On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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and critical for the inclusion and empowerment of people in developing countries. Images are currently omitted altogether in electronic braille formats and require extensive human intervention to produce in an accessible, tactile form. In response to the need to make accessible images cheaper, better, and more cost effective, we created the DIAGRAM Center with funding by the U.S. Image by the National Braille Press, a DIAGRAM subcontract.

Digital Platforms for Greater Impact: Examples for Foundations

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Images of Empowerment. To address this need, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Getty Images, created Images of Empowerment. Images of Empowerment was created in 2015 and was extended in 2018.


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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

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As we highlight our staff who are raising their hands high to reinforce and show solidarity on social media today, we also wanted to highlight our clients doing important work moving the needle forward for women’s equality and empowerment. Telling stories through images of empowerment.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

He oversaw the development of numerous products and services that allow us to drive social empowerment through technology across all our programs. The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure. A passionate technology-for-good advocate, Gerardo has made major contributions to Benetech’s social mission since he joined us over four years ago.

How Angelica Ross and TransTech Address the Unique Needs of Transgender People of Color

Tech Soup Blog

" Angelica Ross on Empowerment. "What does empowerment truly look like for the trans community? Empowerment in these types of programs means transferring decision-making authority and more responsibility to trans individuals who reflect the lived experiences of those you wish to serve." Image 1: Lisa Predko. Image 2 : Jessica Sladek / TransTech.

Fundraisers That Work: Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Faith-Based Nonprofits


Different images next to individual donation amounts help donors visualize the impact their gift will have. Hard as Nails is a Catholic nonprofit whose focus is on direct missions and youth empowerment. Looking for fundraisers that will work for your faith-based organization?

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Celebrating How Symantec Makes Organizations Succeed

Tech Soup Blog

The organization's mission is to provide educational and vocational training to at-risk populations and break the cycle of poverty through education, empowerment, and increasing levels of employability. Image : U.S. We are excited to announce the winners of our Symantec Mission Possible campaign.

What Your Nonprofit Needs To Know About Machine Learning

Global Giving

For example, USA for UNHCR is using images of refugee camps to create models that can predict how different buildings are used. Featured Photo: Send 100 Girls to STEM Camp in Nigeria by Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC).

Socializing Social Media at Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

If you do go the policy or guidelines route, remember to focus on empowerment rather than rigid restrictions. Empower staff by sharing up-to-date information, making them aware of style guides, and having images, logos, and copy readily available. Image: Lindsay Shaver. It seems obvious, but one of the hallmarks of social media is that they are social. Yep, it's right there in the name. Of course, you say, I know this. Great.

#NPTechChat: The CSR, Tech, and Civil Society Partnership

Tech Soup Blog

The United Nations Foundation links the United Nation's work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and nongovernmental organizations to help the UN tackle climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN Image: +SocialGood.

4 Best Professional Development Practices for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

For example, the Leaderosity Learning Library by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has courses that utilize engaging learning elements such as text, video, images, and interactive features. Nonprofit organizations are often pressed to do more with less.

WORTH Trust Solves Tech Woes to Help More Kids in India

Tech Soup Blog

Not only does WORTH work towards creating a barrier-free world for the physically challenged, it does this work with the help of people who have different abilities, creating a circle of empowerment. Image : WORTH Trust. Arjun was born partially blind. With doctors giving no hope that his eyesight would get any better, his parents were constantly worried about his education and ability to support himself.

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Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

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Under the theme “Achieving Our Vision through Empowerment and Partnerships,” this was the first-ever combined General Assembly of both WBU and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment ( ICEVI ), another world-class organization in the field. There is much more work to be done to ensure accessibility of all content, including math, images and other media.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 5 Extraordinary Organizations

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Empowerment, Shelter, and Support. Image 1: Alternatives to Violence. Image 2: Mosaic Family Services. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). TechSoup is participating by amplifying what other agencies, collaborators, and libraries in our network are doing to raise awareness on this important issue. Here are just a few examples of the extraordinary work these organizations are doing this month and every month.

New on SSIR: Give Permission to Peer Influence

Amy Sample Ward

When I say “give permission,&# in this post, I’m really saying that you should balance the herding and collecting of the community with the encouragement and empowerment for the community to go wherever it wants with your message or information. My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. You can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog here , or read the copied post below.

Social Media: Before You Get Started, Get Organized!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

To add images to your blog, create custom tabs on Facebook, and/or design an e-newsletter template, you need to know basic HTML code. HTML allows you to format text and insert links and images on Web pages. The overall message should be one of empowerment, not control and restriction. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the newly released book Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits.

Collective Lens: Photography for Social Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A recent series of studies by psychologists provides the research that proves it -- they have found that fund-raising appeals do best when they are crafted around a single gripping image. It uses images to promote social and humanitarian causes. Or check out the photos from Kathy Adams who runs Empowerment International and has been sharing photos from Nicaragua and Costa Rica that show the impact of her organization's work

Your Tweet Can Leverage A 10 Cent Donation to Care March 2-5th

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I support empowerment of women worldwide with this tweet. Twitter users may donate their avatar and replace it with an image of the red female sign. The image is available here. I've been on Twitter since almost the beginning and have watched charitable giving and fundraising go from the edge to mainstream. Twitter is establishing itself as a charitable giving and cause marketing channel. .

Living Case Studies: Integrated Social Media Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Often, they’re messy, but vibrant and all about real time learning. While the traditional case study is tidy, packaged, and finished – the living case study is open to input, questions, reflections and most of all empowerment of peers. Erika Croxton from Grist and Daniela Aceves from Roots of Change agreed to each share a living case study. More detailed suggestions for A/B testing with images here. Living Case Studies: Social Media and Sustainable Agriculture.

Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

Tech Soup Blog

Naples, Florida: #Storymakers 2017: Creating Images and Video with Adobe Spark. Mahikeng, South Africa: Rural Tech Empowerment. Image : Jeremy Hiebert / CC BY-NC-SA. IMAGE ATTRIBUTION GUIDELINES Image Name: Author / License. HTML EXAMPLE Image: Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0. --> spanhidden. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches September 5.

Nonprofit Technology News: Help for Charities to Develop Mobile Giving Capacity

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In the midst of a pivotal moment in patient engagement and empowerment, our microphone has been turned off. Images: Image one: Santa and Phone : Shutterstock. Image two: Like work cloud : Shutterstock. Image three: Creative Commons: Batteries : CC BY. Image four: Creative Commons: Handset Out For Repair : CC BY. Image five: Creative Commons: Garbage Recycling : CC BY NC ND.

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Results Of The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2013 Survey on Corporate Giving

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In the case of Microsoft, their current mission is youth empowerment. Images 1 and 2: Shutterstock. Image 3: Junior Achievement. The latest Chronicle of Philanthropy survey of American corporate giving essentially finds that companies are still giving out cash grants, but are putting more energy into product or in-kind philanthropy.

Caravan Studios Showcases Diverse Apps for Social Good

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The city's OpenData goals are to improve city services for residents and businesses, produce jobs, enhance economic opportunities, and increase resident engagement and empowerment. Image 1: SF OpenData. Image 2: Concrn. Image 3: Environmental Working Group. Image 4: FracTracker Alliance. From fracking to birth control, food ingredients to encryption, seven apps were featured in the Apps4Change event.

Paradigm Found: Leading & Managing for Postive Change

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Murray writes: At the Global Fund I defined empowerment as 'having a vision, having a plan to work toward that vision, and having the capacity to take the first steps toward the plan.' The Global Fund's role in such empowerment usually involved responding to requests from women's groups to provide the financial means for women to take the first steps in a plan that they had already developed in the context of their vision. Believing that social change is possible is the beginning.

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Let’s Play with Soap!


Newsprint black-and-white image. A good sense of hierarchy—IMAGE, then COLA BOTTLE, then HEADLINE, then COPY—across the page with some consideration of white space. Design elements to note: The iconic color-printing style of the illustrations, the way the type wraps the image creating lots of stair-stepping patterns, and the direct eye contact made with the illustration to you, the reader. . I’ve got a pretty fun exercise for you.

8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco

Tech Soup Blog

This app was the winner of a Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and Capital One hackathon. Images: Caravan Studios / TechSoup. In San Francisco, sometimes one can feel a bit cynical about the influx of frivolous technology with billion dollar valuations. It seems like every day there's a new overhyped idea that claims to fix a problem you never thought you had, like a delivery service for laundry quarters.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2013 Survey on Corporate Giving and Akhtar Badshah of Microsoft on How To Get Corporate Grants

Tech Soup Blog

In the case of Microsoft, their current mission is youth empowerment. Images 1 and 2: Shutterstock. Image 3: Junior Achievement. The latest Chronicle of Philanthropy survey of American corporate giving essentially finds that companies are still giving out cash grants, but are putting more energy into product or in-kind philanthropy.

Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

Our Time (Facebook) is a nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment through the voting process. Image: App Inventor Workshop ( Flickr ). As part of the Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore apps targeted toward youth as well as apps developed by youth. Transforming Communities is a Microsoft-funded initiative that builds on what TechSoup and Microsoft already learned through the first App It Up project.

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Changing the World: TechSoup's Newest Global Partner

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In addition to their relatively traditional offerings of training, legal advice, and grant management, STGM and TechSoup Turkey will focus on supporting digital empowerment. Image 1 : Taehyun Kim / CC BY-NC-ND. Image 2 : Wikimedia / Public Domain. Image 3 : starkart.org / CC BY-NC-SA. Image 4 : hugovk / CC BY-NC-SA. Image 5: Chris Worman. Are you sitting down?! We've got some exciting news.

3 Ways Your Creative Can Move Your Social Movement Forward

Connection Cafe

That inspiration and motivation comes from a narrative and images we attach to the movement’s core values and beliefs. Make sure your creative includes all of the following: Images: Timely and relevant; telling the narrative of the individual instead of the crowd; featuring faces of real people who are seeking opportunity (the empowerment the gifts are directed toward).

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Caravan Studios for the Win: ReImagine: Opportunity Winner!

Tech Soup Blog

Human trafficking survivors are better able to access the kinds of resources necessary to get safe and stable housing, social services, and economic empowerment. Images: Caravan Studios. This post was written by Marnie Webb, who leads TechSoup's newest division, Caravan Studios. There, she builds technology that connects local communities to resources that help them solve problems and impact issues.

The Bold, Focused Ideas of Breakthrough Nonprofit Brands: Book Giveaway Winners Announced

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While I faced a difficult decision culling winners from the forty focused initiatives described in the entries, I selected the following based on their innovative and courageous approaches to a variety of social issues, from new types of housing for the underserved, to animal welfare, to women’s empowerment. The Bold, Focused Ideas of Breakthrough Nonprofit Brands by Carol Cone.

Microsoft’s Networked Approach To Accelerating Social Change Through Technology

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here’s a few gems from outside of my sweet spot of nonprofit technology: PhotoDNA is an team effort between Microsoft researchers and Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid to create a way to identify and remove images of child pornography from search engines, based on matching their digital fingerprints provided by law enforcement agencies.

Greater Washington Give to the Max Day Training Event

Beth Kanter

Image by Codilicious from Flickr. NStreet Village : N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C.

Meditations on Relevance, Part 3: Who Decides What's Relevant?

Museum 2.0

We use a simple "honeycomb" diagram (image) to do these four steps. The most successful programs fostered youth empowerment and community leadership in various content areas: agriculture, technology, healing. One of my favorite comments on the first post in this series came from Lyndall Linaker, an Australian museum worker, who asked: " Who decides what is relevant?

Coming to a Public School Near You: Hopefully, You as a Volunteer

Have Fun - Do Good

There are also tons of nonprofit organizations, like Streetside Stories (where the book cover image above is from), that work during the school day, and after school to supplement the schools' curriculum. Organizations like these teach everything from sports, to science, to the arts, to girl empowerment. By Tweeting on momdot Image credit: Cover from Streetside Stories ' student anthology of autobiographical stories (I used to work there).

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Traveling Postcards: Interview with Founder, Caroline Lovell

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The cards are unique and beautiful and carry the voices of women (and some men) depicted in images and words and offer compassionate healing for those who both make them, and for those who receive them. You do not need to be an “artist” to make a postcard, but each participant is surprised and delighted by their creativity and to see that their cards contain colors, words and images that reflect their strongest selves.

Six New Games for Change: Check Out the Future of Gaming for Good


Documentary footage and stories told through game present images of strong women of color. The empowerment of girls in third world countries is a topic many corporate sponsors are looking to endorse. By Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager, Games for Change. For the first time, this year's Games for Change Festival created an opportunity for producers of games in development to get live feedback from leading game designers, educators, and funders on the main stage.

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The Best Nonprofit Social Media Campaigns of 2017


MeToo was meant to be a movement that provides “empowerment through empathy” to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, exploitation and harassment, especially those in underprivileged communities. Project Life Jacket’s website showcased each illustrated life jacket and paired it with a refugee’s image and bio, along with a clip from their interview. It’s happening again. All of the year’s art, events and goings-on are being sorted into “best of” lists on various blogs.

How to Visualize Information and Help Change the World

Tech Soup Blog

So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. This guide to data visualization and image selection is packed with strategies, tips, and concrete examples. " An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. Image 1 : Tactical Technology Collective. Image 2 : Appalachian Voices.

How to Visualize Information to Change the World for Better

Tech Soup Blog

So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. This guide to data visualization and image selection is packed with strategies, tips, and concrete examples. " An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. Image 1 : Tactical Technology Collective. Image 2 : Appalachian Voices.

The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

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One of the nonprofits that inspires me locally here in Santa Cruz is a youth empowerment and food justice organization called "Food, What!?" He strategically includes images of students from Pajaro Valley High, so when he asks, “See anyone you know on here?” For the last time this summer, I'm sharing a chapter from my new book The Art of Relevance to celebrate its release. Read more online and buy your own copy today.

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Using Photography to Change the World: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

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Britt Bravo: In so many of the groups you profiled, the women were using the arts for education, empowerment, or healing. BB: You've captured so many amazing images and stories in this book, what is the image that stands out the most for you? "[T]hose of us who take pictures, even for our own personal trips, and share those pictures with friends, because we have that skill, also have an obligation to help people understand each other more completely.