Is the Cloud Right for Your Organization?

If your organization answers yes to any of these questions, cloud-based solutions might be the best thing for your nonprofit.

Do volunteers help run your nonprofit?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), has become one of the most popular ways of leveraging volunteers to help run nonprofits. It saves you the cost of buying volunteers computers, and they get the comfort of using technology they are used to.

If you’re on a cloud-based solution, it’s easy and affordable to give your volunteers an email, or access to a database. They will be able to access it from any computer. That way if your office does not have a computer to spare for a new volunteer, they can use their own for the same functions.

Do you have any employees or volunteers offsite?

If you have employees or volunteers working for your nonprofit offsite, utilizing cloud computing is essential in making your day-to-day operations run smoothly.

For example, npTalk allows your extension to go wherever you are, so that if you’re out of the office but still at work, you won’t miss all your calls.

Cloud based email like npOffice makes sure that your email is always accessible wherever you work. Solutions like this provide great benefits for those employees that travel a lot, work out of the office, or work in remote locations.

Is your power supply unpredictable?

If you’re in an area that experiences a lot of power surges or power outages, this could be a very important factor in switching to the cloud.

Instead of worrying that your power might go out, or surge and harm your computing capabilities (or fry your server), switch to the cloud. Data centers are very secure and mostly immune to power fluctuations. All the ones we work with have generators that could run the center for weeks if need be.

And if you’re in a location that doesn’t have constant internet access, don’t let that hold you back. Talk to us about some of the cloud solutions that work best for “offline” environments.

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This is by no means a complete list of the questions you should ask, and we plan to keep this list as an ongoing project.

If you have further questions on whether or not cloud computing might be right for your nonprofit, ask us in the comments below.

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