Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship


Lixin Tao

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To better support its mission, a non-profit organization needs to effectively reach out to the public, collect information and opinions form the public, support effective brainstorming and discussions, implement effective business processes for non-profit operations, and support effective governance of the organization. The latest information technologies have provided better alternative for non-profits to run smoother and more effectively.

In this paper we conduct a critical study of two popular open-source contents management systems, Drupal and WordPress, introduce Drupal to social entrepreneurs, and explain how it can support most of the tasks outlined above. Specific guidance is provided for setting up an organization's public website that supports smooth communications and effective governance. This paper also outlines a PHP and Ajaz based real-time information sharing system which can be adapted to support various forms of fast data sharing and brainstorming for organization members through the Internet.



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