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Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Do your staff and volunteers want to do their work on personal devices like smartphones or tablets? Are you tired of maintaining an in-house Exchange server? Then Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit may be right for you!

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Looking to develop your nonprofit’s own regular newsletter? With a hefty experience of creating those under my belt, I’m pretty excited to give you a hand with yours!

To begin, you should know that newsletters can be a lot of work. Creating one would require you to regularly do these three things: gather content, draft a layout and then send it out. Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s supposed to be! But, let’s be honest, eventually it gets a bit tedious and time-consuming if you’re not using the right tools. But don't worry though, I'll help you sort that out through Mailchimp.

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Ginny Mies shares how telling your data visually is now easier than ever with the help of web-based infographic tools. She recently had to create an infographic for a project. Having very basic design skills, she was looking for something intuitive and easy to learn that could create an attractive final product. After surveying many of the programs out there, she found a few that meet these requirements. Ginny writes:

Tools for Creating Infographics, Charts, and Diagrams

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This inaugural post highlights the big nonprofit technology stories of 2012, including making websites viewable on mobile phones, using mobile phones more in the workplace, cloud computing, social media fundraising, foundations and Microsoft donations, greater self-sufficiency among NGOs in developing countries, and some cutting edge things like hackathons. This was an original December blog post by TechSoup's Jim Lynch:

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By Glenn Fajardo, TechSoup

TechSoup Asia was inspired by the *Weekend Movement in Malaysia. We gathered many of our partners and collaborators for a weekend of rapid prototyping of new ideas to help NGOs better use technology for social impact.

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You’ve finally hired two new staff members to join your successful nonprofit. The trouble is, your new colleagues are in Chicago and your headquarters is in San Francisco. How will you share documents? Is there a better solution than constantly emailing attachments?

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There is little argument that email and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming mandatory tools for supporter outreach. These communication channels provide nonprofit organizations with an immediate and effective way to solicit, cultivate, and engage donor support.

From a pure fundraising standpoint, email and social media channels are only effective when the recipient is able to respond immediately to a CTA (call to action). At best, your CTA message is going to be read once, so if that message is compelling enough to cause the recipients to donate, then they must be able to do so immediately.

So what can you do?

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Please note: This product is only available to members of the Boost program. If you are not yet a member, you can learn more about the Boost program here.
 

This is a grant renewal for organizations that have already received Amazon Web Services Credits for Nonprofits through TechSoup.

This grant renewal provides $2,000 in AWS credits valid for 12 months that can be applied toward usage fees for AWS on-demand cloud services. Some AWS services are not eligible. The terms and conditions of the renewal grant are the same as those of the initial grant.

 

Special Boost Offer

This 50% discount to the Amazon Web Services Credits renewal is an exclusive offer available only to organizations with an active Boost Training & Support Package. If your organization would like to avail of Boost to access this exclusive discount, and many other benefits, you may request here

 

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this grant is not refundable.

 

Obtaining This Product

When TechSoup Asia approves your donation request, we will send a message to your organization email address with instructions for obtaining your credits.

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The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits Programme for Nonprofits provides credits for cloud services to eligible nonprofits and public libraries throughout Asia. The AWS cloud platform offers access to high-powered computing, storage, data warehousing, development, analytics, content delivery, and other services to help nonprofits scale without investing in physical infrastructure.

This grant provides $2,000 in AWS credits valid for 12 months that can be applied toward usage fees for AWS on-demand cloud services, but other select Amazon Web Services are not eligible. Organisations may request one grant of $2,000 in AWS credits per fiscal year. See the Grant Details tab for more information.

Benefits for Organisations

If you already use or want to get started using AWS cloud services, you can use AWS credits to

  • Save on IT costs by not investing in physical infrastructure and provisioning only the resources you need when you need them
  • Increase giving through AWS advanced services to gather, process, analyze, and visualize data cost-effectively to make informed targeting and fundraising decisions
  • Analyze big data pipelines, store petabytes of data, and share results with collaborators
  • Equip volunteers, temporary employees, or other staff with virtual desktops on the fly without long-term licensing agreements
  • Widen your global reach and deploy your solutions where they are needed
  • Manage all of your organisation's AWS cloud services, platforms, applications, and systems from one console

Major Capabilities

Amazon Web Services includes the following products, each of which provides multiple credit-eligible services.

  • Compute
    • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides a scalable, cloud-based alternative to virtual servers for additional computing power, including databases, enterprise applications, and migrations.
    • Amazon EC2 Container Service allows you to run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances, eliminating the need to install, operate, and scale your own cluster management infrastructure.
    • See the full list of services and learn more about Amazon Compute.
  • Storage
    • Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS) provides persistent local storage for Amazon EC2, databases, data warehousing, enterprise applications, and more.
    • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) makes data available to one or more EC2 instances for content serving, enterprise applications, media processing workflows, and more.
    • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) connects data from any Internet location for user-generated content, active archives, serverless computing, and more.
    • See the full list of services and learn more about Amazon Storage.
  • Database
    • Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon DynamoDB are relational databases designed for quick deployment and management.
    • Amazon Redshift allows you to store and manage petabytes worth of data.
    • Amazon ElastiCache helps you deploy, operate, and scale in-memory cache.
    • See the full list of services and learn more about Amazon Database.
  • Advanced Computing: Amazon Web Services provide more high-powered computing services that enable capabilities far beyond traditional IT, including migration services, networking and content delivery, developer tools, and more. See the full list of Amazon Web Services options.

Support

AWS provides Basic Support free of charge, which should be sufficient for most organisations' support needs.

If you want to upgrade to a Developer or Business Support plan, you can pay for the usage fees with your credits. However, AWS credits do not cover support launch fees. AWS recommends that you carefully review the plan details and usage fees before you make this decision.

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this grant is not refundable.

Obtaining This Product

When TechSoup Asia approves your donation request, we will send a message to your organisation email address with instructions for obtaining your credits.

Grant Details

Please consult the Amazon Web Services Credits Programme for Nonprofits FAQ for information not listed in the table below.

System Requirements

See the Amazon FAQs for each product to learn about system requirements and client support.

Ineligible Services

AWS credits are not valid for any fees or charges for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Route53 domain name registration or transfer, or any upfront fee for any service.

AWS Account Required

The recipient organisation must have a valid AWS account ID with the organisation name identified in the Account Name field to apply the credits.

If an organisation does not have an AWS account ID, it must sign up for an AWS account before it can request this grant.

A credit card is required to open an AWS account.

Service Availability

Please consult the AWS Region Table to view on demand service availability by region.

Credits Terms
  • Organisations may request one grant of $2,000 in AWS credits per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Credits are valid for only 12 months after they are applied to an AWS account.
  • If you have consolidated accounts, the code will draw down at the payer level across all accounts that are linked, regardless of the account you apply the code.
  • For additional information, see the AWS Credits Programme for Nonprofits terms and conditions.
Additional Service Costs

An organisation will be charged additional service fees in the following situations.

A credit card is required to pay for additional AWS service fees.

AWS recommends that organisations use Amazon CloudWatch to set up billing alerts to avoid unexpected charges.

AWS Free Tier

In addition to the AWS Credits Programme for Nonprofits, AWS offers the AWS Free Tier for all new customers for 12 months following the organisation's sign-up date. The AWS Free Tier is an offer that is separate from the AWS Credits Programme. It allows new customers to use certain AWS services for free up to certain usage limits.

AWS recommends that potential grant recipients who are new customers sign up for the AWS Free Tier before they request this offer.

Note that receiving AWS credits will not reset the 12-month duration of the AWS Free Tier.

Continuing Service After One Year

The AWS credits provided by this grant are valid for 12 months after they are applied to an AWS account. Organisations may request one grant of $2,000 in AWS credits per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

After all credits are used or if they expire after 12 months, the credit card associated with an organisation's AWS account will be charged at standard rates for all services used.

Previewing AWS Cloud Services

Free trials are available for the following AWS cloud services.

Grant recipients can apply credits obtained through this programme to any existing AWS account, including accounts created for a free trial.

Existing Customers Eligible

This grant is available to current or former AWS customers. Credits received through this programme can be applied to existing AWS accounts.

Follow-up Survey Required

Grant recipients must complete a follow-up survey from AWS after receiving credits.

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Description: 

This is a grant renewal for organizations that have already received Amazon Web Services Credits for Nonprofits through TechSoup.

This grant renewal provides $2,000 in AWS credits valid for 12 months that can be applied toward usage fees for AWS on-demand cloud services. Some AWS services are not eligible. The terms and conditions of the renewal grant are the same as those of the initial grant.

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this grant is not refundable.

Obtaining This Product

When TechSoup Asia approves your donation request, we will send a message to your organization email address with instructions for obtaining your credits.

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