Archive Tips

Archived tips provide helpful pointers for grassroots organizers on using technology. These tips were written many years ago and may be outdated. All PowerBase releated tips can be found on the PowerBase Tips Page.

PON Office Hour (6/11/2009) - responding to questions from participants, who previously attended our PTP Techcamp Online on Mail Merge, about how to handle individuals and households when doing mail merges. We also demonstrated some examples using an excel sheets and showed some useful excel formulas to manipulate data.


There are many options for sending bulk/mass email like newsletter or action alerts, and they range in cost from cheap or free to very expensive. We'll focus here on the less-expensive options:

Your Email Program (Outlook, Thunderbird):
Pros - cheap
Cons - being labeled a spammer by your ISP

List software included in your hosting package
Pros - cheap - already have it


I'm looking for a way to process credit card donations at the least cost to us!

I've looked into PayPal and TechSoup's offers...does anyone else have other ideas?