On behalf of the Community Affairs team welcome to the tech4Good archive. We believe community organizations do amazing work and with the help of technology your work can be even more impactful. This archive houses our past electronic newsletters, a resource for you, our community organization partners.

The newsletters showcase technology solutions specifically for community organizations that provide opportunities to help you work more effectively and efficiently - so you can focus on your core mission. Each issue contains links to articles, success stories and free software solutions, based on themes pertinent to your work such as learning new skills, accessibility, mobile technology and green IT. Each issue contains links to articles, success stories and free software solutions. We welcome your feedback.

  • headspace Australia Wins the Show Us Where You Work Facebook Contest

    Thank you to all the Australia and New Zealand nonprofits that entered our Show Us Where You Work Facebook Contest! We were impressed with all the photo entries that showed a wide range of places and ways that you make things happen for the beneficiaries of your services. Even more importantly, we love the work you are doing to make your communities better!



    The grand prize winner, headspace – the National Youth Mental Health Foundation in Australia, will receive an in-depth social media consultation with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. With a focus on helping young people who are going through a tough time, headspace offers support in a friendly and accessible way, making young people feel better about themselves. Though the issue is serious, the staff inspired us with their creativity and ability to have fun!

    The grand prize winner plus four runners up will each receive a copy of Heather’s book Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits.

    The runners up also showed us a great deal of inspiration and creativity. Check out the photos below!


    Based in Darwin, AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities) is an independent group of veterinarians, academics and health professionals who are dedicated to working with Indigenous people in remote and rural communities to improve animal and community health. Bush surgery is common in their animal health programme and they sometimes have to use drums or old doors as ‘beds’ to perform surgery.


    One Education, an Australia based One Laptop per Child spin-off, is dedicated to ushering in a new approach to primary education around the world by empowering teachers to use technology as an integral part of their day-to-day lessons. The donated XO computers are part of the programme, providing a platform for the delivery of STEM and coding based curriculum to help each child reach their potential.


    The Salisbury Library Service Digital Hub provides digital literacy training and gives the public, including youth, IT access. The staff encourage young people to use technology creatively, including storytelling with stop motion animation using Lego blocks, building worlds cooperatively in Minecraft and coding workshops.


    Highly-committed ShelterBox Australia Response Team members, Rotary Club members, district appointed representatives and volunteers from across the country are part of an ever growing global network that works around the world to help families that have been left homeless by disaster and humanitarian crisis by providing emergency shelter and vital supplies, warmth and dignity.

    Thank you to all the winners of Microsoft’s Show Us Where You Work Contest! 

  • Microsoft’s “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest for Australia and New Zealand nonprofits


    Calling all eligible nonprofits in Australia or New Zealand!

    Want to learn how to improve your nonprofit’s social media presence? Enter the Show Us Where You Work! Facebook Contest to stand a chance to win an Extensive Social Media Consultation (valued at USD$5,000) for your nonprofit with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good.

    To enter the contest, simply post a photo on the Microsoft Asia Pacific Citizenship Facebook page using the theme ‘Show Us Where You Work!’. Inspire us with your creativity and humour! Most importantly, have fun! The photo can be of yourself or your colleagues; with or without your clients or beneficiaries; in your office, outside or wherever you normally make things happen for your nonprofit. We want to see where you work! The contest runs 12-30 January 2015.

    Upload your photo in the comment section of the Contest Post on the Microsoft Asia Pacific Citizenship Facebook page. Alternatively, send your photo entry through a private message to our Facebook page or to tech4gd@microsoft.com. Make sure to write the name of the nonprofit you represent and the country where your organisation is located (Australia or New Zealand nonprofits only) in the comment field. That’s all there is to it!

    If entering as an individual on behalf of a non-profit, use your personal Facebook profile to post the entry, mention the nonprofit you represent and the country (Australia or New Zealand nonprofits only). You must be employed by or certified to represent the organisation on whose behalf you’re entering the contest. If entering as an organisation, use the nonprofit’s Facebook Page account to post the entry. All submissions must be made in English.

    All eligible entries will be reviewed by a judging panel of Microsoft representatives. The top 5 entries will be awarded finalist prizes. The most creative, humourous or inspiring entry (as determined by the judging panel, in its sole discretion) will win the grand prize. 

    The grand prize is a comprehensive review of your nonprofit’s website, e-newsletter, ‘Donate Now’ process, blog, social networking communities and mobile communications strategy by one of the foremost experts on social media for nonprofits.

    Five finalists will each receive a copy of Heather Mansfield’s Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The finalists and grand prize winner will be announced on 9 February 2015 and their entries will be posted on the Microsoft Asia Pacific Citizenship Facebook page and the Microsoft Asia Pacific Citizenship blog.

    That’s all there is to it! Inspire us with what you do – show us where you work! The contest ends 30 January 2015.

    Do you have questions? Check out our FAQs or email us at tech4gd@microsoft.com.

    More details on the prizes can be found here.

    Nonprofits must be registered in Australia or New Zealand and meet Microsoft eligibility guidelines.

    By entering this contest, you agree to the terms and conditions.

  • How Nonprofit Executive Staff Can Ensure Social Media Success

    Free Webinar!

    Wednesday, 10 December, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Australia EST) Register now!



    The rise of social media has profoundly changed the way nonprofits communicate with their donors and supporters, yet most nonprofits do not have a written social media strategy and even fewer have invested the financial resources necessary to be successful on the Social Web. Social media can be a powerful tool for fundraising and cause awareness, but if it’s not managed correctly, then it can be a waste of time and resources.

    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. It will help executive staff become an ally to implementing a successful social media strategy that produces positive results for your organization.

    The webinar will: 

    • Demonstrate the value of social media to increase online fundraising and brand recognition as well as the importance of having a written social media strategy
    • 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

    This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific and will be presented by Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good.

  • The Math and Science of Social Media: 20 Tips and Tricks for Nonprofits

    Free Webinar!

    Wednesday, 26 November, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Australia EST) Register now!
    OR
    Wednesday, 3 December, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Australia EST) Register now!



    More than a decade into the Social Web, mathematicians and social scientists have had ample time to study how, when and why online individuals engage with nonprofits on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most nonprofits are not yet aware of the scientific data about online social behaviour, but once learned, nonprofits can significantly improve their use of social networks to communicate their mission and programmes and fundraise online.

    Based on the math and science of social media, this webinar will feature 20 tips and tricks to maximize engagement on social networks. Topics include how to:

    • Post on Facebook to maximize likes, comments and shares
    • Format the perfect tweet
    • Create visual content to optimize your presence on social networks
    • Create video content that followers want to watch
    • Format blog content to most effectively communicate your nonprofit’s success stories

    This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific and will be presented by Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good

  • Tech4Good Webinar Series: 15 Useful Social Media Tips & Tricks for Nonprofits

      

    Join us for this FREE webinar on social media, Thursday, 26 June 2014, at 10:00 AM (Singapore time).

    Register today!

    Now a decade into the Social Web, mathematicians and social scientists have had ample time to study how, when and why online individuals engage with brands on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most nonprofits are not yet aware of the scientific data about online social behaviour, but once learned, nonprofits can significantly improve their use of social networks to communicate their mission and programmes, and fundraise online.

    Based on the math and science of social media, this webinar will feature 15 tips and tricks to maximize engagement on social networks.

    Topics include how to:

      • Post on Facebook to maximize likes, comments and shares

      • Format the perfect tweet

      • Create visual content to optimize your presence on social networks

      • Create video content that followers want to watch

      • Format blog content to most effectively communicate your nonprofit’s success stories

    Presented in partnership with Nonprofit Tech for Good, we look forward to having you join us for this FREE webinar on Thursday, 26 June 2014, at 10:00 AM (Singapore time).