Jackie Bourke, Director, CWA Europe & Meltem Kougelbauer, Founder, CCE Reserach Alliance & Monty’s Corner share their experience of how cloud computing has contributed to their business and charity work. They have mentioned 18 cloud computing tools below which helped them to spread the word, raise funds and make important connections.
1.LinkedIn (the professional social network) – helps us bring professionals together and allow us to share ideas and collaborate. LinkedIn gives us the potential to meet like minded people all over the world who wish to share information and network. Valuable contacts can be made via LinkedIn. The collaboration between Jackie Bourke (Spain) and Meltem Kogelbauer (United Kingdom) began because of a group conversation on Linkedin. Linkedin is a very powerful tool, however it should be used very carefully and slowly to get the highest value out of it.
2.Facebook – connects us to our community and helps us make new connections with other people who wish to get information from us, support us or collaborate with us.
3.Twitter – lets us tweet about what’s happening to our followers, plus follow others of interest. Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin make the world a much smaller place.
4.Volunteermatch.com – has been great for attracting volunteers. So far we have had about 50 volunteers from this site.Vodafone’s Matchmaker Tool – Now we are reaching out to more volunteers internationally, speaking the local languages with Vodafone’s matchmaker tool. Vodafone are actively supporting charities by requesting people to donate themselves to their local charities in their World of Difference program.
5.Virgin Money – Our fundraisers use the Virgin Money tools to raise funds. While Virgin makes it easier for voluntaries to raise money, it is cost effective for us to operate.
6.Google Docs – are then used to share documents among the volunteer work force.
7.Google Alerts – is a handy tool to keep us up to date with important information. We set up alerts on relevant keywords so that we are fully aware of new information coming online.
8.Google Adwords – When it comes to marketing, we cannot live without the power of Google Adwords, and as a charity we have applied and been accepted to the Google Grants program for which we are very appreciative.
9.Google Sites – Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share web pages. These can be used for business as well as for collaboration. They have templates to work with.
10.Chimp Mail – is a great newsletter tool which we use to keep our volunteers up to date with the organisational developments.
11.Skype – without skype we don’t know how keep our communications low priced within the organisation.
12.Open Source Tools – have been used for building the websites of CCE RA and Monty’s Corner.
13.Drupal suited our requirements extremely well with its modular approach. We found it easy to manage as well as easy to integrate.
14.Google Calendar – helps us to diarise and track things which are important to us.
15.SlideShare – (slideshare.net) is used for our presentations.
16.Photo Bucket – is used to store our content photos in order to keep the server size cost effective.
17.Amazon Marketplace – is used to sell merchandise for fundraising around the world.
18.Zazzle Shops – are also used to sell merchandise for fundraising around the world.
Cloud computing and technology in general have made a remarkable difference to the work of their charity, CCE Research Alliance and Monty’s Corner, as well as in their business life. As women they have used these cloud computing tools to manifest success and so can we.
Meltem Kougelbauer, Founder,CCE Reserach Alliance & Monty’s Corner
CCE Research Alliance is a charity registered in England and Wales to support epidemiological research and studies focusing on the causes of childhood cancers. They are an independent global non-for-profit organisation, headquarters being in the UK.
Jackie Bourke, Director, CWA Europe
CWA Europe uses a variety of tools to help the company’s online business a success. Through digging deeper into the aims and image of the web based business, CWA develops stronger, more realistic online strategies for long term success.Announced on 15th October 2009, CWA Europe is the winner of the Company of the Year in the Costa del Sol Business Award.
Written by Jackie Bourke & Meltem Kogelbauer in Par Excellence Magazine