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Trends in technology

Domain Names 101: Why They Matter for Nonprofits

Often referred to as a “web address” or a “URL”, a domain name is the place where your website lives. Simply put, it’s what people type into a browser to arrive at your site.

Domain names make it easy for your audience to find you online. Think of them as the street addresses of the Internet - unlike longitude and latitude, a street address is easy to read and remember.

[Podcast] TechSoup Canada's EnAbling Nonprofits Case Study with the ONN

Our communications coordinator, Matthew Couto, sat down with Tara Masurk of the ONN to discuss TechSoup Canada's capacity and solutions for web accessibility and general communications.

TechSoup Canada is one of many nonprofit organizations telling their story around accessibility as part of the EnAbling Nonprofits Ontario project, which aims to strengthen the capacity and ability of nonprofits to understand their compliance requirements under The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

How Nonprofits Use Text Messaging to Raise Funds

Nonprofits depend on fundraising to provide social services, whether we’re talking about a public health advocate, flood relief organization or women’s shelter. Much of that money comes from large donors, government budgets and corporate social responsibility schemes, but nonprofits also keep running thanks to small, individual contributions. 

5 Tech Trends: 2016 is the Year of Interconnectivity

Making predictions for the future is key to success, especially within the face-paced tech industry. Each year, TechSoup Canada predicts key tech and web design trends that will affect nonprofits the most. It’s our prediction that 2016 will be the year of tech interconnectivity.

Three Best Practices for Using Technology

It's the start of a new year and we've just looked at five high-tech trends and five nonprofit tech trends. While it's fun predicting all the trends in technology, we believe it's also important to remember best practices to ensure we use technology effectively. Here are three best practices that are essential to a nonprofit’s success:

Five Nonprofit Tech Trends

While it’s very interesting to follow all the high-tech trends, it’s highly unlikely for trends such as virtual reality, wearable technologies and assistive robotic technologies to impact your nonprofit’s day-to-day operations in 2014. So here’s our predictions of tech trends that should be top of mind for nonprofits:

Five Tech Trends for 2014

With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it’s hard at times for nonprofits keep up and determine which tech trends are worth their investment. To help nonprofits start the new year right, Jane Zhang (ED of TechSoup Canada and Director of Online Services at the Centre for Social Innovation) highlighted five cutting-edge tech trends to follow, five important trends nonprofits should embrace in 2014, and three best practices for using technology.

Which Crowdfunding Platform Is Best for Your Nonprofit?

It seems like there's a new crowdfunding website out there every week,
but which one is right for your nonprofit? I looked at a few popular
crowdfunding sites and dissected their cost plans, nonprofit support,
and special features. What platform you choose really depends on the
size of your nonprofit and what sort of campaign you plan to run.

Take the Next Step with Data Sharing for Nonprofits

Your organization is already tracking and collecting data -- how much money you raised, how many supporters you have, donor relationships, mission statistics, etc. -- but have you considered freely sharing your data? The open data movement is rapidly gaining support, so it’s time to learn what it is and how it impacts your organization.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap: Exploring tech trends & the opportunities for nonprofits

The evening focused on highlighting a number of important trends in the tech world that present new and interesting opportunities for nonprofits to provide services, reach supporters, raise funds, and build community.

So where does Star Trek fit into all of this? TechSoup Canada's Executive Director, Jane Zhang, kicked off the event by linking Star Trek technology and gadgets to the trends we’re seeing become popular today, including GPS, voice recognition, mobile, cloud, social, big data and gaming.