Most nonprofit organizations are not known for IT (information technology) skills. In fact, some organizations are proud of not being computer-literate ("I'm a social worker, not a computer geek") and have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Those organizations that are tech-savvy, however, can claim advantages in efficiency, reach, comprehensiveness of service, and flexibility, to name a few.
As 2017 comes to a close, it's important to reflect on some of the trends we saw in the nonprofit space as a precursor for what to expect in 2018. To start, 2017 was filled with new causes to be discovered and new organizations to be formed. Some trends that were worth noting were:
7 Trends of 2017
More activist/constituent giving and doing
Donors shift to more independent giving, and donor-advised funds continue to outpace other vehicles
The independent press comes under attack as journalism recovers its role as a civil society function
Racial equity issues visit and do not leave
A perfect storm has been set in motion for the nonprofit regulatory environment
Pie-in-the-sky social enterprise gives way to real wealth sharing alternatives and action to hold business accountable
How did your organization stack up in 2017? Are you ready for what's coming in 2018? Here are 11 Predictions for 2018 that will help you navigate your newly declared NPO resolutions.