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.
The first webinar in the FY13 Tech4Good webinar series featuring Windows 8 was held on 27 February. If you missed it and would like to learn more about Windows 8, please find the recording here.
This webinar series is being delivered by non-profit Connecting Up in conjunction with TechSoup Asia as part of Microsoft Citizenship’s regional Tech4Good programme. Throughout the next few months there will be a monthly webinar offered to the non-profit sector with topics including Office 2013, SharePoint, cloud computing, and Outlook, Skydrive and Office apps.
Please join us during the webinars to learn more about Microsoft products that can help non-profit organizations run more efficiently and effectively, letting you get back to the work you do best – supporting your beneficiaries.
- 21 March 2013: Microsoft Office (click here for more info and to register)
- 30 April 2013: Microsoft SharePoint (click here for more info and to register)
- 29 May 2013: Cloud computing (click here for more info and to register)
- 20 June 2013: Outlook, Skydrive & Office apps (registration site to come)
On 1 March, Microsoft Philippines partnered with the Asian Development Bank to host the ADB’s Staff Community Fund NGO partners at an NGO Connection Day in Manila. The event is one of many activities offered through Microsoft’s Tech4Good program for the nonprofit sector, which helps organisations better understand, use and implement technology.
The Asian Development Bank’s Staff Community Fund NGO participants at Microsoft’s NGO Connection Day in Manila
The NGO Connection Day featured Microsoft speakers who delivered presentations on government and civil society, trends in technology, social media, Microsoft resources for the NGO sector as well as training on Windows 8 and the new Office.
The NGOs in attendance were happy to learn about new technology available to them through Microsoft’s software donation programme offered by TechSoup Asia as well as to network with each other. “It’s good to go out and meet other NGOs that share the same advocacy as us,” said Haydee Sofranes, Finance and Administrative Officer, DCHFI – Stepping Stone.
Abegail Canis, Administrative Officer from Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation, added: “Very good event; topics are relevant and speakers are very knowledgeable.”
Participants receiving training on the new Office
Microsoft’s Citizenship team and the ADB’s NGO & Civil Society Center have worked together since 2010 to support NGO capacity building across Asia Pacific, including programmes in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and have co-presented on the Microsoft/ADB partnership at external events like the CIVICUS WorldAssembly. Microsoft’s NGO partners have featured prominently at the ADB’s Annual Meeting since 2011.
To find out about upcoming NGO Connection Days in your market, subscribe to our Tech4Good e-newsletter here.
Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, Connecting Up and TechSoup Asia are proud to bring you our first Tech4Good webinar series, February through June 2013.
Tune in online and listen to free presentations on technology for not-for-profits. You will also have the chance to ask questions to our presenters during each webinar.
View the webinar schedule below and click on each 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.
Introduction to Windows 8
Wednesday, 27 February12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
This webinar will offer an end-user’s point of view of what’s different in Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8. You will see a live demonstration of Windows 8, including new key features, how to approach the new interface, hints and tips for using Windows 8 better and an explanation of how Windows 8 devices are integrated. Register for the Windows 8 webinar now!
Microsoft’s New Office
Thursday, 21 March12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
The latest version of Microsoft Office has many new features and this webinar will take you through a live demonstration of this new suite of software and its key useful features. We will also explain how eligible not-for-profits can access donated licenses from Microsoft. Register for the New Office webinar now!
Discover Microsoft SharePoint
Tuesday, 30 April 12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
This webinar will show first-hand the value of SharePoint social features and team collaboration in real life. It will cover how SharePoint can be used for public facing websites and as an extranet. We will look at how all the out-of-the-box functionality is used to full advantage to allow people to connect, learn and experience. Register for the SharePoint webinar now!
Cloud Computing – Are you ready and how do you approach this?
Wednesday, 29 May12:00 – 1:15pm SGT
Cloud computing is an area that can deliver real benefits to not-for-profits, but only with appropriate governance and planning. In this webinar, you will learn about the Cloud, what it means for the users in your organisation, the opportunities and challenges, things to consider before moving to the Cloud and how you can approach providers. Register for the Cloud webinar now!
For more information or any enquiries on the webinars, please email email@example.com.
Microsoft hosted three of New Zealand’s leading nonprofit organisations at its second annual Asia Pacific Tech4Good Summit, held on 22-23 May in Bintan, Indonesia. The aim of the Summit is to harness the power of technology to support nonprofit groups to achieve transformational change both within their organisations and in the way they deliver services to beneficiaries and constituents.
Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Barnardos New Zealand and Social Development Partners were among the more than 54 representatives hosted at the two-day event to learn new skills, network and discuss how technology has assisted their mission. The Summit also enabled the attendees to play a critical role in informing Microsoft's regional technology strategy for the nonprofit sector, and featured specific skill-building sessions led by professional trainers.
Belinda Gorman, Citizenship and Community Affairs Lead at Microsoft New Zealand, said, “It was fantastic to hear from a wide range of nonprofit organisations, all at different stages of their technology journeys, and the varying challenges they faced depending on the country they’re based in.”
Plunket’s Craig Le Quesne presented at the Summit, discussing new technology solutions that the organisation implemented after receiving a multi-million dollar software and services donation from Microsoft New Zealand in 2010. The introduction of new technologies has enabled the organisation to deliver improved services to NewZealand families by connecting its teams to a central communications environment for improved access to the tools and resources they need.
Tina Reid, Executive Director at Social Development Partners, was impressed with Microsoft’s consultative approach to help build stronger communities. "Through programmes such as TechSoup Global, Connecting Communities and direct gifts and donations to social services, Microsoft has developed strong strategic relationships with many nonprofit organisations, and continues to work with them to share experiences to develop active Citizenship and Community Affairs work programmes in this region,” Ms Reid added.
Anne Collins, ISS Manager at child support group Barnardos, observed how the energy and enthusiasm was evident across the Tech4Good delegates. Since attending the Summit, Barnardos is in the process of revising its web presence and investigating how Microsoft® Office365 might streamline their desktop upgrade process. “Tech4Good reinforced how Microsoft is helping communities in need, and revealed how effective Office365 can be for small organisations. Microsoft’s help seems to be the catalyst for positive change,” said Ms Collins.
To keep the Asia Pacific region’s nonprofit community interacting and learning from each other, the Asia Pacific Microsoft Citizenship team has set up a LinkedIn group that encourages interaction and collaboration. Please go to www.linkedin.com to become a member of LinkedIn and then search for ‘AsiaPacific Tech4Good’.
The Social Web has dramatically changed how non-governmental organizations communicate with supporters, donors and volunteers. Even though a large percentage of NGOs in South Asia now regularly use social media in their online fundraising and communications campaigns, few social media practitioners in the NGO sector have been properly trained on how to best utilize sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Many organizations are making simple mistakes that are draining their social media Return on Investment (ROI) – the good news, however, is that these mistakes can be easily fixed.
This webinar begins with laying a foundation for understanding the role of social media in the context of Web 1.0 (The Broadcast Web), Web 2.0 (The Social Web), and Web 3.0 (The Mobile Web), and then moves on to highlight five of the most useful best practices for managing and maintaining social media campaigns. The webinar then closes with an exploration of social media ROI, and introduces a simple system on how to track and report on results.
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2012Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Indian Standard Time)Cost: FreePresented By: Heather Mansfield @ Nonprofit Tech 2.0
Please Note: This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific. To be alerted of future webinars offered free to NGOs, please subscribe to the Microsoft Citizenship Tech4Good e-Newsletter.