Friday, December 02, 2005

With this post I am participating in an innovative plan for people who are interested in nonprofit blogs to learn about new blogs. I am participating in phase 2 of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange Project. As such I have entered my blog into a pool and two other blogs will have a post about my blog. In exchange I have been assigned to post an entry about two other blogs. When I saw my assignments I could not believe it - I was assigned to post about Idealware at

Idealware is the brainchild of Laura Quinn, the well respected Principal of Alder Consulting, a New York based business providing technology consulting in the New York City area. For years I have been referring people to Laura's website and her excellent articles for nonprofits on websites, accepting credit cards and other topics in the "Shoestring" series of articles.

Now Laura has teamed up with other notables providing technology help to nonprofits to bring an exciting new service to nonprofits. The website is brand new and here is the plan:

Idealware will provide candid, Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware will allow US nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective.

The website will be built around a database of software reviews to support easy browsing or searching based on keyword, price, platform, or functionality. Articles will provide higher level recommendations and information about how to select and use software.

Thr first report is an incredibly comprehensive yet easy to read and understand report on 27 low cost options for nonprofits to accept "Donate Now" features on their websites. Check out Idealware and the Nonprofit Exchange Blog sites.

Nonprofit Blog Exchange

Marion Conway Consulting

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