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Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010’s new “broadcast” feature is a perfect example of how nonprofit organizations and libraries can easily and inexpensively streamline processes, increase efficiency, and improve communication, all while devoting more time and resources to serving their communities.


Microsoft’s Excel, part of the Microsoft Office suite of products, has long been a useful piece of software for compiling and understanding the relationships between data. Excel 2010 introduces a tool that makes it even easier to see trends in your nonprofit or library’s data using visual representations; sparklines.


SQL Server is relational database server software offering tools for data storage, management, analysis, and reporting. It can be used as a back-end database server for internal applications or for powering a dynamic website.

You can use this guide to help you find the SQL Server edition and licenses appropriate for your organization's needs.



Before the digital revolution, videos — like still photographs — were actually shot on film. Editing them involved cutting out individual frames and splicing the filmstrip back together, a tedious and expensive process that resulted in lots of little plastic squares on the cutting room floor. You also had to move through all previous footage to reach the scenes you wanted to edit, more or less requiring you to edit the film in the order in which you shot it.

These things, along with expensive equipment and production costs made producing a video for many nonprofits or libraries a pipe dream. But times have changed and now editing video is easier than ever before and the costs of equipment, production, and editing tools are ever-decreasing.

Today, software makes editing digital footage faster, easier, and much more affordable, and puts it within reach of anyone with a personal computer. Even better, digital video editing is “nonlinear,” which means you can access the scenes you want to edit directly. This helps speed up the process, especially for a short, Internet-ready video for which you just need to trim off the ends and add a title screen or two.


If your organization uses the Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 suite of office productivity applications, you have no doubt encountered the Ribbon.

Introduced in the 2007, the Ribbon interface took the menus and toolbars of the top page navigation and reorganized them into tabs organized by activity types. This reorganization meant that you could have more of the commands and tools at your fingertips quicker, but it also meant having to learn where things live now. This article will discuss techniques for making the Ribbon more effective for your work.


Attract your readers and make your content easier to understand, all without leaving the tool you're already using. With Office 2010's enhanced graphics tools, you can customize pictures directly in your Office document; you don't need to edit them in a separate application or third-party tool. These tools make it easier to add great pictures and images to everything from donor appeal postcards to your organization’s annual reports.


You’ve finally hired two new staff members to join your successful nonprofit. The trouble is, your new colleagues are in Chicago and your headquarters is in San Francisco. How will you share documents? Is there a better solution than constantly emailing attachments?


Is your public library or nonprofit ready for a move to Office 2010? Will any of the new features benefit your organization? Will an upgrade to Office 2010 impact compatibility with older versions of Office or other productivity suites? In this article, we’ll briefly outline the new features in Office 2010. Next, we’ll discuss the package’s touted collaboration features and discuss how they might change your organization’s workflow. Finally, we’ll look at compatibility issues with older versions of Office.


Microsoft SharePoint offers organizations a collection of tools for managing and prioritizing tasks and information through a single server. Often described as a content management system and a collaboration suite, SharePoint could also be called an integrated knowledge-management platform. It includes features to help organizations more seamlessly collaborate online, manage processes, search for data, manage and share documents, host sites, access stored information, and even create and manage wikis and blogs.


Imagine only being able to run one software program at a time on your computer. What if, in order to check your email, you had to turn off your office application? What if you had to close your PDF reader in order to use the Internet?

While we take for granted that we can use more than one software application at a time, we seldom consider running more than one operating system at once. Virtualization software — programs that allow you to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single computer — allows you to do just that. Using virtualization software, you can run multiple operating systems on one physical machine.

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