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Help with using technology

Nonprofit organizations use technology in their work in a wide variety of ways, from raising money through text messages to mapping areas of need using Geographic Information System tools.

The variety of ways nonprofits can use technology, and the many choices there are about approaches and tools, can be more than small organizations with limited budgets can handle.

Here are links to just a few resources that can help with this challenge, online and face-to-face.

Techsoup

http://www.techsoup.org is a website devoted to advice and information about technology specifically for nonprofits and charities. TechSoup also provides access to donations and discounts of software and other technology supplies on behalf of major tech companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Intuit, and Cisco. Registration is required and there is often a small processing fee which supports TechSoup's programs. http://www.techsoup.org

Idealwear
"Provides candid reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective." http://www.idealware.org
Beth Kanter
Blogs about nonprofits' use of social media and related questions. Scroll through the entries or sign up to receive new posts as they are written. http://beth.typepad.com/
NPower
A national network of local technical assistance providers focused on the needs of nonprofits. NPower centers offer workshops, reduced-fee consulting, online information and other services. http://www.npower.org/resources/tools/index.htm
CompuMentor
A nonprofit organization specializing in technology assistance for community-based organizations and schools. Its consulting practice offers technology planning, implementation, and support services. http://www.compumentor.org/
NTen
The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network is a membership organization concerned with nonprofits' access to and use of technology. http://www.nten.org/

Vendors

There are many commercial vendors that provide specialized software and technology services to nonprofits. A good starting point for considering which service to buy and which vendor to select will be reviewing the information, advice and services offered by the organizations mentioned above.