Community Community7.x ProductionForum Post: Instructions on how to find your Association Code, 18 Jun 2018 21:59:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:b409b436-9b46-4a6e-8988-a2545b02d65cgrandcanyontrust Must have System Administrator/Technical access to your account. Contact TechSoup if you do not have access to a previous admin's account. 1. Go to My Account 2. Select the organization you want to access under Your Organizations 3. Find the Association Code on the right-hand side under Validation Details Forum Post: The Tech Volunteering Group Urgently Needed Everywhere, 18 Jun 2018 20:46:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:6ddc119c-3d97-4b29-a612-43aef5ac71aajcravens42 When people talk about helping seniors, they usually focus on food or transportation. That’s nice and necessary, but seniors – people 65 and over – often have great need of a different kind of critical assistance: help with computers, smartphones, printers and the Internet. There are seniors all across the USA, and probably in other countries as well, with tablets, printers and other devices that are sitting idle because, at some point, the Internet connection broke and they don’t know how to fix the connection. Or there are viruses on the computer and they can’t figure out how to get them off. They may need the text size or color contrast on their computer or smart phone adjusted. Or need software updated, especially anti-virus software. Or need to know how to put photos from their smartphone onto a laptop or a free online space like  Flickr  so that if anything happens with their phone, they still have their photos. More at my blog today: The Tech Volunteering Group Urgently Needed Everywhere Forum Post: RE: Suggestions for an AMS?, 18 Jun 2018 20:06:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:bd3604b2-58ac-48f0-af25-9e3017ff2803SmartThoughts Hi There! I hear your pain often in this area of event functions. Ticketing functions and generally speaking onsite conference management functions are not core strengths you find across the spectrum in AMS membership options. By the way, I have Membee and YM in different Tier Categories  And, moving from something such as Membee to YM is not unusual.But, honestly, I see some folks go the opposite direction too (YM to Membee). For most, it's a lateral move. In short, the YM tier level AMS systems tend to provide the same level of functionality in the area of conference event management functions. In order to find more capabilities, you likely will find success in moving up to another Tier level   or considering a "best of class" approach to solving this priority. But, moving to a different Tier may not be palatable from a budget perspective. I wish it was cut and dry. There is a lot to consider here I am sure beyond just this. If you have a list of other items and/or more specific outline beyond what you have mentioned, I would be open to review here.  I wish you much success!  Forum Post: RE: Suggestions for an AMS?, 18 Jun 2018 18:52:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:35f59d2e-15eb-48f2-909b-9e8f2823e22dAALHE Thanks for the response. Membee and YM were just not very functional for us. Both have especially fallen short on the event side. We run an annual conference with multiple ticket types, pre-conf workshops, networking outings, and several other optional ticket types. Neither system could provide an easy to navigate registration process. YM has also been incredibly disappointing simply by overpromising and under-delivering. I've had a lot of issues with features that are built into the system and have been told repeatedly in multiple ways that the errors I'm experiencing are my own fault because I should somehow know that there are broken features and bugs all throughout the system. It's been a frustrating experience to say the very least. I could go on and on... Forum Post: RE: Laptop with WiFi, 18 Jun 2018 14:53:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:f879d10a-fddd-4479-83ba-36429fdd5142bostonareagleaners thank you! Forum Post: RE: Cloud-based Project Management Software Recommendations, 18 Jun 2018 06:16:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:8ea85bbb-fa75-46c9-a623-99b41492e775varshakhemka There are various cloud-based project management software available in the market. Few of my favorites are: Workfront Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture Easy Projects Easy Projects is a cloud-based project management platform for midsize organizations. The platform enables users to collaboratively initiate, approve, plan and execute projects, assign resources, track progress, monitor spend and costs Source: Forum Post: Hello all, 18 Jun 2018 00:04:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:b1c67f1a-f5fb-464c-b3b9-42721e47f818lonniekeith2 I am the founder of a 501(c)3 npo called New Millennium love Inc here in Columbia SC. I am trying to help end homelessness by adding more services like job creations and perm housing opportunity beside the 2 current services temp feeding and temp beds for the night for adults without children.  I want to open a Thrift store to help generate income to fund our projects and programs which are hiring the homeless directly to work in the stores. I am going to use that funding along with future grants to build a 35 ft full service car wash to hire more homeless directly so they can earn a pay check. Most current local employers are not hiring the homeless keeping them trapped in a cycle of extreme poverty. We are going to keep expanding in direct job opportunity                                                                                                           NML want to change that by giving them opportunity breaking that current cycle. Jobs would change the current homeless landscape so our efforts are to make it happen. So I am excited being apart of history by help changing our world for the better! Helping our fallen rise back up! Forum Post: RE: WARNING about Free web site offer, 17 Jun 2018 04:11:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:8e881791-bec3-43a5-9502-0aaf30e6f825Christian_SEO A free web site designed for you... :-) Comment on For Grantseeking, a Nonprofit's Age Matters — but It Isn't Everything, 16 Jun 2018 20:49:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:5eacd612-910e-4a32-876c-8627b5840bc2lonniekeith2 All I am saying is these grantors need to look at orgs that is actually making a difference or actually trying too. Removing those barriers for the new org giving them the chance to do their thing especially if it will help make the community a lot better for EVERYONE! They are legal, valid meeting the laws, qualifications and rules to be a 501c3 to proceed to make change. OTHERS ARE PREVENTING that opportunity for a lot of new orgs to advance. Forget about how long a org been valid and past finance history. look at what they are ACTUALLY doing to change the community going forward for the better  BOTTOM LINE, and giving them the chance to establish a financial history. Fund the org that is aiming to end homelessness, by providing jobs and perm housing opportunity within the community instead of funding orgs that just manage it  with temp solutions really not making a difference for advancement for ones life. And that is what is currently going on these same older orgs are getting all the funding opportunity from all possible funding avenues and are generating BILLIONS off the cause growing their brand worldwide while the homeless community is getting worst across America look at the video 10 mins homelessness and you can see for yourself how these people are struggling daily in today's time. So when you have a new modern day homeless org that is here in today times trying to keep up with this changing world technology and this growing homeless crisis trying to update services to STOP what is going on they keep funding the familiar org that is just managing homelessness instead of funding the org that will END THE CURRENT CRISIS with updated policies and new services to help men and women get jobs and perm housing doing more. Get with the current times!!! New Millennium Love Inc Forum Post: Hello everyone!!, 16 Jun 2018 05:02:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:65dec6aa-c787-40be-86c1-86acbecad3a0ktekayak Hello, I am new here, so introducing myself :) I am a community manager at  EverButton  which provides drop-in donation buttons for non-profits that do not require any coding. Looking forward to interacting with the community and learning more about ideas or pain points for non-profits :D Katie Forum Post: RE: Hello everyone!, 15 Jun 2018 20:11:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:f5089d9c-381e-454e-96d9-8a82d4feee35Yann Hi Ed, welcome to TechSoup! Your organization sounds great and I'm sure it will be a valuable resource to the nonprofit community. Feel free to get a discussion started or to chime in one at any time on the forums here. Glad to have you on board! Forum Post: RE: WARNING about Free web site offer, 15 Jun 2018 19:37:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:c36072a7-13bf-40e9-973f-66dd9402a0cfYann $20 a month to host a website? Seems much too high for standard web hosting. I wonder what else you get for that price. Forum Post: RE: Quickbooks Online Plus vs QuickBooks Online Nonprofit Version, 15 Jun 2018 18:48:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:40be5ccf-1a25-437b-ac1a-016ce52e4951eClientLInk I think the big advantage that QB Online is that it is a web based application. Minimum software management issues, access to your books from any compute, from anywhere in the world. For an organization that has a number of people who need to have access to the accounting system, and who do not all work in the same location, it is the big winner. The big drawback is the reporting for Non-Profits is a little weak. The desktop version has better reporting. Hope this helps. Forum Post: WARNING about Free web site offer, 15 Jun 2018 15:36:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:ee5cf49f-95a3-4637-b167-5719f588db11Christian_SEO I received the following message today and because I do online investigations I decided to check this person out. The more I looked, the less I liked what I found. It appears that this "person" (which I doubt exists) is offering a free web site that is actually from DonorComplete .com. They offer free sites to non-profits, and they charge $20 a month to host them. There is nothing wrong with giving away a razor so you can sell blades forever, but to be deceptive about it is very wrong IMO. The address she provides seems to be a mailbox service according to Google. Check out the offer if you want, but be aware of how they operate and know that there are less expensive hosting options that can be found. I will say that $20 a month is not unreasonable, but I don't know what that buys you at this company. The person I chatted with online at the company site did not seem to be a native English speaker, but while he tried to avoid my questions he did finally admit indirectly what was going on. Good Luck! =========================================== On 6/13/2018 1:08 AM, Christina Williams wrote: Hi: I volunteer some of my time to help nonprofits with their websites. I worked in IT for 20 years and was also a professional webmaster. I've helped a lot organizations already. Do you have any interest in getting a new custom website at no cost? I just helped a veteran's organization and their site is really nice now. I worked with a children's group before that and also helped them with professional online donations. Sincerely, Christina Williams 855 S. Main Street, K283 Fallbrook, CA 92028 650-550-8067 (text preferred) I volunteer with DonorComplete so please reply if you don't want me to contact you again. Forum Post: RE: Suggestions for an AMS?, 15 Jun 2018 14:00:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:2b8e1611-c3de-4d9f-9954-6ec72c515661SmartThoughts Hi AAHLE, there are definitely a lot of review sites for sure. They are useful for sure and may help. But , I believe that it's important to have a little more context about your situation before putting to much time in a search for an alternative.  You mention event management in your displeasure with your existing system. Most AMS systems do attendee online event registration but fall short on the onsite and post show requirements for some of my clients. It's helpful if you could share more details on what you are having challenges in with regards to event functions missing.  BTW, this past week we finished up a short review of Wild Apricot which you may find worthy of exploration. You may find that here.   We work with many association executives who are evaluating their software options. And, have written many other summaries and full product reports on dozens of AMS systems over the years. If you are interested, you may find them here .  Quite frankly, I think Membee, YM, and Wild Apricot and many AMS systems are very good. The challenge is matching them up well in the right situation for everyone to succeed. The key is determining how you define success and then figuring out if the vendor can help you get there for them to be a solution for you. That's the hard part. Isn't it?  I wish you much success in your search!  Forum Post: RE: Laptop with WiFi, 15 Jun 2018 04:37:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:2ac6a964-3535-4cf2-af2b-5afa5c5d3d1bChristian_SEO These machines are provided via a partner and as such, I don't think you can be sure of the exact specs of the machine you will receive beyond what the listing on TechSoup says. A wireless network adapter would be WIFI. The listing on TS says it comes with one, but TS should verify that information with the partner. Using the other specs like the 250GB drive and 4GB of RAM you may be able to spot machines on the partner site like the one you can expect to get. And if the machine says it has WIFI then it should work. These are refurb machines, not broken machines. :-) Forum Post: RE: Laptop with WiFi, 14 Jun 2018 18:10:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:4beb8236-0f56-412b-9e8c-4c8a4eb5a04cbostonareagleaners Thanks! I think we'll give it a try, and worst case scenario, we buy an adapter as you've said. Forum Post: RE: Laptop with WiFi, 14 Jun 2018 17:09:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:b8a41ff5-c322-44c7-a428-b36dc1b42277relztrah It sounds like the internal wireless adapter is all you'll need to go online. But even if it doesn't have an internal wireless network adapter, or you can't get it to work, just buy an old USB network adapter on eBay and plug it in. Often they come with the software on a CD or you can download the drivers and software to a flash drive using another machine and install them on the laptop that way. You might want to make sure it is all compatible with Windows 10 before purchase.  Somebody recently donated an old laptop to our organization which had a Broadcom internal wireless network adapter which Windows detected, but I couldn’t get it to work. Windows saw the internal adapter, it even saw my wireless network, but when I tried to connect I continued to get error messages of one kind or another. I spent a couple hours downloading drivers using an Ethernet cable to connect to the internet, and still I couldn’t use the wireless adapter. So  I installed the software for a Netgear USB wireless adapter that I had in my spare parts pile, plugged in the adapter and it worked like a charm. But that was using Windows XP and how things have changed..... Forum Post: RE: Suggestions for an AMS?, 14 Jun 2018 16:52:00 GMTcaa7681b-025a-49ce-809f-7435bfe4d232:956f5382-b9c9-4a85-93d4-43939d6e8cecrweiner Hi AALHE, Have you checked out ReviewMyAMS ? You can pay to read reviews, but if you review Member or YM you'd get free access. Lehman Reports publishes periodic reviews of AMS products. They haven't yet released their 2018 report, and they charge for access to their studies. (You could try contacting them to see whether they offer a nonprofit discount). Their 2014 report is the latest one I could fine online for free. Also, would you mind posting your take on either Member or YM here? Why did you drop Membee? Where is YM falling short? Forum Post: RE: Veritas Backup Exec (formerly Symantec, formerly Veritas), 14 Jun 2018 16:11:00 Hello.  Can you tell me how much storage comes with each Veritas option?  I can't seem to find it on TechSoup or Veritas's website. Thanks, Ben Garrott Catholic Charities of Jackson