How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

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 ). Use Google Apps for your e-mail and file storage solution. Unfortunately, Google Docs are just not ready for primetime. File Storage and Backup. You have 24 hour Web access to your files.

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

The current software does not interface with our current/new technical environment (MS-Exchange and Office, or Google g-mail, calendar, docs, etc.). Time spent manually entering or importing or synchronizing or deduping data that could be collected through integrated systems.

Crazy for the Tools


Collaborative Files I couldn't get through my day without Dropbox , which I have blogged about before. Dropbox continuously replicates local files to a personal cloud file space and synchronizes those folders across multiple computers and mobile devices. Within a personal file space, you can define shared folders with others. Now an entire team can enjoy continuous synchronization of a folder (and sub-folders) for a project.

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