Four Freebies and a Bargain: No- and Low-Cost Tech Tools

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There’s no doubt that technology can enhance charitable and nonprofit work, making your organization more efficient and better able to fulfill your mission. But with tight budgets at most organizations, there’s usually little or no funds allocated to technology spending. This workshop will present you with how your organization can obtain no- and low-cost technology resources, support and information. Find out how you can get product donations from over 25 major technology providers, such as: Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Symantec, and Intuit Canada.
- By: Jane Zhang

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Four Freebies and a Bargain: No- and Low-Cost Tech Tools

  1. 1. Four Freebies and a Bargain No- and Low-Cost Tech Tools Presented by TechSoup Canada Jane Zhang
  2. 2. TechSoup Canada
  3. 3. About Us • Launched Jan 30, 2009 • ...working toward a time when every NGO on the planet has the tech resources and knowledge to operate at their full potential.
  4. 4. Agenda • Where to begin? • How to shop for free or low-cost software • Hidden Gems, places to go, sites to visit
  5. 5. Where to Begin?
  6. 6. Shopping list: milk Omelette! eggs mushroom green pepper onions Making the List
  7. 7. Nonprofit Tech Shopping List: Conferencing Web Site Communication Email & Databas Relationship Development ce Productivity Multimedia & Graphics
  8. 8. Before you shop...
  9. 9. Get Informed
  10. 10. Technology Resources • Idealware.org • Beth Kanter’s blog • N-TEN • TechSoup.org • TechSoup Canada By-the-cup Newsletter
  11. 11. Idealware.org • Review and information about nonprofit software • Online reports, articles and webinars • Offers review on low-cost to more robust options.
  12. 12. Beth Kanter’s Blog • Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media • Articles and interviews on Social Media Topics.
  13. 13. N-TEN • Association of nonprofit technology professionals • Sharing of knowledge and experience • N-TEN Conference • N-TEN Online Office
  14. 14. Techsoup.org • Online Learning Centre • Global Community Forum • Maintain IT Project • Green IT • Nonprofit Commons (Second Life)
  15. 15. By-the-Cup Newsletter • Featured Product • Learning Articles • News & Events • Hot Forum & Blog Topics • Free downloads
  16. 16. TechSoup Canada: the place to go for
  17. 17. TechSoup Canada Product Donations Program • Donated and Discounted software for Nonprofits and Charities • Over 25 Donor partners, one registration process • Request over 300 products online
  18. 18. What you will need: • proof of incorporation documentation • mission statement, overview of program and services • annual operating budget • fit eligibility guidelines of donor programs
  19. 19. Let’s shop!
  20. 20. Website Hosting • Four Freebies: • Google Sites • Wordpress.com • Blogger • Yola • Bargain: • Wild Apricot • Concentric Website Hosting (TechSoup Canada)
  21. 21. Email & List Management • Four Freebies • Google Apps • Zoho Mail • Google/Yahoo groups • Vertical Response • Bargain • Constant Contact/Email Now/Vertical Response • Concentric Email Hosting (TechSoup Canada)
  22. 22. Office Productivity • Four Free-bies • Google Docs • Open Office • NeoOffice • Slide Rocket • Bargain: • Microsoft Office 2007 (TechSoup Canada)
  23. 23. Multimedia & Graphics • Four Freebies: • Paint.net • Gimp • Infranview • Camstudio • Bargain: • Adobe CS 4 Suite (TechSoup Canada)
  24. 24. Database (CRM) • Four Freebies: • SalesForce.com • Surgar CRM • CiviCRM • vtiger • Bargain: • Microsoft Dynamics CRM (TechSoup Canada) • Microsoft Sharepoint Server (TechSoup Canada)
  25. 25. Conferencing & Collaboration • Four Freebies: • Skype • DimDim • Yugma • Calliflower • Bargain: • Ready Talk (TechSoup Canada)
  26. 26. “Hidden Gems” • Canada Helps Resource Centre • Wild Apricot Nonprofit Blog • Net Tuesdays • Twitter account to follow: @techsoupcanada, @canadahelps, @Imaginecanada, @netchange
  27. 27. Contact Us • www.techsoupcanada.ca • jane@techsoupcanada.ca • @techsoupcanada or @jzhang99 on Twitter

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