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All those computers at the Olympics are going for
a good cause. Gateway plans to give 4500 of them to nonprofit organizations.
The application for the computers is on the Gateway Web site through
July 31, 2002. http://www.gateway.com/olympics/donations.shtml.
Free or Not To Be Free?
Times seem to be changing all over the Internet. "Free" sites seem to be a thing of the past. Yearly memberships for services are the latest trend. More specifically, this can be found in the area of E-cards. One such web site, BlueMountainArts.com for example, now has limited choices of "free" cards. But, if you sign up for a yearly membership, at the cost of $11.95, you will have access to thousands of cards. Luckily, there are still some sites that are not charging by the card. Two that I found were Hallmark.com and 1001Postcards.com. Both sites are well constructed, easy to use and free. You can find them both at:
Tech Tip Reorganization
This will be my last column as Contributing Editor of Tech Tips but Volunteertoday.com and Tech Tips is about to become stronger!
I will continue with Volunteertoday.com but in a new capacity, developing a column for volunteer service managers in government -- a focus that has always been a priority for Nancy Macduff, Volunteertoday.com's founder.
I am excited about this new venture as a portion of my career was leading a local government volunteer service program in a large county public library system. I have also had the privilege to serve as Chairperson on the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation. In addition, I've conducted numerous training sessions with all levels of government folks.
The new column will debut in the fall and be geared to all levels of government, city and county, state, federal and military. As always, since there is strength in numbers, input and suggestions by Volunteertoday.com readers for this new column are welcomed.
Don't worry! Tech Tips will not be going away. I am quite pleased to announce that my replacement will be Michael Stills of Colorado. Read on!
New Writer On Board
Michael Stills currently is the Technology
Division Chairperson for the 2002 International Conference on Volunteer
Administration and Listowner of PRO-VM, a discussion group on professional
topics of volunteer management, Michael Stills is a natural as the new
contributing writer of Tech Tips! He most recently held the position
of Volunteer Services Coordinator of Jefferson County Open Space in
Colorado, where he served four years before leaving to attend Graduate
School. Michael will complete a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management
He has written for Charity Channels' Volunteer Management Review, Volunteer Leadership Magazine and the Volunteer Management Report.
Michael has also presented various training sessions on many aspects of volunteer management including technology utilization at local, state and national conferences such as AVA' s International Conference on Volunteer Administration and POLF's International Conference of Community Volunteering and Nationals Service.
Look for Michael's first Tech Tips column in July 2002. Be prepared to have your technology knowledge strengthened!
Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey
Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.
Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.
Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.
Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National
Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of
Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding
Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration,
a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary
organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration,
the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on
Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.