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TechSoup’s almost on – Compumentor tech portal in works

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CompuMentor, a tech assistance provider in San Francisco, will launch a Web “portal” site in May to help nonprofits find and use technology.

The portal, to be called TechSoup.org, is backed by startup funds of $150,000 from the Surdna Foundation in New York and $50,000 from Silicon Valley software maker Novell.

CompuMentor has begun a campaign to raise money for the project, which will cost $2 million to develop over two years.

Web consultant Sandra Whisler, former director of electronic publishing at the University of California Press, is project manager for TechSoup.org.

She said CompuMentor plans to team up with other groups to help develop the portal and “make it as comprehensive as possible.”

“We really think this will be a place where everyone can come together to serve the sector,” she said.

— Todd Cohen

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