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Hello! I run a one employee, small non-profit which has members all throughout the state some of which are government agencies. I am looking for a multi-purpose online file sharing/storage program what also has forum discussion capabilities. Some of our members do not have work access to google drive or drop box so they are out. I would like something were members can create their own sign in and password which requires approval from me. Is there any such thing? I currently have something on my website but it is extremely difficult to work with.
An inexpensive option would be to use SharePoint through Office 365 to share files and host discussions or use MS Teams, also through O365.
Another approach would be to use a project management tool like Basecamp, CentralDesktop, or Zoho. Here's an Idealware report that talks about some of them.
Finally, you could look at Association Management Software, which allows membership groups to share files and host discussions, both of which can be password protected. Idealware published a roundup of AMS software a while back. The vendor landscape has changed since then, but this will at least get you started. If you run a search for "ams software" (without quotes) you'll find lots of products.
Please write back and let us know what you decide and why you chose your solution.
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Thank you so much for the help.
Slack is another option worth considering in addition to Robert's recommendations. In Slack, forum discussions are "channels" that can be organized by topic, project, members, etc. You also get integrated file sharing and lots of other features as well. There is a free plan you can start using immediately, and special discount pricing is available to nonprofits interested in their Standard and Plus plans.
Please check out this link for more details: Slack for Nonprofits.
Hope you'll keep us posted on the solution that works best for you.
Yann ToledanoForum Moderator, TechSoup.orgDigital Marketing ConsultantYTConsulting.com@MarketingYann
I've worked for a lot of nonprofits that are remote to me, and the other staff and volunteers are remote from each other, and of everything they have used, I've loved Basecamp most.
Super frustrating about so many government agencies blocking Google Drive and Drop Box - I run into that all. the. time.
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