Highlight Reel from ‘Data, Transparency, and Impact’ Panel

Guest post by Erica Mills It could’ve been the beginning of a really bad joke: “Two funders, a nonprofit executive, and a blogger walked into this bar…” Instead, it was a curated conversation –with Jane Meseck (Microsoft Citizenship), Paul Shoemaker (Social Venture Partners), Eric Stowe (Splash), and Beth Kanter– about data, transparency and impact, that…


21st century transformation for a 19th century vision

Derrick McCourt, Regional Manager, Microsoft Our Citizenship work is a great way of enabling our people to work together outside their day-to-day teams. I am immensely proud of the track record the team here is building up. In Scotland one of our community partners is nonprofit Aberlour. Founded in 1875, Aberlour is the largest Scottish…


Getting a nonprofit up and running with free online tools

By Olivier Fontana, Marketing Director, WW Field and Partner Marketing, Windows Embedded Business; President, UFE Seattle In May 2010 I decided I wanted to involve myself more into the broader French and French speaking community of Puget Sound in Washington State. I reached out to a nonprofit called l’Union des Français de l’Etranger (UFE), to…


Even “genies” need precise record-keeping and a professional homepage

Bernadette Szilagyi, Unlimited Program Manager, Microsoft Hungary The goal of Csodalámpa Alapítvány in Hungary is to fulfill the wishes of children suffering from serious illnesses, thus alleviating their pain and bringing some change to the routine of coping with their condition. Since November 2003, a total of more than 1,200 wishes have been granted with…


How technology is helping German parents and children in need

Nestwärme e.V. Deutschland was founded in 1999 to help the nearly one million families in Germany caring for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Over 1,400 volunteers and more than 80 employees help take care of the children, which gives parents much-needed time for themselves. Whether it’s going to the doctor, running errands or simply…


Tell Your Story with Free Tools in Windows Live Essentials

Yesterday, Microsoft Community Affairs hosted a webinar for nonprofits to showcase how nonprofits can use the free Windows Live applications and services to tell their stories and engage their supporters. Windows Live Essentials 2011 was launched in September 2010, it’s a suite of free consumer applications that brings Windows to the cloud by helping people…


2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

The annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is always a great event, and this year’s was no exception. The conference provides nonprofits with a wealth of knowledge and resources from other nonprofits, from companies and vendors, and from innovators and entrepreneurs. The conference, always known for its slightly irreverent tone, is also a lot of fun…

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The Importance of Collaboration in Protecting Nature

Editor’s Note: Our thoughts are with those impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While it may be some time until the full impact has been assessed, we will continue to work with our nonprofit partners to determine where our support can be of the greatest benefit. More on our efforts supporting relief…


KEXP.org: Where the Music and Technology Matter (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: Our thoughts are with those impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While it may be some time until the full impact has been assessed, we will continue to work with our nonprofit partners to determine where our support can be of the greatest benefit. More on our efforts supporting relief…


How Nonprofits Can Harness ‘Disruptive Technologies’ for Social Good

This week, 1,500 nonprofit IT professionals and advocates will gather in Washington, DC at the Nonprofit Technology Network’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference. In celebration of this gathering and the amazing work of nonprofits, we will be showcasing five partner organizations and the impact they are having with the help of technology. (Starting March 14, visit…

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