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Nonprofit DCN Toolkit Guide

Links to information and help

DCN Internet Resources/Tools for Local Nonprofits   


Welcome to our Guide for nonprofit users of DCN's Internet/Web Toolkit. The Toolkit includes a simple website template, and an emailing list and web calendar both of which are designed to be integrated into the website if desired. In the sections below you will find definitions, FAQs, and links to help pages. All of these are printable but some, that we expect you might need to share with other members of your group, are in universally-printable Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Please be sure to read sections 1 and 2, and refer to sections 3 and 4 for more specific information about the tools.

For More Information:

      Resource (aka Tools) Allocation Committee (RAC) Website:

      Business Office (530) 750.1170 or

      Web Team:  

1.   Use of DCN’s Resource Tools for nonprofits

                a.    Usage Policies: This document includes basic usage guidelines.


                                   Please read and abide by these usage guidelines as well any
                                   more specific guidelines included in materials referenced in #4 below.

                b.    HOW TO APPLY for resources (aka “Tools”)


2. Why Use DCN's Local Toolkit Resources?

               a.    Discussion:

               b.    Article:


- - - - - - - - - The DCN Web Resources/Tools - - - - - - - - 


3. Printable Information For Prospective Users

     This is information you can print out and share with your group to help you explain why 
      using DCN's Resource Tools would be a simple and good idea.

               a.    Who uses DCN Tools?:

               b.    Single page printouts explaining specific Tools

                      [DCN SimpleSite]  

                      [DCN Mailing List]  

                      [DCN Web Calendar]    

 4.  The Three DCN Tools

We have a sequence of very helpful pages with video tutorials. The best SimpleSite one to start with is at [Your new site, logging in (with video)]
At the bottom of each of these video tutorial pages is a link to the 'next step' in the sequence.
Or, if you prefer you can watch each video directly from DCN's YouTube Channel

      a. DCN SimpleSite

              i.  Description -

              ii.  FAQ -


              iii. Set-up -

              iv. Basic usage:

                 ·  "How To" Online Tutorials  -

                 ·  Classes -


      b. Mailman e-mailing list  

               i.  Description -

               ii.  FAQ -

               iii.  Basic usage:

                      ·  "How To" Online Tutorials  - 

                      ·  Classes -

                      ·  Using Mailman for a group's Newsletter - 


      c. DCN Local Event Web Calendar

               i.  Description -

               ii. FAQ  -

              iii.  Basic usage –

                      ·  "How To" Online Tutorials  -

                      ·  Classes -


5. General Issues:

Tool Managers need to know - and share with other volunteers, the following information.

       a. DCN's Role 

  • DCN is a  host, not an owner of subscriber/user content.
  • DCN does not edit or censor any community content hosted on its Web site. However, ongoing projects with Web sites are reviewed periodically to make sure that they have the same basic character as when approved and that the site is actually in use. If, when a project comes up for review, some relevant change in intent or character is perceived by the RAC, the content owner will be asked to defend the changes only if they are inconsistent with these policies. 

       b. Acceptable Use: netiquette 

  • The open access provided by DCN's nonprofit resources is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly.
  • Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations.
  • Federal, state, and municipal laws apply, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.
  • Users are responsible for the content of their Websites and Mailing List messages.
  • Most tenets of "Acceptable Use" can be thought of as common courtesy and common sense, known colloquially as "netiquette." 


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