Success Story: TwentyTwenty

TwentyTwenty is a small charity working across the two counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. Their aim is to help young people develop self-belief, self-worth and motivation, whilst gaining academic qualifications and work skills that will lead to finding and keeping good jobs. The charity is less than a decade old, but is making a substantial on-going impact on the communities it serves. Joanna Burrows is the Community Fundraiser there. “We’re an educational charity that works with the most disadvantaged young people in our region,” she says. “Last year we helped 400  young people to get qualifications, and 90% of those went…
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Windows 10 and the charity sector

Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will be offered as a free-of-charge upgrade on devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Phone. The free upgrade offer will only be available until 31 July 2016. This approach marks a change of tack for Microsoft, which has always charged for upgrades to their operating systems in the past. This being said, Microsoft has been donating a number of their products to charities around the world, which are accessible to UK-based charities through our own tt-exchange programme. This isn’t just limited to operating systems (although Windows 7 and 8 are included), but also includes Microsoft Office, Windows Servers and more….
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Infographic: The pitfalls of failing to update computer systems

Outdated computer systems are vulnerable to a variety of attacks online. The problem is that hackers continuously look for new vulnerabilities to exploit, so once support is ended for a system (in other words, once a system is no longer being updated to counter new security threats), it’s usually only a matter of time until an attack gets through. This is particularly problematic in the charity sector, where organisations might hold sensitive information and often don’t have the budget to upgrade their IT equipment. It’s because of this that we’re happy to offer the latest Windows operating systems and also award-winning antivirus software to UK charities on the…
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Kitties and 6 Things About Microsoft Office 365, by Tech Impact

Yes, that’s right – Office 365 and kitties! Let’s get started, shall we? 1. Security and redundancy (the good kind) Security is actually better with Office 365 than with an on-premises solution because Microsoft has hundreds of security techs focused on preventing data breaches and security problems. Here’s a cool factoid: every 30 seconds, your data is moved to another server for security and redundancy reasons. Redundancy means having multiple copies of your data stored in various servers and data centres (10+ copies of your data in the case of Office 365). This means if something happens to one server, your data won’t be…
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The Salesforce Foundation and charities

The Salesforce.com Foundation works to leverage salesforce.com’s people, products and resources to help improve communities around the world. Through their ‘Power of Us‘ programme, charities can get access to Salesforce.com products and resources to help expand our collective impact. How can they help you? The Salesforce Foundation provides an initial 10-license donation and steep discounts on all future licenses and products to qualified not-for-profits. There are a growing number of products built on the Salesforce platform all of which include customer relationship management as well as a host of special features and functionality specifically tailored for not-for-profits. For more information…
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Why charities resist the cloud and why they shouldn’t

The growth of the use of cloud technology in business is nothing short of phenomenal. The reason for this is that it saves on time, cost and enables flexible working. Despite these benefits, I find that many charities are still resisting its adoption. At Tech Trust, we recently undertook a survey of 426 respondents and found that 58% of charities still don’t use the cloud – 65% of which are small charities. With the array of articles written about the benefits of the cloud, including this recent article from our own IT expert Andy Man, I wanted to know why, and…
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