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Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~ July 2008 ~

Where Can I Find. . .?

Here are places on the Internet to help you find services.

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Need a volunteer calendar so everyone can share activities? Free


Temporary Email

Ever served on a committee that needed a single email for a short duration.  Here are several free sites 


Email Icon

If you have gmail, hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, or AOL you can create an icon all your own at this site  Free


Set Up Meetings software

Need to set up meetings?  Here is an online tool to help.  Free



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Grassroots Organizations and Technology

I recentlyOrganizers Collaborative  was founded in 1999 to develop resources to assist smaller community organizations with technology. Small nonprofits have chronic difficulties using technology, even though computer hardware had become extremely affordable.

Working with others interested in addressing this problem, Rich Cowan convened the founding meetings of Organizers' Collaborative (OC) in 1999. In July of 2000, Organizers' Collaborative gained 501(c)(3) status. Operating initially as a volunteer-based organization with only part-time staffing, OC has expanded into a nationally recognized technology resource that now reaches thousands of non-profits and community groups.

The mission of OC is to develop low-cost, replicable technology, software, and trainings that meet the organizing, outreach, and fundraising needs of small nonprofits. The organization is comprised of community organizers and technology consultants dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations and community groups integrate technology into their work.  The following is a list of topics with tips for organizations.

  • Advanced use of web sites, forums and email lists
  • Hardware and Network Infrastructure
  • Internal software infrastructure for grassroots groups
  • Introductory Resources
  • Online Communication and Promotion
  • Online fundraising and donor acquisition
  • Technology for managing offline campaigns
  • Using the Internet in research

To visit the site http://organizerscollaborative.org/su

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