It can be difficult to collaborate, interpret communication, build trust among team members, and more. Here are five kinds of tools that help. Document Collaboration. You need a way to share documents that everyone can edit, preferably without having to upload and download. Ideally you want collaborative editing that lets you see the edits as they are happening. Collaboration

Guest Post: Radical Collaboration - Tools for Partnering with Community Members

Museum 2.0

The majority of our public programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History are created and produced through community collaborations. Every time we collaborate, we learn new ways to improve our process, organization and communication. Always meet your collaborators in person.

Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

I liked our 10 technology tips to help you reduce your need to travel, and also our travel reduction tools we compiled. This updated blog post from the campaign explores some ways to increase online collaboration and also reduce travel and work efficiency. Online collaboration is one of these generic terms that seems to lose meaning the more people use it. Why Is Online Collaboration Green? The environmental impact of working collaboratively online is to reduce travel.

New to TechSoup: Collaborate with Huddle

Tech Soup Blog

You might have a copy of a document you need to review sitting on your desk; relevant notes from a board member or constituents on your note pad; and the project’s history tucked away in a reply-all email chain. Project Management Collaborate Content Management Huddle

Nonprofits Live Recap: Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

The October edition of Nonprofits Live examined the topic of online collaboration. Online collaborating requires an extra dose of the same skills we use when we collaborate in person and a number of tools to bridge the physical distance between collaborators.

5 Supah-Cool Free Online Tools For Nonprofits

SocialFish

Managers can collaborate from anywhere—making it double budget friendly, cutting down on plane flights and Amtrak tickets. You can share documents, host club-only events, create a virtual bulletin board and even manage online donations. Jason Fitzpatrick from Lifehacker mused that “WorkFlowy is a one-list-to-rule-them-all organization tool.”. First, you can turn any portion of your notes or to-dos into its own document with its own URL.

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Create and Collaborate Securely Using Box and Microsoft Tools

Tech Soup Blog

We at Box.org love to enable nonprofits to securely and efficiently manage program documents, development and communications assets, board packets, and any other content. How Box Integrates with Microsoft Tools. Start Improving Your Collaboration Today.

Crazy for the Tools

NTEN

By Steve Backman, President, Database Designs To close out our month-long look at some of the best tools for nonprofits, Steve Backman tells you about some of his favorite day-to-day software. Favorite software tools are all about managing processes fluidly. This may be you, or a bit of you; I'm often collaborating with folks, including other staff here at Database Designs, who slice up the tool pie differently. Dropbox also has essential team collaboration built in.

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Tools I use: basic workflow

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I was perusing Social Source Commons (something I don’t do nearly often enough,) and catching up on the SSC blog , and I thought it might be worth sharing with this audience what tools I use for basic consulting workflow. It’s not so up to date, and it’s a list more of tools I have used, and some I still use.). What’s also very close to the center is my project management tool, Redmine. (I’m It’s a great tool.

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Launching a Collaboration or Content Management System: 8 Tricks for Adoption

Influence

So, you have decided you need a tool for collaboration or content management. Below I discuss some adoption strategies that you should consider if you plan to launch a collaborative platform or content management system. Every collaboration or content management site needs one. allowing users to add documents, comments, blog or discussion posts, etc.) Great. And you are ready to invest the money in selecting and developing the greatest system ever. Even better.

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Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

NTEN

We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time. In honor of our August theme of "Tools," we invited several of our beloved Tech Club and CoP organizers to give short presentations about their favorite community organizing tools during the Community Organizing Tools from the Experts webinar on August 21. Advocacy Communities of Practice community community organizing CoPs tech club tools webinar

Tech Tools to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Tech Soup Blog

computer and share materials with collaborators or clients via email or electronic fax. To help you understand what paper-based tasks software can help with, we’ve outlined the tools available for donation through TechSoup that can. Share Documents with Anyone, Anywhere. ?Adobe’s

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What is the Strategic Value of New Nonprofit Software?

The SocialPath

We make sure you have all the tools at your disposal, as well as a qualified plan specific to your mission. For 30 years, Vertex Systems has offered field-proven solutions that provide accurate electronic documentation solutions to help streamline the processes at over 450 agencies.

Six Reasons It’s Time for Nonprofit Board Management Software

NTEN

Centralized communication : Many nonprofit board management software products make it possible to store board-related documents in a centralized, secure location. Using a centralized document repository means no longer having to rely on email to send and search through countless documents.

Nonprofits Live: Green Tools and Technology Decisions Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Adopting green tech tools, like online conferencing or using online collaboration tools , can also improve an organization’s efficiency. Cloud Technology for Collaboration. Cloud technology makes collaboration possible with tools for online document storage, web conferencing, and instant communications. Green Office GreenTech GreenTips cloud Green IT cloud computing nonprofits online collaboration nplive

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data.

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Project Management Tools That Nonprofits Should Know About

Idealware

Gantter Project – For a simple-to-learn solution that fits into your budget, consider this a clean and simple project management scheduling tool that allows users to share project schedules and invite others to view or edit project schedules together. Communication and Collaboration.

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Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook

Idealware

The Google Apps donation program provides organizational email, calendaring and document sharing as a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook. While not as powerful in every area as Outlook, Google Apps—offered free to most 501(c)(3) organizations—allows your entire staff to send and receive email at your organization’s domain (@yourorganization.org), and share online calendars, documents and much more. PublishDate: July 2011. Author: Laura S. Quinn. Jay Leslie.

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8 Great Tools for Private Social Networks and Online Communities: The 2011 Edition

Influence

These range from private blogs to share privileged information and invite input; to online communities around face-to-face events; to project and partner collaboration; to communities of practice focused on specific topics. It approximates the “out of the box” functionality of Jive, and integrates a significant suite of tools. Blogs are still the killer app for some topic focused and content-centric collaboration use cases.

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

At this point, you've probably heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud: how it can save you time, help you conserve resources, and boost productivity and collaboration among your staff members. Productivity and Collaboration.

Preparing for the Annual Audit—Identifying Risks and Establishing Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Nonprofits have that same risk, but we also have the risk of delivering the service but failing to document the service properly or the service recipient’s eligibility. Documentation. However, the tools to manage internal controls have evolved.

Dancefloor and Balcony: What I learned about emergent online collaboration from Eugene Eric Kim

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With the entire network engaged, the leaders worked together to create a report to document the lessons they were learning from implementing leadership programs for reproductive health, through a new wiki. He talked about how culture manifests itself in online collaborations.

Fast Free Document Sharing and Review

Wild Apricot Blog

Do we really need another free online document-collaboration tool? Very possibly, yes — if it’s lightweight, easy for non-techies to use, designed specifically for reviewer annotation, and allows an unlimited number of users to give feedback on a document.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech collaboration PDF project management PowerPoint application

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I facilitate training, I use analog and digital tools and materials. A few months ago, I listened in on a Google Hangout with Eugene Kim and Dave Gray where they discussed the question “Is documentation learning?”

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

At this point, you've probably heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud: how it can save you time, help you conserve resources, and boost productivity and collaboration among your staff members. Productivity and Collaboration.

4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

Connection Cafe

I recommend creating a master spreadsheet or document of all the important dates throughout the year and keep track of the key opportunities for your nonprofit to insert its voice. Once you’ve created your document of important moments and events, your next step is to think about what key messages you want to share throughout the year. I’ve seen organizations create storytelling plans using a variety of different tools depending on the organization’s needs.

News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's senior online community manager, Lewis Haidt, predicts that charities will use more sophisticated group social media tools like Thunderclap that amplify messaging. " Collaboration Tools. Every now and then, we like to predict what's on the tech horizon.

Working in the Stratosphere: Cloud-Based Tools, Services, and Opportunities

NTEN

Can Cloud-based tools make your nonprofit more efficient? Webinars in this free series include: May 7 - Fundraising Tools, Services & Opportunities in the Cloud. Before you can fundraising, you need the right online tools. We'll also present best practices for using these online tools and how to operate fully integrated, multi-channeled communications and fundraising programs. May 14 - Communication Tools, Services & Opportunities in the Cloud.

Uses for Online Collaborative Tools

Tech Soup Blog

At one point during the presentation we asked the participants to tell us how they use online document sharing. Tools Last week, I facilitated a webinar which discussed Microsoft Office Live Workspace. Ken Polson from Microsoft explained how Live Workspace works, how to get started and what it can be used for. Click here to view the webinar recording. Here are some of their responses: read more.

Eight Great Tools for Private Social Networks and Online Communities - 2011 Edition

Influence

These range from private blogs to share privileged information and invite input; to online communities around face-to-face events; to project and partner collaboration; to communities of practice focused on specific topics. It approximates the “out of the box” functionality of Jive, and integrates a significant suite of tools. Blogs are still the killer app for some topic focused and content-centric collaboration use cases.

Collaboration for Funders: Use the Right Tools

Influence

This is the final post in our series on online collaboration for grantmakers. In part one, we look at determining the value of creating a collaboration community. The second part explores challenges in facilitating collaboration. When you've thought through the benefits, obstacles, audiences, and timing for an online collaboration community project, you will need to determine how to deploy it. The world of collaboration platforms is a bit of a jungle.

How TechSoup Uses Box Donations

Tech Soup Blog

This is our story on how we use Box, the online file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. We have come to rely on Box because we share documents across programs inside our organization and with our partner organizations around the world. Managing and Moving Documents.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Digital Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The best ever resource and template for an editorial calendar comes from my colleague, Holly Minch at LightBox Collaborative who has been sharing her template in a google document since 2011. The 2014 LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar has arrived! Photo by Gary Clark.

Software for Collaboration

Idealware

Everyone suddenly wants to collaborate! For some reason (I suspect it's related to the economy, though I haven't pinned down exactly how) my phone is ringing off the hook these days with people who want to talk about how software can help teams collaborate. WebEx or hardware solutions) Online Conferencing: Conference call with an online component, such as slides, documents, videos and/or demos (i.e