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A Few Good Point of Sales Systems

From museum stores to gift shops, organizations with retail storefronts need point of sales solutions that help process transactions, provide reporting, and manage inventory. What are the options when it comes to choosing a POS system?

Point of sales, or POS, systems help manage the transaction between a buyer and seller and typically support physical rather than online storefronts. Far more than just a cash register or credit card terminal, POS systems consist of various combinations of software, hardware, and services to keep track of everything from items, prices, taxes, sale date and time, discounts, and payments.

Payment Processing in Pictures

Accepting credit card payments is getting easier, but the system for processing those payments remains complex. These illustrations will help you understand how to accept online or mobile credit card payments and, once you do, where the money goes and how it gets there.

How to Merge Two Nonprofits: Five Lessons Learned

The charitable sector has become increasingly diverse with organizations serving all kinds of mandates in traditional and niche areas of the social impact sector. With the proliferation of charities registering, organizations can find themselves working towards similar objectives. Competition is not a bad thing. In some cases, it encourages us to discover new solutions or better ways to do things. Merging operations and IT infrastructure can sometimes better serve donors and stakeholders who are ultimately impacted.

A closer look: Why do digital products go out of stock?

Every now and then, you may notice that a product on our website goes out of stock – and it can be confusing because most of the products we have are available digitally. Here’s a closer look at the reason why.

What Nonprofits Need to Know about Crowdfunding

With the recent introduction of US crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo into the Canadian marketplace, interest in the sector is higher than ever. With an increasing number of organizations testing the waters, such as the ambitious Ubuntu ‘Edge’ campaign or community-based efforts such as the Tool Library, there is a growing need for clear and practicable information on the space.  Learn some of the key information that nonprofits need to know about crowdfunding!

Does your social media need CPR?

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Do people love your nonprofit in real life, but no one “likes” it on Facebook? Does your name come up often in your community, but not on Twitter? You’ve tried to get social media up and going for your nonprofit, but it feels like a lost cause…

Engaging Your Email List and Measuring Results

Your nonprofit’s email newsletter is one of the most important and direct methods of communication you have with your supporters. But how much time do you spend thinking about how to create a really great newsletter experience for your readers?

Tell your stories on social media. It’s easy!

A trauma hospital in war-torn Syria seems an unlikely spot to be posting about your day on Facebook. Yet that’s exactly what Canadian doctor Anne Marie Pegg did for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on International Women’s Day with the help of staff in its Canadian office. 

How I went completely paperless (with help from my iPad)

When I was just about to start my PhD program in Management at the University of Guelph, I had heard horror stories from friends and colleagues about the number of academic articles that I would need to print, read and annotate. I though that maybe I could do my entire PhD without printing out a single academic article, maybe I could do it all electronically without negatively impacting my productivity.

Web conferencing, webinars, webcasts, live streams, and what else?

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Over the last year, I have been exploring a wide range of technological means by which arts associations can hold business meetings and deliver professional development at a good cost-to-benefits ratio. Beyond conducting some research and experimenting with online collaboration and communication technologies, I devoted significant time to sharing what I had learnt with others. This sums up my learning.