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We’ve been talking to folks from some
of the 350,000 congregations around the country and have been hearing that
they’d like more coverage of IT resources for religious oriented charities on
TechSoup. They’ve also told us about some great, but little-known online
resources that explore faith-based IT like the pros and cons of the different
church member management software packages and website content management
systems for congregation websites. We thought we’d share that with you.
of our best conversations was with Katherine Clark who is the state
administrative secretary for the Church of God
in Virginia. Her office provides
resources, staff trainings, and coordinates state events for 200 churches
around the state. Katherine told our Dulcey Bower that her
churches use Microsoft
Office for their email and documents, Dropbox
to share files, and sundry web applications for online communications. She also said that they learn about new technology mostly
by word of mouth throughout their church network. That’s not surprising since
faith-based organizations are all about community.
I’ve been following
the discussions on the Unitarian
Universalist techie listserv and it’s a great information sharing group.
Another is the ChurchMgmtSoftware
listserv. Beth Ogilvie and Margy Levine Young from that community compiled
some survey results from the group. Here’s what they found regarding church
We hope you know that we’re always
adding more donations to the TechSoup Landing Page for
Faith-Based Organizations where you can find several product donations
including ones from Microsoft,
and most recently from Huddle and Mobile Beacon. Huddle is a web-based
project management, document sharing and collaboration service. Mobile Beacon
offers low-cost 4G
mobile broadband devices to provide Internet connectivity pretty much anywhere
you need it.
The just released Blackbaud
Charitable Giving Report reveals that faith-based organizations are leaders
in online fundraising with an 18 percent increase in 2013. That’s the highest
adoption rate in the nonprofit sector. TechSoup donations in this area include eTapestry web-based software for
fundraising and donor contact management, DonorPerfect’s online
fundraising and donor management service, and for organizations interested in
engaging younger people, Connect2give's
discounted online services to collect donations and communicate with members via
mobile devices and the mobile web.
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