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Find out if your organization can save money — and perhaps gain additional benefits, such as enabling your workers to work anywhere — by switching to a VoIP (Voice over IP) phone system solution. VoIP means your nonprofit's phone calls and Internet would use the same infrastructure. Here we describe the available options and their pros and cons.
Cloud-based learning management system
How your employees can work remotely — and even use public Wi-Fi — safely
Mobile devices are handy for working in the field and on the go. But should you choose a tablet or a laptop — or a hybrid of the two? We cover the pros and cons of all the options.
In our increasingly data-driven world, organizations — both nonprofits and foundations — need more than ever to be able to measure and monitor the effectiveness of their programs. It's difficult to improve program services or reach without first measuring current effectiveness. Although program evaluation really is a strategy, not a software program, there are tools that can help organizations accurately and confidently collect, measure, and monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of their programs.
To gather data about your programs, you might not even have to leave your office. Technology can help you meet your constituents where they are and make sense of the information you collect from them. What kinds of tools are available? In this article, we look at a few good options to collect and analyze data in the field.
Collaboration is as integral to the work of foundations as it is to nonprofits. But with staff, board members, and other collaborators spread out across multiple geographic locations, it's not as easy as sitting around a table in a conference room. The right software can not only bridge the distance and unite dispersed staff, but also make it easy to present, review, and comment on information.
dding visuals to a phone conference can make a big difference — perhaps by showing a document, a software application, or slides. Or maybe your nonprofit wants to conduct a more formal online seminar — sometimes called a webinar. There are a number of affordable software packages that can help. We talked to five nonprofit professionals about the technology that has worked for them.
Online reading education program
Cloud-based donor management software
Access to discounted rates for webinar service for up to 150 participants
Online data management software for two users and storage for up to 5,000 contacts at a 20 percent discount
Online data management software for two users and storage for up to 5,000 contacts
Recertified 2.4-GHz quad-core tablet with 2 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, 5,130-mAh battery, and Windows 8.1 operating system
On-demand online training for planning technology infrastructure
Recertified 1.2-GHz dual-core tablet with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 3,500-mAh battery, and Android 4.1 operating system
New 1.5-GHz dual-core tablet with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 10,800-mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 operating system
Recertified 1.8-GHz dual-core tablet with 2 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, 3,880-mAh battery, and Windows 8 Pro operating system
Online fundraising and crowdfunding platform with 4.25 percent transaction fee
Online fundraising and crowdfunding platform with 4 percent transaction fee