"Random Items of Interest"

All "Random Items of Interest" do not state or imply Nonprofit IT Resources endorsement of the methods, hardware, software or any other aspect of the information presented.  The "random items" are offered for the general interest of the reader.  All sources and websites presented are included for the reader's follow-up and to provide proper credit to the authors/sources.  

Some Random Items of Interest were originally published for the "small business" community. Because many nonprofits would qualify as a small business if pursuing a profit, the information is considered applicable to nonprofits and has been included.

The workplace will never be the same again.

posted May 22, 2017, 2:21 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:31 PM ]


Swiftly and surely, the world is shifting to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It’s becoming the de facto delivery model for 
core business applications. But how is SaaS transforming the way we work? Over the past six months, we surveyed 1,800+ IT professionals to get a deeper understanding of this new workplace, where SaaS applications serve as the backbone of productivity.

The data revealed astonishing findings. SaaS is a double-edged sword. And while it brings incredible benefits, it also creates formidable challenges that are taking the roles and responsibilities of IT to ....

To read the full report click on "Library and Links" (above navigation bar) and then click on the report title "2017-State of the SaaS Powered Workplace."

7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Nonprofits

posted Nov 23, 2016, 2:23 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 2:24 PM ]

Thanksgiving is on the way and I am getting ready to stuff my face twice full of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and endless slices of pie. I say “twice” because not only do I go home for Thanksgiving, my roommates and I have a tradition of hosting our own feast a week before Thanksgiving (where I do all of the cooking and they all compliment me for my culinary skills). Few things bring me as much excitement as others enjoying ....

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2016 Global NGO Online Technology Survey

posted Oct 20, 2016, 4:46 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:55 PM ]








More than 4,500 nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide have participated in the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Survey and the early results are quite interesting.  Here's a sneak peek at a very small sampling of the data:
  • 51% of survey respondents define themselves as a nonprofit organization.  29% as an NGO.  9% as a charity.  4% as a civil society organization.

  • 78 % responded that their organization has a mobile-compatible website.  15% regularly send texts to donors and supporters.
Click here for the complete article, the graphic credit and to participate in the survey while it is available.

What Is the Dark Web?

posted Oct 20, 2016, 2:00 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:55 PM ]


There are two webs. There’s the normal web most people use every day, which is easily accessible and indexed by search engines. And then there’s the “dark web”–hidden websites that won’t show up when you search Google, and can’t be accessed without special software.

The “dark web” is a subset of the “deep web”. The deep web is just the part of the web that isn’t accessible by search engines. You won’t find these websites when you use a search engine like Google or Bing, but they’re otherwise normal websites. The “dark web” is a smaller part of the deep web that can’t be accessed without ....

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7 Free Productivity Tools for Small Business (and Nonprofits)

posted Oct 19, 2016, 7:40 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:26 PM ]


Not too many years ago, most small businesses (and nonprofits) paid hefty fees for office productivity suites like Microsoft Office. Today, however, free cloud-based options like Google Docs and Office Online mean that anyone can access word processing and spreadsheet capabilities for free.

So why should small business owners and entrepreneurs consider open source alternatives when they could simply choose from any of these free cloud-based options?

For starters, the free versions of the proprietary productivity suites don't offer as many features as their downloadable desktop versions. While they offer basic capabilities, they don't always meet the needs of small businesses that need to put together complicated documents.

Second, you can't use a cloud-based option when you're offline. If you experience a power outage or if you're on vacation without connectivity and you need to get some work done, you're out of luck if cloud-based tools are all you have.

In addition, some people don't feel safe trusting all of their documents to the cloud—especially if those documents contain sensitive information. What if the cloud provider has a data breach or loses files?

Open source office productivity software offers the best of both worlds. Like the cloud-based options mentioned above, it doesn't cost anything. But this downloadable desktop software offers the full range of features that small businesses need. It's usable even if you don't have an Internet connection, and it doesn't require you to store sensitive documents in the cloud.

In this slideshow, we'll take a look at seven of the best open source office productivity software available. Some of these free productivity .... 


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Ditching Microsoft Office? Tips on how to switch to LibreOffice

posted Sep 24, 2016, 10:13 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:25 PM ]


Breaking up with Microsoft doesn't have to be difficult if you follow this advice from those in the know.

Since open-source office suites started gaining popularity more than a decade ago, some large organizations have been turning away from Microsoft Office.

The Italian ministry of defence's migration of more than 120,000 PCs to the open-source LibreOffice is just the latest in a string of projects to replace Microsoft at European authorities.

However, while momentum may be gathering, these organizations remain in the minority, and businesses generally haven't followed suit in jumping off the Microsoft Office bandwagon ....

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12 Not-So-Great Realities About Nonprofits and Social Media

posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:20 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 4:21 PM ]



For more than a decade the blogosphere has touted the power and promise of social media
 (this blog included), but there is also a downside to using social media for your nonprofit. Granted, the positives do outweigh the negatives, but it is important to step back occasionally and take a critical look at how social media is impacting nonprofit technology at your organization as well as your digital staff. Beyond the power and promise, nonprofit technology needs to produce results ....

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10 Reasons Why Enterprise Cloud Computing Is Ready to Boom

posted Sep 8, 2016, 1:44 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 1:46 PM ]


The cloud is primed for a "boom" period, according to IDC. Here's a look at why enterprises will pick up the pace of their move to a cloud platform over ....

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5 Ways to Repurpose an Old PC with Open Source Software

posted Aug 9, 2016, 11:09 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources


Most small businesses refresh their desktops and laptops every three to five years, but that process brings up a thorny question: What should you do with the old equipment? Answer: learn how to repurpose old PCs and laptops.

But wait; why not donate those old PCs and laptops to a local school or charity that could use them? After all, the hardware is still functional, just a little slow. However, donating old PCs to charity often isn't as easy as you might think.

First, you need to consider the security risk. You have  ....

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How to Build Your Nonprofit’s Email List

posted Aug 9, 2016, 10:50 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources


Not all email lists are the same. You may have an e-newsletter list that includes all donors and supporters, another list specifically for repeat donors, and another list for supporters who have not yet donated. Your ability to segment your email lists will depend on your CRM and your email communications software, but having multiple lists can help your nonprofit better craft your messages and fundraising requests. That said, there are proven strategies that can help your nonprofit ....

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