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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 ). Unfortunately, Google Docs are just not ready for primetime. When you buy your laptops and desktops, say no to the optional antivirus software.

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?

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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

You can also see if there is a local charity that you bring items to in your own world travels. DaveTV has a campaign to support the One Laptop Per Child effort. Then do the next best thing, take a virtual trip to Bali. Zonbu has announced a laptop version.

Cthulhu Calling

Gavin's Digital Diner

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking nine when I ambled into the local opium den (AKA Apple Store) and plunked down 600 simoleons. It has replaced the myriad of papers — displacing them from the briefcase — that the laptop never did.

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Crazy for the Tools


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 continuously replicates local files to a personal cloud file space and synchronizes those folders across multiple computers and mobile devices. 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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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. Local Impact Map :: Microsoft Local Impact Map is a low-cost visual mapping tool ideal for nonprofits that have multiple chapters or programs.

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