I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the Cloud. Google’s recently announced program for Canadian Nonprofits and Charities, which TechSoup Canada is supporting, is an excellent and valuable resource for prudent organizations looking to stretch their IT budget as far as possible. Salesforce is another cloud-based organization that provides special pricing for nonprofits. With world-class tools like this at your disposal, there’s never been a better time for forward-thinking organizations to push the envelope and benefit from these easy-to-use technologies.
For any organization budgeting for technology should be for more than just hardware replacements. A technology budget can help pave the way for the adoption of new practices and innovative strategies to meet your mission.
We spoke to a few nonprofit leaders to understand how they work technology into their budgets and why they do it. From these conversations we’ve outlined a few key points to think about while budgeting for technology for your nonprofit organization.
Computers and technology have enabled humans to work faster than ever before. Their ability to centralize and organize information, files, and data imperative to your nonprofit is essential to the success of your mission.
Fundraising. Some of us find it exhilirating and the reason we get out of bed in the morning. For others, it can be a necessary evil and even be the catalyst for leaving the nonprofit world altogether. Luckily, some big names are stepping up and coordinating initiatives like the Give Local America campaign to empower and lift up nonprofits of all sizes.
The students in our ITWorks Philadelphia class are at the halfway point of the Spring 2016 session! With internship interviews currently happening and certification exams around the corner, the second half is sure to be exciting. Maia Harris had started her journey into the field of information technology when the ITWorks program caught her eye with the opportunity to earn industry-standard certifications and network with IT professionals. We sat down to check-in about her experience – read on to learn more!
Nonprofit employees tend to wear many hats, covering a range of administrative tasks to preserve precious budget dollars for mission and program work. When the hats fit, it can work out very well for everyone. When they don’t, it can demoralize staff and reduce your organization’s effectiveness. Joe Geiger, President and CEO of First Nonprofit Foundation, discusses some common errors nonprofits make when staffing for administrative duties, and when it makes sense to outsource instead.
It’s what we call our powerpoint presentations, text documents, and spreadsheets. It’s what we call photos from fundraising events, our nonprofit’s websites, and how we refer to almost all the information and digital materials we use on a daily basis.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “data services” before, but without fully understanding what it means, much of the rhetoric surrounding the term can be difficult, or downright impossible, to understand.
You and your colleagues certainly understand the impact your organization has on the communities and constituents you serve. Data services, in a nut shell, help nonprofits share their impact, increase funding opportunities, and improve and streamline business operations.
The ever present risk of data theft or misuse and the potential harm it could cause to yourself and to your nonprofit is down right scary. And believe it or not, hackers aren’t the stereotypical computer guru, sitting in a dimly lit room looking at a dozen computer monitors, typing furiously to hack into secure databases. Often times, hackers are simply opportunists - average people who happened upon some sensitive information and decide to take advantage of it.