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. And ActiveSync, which is supported on many phones (including the iPhone) is the most powerful, stable and feature-rich synchronization platform available.

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.

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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).

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. First, there are often situations where we “have to” replace our current system – regardless of costs or expected $$$ benefits: 1. We cannot interface with other desired applications. staff time to specify and test system enhancements.

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

If you have questions about your nonprofit systems, databases, CRM or data needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 2 – How many different types of technology systems are you using today (CRM, email, online, social, payment, events, etc.)? We’ve seen nonprofits who do this–better synchronize their strategy, technology and data–lift results by 65% in relatively short periods of time. GARY: There are many good donor management systems.

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Essential Windows 7 Utilities for Setting Up New PCs

Tech Soup Blog

Ninite is a free, multiple application installer utility. Any changes you make on one device are synchronized automatically to other devices. GreenTech Office and Productivity Operating Systems Windows 7Long-time technology journalist Ed Bott just came out with his seven favorite Windows 7 utilities that he installs every time he sets up a new PC. Definitely worth a look at this top seven list. The utilities he likes are: 7-Zip File Manager. ClipMate. Ninite. Ninite Updater.

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Convio Open: How APIs May Change the Way You Work - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


The essence of an API is that it enables databases and applications to talk to each other, so you can share data and host data in multiple places simultaneously. Some nonprofits have begun to utilize widgets and other light-weight Internet applications to leverage social networks.

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You don't want to be MacGyver with your donor data

Connection Cafe

Before, that might have meant utilizing many different applications, a dedicated and patient IT staff, and dreaded hours spent sifting through spreadsheets. You need to synchronize your online and offline systems. Wouldn’t it be nice if all that was kept in the same system? Author: Jennifer Darrouzet. Let’s face it, spreadsheets are great at lots of things.

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Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

To understand if moving some of the organization's core systems to the cloud would be a feasible alternative, he attended a free consultation with Tech Impact's Linda Widdop at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).

Tips and Tools to Strengthen Your Fundraising and Accounting

Tech Soup Blog

CitySoft is a web-based CRM and content management system for eligible nonprofits and public libraries. Fundraising and accounting are certainly hand-in-glove core applications for any nonprofit office.

CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Other modules include synchronizing CiviCRM member (CiviMembers) to Drupal Roles (so you can permission content on your web site if needed) and synchronizing with organic groups (used by Democrats abroad very effectively in the last election cycle) 3. All that said, it’s a great application whether in Joomla, Drupal or standalone.

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How the National Council on Family Relations Used the Office 365 DIY Migration Workshop

Tech Soup Blog

To understand if moving some of the organization's core systems to the cloud would be a feasible alternative, he attended a free consultation with Tech Impact's Linda Widdop at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).

Tech Impact Helps Nonprofits Open a Door to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

To understand if moving some of the organization's core systems to the cloud would be a feasible alternative, he attended a free consultation with Tech Impact's Linda Widdop at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).

APIs for Social Media Integration and More: A Gentle Introduction for Nonprofits


Websites today are often full-blown applications. Even if you're using a content management system like WordPress or Drupal, by incorporating APIs, you can further enhance built in app-like functionality to create a highly customized experience. API stands for Application Program Interface, and has become known for, in large part, facilitating the Web 2.0 Focus on the word “interface”, which means facilitating communication between two different applications.

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Smartphone Follies | Idealware


If the state of computing technology were akin to smartphones, youd have Commodore, Leading Edge, IBM, and Apple computers, along with IBM Selectric typewriters to support, all running different operating systems and different applications. While smartphones feature a range of operating systems, email platforms tend to support cross-smartphone access. So whats your email system? Though certainly learning and maintaining two systems is less-than-optimal.

Clearing Up the Cloud at NTEN's Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit

Tech Soup Blog

I personally liked the definition presenter Peter Campbell, of Earthjustice , used: an outsourced platform, application, or suite of applications delivered over the Internet. Offline synchronization capabilities aren't very good yet.

APIs for Nonprofits 101: Data Formats

Tech Soup Blog

In part one of my series on APIs for nonprofits, I introduced the concept of Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs. A web API - also sometimes called a “web service,” or “REST API” — uses the same URLs and HTTP requests your web browser does to exchange data and keep separate systems synchronized with each other. If you take the plunge to learn about XML, JSON, APIs, and other concepts, you, your data, and your systems will be glad you did.

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The Softer Side of Security


But here are three quick questions: Would you spend $10,000 on a security system for your building, and then set the access code to "12345"? But all of the sophisticated systems in the world offer little more than a swiss cheese defense if we don't have good organizational policies to address the human side of security. There are numerous free or inexpensive applications and services that offer encrypted, password-protected storage for the collection of passwords.

BRIDGE to Somewhere: A Conversation with GlobalGiving, GuideStar, the Foundation Center, and TechSoup Global

Tech Soup Blog

It is a numbering system we’re developing to uniquely identify philanthropic entities across the globe. In short, we’re creating a dynamic network of philanthropic data with limitless applications. … VV: Why do we need a new numbering system?

The search for good web conferencing

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I also looked at a system that The Gilbert Center has been using. Also, please be aware that we will be rolling out support for VoIP and “Desktop Sharing from a Linux system&# before the end of the year. at 7:46 pm Dear Michelle: Since you are already using for the audio portion of your conference, I wanted to alert you to the fact that we are launching in Beta our new SharePlus desktop sharing application in the next couple of days.

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About that Google Phone


After my highfalutin post on mobile operating systems , I thought I'd step back and post a quick review of my T-Mobile G1 , the first phone running Google's Android Mobile OS. Mind you, I'm not posting this from my phone, but I could. :) Hardware Specs for the G1 In order to discuss this phone, it's important to separate the phone from the operating system. You can also set up keyboard shortcuts to applications.

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Android — The new Google mobile phone OS | Beaconfire Wire

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t cell phones easier to navigate and customize to our needs, the way our computer operating systems are? Basically, Android will allow developers to create applications for phones similar to the way they create applications for any computer operating system. Any application a developer creates will have full access to the phones?? For example, with this kind of technology, a union could create an application for members??

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Robust Collaboration Tools to Empower the Modern Social Media Marketing Team


Chatter is an enterprise social network that allows users to synchronize and keep in touch without ever using email or the multitude of social networks crowding our daily lives.

NetCentric Advocacy: Data:Information: Knowledge: What can we do in 2 years later?

Network-Centric Advocacy

Information means literally "to put form to" and knowledge comes from the same root as the word "cunning" which suggests application, not collection. The PCDT should have quick and unfettered access and be looking at the systems failure (sure sometimes it is the pilot but what saftey systems prevent the pilot from making personal mistakes) 2. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Nonprofit 2.0… | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I think Sonny is trying to sell a product called – another application in a sector already dominated by Kintera, Convio and increasingly, Raiser’s Edge. EVDO-enabled phones synchronizing with our Exchange server in near real-time are actually more valuable to us than a mobile laptop and for many of our employees have become the de facto mode of communication with other staff.