We have some very exciting news to share with you!
Washington, D.C.-based 501cTECH, a leading provider of nonprofit technology services in the D.C. region has joined forces with Tech Impact.
We have worked alongside our colleagues at 501cTECH for more than a decade. First, as part of the NPower Network created by Microsoft to deliver affordable and sustainable solutions to community based nonprofits like yours and then as partners with Tech Soup.
As we grow Tech Impact, your support means so much. We will continue to offer all existing programs – nonprofit IT services and technology workforce development programs like ITWorks and Zip Code Wilmington – and we will offer new services, including Salesforce customization, tech capacity programs and 501cTECH’s signature Technology Innovation Award and Celebration of Technology. Consolidating some back office functions will result in greater efficiency, reducing overhead expenses and positioning our organization for continued growth.
Tech Impact's entire tech team will remain intact, allowing us to retain the personal touch and the first-hand knowledge of our customers’ needs that are so important to quality service delivery. The 501cTECH team will remain on board to run a Tech Impact office in Washington, D.C. and Julie Chapman, 501cTECH’s president and chief executive officer, will become the executive director of Tech Impact’s D.C. office and operations. Patrick Callihan will serve as the chief executive officer of the combined organization.
It's time to think about budgeting for technology - and you need to start somewhere. I checked in with our Director of Technical Services, Linda Widdop, to get her insight to identify the top things to think about when budgeting for technology. Linda's advice is backed up by over a decade of working with nonprofits and technology and she recommends you include in your technology budget:
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.
We hope you have included Technology in your budget, if you haven’t there is still time. While budgeting for technology it is important to understand the difference between Capital (CAPEX) and Operational (OPEX) expenses. Here’s why:
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