"Nonprofits Online" Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations in Western
This workshop, sponsored by the New Leaf Fund and the Community
Foundation of North Carolina, is for staff members and active
volunteers at nonprofit organizations in western NC. The purpose
of the free workshop is to inform nonprofits about resources
on the Internet which are especially useful.
- Nonprofit Resources: A tour of useful nonprofit
sites. Learn to find free or discounted software (80% or
more off of Windows and others!); get quick answers to crisis-oriented
nonprofit questions; access free translations of foreign
languages; find online funders and take free online fundraising
training; and much more.
- Finding Information: Learn which search engines
are better than others. Get advanced searching tips and
learn how to find information that does not appear on search
- Government and Community Sites: How to access government
resources online, including funding announcements, helpful
services and area data. Also, learn the basics of how to
request access to public information when it is difficult
to obtain or when access is refused.
- Advanced Use of Data: Once you find data online,
what do you do with it? A real-life research project, which
helped get a $400,000 economic development grant, will be
used as a case study. You'll learn how to use the Census
website, your telephone and a simple spreadsheet to document
the need for your program.
You don't have to be a computer whiz to benefit from this workshop. You just
need to know how to use a mouse, keyboard and Internet browser (like Netscape
or Internet Explorer)and have a desire to learn! All workshops will be
led by FIRE Executive Director Mark Goldstein.
To register, please send
an e-mail to FIRE listing your name, title, nonprofit organization and the
date of the workshop you wish to attend. If you can't attend the workshops listed
above, or if you live in a distant part of WNC, please e-mail us to express
your interest and we will let you know when there is a workshop in your area.
Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting (CARR) Workshops
for Appalachian Journalists
To get the latest news about
FIRE's services for journalists, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will add you to our e-mail or regular mail list.
If you have a group of five people or more who wish to take the workshop, we
will use our mobile computer lab to bring it to you!
For more about the workshops, please read on.
What You Will Learn
- Increase speed and efficiency at gathering information
- Learn to request data via the Freedom of Information Act
- Access, and take full advantage of, the best search engines
- Locate free tools that make reporting and editing simpler
- Use listservs and newsgroups to locate experts
- Easily find census and historical data critical to news
What People Say about the Workshops
"I feel like I stole a great rolodex."
Brian Sarzynski, Staff Reporter, Mountain Xpress
"What I learned in the first half hour was more
than worth the cost of the session."
Kate Henry, Editor, Crossroads Chronicle
"I feel I will truly use what I learned."
Kim Lewicki, Reporter, The Highlander