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The Microsoft Software Donation Program for nonprofits and public libraries is one of TechSoup's most popular resources. Hundreds of organizations request Microsoft product donations every day, but unfortunately, many don't take full advantage of everything the Microsoft donation program has to offer. By understanding Microsoft's donation limits and anticipating your nonprofit's future technology needs, you can be sure to maximize your benefit through the program.

In this article, we'll outline Microsoft's donation restrictions and limits and offer some tips on how to get more out of your donation by summarizing the rights and privileges that come with Microsoft's Software Assurance program. We’ll also provide advice on technology planning so that you can make donation requests in line with your organization's present and future needs.



Once your organization has decided it's ready to upgrade to Windows 7 and has verified that it meets the technical requirements to do so, it’s time to begin planning for the upgrade itself. This article will walk you through steps to take before and during an install.




It’s important to consider whether upgrading to Windows 7 makes sense for your organization and, if so, how you will go about implementing it. To help you decide whether Windows is a good fit for your organization, we’ve come up with four questions for you to consider.


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.

PowerPoint Image Editing Features

When we say editing photos, would you believe me if I say that there’s a little hidden gem in our computers that can do a few (surprising) features that Photoshop also does?

Thanks to a recent session held by Microsoft experts at the Technology for Good 2016 (Philippines), I have learned that there is in fact a wide array of features hidden or unnoticed in PowerPoint that can give you basic image editing capabilities. From background removal, to color picking even up to creating composite images, let us go through some of these awesome features in PowerPoint!



For end users, Windows 10 introduces a new Start menu, web browser, personal digital assistant, and more. For IT admins, the latest version of Windows includes features like Azure Active Directory support and Windows Update for Business.

If your nonprofit or library is considering upgrading your systems, check out some of the most important new features for both users and IT professionals in this version of Windows.


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Looking to boost your nonprofit’s marketing materials? Let me help you do that with just the use of your mobile devices! From as simple as giving your pictures a bit of a twist up to animating your own videos, be able to do all of those with these FREE and easy to use apps.


Tablet Photography: Create Your Own Resource


Evernote is a versatile note-taking app that enables you to create notes that you can enrich with various types of media. But most of all, Evernote also allows you to easily search and organize your entries to help you work faster!

Now, to help you get up to speed with Evernote, I’ve listed here its major functions and capabilities that can seriously help you in your work:




Support for Windows XP will be expiring soon and if your not-for-profit hasn't already planned to upgrade, now is the time to take the steps to do so.

Now that it's time to upgrade from Windows XP (it retires in early April 2014), you may well be wondering how much of your current software and hardware will work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Fortunately there are some great free tools to help you figure that out.


Looking to get started with Windows 8? This first webinar in the Tech4Good webinar series will give you an end-user’s point of view of what’s different in Microsoft’s latest operating system. You will see a live demonstration of Windows 8, including new key features, how to approach the new interface, hints and tips for using Windows 8 better and explanation of how Windows 8 devices are integrated.

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