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Choosing the Right File Format for Your Graphic Images

Having recently put together both a web site and some print materials for a personal project, I was confronted with the reality that not all graphic file formats are created equal. This is something that I've known in theory for years, but this was a good reminder that not everyone is aware of the differences among JPEG, GIF, TIFF, EPS, and others. Read more...

Managing Donor Data-5 Ways to Make Sure Your Data is Secure

Donors are the lifeblood of a non-profit, and keeping their information secure is critical to the success of the non-profits. And there are several ways to protect donor data. Read more...

Blog Sites to Consider

Here in Tech Tips, we share all kinds of ideas about how technology can make a difference for nonprofit organizations. But, it’'s not always about what *I* think. There are an awful lot of people on the Internet who have great ideas and advice. For a change of pace, let’'s take a look at what some of these folks have to say. Read more...

Mixing Business with Pleasure Online, A Personal Strategy

socialmediaSocial media is all the rage right now. I'’ve even talked about it a few times here in TechTips ( Get Creative with Twitter and other Social Media , What Should I Write About on My Nonprofit Organization’s Blog, etc.). With the interconnectedness of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, Ning, WordPress, StumbleUpon, Delicio.us, MyBlogLog, Foursquare, and who knows what else, it can get to be too much. Read more...

Film Festival Gives Nonprofits Exposure

I've recently run across an organization called Lights. Camera. Help. that has created a new way for nonprofits to take their recorded messages to a new audience. Last year, LCH put together a film festival that showcased both movies and PSAs created by other nonprofits. In addition to expanding each organization's reach, they have also provided a judged forum for these pieces of work to be acknowledged and rewarded. Read more...

Nonprofit Supporters and Text Donations

Nonprofits have to pay close attention to technology in order to be sure they're using it to their full advantage. After all, something that seemed utterly impossible a year ago, may be the new big thing in donor relations. In fact, something that seemed impossible three months ago, very much is a new big thing in donor support. Read more...

How to Save the Planet on Your Lunch Break

With Earth Day being celebrated on the 22nd of this month, I thought I’d put a nice green spin on the “tips” part of our “tech tips.” Many of the suggestions here aren’t new, but if you put them all together, you can make a pretty decent change in just an hour. Why not make it an organization-wide initiative this Earth Day? Read more...

Merchant Services for Nonprofits

In its broadest sense, merchant services refers to all thing related to being able to accept electronic forms of payment. This might mean being able to take online donations through your website, processing sales from a retail location, or even accepting payment for services rendered. Being able to accept credit and debit cards is pretty important in today’s environment, and nonprofits who don’t take advantage of this may be missing out on a whole lot. Read more...

Managing List Growth

Email has evolved into the preferred method for reaching out to donors. It provides a cost effective way to present actionable items, but getting valid emails often presents a challenge to non-profits. Luckily, there are several strategies available to non-profits for growing their email list. Read more...

Are You Backing Up Your Data?

Data backup is one of those things that everyone knows they’'re supposed to do, but it often gets overlooked or put on the back burner. It just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal... …until it is. Think of how many nonprofit organizations do some of their most important work during natural disasters: rescue organizations, food banks, energy assistance programs, etc. Read more...

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