Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

Connection Cafe

Often virtual events don’t elicit the same emotional connection as when a team come s together for in-person service. H osting a virtual or local day of service? virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. .

7 Things Nonprofits Should Know About Virtual Desktops

TechImpact

With a virtual desktop, everything that you see on your computer screen (the operating system) is actually located on a server rather than on your computer’s local drive. An article on BNews explains what virtual desktops are and how they are being used.

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Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Other times,the workshop, keynote presentation, or master class might be part of a conference or a single session for an organization, but planning the event requires meeting across time zones virtually. What are your best tips for working across time zones for virtual meetings?

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

The First ONE campaign officially launched with an on-campus reception where laptops were available allowing supporters to register. Marino said there was an important balance in virtually keeping people engaged without overwhelming them with email communications.

The One Secret To Better Virtual Meetings: Empathy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I facilitated a peer learning session for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and their mentors about healthy and productive meetings. We covered the best practices of meetings , both face-to-face and virtual meetings.

5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

Idealware

There are a lot of benefits to virtual teams—you’re not constrained by geography and staff members have a lot more flexibility. To some degree, technology can compensate for the shortcomings of a virtual environment. Virtual Phone System. I use my laptop with a headset, Chris uses his cell phone, and Dan uses a landline. Virtual teams have many advantages, but there are also some limitations.

Virtual Office Toolkit

Idealware

Since my brick-and-mortar nonprofit org closed its doors, I have been working exclusively virtually, mostly with people who live on the opposite coast. For me, working flexibly and virtually in this way has definitely improved my quality of life.

How to Reuse Old Laptops with Windows MultiPoint Server

Tech Soup Blog

Do you have an old laptop lying around that you're not sure what to do with? Other software, such as NComputing’s VSpace Client, Rdesktop, or Virtual Box, can also be used.

Will the Virtual Summit Replace Face-to-Face Guest Post By Kari Dunn Saratovsky

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Last June, I live blogged the virtual Millennial Donor Summit and it was an interesting experience. Will the Virtual Summit Replace Face-to-Face? This past June, the Case Foundation , Achieve , and JGA teamed up for a little virtual experiment of our own.

You Are Authorized to Virtualize!

Tech Soup Blog

Nate wrote about how CITI went virtual in a previous guest post here. I can't look at a software product without thinking "I bet I should virtualize that." Microsoft sent me a sample of a product called Microsoft Virtual PC. Virtual PC is an example of desktop virtualization , in which you can run different operating systems on older computers in your computer system. I found that Virtual PC does much more than that, though.

Video Conferencing Apps: Take Virtual Meetings on the Road

Tech Soup Blog

ReadyTalk Mobile (iPad) makes it easy to jump in on a meeting if you left your work laptop behind. TechSoup's new Audio and Video Conferencing Toolkit has everything you need to help your organization hold virtual meetings or trainings with donated or free software.

The Disposable Computer

Tech Soup Blog

Thin clients can provide the same experience as a desktop by leveraging technology known as a virtual desktop. The big advantage of a virtual desktop is that the environment is controlled. A virtual desktop can cost as little as $35 a month. Your computer will be disposable.

The Environmental and Cost Savings Benefits of Windows MultiPoint Server

Tech Soup Blog

In this blog post, I'll compare costs and energy usage for a WMS setup versus a conventional setup in which every user has a laptop or desktop computer. WMS can also use legacy hardware, such as old laptops or desktop computers.

Infographic: How Tech Changed The Way We Work

TechImpact

Smart phones, tablets, laptop computers, and desktop computers are synonymous with work. Industry News Tech infographic nonprofit npTech virtualization Americans used to dread the sound of the the a rattling filing cabinet.

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Windows MultiPoint Server: Resources for Refurbishers

Tech Soup Blog

Here is some fine print on using this highly-discounted RRP offer: Servers do not require a prior Windows licenses to be eligible for this product, but client devices (like old laptops) must be refurbished devices with a prior Windows COA.

Burlington Public Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

The library also offers free WiFi, a laptop checkout program, and 30 public access computers. GreenTech Green IT thin client desktop virtualization Microsoft Windows Multipoint ServerWindows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

PC World - Business Center: OLPC Tries to Bridge Gap With Developer Community

AFP Blog

PC World - Business Center: OLPC Tries to Bridge Gap With Developer Community: "A virtual uprising that broke out among developers questioning One Laptop Per Child's commitment to open-source software has prompted an official from the nonprofit effort to play peacemaker.".

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Windows MultiPoint Server Frequently Asked Questions

Tech Soup Blog

Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) virtualizes Windows on each connected monitor and supports multiple users at the same time, each working independently using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse.

The Next Five Big Trends in Mobile App Development

Byte Technology

But to keep them relevant and useful app developers will have to focus on cross-platform structures that help people transition from desktop to laptop to tablet to phone. If the tech industry could share one overarching motto, it would be something like “ever forward.”

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La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

Patrons can also bring their own laptops and tablets and use the library's free WiFi. GreenTech Green IT thin client desktop virtualization Microsoft Windows Multipoint ServerMicrosoft's Windows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

Patrons can also bring their own laptops and tablets and use the library's free WiFi. GreenTech Green IT thin client desktop virtualization Microsoft Windows Multipoint ServerMicrosoft's Windows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

Happy Earth Day! 7 Ways to Green Your Technology

NTEN

We just finished spring cleaning the NTEN offices and took a laptop, four boxes of toner, some thumb drives, a broken keyboard, and some old power supplies to Free Geek last night. With web-based software, web conferencing, laptops, and smart phones, it's easier than ever to skip the office entirely. Tags: earth environment green greenpeace NPTech techsoup virtualization IT Staff

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I Get To Work In My Pajamas!

Connection Cafe

I always found it funny that the line often associated with Virtual Work is “I get to work in my pajamas!” The issue of virtual or remote work has been very hot since Marissa Mayer of Yahoo asked all of their remote employees to work in a Yahoo office. Virtual work isn’t going to end.

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Stay Mobile: Tools to Take Your WordPress Site on the Go

Byte Technology

Indeed, experts now estimate that the vast majority of users access the web on a smartphone, tablet or the like, rather than a standard desktop or laptop computer. From here you can do virtually everything you need for your site directly from a phone or tablet, such as compose posts, upload photos, edit pages, manage comments, track stories and even get analytical information on your traffic and site activity.

10 Common Misconceptions Nonprofits Have About Bitcoin Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This year the IRS will be asking all taxpayers if they have transacted in “virtual currencies” on their 1040 tax return – further incentivizing potential donors to support their favorite nonprofit to offset their gains. By Alex Wilson and Pat Duffy , co-founders of The Giving Block.

Current Affair: The Importance of Keeping Your WordPress Site Updated

Byte Technology

For anyone who owns—or has ever owned—a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer, the mantra that is constantly hammered into us is “update, update, update.” In the end, there’s no reason to fear the almighty update: it’s the best way to make sure all the elements of your WordPress site are working at their most secure and efficient, and that all your hard work—as well as your personal information—is safe from bugs, viruses and the nasty hackers lurking in the virtual world.

The Starting Line: Great Tips for Beginning a WordPress Blog

Byte Technology

Here are just a handful of tips, gathered from some of the best and brightest in the “blogosphere,” for getting your pages up and running and helping them go the distance in the constantly evolving and expanding virtual world. * Remember this: the vast majority of people now go online via their mobile devices, not a desktop or laptop computer. It’s no great secret that blogging is big. Huge really.

Post-PC and the new iPad: I get it now

Judi Sohn

I use a PC laptop for work. Is the iPad at the point that it can completely replace a laptop that is primarily used for communication, light work and entertainment? I’m also surprising myself how fast I can type on the virtual keyboard. I guess I believe Apple now when they say that’s all my desktop or laptop computer is…a device. I’m typing this entry from my new iPad using the WordPress app.

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Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

NonProfit Hub

Google gives you virtually unlimited storage, easy sharing and compatibility with tons of apps and websites all for FREE. That means you can access any of your files anywhere, whether you’re on your work computer, phone, laptop or tablet—as long as you have your login info and an internet connection, you’re set. At Nonprofit Hub, we use Google for everything—and I mean everything.

Generation Y – Reinventing the Way We Communicate

SocialFish

We can find virtually anything online, so we’re accustomed to having an unlimited supply of information readily available at the click of a mouse. This virtual page not only hosts a multitude of content, but promotes end-user engagement.

Back to School in Tanzania with a New Windows Multipoint Server Computer Lab

Tech Soup Blog

Jim walked out of there with four refurbished laptops preloaded with Windows Multipoint Server and 16 NComputing thin clients. Grace Ministries International's Jim Shemaria picking up the Virtual Computer Package in Seattle. Interconnection supplied: One refurbished i7 laptop.

"This Is My Friend": How the Kosch-Westerman Foundation Connects Terminally Ill Children to the Outside World

Tech Soup Blog

Their project began with just one or two kids attending classes with the help of a camera and a clunky laptop. Brian uses donated laptops and tablets with Skype software, connected to cameras in the children's classrooms. … your laptop is really your only friend."

Must Have GivingTuesday Apps – Recommended by the Pros

John Haydon

It’s a great way to manage your plans for #GivingTuesday from your phone, tablet or laptop. If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning to participate in GivingTuesday this year. You’ve selected a fundraising platform and created a plan to rally your community.

TechSoup's Refurbished Computers Now Include Windows 10

Tech Soup Blog

Starting in October 2016, TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) will feature refurbished laptops and desktops with Windows 10 preinstalled. Laptops and desktops from RCI are competitively priced hardware from top manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and more. Windows 10 connects better to existing and future devices, including convertible laptops, wall-mounted devices, and even holographic interfaces. See the full catalog of Windows 10 desktops and laptops.

Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Is everyone sitting around the table, but only engaged on their mobile phones or laptops, checking email or looking at social feeds? Virtual Meetings: Conference calls, online chats, and webinars.

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"This Is My Friend": How the Kosch-Westerman Foundation Connects Terminally Ill Children to the Outside World

Tech Soup Blog

Their project began with just one or two kids attending classes with the help of a camera and a clunky laptop. Brian uses donated laptops and tablets with Skype software, connected to cameras in the children's classrooms. … your laptop is really your only friend."

Online Jobs for College Students

SocialFish

A few things you will need before embarking on an online career are; A good quality laptop. Virtual tutoring. You can either find jobs on your own or use companies that recruit college students for virtual tutoring. It is virtually a goldmine that cannot be ignored.

"This Is My Friend": How the Kosch-Westerman Foundation Connects Terminally Ill Children to the Outside World

Tech Soup Blog

Their project began with just one or two kids attending classes with the help of a camera and a clunky laptop. Brian uses donated laptops and tablets with Skype software, connected to cameras in the children's classrooms. … your laptop is really your only friend."

The Pros and Cons of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Idealware

The first thing to decide is whether you’ll support personal laptops and computers or just mobile devices. Like many organizations, Cambridge Housing Authority provides laptops to staff who travel because supporting personal computers would be too much work, Leslie said.

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Conscious Computing: 7 Apps and Tips That Help You Focus, Reduce Stress, and Get Work Done

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of my favorites is Ommwriter which turns your laptop into an old fashion word processor. However, if you have to do “work” on Facebook, here’s some work flow tips for avoiding distraction. No worries, go to Calm.com or download the app and do some virtual chilling out.

What is Green IT?

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

The McKinsey report offers a concise statement of the issue: The rapidly growing carbon footprint associated with information and communications technologies, including laptops and PCs, data centers and computing networks, mobile phones, and telecommunications networks, could make them among the biggest greenhouse gas emitters by 2020. These include virtualizing your servers to use fewer boxes, and using your technology to minimze travel.

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Does my perfect Twitter client exist?

Judi Sohn

Every time I find a laptop bag I say I love, Eric rolls his eyes. I don’t run my Windows XP virtual machine often enough anymore to consider a Windows client. “You say that now, but in 6 months you’ll be complaining about it like all the rest.&#

Does my perfect Twitter client exist?

Judi Sohn

Every time I find a laptop bag I say I love, Eric rolls his eyes. I don’t run my Windows XP virtual machine often enough anymore to consider a Windows client. “You say that now, but in 6 months you’ll be complaining about it like all the rest.&#