TechSoup Global's First Phone System Offering: BetterWorld Telecom

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TechSoup's newest offering is a green technology and our first discounted phone system package for nonprofits and libraries. It's by the green company, BetterWorld Telecom. The pre-negotiated discount package includes Cisco VoIP phones, hosted Voice over IP, and virtual PBX phone service. It's a complete "unified communications" office phone system.

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Going Green: Paperless Evaluations at the 10NTC

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At the 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we gave our session evaluation system a major tech overhaul by highlighting a mobile text messaging option in addition to our normal paper evaluations -- as well as an online option that was added at the last minute. At the 2010 NTC in Atlanta, we built on what we learned and took this one step further by moving to a completely paperless evaluation system.

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Understanding VoIP - A Report from the Trenches

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In preparation for the new phones, I had the office wired with CAT6, with two lines going to every station; one for data (iMac), and one for voice (VoIP). BetterWorld did an outstanding job, but understanding the needs of a VoIP system is key in allowing them to do their best work. Accessible Technology Acquiring Technology Green Office GreenTech Tech Planning Technology Assessment Green IT nonprofitThis is a guest post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social.

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Reduce Travel by Telecommuting

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Telework has been greatly enhanced by solutions such as virtual private networks (VPN), videoconferencing, and Voice over IP (VoIP). If employees must have direct access to their office phones, there are affordable new Voice over IP solutions that are emerging like virtual PBX , that allows you to set your office phone to ring at home or anywhere. Google is planning to launch a free service called Google Voice that will provide similar functions at no cost.

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Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

They may also need screen magnifiers that are built in to Windows and other operating systems or they use specialized applications like ZoomText. People may use an alternative keyboard or keyboard emulator, a Braille input device, a mouse emulator, optical character recognition, or voice recognition software like Dragon software. Accessible Technology GreenTech Hardware Recycled and Refurbished Computers Microsoft Green IT assitive technology accessibility goQ sustainability

Greenpeace Nordic Fights to Win the World a Better Future

Saleforce Nonprofit

These people – donors, campaigning supporters or volunteers – do everything from donating or signing petitions, to green speaking and raising awareness to help create the necessary changes to ensure a green and peaceful future for all.

Remote Work for Associations: 5 Real-World Techniques and Tips

Gravitate

Like many organizations, we might not have initially recognized the tremendous difference between hearing only someone’s voice and also seeing their gestures and facial expressions. He worked with them to color in a stoplight sign, one side green, and the other red.

Why Every Organization Should Make Sustainability Part of its Mission

Saleforce Nonprofit

At Salesforce, our business is guided by stakeholder capitalism , a system in which corporate purpose is based on a fundamental commitment to all stakeholders — customers, employees, partners, communities, the planet, and society — rather than just shareholders.

5 Design Techniques That Will Increase the Lifespan of Your Nonprofit’s Website

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For example, if someone might be in a worried state while browsing your site, intense colors like red or orange won’t help them; it would be better to choose calming colors like blues and greens. In practice: 1) Civil Voices.

8 Nonprofits Championing Environmental Sustainability on Earth Day

Classy

Volkswagen, GM, Amazon, and the USPS pledged a commitment to green vehicles. The organization serves as a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social, and economic justice that brings fundamental changes to economic and social institutions.

Tech for Good at Mobile World Congress

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Besides the latest and greatest smartphones and tablets, the conference is a forum for innovation, ranging from green technology to accessibility. AppMachine is a public, browser-based visual content management system (CMS) for building mobile apps. can be controlled either via its touchscreen with special gestures, a keypad, or with voice recognition. Like SmartVision, SeeMore has built-in voice and gesture controls. Mobile Green Tech.

20+ Nonprofit Tools You Need to Get Your New Nonprofit Up and Running

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There are many free and low-cost Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) options, which can be used through your computer and your phone. Google Voice is a great place to start for as low as $10 a month. But, make no mistake, where Little Green Light wins is on price.

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How To Save The Planet: 10 Changes With The Biggest Impact

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Try a green energy supplier. It’s easy to switch to 100% green energy. You can use a provider that uses 100% green and renewable energy like these listed on MoneySupermarket or, even better, install solar panels on your home. Make your voice heard.

NetCentric Advocacy: Peer to Patent: Distributed Research on Patents

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Environmentalists Kill the Purple Cow: Endangered Campaigns Need Seth Godin | Main | Network-Centric Trends for Campaign Planners: Teased from The Journal of Community Informatics » July 22, 2005 Peer to Patent: Distributed Research on Patents Peer production proposal for the US Patent office. Inventors could also choose to use the existing system.

Can love change the world? I hope so!

Amy Sample Ward

If we focus our work on feeding the hungry, for example, do we actually create a system in which we rely on people needing our services? I see this work in public maps like Open Green Map. She originally founded the Voice of Women Organization (VWO) to educate girls in Kabul in secret schools under the Taliban, and has since expanded to support and assist underprivileged women and children throughout Afghanistan.

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Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services can help you save money, especially if you request one through TechSoup. When your constituent relationship management (CRM) systems and databases are in the cloud, you can access all of your important contacts and information from any computer. CitySoft is a web-based CRM and content management system for eligible nonprofits and public libraries.

[VIDEO] The Early Bird Guide to Epic End of Year Fundraising

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I’m wearing my Bloomerang green today. Big green contrasting lime green color, donate today. If you are ready to ride an epic wave of generosity with an airtight end-of-year fundraising strategy join our special guest Rachel Muir. Full Transcript: Steven: All right.

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How To Save The Planet: 10 Changes With The Biggest Impact

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Try a green energy supplier. It’s easy to switch to 100% green energy. You can use a provider that uses 100% green and renewable energy like these listed on MoneySupermarket or, even better, install solar panels on your home. Make your voice heard.

Your Guide to TechSoup's Cloud Services and Products

Tech Soup Blog

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services can help you save money, especially if you request one through TechSoup. When your constituent relationship management (CRM) systems and databases are in the cloud, you can access all of your important contacts and information from any computer. CitySoft is a web-based CRM and content management system for eligible nonprofits and public libraries.

TechSoup Global Donor Partner Profile: BetterWorld Telecom

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These are packaged with discounted voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone services that unify all your organization's telephones, mobile phones, fax machines, and computers through a virtual PBX software application. TechSoup's Chief Business Development Officer, Gayle Carpentier, had been searching for a way to offer phone systems for nonprofits and libraries for a long time. This one gets in to some technical details of how VoIP phone systems work.

Advocacy in the Cloud

GroundWire

We had no central system for tracking engagement and it saddens me when I think back on all the folks who would have been even more engaged had an opportunity presented itself. Their engagement model: The organizers found that while there were plenty of people interested in working a green job, the demand for the services was not there. Since 1973 they have built a credible, professional voice for conservation in Idaho. The Dream of the 90s.

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SOCAP: The Market at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

Tech Soup Blog

I hope you'll pardon me if I start with a green tech thing. A woman named Gail Work stopped by to chat about her new non-toxic green battery company in Silicon Valley called SeaWave Battery. This is a new Croatian company that has developed an affordable device that allow disabled people to control their environment with voice commands like ‘turn on the lights’ Miroslav Vrankic was trolling the conference looking for U.S.

Alexandra Rampy, Guest Post: The Cool Factor About Mobile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Objective : 1) Measure the effectiveness among 18-45 year olds of event sponsorship and advertising in real-time and 2) Measure this audience’s interest in green issues raised by the global concerts and sponsors. Objective : Implement an emergency notification system for all the University campus community. Cool Factor : Campus Alert System. It’ll be interesting to see how other systems and institutions implement a similar strategy. *.

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth Kanter

They also started small and low-cost with the automated phone call system: instead of taking the time and money to build out interactive voice response technology, a Fasal team member recorded the “automated” voice behind the phone by reading call scripts. Once the team saw that the farmers were using the MVP system, they invested in and built out the full Fasal product infrastructure. Linda Robinson, Gateway Green (Board Chair).

Caravan Studios Showcases Diverse Apps for Social Good

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The green, yellow, and red colors allow consumers to immediately view a product's level of concern in each of the categories. The need for human rights groups to prove systemic abuse of vulnerable populations is often stymied by the destruction of paperwork referencing years of investigation. With CareerHub, case managers and organizations can conveniently send emails, text messages, and voice messages directly from a desktop computer to their clients.

Playing the Social Media Game with 100 Bay Area Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Valley Medical Foundation: This organization provided an example of the personal versus organizational voice issue that social media often brings up. Robot Voice Disguiser for Large Group Facilitation. My son lent me his Robot Voice Disguiser which was good for an opening laugh, but the chimes were preferable. What's nice is that allows you save paper and be a little bit green, although you do need a couple of key paper handouts (instructions/cards).

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Social Innovation: Harnessing What Works to Address Critical National Challenges

Have Fun - Do Good

Cheryl Dorsey, the President of Echoing Green , a nonprofit that provides seed funding and support to social entrepreneurs, talked about how providing capital for social innovation can: Provide incentive for individual and collective engagement around social problems. Give voice to new and alternative actors. He would like to see the Fund support new models that disrupt the system, focus on results, and challenge other aspects of how government works.

Interview with Jodie Van Horn of Freedom from Oil and Plug-in Bay Area

Have Fun - Do Good

Additionally, there has been a lot of rhetoric on the part of the automakers regarding the greenness of their operations, when in fact what we are seeing is a lot of green-washing. They recognize that green is very vogue right now. They recognize that consumers have made the connection between climate change and transportation, and so they are trying to portray their vehicles as green choices.

A Little Bit of Gloom Between Two Slices of Hope: Diet for a Hot Planet Author, Anna Lappe

Have Fun - Do Good

Can you talk a little bit about what the crisis is, and what the connection is between today's food system and climate change? If you add up the whole food system, the whole food sector, what you find is that it contributes to one-third of all of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. I think another key reason is that, frankly, up until recently, we haven't really had a robust public understanding that food is part of a system, and it's a polluting system.

Nurturing Inner City Entrepreneurs: Jose Corona of Inner City Advisors

Have Fun - Do Good

I'm going to be green. Do you support your local educational systems? Look at the BART system. Too often we give the resources to the communities that have the loudest voice. It's really creating that voice, and I think we can facilitate that. "One of the things that we make sure that everyone understands from the beginning is that we have a give back clause.

NetCentric Advocacy: Data:Information: Knowledge: What can we do in 2 years later?

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Revolution in Jesusland » Almost speechless | Main | Time to Revisit: Iowa Electronic Markets ~ Current Markets: 2008 U.S. The PCDT should have quick and unfettered access and be looking at the systems failure (sure sometimes it is the pilot but what saftey systems prevent the pilot from making personal mistakes) 2. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Women's Earth Alliance: Co-Directors Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond

Have Fun - Do Good

We didn't just dig holes, and build eco-sand composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting systems in schools, and BioSand water filters. For us, that means everything from the events that we do at home, where we have completely green events, to how we live our own lives, the things that we buy, the way that we run our office -- all of these things, to us, are important as we move forward and truly model what it means to create a world that we want to live in.

Empowering Change: Caitlin Cohen of the Sigida Keneyali Project

Have Fun - Do Good

They informed me that the community had formed an oversight committee, bought a parcel of land, described the clinic they wanted, and set up a system to finance its personnel through the sale of pharmaceuticals. Our committee gets the chance to assert the community’s rights, and see that it has an effective voice. Right now the CHAG his planning on asking the Malian health system for mosquito nets for all pregnant women and children under 5 in a community of 1400.

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Solutionary Women: Alli Chagi-Starr, Ilyse Hogue, Melinda Kramer and Reem Rahim

Have Fun - Do Good

One is called Have Fun * Do Good , which is my personal blog; BlogHer , which is a network of women bloggers; NetSquared , which is about how nonprofits can use the social web for social change; and also the San Francisco branch of WorldChanging , which is talking about what are different solutions, particularly focusing on green solutions, happening in the Bay Area. A blog was really perfect for me, because first of all, it was a very casual voice -- it's not very formal.

Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker

Have Fun - Do Good

I want to do things around people getting pushed out of school and the school system not serving my peers. Even stuff around "green." It's amazing to me how much art can give anyone a voice, the ability for them to be able to talk about, and to have an outlet for what they see happening in their community. A lot of these young men I feel are unjustly tracked into a juvenile justice system, and later into prison.

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Matthew Scholtz | Wednesday, 21 February 2007 at 5:08 pm Hey Steve, I’ll add my voice to chorus of thanks for posting this. Steve | Friday, 23 February 2007 at 3:59 pm One of the things that’s really important is to make it clear that the work is more important than the system–bringing in the donations is why we’re doing this. We’re not doing it just so we can have the exercise of following a process, so the system has to be very flexible.

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