Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC Celebrates GivingTuesday, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement on November 30, 2021
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Just like any other business, NGOs rely on the expertise of skilled individuals to fulfil essential needs. Even at a small nonprofit, specialists are needed for IT tasks, grant applications, and practical daily needs. These organisations also tend to rely on donations, which often equates to a fluctuating and unpredictable income, sometimes making it difficult to hire new full-time staff members. Generous volunteers make a huge difference, but paid staff are essential in completing many of these tasks.
In the wild ride that was 2020, most of us nonprofit staff moved out of the office and into our living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms in a master class in “making it work!” And as we figured out not only how to manage our organizations remotely, but also how to deliver our programs and fundraise from the couch, we acquired technology to help us. And boy, did we acquire technology — hardware, software, implementation services — whatever it took to work remotely, collaborate with our colleagues, and engage with our constituents.
Most likely, the reason your boss, board of directors, and other key stakeholders haven’t considered cloud computing is because they don’t have the right information. If they see the benefits, they may be more motivated to make the necessary changes.
Food security is the measure of the availability of food and individuals’ ability to access it. According to the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, food security is defined as meaning that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.
TechSoup, the leading nonprofit network facilitating distribution of technology solutions to civil society organizations globally, convened more than 500 civil society leaders from 50 countries virtually for the biennial TechSoup Global Network (TSGN) Summit in June 2021. Centered around the theme “Engage Communities. Create Resilience,” the virtual gathering took place June 16-30 across every time zone and showcased the voices of capacity builders, philanthropists, corporate partners, NGOs and team members of TechSoup’s more than 60 global network partners.
In order to empower more organisations to use Amazon Web Services (AWS), TechSoup has changes to the AWS for Nonprofits Program. As of July 1, eligible nonprofits can access $1,000 in credits per fiscal year (July 1 to June 31) instead of the previous $2,000 offering. These credits will be made available for a lesser admin fee, and we hope that a greater number of organisations can now use this versatile and valuable offering.
At TechSoup in Southern Africa, we equip changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to further their mission, and we have been front and center helping nonprofits transform their operations and learn new systems during the pandemic. Whether your organisation is looking for affordable technology, tech support, or new ways to leverage tech, there are many reasons to check out what TechSoup in Southern Africa has to offer. Here are four of the big reasons to join TechSoup in Southern Africa if you are not yet a member — and it’s totally free to sign up!
A robust email outreach program is essential for reaching donors, funders, stakeholders and those who rely on the services that you offer to your community. With that in mind, we’re pleased to offer discounted Constant Contact Email and Email Plus plans to eligible organisations through the TechSoup South Africa Programme!
Food security is when every person, continuously has social, physical, and economic access to nutritious, safe and sufficient food. The food must meet their dietary needs and food preferences required for a healthy and active life. Some examples of food security include feeding schemes; soup kitchens; lunch clubs; shelter feeding & lunch packs. Food security is often challenged by factors such as a lack of education; inadequate planning; lack of transparency and improper governance; financing; slow paces in technology development and other governance issues. Improving these factors should contribute to improved food intake and less hunger.