Wednesday we had the first nonprofit operations brown bag lunch discussion here at the Tech Center--which I think went really well.
The topic that everyone wanted to talk about was nonprofits sending out mass e-mails to their clients, constituents or donors.
John Kenyon a technology consultant participated in the discussion and provided some helpful examples of affordable mass e-mail providers for nonprofits:
We also discussed how sending out mass e-mails by your regular e-mail provider is not recommended. The general progression that nonprofits seem to follow is, first they use a free e-mail service first like Google groups, then progress to something that costs $15-$20 a month, like Email now or NPO Groups, and then if the nonprofit wants additional features like a database then they choose something like CiviCRM or Democracy in Action.