Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations
Workshops for Journalists

FIRE's "Nonprofits Online" Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations in Western NC

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.

Topics include:

  • 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 engines.
  • 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.

FIRE's 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 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 stories

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


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