Mobile Applications: Helping Businesses Connect with Valued Consumers

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

It also brings about effective ways of accessing valuable information including business newsletters, campaign and promotion updates directly via their Android smart phones. Other than Apple’s iOS as operating system, other smart phone manufacturers are using Google’s developed OS which is Android. App developers build and create applications for mobile devices using Android since this is a popular OS for many successful smart phone brands.

6 Qualities A Nonprofit Database Management System Should Have


Dean Graham, Tech Impact’s Senior Manager of Application Services, has been working closely with nonprofits for 6 years, consulting on topics ranging from business continuity to applications. Graham shared some of the top qualities a good database system should have: Workflow.

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Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines. How Accessible Technology Computer Refurbishment Came About. How Accessible Technology Works.

The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

Byte Technology

If you’ve ever designed, built, managed or administered a website, you’re no doubt intimately involved with a Content Management System (CMS), a specific software application or set of programs used to create and manage digital content. As 2017 quickly approaches here’s a brief look at the Content Management Systems leading the web design and management market.

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How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System?


How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System? As you are planning to transition from your outdated Learning Management System (LMS) to your new LMS application it is important to keep in mind your users’ perception of the change. Below we have compiled a list of change management strategies that can be used specifically in optimizing your experience in migrating your enterprise over to a newer and more robust application.

APIs for Nonprofits 101: How to Share Data Between Systems

Tech Soup Blog

You’ve collected RSVPs from guests who plan to attend in an event management or ticketing system. But wouldn’t it be nice if your events system could talk to your donor management system, and tell you who among your guests has never donated to your organization before?

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The Benefits of a Solid Warehouse Management System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The main aim of Warehouse management details systems is to keep an eye on and also regulate the activity and storage of products within a business together with refining the purchases related to these products.

Selecting a Donor Management System – Eight Questions to Consider


Idealware''s research team is hard at work on an update to our popular report comparing and reviewing donor management systems, which is scheduled for release in the next couple of weeks. To whet your appetite, we wanted to share a guest post from Larry Perlstein, a technology specialist who has worked for a number of consulting firms and has an enviable amount of eperience working with nonprofits, about choosing donor management systems.

Open Letter to Salesforce Nonprofit Admins

Judi Sohn

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve logged in to many organizations where the System Administrator is truly that – someone whose is responsible (and accountable) for the way Salesforce works for everyone else. Who should be a System Administrator?

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Make an Accessible Web Site anywhere with WebAnywhere | Beaconfire Wire

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But organizations small and large are often limited by time, software, and/or budget when it comes to making Web sites that are accessible, especially for the blind community using screen readers. WebAnywhere is a free, Web-based application that allows you to hear your Web site.

eNews: New Grants Management Systems report released


A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Completely updated in 2011, our free, 169-page Consumers Guide to Grants Management looks at the features and processes used by 20 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles. Read more or register > Choosing a Low-Cost Donor Management System October 13, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern. PublishDate: October 2011. October 2011.

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Chicago-Area Nonprofits: 2010 Technology Leadership Award Applications Due January 29

Tech Soup Blog

However, we thought that since they have opened up applications for their 2010 Technology Leadership Award (given jointly by Lumity, the City of Chicago, and Accenture ), we'd make sure our tech-savvy members know about it as well. 2007 - America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America): Implemented the Choice System (CS), a web-based tool, which allows members to bid on specific product donations they wish to acquire and distribute to their community agencies.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It’s because our mission depends on a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation. After all, our IP system was set up precisely to balance the interests of society with those of creators.

Colossus vs. Cloud - an Email System Showdown


Exchange is a mature and powerful product, that does absolutely everything that an email system has to do, and offers powerful calendaring, contact management and information sharing features on top of it. Via add-ons and integrations, Outlook can serve as a portal to applications, databases, web sites and communications. Of course, if that doesn't float your boat, you can always use Outlook - or any other standard POP3 or IMAP client - to access GMail.

Five tips for software systems training

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Adriano and I have had some long conversations over the years about how to best provide the training organizations need to make effective use of their information systems, and he led us in experimenting with a lot of different ways of doing training.

New Ideas at TED2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

His innovation is the PEEK software tool : a low-cost smartphone ophthalmic system that delivers comprehensive eye examinations in the developing world, to those who need it most. If Andrew and his peers can’t cure their blindness, could we help them with access to information? If we found something that really worked, it would likely be applicable to millions of blind people in the developing world. Such an application is completely doable with not that much work.

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Cell phone trackers for your Children safety

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

This application as cheap and you have to pay only 19.99$ per month. This app require the consumer GPS stalking system and track their locality and call log history. You can block access to specific websites. Application

10 New Ideas For Managing Volunteers On A Low Budget


This data is also great to include in reports to your board, in grant applications, or to incorporate into your marketing to encourage other people to volunteer with your organization. Image courtesy of Axiall.

The Next Step: Performance Management Systems


In recognition of this potential to cause unintended harm, the best nonprofits -- those passionate about changing lives for the better (and equally convinced of their ethical obligation to make absolutely certain they do no harm) -- use technology and implement performance management systems to analyze and manage their efforts, processes, and outcomes with the goal of continual improvement. Data systems have come a long way from unwieldy Excel spreadsheets and calculators.

How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Ever wonder what it takes to get a IT system up and running as a nonprofit under 25 people? I think many nonprofits can get away with a kind of virtual IT system where the files reside primarily on Amazon’s S3 and any more specific applications can be set up remotely (maybe even on Amazon EC2 which now supports Windows servers ). Here’s a suggested IT system for nonprofits under 25 people: Software. You have 24 hour Web access to your files.

2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Faster access to capital and removal of administrative burden have become the clarion-call from nonprofits struggling to meet the intensified demand of constituents. The process is a time-intensive, laborious grind for applicants.

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The Future of the LMS


The future is bright and full of potential technical advancement, included somewhere within that progression is a small segment for Learning Management Systems and how they are already trending towards something completely different. The Future of the LMS – Where Are We Going?

Request Exactly the Number of Symantec Enterprise Products You Need

Tech Soup Blog

This system made it a bit difficult for you to browse the offerings in this category, and you couldn't always get exactly the number of licenses your organization needed. Tags: Accessible Technology Acquiring Technology Security Server Applications Software

Mozilla and Nonprofits: Working Together for Common Good

Tech Soup Blog

The Mozilla Foundation is driven by a mission to help keep the Internet an open, global, public resource accessible to all. The more people who donate recordings of their voice, the more useful the system will be. accessibility webdevelopment security digitalinclusion websitemanagemen

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Now Available on TechSoup: Small Business Server 2011

Tech Soup Blog

The Small Business Server products are all-in-one server solutions that provide small organizations with many of the features used by large organizations — file and printer sharing, an email server, tools to manage Internet access, internal websites (intranets), remote access, support for mobile devices, and backup/restore tools — in an integrated product that supports up to 75 users. Intranets Networks Operating Systems Server Applications Servers Software Tech Planning

How to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Nonprofit BYOD Workplace

Tech Soup Blog

Use Guest Access Control. Implementing guest access control allows you to treat volunteers and staff members differently without thinking too hard about it. Learn more about how to protect your organization and find useful TechSoup security products on our Keep Systems Secure page.

6 Tech Considerations Before You Build a New Website

Connection Cafe

You’ll also need to account for scalability, access, and support. In terms of access to your host, you’ll want to consider who can access what. Or, maybe more importantly, who shouldn’t access certain things. Content Management System (CMS) requirements.

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Integration of CRM and CMS January 14, 2009 If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management – and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System).

Web 2.0 Part Va:APIs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

These are Application Programming Interfaces, and they are a relatively new part of the way that Web 2.0 These are using data in your own databases, and grabbing maps from google maps and putting them inside your application. Other examples include desktop applications that allow uploading photos to flickr. It allows nonprofits free access to data that they would normally not have access to (like mapping data), or would have to pay a lot for.

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Google Health launches … and it’s not HIPAA compliant

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Google says: “Google Health aims to solve an urgent need that dovetails with our overall mission of organizing patient information and making it accessible and useful. And note: this application is not HIPAA compliant.

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Blackbaud merry-go-round and the cost of closed systems | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Blackbaud , NTEN , Open API , Blackbaud merry-go-round and the cost of closed systems 03.01.07 | 3118 17 Comments [link] Blackbaud+merry-go-round+and+the+cost+of+closed+systems 2007-03-01+11%3A31%3A08 Allan+Benamer So I’m looking at Blackbaud’s 2/28 EDGAR filing … That’s what I do when I’m up due to jetlag. So this is what is happening: A nonprofit uses a direct mail vendor or has an internal direct mail system.

3 Steps to Finding the Right Technology Vendor for Your Nonprofit


Once you have consulted with each person or role that will be using the software, we recommend creating a list of all desired features and categorizing them as Non-Negotiable, Critical, Highly Desirable, and Nice-to-Have (or another tiered priority system of your choosing). To make sure that your team is able to effectively review the outcomes of software demos and vendor conversations, make sure to keep your notes in a central and accessible location.

10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month


Lack of access to appropriate mental health care carries serious consequences, including increased likelihood of hospitalization, homelessness, incarceration, and suicide. Sheppard Pratt Health System.

Keep Your School On Track with This Handy Calendar

Connection Cafe

Key terms to know: The Education Edge: the software application that allows schools to track a database of their applicants and students. By Kristin Vila, Blackbaud consultant for Education Edge. There are things that must be done in your education software throughout the year.

Windows MultiPoint Server Frequently Asked Questions

Tech Soup Blog

A computer lab or office system using Windows MultiPoint Server is more energy efficient and usually lower cost than using individual computers. Windows MultiPoint Server is a Windows Operating System and is much like installing Windows 7 on a computer.

Christian Kreutz, Web 2.0 for Development Blogger, is in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam Now. Cambodian Education System Changes To OpenSource Software!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

to places without high speed Internet access like Cambodia ?" On another note, I got an email from Javier Solas (interviewed the Linux Chix on his staff last fall) from Open Institute who has been leading the Khmer OS project and building the educational technology plan for Cambodia letting me know of major project milestone: The Cambodian Education System Changes to Open Source Software and KhmerOS.

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Angels as Assets: The Importance of Volunteer Management Software

Byte Technology

According to Finch, measuring impact is a crucial component of any non-profit’s business plan, and a dedicated volunteer management application can “simplify coordination and serve as a central database for volunteer performance data.” For many non-profits, data crunching is everything.

More Computers for Less Money?

Tech Soup Blog

For nonprofit groups with many different missions, it’s helping people access technology. Unlike more complicated virtualization systems, this software is intended to be turnkey, so you’ll be up and running fast. You can build a computer center with fewer computers.

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Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server Overview

Tech Soup Blog

Installed applications on the host computer appear automatically on all user stations. Set their own favorites or bookmarks in their browser, customize their desktops, customize the Start menu, save and access their individual settings, and work on any station.

Fostering User Adoption in your Learning Program


As you transition from your outdated Learning Management System (LMS) to your new GyrusAim v16.1.0.4 application it is important to keep in mind your users’ perception of the change. Know the System Benefits. ” Immediately Utilize the New Application.

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5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Cloud Computing


Mail, and Google Docs are all examples of cloud-based applications, also known as software as a service (SaaS). Cloud computing, simply put, is a way for your computer to access computing power via the internet. No more dealing with climate control system and late night crashes.

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Creating a Connected Campus to Award More Scholarships and Improve Donor Stewardship

Connection Cafe

Collect the applications, find the most qualified student, then send the award. As scholarships are now playing a larger role in student recruitment, retention and success efforts, campuses are working cross-functionality to make scholarships easier to access and to award.

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Writing and Speech Assistance Tools Are Now Available at TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

WordQ can be used with any application in which someone can compose text (email, Word and Excel, Facebook, Acrobat, and so on.). As you type, a small WordQ window at the top of the application will show you suggestions for the next word to use, based on your previous spelling and word choices.