Nonprofits, Get Your License to Design!

Tech Soup Blog

Get your design driver's license by taking a few of TechSoup's online design courses. Get your design license. Nonprofits and libraries are consistently tapped (and drained) to leverage creative talents and produce palatable brochures, logos, web pages, presentations, and annual reports — just to name a few — with little budget. They are geared for nonprofit and library staff that have little or no knowledge of the amazing world of Adobe Creative Cloud.

The Huddle Perpetual License

Tech Soup Blog

Huddle is offering its online service to charities and libraries at a one-time admin fee, and a very reasonable one at that. What Is a Perpetual License? In other words, qualified charities and libraries can get the service for up to 25 users year after year with only a one-time admin fee. " If you already have a Huddle donation from TechSoup, you're now automatically included in the perpetual license. You also now have a perpetual license agreement.

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A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?

Tech Soup Blog

The Kansas City Public Library. They have developed a way for anyone with a Kansas City public library card to use expensive professional applications like those from Adobe and Microsoft without owning them. They are building a free software lending library. Find an expanded version of this story on TechSoup For Libraries that talks about the remarkable people behind this project. The new lending library project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Learning Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

Nearly everything we have listed above is free, plus all of the content on TechSoup is Creative Commons – licensed. Earlier this year, we told you about all the resources available at TechSoup for learning to use technology. But what if you need more? Finding Quick Technology Answers Beyond TechSoup. Because we know that TechSoup may not be able to answer all of your really specific technology questions, here are some of our favorite sites.

Calling All Nonprofits and Libraries — Come Celebrate Creativity

Tech Soup Blog

to showcase your nonprofit or library. In entering a submission, the organization grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable license and right to use, perform, exhibit, reproduce, distribute, and/or otherwise exploit the story in any manner and in any media now known or hereafter devised.

New Tutorial: How to Get Started with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center

Tech Soup Blog

Over the past months, TechSoup has been answering the call from the community to provide short, video tutorials on topics of interest to nonprofits and libraries. Topics covered include taking the first steps toward accessing the Volume Licensing Service Center, what you may need to do before retrieving your donation, and signing up for a Windows Live ID. Check out Microsoft's tutorials on the Microsoft Volume Licensing site.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

Basically, it allows one computer to serve several people in a lab or library at very low cost and with minimum maintenance. TechSoup and InterConnection , one of our Refurbished Computer Initiative partners, teamed up to supply a group of nonprofits and libraries with everything they would need to set up a MultiPoint Server lab in their environment. La Conner Regional Library was one of our test sites. She became the library tech person by default.

Save on Thousands of Products with JourneyEd.com for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

The JourneyEd.com offer is available to all nonprofits and libraries. Simply request JourneyEd.com Technology Products for Nonprofits and Libraries – Access to Discounted Rates and you'll receive a special link to browse the JourneyEd.com nonprofit catalog and request your products. vSphere Enterprise License 64 GB vRam per CPU. VMware Workstation 10 Linux & Win License Academic. TechSoup is proud to announce our newest partner, JourneyEd.com.

What happens when you set your content free with creative commons licensing?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I use the " BY Attribution " creative commons license. I've used this license. I've even taught my children about creative commons (check out Harry's screencast - What A Second Grader Knows About Creative Commons that earned him a feature story in the School Library Association Journal) All of this assumes that people really bother to look at the license, understand it , and respect the rules. I created a version to teach folks about creative commons licensing.

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Yahoo Javascript Libraries go OpenSource

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I can't help wonder if this mounting bad PR played a role in Yahoo's announcement this week to release their Javascript user-interface library and a library of web application design patterns under an Open Source license. The libraries include tools for animation, DOM manipulation (the key to dynamic HTML), drag and drop, and httpXMLRequests (the heart of Ajax).

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Upcoming Webinar: Downloading Your Microsoft Donations Tomorrow!

Tech Soup Blog

This webinar is intended for nonprofit or library professionals who want to learn more about the Microsoft Software Donation Program and visit the Volume Licensing Service Center. Event Online Seminar Microsoft VLSC webinars tsevent Microsoft Software Donation Program downloading software Volume Licensing Service Center Interested in receiving donated Microsoft software. through TechSoup? Already have a donation fulfillment email sitting in. your organization's inbox?

TechSoup Content Now Available Under Creative Commons License :: PNNOnline ::

AFP Blog

TechSoup Content Now Available Under Creative Commons License :: PNNOnline :: : "TechSoup Content Now Available Under Creative Commons License Posted by: laurakujawski on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Topic Special Features TechSoup, the nonprofit technology Web site, today announced that most of its content is now available for reprint to nonprofits, schools, and libraries under a Creative Commons License.

Making the Most of TechSoup: Webinar Recap

Tech Soup Blog

How to Get Started with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. Acquiring Technology Grants for Technology TechSoup Help Training library libraries nonprofits TechSoup webinars nonprofitLast week we held a webinar on Making the Most of TechSoup. During this event, TechSoup staffers Lara Franklin and Shala Harris provided some helpful tips on navigating the TechSoup website and product pages. They also answered some great questions from webinar participants.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live on August 15: Online Privacy

Tech Soup Blog

Jacob Chang, TechSoup Global — Jacob is c urrently Legal Counsel for TechSoup Global, handling day to day legal matters including contracts, compliance, licensing, trademark, data privacy, and other issues. Tools Facebook social media Twitter data library libraries nonprofits nplive nonprofit

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Windows MultiPoint Server Frequently Asked Questions

Tech Soup Blog

It is an ideal solution for schools, libraries, small nonprofit offices, and computer labs that are on limited budgets. Windows MultiPoint Server software is ordinarily available through academic or commercial volume licensing. or Premium , and on the license type, either Academic or Commercial. It is also available as a donation product on TechSoup for eligible nonprofits and libraries. What MultiPoint MultiPoint Server Licensing Do I Need?

Microsoft Offers Get Genuine Windows: Full Operating Systems Versions Now Available

Tech Soup Blog

To be eligible for the Get Genuine donations, the existing computers on which your organization will install the full Windows OS software must currently have one of the following: Counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal, unlicensed, or improperly licensed Windows operating systems. Acquiring Technology Office and Productivity Operating Systems Windows 7 Microsoft libraries nonprofits Microsoft Citizenship

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There was also an associated effort called the Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) project, to ease the exchange of accessible book files between libraries for the blind and print disabled. The ABC would wrap together efforts such as TIGAR as a sharing portal, capacity building efforts for countries trying to create accessible book services and looking at issues like licensing. So, in the meanwhile, we will need to rely on licenses: permissions agreements.

Bring a Question: Creative Commons Hosts TechSoup Social Channels on September 17, 2014

Tech Soup Blog

That's why Creative Commons offers a handy standardized list of licenses for creative works. These licenses allow you to give permission for others to share your work, and also to define how your work can be shared. If you want to give nonprofits and other noncommercial ventures permission to republish your story, but don't want to allow a company to sell it for profit, there's a license for that. What Creative Commons license should I use for my work?

Use TechSoup's Content for Free!

Tech Soup Blog

Content created by TechSoup is available to reuse by any nonprofit or library (for free!), thanks to our Creative Commons license. Creative Commons is a charity that champions reduced restrictions on copyrighted work by creating licenses that make it clear how material can be used, changed, and shared. Creative Commons has devised a set of six free and easy-to-use copyright licenses. Why TechSoup's Content Is Creative Commons-Licensed.

Is Salesforce.com Right for Your Nonprofit?

Network for Good

But while many nonprofit organizations are attracted to promises of free licenses and a seemingly endless library of widgets, even more find themselves hopelessly tangled in fields of data and needlessly complex reporting mechanisms.

A New Place To Get Low-Cost Microsoft Operating Systems

Tech Soup Blog

This month, two TechSoup programs that have long supplied low-cost Microsoft Windows licenses to nonprofits, libraries, and computer refurbishers have closed. The Microsoft Donated Computer Operating System (DCOS) Program supplied full-version Windows licensing to U.S. nonprofits and libraries that received donated computers without Windows operating systems already installed.

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Is Salesforce.com Right for Your Nonprofit?

Network for Good

But while many nonprofit organizations are attracted to promises of free licenses and a seemingly endless library of widgets, even more find themselves hopelessly tangled in fields of data and needlessly complex reporting mechanisms.

Discover Microsoft's 5 Software Assurance Benefits

Tech Soup Blog

If your nonprofit or public library received donated Microsoft software through TechSoup, you probably used the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to get your software. In case you're not familiar, the VLSC is an online tool for managing Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements, downloading products, and accessing volume license keys. Microsoft includes two years of Software Assurance with all Volume Licensing products it donates through TechSoup.

Get Windows 10 for Your Organization

Tech Soup Blog

Windows 10 will be available for download through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) on August 3, 2015. If you requested a Windows upgrade license through TechSoup after August 3, 2013, you have active Software Assurance for that license, and you'll be able to download the upgrade for free on that date. If you upgrade through Microsoft's free method, your existing licenses will be replaced with a device-based license entitlement.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare has successfully piloted an international library for the blind, but we’ve barely begun to remedy the global book famine. Wonderful as our licensing partnerships with publishers are, they are not enough to make accessible most of the books that people with disabilities need to have equal access to education, employment and social inclusion. •

Nonprofit Tech Resources: TechSoup Is Your One-Stop Shop

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is justifiably famous for our product donations, but we also have great digital and in-person training resources for your charity, foundation, or library. Tech Training for Nonprofit and Library Staff. TechSoup hosts free hour-long webinars each week for nonprofits and libraries. See our schedule of upcoming library webinars. TechSoup has an extensive library of how-to articles across nearly all nonprofit technology topics.

Get Windows 10 for Your Organization

Tech Soup Blog

Even if you don't use the Enterprise edition currently, you'll keep your license rights to that edition if you want to upgrade from Pro to Enterprise later on. Windows 10 became available for download through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) on August 3, 2015. If you requested a Windows upgrade license through TechSoup after August 3, 2013, you have active Software Assurance for that license, and you'll be able to download the upgrade for free.

Free Webinar on MS Software Assurance: Upgrades & More

Tech Soup Blog

Interested in discovering more about Microsoft's Software Assurance and Volume Licensing Service Center? Pacific time for a webinar designed to help nonprofits and libraries learn about the benefits that come with most of their donated Microsoft applications! Microsoft includes two years of Software Assurance with most Volume Licensing products it donates through TechSoup. Find out more about Volume Licensing Services and Software Assurance benefits on our website.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have an array of copyright exceptions that cover the activities of archives and libraries, especially fair use and the copyright exception that benefits people with disabilities. This concept has been pioneered by the Internet Archive with its Open Library can lend a digital copy of a book for a period of time as long as it (or a partner library) owns a physical copy of that book which it holds back from being lent to someone else.

Windows 8: Free Security for Unlimited Computers

Tech Soup Blog

As a result, Microsoft's free security software is available to an unlimited number of Windows 8 computers within a nonprofit or library. It also has its own licensing rule, which limits the software to only 10 computers within an organization. The licensing also prohibits use of Microsoft Security Essentials within certain locations, which includes public libraries. Because Windows Defender ships with Windows 8, it does not have a separate licensing restriction.

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Wouldn''t that create more demand for our Bookshare online library? We all want the same ebook that people without disabilities buy (sorry, I mean license) to work perfectly well for people who are blind, physically disabled or dyslexic.

Where to Find Great Free Music for a Video

Tech Soup Blog

The Free Music Archive is a curated, interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU , the most renowned free-form radio station in America. Search comes with a few nifty features like filtering by BPM (beats per minute, or the tempo of the song), duration, or what kind of license is associated with the track in question. This page lists stuff from all over the FMA that is appropriate for use in video — in terms of licenses and cinematic quality.

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Placing Donation Requests: How Many and How Often?

Tech Soup Blog

At TechSoup, we want your nonprofit or library to receive all of the donations it needs. For example, you can get: 25 Microsoft Office Professional Plus licenses. 1 Adobe Creative Suite license. 25 Norton Antivirus licenses. Two Symantec Norton products may be requested within a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) and up to 100 licenses for each product. Let's say you request Norton AntiVirus with 25 licenses on January 1. 1 Adobe Creative Suite license.

Can I Use That Image for My Website or Newsletter?

Tech Soup Blog

If an image is open licensed, for instance under a Creative Commons license (like all of TechSoup's content), you can use it, but in most cases need to provide attribution on who created it. I just have to add that I have asked for permission to use images several times, and most often people grant it, especially for noncommercial use by a charity or library. Creative Commons has six different licenses that allow for the perfect amount of sharing.

Free Webinar on the Microsoft Donation Program: January 27

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft donates a broad range of software to nonprofits and libraries through TechSoup, and we want to help you take advantage of these donations. Microsoft Donation Program: Licensing and Benefits Thursday, January 27 at 11 a.m. But who has the time to be an expert? We do! TechSoup Talks! has organized this free special webinar on Thursday, January 27 at 11 a.m.

Learn to Be More Effective

Tech Soup Blog

Staff at nonprofits and libraries can sometimes feel overloaded with too much information and too many competing priorities. Nonprofits and libraries will receive what is called a conference-room license. Eligible organizations can request two licenses per year. TechSoup donor partner People-OnTheGo has announced the upcoming schedule for its Accomplishing More With Less webinars.

Lights, Camera, Action! How to Create a Video Gallery in WordPress

Byte Technology

And among those possibilities is the opportunity to create a video library that can really increase the profile of a site and help engage visitors on different levels. Install and activate the plugin, then visit the “Settings” page and add your license, which you’ll find on your account page on the Envira Gallery website. It’s no great secret that WordPress is a pretty amazing program, and open-source jewel that allows users such great latitude of design possibilities.

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I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re deep believers in the benefits of openness, which means we publish open source software and create open content under Creative Commons licenses. We rely on free licenses to proprietary content and software, and typically get a “Yes!” But, I expect that 75% of the job will be about analyzing the legal issues from our programs, especially in our Global Literacy Program, which includes Bookshare, the largest digital library for the blind and dyslexic in the U.S.,

What’s Your Type? Adding Custom Fonts to Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

To begin, it’s important to understand that Typekit is a subscription service, which means that you get access to hundreds of types for a flat rate, rather than the other option which requires paying for individual licenses for each font you want to utilize. Once you’ve chosen a plan you’ll be able to create a “kit,” which lets you accumulate the distinct libraries of fonts for your website and ensures that the program only loads the files and codes needed to accommodate your choices.

Keeping the Rich History of Virginia Preserved and Secure

Tech Soup Blog

The Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library (MBWML) was established in 1958 and named to honor the mother of America's first president. The museum and library preserves the rich history of the Northern Neck through its collections, exhibits, tours, and educational programs. " The library contains thousands of published records, books, manuscripts, periodicals, and microfilms about the Northern Neck region of Virginia. Images: Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library.