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Ever wonder how well received your annual dinner event is? Looking to evaluate a new program? Need to collect data for a big research project? Surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are.

And good tools can be a big part of that. Online survey tools can be a very cost-effective way for delivering surveys and collecting and analyzing results through one central system. While they’re not going to be the right fit for every research need (for instance, a paper survey is likely to get a much-higher response rate at an in-person event, and provide more accurate data among populations that are not as comfortable with computers), online surveys are great for gathering informal data quickly and easily.

There are a number of these tools available. How do they compare? Idealware spoke to three nonprofit staff members with extensive survey experience, consulted postings on a number of nonprofit listservs, and scoured reports and article on the topic. Below, we walk through the online survey tools that have worked for others, and might work for you as well.



As high-speed Internet connections become more commonplace, software companies are forgoing traditional boxed packages and instead offering their products for download over the web. Although free programs and trial versions of commercial applications have long been available online, many software vendors are now selling full versions of their programs as downloads. Many of TechSoup's donor partners' products can also be requested via electronic download.

Obtaining software via electronic software distribution (ESD) is often a more convenient option than purchasing packaged software, but it's also a more environmentally friendly approach that cuts down on the amount of cardboard boxes, CDs, and plastic wrap that eventually ends up in landfills.

If you're new to downloading software, you might have a few questions. So before you fire up your browser and get down to business, acquaint yourself with some of the basic concepts surrounding downloading software.


Software is an unavoidable part of any nonprofit's budget. Even if your software is free or donated, implementing the software and training your staff to use it mean time and money. In this article, we'll talk about a few donation programs and discount resellers as well as a few software companies that donate products directly to nonprofits. Knowing what discounts and donations might be available to your organization, you can make a more informed decision about what software to invest time and money in.


Is tax season a time of time of stress, chaos, and panic or a relatively trouble-free period? Can you access the information you need in your accounting software, create reports, and track restricted funds, or does just logging on make you worry about crashing your computer?

The accounting software you use will make or break this time of year for you and can mean the difference between a painful tax season and an easy one. If you’re struggling to create reports, track expenses and complete the necessary tasks, it may be time for a new system. Maybe we can’t prepare your taxes for you, but we can suggest a few tools to help.

First-Time Registration at the Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC)

To retrieve and manage your Microsoft volume licenses, you must first register and accept your agreement at the VLSC. You must use Internet Explorer as your browser. The terms and conditions of the agreement for your TechSoup Asia donation are slightly different from those shown on the VLSC.

To register and accept your agreement:

Most Microsoft products donated through TechSoup Stock have the phrase "Includes Software Assurance" in the product name. Software Assurance is a significant benefit that adds value to your software donation in a number of ways.

Selecting Software on a Shoestring

How to find the right software for your nonprofit without breaking the bank

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