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Tech notes – Spam-fighter on tap

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By Todd Cohen

* TechSoup.org, a tech web site for nonprofits, has teamed up with Mailshell to make its SpamCatcher anti-spam engine available to nonprofits.

Mailshell has donated elements of its anti-spam software, including both a desktop and server version, to TechSoup. The donation is worth more than $1 million, TechSoup says.

Both products are available through TechSoup’s DiscounTech for a small administrative fee, with customer service provided by TechSoup.

* TechFoundation has made “TechGrants” worth $750,000 in cash and products to 100 nonprofits. It also has launched TechMarketplace, a web-based program that offers discounted and donated hardware and software, plus training and support, to nonprofits.

* ONE/Northwest in Seattle is launching a revamped service that hosts 602 email lists for more than 150 conservation groups with more than 51,000 individual subscribers, thanks to a $30,000 grant from TechFoundation.

* Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., says it gave more than $39.9 million in cash and $207 million software in to nearly 5,000 nonprofits throughout the world in fiscal 2002.

* The Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C., has revamped two online matching-gift products. One lets donors find whether their employers have matching-gift programs, and then submit requests for matching gifts. The other lets fundraisers look up a company’s matching-gift criteria.

* Araize, a software firm in Cary, N.C., has launched Version 2 of its FastFund Nonprofit Software, which integrates fund-accounting and fundraising functions. The accounting software costs $395 and the fundraising software costs $595.

* The Philanthropist, a Toronto-based journal founded in 1977 that focuses on legal, financial and management issues affecting Canadian foundations and charities and their legal and financial advisers, has launched a web site at thephilanthropist.ca.

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