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In this issue:

June 19, 2003

$100,000 Awarded to Area Nonprofits for Tech-Related Projects

Adobe Changes Nonprofit Pricing

Free Intro to Raising More Money

What Do You Want to Know?

Did You Know? Our Secrets for Better Computing

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training  Schedule 






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Community Technology Fund of Ohio Awards $100,000 to Area Nonprofits

The Ohio Community Technology Fund (CTF), through funding by SBC Communications Inc., awarded $100,000 in grant funding to area nonprofits to help provide technology and training to local children.

Battered Women’s Shelter will use $10,000 to establish a collaborative website on domestic violence for residents of Summit County.

Community Outreach Positive Alternative Training received $9,995 to establish a computer lab and training program for single fathers and their children.

Siffrin will use $9,974 to develop a mobile computer learning center to assist persons with disabilities, specifically MR/DD.

Stark County Community Action Agency received $9,913 to serve low-income individuals who possess lower literacy skills and need additional education to get better jobs.

The Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Foundation was awarded $10,000 to upgrade their current computer technology so that home health care nurses can enhance care-giving to elderly, homebound patients in rural NE Ohio.

Info Line, Inc.,  received $50,000 to provide 25 family child care providers in low-income neighborhoods with computers, printers and internet service. Outcomes include healthier meals, better business management, and better preparation for school.

The CTF has awarded more than $2 million in grants since its founding in 1999 as part of the SBC merger agreement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Grant funds are distributed throughout the year by the CTF board, a five-member body comprised of representatives from SBC, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition, Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and Parkview Areawide Seniors Inc.


Adobe Changes Nonprofit Pricing

Gone are the days when all nonprofits could get Adobe PhotoShop, PageMaker, and Acrobat  for $35 each. Adobe has changed its nonprofit discount program with Gifts in Kind to limit this special pricing to "nonprofit organizations who are helping to improve student performance in K-12 education and fighting hunger and homelessness." These include the following direct services:

  • Development of affordable housing
  • Food bank/food distribution
  • Homeless shelter/transitional housing
  • Intervention to prevent homelessness
  • Legal services for poor and homeless
  • Medical services for poor and homeless
  • K-12 classroom curriculum development
  • Technology training for students, elderly, disabled, poor or homeless
  • Professional development/training for K-12 teachers
  • Literacy programs

If your nonprofit provides any of these services, then get that software now before they change their minds again! (But check out Macromedia's Studio MX below). To order, visit

If your nonprofit does not provide these services, you do have options:

  • If you don't plan on using the programs very much, feel free to schedule time in our lab to use PageMaker and PhotoShop.
  • Purchase Adobe PhotoShop Elements, the "light" version of PhotoShop. It has many of the main features and sells for $48-$99.
  • If you've got to have PhotoShop, check out ZDNet's shopper guide: PhotoShop is available for $472-$671.
  • If you want alternatives to Adobe products, visit The cool thing is that Macromedia, Adobe's major competitor, is offering its Studio MX Plus for Windows for $90. Studio MX includes the graphics functions of all the Adobe products combined! What a deal!

If you have any questions about what software would be right for your organization, give us a call and maybe we can help.


Free Introductory Session to Raising More Money

Note: Project Connect does not endorse the following training. We simply provide information as a public service.

Raising More Money trains nonprofit organizations in a model for fundraising from individual donors. You are invited to attend a complimentary two-hour Introductory Session at The Chapel in the Berean Room North on June 25th from 3-5 p.m. in Akron. The address is: The North 135 Fir Hill St. Akron, OH 44304.

This fast-paced, high-energy session is the same as presented at the AFP International Conference each year and draws standing-room-only attendance. In this session, you will be introduced to a systematic model for building lifelong donors. Learn to leave a legacy of mission-centered individual giving and how to identify ideal donors as you tailor the Raising More Money ModelT to your organization.

Participants are encouraged to bring other staff, board, and volunteers to engage them in this practical and effective new approach. Please feel free to invite others to attend. To register, visit Please register each person individually.

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Haynes at 206.709.9400 x131 or visit


Did you know ...

One of the main reasons to convert files to PDF (portable document format) is that you want to make sure your fonts look right. If the computer receiving your Word document doesn't have the fonts you used, the text will be turned into Ugly Courier. If this is the only reason you do conversions, then stop! Word has a way to embed the fonts in the document itself so that any computer will see the text as you designed it.

Correction: any computer with Microsoft Word. If the computer does not have that software, then there will still be difficulties.

PC TIP #12
Word 3: Forms & Advanced Tools

  • With the document open, go to Tools/Options.

  • Select the /Save\ tab.

  • Check Embed truetype fonts. This will include the font codes in the background of your document.

  • Check Embed characters in use only. This will make the file smaller.

  • Click [OK].

  • If you are not sure if the person you are sending the file to has Microsoft Word, include both the file and a link to the free download of Word Viewer: click here for the URL. This download is for users who don't have Word; it allows them to open and view Word 97 and Word 2000 documents.


What Do You Want to Know?

We are in the process of examining our courses and identifying how they can be changed to best meet your needs. For example, some of you have stated that a class only about managing mail lists would be helpful. Others have suggested a class about creating forms and e-mailing them to donors or putting them on the internet.

If you have any suggestions for class topics, please send them to . Thanks!!



Register for Upcoming Classes
Attend FREE by applying to the Verizon Foundation:

Register for upcoming classes as soon as possible. Call 330-315-1335 or e-mail . Cost is $40 per person for staff and volunteers of member organizations;$60 per person for staff and volunteers of non-member organizations.

bullet Intro to Computers: The Basics
07/24/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Intro to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
06/24/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
07/31/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Outlook
07/09/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Intro to the Internet
07/29/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 1: Document & Formatting Basics
06/20/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
07/16/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 2: Tables, Merges & Macros
06/27/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
07/23/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 3: Advanced Tools
07/30/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 4: Basic Graphics & Brochures
08/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 5: Newsletters
08/13/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
07/15/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
07/22/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Publisher 1: The Basics
07/10/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Publisher 2: Newsletters
07/17/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 1: Spreadsheet Basics
08/05/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 2: Formulas
08/12/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 3: Advanced Tools
08/19/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
08/26/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet Intro to Access: Data Entry & Other Basics
08/21/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet The Database Developers Series
08/28/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
09/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
09/11/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
09/18/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
09/25/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet The Website Developers Series
08/07/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
08/14/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
08/20/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
08/27/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
09/03/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Visit for to see our latest training schedule. Or call us at 330-315-1335 and we'll fax you a copy.



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