Our non-profit partners' dedication, hard work and achievements inspire us every day. We see a common thread amongst those who achieve great things: the willingness to innovate. Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes from the smallest change to turning the whole world upside down. In this issue of Tech4Good, we would like to tip our hat to the technology innovators in the non-profit community who take the chance to try something new. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these shared stories and if you know of a great innovation please share it with us at email@example.com.
• Bill Gates' Annual Letter Bill Gates, Microsoft's Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recently released his annual letter in which he underscores the importance of innovation and the belief that it is the key to improving the world. 2012 Annual Letter From Bill Gates • Students' Innovative Ideas Microsoft's annual student competition, the Imagine Cup, challenges students worldwide to come up with innovative technology solutions that will solve the world's most pressing problems. Read about some of their great ideas here. Young People Will Change the World • Technology & Innovation New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman focuses on what stimulates innovation in India and why "India's young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India's problems." India's Innovation Stimulus Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• How Gaming is Helping Autistic Kids See how therapists at US non-profit Lakeside Center for Autism have come up with an innovative way to use Microsoft Kinect's full body play technology in their therapy sessions. Lakeside Center for Autism and Microsoft Kinect • Surface Technology Dutch company Autitouch's innovation solution supports diagnostics and treatment of autism worldwide through an application developed for Microsoft's Surface technology. They hope the application will ultimately aid with pre-diagnostics, which will considerably shorten the diagnosis time for children with autistic disorders. Touching Children's Lives with Microsoft Surface Technology • Innovative Digital Storytelling Watch the winning digital stories from TechSoup's 2011 Digital Storytelling Competition. 2011 Digital Storytelling Competition Winners • IT Skills Training to Keep Kids out of the "Social Landfill" All Walks of Life (AWOL) uses a creative mix of arts and technology programs to keep at-risk youth out of the "social landfill". AWOL programs encourage respect, creativity, education and most of all non-violence. The Social Landfill
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with non-profits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft Connection Day. Upcoming dates: Monday, 5 March 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - Manila, Philippines Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - Jakarta, Indonesia Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - Penang, Malaysia Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - Hong Kong, China For more information on Microsoft Connection Days, 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
Happy 2012 and best wishes as we head into the Year of the Dragon. The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on what we've achieved and to give thanks to those who made it possible. In the non-profit world that means donors, volunteers and friends. What better way to do it than by saying thanks with a simple video? This month's issue focuses entirely on "giving thanks", letting supporters know how much you appreciate all that they do.
• Digital Storytelling Storytelling is an art, so whether you want to create a simple thank you video or something more elaborate, consider these important storytelling elements. A Quick Guide • Taking a Great Photo A picture is worth a thousand words and with the proliferation of digital camera devices, there is ample opportunity to catch that great shot. An organizational video can be made not only using video footage but also by using digital photos. Discover the elements that make a great photo and how to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to upload and edit digital pictures. Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures Organizing, Editing and Sharing your Photos • Explore Windows Live Movie Maker It's very easy to pull together digital photos and video to make a compelling video. Discover Windows Movie Maker and see how easy it is to become a budding movie director. Getting Started with Movie Maker Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Using Windows Live Movie Maker Making a video to promote services, an event or to say thanks to supporters is not as difficult as you think. Surprisingly, an organizational video limited to digital photography without any live footage will still achieve a great effect. Movie Maker Tutorial • How Do I Edit a Photo? Editing a digital photograph can make the difference between an average photo and a fabulous one. Learn how to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to upload, edit and share your photos. Once the photos are edited, they are ready to be used in videos, newsletters, websites or any communication channel of your choice. Learn how to use Windows Live Photo Gallery • Malaysia's SOLS 24/7 says "Thanks" to supporters Watch Malaysian non-profit SOLS 24/7's "thank you" video, which they created incorporating digital photos and without live video footage for content. Giving Thanks • Operation Smile says "Thank You" US non-profit Operation Smile uses videos of their doctors, nurses, volunteers and beneficiaries to express their gratitude. See the Smiles
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with non-profits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day". Upcoming dates: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Christchurch, New Zealand Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Colombo, Sri Lanka Monday, 5 March 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - Manila, Philippines Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - Jakarta, Indonesia Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - Penang, Malaysia
Thursday, 5 April 2012 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - Hong Kong, China For more information, contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your non-profit peers? Let us know. Email us at email@example.com
It is a new year and a great time to start afresh and take a good look through your systems and processes. As a nonprofit organization you collect data on beneficiaries, donors, volunteers, programs and services, just to name a few key details. Increasingly, nonprofits are expected to be more accountable and transparent about program outcomes and the organization's financial management. This is where technology can play a very important role. In this issue we have some suggestions about storing, sharing, analyzing and presenting all that data to get the most out of it and really have it work for your organization.
• Information Management Information management sits at the heart of why database technology matters in nonprofit organizations. Respect for the power of information is not simply an intellectual exercise but is a cornerstone of business. Database tools, when applied effectively, can be a big part of meeting these requirements. Information Management: The cornerstone of nonprofit effectiveness • Storing and Sharing Data in the Cloud Storing your data in the cloud gives you immediate access to it through an Internet connection, wherever you are and whenever you want it. The ability to alter privacy settings per document lets you share specific files with whomever you like. With 25G of data storage, Microsoft's SkyDrive is a great tool. And, it's free, too! Windows Live SkyDrive Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Interactive Dashboards using PowerPoint and Excel What are interactive dashboards, and how can you use them to communicate important information to your audience? This article discusses how to design and use interactive dashboards and provides links to sample files and presentations. Business Intelligence with Style and Functionality • Analyse that Data with Excel Watch a video demo which shows how the 'slicer' feature helps you better understand the data in Excel. Watch the Demo • Using a Database Data related to funding and funders is important to all nonprofits and many people use spreadsheets to track this information. A database program like Microsoft Access gives you deeper insight into that data to help you get the most out of your fundraising activities. Look at the available templates that help users get into Access right away, even beginners. Introduction to Access Access Database Templates • Software Donations Office 2010 has great applications like Excel and Access for managing data. Microsoft donates Office 2010 and many other Microsoft products to eligible nonprofits all around the world. Last year alone, Microsoft donated US$844 million worth of software to 46,886 nonprofits. Find out how to get a software donation for your nonprofit. Microsoft Software Donations Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Christchurch,
New Zealand Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Colombo, Sri Lanka Monday, 5 March 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand Thursday, 8 March 2012 - Manila, Philippines Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Coming soon: Connection Days in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, 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 email@example.com
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