Join us for this FREE webinar on Monday, 25 November 2013, at 12:00 PM (Singapore time).
Due to its popularity in May earlier this year, we are once again offering the webinar “What Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Know About Social Media”.
The foundation of a successful online communications and fundraising campaign is built upon a well-designed, well-written website and e-newsletter, as well as a clear understanding of how social media have fundamentally changed how organizations engage and inspire supporters and donors.
The content of this webinar is specifically tailored for executive staff in the nonprofit sector, particularly those who may be skeptical or unclear of the value of social media. The webinar will:
• Demonstrate the value of social media to increase online fundraising and online brand recognition.
• Discuss how much time successful social media communications require, and consequently highlight the need to modify job descriptions of development and communications staff.
• Illuminate how social media success requires professional experience or training in online communications and fundraising.
• Put forward a minimal budget to be successful on the Social Web.
• Examine the need to create a social media policy.
• Present a system to track Return on Investment (ROI).
• Discuss the urgent need to prepare for the Mobile Web.
We look forward to having you join us for this FREE webinar on Monday, 25 November 2013, at 12:00 PM (Singapore time).
This webinar series is being delivered by Heather Mansfield, principal blogger at Nonprofit Tech for Good, as part of Microsoft Citizenship’s regional Tech4Good programme.
“There was a child at the center who was buried by his own parents in the backyard,” said Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director of the Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. He shared this after his recent visit to the premises of Self-help Group for Cerebral Palsy (SGCP) with the youth participants of Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) programme.
While the infant was later rescued by his grandparents, others have faced worse fates. In Nepal, it is common for parents of children with cerebral palsy to abandon their children “when they realise it is a health condition that cannot be treated, but has to be lived with,” Allen added.
While Nepal has been successfully reducing poverty, social and welfare services are wanting, including those for people with cerebral palsy, who number around 80,000.
Twenty-six years since it opened in Kathmandu Valley, SGCP remains the only organisation in the country to be dedicated to the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy. People with cerebral palsy are “much neglected, and their plight is almost beyond description”, said SGCP in an appeal letter. It’s a “hidden catastrophe”.
MSP students interacting with the children at the SGCP centre
Stigma worsens the situation. There remain strong beliefs that disabilities are due to sins in past lives, and to fate, preventing Nepali parents from accessing appropriate healthcare for children with disabilities. Rural folk also believe that a child is born with cerebral palsy because the mother was possessed.
“The father would abandon the mother and child, making it even more difficult for the mother to provide for the child,” Allen wrote. “In such cases, these children would be caged up, left with food and water and only visited occasionally.”
Girl with cerebral palsy experiments with a tune
SGCP’s long history of providing rehabilitation, counseling and special education for children and adults with cerebral palsy has also seen new grassroots organisations turning to it for support.
Working with SGCP, MSP students decided to give voice to the inner worlds and realities that the 38 children at the centre occupy, as well as raise funds for its wide remit of work. They will apply their skills in digital media by launching a social media campaign this November. To prepare for this, they visited the centre with Allen in July where they observed healthworkers and teachers at work, attended painting classes with the children and interviewed parents.
Ambika Maharjan, currently a sixth-semester student at St. Xavier’s College of Tribhuvan Unviersity, said, “I really wish I could do more for them, especially for the mothers who, as women here, are less empowered economically. But a friend reminded me that ‘no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’, so I am happy to contribute whatever skills I have, which are currently photography and blogging.”
The visit was also significant for providing Ambika the opportunity to “translate the children’s lives into stories that flesh out their hopes and fears, and talk openly about their needs”.
Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, Connecting Up and TechSoup Asia are proud to bring you Part II of our 2013 Tech4Good Webinar Series.
Tune in online and listen to free presentations on technology for nonprofits. You will also have the chance to ask questions to our presenters during each webinar.
View the webinar schedule below and click on the link to register for your free spot. Places are limited so make sure you don’t miss out!
All webinars will start at 12:00 pm Singapore time. Click here to view the time in your region.
Office 365 for Nonprofits
Thursday, 3 October 201312:00 pm –1:00 pm SGT
Explore Office 365 and whether it is right for your organisation and how to leverage the cloud to reduce your costs and boost productivity.
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Innovate for Good, a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with TakingITGlobal, is a global community enabling youth to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities. This global community of young social innovators benefits uniquely from Microsoft’s expertise as a leading technology company since 1975 and TakingITGlobal’s experience facilitating online communities for youth worldwide since 1999.
Over the past year, youth from Asia-Pacific have showed incredible participation in the Microsoft Innovate for Good online community, creating impressive new initiatives with the help of Microsoft and TakingITGlobal. After attending Innovate for Good events in their region, most youth get involved in the online community where they can access resources to help them turn their ideas into a reality, finding innovative ways to leverage technology to improve their communities. When ranked by contributions to the online community the APAC region is well-represented, with Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia among the top-ten countries on the site.
The Seed Funding for Innovation Challenge is one of the key contests run within the Innovate for Good online community, and nearly three months ago 20 applications were accepted. Once accepted into the Challenge, all 20 ideas were admitted to TakingITGlobal’s Sprout e-Course, all are offered grants to support their project if they complete the course, and all ideas were opened to a vote by the community. Last week, five finalists emerged with the most votes, and all but one of these five finalists is from APAC! These finalists will receive a prize pack from Microsoft to recognize their efforts in promoting their idea and working to make it real.
TakingITGlobal’s Sprout e-Course runs for 9-weeks, and aims to equip a diverse generation of courageous youth with essential skills to craft effective social innovation projects and change their corner of the world for the better. This is a supported online learning opportunity designed to provide young people with access to training in project management, communications, and leveraging technology as they imagine, plan and develop social change initiatives. Participants are guided through learning modules, lessons and quizzes, and independent work to develop assets as part of a Project Portfolio. While all twenty participants are admitted to the course, the five finalists have the distinction of winning the vote within the online community, which shows their ability to promote their idea effectively within the community and gain interest and support from their peers.
Here are the five finalists!
Microsoft YouthSpark brings together a variety of Microsoft programs which aim to empower youth with access to technology and a better education, inspire young people to imagine new opportunities and help young people to find a job or start their own businesses. By connecting youth with greater opportunities, Microsoft YouthSpark hopes to empower young people to change their world and realize their full potential.
Visit the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub at http://www.microsoft.com/youthspark and explore all the Microsoft programs and resources we have to help young people.
Blog post contributed by Ryan MacLean [twitter: @thisnote], Project Manager, TakingITGlobal.
The much awaited Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits has been launched! It is a service Microsoft provides as a donation to qualifying nonprofits through its software donation program. Office 365 provides a myriad of Web App tools on the cloud which can be accessed from anywhere. These tools range from the familiar, everyday Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to equally useful Professional email, Shared calendaring, Instant messaging (IM), HD video conferencing, Screen sharing, Online storage, OneNote, SharePoint vendor and Lync.
In addition, nonprofits can easily set up a public website without additional hosting fees, as well as an Intranet site to support internal collaboration. Discounts are also given for an upgrade to use familiar desktop Microsoft Office apps on up to 5 devices per user.
Office 365 is the first online toolbox offered to eligible nonprofits from a wide range of 41 countries including Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. From a nonprofit that comprises of two people, to one that has more than 500, Office 365 has different tool packages that are specially catered to meet their needs.
To see specific scenarios on how Office 365 has been utilised and to find out more, visit the Citizenship Office 365 for Nonprofit site now.
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