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Technology resources every nonprofit should know about

Post by BVU Staff:  Melanie Meyer, Director, Communications and Technology

The availability of nonprofit technology is at an all-time high. Nonprofits have access to top-level research, tools and support at no or low cost.

Utilizing donations and services from these organizations, BVU has managed to save thousands of dollars in technology costs. Some top technology resources we have used over the years include:

Cloud Services
Are you ready to move your network to the “Cloud?”  If no, why not?  Moving to Microsoft 365 was the best technology decision we ever made.  4TechImpact made it easy and Microsoft 365 is free for nonprofits.

Tech Impact is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world. At Tech Impact, their philosophy is “Cloud-First”. Cloud technologies are often the most cost-effective and sustainable solutions for nonprofits. The cloud makes enterprise-level technology affordable for nonprofits. Tech Impact is a Office 365 Cloud Champion Partner with over 40,000 users on-board, and has been named a top 3% Microsoft implementer. In addition to their cloud services, they also offer help desk, file and data management, and digital marketing assistance (or services).

Education and Research
Not sure what donor management software is right for you, faced with a 1large data migration project and not sure where to start, or need to choose an online conference tool? Idealware has done the research for you.

 idealware is a nonprofit  that provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions.

Advertising Your Mission
We all know Google is the number one search engine, but did you know they 6offer a suite of tools tailored to nonprofits?  At minimum, you should claim your Google Ad Grant today, which is worth $10,000 a month in Google Adwords’ advertising.

Google for Nonprofits  offers organizations access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Google Apps business productivity suite can help your  nonprofit run more efficiently, while Google Ad Grants can help you reach new donors and volunteers.

Software Donations
Microsoft led the charge in product donations through Techsoup 3Global.   Techsoup has been our “go to” for software needs.  Through their donated and discounted products, I estimate we have saved over $50,000 in software from Microsoft, Symantec, QuickBooks, Adobe and many more!

TechSoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources and support. In addition, they offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock, where nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.  Software is available to nonprofits at a fraction of the cost.  Donations from Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Symantec and many more. 

Most software and online tools offer a nonprofit discount.  Make sure you check for it before buying.  And if it isn’t on advertised, don’t be afraid to ask!

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Cleveland Indians, The Volunteer Center at BVU again team up for Indians Volunteer Challenge

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Volunteers can earn Indians tickets for working with local nonprofits; over 150,000 volunteer hours contributed in four years through Indians Volunteer Challenge

The Cleveland Indians and The Volunteer Center at BVU again will partner on the Indians Volunteer Challenge, which will reward those who volunteer in the Northeast Ohio community with tickets to select Indians games.

In the four years the Indians and BVU have partnered on the challenge, nearly 20,000 volunteers have performed over 151,398 hours of service in Northeast Ohio; that amounts to the equivalent of $3.35 million worth of service to local nonprofits.

“We remain committed to our community, and through the Indians Volunteer Challenge, our organization and BVU are able to positively impact our region through the many outstanding local nonprofits in the Cleveland area,” said Indians Executive Director of Community Impact Rebecca Kodysh.

Volunteers can register for the challenge at BVUVolunteers.org, and search for opportunities…

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