Tech Soup Arrives
in LA to Serve Nonprofits
By Sarah Hawkins
TechSoup.org, long established
in the SF Bay area as a valuable resource for nonprofits, has now
established a presence in Los Angeles. Partnering with the Center
for Nonprofit Management (CNM), TechSoup: Los Angeles aims to
provide the estimated 30,000 nonprofits in the Los Angeles area
with the tech know-how they need to more efficiently and effectively
achieve their missions.
Since 1979, the CNM has fostered healthy neighborhoods and communities
by improving the performance of nonprofit organizations addressing
critical issues and serving underserved populations. CNM's Knowledge
and Information services are free. Fees for other services are set
on a sliding scale to help make them accessible to organizations
of all sizes.
TechSoup.org started out three years ago with a unique idea: to
be the single information source on all aspects of technology affecting
the 1,200,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. Today,
steadily growing visitor numbers - in March, more than 90,000 visitors
turned to the site for advice on technology - illustrate the increasing
demand for such a tailored service. The TechSoup Web site features
four main content areas: articles and news, tools and resources,
an online community and DiscounTech, a product distribution service
for donated and discounted technology products.
TechSoup articles cover a variety of topics from choosing a database
to funding for technology and are written by experts for a nonprofit
audience. In the Community you can interact with expert guides to
access trustworthy technology information. The tools and resources
are compiled into easy to navigate lists. User reviews and ratings
help you choose the right ones for your organization. Launched in
January 2002, DiscounTech is the technology product distribution
service just for nonprofits. For a small administrative fee, nonprofits
can order donated and discounted software and essential technology
products from leading technology vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco
and Intuit. TechSoup's weekly e-newsletter, "By the Cup",
brings you highlights from TechSoup: articles, discussions on our
message boards, discounted software alerts, and more.
TechSoup.org is a leading source of technology information designed
expressly for nonprofits. TechSoup Local Editions represent locally
relevant resources and events. Visit TechSoup:
Los Angeles to access technology information specific to the
Los Angeles nonprofit community.
Sarah Hawkins is a Program
Associate for Tech Soup. You can reach her at email@example.com.