8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Have there been any complaints filed by not-so-happy clients? And if you're not taking advantage of free online posting sources, you might as well just file away that RFP in the back of your desk drawer.

4 Tech Solutions To Better Collaboration For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Collaborative meetings and deadlines can be easily tracked with a shared calendar. Adopting an all-in-one cloud service solution can enable mobile access to work materials, team conversations, and shared calendars from a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Image courtesy of The Journal.

Why Nonprofit Content Marketers Are Turning to Podcasts

TechImpact

For those that don’t know, podcasts are digital audio files available on the internet for downloading and are usually part of a larger series. General content calendars content marketing nonprofit technology npTech podcast social media technology website There are many types of mediums content marketers use for their non-profits, but one unlikely candidate organizations are turning to is the podcast.

The Huddle Perpetual License

Tech Soup Blog

provides cloud-based file sharing, file storage (10 GB), content management, task management, collaborative calendaring, reminders, meeting organizing, discussion boards, plus a bunch of other things. Project Management cloud cloud computing online collaboration Huddle tshuddle file storage One of the common characteristics of cloud-based services is the pay-by-month or pay-by-year model.

Better Data, Better Donors

Everyaction

In EveryAction’s reporting tool, you can view the number of records in each stage of the major gifts process and access individual record files at every stage. Grouping your data by the number of days until the submission deadline to help you build out a calendar in planning you next steps. With EveryAction you can easily add these details and more (follow up tasks, files about the grant, contact history and notes, and payment dates).

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8 Tips for Your Nonprofit RFP Process Featuring a Free RFP Template

Everyaction

Have there been any complaints filed by not-so-happy clients? And if you're not taking advantage of free online posting sources, you might as well just file away that RFP in the back of your desk drawer. The thought of taking the time to learn how to use new software + training staff can be a daunting one when calendars are already so full. So your nonprofit needs a new vendor or consultant. You know what that means!

The Cloud for Nonprofits

VisionLink

It is a network of servers that allows you to access applications, files, data etc. This cloud service gives organizations email services, file sharing, contact and calendar sharing, SharePoint, website hosting, and more.

6 Tech Tools That Are Better In The Cloud

TechImpact

The cloud automates the flow of information, streamlines work processes, and centralizes your organization’s files. File storage. Email and calendar. Image courtesy of SustaiNet Software. The importance of technology to today’s business world is unmatched.

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Frustrated with online project management tools

Judi Sohn

Gantt and/or clear calendar view that includes milestones and multi-day phases - bonus if it syncs with Google Calendar. Files only as essential for project - not just to dump stuff. The milestone calendar doesn't tell me what I really need to do, other than a milestone exists.

Online Tools to Help You Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

NetWits

Google Calendar. Set up a Google Calendar and allow your colleagues to see which activities are happening at various times without having to sort through multiple spreadsheets. Multiple users can work within the same document at the same time, and you can upload files from your desktop.

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The One Simple Thing That Nonprofit Leaders Do To Keep Inspired and Avoid Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He also keeps a file of emails and letters from participants that share their personal transformations from participating in the program. Whenever he feels discouraged, he reads through that file. Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director.

Frustrated with online project management tools

Judi Sohn

Gantt and/or clear calendar view that includes milestones and multi-day phases - bonus if it syncs with Google Calendar. Files only as essential for project - not just to dump stuff. The milestone calendar doesn't tell me what I really need to do, other than a milestone exists.

Guarantee Success for Your Year-End Campaign with Donor Data as Your Guide

Connection Cafe

National Change of Address (NCOA®): About 11% of the US population moves every year and reports it to the United States Postal Service, which requires that mailers process their data through NCOA® at least once every 95 days to keep mail files currents. (In With 17.4%

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Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

NonProfit Hub

From our calendars, to our email accounts, to important documents and spreadsheets, Google is our best friend. That means you can access any of your files anywhere, whether you’re on your work computer, phone, laptop or tablet—as long as you have your login info and an internet connection, you’re set. Pretty much every Google Drive platform (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar) allows you to work on documents simultaneously with your coworkers.

Tools I use: basic workflow

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It’s core is a very powerful and flexible ticket tracker, but it includes all of the important project management features you want and need, milestones, time tracking, wikis, file repository, even discussion boards, and it connects with version control repositories. I use it for to do lists, stuff like blogging calendars, and also the Chrome Evernote extension allows for clipping of whole web pages, which I love (there is a Firefox extension as well.).

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Cool Social Tools: Ravetree

SocialFish

After months of work Ravetree ( www.ravetree.com ) was launched as an ad-free social platform that includes useful apps such as file storage, a powerful calendar, and more.

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iPhone owners: Anyone solved the multi-Mac dilemma?

Judi Sohn

I use Spanning Sync to keep iCal and Address Book on the laptop in sync with iCal and Address Book on the Mac (and in sync with Google Calendar and Gmail). I use DropBox to make sure I have important files with me (and to hold my 1Password keychain file s o my login passwords are automatically synced ). I want to sync address book/calendar from the MBP when I’m traveling, and then go back to the iMac when I’m home.

The Times They are a-Changin'

Vertex Systems

They’re tired of hand-writing their case notes and spending time filing them. The are sick of digging up these files and paper reports when it comes time for an audit. Or how to set their calendar function to send automatic alerts.

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One Click Community Organizing: Instant Portals

VisionLink

A CommunityOS Portal provides client tracking and case management, resource directory and asset mapping, content management (everything from calendars to message forums, eNewsletters, file libraries and more), and some seven levels of reporting, all of which can be deployed for the specific needs of an agency, or a program, or a stakeholder group, or a specific purpose. Okay, right off the top we know full well that one click partnership building is not possible.

5 Easy ways to end up in a budget hole

Connection Cafe

It's now almost the exception to the rule that someone actually lives on a calendar year. Know your file, forecast its performance, and understand its dynamics. Considering throwing in a calendar with that label package you mail? Author: Miriam Kagan. Budgets.

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Community design showcase: NTEN keeps it simple

SocialFish

You can view discussions, a file library (resources) and a searchable list of members. Each page has a simple list of discussions (or files or members). No sidebars, no ads, no banners, no event calendars, no leaderboard, no social media feeds.

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4 Nonprofits Using Office 365 To Further Their Missions

TechImpact

By virtualizing their web-based operations with products like Office 365 and SharePoint, employees were able to access documents, Outlook, shared calendars and even their desktops from any computer or mobile device. The Women’s Law Project relied heavily on on-premise servers for email and file sharing, which were taking more and more time to maintain over the years, and at times were not reliable.

Office 2016 for Mac Now Available

Tech Soup Blog

Cloud storage: Office applications integrate with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint, so you can access your files across devices. Side-by-side calendars: See multiple calendars in parallel.

Designing for Good: Central Park Conservancy

Connection Cafe

From the background profiling of our visitors and understanding their needs to capturing the needs of our departments and stakeholders to the forefront experience which involved making everything responsive and adding new functionality for ticketed tours, donations, maps, and our calendar of events.

Promevo gPanel: Google Apps management without tears

Judi Sohn

For Google Apps administrators, the offerings in the Google Apps Marketplace seems to be a lot of 3rd party tools that pull in gApps data (Docs, Calendar, etc.)

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The Known Unknowns

Idealware

My use of calendar and reminder apps was minimal at best. My daily tasks include broadcast email, file sharing, CRMs, CMSs, spreadsheets, and social media.

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So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

Getting an idea about the kinds of things you could post and the people who will post it will help you select the most appropriate platform to use and create an editorial/content calendar.

How to Craft a Tight Message for End-of-Year Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

A big driver of end-of-year campaign success is that donors are able to claim the donations received by the nonprofit before December 31 in that year’s tax filing. Considering adding a countdown for days left to give in the calendar year.

Moon Phases: Chinese New Years

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The calendar New Year also makes me think about celebrating Chinese New Years which we do in our house as well. Robin, from the Chinese New Year blog sent along this cool moon phase calendar as a reminder. Click through to see the enlargement Screen capture used with permission.

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Goodbye iPhone – First 24 hours of Android

Judi Sohn

Calendars & contacts were synced in what felt like seconds. No clunky calendar sync application. I’m getting re-used to the concept of a file browser on a phone again. That didn’t take long.

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Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook

Idealware

The Google Apps donation program provides organizational email, calendaring and document sharing as a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook. While not as powerful in every area as Outlook, Google Apps—offered free to most 501(c)(3) organizations—allows your entire staff to send and receive email at your organization’s domain (@yourorganization.org), and share online calendars, documents and much more. Calendaring. PublishDate: July 2011. Author: Laura S. Quinn. Jay Leslie.

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Get Email on Your Domain with Hands-On Office 365 Workshops

Tech Soup Blog

Office 365 includes Outlook email, Office apps, file storage and collaboration, and communications tools. It includes hosted email, calendar, video conferencing, and access to your documents and files from anywhere. Are you still using a Gmail, Yahoo!,

Are You Content Creation Impaired? Here’s Some Tips and Resources

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m a one-person shop and I use an editorial calendar for this blog. Editorial calendars can also be useful beyond tracking and planning for blog posts as this useful post from Michele Linn points outs. Add the ideas of your editorial calendar. Source: Copyblogger.

Cool Social Tools: Ravetree

SocialFish

After months of work Ravetree ( www.ravetree.com ) was launched as an ad-free social platform that includes useful apps such as file storage, a powerful calendar, and more.

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You Can Win the Fiscal Year-End Marathon, and Here’s How

Connection Cafe

We recommend that you put a reminder on your calendar to email your auditors regarding anything that might affect the audit, perhaps once a quarter (think: major transactions, new accounting standards, amendments to organizational bylaws, and so on). Additionally, this is an opportunity to send your auditors copies of documents and contracts, which they will need for their files anyway come audit time. This is a guest post by Annice Reed and Sandi Matthews.

How To Easily Repurpose Your Content for Social Channels

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your organization uses an editorial calendar to plan out content for different channels, but there is still need the need to optimize it for different channels and do that efficiently. Optimizing your content for social channels does not have to be labor intensive.

Impressions of the Palm Pre

Robert Weiner

I love having all 3,000 of my contacts on my phone, as well as my calendar, tasks, and notes. Note that alarms will still sound in airplane mode unless you either set the phone to vibrate mode or disable alarm sounds in the calendar app. There's an on-screen keypad for dialing phone numbers, but not for calendar entries, notes, texting, etc. " The biggest drawback so far is that there's no built-in way to search for text in calendar entries.

The 2012 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits

Idealware

Collaboration Board Support Software Collaborative Documents eLearning File Sharing Intranets and Portals Online Chat Online Conferencing Project Management Screenshots and Screencasting Wikis. PublishDate: April 2012. How do you choose software for your nonprofit?

82 Free or Low-Cost Online Tools & Mobile Apps for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Calendly enables users select time slots via email to easily schedule meetings through Google, Outlook, Office 365, or iCloud calendar. Dropbox is a cloud storage service (sometimes referred to as an online backup service) that is frequently used for file sharing and collaboration.

New to TechSoup: Collaborate with Huddle

Tech Soup Blog

The new Huddle Donation Program at TechSoup offers a donated, cloud-based collaboration tool (admin fee: $99 for up to 25 users for one year) that takes this scattershot system and integrates it through: Project management (organize calendars and assign tasks).

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A quick glance at your calendar shows that you spent hours in meetings, answering emails, or working on shared documents but you can’t remember why. You probably use cloud software to backup your files and share them with others on your team.

Maximizing Lifetime Value Part 2

Connection Cafe

Not only was I not being acknowledged as a donor, but the organization wasn't making any special effort to communicate with me differently than everyone else on the email file. There are metrics and data that you can apply to your donor file to predict trends and do modeling.

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Telework Tales: Tell Us *Your* Story!

Tech Soup Blog

Maybe you can now easily share files and calendars with Office 365, or you use web conferencing software to collaborate across multiple locations. There's still time to share your story!

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