The range of technological tools and programs available to potential users promises great results. But how do nonprofits with limited time and even more limited budgets decide which are right for their needs?

To address this concern, the Coastal Community Foundation has launched the South Carolina Tech Academy, an initiative providing area nonprofits with in-depth technology instruction at an affordable rate.

Focusing on targeted, practical training, the Tech Academy seeks to equip nonprofit staffs, board members and volunteers with the skills needed to build organizational effectiveness through technology. Classes will cover areas such as computer security, free online tools and social media, and are limited to 10 students to maximize learning.

Participants will be given practical assignments to complete between sessions, which will provide the best opportunity for maximizing learning while directly benefiting their organizations.

Upcoming offerings include:

Make Google Apps Work for You! 9 a.m.-noon May 21 and 28. Get the most from this suite of tools by learning tips that will help you finish jobs faster and work better with others in your organization to reduce rework and confusion.

Reach Your Audience Through Email Marketing. 2-5 p.m. June 20 and 27. Set up a new email marketing program or polish your existing tools to create a professional, targeted and informative email newsletter that is an effective marketing tool for your donor, volunteer and/or customer base.

Classes will be held at Coastal Community Foundation’s offices 635 Rutledge Ave, Suite 201, in Charleston. Free parking is available in CCF’s lot or on side streets.

For registration information or to sign up for updates about future offerings, check the website http://sctechacademy.org or call 723-3635.