How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Unfortunately, Google Docs are just not ready for primetime. When you buy your laptops and desktops, say no to the optional antivirus software. Buy desktop computers for everyone but make sure to buy laptops for everyone who needs mobility. Here are a few tips: Go to Dell’s website and buy Optiplex desktops and Latitude laptops with 4 year ProSupport plans. Ever wonder what it takes to get a IT system up and running as a nonprofit under 25 people?

Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

NonProfit Hub

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. Google Drive also allows you to download documents in multiple formats, like PDF or its Microsoft Office equivalent, which means: Docs?

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5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Cloud Computing

TechImpact

Mail, and Google Docs are all examples of cloud-based applications, also known as software as a service (SaaS). Image courtesy of entech. Chances are good your organization is already using some form of cloud computing without realizing it. Gmail, Yahoo!

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If you're a Salesforce user, 3 great reasons to use Google Chrome

Judi Sohn

You can browse or search the docs from the little drop-down window. Makes it easier if I want to log in using my laptop while on the go. I think Google Chrome is a fantastic browser. I've been using it as my default on my MacBook and iMac for quite some time now.

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If you’re a Salesforce user, 3 great reasons to use Google Chrome

Judi Sohn

You can browse or search the docs from the little drop-down window. Makes it easier if I want to log in using my laptop while on the go. I think Google Chrome is a fantastic browser. I’ve been using it as my default on my MacBook and iMac for quite some time now.

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5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

Idealware

We have used Google Docs for brainstorming—the way you might use a flip chart or whiteboard in person—and the experience has been interesting. I use my laptop with a headset, Chris uses his cell phone, and Dan uses a landline. There are a lot of benefits to virtual teams—you’re not constrained by geography and staff members have a lot more flexibility. However, there are also challenges.

Association Social Media: ASAE

SocialFish

Content comes from a variety of staff within the organization, and each submitter has their preferred way of submitting (Google doc, Word attachment, Excel spreadsheet, email, etc.). I no longer have to lug a laptop with me everywhere!

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Most of the processing power needed to run cloud-based applications is online rather than on an individual computer or on-site server; therefore, your data can be viewed as quickly on a hundred-dollar desktop as on a high-end laptop. What can cloud computing do for nonprofits?

How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework

Tech Soup Blog

As smartphones mature, we’re doing more on them and less on our laptops. Microsoft with its Surface line of tablets that are a hybrid of laptops and tablets, is working hard to transform tablets from personal entertainment devices to business productivity machines.

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Happy Earth Day! 7 Ways to Green Your Technology

NTEN

This fantastic doc from MIT will walk you through your office to help you pinpoint places where you can do more to help Mother Earth. We just finished spring cleaning the NTEN offices and took a laptop, four boxes of toner, some thumb drives, a broken keyboard, and some old power supplies to Free Geek last night. With web-based software, web conferencing, laptops, and smart phones, it's easier than ever to skip the office entirely.

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A View of the Cloud from Brazil

Tech Soup Blog

He is also currently the country manager for the One Laptop per Child Project. Google Docs , Google Groups , and Google Maps are also very well-known and widely used.

Routine Busting With My Head up in the Clouds

Beaconfire Wire

Some stayed in my comfort zone (like my blazing fast home desktop), and some were well out of it (like the backup of the backup laptop here in the office). So any document I had to look at during this time, as long as it wasn’t super-secret or sensitive, found its way into my Google Docs.

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Routine Busting With My Head up in the Clouds

Beaconfire Wire

Some stayed in my comfort zone (like my blazing fast home desktop), and some were well out of it (like the backup of the backup laptop here in the office). So any document I had to look at during this time, as long as it wasn’t super-secret or sensitive, found its way into my Google Docs.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Nonprofits Lead Fortune 500 in Social Web Adoption, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

DaveTV has a campaign to support the One Laptop Per Child effort. In response to the Facebook flip, Doc Searles, in this post and a follow-up argues that we should "stop petitioning Facebook and Google to solve our problems for us." Zonbu has announced a laptop version.

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Scott Hemmeter at arrowpoint found another clue when he noticed that the Appexchage packaging interface asked him if he wanted to require Google Docs be present. others have discovered buttons in Salesforce four using Google Docs and composing emails with Gmail.

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Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

Shortly after the Colorectal Cancer Coalition was incorporated as an organization in March 2005 we hired an admin, bought her a laptop and gave her a desk in a tiny single room office sublet from another organization in Washington, DC. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

Shortly after the Colorectal Cancer Coalition was incorporated as an organization in March 2005 we hired an admin, bought her a laptop and gave her a desk in a tiny single room office sublet from another organization in Washington, DC. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

Advice for Consultants - Part 2

Robert Weiner

Even a word doc you update every time you’re on site for a client is better than notes scribbled on post-its. I also have a remote connection to my home (business) laptop available at all times. Last week I posted John Elbare’s advice for new nonprofit consultants.

Cool App Roundup: Office Apps for Smartphones

Tech Soup Blog

It renders documents well on the screen, nearly as well as on a laptop, and allows users to do a surprising amount of formatting, particularly within Word docs. It is also well-integrated and can store documents in the cloud to several services including Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Evernote, Huddle, and several others. One of the great things about smartphones is that they are so easy to carry around. They’re especially convenient for email.

Cthulhu Calling

Gavin's Digital Diner

It has replaced the myriad of papers — displacing them from the briefcase — that the laptop never did. If you need ubiquitous connectivity, get a MiFi (Verizon or Virgin Atlantic) or Connectify (share your laptop’s connection) and set all your devices free from multiple monthly fees.

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Crazy for the Tools

NTEN

I also need to be able to work on the move: I need my "virtual desk" in front of me quickly, whether from my laptop or some other desk or smart device. Dropbox sits nicely between formal, full featured project communications tools such as Basecamp (which we also use), Central Desktop , or Google Apps and Docs.

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Power Tactics

Gavin's Digital Diner

So say the docs. So, watching for stray sparks, I plugged one end of my new “hybrid&# cable into the Kindle, and the other into my laptop, and was greeted with the warm glow of the “charging light.&# I’m quite fond of my Kindle.

Power Tactics

Gavin's Digital Diner

So say the docs. So, watching for stray sparks, I plugged one end of my new “hybrid&# cable into the Kindle, and the other into my laptop, and was greeted with the warm glow of the “charging light.&# I’m quite fond of my Kindle. Sure, the design’s a little bonkers; and it’s a wee bit awkward. That aside, it is easy to read, easy to use, and mine happens to be loaded with books I want to read. Moreover, it’s taken a great weight off my shoulders.

Wikis: What, When, Why

Museum 2.0

This ability to organize content segments, like moving post-its around on a table, makes wikis more useful than other collaborative document creation tools like Google Docs. Google docs is good if you are writing a single document or creating a single spreadsheet. What's a wiki?

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Power Tactics

Gavin's Digital Diner

So say the docs. So, watching for stray sparks, I plugged one end of my new “hybrid&# cable into the Kindle, and the other into my laptop, and was greeted with the warm glow of the “charging light.&# I’m quite fond of my Kindle. Sure, the design’s a little bonkers; and it’s a wee bit awkward. That aside, it is easy to read, easy to use, and mine happens to be loaded with books I want to read. Moreover, it’s taken a great weight off my shoulders.

Power Tactics

Gavin's Digital Diner

So say the docs. So, watching for stray sparks, I plugged one end of my new “hybrid&# cable into the Kindle, and the other into my laptop, and was greeted with the warm glow of the “charging light.&# I’m quite fond of my Kindle. Sure, the design’s a little bonkers; and it’s a wee bit awkward. That aside, it is easy to read, easy to use, and mine happens to be loaded with books I want to read. Moreover, it’s taken a great weight off my shoulders.

111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. Your nonprofit can record audio files using your deskptop/laptop computer or Audioboo’s mobile app and then upload them to your own Audioboo Channel.

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Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

If you aren’t funding rich, use free AV tools such as Avira or ClamAV, and keep them updated DAILY Web mail is your friend – for many reasons: spam filtering, virus checking, document previewing, login securing, and you also never know when your laptop might be confiscated or stolen As you can see, these are fairly simple rules that you can carry out on your own as an administrator. doc 2008_beijing_olympic_games__b_.doc