Technology

States scramble to protect student data and privacy

By Sarah Breitenbach, reporter, Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts | What if a child’s performance in a fifth-grade gym class could be used to set the rate for a life insurance policy when they’re 50? What if a computer program advertised interactive tutoring when your child struggled with long division? Privacy advocates worry these scenarios could become […]

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Making better use of big data

By Sonal Shah & Hollie Russon Gilman, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Big data has become a buzzword for private, public, and social sector organizations. For the social sector, there is a belief that “big” data is the new panacea to solving our greatest social challenges — whether criminal justice, health care, education, or international […]

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Software to fight terrorism, Microsoft-funded professor

By Jing Cao, reporter, Bloomberg News | Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid — using funding from Microsoft Corp. — has developed technology to help scrub extremist content from the internet. Working with the nonprofit think tank Counter Extremism Project, Farid built software capable of identifying and tracking photo, video and audio files, even […]

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Prevention and planning: keys to avoiding and surviving a computer exploit

By Chip Heberden, owner and president, Netlink, Inc. Understanding computer exploits like malware and viruses and how to prevent them, are basic business survival skills these days regardless of your organization’s size. Just like other technologies, security compromises are getting more innovative.  It pays to be aware of how to prevent infection and if compromised, […]

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Easy-to-use graphic design software

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Treva Burgess has a second recommendation – Canva. It’s a simple, free, online design tool software, and is a boon for nonprofits that don’t have graphic designers. Setting up an account is free, as are many of its design elements. After creating an account and logging in, the user […]

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Google offers nonprofits grants

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Small Box’s marketing director Jenny Anderson has some advice – learn about Google’s programs specifically targeted for nonprofits. She has, and is willing to share, that know-how. When she worked for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) as online marketing manager, she was in charge of the museum’s website, […]

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Websites Simplified

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In May, we asked readers for perfect tech or software solutions that have reduced costs or saved time. Last week, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Indiana Society of Association Executives shared use of tablets and software that improved the organizations’ productivity. This week, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and Small […]

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Save time, reduce costs with technology and software

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | In May, we asked readers for perfect tech or software solutions that have reduced costs or saved time. Here are two peer recommendations. #1: KEEP INDIANAPOLIS BEAUTIFUL CHALLENGE Abby Dennis is the volunteer coordinator for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and needs to collect data – lots of it. She […]

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Applications to help manage projects

By Idealware for TechSoup | What kind of software is out there and which tools might support your organization’s particular project-management needs? Idealware shares what nine nonprofit project managers are using to manage their projects. So you need software to help with project management. Great! But wait… What do you mean by project management? Do […]

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