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How To Get Started With TechSoup in Canada (How To Guide)

If you are Non-Profit in Canada, you can enroll in the TechSoup Canada program and gain access to a set of technology to help you reduce your current IT spending.

Does Your Nonprofit IT Company Work WIth TechSoup Canada?

If you are Non-Profit in Canada, you can enroll in the TechSoup Canada program and gain access to a set of technology to help you reduce your current IT spending.

TechSoup technology donation program distributes donated and discounted technologies to qualified charities, nonprofits, and libraries. Since 2003, TechSoup has helped over 31,000 Non-profits in Canada save over $362 million on software and hardware. Some of the technology you can get through the program includes productivity software like Microsoft Office, Finance software like Quickbooks, and hardware – including laptops, servers, routers and VoIP handsets.

TechSoup Canada is one of the programs administered by the Centre for Social Innovation. TechSoup describes the Center for Social Innovation as “a nonprofit coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world.” TechSoup Canada helps Canadian nonprofits, charities, and libraries achieve a greater impact. They accomplish this by connecting nonprofit organizations with affordable technologies.

To get the most out of the TechSoup technology donation program, you can partner with an experienced service provider like Tektonic. The Tektonic team specializes in helping Toronto and broader GTA Non-Profits utilize their IT budget to accomplish more.

In this article we will show you have you can get your Non-profit enrolled in the TechSoup technology donation program, and how an experienced IT service provider like Tektonic can help you get the most of this program and help your Non-profit with its IT needs.

How Can Your Non-Profit Get Started With TechSoup?

Getting started with TechSoup is relatively easy. You can do it in 3 simple steps:

  1. Register Your Organization

Your organization needs to be a Canadian charity, federal or provincial nonprofit organization, or a public library. Individuals cannot register.

  1. Submit Qualification Documents

You will be asked to provide copies of your official documents for verification purposes. If TechSoup needs further documentation to verify your status, budget, address, or activities, they will contact you.

  1. Request Products

Once you are approved, you will access the technology donations programs just like you access an online store. You can pick out the products you need, put them in your shopping cart, and check out. It’s simple.

How Can Tektonic Help Your Nonprofit Use TechSoup?

Technology can enable you to fulfill your mission better, or it can be a barrier that prevents you from achieving a greater good.  Partnering with Tektonic enables you to get IT advice and the most of your IT spending.

Tektonic supports your efforts to pursue your mission by supporting your IT requirements with the following additional available services:

Managed IT Services

Managed IT services allows you to offload IT operations and tasks to an experienced technology support service provider. Some common IT tasks cared for within theTektonic Managed IT Services offering are:

  • Regular IT reviews
  • Monitoring/maintenance of IT systems and applications
  • Installation of updates and upgrades
  • Remote support for your IT questions and needs
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Advice

Under a managed IT services contract you pay a monthly fixed price for everything – making it easy to control your IT support budget.

Internet-Based Business Telephones

If your Non-Profit is still using regular landline phones, you’re not only spending more than you should, but you’re also depriving your staff of improved collaboration.

With an Internet-based telephony solution (VoIP), you can save up to 50% compared to what you currently pay for your existing telephone services.

Because VoIP calls are internet-based, hosted VoIP systems are easier to integrate with business applications such as email and video conferencing systems. If your non-profit has to work with volunteers or staff in different locations around the globe, VoIP is an outstanding option.

Cybersecurity

Security incidents have increased dramatically over the last several years, and the consequences of a cyberattack can be devastating. A report produced by IBM and the Ponemon Institute estimated that the average cost of a security breach for a Canadian corporation is 6.03 million.

Unfortunately, Non-Profits are a preferred target for hackers because they know two things:

  1. Your constrained IT budgets may not be enough to put solid cybersecurity in place.
  2. You have databases of donors names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and more stored on your systems.

Tektonic will serve you by implementing a security plan to keep your data and your organization protected.

Data Backup

Recovering from a systems crash can be time-consuming and costly if you don’t have a proper backup strategy.

Over the last few years, ransomware attacks (in which an attacker takes control of your computer and files and demands that you to pay a ransom to provide you with a key to unlock your systems) have increased exponentially. The only way to protect your data from such an attack is to have a verifiable backup strategy that allows you to restore your computer.

Tektonic backup services can help you ensure your data is backed up and encrypted regularly. Your backups are monitored and tested regularly to ensure you can use them when calamity strikes.

Microsoft Office 365 Support

Office 365 has set the standard for collaboration and productivity applications. Built with the same look and feel of the traditional Microsoft Office suite, Office 365 adoption is a natural transition for your employees and allows them to collaborate in real time seamlessly.  Office 365 is one of the most popular software solutions on TechSoup.

Office 365 allows you to reduce the cost of managing your office productivity tools because you don’t have to worry about software upgrades or deploying software.

Office 365 has an impressive set of features. Some of those time-saving features often go unlooked by companies who aren’t as familiar with the full breadth of the Office 365 package. So are you getting all the value possible from your Microsoft Office 365 subscription? There may be features and functionalities of which you may not be aware. Tektonic can help you leverage Office 365 to it’s fullest advantage

IT Consulting

If your Non-profit does not have the resources to have highly skilled internal IT staff, it’s likely that you’re struggling to keep your computers, servers, and cloud assets updated and secure. Tektonic IT Consulting services can help you create a strategic technology plan, and help you with: Technical Planning, Technology Budgeting, Hardware and Software Sourcing, and Identifying Business Risk. With Tektonic IT Consulting services, it’s like having your own Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Non-profit will benefit from optimizing its IT spending by leveraging the TechSoup technology donation program and the expertise of the Tektonic team.

Turn technology into a source of power for your mission and enable your staff and volunteers to get more accomplished in the office and in the field.

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Date: June 28th, 2018, Author: Jorge Rojas