Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud

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Although cloud computing has been around – and you’ve likely been using it – for years, a simple, coherent explanation of what it is can be hard to find. Consider our model, from Gartner, which defines it as “...a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies.”

We don’t blame you if you had to read that more than once. And that doesn’t begin to get at all of the ways your organization can actually use the Cloud.

Our upcoming webinar series, “Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud”, will dive into the benefits – and the potential pitfalls – of cloud computing. Thanks to the generous support of Google, we’re able to offer it to you for free.

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The Cloud can bring the ease of automatic software updates, organization-wide e-mail, and remote access to your constituent database to your nonprofit’s infrastructure – without the need to host your own servers. For what used to be the price of a word processing program, the Cloud can deliver enterprise-level document collaboration. 

The list goes on, but in short, cloud computing opens the opportunity for your organization to shift from using technology exclusively in the back office to using technology as a strategic part of its work. 

But that doesn’t mean you should just take off into the Cloud. During this webinar series, you’ll get the basics of what cloud computing might mean to your organization and criteria for making the decision on whether or not – or how deeply – your organization should embrace it.

Series Objectives

  • To gain an understanding of cloud computing and the nonprofit cloud ecosystem.
  • To be able to assess the risks and opportunities for your nonprofit.
  • To show the financial picture of cloud computing.

Series Sessions Include:

As part of the “Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud” Webinar Series, this first webinar will help you understand what exactly the cloud is and give you the words to describe it to your boss, board, and colleagues. The hype surrounding cloud computing will also be explored and we’ll show you how using the cloud can apply to your nonprofit.

This webinar will walk you through the landscape of the cloud marketplace. We'll explore what products and services are available, and you'll learn which ones might meet your technology needs.

This week we'll dive into one of the common fears around cloud computing -- 'Will my organization's information be safe?' With your important information stored in the cloud, instead of on servers you manage, how can you ensure that your information is private and protected. This webinar will examine the security risks involved with cloud computing from all angles, and explore possible solutions.

Now that we've covered what's available in cloud computer and what the risks are, we'll talk about the financial side of the cloud. Cloud computing often demands that you adopt new ways of financing software. Budgeting and fundraising for your transition from one-time software costs to ongoing service fees can be tricky. In this week's webinar, you'll learn how to evaluate the financial side of Cloud Computing.

You have a plan, a budget, and all the information you need to transition your organization to the cloud, but how can you make sure the change is successful?  In this final webinar, we'll explore the people side of making the transition to cloud computing. Often overlooked, people and their technology adoption (or lack of) can make or break a project. We’ll show you strategies and tactics to engage staff, board, and boss during a cloud implementation project.


About the Presenters

Matthew Eshleman, Director of Professional Network Services, Community IT Innovators, provides a wide range of services to social mission organizations in the areas of technology planning, network engineering, installing and maintaining servers and ongoing support. He is has a special interest in the strategic use of technology and implementing innovative solutions using server virtualization and multi-site WAN's, including internet load balancing and failover. Matt originally joined the company as a volunteer when in Washington, DC as part of his Eastern Mennonite University Washington Study Service Year. Matt has dual degrees in Computer Science and Computer information system and an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. Matt came up through the ranks at Community IT Innovators starting as an intern 11 years ago and working as a Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer and Team Lead. He is now the Director of Professional Network Services where is oversees CITI’s projects team and sets IT strategy for the organization. When not at work he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife & 11 month old daughter and singing with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, is the founder of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, a CPA firm focused on organizational development and advisory services for the middle market. An active CPA and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Donny helps many not-for-profits by bridging accounting and IT to strengthen organizational governance and risk management, improve business processes, and increase the effectiveness of decision making throughout the organization. Donny has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent national speaker and author on business intelligence and IT management. Donny received the 2009-2010 President’s Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list in 2007 & 2009 and was also a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004. Donny’s notable not-for-profit clients include the American Institute of CPAs, Catholic Charities Hawaii, and Hawaii Community Foundation.