Some years back I became acquainted with Techsoup while working for a nonprofit as the Technology Director. At the time I was grateful for inexpensive licenses for software we needed. By the time I left that position, we planned software purchases around the Techsoup cycles. It has been a valuable program for nonprofits in the United States and in Canada.
I arrived today mid-afternoon in San Jose. Tomorrow NetSquared begins and tonight was a lovely Meet and Greet evening. I was fortunate enough to start meeting up with the Nonprofit Commons folks over hors dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢oeuvres at the Hotel. It was such a pleasure meeting the folks I've been working with over the last couple of years but haven't met face to face. The only familiar (in a RL sense) face was Beth Kanter, who I've been friends with for quite a few years.
I have a long standing relationship with Techsoup.org. First as a consumer of the software deals that they offer to nonprofits through Compumentor. I help moderate one of the Techsoup forums on emerging technologies. The forums have become a vibrant community with many members who freely share knowledge with others in the nonprofit community.
In June, blogs were added to the mix. The Techsoup crew have been adding compelling content consistently since the blogs were launched offering up tidbits that are cross referenced in the forums allowing for community participation.