Fundraising and Technology: A Match Made in the Cloud


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If you signed up to impact the world for your mission and not manage your IT infrastructure, you need cloud technology. More and more nonprofits are taking advantage of advanced security, availability, and cost-efficiency provided by cloud technology.

Patrick Callihan, executive director of Tech Impact and author of Cloud Computing for Nonprofits, introduces you to cloud computing in this presentation and how your nonprofit can use this technology to be more effective and efficient in delivering your mission.

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Fundraising and Technology: A Match Made in the Cloud

  1. 1. Fundraising and Technology: A Match made in the Cloud Patrick Callihan, Executive Director at Tech Impact Lauren Dalpee, Product Marketing Manager for eTapestry
  2. 2. Today’s Presenters Patrick Callihan Executive Director, Tech Impact 215.557.1559 x109 Lauren Dalpee Product Marketing Manager, eTapestry 843-654-3707 Blackbaud Confidential 2
  3. 3. Tech Impact’s mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world.
  4. 4. Agenda • What is the cloud • Types of cloud services • What makes the cloud possible • Virtualization • A look at the cloud • Risks and Benefits of cloud computing • What NGO’s think of the cloud • Where to start (resources)
  5. 5. Where does the term “cloud” come from?
  6. 6. General term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet CLOUD:
  7. 7. Types of Cloud Services Software as a Service • Complete software application Platform as a Service • Complete development environment Infrastructure as a Service • Resources- Computing power, memory, storage
  8. 8. What makes the cloud possible? Bandwidth Virtualization Automated DC software Massive data centers w/ commodity hardware (capacity)
  10. 10. Business Continuity Server consolidation Flexibility Device Options Laptop Thin Client Desktop BENEFITS OF VIRTUALIZATION
  11. 11. What does the cloud look like?
  12. 12. What are the risks and benefits?
  13. 13. Risks of cloud computing • Loss of connectivity • Service levels • Viability of service provider • Loss of data • Downtime • Ongoing cost strategy (OpEx)
  14. 14. • Nothing to own • Rapid deployment • Ability to scale • Convenience (anywhere, anytime) • Ability to use less powerful clients (Net books, iPad, portable computers) • Security • Backup/Recovery/Disaster planning Benefits of cloud computing
  15. 15. What are nonprofits saying about the cloud?
  16. 16. NGO’s are familiar with cloud apps…
  17. 17. Actual usage lags behind familiarity
  18. 18. Lack of knowledge is a barrier to adoption 30% of respondents said they didn’t know enough to know what the barriers are Question 12: What are the barriers that prevent your organization from using cloud computing or using cloud computing more? (N=9,051)
  19. 19. Why do NGOs use or consider Cloud-based solutions? Administration • Easier software access • Easier disaster recovery • Reduced system admin. • Rapid deployment Cost • Low capital investment • Fewer IT staff needed • Transforms capital expenses to operating expenses. • Rapid deployment Partnership • Improved collaboration • Easier to partner with other orgs. Data • Improved data security • Better data organization • Data under my control
  20. 20. Where to Start
  21. 21. Planning Tips Cloud doesn’t change everything • Your IT should still be grounded in your business processes Have a clear understanding of both initial and ongoing costs: • Migration and implementation costs Staff training • Divergent demographics of workers
  22. 22. Think big. Start small. Move fast. Email •Office 365 •Google Accounting •QuickBooks •NetSuite Databases •Dynamics • Custom Applications •Donor management •Case management Shared files •SharePoint •Dropbox
  23. 23. Resources • (services/education) • Free-webinars/eBooks • (software donations, cloud products, cloud report, etc.) • (articles, training, buyer guides) • (training, conference, articles)
  24. 24. Share your Voice: Take our 3 Question Survey
  25. 25. Blackbaud eTapestry: Flexible Cloud Fundraising for Nonprofits Blackbaud Confidential 30 • All-in-one: CRM, Online Giving, Email, Social, Payment Processing, Training & Support Automated and Integrated Tools • Mobile, Cloud, guaranteed safe, secure and available 24/7 basis Accessible and Secure • Monthly tiered subscription packages to save you money Affordable Pricing
  26. 26. What nonprofits say about eTapestry: I have used eTapestry for about twelve years. The product fits my needs for donor records, contact, and organization. I like that it's online "in the cloud" so that I'm not updating software and/or having to worry about losing my data due to equipment failure. It is very user- friendly and very effective for reporting, etc. - Charee, Ascension Academy
  27. 27. Questions?
  28. 28. Visit to start your Free 30-Day Trial today!
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