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Nonprofit Technology 101 - The Basics

Nonprofit Technology 101Whether you are just getting your nonprofit started or you have been involved for a while and are just looking at your options for technology, it`s helpful to know more about what you`re getting into. There`s plenty of information on this blog, but this post will just go over the basics for those of you new to the whole thing.

Technology, of course, involves things like computers, software, printers, digital cameras, and basically anything that enables communication and information sharing and storage. These are all very valuable tools to have for a nonprofit organization, particularly since we live in a technical world. However, these things also tend to be rather expensive, which means nonprofits need to be pretty creative about how they manage to incorporate technology into their everyday operations.

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Accounting Software: Is It Really Necessary for Your Small Nonprofit?

Accounting Software for NonprofitsAccounting software can be pretty pricey, particularly if you are looking at the more popular packages like Quicken. When every penny counts, it really makes you wonder if you could just do the accounts in a spreadsheet program and save your nonprofit a big chunk of change. There are certain advantages to specialty accounting software. For one, it`s already set up and fairly easy to plug information into. You will save quite a bit of time in most cases. Another advantage of using specialty accounting programs is that you can often set these up to connect with the bank account so much of the information gathered is completely automatic. Read more...

Don't Forget Your Roots

Digital AgeWe all know that the digital age has brought with it a number of new possibilities for nonprofits. My goodness, most of this blog is devoted to ways that nonprofit organizations can use technology to advance their fundraising, volunteer, and membership programs. Whether you want to start a blog or utilize other social networking methods to reach out to your constituents, or you are interested in setting up a shopping mall to raise money for your cause, the Internet is creating new options all the time.

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Free Software Can Make You Look Good in More Ways than One

Most nonprofit organizations are looking for ideas to save money, and there are all kinds of ingenious ways to go about it. One method for cutting a few corners is to use free software, rather than going with the more commonly used versions. For example some organizations choose to use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office. It offers products that are very similar to what you would get with MS Office, but without the hefty price tag. Read more...

Virtual Volunteers - A New Nonprofit Resource

I've been looking forward to writing this post on virtual volunteering and what it can do for your nonprofit organization. I love researching topics that I feel can really make a difference for nonprofits, whether they're start-ups or have been long established. I usually find some great resources, as well as good background information. Read more...

How Can podcasts Benefit Your Organization?

ImageIt seems that everywhere you go these days, you are surrounded by people with wires coming out of their ears. What do you suppose these folks are listening to that is so darned interesting? In many cases they are actually listening to their favorite bands. Other people use their MP3 players to listen to audio books. One possibility, however, is that they're listening to podcasts. Read more...

The Dangers of Software Piracy, and How to Stop It in Your Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit organizations tend to be the moral backbone of the business world. If only more for-profit companies would uphold the ideals of their tax-exempt counterparts, right? Well, that is certainly true in many ways. But does it mean that nonprofits should be held to a higher standard? In fact, it does. Read more...

Crosstraining in Technology

Nonprofits tend to be extremely resourceful organizations. Who else can leverage a few donations and some good will into a massive fundraising campaign, for example? The people who work in nonprofit organizations are some of the most creative and versatile, too. While this can be quite a boon to an organization, it can also become a pitfall. Read more...

Protecting Your Information

The data that your nonprofit organization has stored on various hard drives is invaluable. You have donor names and addresses, you've logged volunteer hours, the last 12 issues of your organization's newsletter are sitting on the Development Associate's computer right now. Read more...

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing for Your Nonprofit

With the ongoing need for nonprofit organizations to scrimp and save, new methods to do just that are constantly in demand. While the term outsourcing has both positive and negative connotations, it is something that many nonprofits might want to consider when it comes to protecting the bottom line. Read more...

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