Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

Tech Soup Blog

We know nonprofits and libraries gather piles of data, from program outcomes to constituent data to fundraising or advocacy campaign results. Why Data Visualization Matters for Nonprofits and Libraries. "It can be difficult to make these comparisons with pie charts.

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Upcoming Webinar November 14: Windows 8.1 for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

through some comparisons between Windows 7 and 8.1 Join Microsoft and TechSoup for a free webinar on Thursday, November 14 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) to show off the. latest features in the new Windows operating system. In addition, get. help deciding whether Windows 8.1, Windows 7, or Windows Vista is right. for your organization, since Windows XP support will be retiring in a. few short months.

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How to Stop Donor Attrition and Track Relevance

NonProfit Hub

Because year-over-year comparisons of this metric will trigger additional questions and answers for improving your program. Essential Nonprofit Library FeaturedIf you find a donor and don’t plan for how to keep him or her, the costs are too high. According to Ken Burnett, “Our nonprofit sector is bleeding to death. We’re hemorrhaging donors, losing support as fast as we find it, seemingly condemned forever to pay a fortune just to stand still. It’s time we stemmed the flow.”.

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Flash vs. jQuery Slideshows

Beaconfire Wire

For the sake of this comparison, I am going to talk specifically about slideshows that are created in Flash compared to those using jQuery because that is the vast majority of the Flash that we have traditionally used in our projects. While Flash is an embeddable object created in a specific application, jQuery is a JavaScript library that can add a bunch of really neat-o functionality and effects to elements that already exist on the page.

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Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. It includes a high-level overview of common features, comparisons and summaries of the systems they reviewed, recommendations for which systems might be suited to a variety of nonprofit scenarios, and a directory of consultants who can help you select a database. Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems.

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Get your Online Community Software Selection Guide!

SocialFish

Remember the white paper we produced in 2009 that included a comparison of private online community vendors? It’s hard to believe that was five years ago but even harder to believe that more than half of those providers are no longer in business! That’s why it’s time for a new paper.

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WordPress vs. Drupal … fight!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I figured that with the release of Drupal 7, this would be a great time to do a comparison of the two. Complex, document-heavy library sites, or sites that need document management. As a user and developer of WordPress since 1.x something, and a developer and user of Drupal since 4.7, If you want a really detailed look, please read the very exhaustive, recently released, updated Idealware report on OpenSource CMS , which includes Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and Plone.

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Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

To help you pick the right one for your organization, we put together a helpful VoIP solution comparison chart of what we offer. Be sure to check out our donor management comparison chart so you can pick the best tool for your organization. Cloud Basics for Nonprofits and Libraries.

Getting it done in 2010: Things or The Hit List or.?

Judi Sohn

Comparison points : I like the quick entry box in Things. Both have a library/database file that was easy enough to place in DropBox so I can get the same view of tasks on both my iMac and MacBook. Things is further along, but it seems to be more about being out of the gate sooner than a fair comparison of commitment to the project. Happy 2010 everyone! 3 years back on the Mac fulltime and I'm still trying to find task nirvana.

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Why Nonprofits Are Needed in the Sharing Economy

Tech Soup Blog

Where Are Nonprofits and Libraries on Sharing? Overall, the two-day event left me wondering " Where are all the nonprofits and public libraries who've been sharing and innovating forever? Why Nonprofits and Libraries Should Be Central.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

Tech Soup Blog

Comparison. Check out the table below for a one-to-one comparison of the features and support in each product. Trying to decide if you need the streamlined simplicity of Photoshop Elements or the comprehensive collection of Photoshop CC?

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Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Tech Soup Blog

The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. It includes a high-level overview of common features, comparisons and summaries of the systems they reviewed, recommendations for which systems might be suited to a variety of nonprofit scenarios, and a directory of consultants who can help you select a database. Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

Tech Soup Blog

Comparison. Check out the table below for a one-to-one comparison of the features and support in each product. The right image can make all the difference when you're telling your story. When it comes to bringing your subjects to life, Adobe has all the tools to help you.

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Which Brocade Product Is Right for Your Organization?

Tech Soup Blog

We’ve put together a brief description and a comparison chart to help you find the right products. Eligible nonprofits, charities, and public libraries can order Brocade Access Points both 300 and 7131 series from TechSoup catalog under Brocade Donation Program.

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

To help you pick the right one for your organization, we put together a helpful VoIP solution comparison chart of what we offer. Be sure to check out our donor management comparison chart so you can pick the best tool for your organization. Cloud Basics for Nonprofits and Libraries.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

Tech Soup Blog

Comparison. Check out the table below for a one-to-one comparison of the features and support in each product. Trying to decide if you need the streamlined simplicity of Photoshop Elements or the comprehensive collection of Photoshop CC?

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Citrix Online Returns

Tech Soup Blog

Eligible nonprofits and libraries can now access discounted rates for Citrix Online's web conferencing and remote desktop services. Not sure which web conferencing tool makes sense for your nonprofit or library? Citrix Online's handy feature comparison can help you decide. The Citrix Online discount program is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Citrix Online products are back in stock!

Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop

Tech Soup Blog

This newly updated image- and video-editing bundle runs on Windows machines or Macs, and is now available to eligible nonprofits, charities, and public libraries through TechSoup. In-Depth Comparisons. Adobe offers an official comparison guide for the whole Photoshop family.

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Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6

Tech Soup Blog

This newly updated image- and video-editing bundle runs on Windows machines or Macs, and is now available to eligible nonprofits, charities, and public libraries through TechSoup. In-Depth Comparisons. ProDesignTools.com has a nice comparison that also includes Lightroom.

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The Environmental and Cost Savings Benefits of Windows MultiPoint Server

Tech Soup Blog

Table: Cost and Energy Comparison — Traditional 1:1 Computer System versus Windows MultiPoint Server. A thin client, by comparison, uses about 2.5 All of them are available as donations on TechSoup for eligible nonprofits and libraries.

Fundraising Tools to Help You Prepare for End-of-the-Year Campaigns

Tech Soup Blog

If you only need a donor management solution, be sure to check out our donor management comparison chart so you can pick the best tool for your organization. CitySoft is a web-based CRM and content management system for eligible nonprofits and public libraries.

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Will Windows 8 Work on an Old Computer?

Tech Soup Blog

Most of the libraries and nonprofits I visit have older PCs. By comparison, Windows 7 requires 16 GB of hard drive space. I confess. I have a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible.

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Online Collaboration: Taking Education to New Heights

Tech Soup Blog

" In this spirit, New Heights provides everything from tutoring services to curriculums, a library with more than 3,000 books, field trips, and online classes. If you are reading this right now, you are more fortunate than one-fifth of the U.S. population.

For Your Consideration: CSS Preprocessors (SASS and LESS)

Beaconfire Wire

It’s a slightly unfair comparison because, while both SASS and LESS process your files into flat CSS for deployment to your website, SASS opens you up to being able to use Compass, a framework that greatly extends the capabilities of SASS alone. Chris Coyier has a much more in-depth comparison of SASS and LESS you should definitely read. We’d been hearing the titles for months, and Oscar buzz had definitely started to heat up.

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Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

Find out how to get Windows 8 for your organization or library through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at TechSoup. Learn how Windows 8 differs from Windows 7 in our feature comparison.

A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

Tech Soup Blog

Is Windows 8 right for your nonprofit or library? We curated a list of the most useful Windows 8 apps for nonprofits and libraries. Read our comparison of the two operating systems. is packed full of information tailored especially to nonprofits and libraries.

Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Then at the end of the month, allocate a half hour to look at the numbers for the month in comparison to other months – and look for insights and trends.

A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

Tech Soup Blog

Is Windows 8 right for your nonprofit or library? We curated a list of the most useful Windows 8 apps for nonprofits and libraries. Read our comparison of the two operating systems. is packed full of information tailored especially to nonprofits and libraries.

GoToWebinar vs. GoToTraining

Tech Soup Blog

Content library – Store reusable content, including documents, surveys, and recordings. Citrix Online offers simple web conferencing through its popular GoToMeeting service, as well as two higher-capacity editions based on it: GoToWebinar and GoToTraining.

This Month at TechSoup: Sharpen Your Website

Tech Soup Blog

Over the next five weeks, we're going to be sharing a variety of resources on web design and development for nonprofits and public libraries. You can also view sample RFPs and visit our RFP Library for more resources to start any tech project out right.

This Month at TechSoup: Sharpen Your Website

Tech Soup Blog

Over the next five weeks, we're going to be sharing a variety of resources on web design and development for nonprofits and public libraries. You can also view sample RFPs and visit our RFP Library for more resources to start any tech project out right.

Costs in the Cloud - Renting Software vs. Buying

Tech Soup Blog

Most of the software that nonprofits and libraries now get from TechSoup is under a perpetual license that means the software belongs to you forever. One complication is not being able to get a simple apples-to-apples comparison between the two. For functions where the comparisons are more direct, like with office productivity tools like Microsoft Office and Microsoft Web Apps (which is currently no cost) or Zoho.

New at TechSoup: Automated PC Maintenance and Disaster Recovery

Tech Soup Blog

It’s also comparable to Faronics Deep Freeze, which is helpful for maintaining public access computers so that libraries can easily restore to an original state and block malware, viruses, etc. Check out this comparison of the products here: [link]. Save time and staff resources by automating maintenance of your public access computers, kiosks, and computer labs.

Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Metro Library and Archive. Then at the end of the month, allocate a half hour to look at the numbers for the month in comparison to other months - and look for insights and trends.

Manage Your Projects With Open Atrium

Idealware

Well, given that Open Atrium is open source, “run for the money” may not be the best way to express the comparison; more about that later. Document library, in any upload format, including the ability to compare revisions of documents. I’m trying out Open Atrium. link] Now in first beta, Open Atrium from Development Seed consolidates powerful project management features to Drupal in a modern, polished format.

Windows 8 on Older PCs?

Tech Soup Blog

Most of the libraries and nonprofits I visit have older PCs. By comparison, Windows 7 requires 16GB of hard drive space. I've been following the IT press as it's been covering the much-publicized Windows 8 launch over the last few months. Having a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible, I've been following the sub-debate on whether or not Windows 8 is suitable for older PCs.

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The Participatory Museum Process Part 4: Adventures in Self-Publishing

Museum 2.0

available for free at your library and on the web. be prepared to unleash your sixth grade math skills regarding percentages as well as your deep internet search capabilities if you embark on such a comparison.

WordPress vs Drupal. Fight!

NTEN

I figured that with the release of Drupal 7, this would be a great time to do a comparison of the two. Complex, document-heavy library sites, or sites that need document management. Michelle Murrain , Drupal Developer, OpenIssue. As a user and developer of WordPress since 1.x something, and a developer and user of Drupal since 4.7,

Amazon Book Rentals (How does it work?)

SocialFish

This was the invention of the libraries, where you could borrow a book, whether old or new, use it for a specified period, and then return the same book to the library to have access to another book. Amazon Book Rentals works like a library.

Photoshop Elements 10 vs Photoshop CS5

Tech Soup Blog

All of these should be enough to create great-looking photos for a website, online photo library, or even basic printed outreach materials like pamphlets and flyers. For a more detailed comparison of features in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS5, see this offsite article.

Digital Pulp Fiction

Gavin's Digital Diner

Books on the Kindle are cheaper than paper… Here’s a random comparison of titles and prices. Savings over hardback costs are greater still, but that comparison seems unjust, since the difference seems irrelevant. With a little “conversion&# work, I had a complete technical reference library on my Kindle. I had my geek library, portable, searchable; I’d never suffer insomnia again.

Digital Pulp Fiction

Gavin's Digital Diner

Books on the Kindle are cheaper than paper… Here’s a random comparison of titles and prices. Savings over hardback costs are greater still, but that comparison seems unjust, since the difference seems irrelevant. With a little “conversion&# work, I had a complete technical reference library on my Kindle. I had my geek library, portable, searchable; I’d never suffer insomnia again.

The Digital Divide Doesn't Exist

NTEN

of nonprofit leaders," when the appropriate comparison would be to the overall budgets of those organizations, not to their makeup (and there are more ) -- Sears makes some good points, particularly the idea that data and cultural perspective must be considered in addressing digital inequality. And who needs libraries when we have Wikipedia and Kindles? Brett Meyer, NTEN. The digital divide doesn't exist.