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Microsoft has announced funding of up to £85,000 available for training in e-skills. See below for details and download the form at the end of the post.

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I came across this quote on a discussion thread on Slashdot about whether to use Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce.com for managing fundraising tasks. It was posted on a discussion forum for techies, but it captures an approach to software procurement that may help non-IT-literate managers and trustees when you’re grappling with too much jargon and a blizzard of techie-talk.

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A new report by the Charities Aid Foundation raises concerns that cash donations are falling sharply as credit card payments and regular direct debits become more common. A 22% drop in cash donations, coupled with a predicted fall in charitable income on the back of the credit crunch is seen as a particular threat to smaller charities – in other words the vast majority of organisations supported by CVS and other infrastructure bodies in local networks across the south east.

Most small charities will not be able to afford to set up credit card payments, but there are several online systems which could help avoid the worst effects of this change. Here is a quick round of three and ideas about how to use them. (more…)

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I haven’t posted anything much here for a week or more, mainly because I’ve been so busy. So I’ve just posted a long entry on my other blog listing various stuff I’ve been doing in the past few weeks. As well as impressing you with the enormous range and depth of my talents and duties [?] it hopefully includes links to some useful stuff, including as it does info about: Regional ICT Forum; RAISE conference/AGM; Judging the Digital Media Awards: South;  Big Lottery Fund south east Helper Agencies event; Intellect Third Sector Working Party meeting; NetWeight/University of Brighton; Chain Reaction 08, and Social Enterprise Day.

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Every post I read from Idealware has me firing off messages to contacts who are involved in delivering IT solutions to not for profit clients. The latest post about when to build your own content management system is no exception. It’s simple, straightforward and opinionated – what’s the point of blogging if it’s not all of those things? (more…)

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Digital Unite is the organisation behind the annual Silver Surfer Day, which helps promote the use of computers and the web by older people. They’re now running a workshop in November to show voluntary and community organisations how they can help their clients and communities to bridge the digital divide.

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Recent years have seen many voluntary and community sector infrastructure bodies spend five figure sums on database projects. Some have been successful, others have not.  The flood of such projects is now slowing to trickle, which may explain why one of the biggest suppliers has pulled out the market, leaving its customers across the UK without support for their products. (more…)

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