Free Or Low Cost Tech Solutions


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  • Welcome Brief Review of who we are, what we do, how we do it and what we hope to see in the future
  • open-source software Freemium software Freeware or free software
  • TIP – Check with freemium vendors to see if they provide premium service to nonprofits for free or at a discount level.
  • Streamlined way to keep Web content fresh. Provides the ability to distribute content generation and upkeep, and tools that allow users to interact with an organization online.
  • Free Or Low Cost Tech Solutions

    1. 1. Free or Low Cost Technology Solutions June 19, 2009 Baton Rouge, Louisiana David Dombrosky Center for Arts Management and Technology
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome to the wonderful world of FREE </li></ul><ul><li>Why free isn’t always easy </li></ul><ul><li>How to Pay Less for What You Really Want </li></ul><ul><li>The King of Free (or Why Google Is Your Friend) </li></ul><ul><li>ESP – Is Yours Low Cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donation Management Systems (DMS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Management Systems (CMS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
    3. 3. Welcome to the World of Free
    4. 4. Welcome to the World of Free <ul><li>Types of “Free” Software or Web-based Services </li></ul><ul><li>Freeware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Irfanview , , Mozilla products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Freemium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quickbooks , , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open-Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li> , PDF Creator </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Free Is Not Always Easy <ul><li>Lack of familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate technical support </li></ul><ul><li>Free code still requires someone to manipulate it and update it </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you get what you pay for </li></ul>
    6. 6. How to Pay Less for What You Really Want
    7. 7. The King of Free (or Why Google Is Your Friend) <ul><li>Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Checkout </li></ul><ul><li>Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Analytics </li></ul>
    8. 8. ESP – Is Yours Low Cost? <ul><li>Email Service Providers (ESP) allow you to send e-mail messages to many people at one time without labeling you as a spammer. </li></ul>Vertical Response provides nonprofits with a free mass e-mail service if they send less than 10,000 emails per month. (click image) Other low cost service providers:
    9. 9. Donor Management Systems (DMS) <ul><ul><li>What Is It? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A system that manages information about donors and gifts so you can: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>understand how much you’ve raised, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep track of information about your donors, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>manage mailings, emails and campaigns, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>print reports </li></ul></ul>2008 DMS Satisfaction Survey - NTEN
    10. 10. Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) <ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The processes an organization uses to track and organize its contact with current and prospective constituents - donors, funders, volunteers, clients and all other people who help an organization to achieve its mission. </li></ul></ul>2007 CRM Satisfaction Survey - NTEN
    11. 11. Content Management Systems (CMS) <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based software that allows you to maintain your Web site. </li></ul>2008 CMS Satisfaction Survey - NTEN - From the report “ Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone .”
    12. 12. RESOURCES <ul><li> – articles, webinars </li></ul><ul><li> – articles, webinars, conference, online forums, </li></ul><ul><li> – consulting </li></ul><ul><li> – discounted software, articles, services </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Arts Management & Technology: </li></ul><ul><li> - products, services </li></ul><ul><li> – professional development, conference, blog, podcast, resource list </li></ul>