Why Every Nonprofit Should Focus on Digital Transformation
There are always limitations to what you can get done in an organization, and that is especially true in the nonprofit world. Resources are incredibly limited, with an expectation from stakeholders that you "make do" with technology that may not be as up-to-date as that which other organizations your size are utilizing. However, letting your tech lapse can cause long-term damage to your nonprofit in more ways than one. Not only will you face being left behind by other for-profit businesses, forward-thinking nonprofits can also leapfrog your efforts. A focus on digital transformation can save your nonprofit time and money, while maintaining critical connections with your donors and other constituents.
What is Digital Transformation?
Digital transformation sounds like just another mouthful of business jargon, but what does it really mean? Using innovative digital tools to fundamentally rework the foundations of your business -- that's digital transformation. Some organizations consider "going paperless" a digital transformation, and perhaps it is! However, more nonprofits today are looking for deeper ways to engage with their various constituents, from communications, fundraising and marketing to infrastructure.
Digital innovation waits for no one. Here's some of the tools that your nonprofit can leverage without breaking the bank -- or derailing current projects for long periods of time.
- Help Desk: Does your nonprofit IT team spend the majority of their time troubleshooting printer problems, or helping support true change? An outsourced Help Desk function is one way to free up valuable staff time to add value to tech projects.
- Data Management: Keeping data flowing smoothly between your organization, partners and constituents can be a full time job for an army of people -- or you can outsource this highly-structured work to a technology partner who specializes in cost-effective data management and analysis services.
- IT Leadership: Finding someone with the mental space to be strategic can be tough in a nonprofit. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a high-functioning technology strategist, they're likely pulled in too many different directions. Working with a short-term consultant may allow your team to envision a broader future.
- Cloud Services: Infrastructure costs are fixed overhead that can make long-term budgeting challenging. A variety of cloud services from a trusted partner provides you with an effortless solution for budgeting that provides a high-availability environment without the cost of traditional platforms.
- Security Services: Does your nonprofit work with PII (Personally Identifiable Information)? If so, it's important to stay in compliance with regulations at all times. Our security experts will keep your organization and your constituents safe online and offline.
Digital transformation is not something that you should dream about and plan for the future. Instead, get started today! Even taking a small step can make a significant difference in the long-term outlook for your nonprofit. Learn more about the benefits of digital transformation by calling the nonprofit professionals from TechImpact at 888-798-1350 or fill our our quick online contact form.