Geo-Tagged Map Shows Impact of Hurricane Joaquin in Real Time


5, 2015— VisionLink , a community inspired software and consulting company, has developed a free, shareable, real-time, geo-tagged map depicting actual damage reports produced by Hurricane Joaquin. Map illustrates damage reports as hurricane hits North Carolina. BOULDER, Colo. —

Ning saying no to free networks

Amy Sample Ward

As someone that has helped others to create, and has created many networks on the Ning platform, yesterday’s news that the company would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service was incredibly alarming. We will phase out our free service. [ Read the full letter here. ]. Join the conversation taking place on Manny Hernandez’s blog about keeping the network free for nonprofit and educational use.

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Video Fridays #5 Free SEO tools

NCE Social Media

I wanted to share a video on free search engine optimization tools and how to use them. Tags: Education and Training Marketing and Awareness SEO Tools free Video friday If you like the video or have comments and feedback, please let us know in the comments section.

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Free v. Paid: What’s the Best Choice for an SSL Certificate?

Byte Technology

It’s an age-old question: just what is something really worth if you can get it for free? Should you use free plugins or paid versions? Do free themes have the same impact as paid ones? Free SSL Certificates. The post Free v.

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The Limits of “Free” Software

Robert Weiner

Would you believe me if I told can get it for free? Yup, free. When talking about "free" software I think it's important to define the limits of free. There's free-as-in-beer and free-as-in-puppies. I keep hearing of small nonprofits that chose a database because it was "free," became overwhelmed, and dropped it. This often requires hiring consultants who have experience with these systems free. "Free"

My Birthday Cause: Free Geek!

Amy Sample Ward

I clicked through and created my birthday cause in support of Free Geek! (I’ve I’ve talked about Free Geek before and why I think they are a great organization.). If you’d like to support Free Geek and wish me a happy birthday - check out my Birthday Cause!

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2009 TAG Conference: Call for Submissions


The folks in the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) , as part of the Council on Foundations , have a lot in common with the NTEN community. In fact, many folks in the NTEN community are also part of TAG, and vice versa. With that in mind -- and because I'm sure the folks at TAG have noticed the general awesomeness of the NTEN community -- they're inviting you to submit session proposals for their 2009 TAG conference, which will be held in November in San Antonio, TX.

Favorite Free Software

Robert Weiner

Joe Medina of Colby College asked members of the FUNDSVCS listserve about their favorite free software programs. Here are mine, minus obvious ones like Gmail and Firefox (note that many are only free for home use). — Free anti-virus for home use: [link]. eFax FreeFree fax number for receiving up to 20 pages/month. But that’s why it’s free.). ScreenHunter Free — Screen capture program: [link].

MarketingProfs Free Virtual Conference

Robert Weiner

MarketingProfs , an online marketing resource center, is presenting a free virtual conference on online marketing. Tags: TechSoup Many of their offerings require a paid membership, but this one is gratis. While it appears to be aimed at businesses (the tracks are called Business to Business and Business to Consumer), the topics look relevant to nonprofits, in my opinion.

How to Let Experts Curate Your Content for Free


FrontPageit, as their tag line says, we want to “Read the BEST Articles, not every article”! We all know that we can use content curation to grow our audiences. But finding great content takes time.

Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

Robert Weiner

From September 30 to October 21, TechSoup will host a free Digital Storytelling online event including expert roundtable discussions, nonprofit case studies, online discussions, live chat, and a community challenge with a final screening awards ceremony in the virtual world of Second Life. Tags: TechSoup My friends at TechSoup asked me to pass along info about their upcoming digital storytelling event. Looking for an innovative and compelling way to tell your organization's story?

NpTech Tag Summary: Free Ranger Rick, Green Geekery, and Blog Day is Next Week!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Funding Opportunities A recap of funding opportunities mentioned in previous NpTech Tag Summaries and are of interest to nonprofit techies: Razoo promotes social good. Tagged with a footnote Marnie Webb notes "What do you think of the survey O'Reilly points to?

NpTech Tag: Stop Cyberbulling Day is Today!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For Next Week's NpTech Tag Summary. Telling the Story of What Drives You offers some great advice from Susan Finkelpearl from Free Range Studios. Technorati Tags: stopcyberbullyingToday is Stop Cyberbullying Day.

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A Free Agent and Nonprofits Working Together To End Homelessness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Christian Canter is doing this work as a staff person with an established nonprofit that is using social media. Mark Horvath is doing this work as “free agent.&# Says Mark, “I’m pushy, screaming loud to end poverty. Why Nonprofits and Free Agents Should Work Together.

Case Study in Free Agent Fundraising @AbolishCancer

Amy Sample Ward

Is you’re organization looking to support free agent fundraisers and the changemakers who are passionate about your cause, want to support your work, but do it their way? A free agent changemaker having success fundraising with Twitter. As my tag line says, for which I believe, “Power of the People, through Twitter, to help @abolishcancer “ If you want to learn more or get involved, connect on Twitter at [link].

Free as in “Free Kittens”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free as in “Free Kittens&# April 23, 2007 Deborah Finn pointed out this good post in a blog I have never read: ALA Tech Source. Anyway, there is a (soon to be classic) line: “…all of these technologies are ‘free’ as in ‘free kittens,’ not free as in ‘free beer.’&#

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Top 10 Sources for Free Images

Tech Soup Blog

There are more places than ever to get free images that are entirely OK for you to use for your communications. Where to Find Free Images. For instance, you can search for images that are free to use, share, or modify. Getty Images just made its images free to use in March 2014.

From Tag to Ag: NP Example

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Just found Sonny Cloward's post about how he used delicious/tags to get resource content published and organized on the Web site. Therefore added thought bubbles to represent the publishing side of the tag usage. Sonny's would be using tags to publish a resource directory to a web site.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Learnings from FriendFeed Experiment

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Also, for the past year, I've been summarizing resources being shared through the NpTech Tag, I've felt frustrated that you didn't always know who had contributed the resource and while one could add brief annotations, there was not a space for conversation around those shared items. The NpTech Tag started as an experimental community tagging project in 2005. re enjoying this blog, please consider subscribing for free

Technorati Tag Bookmarklet: The Screencast

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Marshall has a great post about a technorati tag bookmarklet that can save you a lot of grunt work. Technorati tags can help you attract more readers for your blog and also facilitate contributing to the collective community wisdom surrounding a particular tag. Surfing a tag stream (another word for a collection of content found in one screen using a tag) can also help you discover other people, s, and ideas. To Use The Bookmarklet To Add Tags To Your Post.

Nonprofit 2.0 Reflections: Sharing Practices Around Listening and Free Agents

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve Found My Free Agents, Now What? Look for Free Agents who already know about your work. Look to your in-house lists for potential free agents. Scan Social Networks for Free Agents. Tags: Conferences Free Agent Listening nonprofit20 np20

NpTech Tag Summary: The SlideShare Edition

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

where you navigate by tags, most views, or slide shares by users and events. You can set up an account for free. So, for this week's NpTech Tag Summary, I'm aggregating a few of the best ones. SlideShare is a site to host and share presentations. You can upload all your slide decks, and find download interesting presentations. At last month's NetTuesday , Jonathan Boutelle, Co-founder and CTO of SlideShare gave a presentation on how Nonprofits can use SlideShare.

Google Checkout No Longer Free for Nonprofits

Robert Weiner

Google has been offering free donation processing to nonprofits for the past couple of years through Google Checkout. That free service will end on March 1 except for U.S.-based Tags: TechSoup based nonprofits that receive Google Grants. Other nonprofits will pay 2% + $0.20 per transaction (but at least there won’t be any monthly, setup, or gateway service fees like others have to pay). You can see Google’s fee list here. read more.

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10 Free Nonprofit iPhone Apps

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Now 10 Free Nonprofit iPhone Apps. Channels include Latest News, Pets, Wildlife, Animal Rescue, Factory Farming, Animal Fighting, Fur-Free, Horses, Protect Seals, Wildlife Abuse, International, Investigations, Press Room. First there was 10 Nonprofit Text Alert Campaigns.

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A Few Good RSVP Tools: Online Registration Options for Free Events


Planning a free event? We talked to seven nonprofit technology experts about useful and affordable options for collecting RSVPs for free events. A number of online software tools can help organizations planning free events collect estimated headcounts, gather information from attendees and send them follow-up emails, enter them into a database, and more. But why pay several hundred dollars to collect attendee information for a free training or other event?

Facebook Places for Complete Idiots – Free download

John Haydon

Tags: Facebook Tips Facebook Places foursquare free download This past Tuesday, Kivi Leroux Miller and I conducted a webinar titled “Beyond a Simple Facebook Page: The Next Steps for Nonprofits on Facebook&#.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Chimp Personality, Convio Open API, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jason at DIA tagged it with this note: "The most universal piece of advice about using social networks for fundraising and friendraising is to start small." Games for Change and Virtual Words Nick Booth points to Free Rice, an online edugaming for good.

Free Webinar Today: Building Your Email List

Robert Weiner

Firstgiving is holding a free webinar TODAY designed to help nonprofits build their email lists, What: Advanced Email Fundraising: Building Your List. Cost: Free. Tags: TechSoup When: Tuesday, January 13, at 3:30pm Eastern time. Description: Email marketing isn’t the wave of the future; it’s the wave of right now. Writing effective messages is critical, but just as critical, and often overlooked, is building your list.

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Delicious Bird Tags and Technology Integration

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Use of tags to organize and bookmark Internet Resources related to subjects. Step 2: Bookmark in Delicious using appropriate tags Tech Skills: How to bookmark, how to tag, how to point to a resource list from a computer in the lab.

NpTech Tag: Roundups from and about Facebook and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Many blogs, like the Razoo blog , went red on Thursday as part of Free Burma: International Bloggers Day. Tag your post with "net2thinktank." So, do check out the Audio/Video Edition of the NGO-in-a-Box which includes a collection of Free and Open Source Software tools.

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Get Your Damn Tags Right! A Tagging Community

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Via a post from the Tags/Networks/Narrative called Vocabulary Soup , I discovered another tagging community called, Get Your Damn Tags Right. Feral hypertexts and tag clouds as narratives are one the trajectories of this project. Each photo can have as many tags as desired

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Free pizza event today backs charity seeking Pepsi grant

AFP Blog

Anyone who comes in and votes for Hannah's Hope via cell phone or laptop will receive a free slice of pizza, courtesy of owner Matt McClellan.If Tags: NPPepsiRefresh NPPepsiChallenge NPFundraisingIdeas Just one example of how Charities are promoting themselves in Pepsi Refresh.Free pizza event today backs charity seeking Pepsi grant: "Volunteers will be at Tour de Pizza, 212 37th Ave N., St Petersburg, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

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Free is the Future redux


Reminded me of an old post where I thought about this kind of model in relation to free sharing of expertise by consultants, and I quoted Lee Lefever of Common Craft (scroll to the bottom of my post). I know of many tech companies who are also using this free-to-join (or free-to-start) model. CollectiveX is one example, where you can set up a groupsite with plenty of features for free, then once you want to get more hosted, more branded, more integrated, more reporting, etc.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Highlights from the NpDev and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here's a few sessions notes in the wiki: NpTech Tag , definition of Open API For-Profit/Nonprofit Software Collaborations and where are the biggest tool gaps ? An article called Free Software, Handpicked for Nonprofits by Tactical Technology Collective and iCommons just published on Techsoup.

How To Display Flickr Photos With A Tag

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click to Flickr Photos Tagged with 07ntc in A Slide Show Presentation. And, did I mention this little tool was free? I got asked this question several times during various presentations/panels at I was on at the NTC, including the Flickr Affnity Group session on Wednesday.

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Razoo: A Free Online Donation Service

Robert Weiner

I recently posted a notice that Google is limiting its free online donation service to Google grant recipients. Tags: TechSoup Subsequently, TechSoup member schobert suggested checking out Razoo for Nonprofits. I looked at the service and spoke with Razoo’s CEO, Sebastian Traeger, last week and learned the following: Razoo is using Guidestar to list nonprofits and using Network for Good to process donations.

5 Free Ways to Amp Up Your Online Fundraising for #GivingTuesday

NonProfit Hub

Here are some things you can do right now for free to up your online fundraising so your organization can take advantage of this year’s #GivingTuesday. Text-to-Donate has historically come with a high price tag, but Give Lively is proud to provide this technology with unlimited campaign codes at no cost. Want to learn more about #GivingTuesday tips and free resources? Give Lively is a tech start-up that builds fundraising tech and gives it away to nonprofits for free.

Free TechSoup Webinar: Basics for Beginners

Amy Sample Ward

This Wednesday, April 15th, you can participate in a free online event and webinar from TechSoup, Basics for Beginners: Getting Started with Social Media Tools. If this sounds familiar, you won’t want to miss TechSoup’s free online event and webinar: Basics for Beginners: Getting Started with Social Media Tools. This free event is ideal for beginners who are looking for simple steps they can take to effectively use social media to enhance their missions.

Running Free: Seattle Free School at Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

Tech Soup Blog

The low-budget ethos is encapsulated no better than in the Seattle Free School. Volunteers teach free classes in rooms donated by other local organizations. Founder Jessica Dally came down from Seattle to give a talk called Run Free: How to Transform Your Community Without Money.

SXSW for Free (and for non-profits)

FI Space

link] [not all free, bot oriented towards cheap]. Tags: SXSW Info Tech Free [link]. link]. link] [scroll down to "SXSW week"]. link]. And of course, don’t forget to offer to volunteer to help with the various extra events if you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get in. You can also still volunteer for the _music_ part of SXSW only: [link]. Thanks to Ms.G for this great list).

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NpTech Tag Summary: 10 x 10 Ten NpTech Tagged Items About Social Media and Nonprofits That You Can Check Out in Ten Minutes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Lauren-Glenn Davitian's " Be the Media -- Free Speech Unfurled " guest post on NTEN blog. The NpTech Tag started as an experimental community tagging project in 2005. re enjoying this blog, please consider subscribing for freeWant to listen on Twitter?

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4 Free Photo Resources You Can Tap for Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

But ease of use might come with a price tag even the most die-hard creators might not be willing to pay. There are a lot of resources out there that will let you create content for free. With this free app, you can create your own filters. And this app is free.

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More on Free is the Future - the six kinds of "free"


Freemium - free entry to online communities, charge for "premium" areas/functionality? Cross subsidies - free initial access to articles, charge for distribution? But, you ask, if everything is free, where is the value in membership? Scott's point was this: "I believe that membership itself does have a perceived value and therefore it should have a price tag. Would mission be as important if anyone could join just by signing up for free?"

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