Crowd with signs saying "One World, One Family" and "Refugees Welcome: No One Is Illegal". Credit: Ilias Bartolini, Flickr

5 Online Resources For Immigrants and Refugees in Need of Help Right Now

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, indefinitely blocking refugees from Syria, and ordering that anyone from 7 Muslim-majority nations be prevented from entering the United States for 90 days. This order appears to affect both new arrivals and those already legally approved to be in the United States who may be abroad temporarily.

If you fall into any of these categories, know that many Americans stand with you and are willing to help. In particular, here are some online resources that may be helpful for you in navigating this new executive order:

Automate Common Tasks with IFTT

If you are responsible for communication strategy at a nonprofit organization, chances are you are pretty stretched for time. If you find yourself struggling to stay on top of all the sites you need to check for updates, social media feeds you need to manage, and general life stuff that somehow has to get done, we think you need to check out this tool: IFTT.

IFTT stands for “If This, Then That,” and that pretty much summarizes what it does. You connect web services through what they call an “applet.” Each applet has a trigger it watches for, such as a new contact being added on your phone. When that trigger happens, IFTT swings into action and the applet performs it’s “then that” portion: perhaps adding the same contact to your Google address book, for example.

Happy Holidays. Photo by Helgi Halldórsson.

Holiday Specials: Get Your Website Up-To-Date and Up-to-Speed

You are probably deep into preparations for your upcoming holiday services and events. Have you put all that information on your website yet? And is your website ready for the traffic that will come it’s way as people search for Holiday services and make their family plans? If you’re answer isn’t a definitive “yes” to both of these questions, we’re offering two services to help you out.

The Payment Processing Ecosystem, via Business Insider (BI) Intelligence

Payments Technology Is Changing: How Churches and NonProfits Can Keep Up

No matter how you approach it, electronic payments technology is changing the way we transfer money, both for commercial and non-comercial reasons. As the industry continues to diversify, a lot of new options and opportunities will continue to emerge for churches and nonprofits to take use this technology to help them facilitate the important work and ministries they engage in daily.

Boxing Day

Recommended Tools Bundle from Soren|Boxing Day 2015

We hope everyone has had a beautiful Christmas celebration. To mark the occasion, we are excited to unveil our 2015 Bundle of Recommended Tools. This is a collection of apps and services we work with regularly and gladly recommend to you. Each of these recommended tools are affordable, some are even free. You can set any […]