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I'm wondering if any of you have thoughts of implementing Linux or a free unix variant as the main operating system at your organization or for your NPO client. Why or why doesn't it fit in your tech plan?
You can currently track things like, basic contact info, donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations, additional contacts, actions, notes, reminders, mailing lists, donation and volunteer goals, and probably more.
I am still working on the reporting area of the application. I would like to have a set of pre-built reports for easy access to data and then also have a custom report builder. As far as pre-built reports go I will create what I get feedback for.
The project is being hosted on my personal hosting account but I would like to purchase a domain name and SSL certificate at some point if there is enough interest in the project.
Here's the link to the application
Sign up for an account or use the demo account info provided on the site. Feel free to send any feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this isn't taken as a marketing ploy. I truly want to offer a free web based application to the community, and based on their feedback, develop it as much as I can.
As A Nonprofit's Guide to Green Printing illustrates, going green doesn't have to mean compromising on quality, or spending a fortune.
Let us know what your nonprofit is doing to make its printing practices earth friendly, and share your recommendations on green vendors (printers, designers, paper suppliers) you've worked with.
Or, if you've tried any of the services listed in How to Find a Good Web Hosting Provider, share your experience with other nonprofits here.
If you're looking for additional advice, check out TechSoup's worksheet Working with Technical Volunteers: A Manual for NPOs. After you read it, share your feedback and questions here.
Which system has worked the best for you? If you use another application, would you recommend it for other nonprofits? Why or why not?
For those seeking additional guidance on accounting software, TechSoup's article A Few Good Accounting Packages offers an overview of the packages listed above and others.
Agree or disagree with any of the information in the article? Think we left something out? Share your comments and feedback here.
In her book "Raising Thousands (if Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with Email," author Madeline Stanionis offers tips for convincing people that your email is the one to read. Included among her advice: keep your emails brief, and make them easy to scan.
Has this advice worked for you? Why or why not? Check out this excerpt from Stanionis' book on TechSoup at Raising Thousands of Dollars with Email -- and share your feedback in our forums.
Of course, the media and the manuals are all recyclable, but as a package, it'd be nice if we could give them to well deserving non-profits.
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The article also includes resources for those interested in donating or purchasing donated computers, or who simply want to learn more about e-cycling and the refurbishing movement.
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I am the President of the San Francisco Networking Technologies Users Groups, http://www.sfntug.org We are a free independent non-profit association for IT professionals that has been around for 20 years. Most of 3,700 members work in the IT department of large companies. Instead of throwing away retired computer equipment away our association assists in offering equipment free of charge to non-profit organizations and public schools. So far we have donated over 500 computer systems. One of our members has 60 laptops to offer. They are complete and fully functional. If your organization could use upto 60 laptops let me know and I will put you in touch with the company giving them away. You will need to provide a donation letter from your school or non-profit organization. They are located in downtown San Francisco, and you will need to make arrangements for pick-up during business hours. You can take part or all. If you need desktops or monitors we have those from time to time. So far this year we have given away 75 desktop computers and 132 - 17" - 21" computer monitors. I've been posting here when they become available. If you are not local, it's the end of the year and lots of our members work for companies who are upgrading equipment. Ask your local IT Professionals association if they know who is upgrading. You should be able to pick-up workstations, severs and printers.
I need to pick your brain... does anyone know of software that will transcribe voice recordings - perhaps in a script format???
Please let me know!! THNX!!
I'm working on an online artist registry that is partially maintained by our artists. We would like to offer them instruction via a web-Conference, but after doing exhaustive research, I'm still not sure what web-conferencing company will cut a nonprofit the best deal. Any suggestions?
Ideally, we are looking for a service that will provide recordings of all sessions that we can upload to our server and host on our website. We also need a service that works with dial up and if possible MAC computers.
Thanks for any tidbits of advice.
There's also a Part 2 and a companion piece with tech planning tips.
Has your organization moved beyond using technology for infrastructure? Do you know of organizations using technology to create new programs, new ways of serving their missions? Share your stories, tips, and ideas for taking technology in your organization to the next level.