Welcome to the inaugural issue of the community organization Tech4Good e-newsletter. On behalf of the Community Affairs team in Asia I am delighted that we are launching this new communication. We believe community organizations do amazing work and with the help of technology your work can be even more impactful. This newsletter is a resource for you, our community organization partners; it will 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. It is also our hope that this e-newsletter will help build a community of community organization partners with shared issues, concerns and successes across Asia. Each issue will contain links to articles, success stories and free software solutions. We welcome your feedback.
• Social Networking As a community organization you are reliant upon marketing campaigns to raise awareness about your cause and now you're using social media as one communication vehicle. Read about how social media can be used effectively and how to measure that success: Networked Nonprofits Have Social Cultures Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Online Communication • Internet Safety and Security As social networking continues to surge in popularity, consideration about the personal data that we share on the internet is taking a downward turn. How aware are you as a community organization of the potential pitfalls in the indiscriminate sharing of information online? Read more: Protect Your Privacy on the Internet 11 Tips for Social Networking Safety • Free Online Tools Windows Live is a free set of services and software products from Microsoft. A majority of these services are Web applications, accessible from a browser. There are three ways in which Windows Live services are offered: Windows Live Essentials applications, web services and mobile services. To learn more click here.
Technology comes to life when community organizations share their stories about the way in which they use IT and the real community impact they have had as a result. Read stories from your peers in the third sector about their outstanding use of technology, highlighted through the TechSoup Global and Microsoft contest 'Technology for Good'. Read more about Show Your Impact by TechSoup Global. Read about the amazing things Microsoft technology can do.
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In this month's newsletter for nonprofits, we have searched the internet to bring you advice from experts on what technology skills are essential to the success of your organization. We also found great articles on some of those strategic technologies, including cloud computing and social media. We know it's also important to have the basics down. So we wanted to share some tech bits and bytes that you can use in your day-to-day work. Having the fundamentals, although often taken for granted, will help give your nonprofit the right foundation for success. So read on, and don't forget to tell us what you think.
• Strategic Technologies Research and analyst firm Gartner issues an annual report on strategic software. How many of these technologies do you use in your nonprofit organisation? Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011 • Cloud Computing As one of the strategic technologies mentioned in the Gartner report, consider how cloud computing could assist your organisation. The Future of the Nonprofit Office: Working from Home v2.0 • Digital Storytelling If you aren't using video yet to tell your story, you're missing a great opportunity. Check out Microsoft's Movie Maker and read more about the ways nonprofits can use video to get stories out there. Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 Eight Tips for Telling Your Story Digitally Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Cloud Computing - Online Constituent Relationship Management Read about how nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters, uses constituent relationship management (CRM) software, to manage their contacts. Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada • Training Roadmap At the same time as staying on top of the strategic technologies, it's important to maintain and upgrade your day-to-day skills. Here's a training roadmap that will help you with Microsoft Office products. For more information, click here. • Online Training And when you're ready for training, try these resources. For more information, click here. • Use of Social Media Amongst Colleagues The use of social media will only continue to grow, and sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook will become part of employees' every day jobs. Here's a tool that works with Microsoft Outlook that allows users to Tweet from Outlook. For more information, click here.
• NetSquared Do you want to get together with like-minded people to talk about technology for social change? Find out more about your local NetSquared meet-up. For more information, click here. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know. Email us at email@example.com
Everyone loves a good plan, and in this month's Tech4Good newsletter, we bring you some easy-to-understand information about technology planning for your nonprofit. Your organisation may not have a full time (or even part-time!) IT person, so you've probably played the role of "accidental techie" yourself. The resources we shared below focus on strategic IT planning. After reading them you just might be able to make some IT recommendations to your colleagues. Seriously.
• The Pyramid of IT Adoption An IT plan can help make the best use of technology. Your plan doesn't have to be complicated, but it should lay out clear priorities for the technology needs for your organisation. Start out by using the pyramid in this article to think about your current technology usage and how it could be improved. IT Planning for Nonprofits • Mapping out the Process So now what? Pulling together the right people and the right process is also an important next step as you build your plan. Nonprofit NPower shares their approach. Read more... Strategic Technology Planning • What's in it for Me? Australian nonprofit Infoxchange provides ICT audit and planning services. Leisure Networks availed of the Infoxchange service and shares the outcome in this case study. Read their case study here Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Technology Planning for Nonprofits Microsoft recently spoke at the CIVICUS World Assembly with the Asian Development Bank and TechSoup Canada, focusing on the impact of technology for nonprofits. TechSoup Canada shared a wealth of online planning resources with the nonprofit conference attendees, which we want to share with you. These should help kick start your planning. Getting Started • What do we need? Wondering where to start when it comes to the technology you need? A software checklist is a good reference point. • Glossary of Technology Terms "But I don't even know what that term means?!" you might be asking yourself. If that's true, this glossary of ICT terms (information and communication technology) will serve you well. ICT Glossary • Microsoft's Language Portal Microsoft also offers a translation service for many of these terms in local language as well as language interface packs (LIPs), which are "skins" that sit on top of Microsoft Windows and Office and translate the content into local language. LIPs are available in 50 languages. Check them out. Microsoft Language Portal Microsoft Language Interface Packs • Bing Translate If you'd like to translate an article into another language, don't forget to take a look at Microsoft's translation service - Bing Translate. Microsoft Bing Translate
• Nonprofit Connection Days Get together with nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day".
Upcoming dates: Tuesday, 8 November 2011 - Bacolod, Philippines Thursday, 10 November 2011 - Cebu, Philippines Coming soon: Connection Days in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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