My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to the aea365 blog. This week I am writing from Atlanta at the Nonprofit Technology conference.
Do you work for or with nonprofit organizations? Have you experienced challenges due to financial constraints that make technology purchases for evaluation beyond the budget?
Hot Tip: Take a look at TechSoup, the “technology place for nonprofits.” TechSoup has resources, training, a peer-to-peer community, and a donated technology program – TechSoup Stock. Their donated tech program gives nonprofits access to products from a range of big name (and not so big name) companies. Examples include the full Microsoft Office Suite including Access and Excel; ArcGIS from ESRI for spatial analysis; and Crystal Reports from SAP for data visualization and reporting. And the cost? Each product has an administrative fee, but most are well below even discounted retail prices. As an example, the full Microsoft Office 2007 suite is $20. Organizations do need to go through a relatively painless qualification process, and the eligibility criteria vary from product to product, but the resource is definitely worth checking out.
The opinions expressed above are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer, the American Evaluation Association.