Thursday, December 14, 2006 outsources open-source development to India "Grameen outsources open-source development to India
Door: John Ribeiro

The Grameen Foundation has outsourced to Aditi Technologies Pvt. Ltd. the development of open-source software to meet the automation needs of microfinance agencies worldwide.

A nonprofit organization in Washington D.C., the Grameen Foundation was established in 1997 to replicate elsewhere the success of the Grameen Bank in promoting development in Bangladesh through microfinance. The foundation was co-founded by Professor Muhammad Yunus, the bank's founder and managing director, who also won this year's Nobel Peace Prize."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Nonprofits Share Their Wiki Success Stories

Nonprofits Share Their Wiki Success Stories: "Nonprofits Share Their Wiki Success Stories
How two orgs have built and maintained active, vibrant wikis

By: Brian Satterfield

December 8, 2006

As emerging Web 2.0 technologies continue to spread across the Internet, more people are becoming exposed to wikis, collaborative Web sites that allow users to create and edit online content without requiring extensive technical skills.

In early November, TechSoup hosted an online wiki event, where nonprofit techies came together to pool their knowledge and trade tips about using this new technology. Throughout this three-day event, a number of organizations shared stories about how their nonprofits are using wikis to work and communicate more effectively."
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006 ::Bloggers connect donors, charities :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source: "Hoping to tap into a new source of donations this Christmas season, Heifer International is reaching out to bloggers like Erin McKean, a dictionary editor with a zeal for dresses with stories to tell.

The editor-in-chief of The New Oxford American Dictionary is among about 100 bloggers raising money in a new campaign rolled out by Heifer, the Little Rock charity famous for supplying livestock to families in the world’s neediest places."

Using Technology to Communicate More Effectively :: PNNOnline ::

Using Technology to Communicate More Effectively :: PNNOnline ::: "Using Technology to Communicate More Effectively
Posted by: laurakujawski on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Topic Expert Opinion

Is your nonprofit technology savvy? Do you wonder how you can communicate your mission to your stakeholders more clearly than you do now? And, while you think about adding new technologies to communicate, can you afford to do so? In today’s “Expert Opinion”, Christine Litch suggests some low and no cost ways to increase your ability to communicate with others.

In the business world, technology is used for its competitive edge, to increase efficiency and cut costs. Although nonprofits do not have stockholders or owners to satisfy, they do have a “bottom line” to consider. If a nonprofit doesn’t meet its guidelines, stock will not plummet, but programs and services – and the populations they serve -- may suffer. Unlike their business counterparts, however, nonprofits have been slow to adopt new technologies, one of the biggest reasons being the perception that investment in technology is an unnecessary use of money."