Latest Articles & Reports

  • January 2014
    Nonprofits hoping to improve their programs’ services or reach must first understand their own effectiveness. Measurable numbers—how many meals served at a soup kitchen, how many students in a mentoring program graduate high school, what percentage of the target population does not have access to affordable housing—are critical data that can help organizations identify where they can improve their programs.
  • By Laura S. Quinn and Kyle Henri Andrei,
    January 2014
    Despite the increasing popularity of email, social media, and other online networking tools, organizations still depend on the telephone for a good portion of their communications. But technology has also brought dramatic changes to telephone service, and the options for purchasing a new voice communications system are more numerous than ever before—and more confusing. 
  • November 2013
    Idealware, the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), and the Grants Managers Network (GMN) are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 update of the popular Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems. This in-depth report has been expanded to look at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles.
  • November 2013
    Your constituents support your organization's mission and share your goals. They want you to succeed. When supporters become donors, they become even more valuable, both for your nonprofit and your cause. But if you can succesfully mobilize them to become fundraisers through a peer-to-peer campaign that makes use of their own wide networks of personal and professional contacts, they can become a powerful source of fundraising. 
  • By Andrea Berry and Kyle Henri Andrei,
    November 2013
    Updated for 2013. Enlist your supporters to fundraise for you! A number of online tools make it easy for staff or anyone eager to help your organization to set up individual donation pages to engage friends and family in a fundraiser. We asked a number of nonprofit technology experts for advice on the tools and best practices they recommend to make this fundraising technique work.   Peer-to-peer fundraising isn’t new.
  • By Laura S. Quinn and Kyle Henri Andrei,
    November 2013
    How do open source productivity suites compare to Office 2013—and does it make sense for your organization to implement one rather than the commercially licensed, ubiquitous offering from Microsoft? We compare three toolsets on philosophy, price, and features to help you decide...
  • October 2013
    Between more traditional channels of communications like direct mail, email, and newsletters and all the new channels you’ve adopted, like social media, multimedia, and blogs, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to your organization’s messaging. How do you create and maintain a consistent voice across so many channels?
  • October 2013
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  • By Kyle Henri Andrei,
    September 2013
    With Microsoft offering cloud-based and installed versions of its popular office suite, users must decide which is right for them. We look at where the two versions overlap and diverge, and when each might make sense for your organization.