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Technology Tidbits: Free and Discounted Tech Solutions for Nonprofits

The first Tuesday of every month, Philly Netsquared ( hosts a great technology networking event at the American Friends Society on 1501 Cherry st. located in center city Philadelphia. The purpose of the meeting is to share information and solutions about technology throughout the non-profit business community of Philadelphia.

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The line up for the meeting "Free Stuff for Nonprofits and Good Causes!"on Tuesday, September 2nd was:

I had a chance to learn about GIS from Tyler. Tyler said "GIS looks at spatial data on a map". Essentially GIS is a visual perspective of data which can tell a more complete story. He gave an example of a town that had over 20 children with Leukemia, which is very rare. The source of the contaminant was a well that three different factories were using to run their spill off. As technology became more sophisticated, the computers took samples from multiple locations to pinpoint which factory was responsible for contaminating the well. The case was actually turned into a movie called "A Civil Action" starring John Travolta. Although the summer of maps program is great for select noprofits Tyler also mentioned as a source for non-profits to make their ows GIS maps. Cartodb requires that the user has their own data but Philadelphia is fortunate because allows users to download datasets for FREE. The information from the map is only as good as the data entered.

After the meeting, thanks to Mitchell, we learned about another technology tool at discounted prices for non-profits. Email marketing service Vertical Response is offering free accounts to nonprofits for up to 10,000 msgs/mo apply at

Thank you to the volunteers at Philly NetSquared who are bringing together all this technology information to non-profit organizations for free. Learn more about Philly NetSquared as they present Youth and Social change on Tuesday, October 7 at the Friends center and see the full schedule of events at

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