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Choose the Right Technology: Goals, Tools, and Match

Hand choosing a colored pencil.

I try not to use over­wrought, hyper­bol­ic dra­ma-words too often in my writ­ing.

Okay, so maybe I don’t try very hard.

But there’s no oth­er way to say this: the time peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions have wast­ed by using the wrong tech­nol­o­gy is utter­ly trag­ic.

It can hap­pen so eas­i­ly, espe­cial­ly for non­prof­its who often need to rely on well-mean­ing vol­un­teers for tech­ni­cal help. But it’s not hard to pre­vent. Read more…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 3: Use Your Browser to Build a Website

A Home Button

This is the last in a three-part series dis­cussing web­site options for non­prof­its.

Part 1 gave back­ground infor­ma­tion about what a web­site real­ly is and dis­cussed options for where yours can live.

Part 2 dis­cussed the tra­di­tion­al approach: installing a web page edi­tor on your com­put­er and using it to build a web­site.

But the last 5 years have intro­duced a bevvy of tools that promise to let you build a web­site using noth­ing but the most basic and ubiq­ui­tous tool of the Web Age: the hum­ble web brows­er. In this third post we’ll take a look at those tools. Read more…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 2: Web Editing Software

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This is the sec­ond in a three-part series dis­cussing web­site options for non­prof­its.

Part 1 gave back­ground infor­ma­tion about what a web­site real­ly is and dis­cussed options for where yours can live.

But whether you’re build­ing a new site or need to update an exist­ing site, you need some way to edit pages. Today we’ll dis­cuss your options for edit­ing or cre­at­ing a tra­di­tion­al web­site: one where some­one (you, a vol­un­teer, or some­one you hire) hand-crafts a web­site using a web edi­tor installed on their com­put­er. Read more…

Website Options for Nonprofits — Part 1: Big Picture

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If your orga­ni­za­tion has a web pres­ence of some kind, which it prob­a­bly does, there’s a good chance you’re not com­plete­ly hap­py with some­thing about it. Maybe it’s too expen­sive. Maybe it’s too hard to update.

Maybe it’s just plain ugly.

If your orga­ni­za­tion doesn’t have a web pres­ence, there’s a good chance that makes you uncom­fort­able. It might also make peo­ple who con­sid­er sup­port­ing you uncom­fort­able. Read more…

Cut Through Computer Clutter

Sign reading "Do not put garbage on the floor"

Stop me if I’m wrong: there’s a lot of junk on your com­put­er.

Hey, look at that. Nobody stopped me.

It’s awful­ly easy to accu­mu­late so much stuff on your com­put­er that you can’t find the use­ful stuff mixed in with all the cruft.

And oh, the cruft. It saps our time and sucks our souls. But a few well-cho­sen tools can make a big dif­fer­ence.

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Google Voice for Nonprofits

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Google Voice for Non­prof­its” isn’t a new Google offer­ing intend­ed for non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. It’s a ques­tion.

Is Google Voice right for non­prof­its?

As with any worth­while ques­tion, the answer is “it depends”: on the organization’s size, its cul­ture, its work needs, and plen­ty of oth­er things. This arti­cle takes a look at some issues to weigh in con­sid­er­ing Google Voice for pro­fes­sion­al use. Read more…

Computer Viruses: Repel, Reveal, and Remove

Close-up of a masked dentist leaning in for an exam

Virus pre­ven­tion is a lit­tle like den­tal clean­ings.

Maybe you put it off longer than you should, even though deep down you know that’s a mis­take. Then when some­thing final­ly goes real­ly, painful­ly wrong you smack your­self in the head for not tak­ing care of it soon­er.

I’ll try to make this as pain­less as pos­si­ble.

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Share Files Online — Part 3: Collaboration Tools

Two guinea pigs sharing a carrot

You need to share files. Whether it’s with friends, clients, part­ners, or cowork­ers, there’s some file you need them to see, and vice-ver­sa.

My last two posts drew a dis­tinc­tion between whether you’re file-shar­ing for pub­li­ca­tion or for col­lab­o­ra­tion (How to Share Files — Part 1: Overview), and then explored some options for the pub­li­ca­tion-based options (How to Share Files — Part 2: Pub­li­ca­tion Tools). Read more…

Nonprofit Profiles, Groups, and Pages: Facebook Policy

A close-up of a statue in profile

When cre­at­ing a Face­book pres­ence for your non­prof­it, you need to decide which kind of pres­ence to use.

In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a Face­book Cause—which you should con­sid­er as a sup­port­ing ser­vice rather than a pri­ma­ry presence—you real­ly have three options: a Pro­file, a Group, or a Page.

Pro­files are intend­ed for indi­vid­u­als; Pages are intend­ed for brands and orga­ni­za­tions; and Groups are gen­er­al­ly more infor­mal, may give you less con­trol, and (not coin­ci­den­tal­ly) seem more prone to going viral. Read more…

Nonprofit Social Media Resources: A Menagerie

Man yelling as he jumps into the pool

This week I’m giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on social media to the Dane Coun­ty Admin­is­tra­tors of Vol­un­teer Ser­vice (DCAVS).

In a 75 minute talk (includ­ing dis­cus­sion) I’ll only be able to scratch the sur­face of this enor­mous top­ic, so I’m pro­vid­ing them with addi­tion­al resources to help with lat­er plan­ning and learn­ing. I thought I’d post the resource list here for any­one else who’d find it use­ful.
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