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Friday, September 14, 2007

Tools and Tips

Here are a few items brought to my attention recently.

Non-Profit Blogging. Bill Freeman has been writing a blog for about a year on Tips and Tools for NonProfits. You can find him at One of two non-profit technologists I now know with degrees in theology, Bill brings to his current roles as blogger and consultant an impressive history of non-profit leadership.

Social Bookmarking. Mashable recently posted this index of over 180 tools for use with, the popular social bookmarking site. I've been using the official delicious Firefox extension for over a year now, and consider it Standard Operating Procedure. But taking a look at some of these third party tools makes me forsee a rainy Sunday afternoon of experimentation in my near future. Thanks to photograher and painter Serena Konig for bring this to my attention. If you so any significant amount of online research, and do not yet use, you really ought to look into it.

Email Tools. Speaking of Mashable, back in early August they also published a toolbox of more than 60 add-ons for Gmail. I've only looked at a few of these, but have completely adopted Better Gmail, a repackaging of several earlier Greasemonkey scripts for use with Gmail. Better Gmail provides a host of small improvements to gmail capabilities - my favorite is that finally I can use HTML in my signature. Several of the tools -- this was bound to happen - hide the ads on the right hand sidebar.

And now for something entirely different
, here's antisocial networking!


Comments on "Tools and Tips"


Blogger David Kutcher said ... (September 27, 2007 at 4:19 PM) : 

I'd like to add a "tool" if possible to all of the non-profits out there. The RFP Database. If you're looking to get competitive bids don't just post your RFP on your website and hope vendors find it, post it on the RFP Database and they'll find you! You can also download other RFPs from the site if you don't know where to start with writing your own RFP. Enjoy!


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