Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Because of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena. On the proprietary side, there is a wide range of available tools, from the relatively inexpensive, like Salesforce (web-based, including Convio Common Ground and the Nonprofit Starter Pack ,) eTapestry (web-based, now owned by Blackbaud), Democracy in Action , and GiftWorks (desktop) to the egregiously expensive (you know which ones I mean.)

Open Source CRMs – people like them?

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 Open Source CRMs – people like them? and although the sample sizes were small, and not representative of the nonprofit sector as a whole, the people surveyed seemed to like the open source tools available. There were 6 open source (or sort of open source) tools that showed up on this survey.

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Free and open source tool #10: Filezilla

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It has shortcuts for all of your servers, has nice drag and drop for moving files around, allows you to do all sorts of remote actions on files, etc.

Is Open Source Right For Your Organization

Idealware

Lots of people seem to be talking about “open source” software these days, but for non-techies, it’s not always easy to find out more about this option. The term “open source” itself means that the actual source code written by programmers can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. Types of Open Source Software.

Affirmative Action for Open Source Applications

Idealware

I love the tenants of open source software. What's not to like about software that's open to customization or modification, and (typically) costs nothing to download? And I fully support anyone's right to advocate for open source - there's certainly plenty of room to provide education and support to nonprofits, and to lobby organizations that publish information (yes, like Idealware) to balance out vendor's lobbying influence.

How Individual Change Agents Can Help Us Build a Stronger Social Economy

Connection Cafe

How to Respond to the Rise of the Open-Source Activism. From where I stand as a CSR professional, effectively working with open source activists looks like transforming from a Corporate Social Responsibility mindset to a Human Social Responsibility mindset.

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Five Tips for A Successful Open Source CMS Project on a Budget

Idealware

Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work." Anyone who's built a site in an open-source CMS knows that that's far from true. Here are five tips for making an open-source web project manageable, affordable and successful.

Is Open Source Software Right For Your Organization?

Idealware

Open source software is software written by programmers that can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. But “open source” can mean different things to different people—and so can “free.”. There’s much about open source software to make it interesting for nonprofits. PublishDate: November 2011.

"Social Actions: Open Source Microphilanthropy in Action" by Bryan Miller

Social Actions

And he's just posted one of the most clear and comprehensive descriptions of Social Actions I've ever read. Of course you'd expect me to promote any blog post that begins, "Social Actions is a fantastic online initiative."

eNews: Social Media, With a Side of Open-Source

Idealware

Is Open Source Right For Your Organization? Lots of people seem to be talking about “open source” software these days, but for non-techies, it’s not always easy to find out more about this option. Which channels-- like email, direct mail, and websites, social networking sites, blogs, online communities and more--make sense to communicate what kind of messages, and which encourage action? PublishDate: November 2011. November 2011.

Open Source Donor Management Systems: Know Your Options

NTEN

Costs vary as well -- and there are even some Free and Open Source options. by Social Source Foundation. You’ll need someone familiar with installing and configuring open source systems on a Web server in order to get you up and running. A free, open source installed system with a Microsoft Access interface and SQL Server back-end, Metrix is flexible and reasonably powerful, but includes few donor-centric features out of the box.

Social Actions in Open Source Business Resource (OSBR) July 2009 Issue

Social Actions

Social Actions had the opportunity to share its story in the July 2009 issue of Open Source Business Resource (OSBR), a peer-reviewed monthly publication for individuals and organizations contributing to, and interested in, open source projects and technologies.

Exciting Times for Social Actions

Amy Sample Ward

I have followed the development of Social Actions over the last few years and really believe in the work that Peter, Christine and the community have done to shape a collaborative, open tool that benefits so many people and organizations in all kinds of ways.

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Goodbye, Game Friday. Hello Open Source Museum.

Museum 2.0

My interest in gaming in museums was ignited by working on Operation Spy, an immersive, narrative, live-action game experience at the International Spy Museum, and fueled by the CSI:NY virtual experience. The Open Source Museum project at The Tech is a grant-funded grand experiment. All of the project ideas and virtual creations will be shared under a Creative Commons license, so the content truly is open to all.

When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But for an organization like Benetech, naming them as part of our values and putting them into action has led to better ideas and stronger products. This post originally appeared on CSRwire Talkback.

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Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies.

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies.

Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Amy Sample Ward

I’ve followed and supported the work of Peter Deitz and Social Actions ever since hearing about his passion and ideas a few years ago. Let’s start at the beginning: What is Social Actions and where does the API come in? The Social Actions project began in 2006.

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Is Open Source Software Fair trade for nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

David Wilcox has done a terrific job of summarizing this conversation thread recently on the UK Circuit Riders list, " Is Open Source Software Fair Trade for Nonprofits? " Are there ethical reasons for voluntary and community organisations to consider using Free and Open Source Software ? Matthew Edmonson, who works for the UK Government-funded Open IT Up project , seemed to suggest so when speaking at the recent conference.

NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Maybe open Social Graphs will help ? Blog Days, Blog Actions, and GTD for Blogs Perhaps inspired by Blog Day and Blog Carnivals , lately, I've been seeing coordinated "blog action" projects crop up in and around the nptech space.

Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

NTEN

After an action-packed Drupal Day event at the 14NTC, Stephanie Gutowski shares her key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal. community Community drupal NTC Open Source Open Source thinkshout Web Sites website IT Staff Stephanie Gutowski.

Lights, Camera, Action! How to Create a Video Gallery in WordPress

Byte Technology

It’s no great secret that WordPress is a pretty amazing program, and open-source jewel that allows users such great latitude of design possibilities. Upload videos to these sites first, then click on “Select videos from other sources.” The post Lights, Camera, Action!

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Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is Here!

Amy Sample Ward

The Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is now officially open! Change the Web Challenge is about building innovative tools to help people find and share opportunities to take action on the Web sites, blogs, and social networks that we all visit every day.

Why use contributed Salesforce modules for Drupal?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Truth is, it wasn’t really a choice for me – I’ve got using and contributing back to open source projects in my DNA somehow. Integrations with Views and Actions are also moving being considered (it’s instructive to look at the issues queue ). Tags: Consulting Development Open Source CMS drupal opensource salesforce

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Second Life Education Programs in NY Times, Goes Open Source, and other tidbits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Graduate students doing research or teaching in Second Life have formed a mobile colony that holds discussions with experts in subjects like online ethics or aesthetics What they didn't mention is the new Nonprofit Island that will be opening a few weeks.

5 Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Every Device

Tech Soup Blog

These open source tools include apps and tools for encrypting emails, texts, browsing history, and even phone calls. It's a bit harder to implement, so read the Electronic Frontier Foundation's papers on it first before taking action.

Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Tech Soup Blog

Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge. We are really excited about the latest developments to the Social Actions API and the larger implications of what these updates mean for powering open data and supporting action around the world. Hear from Peter Deitz about the Social Actions API!

Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As a full-time user of both Firefox and Thunderbird, I’m really enjoying the benefits of these open platforms, and the immense creativity of people who create add-ons.

Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Strategy Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? 03.20.06 | 17 6 Comments [link] Open+source+%3D+new+kind+of+vendor+lock-in%3F 2006-03-21+02%3A43%3A12 Allan+Benamer I happen to be the member of a few non-profit technology e-mail lists. In fact, most open source tech consultants probably see themselves as the technical equivalent of NPOs themselves with the NPO standing in as the needy client. In open source similar but different.

Nerd Alert: All For Good vs. Social Actions

FI Space

All For Good vs. Social Actions Smackdown (Part 1). Earlier this spring I got involved with Social Actions , which is an aggregator of worldwide service and micro-loan opportunities. Social Actions is sustained, in part, by running a social media consulting business on the side.

SOCAP12: Let’s Talk Big Data for Good

Tech Soup Blog

And big data is exactly that, data so vast, coming from so many different sources and at such speed, that it is incredibly difficult to process. Thankfully, what was once incredibly expensive is now much more accessible thanks to the rise of open source software and cloud computing.

Time and Social Action

Social Actions

A little more background on what Social Actions is building. We are an open source database of actions people can take in support of the nonprofits and causes they care about most. Our mission is to make the web more action oriented.

Inclusion in Action: A Path to Tech Leadership

NTEN

For others, it’s about taking a thought leadership position and leveraging that position to speak at prominent tech conferences, or embracing a set of ideals and finding open source alternatives to address your technical needs. Justin Yuen. Founder and President. Building equity into tech leadership means a whole different— and exciting— way of doing business. Here's a how-to from the emerging movement. There are many ways to approach technology leadership.

Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data

Tech Soup Blog

List five ways your organization can use APIs and open data to show your impact, coordinate volunteers, and inspire supporters to take action. Attend the Unconference: Netsquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (# 10NTC ) to learn how. Tags: Databases Open Source Software Tech Planning Web Building

10 Social Actions API Secrets

Social Actions

Social Actions' Change the Web Challenge is about to hit its final week (submissions close April 3rd!) - and we wanted to share a few secrets (or at least cool things) about the Social Actions API that might be helpful to developers in the final stretch! What is the Social Actions API?

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NetCentric Advocacy: The Point : Community Group Action: Self-Organizing

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Online Organizing: Social Network Study of Race and Use Clusters of Myspace or Facebook based on Incoming Class at Northwestern | Main | Using Netvibes: Build Your Own Daily Briefing » December 03, 2007 The Point : Community Group Action: Self-Organizing This looks cool. Those who join a campaign pledge to take specific action, but no one acts until a campaign reaches its stated tipping point.

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Let's Make 2009 All About Taking Action

Social Actions

Around the world, people seem to be waking up to the fact that taking action on the issues they care about really does make a difference. Social Actions is well positioned to meet the growing demand for high-impact and meaningful opportunities to take action.

Let's Make 2009 All About Taking Action

Social Actions

Around the world, people seem to be waking up to the fact that taking action on the issues they care about really does make a difference. Social Actions is well positioned to meet the growing demand for high-impact and meaningful opportunities to take action.

Social Actions: 9 Goals for 2009

Social Actions

Below are the 9 goals Social Actions has set for itself in 2009. Scale Social Actions is building the only open-source cross-platform repository of opportunities to makes a difference. We want the open-source database of action to transform and democratize philanthropy. Goal: By the end of 2009, Social Actions will be collecting actions from 100+ sources and distributing them across 1000+ domains.

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Social Actions: 9 Goals for 2009

Social Actions

Below are the 9 goals Social Actions has set for itself in 2009. Scale Social Actions is building the only open-source cross-platform repository of opportunities to makes a difference. We want the open-source database of action to transform and democratize philanthropy. Goal: By the end of 2009, Social Actions will be collecting actions from 100+ sources and distributing them across 1000+ domains.

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My Top 10 Social Action Platforms of 2008

Social Actions

I've been working for Social Actions throughout the second half of 2008 - and I've been amazed and inspired by the various networks where you can make a difference online. so cool is that the site's ever-evolving Ruby on Rails code is open source.

Social Actions Community Call, July 2009

Social Actions

On July 1, 2009, Social Actions convened a Community Conference Call. Social Actions update (Christine). We want to first catch everyone up with a quick overview of all that Social Actions has been up to recently. Then we’ll do a little forward-visioning and strategizing out loud about where Social Actions could and should go next. The idea of a linked open data cloud completely blew my mind. Open discussion. There’s no action-oriented taxonomy right now.

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