What is all this talk about the cloud and cloud storage and cloud computing? You look outside and don’t see a hint of overcast.
“The cloud” is simply a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data. As well as keeping a backup of your files on physical storage devices such as external hard drives and USB flash drives, cloud storage provides a secure way of remotely storing your organization’s important data. Online storage solutions are usually provided using a large network of virtual servers that also come with tools for managing files and organizing your virtual storage space.
One of the things this means for your nonprofit is the vast improvement in collaboration among your busy board members and staff. In a world not long ago, paper was the only way to get resources pushed out to decision makers, and so much energy was spent at board meetings just getting everyone on the same page since the last board meeting. The cloud has made it possible for everyone involved to share documents and edit them—saving countless hours of catch-up at meetings and allowing lots of pre-meeting work to get done beforehand.
For four ways that your nonprofit board can use the cloud to streamline operations, click the link below.
Cloudy with a Chance of Efficient Collaboration: How Your Board Can Use the Cloud [Nonprofit Quarterly]