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Computers and IT

Due to the increasing popularity of the computers and the internet, nonprofits increasingly rely on technology for publicity, communication and record keeping. Powerful software packages have been developed to help organizations produce newsletters, keep track of donors and manage their finances.  However, making informed decisions about what to purchase requires careful research and a clear understanding of what your agency does (and does not) need.

Sources of Additional Information

Techsoup.org is a technology website for nonprofits that provides news and articles, online discussion groups, training, an electronic newsletter, and information about technology products, computer donations, and more.

 

Idealware is a nonprofit organization that maintains a website to help nonprofits make good computer and software decisions.  They provide product comparisons, reviews and case studies as well as affordable ($40) web-based seminars on topics like how to create a basic website, choose enewsletter software, or get set up to accept online donations.

 

Nonprofit Tools You can Use (an e-newsletter put out by Fieldston Alliance) has put out an article entitled, “Tips for Getting Technology Funding”.

 

The Center for Community Technology Services has collected some great tools for nonprofits to use when planning a new website, assessing their technology needs, and working with IT volunteers.

 

For a list of recommended articles and books on nonprofit fundraising and accounting software, visit the Foundation Center website. 

The Regional Nonprofit Alliance has some useful books on technology issues in its library. Stop by to borrow a book or, if you aren’t close by, send us an email (RNA@ohio.edu) with the type of information you are looking for, and we’ll send you a packet of information electronically. 

Books in our library include:

  • Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology by Jeanette Woodward
  • Mobilizing Generation 2.0: Technologies to Recruit, Organize and Engage Youth by Ben Rigby
  • The Accidental Techie: Supporting, Managing and Maximizing Your Nonprofit's Technology by Sue Bennett
  • Nonprofit Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising by Ted Hart
 

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