Facelift on the NPSL

Last night I completed an upgrade to the NPSL site. We hope that it will make our collective mission clearer (there is now a static home page) and the site a bit more readable (the contrast is a little better for viewing). On the left, you’ll see a short list of the most recent posts. In the top menu, there is an item called “The Blogs”. “The Blogs” will take you to the “river of news” that is all bloggers posts in a single place.

I hope you like the changes. Please let me know at matthew [at] dogstar [dot] org if you see any problems, broken links, and so forth.

Creech Antwerp (Matthew Saunders)

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Donor Day at TechSoup Global Partner Summit – Panelist Biographies

Panelist Biographies

David Barnard is the Executive Director of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), based
in Johannesburg, South Africa. David has extensively published and presented on issues relating to
development and ICT in Africa. He is a Founding Member of the African Institute for Corporate
Citizenship (AICC), Board Member of the Non-Profit Technology Network (N-Ten) and Advisory Board
Member of the African Press Organisation.

Doug Jacquier has been CEO of Connecting Up Australia for the past 9 years. His professional
career has included public sector social work, disaster recovery, management training, and business
development in remote Aboriginal communities. He was awarded Innovator of the Year in the 2008
Australian Nonprofit CEO Awards.

Rufina Fernandes joined as founding C.E.O. of NASSCOM Foundation in July 2005. NASSCOM ,
the National Association of Software Services Companies, is the leading association of IT companies in
India and the seed funder of the Foundation with the vision of leveraging all the resources of the Indian
IT Industry for social development and empowering the lives of the underserved. Before joining NF,
Rufina served as Sr. Vice President – Strategic Initiatives & Head – CSR at GTL Limited, a leading
Networking Engineering and IT Services Company in India. She has a long record of involvement with
the Indian non-profit sector.

John Fung is the founder and director of Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC), Hong
Kong Council of Social Service, an organization he describes as "a hybrid of social work and computer
engineering." ITRC has become the biggest ICT solution provider for the social service sector in Hong
Kong and Macau. John is A longtime university teacher and a researcher on information society both
internationally and in China. He is passionate about extending the services and resources of the
Techsoup Global Network to the emerging nonprofit sector on the mainland.

Clara Miller is President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a national leader in nonprofit,
philanthropic and social enterprise finance which has provided nearly $1 billion in loans and other direct
investments to this sector. NFF is a recipient of a 2007 Fast Company Award for Social
Entrepreneurship. She is a board member of Working Today , GuideStar, GEO and is a Community
Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. . Miller was a Clinton appointee to the
U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Advisory Board, as a member and later, its Chair. She chaired
the Opportunities Finance Network board for six years. She has been named on repeated occasions to
the Nonprofit Times "Power and Influence 50.".

Joaquin Alvarado is the incoming Senior Vice President for Innovation and Diversity at the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was Founding Director of San Francisco State University’s
Institute for Next Generation Internet (INGI). Joaquin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker,
writer, producer and director. He holds a BA in Chicano studies from University of California, Berkeley
and a MFA from the UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media.

Rebecca Masisak is co-CEO of TechSoup Global, which she joined in 2001 to launch and chart the
growth of TSG’s technology product donation program and social enterprise. After successfully
establishing the program in North America (www.techsoup.org/stock), Ms. Masisak developed an
international expansion model, which today serves an international NGO audience in more than 23
countries. Under Ms. Masisak’s leadership, TechSoup Global has processed over four million donated
and discounted technology products to free up more than US $1 billion for direct services. As Co-C.E.O.,
Ms. Masisak has been instrumental in building TechSoup Global’s capacity and reach to support the
entire portfolio of TechSoup Global’s programs for bringing products, information, human capacity and
resources to the communities who need them most.

Moderator: Daniel Ben-Horin is TechSoup Global’s Founder (as CompuMentor in 1987) and co-
CEO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ben-Horin)

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Donor Day at TechSoup Global Partner Summit – Participate

See and hear the panel live
To view the panel live, you will need Apple QuickTime installed on your computer. If you do not already
have QuickTime, you can download it for free from here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Once you are ready to view video and audio of the live panels, go to the Nonprofit Commons website
(www.nonprofitcommons.org) where a live link for the panel will be available.

All you need to do is click on the link and you will be able to see and hear the proceedings.
Here is how you can make comments and ask questions that will be relayed to the panel moderator.

Submit comments/questions to the panel by email
Send an email with "TSG Summit Panel Question" in the subject and your question, your name and
your organization in the body of the message to community@techsoupglobal.org.

Chat live with other viewers and submit comments/questions
If you have difficulty sending email or wish to expand your options, you may join a web chat of other
people watching the panel live. No registration is required. Just go to

When asking a question for the panel, we ask you start your question with a "?" question mark so we
can see it easily.

View the panel and submit comments/questions in a 3D virtual world

For those who are familiar with Second Life, or have been looking for a good excuse to explore this
exciting new communications medium, we will be live streaming the event on Second Life, so you can
view and submit comments/questions there. (This option requires that software is downloaded and
installed on your system. The download is 22MB and may take time)

1. If you are not already registered with Second Life, register here: do

You should be taken through the process to verify your email address, download and install the Second
Life viewer. If not, do the following:
– Check the email account for the address you gave when registering with Second Life. Click on the
long URL in the email and you should get a confirmation and download instructions.
– You can download the Second Life viewer for Windows, MacOS or Linux here:

2. Once Second Life is running and you have signed into the virtual world, you can teleport directly to
the event with video and discussion:
– Go to the teleport map: http://tinyurl.com/nonprofitcommons
– Click on the orange "teleport now" button.
– The Second Life viewer will show you a small map of the location. Click on "Teleport" in the Second
Life window.
– Use your arrow keys to guide your avatar to the video screen:
– Turn around and head toward the welcome sign.
– Keep walking until you see an amphitheater.
– Right-click on a seat and choose "Sit Here" to sit down.
– Push play on the bottom of the screen to start video.

3. Please direct your comments/questions via text chat or IM to TechSoup Staffer, "Penguin Kuhn", and
include your name and organization.

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Donor Day at TechSoup Global Partner Summit – The Agenda

The agenda

9:30a – 10:45a Pacific (16:30 – 17:45 UTC)
Opening Plenary Panel: Core Issues, Hurdles and Opportunities
Panelists: David Barnard, Rufina Fernandes, Doug Jacquier, John Fung and, moderator, Daniel Ben-

We will ask four of the most experienced nonprofit capacity builders in the world to paint a nuanced and
candid picture of the issues impacting the deployment of technology for social change in diverse areas
of the globe.

11:00a – 12:15p Pacific (18:00 – 19:15 UTC)
Opening Plenary (continued): Response through Three Expert Lenses
Panelists: Clara Miller, Joaquin Alvarado, Rebecca Masisak and, moderator, Daniel Ben-Horin

We will ask Clara, Joaquin and Rebecca to reflect on the morning’s discussion through the prisms of
• the Social Capital Marketplace,
• the Next Generation of Internet technology and
• the Experience and Plans of the TechSoup Global Network.

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How Many People Have Visited?

We started tracking traffic on the nonprofitcommons on March 20th, 2007. It was a trickle at first–10 or 12 visitors a day. I thought it might be of interest to give an overview of what we look like as a community. How many of us have come? What have we been using? How long do we stay?

A couple of weeks back, I started doing an analysis of the past two years. I thought it would be interesting give a brief over view of traffic and where that traffic has come from.

Over the last 19 months we’ve been rather busy. We’ve enjoyed nearly 37,500 visits and almost 74,000 page views. Our visitors spend over a minute and half on site. 29,327 unique users have come to the site (although this is a deceptive number–the same person could have visited the site on different IP addresses).

Our visitors come from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan, Netherlands. and China.

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