Winter-Spring 2002

New Book and Series on ASP Resources
by Michael Stein

Online software tools being made available to nonprofit organizations by Application Service Provider companies are changing the way the Internet is being used in the nonprofit sector. A new book entitled The eNonprofit: A Guide to ASPs, Internet Services and Online Software, co-authored by Michael Stein and John Kenyon, offers an overview of the evolving marketplace for the software tools made available by Application Service Providers or "ASPs." ASPs that focus on the nonprofit sector offer services to meet nonprofit needs, such as credit card processing, Web site content management, membership list management, Listservs and volunteer recruitment. The guide book, published by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, includes a beginner's guide to online software, a directory of over one hundred services, and a detailed planning tool for evaluating and selecting an Application Service Provider. Funding for the Guide was made possible with support from the Community Technology Foundation of California. The Guide will be available in print and also available free online in Web and PDF formats.

A related resource is the January “Adopting Technology” series on for an array of content offerings on ASPs that includes an introductory essay on the topic, a debate among four nonprofit leaders, another debate among four ASP CEOs, an FAQ about ASPs and a esource list for further reading. Check it out.

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