Five benefits of servers for growing charities

There are many benefits of servers for charities who are growing in terms of staff, beneficiaries or funding. It might be time to upgrade to a server-based system that will let you be more efficient and scale up your data and resources over time.

Here, we explain the five most important features of servers for charities.

How to deal with leavers in Office 365

When someone leaves your organisation, it’s important to make sure that you secure any confidential files and data. Thankfully, if you use Office 365, you have a good level of control to manage this process. There are a variety of options available to you, allowing you to completely remove access from mobile devices, delete accounts, or move accounts to replacement employees. To find out how to do all of this, scroll through the resources below or click the links to visit specific sections. Note: All of the below assumes that your Office 365 account has ‘global administrator’ permission. I will be…
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A digital success checklist for charities

If your charity or non-profit is just getting into social media or online fundraising, it can be daunting. There’s a lot of advice out there, but sometimes that can be just add to the sense of “wow – we’ve got a lot to do”. To help, here’s a really good checklist that you can use, taken from the book ‘Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits‘ by Heather Mansfield. Scroll down and click on a section that is useful to you, then go through that list in order, ticking off the things that you’ve done. Hopefully doing so should break down what can seem…
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Is FluidSurveys right for you? | Tierney Smith, TechSoup Canada

There are many reasons why your charity might want to use a survey. You might want to get donor input, conduct research to inform your mission, or ask for feedback from volunteers or programme participants. At TechSoup Canada, we’ve used FluidSurveys for several years for various purposes. We’ve done post-event surveys, member satisfaction surveys and our worldwide cloud-computing survey for non-profits, to name a few. In this post I’ll share some of our thoughts on this tool and how you can make it work for you.   FluidSurveys – The Basics As you would expect from a survey tool, FluidSurveys…
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DIY Installing Office 365 – Are You Ready?

In case you don’t know, Microsoft run a donation programme that helps charities get cheap access to Office 365 software. Most charities can get almost free access to e-mail (Exchange), files (SharePoint & OneDrive) and instant messaging (Lync), all hosted in the cloud. Getting the donation is easy; if you’re based in the UK, all you have to do is download the free trial from Microsoft and then register and sign up for the software on the Charity Digital Exchange website. We’ll then check your eligibility on Microsoft’s behalf, and if eligible, you are given a key to access the full software….
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Making sense of software licensing

Take the complexity of technology and stir in the complexity of the legal system and what do you get? Software licenses! If you’ve ever attempted to read one you’ll know how true this is. Unfortunately, you do have to know a little about software licensing even if you can’t make sense of all of the fine print. A software license is an agreement between you and the owner of a program that lets you perform certain activities which would otherwise constitute an infringement under copyright law. The software license usually answers questions such as: Where and how and how often can you…
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