"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.

10 Website Design Best Practices for Nonprofits

posted Aug 24, 2020, 2:06 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Aug 24, 2020, 4:33 PM ]

Your website is the foundation upon which your digital communications and fundraising campaigns are built. How well your nonprofit’s email and social media campaigns perform depend upon how well your website is designed. Below are 10 website design best practices specifically for the 
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The Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

posted Jul 13, 2020, 6:56 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Jul 13, 2020, 7:01 AM ]

While Microsoft Office is still the ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations, and many more digital tasks, there are still plenty of free alternatives. Avoid freeware full of ads and check out these free productivity suites.

Microsoft Office is mainly composed of Microsoft Word for documents, Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations, and Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets. Microsoft Office is available through a subscription to Microsoft 365 that costs $69.99/year, or $6.99/month for a single account. Family accounts with up to six users run a bit higher at $99.99/year, or $9.99/month. Alternatively, you can just download one of these lovely suites for free... click here for the complete article.

106 Free or Low-Cost Online Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

posted Dec 31, 2019, 8:04 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

The internet is loaded with amazing free or low-cost tools and resources! Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the tools listed .... click here for the complete article and the graphics credit.

How to Remove Malware from your Windows PC

posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:42 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Aug 24, 2019, 2:45 PM ]

Beware the signs of a PC plagued by malware:  slower-than-usual performance, a sudden spate of pop-ups, and other anomalous issues.  Yes, out-of-the-ordinary behavior is sometimes the result of hardware conflicts, but your first action should be to rule out the possibility of infection by a virus, spyware, or other nefarious entity-even if you have an antivirus program installed.

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A Simple Website Maintenance Schedule For Your Nonprofit

posted Jun 3, 2019, 4:50 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Think about your nonprofit website like your car: it needs different levels of regular, occasional, and annual maintenance to ensure passenger safety and optimal enjoyment. As your vehicle to success, your website needs just as much TLC as your car! This includes regular fixes like oil changes every 3,000 miles. It also requires occasional check-ups on the air and fuel filters. And annually, you should get your battery, power steering fluid, and brakes ... Click here for the complete article and here for the graphics credit.

A Sneak Peek at the Global Data (of nonprofits)

posted May 11, 2019, 9:59 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated May 11, 2019, 10:13 AM ]

Now in its fourth year of production, the questions in the 2019 Global NGO Technology Survey are revealing some interesting findings! (See) a tiny sample of the results thus far and the numbers will change as more nonprofits, NGOs, and charities participate in this year's survey.  Click here for the complete article and here for the graphics credit.

Almost Half of SMBs (and nonprofits [editor's note]) Would Be Shut Down Permanently by a Major Data Breach

posted Mar 17, 2019, 8:18 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Forty-eight percent of SMBs say a major data breach would likely shut their business down permanently, according to the results of a recent AppRiver survey of 1,059 cyber security decision makers at SMBs with fewer than 250 employees.

In some sectors, that proportion is even higher. Seventy-one percent of financial services and insurance SMBs said a major breach would be fatal to their businesses, and 62 percent of healthcare SMBs and 60 percent of business consulting SMBs said the same.

As a result, 58 percent of survey respondents said they're more concerned about suffering a major data breach than they are about an office fire, flood or physical break-in.

And they're aware of the most likely sources .... Click here for the complete article and the graphics credit.

5 Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Data

posted Feb 26, 2019, 8:51 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Odds are your nonprofit has amassed valuable data as a result of regular day-to-day activities like processing online donations; managing virtual staff or volunteers; or capturing details of those who subscribe to your nonprofit’s newsletter.

This type of data is both an asset and a risk for nonprofits. It seems cyberattacks, ransomware and hackers make the headlines on a regular basis. As nonprofit professionals, we understand the importance of protecting our organizational data and the privacy of those in our community. But what are we doing to prepare, and ....

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42 Percent of Small Business Owners Fail to Take Full Advantage of Technology

posted Feb 6, 2019, 8:28 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Almost half (42 percent) of small business owners say they don't use technology to its full capacity, and 13 percent say they don't use any technology at all, according to a recent Oasis survey of 289 owners of U.S. businesses with 10 to 99 employees.

Ten percent say they limit the use of technology because they're busy just "getting the job done every day," and 31 percent say they try to use it but aren't sure how it can be used most effectively.

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Perfect Computer Security Is a Myth. But It’s Still Important

posted Feb 15, 2018, 4:03 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 4:05 AM ]

Maybe you’ve heard it before: “Security is a myth.” It’s become a common refrain after a never-ending string of high-profile security breaches. If Fortune 500 companies with million dollar security budgets can’t lock things down, how can you?

And there’s truth to this: perfect security is a myth. No matter what you do, no matter how careful you are, you will never be 100 percent safe from hackers, malware...

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