Some great social media and technology resources

by Jini Stolk

Whether you’re a technophile and social media maven or not, there are a wealth of terrific resources to help you stay current. Although the organizations below are not specifically arts-focused, their events and materials are some of the best:

Toronto Net Tuesday (a project of TechSoup Canada) offers meet ups on a range of compelling topics. Attenders speak highly of the information presented and the opportunity to talk with knowledgeable nonprofit techies. Coming up:

Get started with technology planning: a mini-workshop, on March 13 . There are still some spaces available, and the price at $5 is right; sign up soon. (Coming up: The people/organization development side of technology implementation) The series is sponsored by the Centre for Social Innovation at 215 Spadina.

TechSoup is also doing a survey about how organizations currently use traditional and cloud-based technology and their plans for the future. The survey, which closes on March 23, is easy to fill out Take the survey  (in English or in French) and is intended for anyone who has responsibility for recommending, purchasing or managing IT services at a nonprofit or charity. Results gathered from nonprofits based in Canada and 37 countries around the world will be published in the spring; everyone who completes the survey can get a copy of the full report on request.

DIOSA Communications’ Nonprofit Tech 2.0 blog  is full of useful information. A recent post on 11 Donate Now Best Practices for Nonprofits is a great guide to making the most of your online fundraising. While the first two practices are aimed at U.S. based organizations, the remaining nine are right to the point for us Canadians. Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter – they’re all covered by a range of informative posts. Operating out of Springfield (which one, you ask? well, in this case, Missouri), DIOSA specializes in social media and mobile technology webinars and trainings for nonprofit organizations.

What’s your favorite source of social media and technology insights? Let us know here on the blog or on our Facebook page  and we’ll share it with others.


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