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June 2, 2011 

Share Your Story and Engage Your Supporters

Important Announcements

Fiscal Year End: Place Donation Requests Before June 30

Most of TechSoup's donation programs limit the number of requests an organization can place per fiscal year — our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. You can request products again on July 1, but don't miss out on getting your fiscal year 2011 allotment by June 30.
Check the programs that run on TechSoup Canada's fiscal year (note that Microsoft donations are not limited by our fiscal year). Then, double-check your organization's eligibility for those programs by logging in to your TechSoup account. More...

Pending Canada Post Strike and How This Affects Your Orders

TechSoup Canada product shipments will not be affected by a potential Canada Post strike. The majority of our products are shipped via UPS. The only product affected is Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2009. Also, should you require a refund by cheque, expect delays based on disruptions to Canada Post Services. 

 From the Learning Centre

How to Attract and Engage Supporters through Storytelling

There are over 161,000 nonprofits and charities in Canada, which means a lot of organizations doing a lot of great work. Where do you fit in? How are you different? Why should anyone give you their money or time? Is the work you are doing being shared and celebrated? Knowing how to tell your organization’s story is the key to turning strangers into supporters - volunteers, donors, advocates and funders. More...

How to Design a Bad Presentation

If you've ever prepared a presentation for your nonprofit, chances are you've used (or considered using) a slideshow. A good slideshow can enhance your presentations, allowing you to underscore key points and support your statements with visual aids such as charts and graphs. A poorly created slideshow presentation, however, can often have the opposite effect, leaving your audience confused, apathetic, or even frustrated with the topic at hand. More...

Survey Time! Help us get ready for next month by filling out a short survey on volunteer management systems here.

 Featured Product

Note - you must login to your account to purchase this product

Share Your Story and Put it online with SlideRocket

SlideRocketSlideRocket is a cloud-based tool for creating, managing, and sharing visual presentations. Create rich multimedia presentations by adding audio and narration to your text or embedding "real-time" content like live twitter feeds, facebook pages, flickr slideshows, interactive polls, comments, videos and more! The drag-and-drop authoring tools make it super easy to create presentations from scratch or you can import and modify an existing PowerPoint slideshow or Google Docs presentation. More...

Admin Fee: One Year Subscription- $24.00  One-Year Additional Users- $144.00

Eligibility: Please read SlideRocket Donation Program Guidelines or check your account to see if you qualify.

 Upcoming Webinars
June 15- Technology Tools and Trends: How to Make Them Work For You

Cloud computing, social media, digital storytelling … these are some of the ways that technology has evolved to change the way we operate and how we engage with our communities. In this session, TechSoup Canada will review some of the latest technology trends and share some free/low cost tools you can use to build your organization’s capacity.


  • List of free or low cost technology tools to help increase organizational capacity
  • Knowledge of latest technology trends in the charitable sector
  • General guidelines on how to choose the right tools for the organization
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM-11:00 AM PDT)
Register Here:

June 21- Get the Most Out of TechSoup Canada's Donation Program

Confused about ordering products? Having trouble understanding donor restrictions and guidelines? Want to learn how to take advantage of end of fiscal year?

If you are already registered with TechSoup Canada but have questions about how to order products or unsure what end of fiscal year means for your organization- this webinar is for you! 

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM- 11:00 AM PDT)
Register Here:
Past Webinars

 Nonprofit Spotlight

Our theme of "Sharing Your Story" has inspired us to share some of the great ways that organizations registered with TechSoup Canada are using technology. If you would like to be featured, get in touch.

Rexdale Women's Centre: Data-driven decison making

"With donations from TechSoup Canada we have more time to serve clients and can tailor our services to the community's needs."

How CUSO-VSO uses technology to share their story

"A culture of storytelling is at the heart of our communications work and technology helps makes it possible."

 From the Blog & Hot Topics from the Web
  • Digital Storytelling 101: Blogs - A blog is a great way to keep the content on your website fresh - or it can be your whole website if you are just starting off. Learn about the pros and cons of starting a blog and get some tips.
  • How to Keep Track of Your Passwords (and Keep Them Safe) - A great post that walks through why secure passwords are important (i.e. so your accounts don't get hacked - especially financial accounts), how to create a secure password and some good password management tools.
  • What makes a nonprofit technology project successful? - In short: management buy-in, a defined budget, at least 2 staff who understand the tech-y side and adequate training for all staff members.
  • How Much Traffic Should Your Website Generate? - "Groundwire recently released their website report that measured 40+ small to medium sized environmental nonprofits benchmarks for common website statistics, as well as information about how much time and energy organizations are investing in their websites."

To get regular updates from our blog, including hot topics every Friday, subscribe to our blog: feed

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 Soup of the Week
Mommy's Fresh Veggie Soup

Celebrate spring with your favorite garden vegetables.


Adobe CS5.5

NEW! Adobe CS5.5 Products
Meet all of your organization's creative needs with the latest Adobe products.


Online application for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and short videos
Admin Fee: $16.00 for five 1-year Pro Accounts

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Share Your Story!

Learn to tell your story using the Public Narrative framework - used successfully in the Obama 08 campaign.

When: Tuesday June 14  Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
>>Register for Net Tuesday

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