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~ June 2002 ~
  • Computer Anyone?
  • Free or Not To Be Free?
  • Tech Tip Reorganization
  • New Writer On Board

~ The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. ~

Computer Anyone?

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.

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, 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 and 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 and Tech Tips is about to become stronger!

I will continue with 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,'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 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 this August.

In addition, Michael has held leadership positions with the National Association of Volunteer Programs Local Government (NAVPLG) and the Colorado Natural Resource Volunteer Managers (CNRVM). He created and is moderator for the online listserv for CNRVM.

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.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
15419 Timber Hollow Trail
Fort Wayne IN 46845
Phone: 260.338.1414
Fax: 260.338.1707



Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.